Just got back from a 5500km round trip to the Trans Kgalagadi and Central Kalahari Game Reserves in Botswana.
We used mostly unused Botswana govt firebreak cutlines (very thick sand tracks) for our routes, the minimum temp for our trip was 39Deg C and average was 42-45deg C compared to the...
Latest Upgrades to "The Lorry"
I had extended (for the 50mm lift) stainless steel braided & reinforced brake lines installed to replace all the OEM rubber brake lines.
Front from chassis to axle and each front wheel caliper.
Rear from chassis to axle and each rear wheel caliper.
My Troopy has...
Decided that the front Bullbar needed a spruce up - so the solution was to Raptor coat the bullbar
Rather than hours of sanding I removed the bar and sent it for sandblasting.
Then I gave it 2 coats of etch primer
Then it got 2 coats of Raptor Liner black
I dont like the...
UPDATE Part 2
Prior to the desert Proof of Concept trip - I sent the truck to a specialist tuning shop too have a 5 map UNICHIP ECU chip installed.
After "tuning" the FTE is now putting out 187KW and 615NM on its Max setting (which I hardly use) with maximum EGT recorded being below 600 deg C...
Fitted a set of recovery trax - doubt they will ever be required
Also I got in before the local gubbermunts 40% import duty kicked in on imported tyres and fitted a set of 6 x 285/75 16 Mud Terrain Radar Renegade rubbers
Some pics of the recent proof of concept trip we did to the Namakwa...
I will send a full vehicle pic shortly
Yes you do lose some head room inside the rear of the Troopy with the pop-up tent, would estimate 3-4inches (75-100mm)
The feeling is that all the drawers and empty water tanks have probably added 150kg (330lb)
However, then the awning needs to added (18kg...
VHF Radio and 12V power points, USB power points and Voltmeter mounted on roof console shelf
Drop down table for wash-up bowl
Rear door drop down table coffee station
Gas bottle mounted to rear door (bolted for security)
Gull Wing Kitchen box, houses;- Spices, sauces, cooking...
Well the Make Over is finally finished.
Ill run through and explain what the pics show.
Not seen in the pics but shown in previous pics, the 12V system is mounted inside the body side panel under the Gull wing en-suite shower box comprising:- Victron 12V 30A DC-DC charger, Victron...
The vent that can be seen on the console fridge is for the fan that draws air in and onto the fridge condensor
Correct Ive not been able to use it yet - however i do have a similar console fridge in my FJ40 and there is next to no noticable heat generated
Absolutely we dont have Land Cruisers...
3 x 120W Solar PV Panels mounted, together with wood box with underslung table mount slide.
The ensuite shower - with hot water system and shelf for towel and toiletries. Also inside on the top right shelf, there will be the water level guage that will indicate the remaining...
The brand of my particular console fridge is APLICOOL. yes it has a cordless cellphone charger, and 3 x USB charging sockets (1 on front and 2 on rear)
No issues with E-Brake at all
One critical issue that concerned me about the AluCab pop top was that it was separating from the vehicle roof on the right hand front side, from the looks of the evidence the previous owner or Alucab had attempted unsuccessfully to re-attached it the the vehicle and simply filled the area with...
ANOTHER UPDATE - we getting close to completion now.
Plan is, on friday its off to the panel beater paint shop to have the windscreen replaced and to paint the side fridge slide drop down door to be painted.
Then it should be ready to come home
What isnt seen in the photos is the 3 x 120W PV...
A Few Update Pics
Its starting to come together now.
Main storage unit with 6 drawers
Carpeted cover for drop down fridge slide
The two grocery / food drawers. The side cavity is for the 2 x Front Runner fold up chairs.
The drawer under fridge for gas cooker and Mandela Microwave.
Ive been in Middle East and Europe for the past 2 ½ weeks so I was quite anxious to see how much progress has been made on Troopy while Ive been away
What cant be seen in the pics is - all the side and rear windows have been tinted, and I decide to add an additional 40Ltr water...