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This English couple has written a photo book about their 5-month trip, north to south, through Africa. To do it they bought an 80-series Land Cruiser which they named “Indlovu,” the unstoppable elephant.

They’re currently pre-selling their book on Kickstarter.

Link:
Indlovu on Kickstarter

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It’s spring and you’re probably getting ready for a camping trip or two. In case you’re wondering what to bring, I’ll share our camp list, our checklist for everything we bring.

First though a word on how we pack. I have a drawer system in the truck and a lot of the tools and recovery gear live in there. In the flat area above the drawers we have room for three plastic bins (like the ones in the photo above) and one cooler. That makes four solid items that can easily be strapped down. Always secure your load inside the vehicle. You don’t want that stuff shifting on the trail, or worse, flying around in an accident. All of the soft stuff (blankets, sleeping bags and the like) go between the space left over along side the bins. Usually I can get us packed and still see out of the rear window.

For longer trips, I take out the back seat of the truck and bolt a couple of D-rings to the floor of the truck where the seat bolts go. In that space, low and central, I’ll strap down 21 gallons of water in 3 plastic jugs. That’s enough for a maximum of 10 days for my wife and I at a rate of 1 gallon per person per day for drinking, cooking, and dishes.

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Photo: Paul Guillien

As you’re prepping for rides this spring and summer, it might be worth having a look at these adventure bike tips compiled by four-time Baja 1000 champion Quinn Cody for the website ADV Pulse. He covers planning, prep, gear, as well as riding tips. Good to know.

Link:
Quinn Cody’s Off-Road Safety Tips for Adventure Riders » ADV Pulse.

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Here’s a great photo series on how to repair a cracked dashboard.

The basics involve grinding out the cracks and damaged foam with a Dremel, filling the cracks with expanding foam, then sanding (several rounds of this), and few rounds of sanding and spraying with rubberized spray paint.

Links:
Here are the basic steps
Here is a Rennlist forum post with steps in detail

YouTube user Ronny Dahl offers this video of off-roading in southwestern Australia’s Yeagarup Dunes and Callcup Hill. It features lots of Land Cruiser 70-series utes, water crossings and, of course, dunes and beach driving. Good fun and a beautiful spot.

Links:
4-Wheeling in Western Australia
Ronny Dahl’s YouTube Channel

 

It’s refreshing to see a video from the Middle East that’s about the people and the land, instead of the turmoil. Modern Motorcycle Diaries takes us aboard their KTM 990 on a trip through Oman. It looks beautiful.

Links:
Modern Motorcycle Diaries

Jeep Chief concept, West County Explorers Club

Jeep has released a new concept vehicle meant to revive the look of the old Cherokee Chief. The concept is based on the modern, V6-powered Wrangler. I could do without the surfer girl interior (see photos after the jump) but the rest of it looks pretty cool.

Links:
Jalopnik: The 1970’s Jeep Chief Is Back As This Badass Wrangler-Based Prototype
Autoblog: Jeep Chief Concept Photo Gallery

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Nimbus e-Car

If you’ve ever wondered what an electric off-roader might look like, check out this concept for the Nimbus e-Car. It’s spec’d with a 180hp electric motor, 200 mile range and designed with wrap around windows. I love the look of it.

See more photos after the jump.

Thanks to Mas for finding this one!

Link:
Nimbus™ e-Car – Future is calling / hemisferiocriativo.com

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Save this one for when you have some time. It’s an hour and ten minutes of overlanding action as three mates head up the wild east coast of Australia’s northern Cape York Peninsula.

When I say wild, I do mean wild. They’ve gotten permission to drive much of it along the beach and have to take tides into account when rounding rocky points and crossing rivers. That and, of course, avoiding the crocodiles while doing a bit of night fishing. It looks like a lot of fun.

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Turbo-diesel, West County Explorers Club

I just spotted this lovely looking 1991 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado on BaT. It looks like quite a find: 2.5-liter turbo-diesel, automatic transmission, 126k original kms (78.8k miles), fully loaded, aluminum roof rack. OK—it’s right-hand drive, which would take some getting used to. But that classically handsome shape, that great color, it looks really nice.

It’s located in Vancouver, Canada; the asking price is an attractive $9,600; and it’s one year away from legal U.S. import. This is my kind of truck!

More photos after the jump.

Note: the ad states the engine is a 2.0-liter diesel but my research shows that all 1991 Prados were equipped with 2,446 cc diesels.

Links:
Bring a Trailer
Craigslist ad

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