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this is going to be fun electrical Nicholson I need to sort out stuff so I lived down there in the valley it’s September 2019 I’m in the small town of Mossel Bay on South Africa’s southern coast so I’m pretty chuffed this morning I feel good about this decision and this choice I’m here to collect the Land Cruiser 105 that I’ve purchased blind over the internet but I know you know those of you that have been watching the channel will know that Paul you bear and I have been doing forensic work on this vehicle to establish its history and what will be needed to turn it into an overland but before that happens I must now drive it from here to Cape Town and after our work is completed Cape Town to Pretoria another 1,600 kilometres it’s going to be a tough trip because firstly no cup holders of any kind hmm at this very moment I don’t know how this story is going to play out there will surely be quite a bit of nostalgia but depending on how this new vehicle behaves the story could easily take a completely different unexpected turn actually I’m hoping it doesn’t I’m Andrew st. Pierre White join me as I share my passion for four-wheel drive trucks and traveling to the remotest parts of the world the driver will take me about four and a half hours very mountainous roads and I know this part of the country very very well because I’m gonna be passing through the town that I lived for about 11 years this isn’t the first time that I have driven a newly acquired 105 series Land Cruiser to my home the first time was in 2005 when I decided to buy myself a 4.5 Land Cruiser my friends and other 4y4 enthusiastic said Wow lovely vehicle but what about the fuel consumption the plan was to get the notoriously thirsty 4.5 six-cylinder petrol engine to use less fuel I tried everything possible to this end and I can confidently say that I failed it is such a thirsty vehicle that I am assaulted after just one and a half years because I realized that nothing I could do would be enough to turn this into a proper Overlander it just used too much fuel now the route to Cape Town is taking me past a place called swellin dam I have some lovely memories of swelling down and I’ll stop off on the way a couple of places swelling down is one of them I’ll stop off and the other one is Helderberg I lived in the Helderberg and it’ll be I’m wondering how it’s gonna feel arriving in the town where I used to live the second time was in 2008 this time a 4.2 diesel just like the one I’m driving now will be at 8 2006 model this vehicle however had a very happy ending it remains one of my all-time favorite four-wheel drive wagons the water is remarkably clean so it’s time to do some housekeeping and top up our jerrycans I used it for several years including what I still regard as my most ambitious and probably most successful expedition of all you see the Okavango River is unique it never finds the sea but instead this vast Delta in 2010 to find the source of the Okavango River that 13 part TV series is on YouTube and left above the rolling hills of swell and damn I have a lovely memory of this place not the airfield is there and I can’t get in it because the gates are all locked but I spent a time here in 2012 with my brother nephew and my father and I have such lovely memories of flying particularly with my dad and I brought

my motor glider here and I remember that afternoon we went rigid soaring up and down those hills I was absolutely magnificent the flight from our base in Cape Town would have been probably I my guess is 40 minutes or so flying time and we spent the weekend here and the reason why we came here to do that is that I wanted an area where there would be free airspace I wouldn’t have to worry about traffic control and things like that we could just come and land and just fly it will soar it will and do what I love doing and that a Fly Buys I love doing flybys when you cost control their space even advisory airspace flybys no you can’t do them we have to take in consideration our the aircraft and of course here with no other airplanes with very few other airplanes flying it was very easy and very safe to to do flybys so that was a lovely lovely memory I have of this particular place well back on the road approaching at the town where I once lived so I lived down there in the valley and it were times when I would I would go gliding and literally within view of my own house I used to come out enough weekends I used to come and soar on these hills and I’d see there’s these guys jumping off and I would be soaring up and down the ridge like this and I would see these guys jump over here and I used to think to myself I’d much rather be in my glider than in one of those he’s doing well this good lift westerly sea westerly winds they come off they bounce off Table Mountain they come down in through this valley and they come up this hill and they actually do this all the way for several hundred kilometres to have it untied them off of all the things in South Africa I missed the most it is my old Flying Tigers of Stellenbosch flying up wonderful wonderful community spirit here always busy lots of activity lots of interesting airplane and in fact my hangar over there now is being blocked by a mirage f1 on earth did they land it on this short runway well they did anyway that’s my old flying club for you from here it’s a short drive to cape town ten days have passed during which the three of us have rebuilt the Land Cruiser that process is now complete and I’m ready to drive it up to Pretoria for its to have accessories fitted turning it into an over Lander the rebuild process was filmed in detail and those videos are still to come right here on 4 by Overland but now I’ve been on road for an hour things say everything seems to be good the riders much better the gearbox is making a bit of a sir I can hear a wine or something serious but it’s there so it’s a vague wine the whole vehicle actually felts new I mean the steering is feels more solid there even though the steering I thought was really good it’s even yeah it felt the vehicle feels tighter Neela agent is pulling really really well much better much much better than it was everything is good so what I’m going to do I’m going to try and reach a town called Beaufort West and I’d like to tell you the story a little bit about how many times I have actually driven this particular Road from Cape Town to Johannesburg and was Johannesburg back to Cape Town I have done it I have encountered it must be 30 times it could be as many as 40 and often when I was doing this a drive it was to collect a new four-wheel drive for my own use this is not unlike that

it’s not so much collecting but delivering because that the vehicle will actually be most I will actually store it up northern part of the country it’s closer to the places that I like to visit and so I am anything not collecting it but delivering it since of what I used to do often on this particular road is then like now I know particularly feel very safe and I haven’t done a lot of filming because of it so I wanted to find a little road that goes off the main tits and that’s now there in one that’s the main road that runs all the way from Cape Town right the way up to the northern tip of South Africa so it’s a main arterial route and there’s a lot of traffic on it almost all of the time and so I’ll take a little side road like I’ve done now and I love doing this at about this time of day the Sun is just going to just going down and I’ll come and just stand and listen to the traffic and and just enjoy enjoy a moment alone this area is called the kuru the greater kuru and I know this area very very well now you see that hill right over there that overlooks the town of Beaufort Western I’m going to spend the night there tonight and I remember very clearly a trip to Beaufort West and it probably was my guess is 1998 I think I was in the film industry and I was killed given a call by producer that I used to edit films for and she knew I’d written a book about for drive etcetera etc and they needed to get a an Isuzu Frontier which was an SUV based on the Suzu pickup on the top of the highest peak over there and they were shooting a TV commercial and they needed somebody to drive it up there so it started with a helicopter ride which I took with the producer and the director in the helicopter the next day I pointed I said okay I conquered because they wanted me on that thing but I think couldn’t get them onto that when I could get one very close and I said no but that one yes and so we took a fix and came back down and the next day drove the vehicle and I have three guys from the advertising agency with me to help pack rocks and we managed to get it up there and it was a great review of the vehicle because I mean it was the wit with it these were the first two in the country first two built so I was you know I had um it was great having that and I remember we had parked it on the UH on the edge and we got out of the car yes yes whew amazing view and it had taken us a good four for five hours of rock packing hmm very pleased with ourselves helicopter comes up I’m gonna get it the guy gets up lands the guy gets out of the helicopter this film director he gets out of that helicopter he looks at the car he says that’s not the right position I said it’s taken four hours it’s parked it’s not positioned I mean water water what a twat where would you like it sir sir where would you like it sir so where over there fine you know we had to move at 12 feet anyway it was a great company was a great commercial mm-hmm actually wasn’t it such a great commercial that is good because I drove the car there that’s why it’s a nice memory high over 90 last night and a place that I come to very very regularly because it’s always clean it’s not expensive and it’s right on the roots called wagon wheels is just outside Beauford West doesn’t look very impressive but actually I was $60 for the best room in the house so I don’t think that’s bad so now we’ll be going to kolesberg now kolesberg is kind of the halfway point not exactly halfway but it’s pretty close halfway point between Cape Town Johannesburg and Carlsberg is quite significant to me I have noticed this morning that the timing belt warning light has illuminated also that we’ve crossed the threshold all the three hundred thousand kilometers nothing to worry about it’s an automatic thing that little light comes on every 150,000 kilometers I always used to get up at this time just before sunrise and hit the road at first light and such the light absolutely beautiful on the open road really really used to love this this road and to be honest I had a bit of a

rant yesterday because I was finding driving it not as much fun because well I don’t know most of my imagination but the drivers here have got even worse than they were South African drivers are must be ranked as one of the worst in the world generally speaking they have absolutely no regard for the speed limit and especially no regard for solid white lines already three times I have been overtaken by vehicles travelling very fast around blind bends and drops and hills and and without words out there they have no patience at all they will not stay behind a truck anyway having got that out of my system I didn’t run you the whole thing because it was it was really was a random – probably unnecessary but you know sometimes one has to vent one’s frustrations with things and those are the hills there that’s the hill that I am that I drove up just right there there is the airport I’m not going to go in the airport itself means absolutely nothing to me apart from the story that’s worth telling about a flight I took over this piece of airspace on the way to kolesberg which is where I’m going now along the road there are hundreds of windmills like this the very very first time that I can remember driving this route while collecting a new vehicle was in 1997 I bought myself a Range Rover classic it was the final production run of Range Rover classics and I parked it here and I’m pretty sure it was this particular windmill and I’m naturally not sure but difficult to discern and establish exactly which one it was but it was in this area and filmed the the windmill as it was spinning in the sunlight and I remember parking the Range Rover near it and filming the blade spinning and I used that windmill I had a thing about windmills and I used the image of that windmill spinning in the payoff for my television show I’ve always absolutely loved windmills so many occasions when driving this route I would come through kolesberg and stop at this place here the reason being is because the kids make windmills now some years ago the windmill that they would they were driven off they weren’t allowed to make windmills and I’m very very pleased to see that they’re back now socially whether that was a good or bad thing to to send them on their way I don’t know but the fact is that the little windmills are still here hello how are you I like those little windmills I like this one it’s very nice and how much is this one thirty okay hold that hold that one oh these are all rather nice oh okay all right okay hold your hold them up this Yona yeah that’s okay so come come come come here okay okay I’m going to take this one so this one’s for you you you come stand here stand there so you hold on that one take that one let me see and you see this one this one I’m gonna take this one take 1 2 3 30 30 30 yeah okay so 90 so I’m I can give you 100 but you’ll have to share it yes is that okay yes if I give you one so if I give you 100 for three there’s no fighting we can share it’s gonna be okay okay okay my take over so I’m going to give you that all right that’s for those three okay don’t take more I can’t act more I’d like to take more I’m going to take three the small ones okay all right all right

that’s one it’s nice a little bit I like this thank you everyone all right thank you everybody so I have always had a I’ve always had a just love these sort of things these are much smaller and I still have one at home in Australia that I actually it’s in my display of things and I just think they’re so charming so that’s actually very very glad to see that they’re still here anyway there you go well I saw boys little boys running straight into the shop and I wonder what they’re gonna go and buy out there have a nice day I’m trying to find the road I’m doing it purely by memory there is an airfield and not only have I been to the airfield several time to actually film some reviews here the Mercedes GLE on davargan 300 G professional so I decided to do instead of driving off-road it’s actually drive on road this is 1,400 kilometers of very dreary dull boring road from Johannesburg all the way to Cape Town let’s see if this interesting vehicle can make this otherwise dull trip entertaining fun sounds lame now it was a torrid not that one there it is I see it now of course now I remember is the other side of the Orange River so we’re going to cross the Orange River now which is one of South Africa’s major rivers don’t heaven have a visit but before that I found the windmill where I parked my Range Rover in 1999 no I parked my Range Rover there I’ve been thinking about it I worked it out that it was not 1997 as I think I said it was 1999 because I remember very clearly two years after that I didn’t keep that vehicle very long I got my first G Wagon and also had to do a trip all the way from Johannesburg back to my home in Cape Town and that was another ferry trip I took you’ll never guess what’s happened it’s locked itself with the keys inside I’ve got a serious problem then what do I have no tools I have to break a window and then have any choice I did actually I’ve heard it actually it’s a Fault in the system and I’ve heard it once lock itself but it was trying to unlock itself or something was making noise and I’ve closed the door and it’s locked itself and I keys it in the ignition you can see them there I don’t have spare keys I’m gonna have to break this window here this quarter panel to break it I’m just trying to think of an alternative I don’t have wire weather would be any good laughs everywhere and do a bit of a cleanup in here right is there anything I’ve got in the car is some insulation tape electrical installation tape and I think I might have some cardboard somewhere but normally I would be very well-equipped to handle such a thing now not so when I do have basic kit I don’t

have my Leatherman here this is a gerber multi-tool it’s about a quarter of as useful as a Leatherman is that gonna stay with with a hundred kilometer now women all right let’s go they’ve all locked normally they unlock so something is shorting out and I actually think it’s the system here having having trouble with the system here can I see yeah it’s clear so now because of that I have no security in the vehicle at all in in Johannesburg so I can’t go anywhere I can’t do anything and that is I’ll now steal your car it’s a great big red flag I must go through my heart Ives and see what I can lose this off so familiar to me and just like it was in 2012 the airfield is abandoned but the airfield is not always this quiet area my speed would be average speed is probably close to 150 sixteen dots so I just idle the propeller so you can hear me and where the head looks good but I think the Weatherhead is also going to be a little bit too turbulent clouds and feeling their depth of feeling the effect of thermal so see you and I’m on the ground my idea was to fly from Cape Town to Johannesburg and I this would be my halfway stopping off point it would take me about four hours to get here and I thought well let me do it in two stages and I was over Beauford west where I had parked that vehicle for that commercial and I was looking at my fuel and I realized that in fact I was using a little more fuel than I had calculated and that I would arrive here with empty tanks or close to empty tanks and that’s not viable flying it’s just not acceptable to take a risk like that so I decided that well I should land at Beaufort West and refuel but the runway there is full of tiny little stones really and they damaged the propeller so that would be the cost so my alternative was shut the engine down and glide now it wasn’t a great gliding day but it wasn’t a terrible guiding day it was what they call marginal in other words could you marginal to staff and I thought to myself I would only need to glide a hundred kilometres and then I could motor to motor the rest of the way on a reduced throttle and I would arrive here with 45 or so minutes worth of fuel left in the airplane which is what I would want to do and so I thought ok let me let me do that and if I fail I did have enough sunlight and I had enough enough of a weather window to be able to actually return to Beaufort West if needed and I glided all the way except for the last five kilometres I was coming over the hills and I remember I could see this I can see all the planes lined up here I started descending and I reached the Orange River and I realized you not gonna you’re just gonna be short the flight took me six and a half hours and it was the longest ride I ever had in that particular airplane I came here

in parked it here and and kind of just you know with all the people around flying everything was just wonderful to to see everybody with one or two people that actually remembered from my old gliding days and then I filled up the tanks of the airplane and it was exactly half empty I was my calculation had been bang on but what a great day gliding that was was fantastic the other time I came here and had a blast and in fact footage I shot during my visit in my glider is when I reviewed the mercedes-benz GLE under wagon but today I’m here to drive one of my favorite four-wheel drives her obliging Center is completely deserted the dozens of German pilots that flock here every year have all gone back to their rainy skies and I’m here to get a feel for one of their least common four-wheel-drive station wagons nice memories really really good memories now I’ve got to decide which route I take to Johannesburg I could take the long route at the country route or I could take the direct route and you know something I’m gonna take the long route hey I’ve got the time and B this road from here I mean you can you could have hurt you could hear how busy it was when I was fixing the window how much traffic and I don’t feel like getting into that that that traffic I’d rather just do a leisurely literally run we’ve driven up here and we’ve taken this road here and we’re opposite the Arab Dam we’re there so I’m going to go the back roads and where I will be tonight I don’t know so I’m suggesting we go up along here and then actually go down there and then up here and then next to lassoo – and we go all the way up this road here there’s this very very pretty country but it means getting to Johannesburg probably midday tomorrow which is good by me Sunday midday Joburg traffic won’t be bad so that’s what I’m going to go this is extremely mountainous so we’ll be bypassing the zoo – and yes I have the keys in my pocket I decided after all to take the gravel road to our 90 kilometers long to a town called Pippin are and it’s through beautiful country I love this country tall yellow grazing land really gorgeous this town is called ferrysburg and I know this area extremely well my in-laws actually ran a BMB in a town called clowns which is about 20 minute drive and I would kind of go to class tonight but I’m actually very tired I’ve been on the road for close to 11 hours and I’m just feeling that time to time to find a bed and something to eat seventy dollars for this have been reflecting while driving on the fact that I now have a vehicle in Africa that’s mine and I think I’m I’m not as excited about as that as I thought I might be and I and I think it’s because I’ve found the drive in the last few days mm-hmm not that much fun I was nice reminiscing nice remembering stuff that was that was good but I don’t feel as I think what I’m gonna do with this vehicle is and I’m not going to keep it in South Africa and I will pack it up in Pretoria until next June that’s June 2020 then I will do a major trip with the vehicle but I’m gonna Park it in Namibia in Windhoek the capital R then I can fly Perth Joburg win took and B with my vehicle I’m now tomorrow going to leave for Johannesburg and I’m going to conclude this video here now it’s a bit noisy and I can smell diesel fumes and I think I might just going to get something to eat not far past Johannesburg is Pretoria where I’ll be fitting a range of equipment turning this into a tour including a tent kitchen and awning all right here you go stay for that all three of these products are brand new to the world market and I’ve decided not to go with a traditional draw system I hope you’ve enjoyed the video and thanks for watching if you’re not already a subscriber what have you got to lose and press that little bell if you want notifications every time I post a video you’ve want a little notification to come into your

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