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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross McLean Calder View Post
    I still have the 2015 130 ... It has just hit 100 000km so I thought I would put it into retirement ...
    a very early retirement, that's not even run in yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross McLean Calder View Post
    if I could drop in a V8 or V6 into it I would do it in a flash ... I am tired of gearing down on the rises :-) ...
    Why not remap it, fit bigger intercooler and do a few things...that gives it a lot more oemf...I can refer you to a genius when it comes to remapping the defenders...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross McLean Calder View Post
    Haha ... good questions. It was just my wife and I and a roof top tent ...

    We drove the East coast via Nam Bots Zam Malawi Tanzania Burundi Ruwanda Uganda Kenya back into Tanzania ... back to Kenya then Ethiopia Sudan Egypt. We shipped across the med to Naples ... then Italy Switzerland Austria Czech Rep Germany Sweden Norway then through Germany Netherlands UK Eng Sco Ire Wal ... south to France Spain Portugal ... morocco senegal where we chickened out in Dakar and shipped to Luanda ... then ran home through Angola Nam ,,, 38 000km in 14 months ....
    I will do it again - but leave out Europe!!! :-)
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    You did this trip in a 130 with no problems. You will be hard pressed to better this with any vehicle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor_Mathews View Post
    Why not remap it, fit bigger intercooler and do a few things...that gives it a lot more oemf...I can refer you to a genius when it comes to remapping the defenders...
    Nah, I'll drop in a Cummins and chuck the M82 gearbox.
    Fit the R380 with a LT230 with Disco ratios.
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    Sorry that's not what you are asking.

    If I really had to I'd go for a 76.
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    The 76 is fantastic, but you will need to spend some money on it to make great. Bigger tyres, suspension upgrade and so on. Once properly kitted, it is a fantastic overland vehicle - IMO probably the best you can buy.

    I loved my FJ, but the one thing that disqualified it for me was the doors and windows. Taking photos from the FJ is extremely frustrating and you end up missing pics that you won't miss in a 76. For those reasons I preferred my 76 V8 to the FJ. If taking photos from the car is not something you do, take a good look at the FJ; it is easier to live with day to day, more comfortable and faster. And don't throw away the service plan - it's worth a lot of money over 100000kms vs a V8 Cruiser. Fuel economy was very similar between them.

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    Thanks ALL

    I bought a Jimny ... just kidding!

    I will keep the 130 ... see photo ...

    I am looking at the LC 22 V8 GX-R ... pushing the budget a bit but it will give me what Im looking for .. thanks to GarethHAllen my wife wont be getting an Easter, Covid 19 release gift, Birthday or Xmas present ...

    Thanks again ... see y'all deep in the bush of southern Africa.

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    Just a thought Ross ...
    Contact Andrew St Pierre White, after all, he is the Richard Attenborough of 4x4.
    all his details are here - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLL...w8XIslZBB8jf6A
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    Whoís Richard Attenborough?

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    The old toppie in Jurassic Park.

    David Attenborough's brother.
    I think he ment David.
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    Good morning all. I am looking for a Land Cruiser J40 manufactured in the 60s (more specifically 1968 and a short wheel based hard top)? Does anyone know where one starts to look - would be be with a restorer or specific dealership? Happy Easter.

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    Used 200 GX has to be on the list.

    Slightly bigger tyres, Rhino Evolution front bumper and some seat covers.

    Epic.

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    I used to have an FJ ,there are many upsides but as many downsides,back doors,load space,easily chipped windscreen,only a two seater etc.
    Go with a Prado,it is a stunning vehicle in every respect!

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    May I ask, Why are you Changing I've been where you are going (70 series), wow, i came to 130 and have never looked back. Its a machine!

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross McLean Calder View Post
    Haha ... good questions. It was just my wife and I and a roof top tent ...

    We drove the East coast via Nam Bots Zam Malawi Tanzania Burundi Ruwanda Uganda Kenya back into Tanzania ... back to Kenya then Ethiopia Sudan Egypt. We shipped across the med to Naples ... then Italy Switzerland Austria Czech Rep Germany Sweden Norway then through Germany Netherlands UK Eng Sco Ire Wal ... south to France Spain Portugal ... morocco senegal where we chickened out in Dakar and shipped to Luanda ... then ran home through Angola Nam ,,, 38 000km in 14 months ....
    I will do it again - but leave out Europe!!! :-)
    Ross
    May I ask, do you have a tour company?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross McLean Calder View Post
    Haha ... good questions. It was just my wife and I and a roof top tent ...

    We drove the East coast via Nam Bots Zam Malawi Tanzania Burundi Ruwanda Uganda Kenya back into Tanzania ... back to Kenya then Ethiopia Sudan Egypt. We shipped across the med to Naples ... then Italy Switzerland Austria Czech Rep Germany Sweden Norway then through Germany Netherlands UK Eng Sco Ire Wal ... south to France Spain Portugal ... morocco senegal where we chickened out in Dakar and shipped to Luanda ... then ran home through Angola Nam ,,, 38 000km in 14 months ....
    I will do it again - but leave out Europe!!! :-)
    Ross
    Wow! Thats great!!. Did you calculate all the costs that was involved for the whole trip?

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    I was in a similar position 3 years ago and after a comparison exercise (like a military planning campaign!) I went for the 76 V8. Unless you need the bak load area for 'hard stuff' that is-then I would opt for the DC V8 and deal with the dust and lenght. You are not going to get a tougher, more dust proof,or reliable bush carrier than a 76.

    Remember when looking at payload figures, to consider the size of the standard fuel tank. I get anything between 900 and 1050km on the 130l tank towing a 1,500kg caravan, route dependent. I carry two 20l containers on the back of the caravan and have never had to use them. I inever want to put fuel on top and most certainly not petrol.

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    Hi Ross,

    I have been through 2 defenders and have recently switched back to Toyota.

    Started with Hilux KZ-TE
    Then Defender 90 TD5
    ďUpgradedĒ to Prado 150 VX
    Back to Defender puma 110 2.2td
    Now driving Hilux Legend 50

    Most reliable was the first Hilux. Least reliable interestingly was the Prado (including a blown motor).

    Iíve been driving the Hilux since July last year and although initially I detested it (grudge purchase after defender cracked #1 piston) I actually love it now. It drives fantastically on the freeway and open road, tows well and has enough creature comforts that actually matter to make a fantastic package. Iíve added BFG Tyres and it handles well off-road too.

    The auto gets an extra 30nm torque and fuel consumption is consistently below 10l/100km.

    Iíd suggest relooking at the Hilux as for the price itís a good deal, probably only need to add a canopy RSI have a lovely new model. Mine is stock standard.

    Iíd be carefully remapping the defender unless itís a TD5.

    BTW, I think I bought an OzTent off you which has been a fantastic tent.
    Rob

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    Have a look at the Prado For that budget you can find a real beauty Lovely vehicle for daily use as well as going into the bush Lovely ride lots of room if you remove seat 6 and 7 .The 4.0 liter bullet proof and the D4D engine can run on 500 pmp if realy necesary

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    I have owned most of these vehicles (except the FJ).
    Currently, Fortuner, 79, HiLux x2
    I would be thinking Toyota GD6 2.8 4x4 auto with a premium canopy and BF tyres.
    Why?, Motorplan, light on fuel, faster than all the above, R600k, service in most countries, tows very well and strong, and the most important, its quiet inside and comfortable!!

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