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  1. Robzimbo

    battery charging with two batteries...

    I've been away for work for a while, and Pam (my 1998 105 Standard spec LC) was a bit sluggish to start when I got home. So I've connected my Optimate 3+ conditioner/charger which I will leave connected for 24 hours or so (I don't have a fast charger). I have two 70Ah batteries, in series...
  2. Robzimbo

    Revised: Stone doesn't eat brake caliper. Rim eats caliper.

    Not sure where to post this - 'Brakes', 'Trip reports', 'pub chat'... but it happened to my 105 so I'll put it here, though I guess it could have happened to any vehicle. I was up in Meru National Park a couple of weeks ago. I crossed a river, and soon after there was a scraping sound from the...
  3. Robzimbo

    Nairobi to Meru National Park

    S and I are just back from a wonderful few days in Meru National Park, one of the most remote and unexplored parks in Kenya, the place where George and Joy Adamson ('Born Free' etc) ran their research programmes in the 60's and 70's. We caught the end of the dry season, and the beginning of the...
  4. Robzimbo

    Not a 'Transmission / diff problem' - contaminated brake shoes

    Advice, please, friends. The vehicle: 105 series, I HZ engine, 'Standard' (base model) Spec, manual box, manufactured 1998, 155,000 kms. Front discs, rear drum brakes. The problem: I start up the car. Manoeuvre out of a parking space, forward or reverse, a bit of hard lock, slow speed, drive a...
  5. Robzimbo

    Best place to buy parts in the UK

    Afternoon, all, I guess there may be a rule against advertising or selling on the forums, but I wonder if anyone can help with a bit of advice - I'm coming to the UK for a couple of weeks later this month, and want to get some parts for Pam. Is there a 'go-to' parts supplier that members use...
  6. Robzimbo

    Soft brakes - and Haynes workshop manual?

    Afternoon, Just back from a fun long weekend with Pambere on the Laikipia plateau. Fabulous scenery, good game viewing (lots of elephant, and a VERY impressive 4m python). Pam's brakes aren't all they might be - they need a little 'double tap' to get proper pressure, so I need to have a look at...
  7. Robzimbo

    Introducing Jambanja

    Afternoon, all, Jambanja is a 96 VX80, with whom I've done some good adventures. Most of these pix are from a 40,000 km six month trip from Harare to Alexandria to Cape Town and back to Harare I did with my family in 2009; along with another family in a VX80. Jambanja is still going strong...
  8. Robzimbo

    Please say hallo to Pambere

    Good afternoon, I'd like to introduce Pambere ('Onwards!' in Shona, the main language of Zimbabwe, where I lived for ages). She's a 1999 105, with a 1HZ motor and a manual box. Very basic - manual window winders, no central locking, a few bumps and scratches and bruises, nothing fancy - but I'm...
  9. Robzimbo

    In Kenya (and sometimes in Zimbabwe)

    Hi all, I just posted an intro on the 'introduce yourself' page. I'm mostly in Kenya, sometimes in Zim, pretty knowledgable about a lot of Africa, drive a 105 in Kenya and a VX80 in Zim, know good mechanics in most places between Cairo and Cape Town, and would be very happy to give advice to...
  10. Robzimbo

    Cruiser owner in Africa (Zimbabwe and Kenya)...

    Hi all, My name is Rob. I live mostly in Zimbabwe, but also spend a lot of time in Kenya. I'm on my fourth LC - my first was a 1996 VX80 which I sold in 2008 with 350,000 kms on the clock; replaced with another '96 VX80 in Harare, which I drove with my family, and another family in another VX80...
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