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    Default Back to where i started with 4x4's.

    Back to where I started with 4x4's. Best 4x4 ever!!

    In 1996 23 years ago, my world was devastated when my favourite and only 4x4, a Isuzu 1800 diesel bakkie was stolen, it was our 2nd home. It was a sad day, days after just completing a 20 000km - 2 month southern Africa trip, it was stolen on the beach front. (it was it's 3rd theft attempt, over 9 years).

    Such great memories of extensive long travels and many, many monthly 6 day long weekends and over month long trips. The kids from 2 week old babies until it was stolen, they owned the back canopy section as their play pen, today it could not be done. {the sides had foam, with a foam mattress}. Many, many nappies where changed on that tailgate.

    The Isuzu served us well and despite owning and still owning many 4x4's since the Isuzu, the Isuzu we did the best trips with, so have the best memories and best 4x4 stories.

    My wife's favourite 4x4, it went so slow she had time to navigate. Today the gps does the navigating.

    I owned at one stage 100% Toyota. now only 5 out of 9 are Toyota! Pajero, ford, Isuzu and a Yamaha, what next. Has to be a Massey Fergusson?

    So today I am back to where I started with 4x4's, I once again own a Isuzu 4x4.

    current 4x4 number 9, I have just realised I have a 4x4 problem?? Or is it a problem? I once again own a Isuzu 4x4 to replace the rust bucket Mahindra delivery vehicle.
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    Current off-road vehicles: *** Great family accommodation. See Facebook, Google maps and airbnb. Wild Wind Ranch/Mkulu Kei
    * 1975/8 SHREK Land-Cruiser FJ40 DIESEL P/U, BFG 31x10.5 muds. 2 x 1.6 ton tirfor winchs
    * 1994 Land-Cruiser J70 DIESEL P/U, my truck recovery vehicle. 15000 warn winch. And 3.5ton tirfor winch. Back full of appropriate sized recovery gear. BFG31x10.5 muds
    * 2014 Land-Cruiser LX V8 76 DIESEL STATION WAGON, BFG's 285 all terrain
    * 1988 HILUX TOYOTA 4x4 D/C.
    FOR SALE
    * 2011 HILUX 4X4 P/U, BFG 31x10.5 all terrain
    * 1999 PAJERO 3.5 V6 Mitsubishi (sorry not a Toyota), BFG 31x10.5 all terrain
    * 2006 FORD ranger 2.5 diesel. 4x4, (what was I thinking, also not a Toyota!) I have a spare 5000 warn winch I might fit.
    * 2011 Isuzu bakkie 4x4
    * FIONA - Rhino Yamaha 660 4x4. Warn winch. Mud tyres
    * 4x4 trailer, 1987, BFG all terrain
    * GSA 1200 BMW ADVENTURE LC 2018, the closest motorbike to a land cruiser
    * A Massey Fergusson 375 tractor. Not BFG's and not a 4x4




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    Default Re: Back to where i started with 4x4's.

    No problem, there are many more numbers after 9




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    Default Re: Back to where i started with 4x4's.

    If I were to take the same memory trip back as you have, I would end up at a 1997 Disco 1 Auto V8
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    The period from 1982 -1988 I lived and worked in the bush and my work horse was always a Toyota 4x4, which came from a pool of 4x4s, as per requirement depending on the exploration project at hand.
    My first "private" 4x4 was a 1988 LC Station wagon. That was followed in 1991 with a 3.0V6 5-door Sani. It was literally one of the very first 5-door versions to role off the production line. 1994 saw the start of my 21 year relationship with Pajero. A total of 7 Pajeros served me faultlessly and during that period the wife had a RAV4, then the last 2.4 Hilux D/C SFA and finally a 2000 Hilux 4x4 D/C SRX.

    My recent excursion to Isuzu didn't really tick the right boxes for me personally and now I own the last 4x4 I ever will. My next vehicle will either be a wooden box or a small economy box.
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    This fred has got me thinking, how simple it was back then. Now everything, specifically the vehicles, seems to be over-complicated. There were limited accessory items and what was available was fairly rudimentary or just normal camping stuff. A fridge? Hah, cooler boxes and robbed the kitchen for utensils.
    There is no such thing as inclement weather, only poor selection of clothing.... or Vehicle

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    I still miss my first 4x4, a 1995 Nissan Sani 2.7 TD DC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    This fred has got me thinking, how simple it was back then. Now everything, specifically the vehicles, seems to be over-complicated. There were limited accessory items and what was available was fairly rudimentary or just normal camping stuff. A fridge? Hah, cooler boxes and robbed the kitchen for utensils.
    I never "modded" any of my 4x4s. Roofrack and towbar and that was it.
    Memories, now that was made in abundance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    This fred has got me thinking, how simple it was back then. Now everything, specifically the vehicles, seems to be over-complicated. There were limited accessory items and what was available was fairly rudimentary or just normal camping stuff. A fridge? Hah, cooler boxes and robbed the kitchen for utensils.
    Agree it was a lot simpler back then and less to go wrong. You planned, but did not over think it. Very limited accessories, especially camping stuff. Less rules and regulations made it easier.

    Back then I had a freezer in my trailer. I was mocked due to my freezer, what do I want a freezer for?? and trailers are NOT for the bush and I will not make it through.

    We spent our money on fuel for traveling not accessories.
    Current off-road vehicles: *** Great family accommodation. See Facebook, Google maps and airbnb. Wild Wind Ranch/Mkulu Kei
    * 1975/8 SHREK Land-Cruiser FJ40 DIESEL P/U, BFG 31x10.5 muds. 2 x 1.6 ton tirfor winchs
    * 1994 Land-Cruiser J70 DIESEL P/U, my truck recovery vehicle. 15000 warn winch. And 3.5ton tirfor winch. Back full of appropriate sized recovery gear. BFG31x10.5 muds
    * 2014 Land-Cruiser LX V8 76 DIESEL STATION WAGON, BFG's 285 all terrain
    * 1988 HILUX TOYOTA 4x4 D/C.
    FOR SALE
    * 2011 HILUX 4X4 P/U, BFG 31x10.5 all terrain
    * 1999 PAJERO 3.5 V6 Mitsubishi (sorry not a Toyota), BFG 31x10.5 all terrain
    * 2006 FORD ranger 2.5 diesel. 4x4, (what was I thinking, also not a Toyota!) I have a spare 5000 warn winch I might fit.
    * 2011 Isuzu bakkie 4x4
    * FIONA - Rhino Yamaha 660 4x4. Warn winch. Mud tyres
    * 4x4 trailer, 1987, BFG all terrain
    * GSA 1200 BMW ADVENTURE LC 2018, the closest motorbike to a land cruiser
    * A Massey Fergusson 375 tractor. Not BFG's and not a 4x4




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    Default Re: Back to where i started with 4x4's.

    [QUOTE=RoelfleRoux;4182042]The period from 1982 -1988 I lived and worked in the bush and my work horse was always a Toyota 4x4, which came from a pool of 4x4s, as per requirement depending on the exploration project at hand.
    My first "private" 4x4 was a 1988 LC Station wagon. That was followed in 1991 with a 3.0V6 5-door Sani. It was literally one of the very first 5-door versions to role off the production line. 1994 saw the start of my 21 year relationship with Pajero. A total of 7 Pajeros served me faultlessly and during that period the wife had a RAV4, then the last 2.4 Hilux D/C SFA and finally a 2000 Hilux 4x4 D/C SRX.

    My recent excursion to Isuzu didn't really tick the right boxes for me personally and now I own the last 4x4 I ever will. My next vehicle will either be a wooden box or a small economy box.


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    Default Re: Back to where i started with 4x4's.

    You can't go wrong with Isuzu!
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    Also started out with an Isuzu from 1994 to 1998 and then a Defender Hardtop from 1998 to 2014. If had 6 other 4x4's since 2007 as well (4 Isuzu's, 1 Puma Defender and a Daihatsu Terios) but the 1st 2 will always be the important ones. The 1st Isuzu got us started and the 1st Defender took us places ! From 1994 to 2015 my late wife and I did about 960 000km on overland tours.

    Johan ;-)
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    Back to where i started with 4x4's.

    As said my first Isuzu 4x4 was bought through a dealer from an estate of a dead sugar cane farmer....... 34 years later,,,,, I have just brought a Isuzu 4x4 through a dealer from an estate of a dead sugar cane farmer. How the wheels turn!
    Current off-road vehicles: *** Great family accommodation. See Facebook, Google maps and airbnb. Wild Wind Ranch/Mkulu Kei
    * 1975/8 SHREK Land-Cruiser FJ40 DIESEL P/U, BFG 31x10.5 muds. 2 x 1.6 ton tirfor winchs
    * 1994 Land-Cruiser J70 DIESEL P/U, my truck recovery vehicle. 15000 warn winch. And 3.5ton tirfor winch. Back full of appropriate sized recovery gear. BFG31x10.5 muds
    * 2014 Land-Cruiser LX V8 76 DIESEL STATION WAGON, BFG's 285 all terrain
    * 1988 HILUX TOYOTA 4x4 D/C.
    FOR SALE
    * 2011 HILUX 4X4 P/U, BFG 31x10.5 all terrain
    * 1999 PAJERO 3.5 V6 Mitsubishi (sorry not a Toyota), BFG 31x10.5 all terrain
    * 2006 FORD ranger 2.5 diesel. 4x4, (what was I thinking, also not a Toyota!) I have a spare 5000 warn winch I might fit.
    * 2011 Isuzu bakkie 4x4
    * FIONA - Rhino Yamaha 660 4x4. Warn winch. Mud tyres
    * 4x4 trailer, 1987, BFG all terrain
    * GSA 1200 BMW ADVENTURE LC 2018, the closest motorbike to a land cruiser
    * A Massey Fergusson 375 tractor. Not BFG's and not a 4x4




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    If I had to go back to what I started with as a first 4x4, I would slit my wrists with a blunt fork. Repeatedly.

    Luckily started my Mitsu relationship after that and almost twenty years later still is what I own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K-9 View Post
    Back to where I started with 4x4's. Best 4x4 ever!!

    In 1996 23 years ago, my world was devastated when my favourite and only 4x4, a Isuzu 1800 diesel bakkie was stolen, it was our 2nd home. It was a sad day, days after just completing a 20 000km - 2 month southern Africa trip, it was stolen on the beach front. (it was it's 3rd theft attempt, over 9 years).

    Such great memories of extensive long travels and many, many monthly 6 day long weekends and over month long trips. The kids from 2 week old babies until it was stolen, they owned the back canopy section as their play pen, today it could not be done. {the sides had foam, with a foam mattress}. Many, many nappies where changed on that tailgate.

    The Isuzu served us well and despite owning and still owning many 4x4's since the Isuzu, the Isuzu we did the best trips with, so have the best memories and best 4x4 stories.

    My wife's favourite 4x4, it went so slow she had time to navigate. Today the gps does the navigating.

    I owned at one stage 100% Toyota. now only 5 out of 9 are Toyota! Pajero, ford, Isuzu and a Yamaha, what next. Has to be a Massey Fergusson?

    So today I am back to where I started with 4x4's, I once again own a Isuzu 4x4.

    current 4x4 number 9, I have just realised I have a 4x4 problem?? Or is it a problem? I once again own a Isuzu 4x4 to replace the rust bucket Mahindra delivery vehicle.
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    Did your Isuzu by any chance look like this?
    My dad also had a 1800 diesel Isuzu 4x4 that looked exactly like this without the canopy and thats where it all started for me.
    He once pulled out his stuck John Deere 3130 with that bakkie and I remember driving with him on the back of that bakkie on the farm.
    I was also taken to hospital with it when i went through a fence with my bicycle, top speed on the Izuzu 90km/h max.
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    Exactly the same just "avocado green" and different bulbar.

    Top speed uphill (if you lost momentum) was 60 and downhill I managed to get to 120 a few times. (but not often).

    I can't believe we travelled southern Africa extensively in that.
    Last edited by K-9; 2019/07/15 at 10:27 AM.
    Current off-road vehicles: *** Great family accommodation. See Facebook, Google maps and airbnb. Wild Wind Ranch/Mkulu Kei
    * 1975/8 SHREK Land-Cruiser FJ40 DIESEL P/U, BFG 31x10.5 muds. 2 x 1.6 ton tirfor winchs
    * 1994 Land-Cruiser J70 DIESEL P/U, my truck recovery vehicle. 15000 warn winch. And 3.5ton tirfor winch. Back full of appropriate sized recovery gear. BFG31x10.5 muds
    * 2014 Land-Cruiser LX V8 76 DIESEL STATION WAGON, BFG's 285 all terrain
    * 1988 HILUX TOYOTA 4x4 D/C.
    FOR SALE
    * 2011 HILUX 4X4 P/U, BFG 31x10.5 all terrain
    * 1999 PAJERO 3.5 V6 Mitsubishi (sorry not a Toyota), BFG 31x10.5 all terrain
    * 2006 FORD ranger 2.5 diesel. 4x4, (what was I thinking, also not a Toyota!) I have a spare 5000 warn winch I might fit.
    * 2011 Isuzu bakkie 4x4
    * FIONA - Rhino Yamaha 660 4x4. Warn winch. Mud tyres
    * 4x4 trailer, 1987, BFG all terrain
    * GSA 1200 BMW ADVENTURE LC 2018, the closest motorbike to a land cruiser
    * A Massey Fergusson 375 tractor. Not BFG's and not a 4x4




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