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  1. Thanks... Though to be honest trying to film with other people that are not involved in the filming on the trip is next to impossible - filming slows everything down and is all consuming a lot of the time. 14 hours days, day after day, but I absolutely loved it, great to have a purpose your engaged with each day.
  2. 😆😄 You should enjoy it then, thanks for the encouragement
  3. Nope, thats the price for the Jimny not a Defender!
  4. Loads of older ones here in Portugal, much loved. Sadly the new one is only being sold as a commercial vehicle here, no rear seats allowed, must have a full dog guard installed, so it's only a 2 seater. And its 30,000 Euros....
  5. As those who have helped me on here with my Landy might remember I spent the last year locked down in Africa - it was never dull thats for sure To give myself a purpose each day rather than just drifting around aimlessly I got some camera gear and started filming some ideas and routes with the aim of making them into youtube series. After a few months at home and a million hours of tutorials on how to use my editing software, I'm getting there - a short intro video uploaded today. Maybe some of you will enjoy following my progress... If your kind enough to check it out please let me know if it looks and sounds ok on your device, thanks https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKMBDvxp2eh732jk1Mz_7Pg
  6. I believe there are issues in Mongolia with illegal miners if you stray into their area etc, but generally people are Buddhist/Socialist and very gentle and extremely hospitable. You can't survive there without helping others and relying on their help sometimes too. I have many lovely memories of staying with families in the middle of nowhere after just riding up on the horses. I may have played New Zealand's first football game against Mongolia in one tiny village. We got thrashed as it was 8 kids against me Russia is ok I think, keep your wits about you as ever. People with power and alcohol as ever are the ones to keep away from.
  7. I spent 3 months there when I was younger. It was the first year that they allowed independent travel, 1998. Bought 3 horses and a cheap tent with a Taiwanese woman I met (brave soul, never left Taiwan before!) and travelled around the entire west of the country. It's a brutally hard place, average elevation is about 1800 metres, vast vast emptiness, we had deep snow in July one night. No fruit, no vegetables, people live off their animals. I was very run down when I left. Huge alcohol problem, I was beaten up badly by a drunk. With a sound vehicle it would be interesting, you can shield yourself from these things, it is very majestic and interesting, but in a very short window each year, 2.5 months maybe. Winter is down to past -40 in places, -20 almost everywhere is not uncommon. I'll go back there one day in my Landy hopefully, horses were fun but also very hard work.
  8. Shame, I took my Landy there when I first started in 2000, they did all the mechanics of my rebuild, 112,000km around Africa without any serious or even medium level faults.... Never found mechanics so good after them....
  9. Looks like a Land Cruiser front bumper. Imagine its to do with impact assessments, you may not get away with replacing a crumple plastic bumper with a solid metal one like a Defender etc?
  10. I thought it would be interesting to detail what I'd like the Grenadier to have/not have as somebody who spends years living in Africa in their vehicle (owned a 1991 110 200TDI for 20 years) compared to what we know about the Ineos Grenadier so far, purely as an feedback exercise for the makers and so others who have done long trips can chime in towards building a 'expedition' spec model, or at least trying to avoid them going too far in a direction that makes the Grenadier unattractive as a serious overlander..... Absolutely must have: - LWB Hard Top model available, 3 doors (and no glass windows in the back is ideal). Many friends with kids want a 130 model. - 17" wheels are not standard where I go, 16" steel wheels option please, change your brake components not the tyre size. - Must comfortably carry TWO spare wheels: * 1 on the bonnet (so max of 235 to avoid blocking too much vision) which is enhanced so it doesn't bend and is safe to work under etc * 1 on the back (weight attached to the CHASSIS not the back door) that swings away when you open the back door and doesn't cost more than a few hundred pounds for a solution. - Rear spare wheel carrier can take a High-Lft jack as well (best place for them). - Ability to mount an extra fuel tank underneath of at least 60 litres. - Ability to mount a water tank(s) of at least 60-100 litres underneath - Room for jerry can holders each side (2 each side is perfect) - Can take a roofrack like a Brownchurch one with supports front and back into the bulkhead and body. Frontrunner type junk doesnt cut it. - Workshop manuals readily available for download - Parts catalogues with numbers and diagrams readily available for download - Ability to turn off or better yet, physically remove any alarm or similar disabling devices - Water sedimentor as standard - Dashboard and interior fittings that are really really easy to remove and put back, and dont rattle! - A large range of colours that look nice, not just bland - Can strengthen the suspension without having to raise it, eg: 130 helper springs as standard parts available - Waterproof snorkel as standard - Duel rear shock mounts - Genuine spares are readily available for a reasonable price and I'm not stuck with buying ****part because nobody imports genuine ones because they are too expensive for the local market which is 99% the case in Africa currently. (Have you looked at the quality of a ****part 200TDi Defender fan belt, flippin heck you couldn't hang a mouse with it). Strongly desired: - No alpine windows, they just leak and I don't need any more daylight in Africa thanks, there is enough, its the enemy! I paint mine white on the inside and then used rooflining to stop the light again. - Big and wide angle wing mirrors that can take be whacked by trees 30 times a day and are easy to replace when they do break the mountings. - UV blocking in all windows More to follow, feel free to add your own lists if you've done long overlanding trips.....
  11. Long wheel base Hard Top model only please. Less windows in the back the better, none is perfect.
  12. PS: I'm a Kiwi, some friends of mine just shipped their Disco TD5 back after driving around Africa for a few years. He hired a company in South Africa to clean it under his supervision. If your serious at some point, can put you in touch to se his experience.
  13. How long are you going for would be the key question I'd say. If only 2-3 months, definitely not worth all of the costs and hassles.... Work out the costs of the rentals (flights + rentals costs) for your estimated time against: Carnet: £280-700 in fee's, plus minimum £4,500 (age related) you must leave as a deposit you get back when returning. Shipping there plus port costs in a large container - about £4,000 Cleaning costs - 2-3 full time weeks of your time or £1-2,000 for cleaning (guesstimate) Insurance and road fee's etc in NZ Costs of servicing and maintenance Shipping back, another £4,000 Plus flights So £10,000-12,000 minimum spend plus carnet deposit Cleaning must be as new out of the factory, a gloved hand should not have any form of dirt, grease, oil etc to show on it anywhere on the vehicle at all. Pull out the headlining, stick a finger in, any dirt then its a fail etc. Hand along the top of a chassis rail, any dirt, fail. Extra plastic protection on wiring, fail, must be removed etc So you need to strip it down and clean all sides of everything and then hope you get a nice inspector who appreciates you really tried.
  14. Hi, no I never developed anything, I started the thread hoping somebody with actual ability to do it might take the idea and run with it..... I'm useless at making things physically....
  15. As I said, two people, one on the inside to help you avoid dropping the glass 😉 Hope it's not too expensive to replace..... Btw, I painted mine white on the inside to reduce the sun coming in as Im in very hot climates.
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