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I came across this nice little Mitusbishi Canter (Fuso) 4×4 firetruck on Saltspring Island a couple of weeks ago. This is same chassis that the Earthcruiser is built on. Sweet little truck. Read the rest of this entry »

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We’re in the Gulf Islands at the moment. Today we left our boat anchored in Ganges Harbor on Saltspring, took the bus 20 minutes to Fulford Harbor, and walked about two miles to the Saltspring Cheese Company. They make cheese out of goats milk. It’s delicious.

The farm is beautiful and there’s a self-guided tour that explains the cheese making process.

All of the cheeses are available to try off of the central courtyard in a very nice tasting room.

We had bought some bread at Morningside Bakery in Fulford to go along with the truffle goat cheese we picked up at the farm. Lunch in the courtyard was lovely and the whole place had a really nice vibe.

We highly recommend it. More photos below.

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South African off-roader, Andrew St. Pierre White, takes a stock Land Rover Discovery on what he states is Southern Africa’s most difficult road, Baboons Pass in Lesotho.

He does the trip with friends in two well-prepared Defender 110s. By the looks of it, it’s not for the faint of heart. Will his stock Discovery make it through without a scratch?

Read more, to see Part 2, below. Read the rest of this entry »

Chris Harris from /Drive goes to a product launch for the Pirelli P7 Corsa Classic, a new vintage rallying tire, and gets driven around the Italian Alps by racing greats, Markku Alen and Juha Kankkunen. The vehicles of choice? Vintage Lancia hardware: a Stratos, a 037, and a Delta S4.

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We recently passed the 400-post mark here at WCXC. I’ve really enjoyed writing this blog and seeing that people from around the world read it. If you like what you see here, consider supporting it with a contribution. I’ve added a new Support page. Or you can contribute at the bottom left of any page on the blog.

In the future, keep an eye out for WCXC t-shirts and stickers. And, of course, if you have any suggestions or feedback, feel free to let me know. And, as always, I’ll keep you posted with interesting posts from the world of off-road and overlanding, as well as our own adventures as we head up to sail the Salish Sea in the Pacific Northwest.

Thanks,

Nik

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The Kaiser Jeep gave birth to the idea that one could go out and explore America’s backcountry on a capable, 4-wheel-drive platform. This particular one, a 1966 Kaiser Jeep CJ5, is said to have undergone a frame-on restoration, including new paint and seats, though it’s not clear whether its 134-c.i., 4-cylinder Hurricane engine was serviced or rebuilt. The transmission is a 3-speed, manual.

This Jeep looks like a well-sorted, stock example of this iconic model.

The vehicle is located in Los Angeles and can be found on Expedition Portal. The asking price is $10,500.

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In case you have a cast-iron pan in your chuck box that you’d like to clean before camping season, or you’ve found a new-to-you, crusty, garage sale find, the blog I Believe I Can Fry has a great post on how to get the most grizzled pan looking new again.

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I Believe I Can Fry: Reconditioning & Re-Seasoning Cast Iron Cookware

The concept of standardized time zones didn’t come into being until the 19th Century. Before then, every town kept time based on its own local noon, when the sun was highest above that place. As the sun moves across the sky, so does “noon.”

In the mid-1800s, however, a certain new form of transportation made local time both impractical and dangerous. The video fills in the details.

In these two videos, South African 4×4 expert Andrew St. Pierre White puts 30 years of off-road experience into building a Land Cruiser 70-Series. He aims to create the most robust and simple-to-operate rig he can.

The first video shows the build, which includes a custom interior, roof-top tent, and suspension modifications.

In second video, he and his daughter take the new Land Cruiser out into the bush where Andrew goes into further detail about the trucks features, including the newly fitted turbo-charger.

Find the second video after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

I’m back for a few days before heading up north through the Mendocino and Six Rivers National Forests next week and will put up some posts while I’m here.