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    Wildlife photography, bush, getting to both in a Land Rover
  1. Some have beeen saying "they should at least go open source on the computers". Well, JLR did that in 2012, I remember the press release at the time and was surprised nobody else seemed to notice it, ot perhaps didn't understand. Now JLR are seen as one of the leaders in this part of the industry and participate in the working groups. Linux has emerged as the basis for all the development. There are regular adverts for more JLR Linux software specialists all the time over the last decade. Google it and see for yourselves. Here's one link I thought would be interesting : https://www.siliconrepublic.com/gear/linux-makes-a-big-bet-on-cars-of-the-future-deals-with-jaguar-land-rover-toyota-and-nissan Of course, the actual code used will always be proprietary, but the open source initiatives across the industry will, inevitably, lead to more and better third party tools. Yes, even some in blue boxes that might not work quite as well as they should.
  2. Hi, can anyone please tell me the correct paint code for this colour, as also used on the special edition that also appeared on the final one off the line year before last ? A friend in Johannesburg wants to match it to use on his IIA 109 station wagon.
  3. Funny how that pile of **** looks just like the Nomad that went into production for a short time down. Have a look here : http://www.carmag.co.za/road_test/from-the-archives-1976-chevrolet-nomad/
  4. Land Rover have puled out of their "supported partner" deal in Madagascar, due to low current and expected sales volumes. They now advise individual owners to contact Land Rover South Africa for assistance. Should anyone need such assistance, I would recommend Warren or Storm at Landynet to be a quicker and more dependable service from here, as they are geared up for it. You can find them with Google, or ask and I'll post details here. Clearly a Land Rover, especially a 2nd hand one, is not going to be a great choice for a dependable every day vehicle in such circumstances, although Series, Defenders and Discovery 1 & 2 are well up to the rugged use in that country. Quite frankly, the only other choice for me would be a Toyota, but you will not get an African spec commercial type Landcruiser in Europe. Only choice would be a Hiluxe DC and get the petrol engine for ease of servicing.. As said above, you'll have a better choice locally, but at higher prices.
  5. I see you now have 10000 supporters ! Congratulations !
  6. I remember the launch in 1970, I was just about to leave for Africa, where I've been ever since. During 1971 they started to appear on roads around Lagos and I had the opportunity to drive a few, on and off road. They all had rubber mats on the metal floors, like the SIIAs we had in our fleet. Except the mats were standard in the Range Rover :-) I didn't see one with carpets until a couple of years later.
  7. I have tried a few in different configurations, including two tents, for 4 people. Here is my favourite mounting solution for two tents in the picture. Note that these Eezi Awn tents are the same at each end, so whilst we used the end by the ladder for entry and exit, the other end has the same zip doors and insect netting. In other words, easy access from one tent to the other, in the middle of the the roof, without danger of falling off the side, with reasonable care. It's a fair bit of weight on the roof and you notice it in the handling. OK with awareness though. It's on the limit for Land Rover's top expedition roof load.
  8. There's a LROC technical day on radios at Torqtune tomorrow. Not related, but Anthony will be there and is always happy to talk re-mapping. He and his wife drive Land Rovers. of course. Here's details, bring a camp chair and whatever you want to eat and drink at the braai : Technical Day ORRA Radio Afternoon Date: 31 October 2015 (NOTE DATE CORRECTION) Where: TorqTune, 264 Turbit Ave, Midrand (very close to Gallagher Estate) GPS Co-ordinates: S26 00 13.7 E28 08 01.4 Time: 13:30 for 14:00 Organiser: Pieter Erasmus Bookings: Isla Blasa – admin@lroc.org.za or 0861 576272 Cost: Free Entry Topics to be covered include:  ORRA History  Licencing  Channel usage  SubTones  SWR & Antenna trimming  Radio etiquette The ORRA technical day will be in the form of a presentation inside a boardroom, afterwards we can check the SWR of member’s antennas. After all the formalities, we will have a braai, so remember to bring your meat and beverages along. Pieter Erasmus
  9. Hi, Contact Torqtune at http://www.torqtune.co.za/ and talk to Anthony. They are at Kyalami. You don't say where you are in SA.
  10. Hi, not a lot I'm afraid, I have found some, but more than half are either lost or in a box I haven't found yet. That was more than 40 years ago here's what I have so far : http://www.chat-africa.co.za/upload/brian/sahara173/index.htm
  11. I have always needed a lot of range for the places I go and have had quite a few solutions to this. I have also carried some heavy loads, but never when I could avoid it. In 1973, when I did my second trans-sahara trip, I had bought a 14 year old Series II 109 station wagon for the trip and, apart from some servicing, it did need a bit extra fuel capacity. The vehicle came with factory fitted long range tanks, the standard one at the back and an extra one under the front right hand seat, as others have suggested above. Mine had a changeover tap on the front bulkhead, which also switched the fuel gauge to, theoretically, read from the tank selected on the tap. That gave us a total of 26 imp gallons, or just short of 120 litres. Not bad, but not good enough for the route we intended, which was bad or non existent road, with resultant high consumption, for 900 miles/1440 kms. We took an easier route in the end, due to other factors, (red tape), but still did one stretch close to that mileage. Not too many fuel stations in the Sahara, once you are away from the coastal bits. The solution was jerrycans, of course and more than you are planning ! However, I drew a rough plan out on some paper (not quite the back of a fag packet, but close enough) and had a local aluminium expert make up a couple of jerrycan panniers for us, from 6mm square aluminium tubing, all welded. Each had apertures exactly sized for standard jerrycans, with a bar across the top that could be padlocked to prevent casual loss of fuel and/or jerrycans. We saw that we could arrange to have three jerrycans on the left rear of the Land Rover and two on the right. The latter having the fuel filler for the rear tank in the way, of course. Here a couple of pictures from that trip, illustrating the finished articles, which were simply bolted onto the vehicle sides. left side : Right side : Tropic of Cancer : I hope you find this of interest, at least and maybe even help !
  12. Thanks Western, I knew you'd come up with an answer. The last two look likely, as they advertise genuine parts as well as the pattern parts. Already tried the pattern parts and even Bearmach doesn't suit, I want the genuine LR parts, even at the higher cost !
  13. Who knows where I can source these springs ? 572315
  14. Thanks Ian, it's always interesting to get more info on something I have been interested in for a time. Especially as it was the first type I had come across as an alternative to a full manually locking type. I do remember a bit of a reputation on their long term reliability, so must have been, as you say, the T1.
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