Africa Hero Truck Build
We are embarking on a truck build commencing August 2019, to create for ourselves, a truck to be permanently based in South Africa. Watch the build details here.
I have approached this as I would an Autograph Overland build. By finding the best in the business, irrespective of brand affiliations, these are my chosen partners. I have commissioned Paul Marsh to run the build, with the close participation of Terrain Tamer for parts, suspensions and more, and Snymans 4WD of Cape Town to do much of the repair, reconditioning and rebuild work. The bar work (excluding bull-bar) is being done by GobiX and R&D Off-road. And the camping systems by QuickPitch South Africa.
It is based on a 1998, Toyota Land Cruiser 105 GX, 1HZ 4,2 naturally-aspirated diesel engine, five-speed manual gearbox and horizontally-split tailgate. This version was sold in South Africa between 1997 and 2006. It has locking front and rear diffs, two fuel tanks of 45L and 90L, and this will be the third 105 I have owned. This is the same model I used in Africa between 2009 and 2012, when I undertook some of my toughest expeditions, including the search for the source of the Okavango – my longest ever trip – in 2010. Link to the playlist here.
The 105 Land Cruiser remains one of my favourite 4WDs! The video series to follow will demonstrate how an older vehicle can be transformed into a fully capable and reliable platform for overland exploration. This is in contrast to many highest-spec, dream machines that have become the norm on 4WD channels, including our own.
The videos will be released from September 2019, and can be watched on YouTube or the full playlist linked here.