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Old April 19th, 2013, 02:26 PM
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London - Cape Town Drive

I am going to completely document my expedition from London to Cape Town happening 1 or 2 years from now.

I am 20 years old, studying economics & international business. And YES I KNOW NOTHING about Land Rovers.

The beauty of it is my thread will show my progress, my mistakes and my accomplishments. Essentially a timeline of pictures, decision making and of course help received.

*along the way I will be delivering medicine to various hospitals in East and West Africa which are in partnership with 3 EU hospitals who will provide the medication.

STEP 1
find a car - preferably a 110 or a 130
- roof space is ideal
- only front seats will be used the rest is storage
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Old April 19th, 2013, 02:33 PM
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STEP 1

Find a car
As all rookies I turned to auto trader and ebay,

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any advice or connections where I can get a honestly deal done let me know
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Old April 19th, 2013, 02:47 PM
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Old April 19th, 2013, 02:48 PM
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If only 2 seats needed, get a 3 door 110 with van side. More secure, cheaper. I assume the second person will be a mechanic? Plan to put a bunch of time and money into making sure everything is 100% before you leave.
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Old April 19th, 2013, 02:56 PM
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Old April 19th, 2013, 03:14 PM
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@rijosho - European business School

@red90 - van side, Good idea, will def do that. Security is important and your right, it cannot be over looked
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Old April 19th, 2013, 04:43 PM
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Ah - the famous Cape to Cairo (going the other direction). Dream trip for me. Just plan the route well.

I've got a buddy who's driven Land Rovers across parts of Africa if you're looking for advice.
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Old April 19th, 2013, 05:47 PM
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110 Hard top Tdi. Cheaper to get a good vehicle than one needing fixing. Ex mod best. As they have fuel can storage and tough. Repaint non military colour.
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Old April 19th, 2013, 06:19 PM
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@jeff - #didyouhaveabaddayatwork

Thanks to all those others helping out.
Forgot to mention no one going on this trip is a mechanic everything will be learnt before hand. Up for a challenge
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Old April 19th, 2013, 06:23 PM
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I'M GOING TO STAY TUNED. COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS UNTIL 1-2 YEARS FROM NOW.



(but I may be forced to eat my words...remember that artist guy who was going to drive around the world in his Land Cruiser, starting from NYC...and everyone gave him tons of shit on the forums and laughed at his plans...and then he drove around the world)
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I am inspired by the innocence and insanity of youth.

Plan carefully knowing that reality negates most plans.

Get as much hands on mechanical experience as you can. Preferably on the same vehicle/engine/transmission as you will take. But any hands on experience on other types of vehicles will help you develop a feel for machines.

Especially work with people when they are troubleshooting, trying to figure out exactly what is the problem. You waste time and money when you fix something that isn't broken, and you still need to find and fix what is broken.

Do not take cheap tools. A broken wrench means that nothing that needs that wrench can be fixed.

I say go for it!

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I am going to completely document my expedition from London to Cape Town happening 1 or 2 years from now.

I am 20 years old, studying economics & international business. And YES I KNOW NOTHING about Land Rovers.

The beauty of it is my thread will show my progress, my mistakes and my accomplishments. Essentially a timeline of pictures, decision making and of course help received.

*along the way I will be delivering medicine to various hospitals in East and West Africa which are in partnership with 3 EU hospitals who will provide the medication.

STEP 1
find a car - preferably a 110 or a 130
- roof space is ideal
- only front seats will be used the rest is storage
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Old April 19th, 2013, 10:39 PM
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Perhaps look at the ExMoD Sales site at Witham Field. You could pick up one at a good price and sort it out over the next couple of years.
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Old April 20th, 2013, 07:48 AM
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Solarguy, Rocky, Daddymow thank your for MoD suggestions, next place to have a peak

Guam pilot - words of encouragement. Thank you.

Below is the suggested routes

dark blue and light blue I prefer dark blue leg 1 and leg 2 light blue

White - unsafe

Dotted Dakar to Addis Ababa - cargolux logistics company offered to fly the cars to avoid Niger (where i grew up) chad and Sudan.

Dotted Cape Town to London or Antwerp cars shipped back (total 3 cars 2 to be shipped back one is donated to a NGO)

Shipping quote also attached
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Old April 20th, 2013, 08:28 AM
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The search begins

The Goal is to find one before the end of June. I will be vigilant, if I don't find it then ill keep looking
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Old April 20th, 2013, 02:59 PM
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JSbriggs - so I have been told, they say the cruisers have a better chassis, diff lock (amazon version) and other perks like a 4.2 engine.
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Old April 20th, 2013, 03:26 PM
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Cool stuff. I just got done watching long way down and long way round. Awesome stuff. Funny how not being American makes certain countries easier. I'd be more keen to do it in a 4x4 than a bike. Me and my klr650 are still pretty new to each other.

Best of luck. I am interested to watch this develop. Nice that you are starting in London. 110s and 130s are sooooo cheap there.

Tools and experience as they have been brought up are important. A hard copy of a rover manual would be helpful to fix those unexpected things, or a laptop with the rave cd. There are lots of people who can chime in with appropriate spares to carry. It's worth to mess around and try wrenches on things and make sure you have the right sizes and lengths (short or long wrenches, deep or standard sockets). For instance Chris Snell turned me on to the 9/16 flank drive wrenches for the driveshaft bolts. Waaaaay easier with a better wrench.

Are you familiar with offroad driving already? If you aren't, one of those offroad schools would be helpful as well. I am sure you will encounter some interesting terrain and to be familiar with winching techniques will be important. And in general negotiating obstacles and understanding the vehicles clearances and limitations.
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Old April 20th, 2013, 03:53 PM
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Following this with interest. Driven down to Morocco and back a few times. A sound chassis is paramount. A friend of mine ended up having the chassis swapped while touring around in Africa.
He has a good website of his travels,
http://off2africa.synthasite.com/
did his shake down run to Morocco with Trailmasters, I was on the same tour.
http://www.trailmasters.com/
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Old April 20th, 2013, 07:08 PM
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diesel is a "hot commodity" on a lot of that route...expect to carry a lot in jerry cans. I have traveled much of that route (albeit a long long time ago) and petrol was far easier to get. The long haul lorries will sell you some out of their trucks if you ever get in too much trouble...

either route you go MAKE sure you have a very good - aka 5-6 Jerry cans located for the inevitable issue with lack of fuel (whatever your choice)...additionally spares for petrol engined versions are easier to get. Really depends on your route though and how adventurous (read intrepid/exploratory) you want to be getting off a defined route.

FORGOT TO CHIME IN...as someone above posts...SECURITY, SECURITY, SECURITY....a 3 door 110 with van sides will be ideal
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Old April 27th, 2013, 05:54 AM
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Exams are coming to and end so I do apologize doe not being on for a while.

I lined up 9 cars that are of interest 7 land rover 110 and 2 land cruisers amazons (keeping an open mind)

I read that td5 engines are the ones to generally go for. Any suggestions if this is true.

I have read about a few do's and do nots when it comes to selecting the vehicles , obviously chassis needs to be sound, rust problems etc... And extra advice on what to keep an eye out for??
Thanks
Yared
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