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  1. Robzimbo

    105 FSM

    Hi James - I need your email address to share the file with you on dropbox. Send it to me at robcsadams [at] gmail [dot] com and I'll connect
  2. Robzimbo

    Issues with the gearbox in 1HZJ 105.

    Jambo, Patrick, from down the road in Nairobi. I can't help with the why, but I can tell you that mine (1999 105 HZ manual) does exactly the same. My fundi changed the gearbox oil recently to precisely the grade Toyota specify, and that's made it a lot better, but it still slips out from time to...
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    moving to Kenya, intend to import a 33 years old cruiser

    Hey Stephane - are you in Kenya now? I'm on 0735 895 515 - give me a call if you're here. Best regards Rob
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    105 FSM

    Scott - I've put my 105 FSMs on dropbox - email me at robcsadams [at] gmail [dot] com and I'll send you a link so you can download.
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    battery charging with two batteries...

    Ok - I'm not in Nairobi (or Harare) at the moment, but I am confident of the following: 1: Both my 80 series and my 105 are 12 volt NOT 24 volt. Both originally only had one battery when I bought them. 2: Both have two 75Ah (I think) batteries installed - and fitted by competent mechanics. 3...
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    battery charging with two batteries...

    As a matter of interest - what damage would you expect this to have done? It doesn't, as yet, appear to have done any damage, which is interesting and slightly surprising.
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    battery charging with two batteries...

    Um, yes. So it does. Interesting. This is exactly how my 12v 80 series has been wired, for 150,000 kms and over 8 years. So when I got the 105, I just did the same thing. Of course it's still 12v electrics all the way through. I'm away from Kenya at the moment. Looks like I better get the...
  8. Robzimbo

    battery charging with two batteries...

    Fantastic. Thank you. You're a star. :) R
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    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...
  10. Robzimbo

    Bring it back

    There's still a BA Concorde parked near the main BA maintenance hangar on the south side of Heathrow. Still beautiful as ever. There's an early prototype at Yeovilton in Somerset that you can walk through; another at Duxford, one more at Filton, near Bristol. I've seen AF models at Orly, Charles...
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    Comment by 'Robzimbo' in media '2_28409848596_o'

    I know that mosque! That's Faisal masjid in Islamabad - I lived just round the corner from there, 25 years ago. Very cool picture.
  12. Robzimbo

    Should i buy this car

    It all depends on how it's been looked after, Mike. If she's been regularly serviced (most would say oil change every 5,000km, filters every 10,000kms is good practice) and it's not been abused, at 255k it's not even half way through its life. The in-line 6 is an awesome lump. I've never had a...
  13. Robzimbo

    Irishman in Australia

    Welcome, Josh - good to have you on board the board... I might ping you some questions about driving across Asia (since from your profile pic I see you managed to get your car into Burma) in the next couple of weeks. I saw you get barked at by Richard over there on the other page about central...
  14. Robzimbo

    Recommended Tyre sizes,

    And here's the answer to the question. Brilliant little app. http://powerdog.com/tiresize.cgi
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    Recommended Tyre sizes,

    Hey, Shane - over the past 15 years my Cruisers have got through lots of BFGs, a couple of rotations of Bridgestone Desert Duellers, and some Pirelli Scorpions. A mix of fast tar, round town (with epic African pot-holes), and probably more than average off road ranging from desert to volcanic...
  16. Robzimbo

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

    Indeed, Clive. But somewhere, deep down in my soul, I wish (and I suspect you wish, too) that the 'traversing stone' theory was what had actually happened...
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    Recommended Tyre sizes,

    I have Comforser MT (?!) 285/75/16 on my Standard spec 1HZ 105. Definitely less guts than is ideal, though, going slowly she will go anywhere. The tyres are half the price of BFGs, and have held up well both on and off road. I keep them at 3.2 Bar. They're a bit noisy on tar, but I can live with...
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    Revised: Stone doesn't eat brake caliper. Rim eats caliper.

    Or possibly, in this case, both 1 and 2. Caliper forced up to the rim, where it rest and abraded until there was no point of contact (end of noise); then brake applied, caliper forced against the rim, a bit more abrasion...
  19. Robzimbo

    Thanks for having me.

    Well... it's not a competition, Ritchie... But if it was, you'd win, I think! What a beast. What a lucky beast to have such a committed owner. Bring her over to Africa one day. Rob
  20. Robzimbo

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

    Frank, Shayne, thanks a lot for this. I now have a new (second hand but good) replacement caliper fitted. I'm away on business in South Africa for a couple of weeks, but will give it all a good check when I get home to Kenya. Here's a picture I took after limping back home a couple of weeks...
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    Revised: Stone doesn't eat brake caliper. Rim eats caliper.

    And I'm thinking Frank and Shayne are right. Thanks for that. It's a weight off my mind to know that there isn't a bloody great diamond in a ditch somewhere up beyond Embu. But I'm kicking myself for not actually doing the work myself - too many phone calls to make to change plans because of...
  22. Robzimbo

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

    That, Clive, is the most plausible explanation yet. So the stone (which was therefore very small, and very hard... my diamond theory again!) initially was trapped vertically between the point where the rim goes from nearly vertical to nearly horizontal, and the protrusion on the inner edge of...
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    Revised: Stone doesn't eat brake caliper. Rim eats caliper.

    And to add to the strangeness - I reversed several times during the process. You'd have thought that would have dislodged what it was in the rim, when it hit the other end of the caliper going the other way. My guess is, an enormous diamond... :-)
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    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...
  25. 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...
  26. Robzimbo

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

    Definitely contaminated brake shoes. Doing the oil seal and new shoes tomorrow. Thanks for the steer, Flint. Helluva relief - we are off to the north on Friday for a week, and I really really really didn't want to have to rebuild the diff before we go...
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    Not a 'Transmission / diff problem' - contaminated brake shoes

    Yes, that would fit - so, the oil leaks from the drive shaft seal, gets onto the pads, which then absorb the oil and expand - so gripping against the drum until I've driven a little, whereupon the expanded surface is worn down and the car runs smoothly.... hmmm. Ok - so fix the oil seal (which...
  28. 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...
  29. Robzimbo

    Repair vs Sell Decision

    I had a compression test done on my old Blue 1 HDZ 80 at 300,000 kms. Average across the 6 cylinders was 6% off factory spec. The lowest if I recall was 8%. Amy - I have an 18 year old 105, and a 21 year old 80 with 350,000kms on the clock. There's nothing wrong with either of them that...
  30. Robzimbo

    Major lighting crises on my HZJ81

    36L 764457.04 m E 9058828.28 m S - what's that you got growing there, Steve? Tea?
  31. Robzimbo

    moving to Kenya, intend to import a 33 years old cruiser

    Salut Stephane - a short reply (I'm running around today) - TZ registration / SW CD plates could both be fine as a mid-term solution, after a TIP at the border as a short term solution. email me on robcsadams [at] gmail and we can take this off line if you want.
  32. Robzimbo

    moving to Kenya, intend to import a 33 years old cruiser

    http://www.revenue.go.ke/customs/faqcustoms.html http://www.kenya.org.za/IMPORTATIONOFCARSINTOKENYA.pdf http://overlandingassociation.org/carnet-de-passage/ Looks like you MIGHT be able to get a 90 day Temporary Import Permit (TIP) at the border, along with your 90 day tourist visa. But I am...
  33. Robzimbo

    moving to Kenya, intend to import a 33 years old cruiser

    Salut, Stephane, What a lovely picture.. I've been up there in winter - it's somehow very special to drive in snow in Africa. A 'Carnet de passage' is a document that guarantees you will export your vehicle at the end of your (temporary) visit to a country with duty requirements. It usually...
  34. Robzimbo

    moving to Kenya, intend to import a 33 years old cruiser

    Salut, mon ami! As far as I know there are NO exemptions on the 8 year import rule. You might be able to bring it in on Swazi plates, a carnet and a COMESA yellow card - I see lots of vehicles driving around on DRC / Uganda / TZ plates, and I have a mate who just brought a bike up from RSA and...
  35. Robzimbo

    Best place to buy parts in the UK

    Thanks - I'll get in touch with Simon Holton. Delivery can be to the UK - I'll pick the parts up when I'm there (nothing too huge!) and bring them back in my luggage.
  36. 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...
  37. Robzimbo

    Soft brakes - and Haynes workshop manual?

    Brakes - the self-adjustor on the rear brake drums was full of gunk and bits of Africa. Cleaned out, tidied up, and now seems to work perfectly. No obvious leaks on the system that I could see. Thanks for the advice on the FSM - I downloaded one for USD20. Very useful. Rob Nairobi
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    Soft brakes - and Haynes workshop manual?

    Thanks, uHu. I checked out the download resource on this site, but none of the downloads are available - though maybe that's my connection or something. Anyway, I got one from downloadamanual.net. I guess my printer is going to be busy the next few days... ! Thanks for the advice. R
  39. Robzimbo

    1PZ, 1HZ, 1HD-T engine repair manual

    I have a 'download not available' message - is this me being thick, or is the link broken?
  40. Robzimbo

    Soft brakes - and Haynes workshop manual?

    Thanks Werner. It's an odd one - the fluid level doesn't appear to have dropped at all. But a couple of days ago, just after engine start, the pedal went all the way to the floor. Three or four pumps and pressure was back again, but it consistently needs a second touch to get proper 'bite'...
  41. 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...
  42. Robzimbo

    Word association

    ha ha! excellent!
  43. Robzimbo

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

    Lazz - I last did that route New Year's 2015 - I guess around the same time as you. It's definitely not quicker (my journey had an added two hours winching Jambanja through a black-cotton soil mud bath right by the bridge, which was washed away), but it's a lot prettier than the route via Skies.
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    Cruiser owner in Africa (Zimbabwe and Kenya)...

    When I'm in Zim I'm in Harare. But I'm based in Nairobi for the next few months at least, and travel a lot in Africa and the Middle East for work. If I make it up to the Falls at some point I'll check out Lion Encounter - I don't know it but it sounds like it could be good for guests from...
  45. Robzimbo

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

    Sounds like you know the route well, Lazz - what a great trip. Do you know the Kwekwe - Nkayi - Lupane route as an alternative to going Harare to the Falls via Bulawayo? It's a good road, mostly gravel, though may be getting a bit bugga'd with this rainy season we're having.
  46. Robzimbo

    Introducing Jambanja

    Hi Frank, No I don't do everything - I'm lucky enough to have found good mechanics in Harare and Nairobi, who I work with when I can. Roadside fixes and routine service, yes, I do those myself. But (touch wood) after something like 300,000 kms of Cruiser driving, over 15 years, all in Africa...
  47. Robzimbo

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

    Howzit Lazz! Good to have comms. Whether we meet for Castles in Harare, or Tuskers in Kenya, we will certainly meet and share some tales! What route are you taking up to Mombassa? I've done both Mbeya - Dodoma - Tanga - Arusha - Nairob, and the western route via the Katavi National Park down...
  48. Robzimbo

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

    That's such a typically African story, Rodger - I hope the mechanic gave a fair assessment of the vehicle! I'll share some travel stories on the forum as I trundle around Africa - lots of adventures planned. Pambere had a little too much Juia Kali (literally, 'in the shade', i.e., under a tree...
  49. 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...
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