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Pics from recent Nicaragua trip etc.

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  1. Diescipel

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    Hey folks--

    Myself and my school's Spanish teacher took 6 students down to Nicaragua back in May and June so here are some cruiser pics. Cruisers definitely predominated, especially in the little out-of-the-way town (Camoapa) that we stayed in for a whole week with Nicaraguan families. The workhorse was the 70 series pick-up, but there were lots of old 40 series (B engines, drum brakes, no roll bar even into the 1980s production years), BJ60s and BJ70s, and some 70 series troopies. Enjoy--

    :cheers:
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    Here's some more. Beefy leafs on the rear of the 70 series pickups--is this a 3rd world or standard option? What is the capacity of these springs? I saw these things loaded with at least 10 people regularly, or filled to the hilt with all kinds of crap.
     
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    Thats the way the Canadian mine trucks come with for springs. Meant to work. Ain't no sissy truck....
     
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    Couple of troopies--the first is the town's ambulance :)
     
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    Shot of the typical Nicaragua TLC wheel, this from a 70 series pick up. Split rim, right? Everybody used these tires. I thought the hub was interesting--the two positions were "LOCK" and "AUTO". I assume the latter will engage the front hubs when the t-case is put in 4wd, but more knowledgeable peeps should enlighten. Honestly a lot of the older cruisers had permanently locked hubs up front.
     
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    A new Prado. The owner was a gringa who complained that it didn't have the power of her other cruiser back in the States ;)
     
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    My host father's BJ40, 1984. As I said, B engine, 4 speed, drum brakes, no roll bar, but nicer body and paint job than my 83 BJ42 for sure.
     
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    Finally, while there, around all these cruisers doing their true cruiser thing in 3rd world conditions, I was reading Who needs a road?. For those of you who don't know, it's the story of an around the world expedition in 1965 that used an FJ40. Their route took them right through Nicaragua and the places I was visiting--I had this funny situation of reading about a landcruiser driving through the town I was in, but in 1965, when of course it was 2005 and there were all the modern cruisers around. Some things never change. Anyhow, a quote for you:

    That came in the middle of the Australian Outback. This guy is NOT a cruiserhead, but he sure sounds like one.

    Their trip took 581 days, they drove 42,252 miles, got 16.3 mpg, and had less than $70 worth of repairs. That's a cruiser.

    :cheers:
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    Great pics Brendan. Some of the accessories on the Diahatsu are a little bit:princess::D
    Dunno if Ive ever seen a Scat with splitts before:cool:

    Was the Prado diesel?
     
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    Really cool pics. Thanks for sharing always nice to see what the rest of the world drives. Those 70 pickups rock. I have to get one!
    Where did you find that book? Sounds like an interesting read.
     
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    Yep, Prado was diesel, which is why la gringa was complaining I think. Don't know what engine it had--the international experts probably do.

    The book is available at amazon.com, or probably just through your local bookstore. Not rare or anything. The copy I read was a new edition from 1999.

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    prolly 1ton+ rating, even the old US spec 45s had a 2200lb payload rating.

     
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    yep their rated to a little over a ton.

    standard fare in Aus... gives your kidneys a workout

    those hubs you showed look like nissan patrol hubs, i've never seen a cruiser with hubs that weren't turnable by hand
     
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    Fun pics... thanks for sharing. Looks like it was a great trip.
     
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    Awesome pics, cool trip!
     
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    I got my copy straight through TLCA. It's been years, so I don't know if they (we) still sell them, but if so, I think we'd all agree it makes more sense to support TLCA than Amazon (no offense to Amazon, of course...)
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    I thought 79's were auto. the ones I have seen did not have manual hubs. nothing to turn on them.