In temporary exile

PaulH

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Mar 16, 2010
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Hi Everybody

I finally managed to get on board, thanks to Jon W's invite and Crispin's patience. ;)

Some of you may remember me slithering my way around Lincombe in a bright yellow 80-series. Unfortunately the 80 had to go, because I landed a new job in Dubai and couldn't bring it with me.

So after 4 months of driving a little Nissan rental car, getting bullied by Landcruisers and Patrols, I couldn't resist the lure of another big yellow vehicle...

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All right, no, mine is the little white one on the left. It's a 2008 FZJ76, manual, with part-time transfer and the acclaimed Toyota LSD in the back. Fairly basic inside with a front passenger bench and an alleged 10-seater capacity, although you'd need to be 10 pretty good friends to travel any distance. Here it is on our inaugural trip to some biggish dunes near Dubai...

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It's my daily transport as well as weekend toy, and hopefully will get used for occasional camping trips further afield. I've no concrete plans for any modifications at the moment - I guess things'll get done as/when I think I need them.

Apart from the tyres, maybe. It's on 7.50x16 Yokohama 402s (Michelin XS clones) which, although they work fine in the sand and drive okay on-road, aren't half noisy on tarmac, so maybe something quieter. (and bigger, naturally. :) ) Oh, and that dratted 120 kph speed buzzer'll have to go as well...

Cheers
 

24Seven

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Mar 1, 2010
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Very nice Landcruiser, are you going to bring it back to the UK?

I really wish we could get the more basic LC's here.
 

PaulH

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Mar 16, 2010
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Thanks. It rides a bit like a bed of nails compared to the 80, but hopefully the rear leaves will soften a bit with age - it's only got 65,000 km on it at the moment.

My long-term goal is to drive it back to the UK, but nothing concrete as yet.
 
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PaulH

New Member
Mar 16, 2010
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Dubai, UAE
Not this time, unfortunately.

Still, looking on the bright side, at least I won't have to spend the next 3 months chipping chunks of red concrete off the underside... :)
 
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