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Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:01 pm

One day we will do it in style. Now we just do it!

The team JAZMAR - Jaco, Annelie and the four kids: Zjac, Mareli, Arle' and Riku. We love Africa, over-landing, nature, horse riding, cycling, birding, photography, cricket, camping, reading, adventure ... six people can have a long and varied list of interests. We are also home educating our children which gives us the added advantage of not worrying about school holidays when we plan a trip. Every trip is part of life and learning.

I have always wanted a Land Cruiser 80 series but I think my ship got lost or sunk on the way ... on the other hand it could be at the harbor or has left again while we were having fun somewhere else.

Our first trip cross the boarders of South Africa was in 1994 in a Golf GTi - sorry no photos. Looking for photos of my Toyota Tarzan Trokkie ( Toyota TT) I came across these photos. In 2003 we were on our way to the In-laws and family in Namibia and we decided to explore Lesotho on the way there.
1. How it all started.jpg
In Lesotho
2. Wading depth - not a problem!.jpg
There was no problem with the wading depth of the MB 200.
In 2006 and 2007 we went to visit Oupa en Ouma again. Both trips were done in December / January.

This time we did it in a VW Jetta.
3. What more do you want.jpg
When you are in the Namib and you feel like you are the only people on the planet you can not whish for much more!
On one of the trips we went to Luderitz and decided to visit all the places of interest in and around town. We even tried our luck on some of the sand tracks in the vicinity of Dias Point.
4. Exploring Luderitz.jpg
We eventually reached our destination and it was definitely worth the effort.
5. I do need more traction.jpg
We needed more traction!
As is evident from the photo we did not drive to the end of the road ... we walked ... as is often the case if you do not have a 4x4.

Will continue shortly.
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Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:26 pm

Good stuff Jaco, see you got the hang of things quickly :thumbup:

Great, loking forward to the rest :beg: :beg: :beg:

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Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:35 pm

Great story, it's quite amazing what you can achieve if you just do it.

I hope someday you will be able to take your children on an African adventure in a 4x4. There are many beautiful places in Mama Africa.

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Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:42 pm

Time for some pics of the Troopy :thumbup:

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Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:53 pm

Some of the places we went were marked " 4x4 only" on Tracks4Africa. At the Spitskoppe we spent 3 days before continuing to Uis where the family was waiting.
5a. Spitskippe.jpg
The track to this camp site is marked " 4x4 only" on Tracks4Africa
Then this crossed my way.
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A LC at last
This Cruiser has been in town for a few years and I was eyeing it but did not think I will get hold of it at a reasonable price. I think it was kept for me, because I got it for R12 500! (2005)
7. A old LC Troopie.jpg
It was ideal for the family.
The best of all was it was a Troopie! Lots of space for people and stuff!

Not too bad ....
8. Not too bad looking.jpg
It was running well - but the rest....
Or not...
9. Second thoughts.jpg
It was a construction vehicle.
10. It was used as a contstruction vehicle.jpg
Did I mention it was a construction vehicle?
Then we started resurrecting it!
11. Stripping the LC.jpg
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Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:02 pm

R12500 vir enige cruiser is n bargain!

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Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:04 pm

Sjoe, for R12k........bargain! You very lucky!!!

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Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:06 pm

One day I wil have the guts to do that - especially buying that "just run-in Cruiser P/U" - well done boeta!
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Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:21 pm

Jaco, hoeveel km's het die TT op?

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Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:26 pm

Did I mention that I am still waiting for my ship to arrive? Lots of money to restore this old Cruiser was not on the table and I decided to attempt the project at home. What the heck, we were going to paint the house so why not paint the Cruiser as well? :D:

I got a bull bar from my brother in law. Like a child with a new toy I had to start playing immediately and fitted the bull bar before starting the tedious work.

Stripping the Toyota TT was easy enough. Sanding it down was not so much fun. Filling what I initially thought will be a few dings became filling several dents. Welding some cracks on the bonnet and wheal arch panels - specifically where the battery is attached took some more time.
13. More sanding.jpg
12. Sanding, filling and fixing.jpg
Then we started painting the Cruiser.

We did paint the house first - just for warm-up and practice.
14. Taking shape.jpg
We are getting there!
I am sure those of you who have been paying attention can see that the walls of the house is cream and no longer pink!

Almost there!
15. Almost there.jpg
To be continued...
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Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:31 pm

OOOMS

(Ek weet nog nie hoe om te Quote nie)

Die TT het 95 000km op die klok gehad toe ek hom in 2005 gekry het. Ek is nie seker of dit dalk 1 095 000km was nie. Dit is 'n 1984 model maar is die eerste keer in 1992 in SA geregistreer. Dit het nou so 135 000km op. Ek het die enjin so 'n jaar terug oor laat doen omdat ek 'n betroubare voertuig wou he.
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Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:37 pm

OOOOMS wrote:Jaco, hoeveel km's het die TT op?
Het die Quote ding nou ook onder die knie!
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ToyotaTarzanTrokkie wrote:OOOMS

(Ek weet nog nie hoe om the Quote nie)

Die TT het 95 000km op die klok gehad toe ek hom in 2005 gekry het. Ek is nie seker of dit dalk 1 095 000km was nie. Dit is 'n 1984 model maar is die eerste keer in 1992 in SA geregistreer. Dit het nou so 135 000km op ek het die enjin so 'n jaar terug oor laat doen omdat ek 'n betroubare voertuig wou he.
Bo regs in elke 'reply' is daar 'n quote blokkie, click net daarop, dan sal hy die indormasie in 'n reply blokkie sit :thumbup:

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Sun Mar 25, 2012 8:06 am

Ek like sulke stories... hou van 'n goeie einde
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Sun Mar 25, 2012 8:12 am

Nice job on the Cruiser Jaco, well done! :thumbup: Looking forward to the continuation of the story. ;-)
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Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:55 am

Interesting story.....waiting for continuation
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Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:23 am

Tea break now :beach:

Lovely story and awesome sense of adventure! :yahoo:
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Sun Mar 25, 2012 12:01 pm

Old Toyotas never die! This is excellent reading Jaco, can't wait for the next episode.... and the next... and the next ;D


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Sun Mar 25, 2012 12:37 pm

Thanks for all the encouragement and comments. Over the last few years I have been a very active reader of trip reports on various forums. The best reports I have read are by Metaljockey on ( http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=269251" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; ).

I have never bean a keen writer - but sharing my passion with you has not been a bad experience at all. This format of interactive communication is better than TV, magazines, books or the movies. It is my opinion that even a real life trip is incomplete without a good record of some sort - pictures, stories, memorabilia or even that scratch or dent that inspires you to go on the next trip.

I will go through the albums to find a few more picks of my Toyota TT.

This has been my desktop background for a while.
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On the pans near Kubu Island - Botswana.
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Sun Mar 25, 2012 1:21 pm

Not sure if I had mentioned it you before, but this site is ADDICTIVE :shock2: and by the looks of it we have ourselves a writer amongst us, well done :clap: keep em coming.

Listening to some soft jazzy music and reading your stuff :thumbup:
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Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:53 pm

Jaco the masses are waiting for more :roll:
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Mon Mar 26, 2012 5:42 pm

Don't make me nervous Sebata!

I am pacing myself - worried I might get addicted and spend all my time in front of laptop.
Must put my family and work first to ensure many happy trips in future. :crazy:
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ToyotaTarzanTrokkie wrote:Don't make me nervous Sebata!

I am pacing myself - worried I might get addicted and spend all my time in front of laptop.
Must put my family and work first to ensure many happy trips in future. :crazy:
The addict inside you wants to come out, don't stop him - you will loose :mocking: , told you! :taunt:
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Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:11 pm

ToyotaTarzanTrokkie wrote:Don't make me nervous Sebata!

I am pacing myself - worried I might get addicted and spend all my time in front of laptop.
Must put my family and work first to ensure many happy trips in future. :crazy:
This forum is your only way to making your family happy :mocking: :mocking:
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Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:16 pm

stunning, now that we know ou can do it. i'm sure there will be more of these type of projects?

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Very nice, I like the colour
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OOOOMS wrote:Sjoe, for R12k........bargain! You very lucky!!!
12k is theft, never admit that to the police...
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