Classic Safari vehicles!

Discussion in 'The Great Outdoors' started by weatherm, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. SeattleSparky

    SeattleSparky New in Town

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    I own a non running 1972 Toyota Landcruiser FJ40. Just have not had the time to turn wrenches on it, been in the garage taunting me for 5 years!!! Wife is starting to gripe! I want to put a little turbo diesel in it and clean it up a bit. I got the vehicle, with the original motor in it, a newer fuel injected motor and a 4 speed tranny ( 3 speed is the stocker in it now), all for $500!! Can't let it go!
     
  2. Renault

    Renault One Too Many

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    In the ancient days before "Camel Baks",,,,,,,,,

    While in the Marines, we used to all buy these at PX when we did ops at 29 Palms. We'd hang them off our haver sacks. I dunno what I did with my old one. I think it got thrown away....

    Renault
     
  3. andy richards

    andy richards Practically Family

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    Hi SeattleSparky,
    If you have an original 1972 FJ40, my advice would be to keep it in original condition (trim, colour, engine ect).
    This certainly will keep value of your truck if you intent to sell it in future.
    Cheers,
    Andy
     
  4. TheValk

    TheValk New in Town

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  5. mrbieler

    mrbieler New in Town

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    This '64 IIA was my daily driver for 10 years, but after I blew my back up I found it harder and harder to work on it (and it's always in need of work) so I passed it on to someone who could give it the attention it needs.
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  6. Philip A.

    Philip A. Familiar Face

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    It's a Toyota Landcruiser, series 70... Operated in Kenya by Cottars Safaris.

    The body was built by an Indian who lives in Uganda if my info is correct.
     
  7. Dinerman

    Dinerman Super Moderator Bartender

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    More pics.
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  8. Stearmen

    Stearmen I'll Lock Up

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    That is fantastic! I never would have guessed Land Cruiser. A lot of talent there.
     
  9. Philip A.

    Philip A. Familiar Face

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    I've known this car from pictures, and from discussions with friends who have a mechanical workshop and grew up in Nairobi. But now that I see the clear broadside pictures posted above by Dinerman, I start questioning the Landcruiser lineage: the position of the radiator is too far back in relation to the front axle for a 70 series, which is what I had understood the base to be from what I was told.

    I'll inquire further and get the full story.
     
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  10. Philip A.

    Philip A. Familiar Face

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    Not yet a classic, but still 25 years old. And is actually a safari employee... Ex-MOD 127" Rapier put to better use.

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  11. Philip A.

    Philip A. Familiar Face

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    As I said the other day, I went to look for more information, and was lucky enough to find more than I had hoped. It's a Toyota Landcruiser HZJ75. The front axle has been moved forward. Radiator grill and bonnet are hand-made in-house. The fenders are from... a Rolls Royce! The body was built in Nairobi by a Sikh and a British guy, and the car is now owned and operated by Cottars Safari in Kenya.

    Now, the interesting thing is that the man who built it moved to Uganda, and in my quest I found out that he lives just down the road! We spent time chatting about classic cars this morning, and I got to see the photo album of the car's birth. I was also introduced to some incredible pieces of history on wheels, awaiting restoration in a dusty tropical warehouse. Priceless!
     
  12. Renault

    Renault One Too Many

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    Simply awesome!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks for sharing Philip!!!

    Renault
     
  13. Dinerman

    Dinerman Super Moderator Bartender

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    Saw this the other day. From a map on the side of it, it looks like they've taken it just about everywhere. Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America and Australia.
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  14. 1961MJS

    1961MJS My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Hi

    I'm just glad I'm not buying their gas.

    Later
     
  15. Oldsarge

    Oldsarge One Too Many

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    We were in Harare National Park sitting at a water hole feeding the greedy little hornbills and looking with trepidation at some truly huge crocodiles when a UniMog very similar to that Lander drove up and parked next to us. The chap driving said that they had put it on a ship in . . . Homburg, I think, and picked it up in Capetown. They were going to drive it home. Now that UniMog is a stout vehicle but driving the length of Africa? I'd have wanted twin .30 cal's in a turret on top!

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  16. MPicciotto

    MPicciotto Practically Family

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    I don't know about the Civilian ones. But I rode shotgun in a ex-Swiss Mil-spec Unimog one time. Very ackward. Your bum is below your knees about level with your feet. Some mechanism or some such is located under the passenger foot well so that there really isn't a passenger foot well.

    Matt
     
  17. MikePotts

    MikePotts Practically Family

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  18. Oldsarge

    Oldsarge One Too Many

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    That's great! I'd seen the car mentioned in a couple of other websites but never with detailed photos of its 'complete equipment'. I'm interested in the 'hand cranked machine gun.' According to federal and California law, a hand-cranked weapon is not a machine gun and is therefore perfectly legal for private ownership. Normally this refers to Gatlings but I will have to do some more research onto this little gem.
    Thanx.
     
  19. Story

    Story I'll Lock Up

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    Don't bother yourself. ;)

    Pre-1898 (and therefore, an Antique) and manually operated : only US$ 27k.

    http://www.ima-usa.com/gurkha-bira-gardner-gun-of-the-victorian-era.html
     
  20. Oldsarge

    Oldsarge One Too Many

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    And they have more than one! What fun, though at a prohibitive price, unfortunately. I need to fit that into one of my Steampunk erotic fantasy stories somehow. Thanx!
     

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