Land Cruiser 70 Troopy

Leopard May 29, 2013

  1. Leopard

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    A lot of you might recognize this truck from when Jonnie posted photos of it a few months ago. He mentioned that he might not keep it, so I jumped at the opportunity when he messaged me and asked if I was interested. My wife and I have had an overlander 80 series for a while now, but I've had my eyes on Troopies for ages.

    Seeing as it's stayed in the club, I thought I would start a new thread to share what I do to it. I haven't had much time to work on it since I got it, with a couple of holidays since then, but have just started building a new bed and storage unit in the back so thought I'd start the thread.

    Here she is:
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    So far I'm absolutely loving the truck! It's got the standard 4.0L engine, no turbo, which means it's pretty gutless, but it's still great. It's got so much potential and I've got lots of plans. It came with quite a lot like stainless steel water tank that has a 12v pump and is piped, stove, 2 spares, inverter, CD player with iPod connector, bull bar, steel rear bumper, leather seats, roof rack, etc..
    I'm still trying to figure out how a lot of it has been put together, for example, I have NO idea how to turn the light on the back of the roof rack on - maybe the bulb has blown or maybe a fuse has gone, but I'm not sure. Also, I haven't been able to get the Erserbaucher heater working. These are the sort of things I need to figure out and sort out.

    On the cards for the next few weeks/months:
    • Fix Eserbaucherr heater
    • Drill out tow hitch to 25mm and fit standard 50mm ball
    • Fit a towing plug
    • Figure out why light on the rear isn't working
    • Fit solar panel above cab

    Keep posted for my progress. :dance:
     
  2. Ben

    Ben Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in australia

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  3. Gav Peter

    Gav Peter Well-Known Member I am in england

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    Good luck with the new truck; looking forward to seeing how you develop it :icon-cool:
     
  4. Craig Yeoman

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    Looking good. Nice write up, looking forward to the next edition.
     
  5. karl webster

    karl webster Land Cruiser Club sponsor Promoted Company Guru Land Cruiser Club Promoted Company

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    Nice truck.

    Never actually saw it when the previous owner got it back.

    If you decide you want to turbo it I have a bolt on jobbie on the shelf if you want to drop me a pm sometime.
     
  6. spackrackman

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    Looking good! Awesome vehicle. I look forward to seeing what you add/modify on it. Plenty of scope. The VW sharan has finally gone and I too are back driving land cruisers again. Happy days.
     
  7. froggy Steve

    froggy Steve Well-Known Member Supporter I am in europe

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    Loving it! I 'found' a troopy yesterday, at the back of a local garage, and when the owner saw me he came over and when asked if it worked I was told no :( Actually is does but I am not selling it in a million years!
    Doh!

    Keep up the good posts
    Steve
     
  8. Scott

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    Congratulations on the purchase, it looks quite a buy. I bet your going to have a lot of fun personalising it.

    Enjoy the build, I look forward to seeing how you get on.
     
  9. Leopard

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    Karl, I think I'll hit you up on this at some point. It's definitely something I'll consider!
     
  10. Leopard

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    Good to hear, mate! It's a beauty of a truck! Absolutely loving it! :) How's your 40 going?
     
  11. AndyCook

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    looks like a great and well kitted truck - enjoy
     
  12. Leopard

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    So, as mentioned above, I started building new storage units that will make the base for the bed last weekend. I also mounted my Engel in the back.

    I started with cutting a base for the mounting plate of the fridge so that it could be painted while I carried on working on the storage units.
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    I didn't want to drill more holes through the floor of the truck, so I decided that I would put a piece of wooden board under the mounting plate and use the tie-down strip you can see on the bottom of the photo and then mount it against the aluminum storage units that sit over the wheel wells.
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    Got my wife to paint the fridge base mount while I cracked on with the storage units.
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    Started with the unit behind the passenger seat. Cut the bottom piece first and checked that it fitted. Decided to leave the tie-down rails in as they might be useful later on and also stop the storage unit sliding off the benches.
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    Then put the sides onto the unit.
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    I started with small nails/pins, but they split the boards too easily. I opted for 9mm boards for the bottoms/sides and 12mm for the tops. I quickly moved on to carefully using screws with pilot holes, which worked much better. I put the basic units together and then re-enforced with brackets.
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    I started off with the little plastic brackets you get from B&Q that you fit with screws, but soon found they weren't strong enough, so moved onto using metal brackets and stainless steel bolts.
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    Using bolts was a bit fiddly and might be overkill, but at least I know they're strong. :) My brother was a huge help - makes a big difference having a second set of hands!
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    My sister's sprolly watched impatiently, hoping we'd throw the stick for it.
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    Lining up the bracket and drilling through.
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    Used counter sunk stainless bolts which worked really well.
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    Overkill? Maybe, but at least I can have an elephant sit on them and they'll survive.
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    I used some of the plastic brackets for the middle, just for added support.
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    Cut a 5cm strip to go down the back which the lid will hinge on.
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    Used the same metal brackets for the strip that the lid will hinge on.
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    Hinges fitted and lid on.
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    It works.
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    It fits and I fit.
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    It fits and Neil (who's about 6ft tall) doesn't fit. :) Opted for the highest I felt was comfortable. It'll mostly be me and my wife (who's shorter than me) in the truck, so wanted the most out of the storage.
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    Over-hung the lid so we have something to grip on to open it.
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    Added a divider, mainly for vertical support for the lid. Decided to use the plastic brackets cause I didn't think there would be much lateral pressure.
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    First unit done.
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    Now to clean up and round the edges so that it can be painted.
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    While my brother painted the first unit, I cracked on with the second.
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    First step for the second unit was to remove the old storage units and gas cylinder.
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    Then I needed to remove the tie-down strip in the middle that the gas cylinder was tied to. This meant taking out the panel above the diesel heater and unbolting it.
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    Cut the bottom piece and checked it fitted.
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    Then put the two ends on.
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    Then the two sides.
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    Checked that it fitted before fixing the dividers in and putting the brackets in.
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    Fixing the dividers in.
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    Bottom together, now just to put the brackets in.
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    Neil doing well with the painting.
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    Fitting the brackets on the second unit.
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    Then added a strip for the lid to hinge on.
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    Lid fitted.
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    While Neil cracked on with painting the second unit, I moved onto the fridge as the base mount had dried enough. First removed the one bolt of the tie-down strip.
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    I started with a straight bracket, then realized it wouldn't work as it sat on a ridge.
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    Then I moved to a right-angle bracket. Checking that it'll work.
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    Then I drilled out the hole to 8mm.
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    Cut the end off which would be in the way.
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    Drilled a third hole on the other end as the hole closest to the right-angle won't contact the base mount.
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    Checked that it'll fit.
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    Screwed the bracket on with stainless screws.
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    Screwed two brackets onto the other end that will bolt to the aluminum storage units.
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    Added some foam to the bottom to stop it from rocking on the ridges and get it to seat properly.
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    Screwed out the holes for the bolts.
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    Bolted the the brackets in.
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    Then I clumbed under the truck to put the nut on the bolt that goes through the floor. Was fiddly, but managed to do it with a socket and long extender without taking out the water tank.
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    Nice and straight.
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    Screwed the base plate in with stainless screws.
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    Fridge in now, just waiting on my Anderson connectors to wire it up properly.
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    Going to fetch the storage units tonight which have been drying. Will be adding a section to complete the bed this weekend, hopefully.
     
    Last edited: May 30, 2013
  13. froggy Steve

    froggy Steve Well-Known Member Supporter I am in europe

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    ya boo hiss, cant see any attachments :(

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  14. Leopard

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    Not sure why they're not showing. :angry-screaming::angry-screaming:
     
  15. Leopard

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    OK, looks like I'm going to have to redo that post entirely. I'm not sure what has gone wrong. Trying to edit it now to figure out why the pictures aren't showing up and I get this:
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  16. Leopard

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    OK, gave up with uploading the photos directly to the forum and am now linking them from Flickr. Seems to work better.

    So, as mentioned above, I started building new storage units that will make the base for the bed last weekend. I also mounted my Engel in the back.

    I started with cutting a base for the mounting plate of the fridge so that it could be painted while I carried on working on the storage units.
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    I didn't want to drill more holes through the floor of the truck, so I decided that I would put a piece of wooden board under the mounting plate and use the tie-down strip you can see on the bottom of the photo and then mount it against the aluminum storage units that sit over the wheel wells.
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    My wife, Rianna, painted the fridge base mount while I cracked on with the storage units.
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    Started with the unit behind the passenger seat. Cut the bottom piece first and checked that it fitted. Decided to leave the tie-down rails in as they might be useful later on and also stop the storage unit sliding off the benches.
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    Then put the sides onto the unit.
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    I started with small nails/pins, but they split the boards too easily. I opted for 9mm boards for the bottoms/sides and 12mm for the tops. I quickly moved on to carefully using screws with pilot holes, which worked much better. I put the basic units together and then re-enforced with brackets.
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    Once I put the base together, I used those plastic brackets you get from B&Q that you fit with screws, but soon found they weren't strong enough, so moved onto using metal brackets and stainless steel bolts.
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    Using bolts was a bit fiddly and might be overkill, but at least I know they're strong. :) My brother, Neil, was a huge help - makes a big difference having a second set of hands!
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    My sister's sprolly watched impatiently, hoping we'd throw the stick for it.
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    Lining up the bracket and drilling through.
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    Used counter sunk stainless bolts which worked really well.
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    Overkill? Maybe, but at least I can have an elephant sit on them and they'll survive.
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    I used some of the plastic brackets for the middle, just for added support.
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    Cut a 5cm strip to go down the back which the lid will hinge on.
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    Used the same metal brackets for the strip that the lid will hinge on.
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    Hinges fitted and lid on.
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    It works.
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    It fits and I fit.
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    It fits and Neil (who's about 6ft tall) doesn't fit. :) Opted for the highest I felt was comfortable. It'll mostly be me and my wife (who's shorter than me) in the truck, so wanted the most out of the storage.
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    Over-hung the lid so we have something to grip on to open it.
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    Added a divider, mainly for vertical support for the lid. Decided to use the plastic brackets cause I didn't think there would be much lateral pressure.
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    First unit done.
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    Now to clean up and round the edges so that it can be painted.
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    Rianna started painting the first unit, while Neil and
    I cracked on with the second.
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    First step for the second unit was to remove the old storage units and gas cylinder.
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    Then I needed to remove the tie-down strip in the middle that the gas cylinder was tied to. This meant taking out the panel above the diesel heater and unbolting it.
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    Cut the bottom piece and checked it fitted.
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    Then put the two ends on.
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    Then the two sides.
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    Checked that it fitted before fixing the dividers in and putting the brackets in.
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    Fixing the dividers in.
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    Bottom together, now just to put the brackets in and then the lid.
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    Neil took over the painting because Rianna had to drive up to Oxford to get something for my Dad. Looking good so far.
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    Fitting the brackets on the second unit.
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    Then added a strip for the lid to hinge on.
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    Lid fitted.
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    While Neil cracked on with painting the second unit, I moved onto the fridge as the base mount had dried enough. First removed the one bolt of the tie-down strip.
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    I started with a straight bracket, then realized it wouldn't work as it sat on a ridge.
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    Then I moved to a right-angle bracket. Checking that it'll work.
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    Then I drilled out the hole to 8mm.
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    Cut the end off which would be in the way.
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    Drilled a third hole on the other end as the hole closest to the right-angle won't contact the base mount.
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    Checked that it'll fit.
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    Screwed the bracket on with stainless screws.
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    Screwed two brackets onto the other end that will bolt to the aluminum storage units.
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    Added some foam to the bottom to stop it from rocking on the ridges and get it to seat properly.
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    Drilled out the holes for the bolts.
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    Bolted the the brackets in.
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    Then I climbed under the truck to put the nut on the bolt that goes through the floor. Was fiddly, but managed to do it with a socket and long extender without taking out the water tank.
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    Nice and straight.
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    Screwed the base plate in with stainless screws.
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    Fridge in now, just waiting on my Anderson connectors to wire it up properly.
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    Going to fetch the storage units tonight which have been drying. Will be adding a section to complete the bed this weekend, hopefully. Then I need to order a new mattress that fits properly.
     
    Last edited: May 30, 2013
  17. Scott

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    So what did you do after lunch? :icon-biggrin:

    Excellent effort there:handgestures-thumb: The truck is taking shape already. You should get a fair bit of gear in the boxes.

    How are you going to secure the boxes, strap them down to the tie down rails, or bolt them in place?
     
  18. Ben

    Ben Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in australia

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    Loving your build thread. :clap:

    I thought the UK was having the coldest spring for 50 years, but it looks quite warm in your pics. :icon-cool:

    Are you planning any big trips for your new 70? :think:
     
  19. Leopard

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    Thanks Scott!

    Not sure yet how I'm going to fix them down. Might use the tie down rails.
     
  20. Leopard

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    Thanks Ben! Couldn't leave you to have all the fun building your truck! ;)

    No big trips planned yet. Only trip planned so far is to France in September for Rianna's birthday. Other than that, we'll do some spontaneous trips through the summer. Hoping to get to more of Scotland this summer too. Loads of places I want to go though. :)
     
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