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Old October 29th, 2010, 10:56 PM
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Welp - Just booked my one way ticket to New Zealand for Dec!

12-21-10 We head to Colorado for the holidays with family then on 12-29-10 I alone head off to Auckland for about 3 months. Cool!

Planning to come back around the end of March. Maybe by boat along with a container of truck/parts? Who knows at this point.... but it should be a fun trip and work experience. I have always loved NZ since going there 12 years ago for a 2+ month honeymoon ( 2+ in NZ and just over 2 in Australia)

Now to sell off the RRC and some other "stuff" to help fund the NZ truck purchase! Hmmmm: Hilux or Rover or Land Cruiser 70 series? The choices to make.....
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Old October 30th, 2010, 10:14 AM
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awesome, Rover > Hilux > FJ/DJ > LC70

have a great time!
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Old October 30th, 2010, 10:56 AM
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Thanks - trouble is there are 1000000000000000 Hilux's to one 1985 ish Defender.

We'll see when it gets closer what I can find.
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Old October 30th, 2010, 02:35 PM
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Doug please buy a defender so we dont have to hear you say you wish you bought one 5 months from now when you list your NZ Hilux!
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Old October 30th, 2010, 02:59 PM
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HaaHHhaaahhhaaa...... true true true.
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Old October 30th, 2010, 03:33 PM
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are you taking orders?
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Old October 30th, 2010, 05:21 PM
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For what?

If I ship a truck home with me (VERY likely) I will be able to bring some stuff with it.

Or if you're looking for a truck we may be able to work out something if i was to ship a 40 foot container and fit 2 trucks in it.

I will need to locate a reliable west coast importer..... ideas anyone?
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Old October 30th, 2010, 06:20 PM
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All this talk about Hilux's has got me to thinking. I don't have one of those. Parts for sure. If your bringing a container back it would definitely be more cost effective to do a 40 vs a 20. Is new zealand going to be a good source for parts. Its pretty far from the mother land (GB).
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Old October 30th, 2010, 06:44 PM
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Parts are a little pricey there, as are vehicles - not ideal no, but not bad either. Exchange rate is very good now though. That's a bonus.

Check out http://www.trademe.co.nz/ for an idea of stuffs. Kind of the Ebay of NZ.

Yes a 40' is much better and so long as nobody wanted anything "odd" or newer than 25 years it's "easy" to import. Some papers, fees and done.

I should clarify I don't actually need an "importer" but someone on the west coast with experience on who to contact for a shipper and who to NOT use etc.
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Old October 31st, 2010, 03:42 PM
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http://www.trademe.co.nz/Trade-Me-Mo...-325558924.htm

Hard to beat this for the price.
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Old October 31st, 2010, 04:33 PM
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Nice - but I need a runner for while I'm there.

Like this maybe? http://www.trademe.co.nz/Trade-Me-Mo...-328385667.htm
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[QUOTE=Roving Beetle;248548]Nice - but I need a runner for while I'm there.

I was talking about for me
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Old October 31st, 2010, 07:13 PM
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When Dom brought his truck back from Australia, it was cheaper to import to the east coast than to import to the west coast and ship across country. We picked it up in Baltimore before the port got all huffy about idiots wandering around without escorts and whatnot.
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Old October 31st, 2010, 07:22 PM
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Thanks, I'll look into that too. I had planned to drive it from west to east - but either way works for me. Cheaper is always moar bettererer.

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I bet one of those 4 door diesel hilux would be great on fuel and damn fun
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Here you go Doug, and when you come back, bring it with you!
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It has taken every bit of self control that I have to not purchase a BJ70 or a 75 series diesel truck... Not sure I can hold out much longer.
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Old November 1st, 2010, 08:13 AM
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Yeah the 70 series are pretty neat trucks. Simple tough and just modern enough to be reasonably comfortable.

I will see what I can find when it gets closer but I am leaning to the 4 door Hilux diesel or a 70 series since those are the most plentiful over there. It's tough to find any Rovers to speak of.
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