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Re: Photo competition 2013

Here are some from De Wildt:-
by Tony
11 Oct 2013 21:16
 
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Re: Starting from scratch

Dankie manne - as always.... you ou's are a fountain of knowledge!!
Still no news - I was hoping that everything would have been back on Friday so assembly could start early Monday, but no news yet. I want to take some pics of all the bits 'n pieces as well as the cleaned up engine before she's mounted back in the engine bay. I'll post once i've got some.
by Tony
09 Nov 2013 15:51
 
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Now that's what I call SERVICE!!

About 25 years ago I discovered a 100cp Cadac gas lamp that my dad had bought probably 40 years ago - all brand new, in the box and never used. Well I have been using the lamp for the last 25 years, and it's been superb. A short while ago, (during a period of load shedding) I decided to light up the house with my lamp, only to find that it suddenly would'nt light up much at all and if I turned up the gas a ball of flames engulfed the mantle. Well I began by replacing the mantle, with no luck, I then replaced the jet - still the same. Finally I took the lamp to Cadac to sort out - and guess what - they simply replaced the entire lamp without any question at ZERO COST. That lamp was about 40 years old, and well used!!
Gents, forget all those alternative camping gas options - I say stick to the original BUY CADAC!!!
by Tony
21 Jun 2014 18:54
 
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Re: hennops op die 9 Augustus somme net ...

Here are some photos that we took.
by Tony
11 Aug 2014 19:31
 
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Re: EGR ZD30

Josh, I bought my "Troll with 118 000 km on the clock just over 6 years ago, and am now sitting on just over 200 000 km's. I recently had big issues with the engine, and ended up reboring and redoing the entire engine. When all this work was being done, I noticed that the EGR had been blocked already (I don't know at what mileage) so I can't comment on the changes / or benefts of doing it. All I can say is that I have done 80 odd thousand km's myself, and my issues had nothing to do with the EGR being blocked - I don't think.
by Tony
06 Sep 2014 21:06
 
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Botswana / Namibia with Bhejane Tours

On the 6th July we (myself, wifey plus the two kids) set off for Stokpoort where we overnighted Sunday & Monday night just 6 km from the border post. On Tuesday the 8th we set off and crossed the border at 08H00 and headed for Mahlapye, then Palapaye, where we tuned off for Letlhakane and met up with the Bhejane Tour. Along the way, we lost a brand new matteress complete with campcover thanks to my excellent fastening skills - and I was a boy scout once upon a time!
Here we were debriefed, got handed out 2 way radios and set off at about 14H30 for Kubu Island and our first campsite. The pans are an awesome experience and something we will never forget, and then Kubu with it's Baobabs, that was pure magic. The Bhejane guys had the campsite set up when we arrived, and the pots were on the fire, and tea and coffee were permanently available - all we had to do was unpack, organise our tents, pull up the chairs and grab a cold one!! That night we were served a superb oxtail poitjie plus a desert nogal!
The next morning we were up early to catch the sunrise, chow a lekker hot porridge and hit the road for Maun via Gweta. At lunchtime, we stopped for some lekker tuna mayo sandwiches before getting to the tar road. Our next night was at the Drifters campsite just before Maun, a lovely setting on the river - just bloody freezing especially in the morning when we needed to be up and packed and at the airport by 08H00 to do the flight over the Delta. When that was done (the worst flight of my life - puked my lungs out!!) we got a replacement mattress from a camping shop and met up with everyone so we could move on to our next stop, for 2 nights this time, in the panhandle at a camp called Shakawe River Lodge. This was also a lovely place on the river, and the highlight for us was a perfect Pels Fishing Owl sighting. Here, we were treated to an afternoon sunset cruise along the river. Good food and lots of "kuiering" around the campfire was the order of the day with lots of good friends being made. There were 35 people on this tour, from all around the country and a wide variety of 4x4's (only 2 were Toyotas - besides Bhejane's vehicles!)
From here, we all headed for Tsodilo Hills where we were guided through some of the rock art, had a lunch, and proceeded in our own time over the border into Namibia to stay at Ngepi Camp for the next 3 nights. This was by far the nicest of all the places we stayed at, where we were treated to another river cruise, a hamburger brunch in the Babwata National Park, tried our hand at tiger fishing but gave the swim in the wire pool in the kavango river a miss - getting too old for the cold water!! From here we visited Popa Falls and also checked out the remains of '32 Battalion HQ.

After Ngepi, we drove across the Caprivi Strip through Katima and out of Namibia, back to Bots and into Kasane where we stayed for the last 3 nights at a place called Thebe River Lodge - this was not nearly as quiet and private like the other campsites we stayed at. From here, we set off early the next morning to get through the border into Zim so we could go see the Victoria Falls and spend the day sightseeing there before heading back for another superb Bhejane meal & kuier. The next & last day they organised a Chobe morning game drive, followed by an afternoon Chobe River cruise to finish the tour off - they were fantastic outings and we saw loads of excellent game sightings and sunsets. All in all it was a fantastic trip with an extremely well run organisation and a young but very mature and knowledgable guide - Riaan Haasbroek and his three assistants who took care of all the camp seting up and food as well as the cleaning up every day!

On the last morning we said our goodbyes, and headed for Francistown where we overnighted before heading out the same border post we came in at and headed on home. IMG_2208(1).JPG
by Tony
07 Aug 2014 21:20
 
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Re: River Trip 6-10 August 2015

I'm in, with my lightie - just need to check whether I can get the 6th & 7th off work. Does the direction of travel in the Molotsi riverbed take us close to Eiland in the Hans Merensky Nature Reserve? I.e. we travel in a SE direction.
by Tony
03 Mar 2015 20:40
 
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Re: River Trip 6-10 August 2015

Hey guys please put me on the list, I am not missing this one!!
by Tony
10 Mar 2015 20:16
 
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Re: Ironman Suspension

I fitted my set 80 000 odd km's ago and have had absolutely no problems so far. They initially fitted the load (heavy duty) coils, but I found them too hard, and had them replaced with the comfort coil and a set of gas shocks and they work for me - both on and offroad, the ride is superb!
by Tony
10 Mar 2015 20:55
 
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JUST HOW FAR WILL YOUR MECHANIC GO TO HELP YOU??

Hi gents, it's been a while since i've been active on the forum - anyhow, let me fill you in on my latest drama and how an amazing man (and his wife) came to our rescue!
We organised a quick trip to Kruger when our daughter came home on her first break from varsity in Stellenbosch over the easter weekend. After some TLC and general checkups by Graham, we were good to go. We left before sparrows on Sat 4th April and headed straight up to the Punda Maria gate. The Patrol went like a dream - (even my EGT's are waaaaay down after Graham replaced the probe, so now 450 deg was the highest I got to!)
Anyway, we spent 2 nights at Punda, then worked our way down to Shimuwini, and then down to Orpen with the last two nights at Pretoriuskop. Well, when we arrived at Orpen and unpacked, we decided to do a quick drive at 17h00 down to Rabelais dam - about 7km away, and it was here with no-one around that I stalled the car while trying to get a better look at a kudu! Well the engine battled to turn over and just would not start. The battery is good so it made no sense! After a good 20 min or so a Toyota double cab(of all things) came along and towed us back to camp. :redface:
To cut a long story short, we discovered, with continuous instructions from Graham, that the alternator shaft had siezed (yep, the very one that I replaced in Bloem exactly 2 years ago) So we decided to have the vehicle towed to Nelspruit Nissan while Graham made enquiries regarding spares.
With time running out, and new (ridiculousley priced parts) only available 2 working days later, I got a whatsapp from Graham at 22h17 on Wednesday night 8th April which went like this:
"Vanessa is going to leave tomorrow morning at 4h00 to get to the dealer at 9h00, it's the only way I can see it been ready for you on Friday"..... Graham had two alternators in the workshop in working order and between him and his wife, they made the decision to drive out to Nelspruit and back just to help a fellow Patroller - IS THAT AWESOME OR WHAT!!!

Mr Cumming (That's Pathmaker on the forum) on behalf of myself and my family I want to express our most sincere thanks for your and Vanessa's sefless and genuine kindness and readiness to rush off to our assistance at the drop of a hat - thank you Graham, buddy I owe you big time! :salute:
by Tony
13 Apr 2015 20:52
 
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Re: River trip 6 tot 10 aug 2015

Ok guys, a little late, but only managed to reduce file size enough over the weekend. Here are a few of my pics - pretty much biased towards my car i'm afraid but so what!!
Also a big thank you to everyone from the organisers to the participants - it was a really fantastic trip with a great buch of guys (and girls) and not one problem or unpleasant episode - even Davids submarine stunt didn't ruin anything for anyone. Well done to everyone who chipped in to help him, especially Errol and Graham.
by Tony
17 Aug 2015 21:05
 
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Re: Nissan Off-Road Club 10th Anniversary 2016

Fantastic outing (allbeit only for the Saturday); great venue with fun and scenic trail; best company (as always all you Patrollers make for an entertaining and enjoyable time) and lastly I can now put another face to a name .... great to finally meet you Jorrie, and thanks for posting all those great pics. :salute:
by Tony
20 Jun 2016 19:47
 
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Re: 16-18 June Heidelberg 4x4 - NOW AT SE GAT!!!!!

Thanks guys, At se Gat was great fun, we got loads of fantastic pics - just trying to down size them before posting them all! :thumbup:
by Tony
18 Jun 2017 18:30
 
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