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Discussion in 'Series Land Rovers' started by AlexCampbell, Dec 3, 2019.

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  1. Rodeo Joe

    Rodeo Joe Well-Known Member

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    Land cruisers are pretty awesome but not that easy to find now at a reasonable cost.
    Was joking about the unimog..... Handy though if your overlanding the sahara
     
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    For overlanding you will also need a big trailer to carry all the spares and tools, unless your idea of overlanding is a trip to the supermarket in fine weather.


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    You are telling me i cant go overlanding with my series 2a land rover bcz its expensive? and i should buy a land cruiser !!! JEEEZ and i thought i was in a land rover foroum
     
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    You are. But other than AG, we are in the business of giving sensible advice.

    He is right. There is no reason that you cannot overland your 2a. But be aware that it will cost you, and your body, and possibly damage an old vehicle, and reduce it's value.

    You would be much better to employ an old Land Cruiser for your expedition, and leave the 2a at home to gather value, and use it for classic runs and weekends when you get back.
     
  5. AlexCampbell

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    but why should i leave it home in the first place ? Whats the point then having a land rover ?
     
  6. Rodeo Joe

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    Drove to Marrakesh once in a 2a.......was a long time ago and wouldn't attempt it again now that we've got defenders.
     
  7. AlexCampbell

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    how long was that ride ?
     
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    The point of having a 50 year old landrover now is to enjoy having a classic vehicle, and preserving a part of the nations motoring heritage.

    They are a capable overlander within the limitations of a vehicle that age, the design dates from the 1940s.
    My friend drove a standard Series to Cape Town and back, but that was in the late 70s, when unmolested examples were common.

    The fact that you think modification of the vehicle is necessary indicates to me that you are inexperienced in Land Rover ownership and driving.
    Better tyres, maybe an axle locker, and a Tirfor winch in the back and some extra fuel cans will get you anywhere in one of those.

    But it is now a collectable classic, so why endanger it with a lengthy trip? Preserve it and enjoy it.
     
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    Seemed like months but I think it was something like 3-4 week round trip.
     
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    Have the back braces been removed yet? :D
     
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    No but got serious tinnitis:(
     
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    Don't worry. Mine disappeared when I went completely deaf! :)
     
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    Go for it....you're only young once!
    You've got to have done it to say GOD NEVER AGAIN!!!
     
  14. AlexCampbell

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    Sure why not !!
     
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    you are suggesting for an axle locker ?
     
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    Yes. Some Land Cruisers have them as standard. So do Daihatsus and Jeeps.
     
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    okay then
     
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    Sooo still I know you disagree with me but do you have any suggesting with what i can do on my car for a better ride (except from power steering )
     
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    your diff height won't change any nor the frame rails. but you center of gravity will
     
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    Yes. Get a Land Cruiser! :)

    Or, even better, club together with some friends, and get a larger vehicle, like a 4WD Bedford, or a MAN 4WD truck.
    That will get you out of several problems.
    First, the ruts. Many African roads are rutted, and those ruts tend to be spaced for large trucks, which means, in a small 4WD, you spend a lot of time banked over at 45 degrees, with your axle ploughing off the corner of the central land.
    Second. A lot of African countries are now more dangerous than they were a few decades ago, especially in North Africa. A larger party in a larger vehicle will provide you with a degree of security.
     
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