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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernard Burger View Post
    Hi Bruce - In terms of the Front Runner bush bar that is currently on your 130, maybe another idea for you to consider. Ref the attached photos and if simplicity is your cup of tea, I had exactly the same bush bar om my 110 before the Landy was involved in a small accident. After taking the bush bar off to repair, I just realized how heavy the thing is and the thought crossed my mind of the running cost to date by carting the extra weight around. So I simply cut everything away until only left with the winch plate part and resprayed it. In terms of possible bush damage, the majority are still deflected away by the current bumper and the rest I am not really stressed about. I also like the idea of the unspoiled / open front look of a defender.
    Thank you. That looks great. nice idea
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    Hi Bruce - I am glad you got yourselves a very nice 130, they are awesome overland Landy's. You might not remember, but we have met in 2012 when you and I bought the Allisport intercoolers for our 2.4 Puma's. My Landy is still going strong and has taken our family to date through most parts of Southern Africa. Enjoy your car especially the simplicity and the fact that you can bolt what ever you like onto it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernard Burger View Post
    Hi Bruce - I am glad you got yourselves a very nice 130, they are awesome overland Landy's. You might not remember, but we have met in 2012 when you and I bought the Allisport intercoolers for our 2.4 Puma's. My Landy is still going strong and has taken our family to date through most parts of Southern Africa. Enjoy your car especially the simplicity and the fact that you can bolt what ever you like onto it.
    Oh yes I do remember. Hope you are keeping well.

    Thank you. Now I start again
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceT View Post
    Hi All,
    Although this may take a while to complete, I thought it may be fun to start this thread as it maybe of interest to some. There is also a wealth of knowledge and different ideas on this forum that could contribute to the build.

    The goal with this build is to build an Overlander that could do extended off the grid and off popular routes type overlanding. The build will include everything from mechanical stuff to convenient stuff. As much as I like the camper boxes on the back I donít want to go in that direction (possibly yet).

    Below is the vehicle as it stands now. All mechanical stuff like bearings, all oils, bushes etc will be replaced first. An upgraded intercooler, reverse camera, upgraded dual battery system, bash plate, kitchen and sound deadening will be done first also.

    Please add your suggestions, and comments good or bad. I will try and document the entire build for you.

    please no brand bashing.
    Your vehicle looks exactly like mine with the same canopy doors etc. If it was green I would have had to look twice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceT View Post
    Thank you.
    The boxes will stay there. On the left side will be kitchen stuff and food, and on the right will be recovery gear, shower stuff and tools.
    i am redoing the boxes obviously and they will be covered in carpet inside and out. I will also be changing the kitchen door to open upwards as itís a little high to be used as a counter top. Thinking of two options to replace it.
    Hi. I left my kitchen door opening down. It becomes a very useful area to put the salt and plates and whatever. I also installed a led strip light in here with a switch . The one with amber or white light. Insects can be a problem around the light and food.

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    Next up I need to sort out the dual battery system and find a replacement rubber mat for the inside front, that goes over the transmission tunnel. The rubber is delaminating from the backing in places. - if anyone knows where to get this please let me know.
    Mine did the same. I bought a preformed carpet type from LR.
    When you have it in your hands, it looks like a lot of money for so little. It was about R1 500.

    Bit more difficult to clean, especially if pets are involved but mine still looks good and it compliments the rest of the interior.
    Mine is a dark grey.
    I'm also going to do the part behind the Fuze box.

    I wanted the original rubber but it's just ridiculous what they want for it.

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    Not the best picture but you can get a better idea.
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    Nice thread and great vehicle BruceT - I have followed the heated discussions on the "is this it" thread and it was interesting to still notice a few balanced views of individuals on both sides, yours included.

    I can't help much with your built but am looking forward to follow your journey.

    Good luck and enjoy the Landy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceT View Post
    Oh yes I do remember. Hope you are keeping well.

    Thank you. Now I start again
    Hi Bruce do you remember me, you sold me your Ultra Gauge from your old Puma?

    Do you want to buy it back?

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    Hylton please share some pictures.


    Thank you JFH and walkabout

    Claude of course I do. Hope you are well bud. Do you want to sell it? If yes then I would be keen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceT View Post
    Hi All,
    Although this may take a while to complete, I thought it may be fun to start this thread as it maybe of interest to some. There is also a wealth of knowledge and different ideas on this forum that could contribute to the build.

    The goal with this build is to build an Overlander that could do extended off the grid and off popular routes type overlanding. The build will include everything from mechanical stuff to convenient stuff. As much as I like the camper boxes on the back I don’t want to go in that direction (possibly yet).

    Below is the vehicle as it stands now. All mechanical stuff like bearings, all oils, bushes etc will be replaced first. An upgraded intercooler, reverse camera, upgraded dual battery system, bash plate, kitchen and sound deadening will be done first also.

    Please add your suggestions, and comments good or bad. I will try and document the entire build for you.

    please no brand bashing.
    Looks smart as is ... !
    Something I’m looking at is a drivers side swing-arm at the back for a full spare wheel,
    then, if necessary, just carry a further loose tyre on roof-rack.
    What is your plan for back seat area of the canopy and floor-space ?
    Could I ask what make canopy yours is ?
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    Thank you bushnomad.

    i will be leaving the rear seat in place for now. Concentrating on the canopy first.
    im also considering the swing arm as I don’t like the spare in the sun on the roof permanently, but will do most of the other stuff first.

    the canopy is an Allucab canopy. I think it’s one of their old models though as I don’t see it on their website. Only reason I know it’s Allucab is because of the badges on it.
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    Hello from South Sudan

    Looking very nice and just a few comments based on experience.

    1 - I rip out all carpets and have it Rhino lined as step 1. Bit expensive but worth every sent. Wash out to clean, less heat in cabin and no more noisy than with those carpets. If you travel in Africa the carpets will get wet (Maybe not Nam and Bots much) but a pain to get them dry and clean ..... never again.

    2 - On split battery system ...had them all and last one is the best - CTEK DC to DC. I am sure National Luna is also good but no experience. I would place second battery as close to fridge as possible with DC to DC with 400mm of second battery. (Use 30A fuses on all inputs and outputs) The CTEK has a solar input as well so I would suggest 180W to 250W panels. Personal preferance is 2 x 90W (redundancy in case one decides to quit) wired in parallel. Don't believe the clowns telling you in series ...you want the current into a 12V battery system ....std solar panel is 19V plus so adds nothing to setup to run series panels unless battery system is 24V.

    Many happy miles and smiles

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    ... just my thinking on swing-arm:
    The FR one , eg, seems to attach at the bottom via a bracket that bolts, in place of the bumper loop, into the lower back recess of the bin ...
    and at the top it clamps through the
    bin to a faceplate inside...
    Most other swing-arms are similarly attached unless a whole back bumper bar unit is used ... but that adds a lot of cost and weight and may worsen the departure angle etc etc
    I’d prefer a rear bracket to extend
    (30cm?) from the rear-chassis
    cross-member to support the
    basal swivel for the swingarm ...
    (as well as bolting into the rear bumper loop holes?) ...
    and the top of the swing/arm stem to clamp over the top lip of the bin.

    ie a much sturdier set-up to support
    a spare wheel which is fairly heavy.
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    Is that Aubrey M? Long time! hope you well. Been doing some small bits and pieces.
    fitted a spare wheel bracket on the roof rack. Sorted out the dual battery system and redid all the wiring, fixed all the canopy lights (one on each door) and importantly, fitted a 4x4community sticker.
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    Sorry I donít know why the one pic is sideways.

    Does anyone know where to get these boxes?
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    Try 4x4direct, I've found so much stuff there.
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    Today I fitted the awning, and repaired the gas bottle holder.
    This is much more fun than a new car!
    Unfortunately the water tank I got for the roof rack doesnít fit. Slats donít line up. The old racks spacing is obviously different to the new.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceT View Post
    Is that Aubrey M? Long time! hope you well. Been doing some small bits and pieces.
    fitted a spare wheel bracket on the roof rack. Sorted out the dual battery system and redid all the wiring, fixed all the canopy lights (one on each door) and importantly, fitted a 4x4community sticker.
    I carry my spare wheel as in your photo. I have toyed with the idea about the swing arm and I think it would irritate me opening it every time I needed access to the rear. The other option is on the bonnet if you strengthen it. I have carried my second spare behind the cab in the canopy and it takes up a lot of room if you are going on a long trip.

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    Photo's of my setup.
    Looking at the back I have 2 fridges one behind the other.
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    Claude of course I do. Hope you are well bud. Do you want to sell it? If yes then I would be keen.
    Hi Bruce, just pulling your leg. Honestly, id rather go for a Madman. Egt and actual coolant temps are vital.

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