Australian map and app company Hema is mapping the Continental Divide more their North American mapping app. They’ve also created a cloud sharing service where users can upload and share tracks. Here’s an example.
Through my illustration shop, shop.l-dopa.com, I illustrated and designed this vintage Ford Bronco t-shirt. I draw them in original, factory colors, and am really happy with the way they’re turning out. This one is a 1973 in Carmel Bronze.
If you’d like to have a look, check them out here. More colors after the jump.
Another beautiful film from Petrolicious detailing one owner’s decades-long relationship with his Toyota FJ40.
Here’s a beautiful video from Petrolicious about a man who learned to drive and camp with his parents in a ’50s-era Willys jeep. He still has the jeep and the original camp trailer they would tow. This what camping and making memories is all about.
If you’re thinking about buying a Range Rover Classic (or even if you’re not), you might enjoy this North American promotional video for the 1989 model year.
I apologize for the radio silence the past few months. I’d like to get the WCXC ball rolling again with series of posts about last spring’s Overland Expo 2015. I had initially invited my good friend Greg from gadmachine to go with me. When a scheduling conflict came up, Greg, always up for adventure, accepted our press pass (kindly provided by Overland Expo) and headed to Arizona solo. He had a great time, met some great people, and took the fantastic photos you see here.
I’ll cover the Expo in four posts: Trucks, Products, Camp Vibes, and the Obstacle Course.
Next year’s Overland Expo will be held May 20–22, 2016 in Flagstaff, Arizona. The event offers a chance to work on your overland driving skills, attend workshops and classes, watch films and demos, and offers a tangible air of camaraderie. They’re already taking reservations. If you’re interested, click here.
On to the trucks! The Expo is a great place to see adventure vehicles. Here’s what Greg spotted. Read the rest of this entry »
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.
Indlovu on Kickstarter
You are no doubt familiar with portal axles (found on the likes of Unimogs, Hummers, and Volvo C303s) that raise ground clearance by porting the axle above the wheel’s centerline. Usually the portal ends and the axles are built as one piece. Did you know, however, that portal axles are available in bolt-on form?
A German company called TIBUS Engineering offers them for popular overlanding marques such as Land Rover, Mercedes, Toyota, and Jeep but states on their website that they can be fitted to almost any vehicle. There’s a lengthy forum discussion on Expedition Portal started by a guy that worked with them to get portals fitted to his Land Rover Defender.
Here’s a rare find: a JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) Toyota Hilux Quadcab Pickup. The engine is a 2.8-liter diesel, mated to a 5-speed manual, and a 2-speed transfer case. Four doors, a short bed, and the seller claims this is the commercial model of this truck. Maybe that’s why the ad mentions a factory solid front axle? What’s not to love?
Well, Japanese market means right-hand drive. Also it’s for sale in Canada and still a year away from legal import status to the United States.
Upgrades include diff breathers and an Old Man Emu (OME) suspension, dampers, and bushings. The truck has 189,000 km on the clock, sounds to be well maintained, and can be found on Craigslist in Vancouver for CAD$19,000.
Many more photos and the original ad text after the jump.
The über-wagen pictured above, is what Mercedes-Benz is calling the G500 4×42. Word on the street has it that this new Geländewagen concept will meld the 6×6’s underpinnings with the old G-wagen’s axle count. That means a G500 with portal axles, 18″ bead-lock wheels, an upgraded chassis with dual springs and dampers, and a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 flogging 416 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque.
Although it will debut as a concept at the upcoming 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the website Motor Authority speculates, based on test vehicle sitings, that much of the development work on the production model has already been done.
Check the articles below for more info on this beast, or have a look at the photo set after the jump.