Pic by Justin Bean Driver: Stacey BeanWhat you’re seeing here is an attempt at a Land(y) speed record. That’s right, Justin Bean snapped this shot of his sister Stacey driving his Defender Td5 110 DC to possible fame and glory on Verneuk Pan while en route to the Fish River Canyon in Namibia. Note the cunning use of aerodynamic aids to maintain downforce. Although the actual speeds attained are still being verified by the authorities, Justin hints that Tracey came very close to cracking triple-digit velocities. Thrilling stuff…
Pic by Richard WhiteheadThis diesel Hilux 4×4 is the one with the auto box. It belongs to Richard Whitehead of Benoni who reports that it offers a great combination of power and ability. It’s seen here at De Hoop campsite in the Richtersveld on Christmas Day last year. Although still new (it was bought in June 2009), it’s already well travelled, having been to the Tuli Block, Lesotho and Sani Pass, Richtersveld and southern Namibia.
Pic by Peter BreitensteinNow this is an interesting vehicle. This pic was sent to us by Peter Breitenstein of Namibia who says that this Mitsubishi Delica is basically a Pajero but with a different body; It has Super Select 4WD and low-range, and is powered by the 2800 turbo-diesel with intercooler. He says that with the rear seats removed, this 8-seater becomes a great camping vehicle. Here it’s seen tackling a stretch of rough trail between Ruacana and the Epupa Falls.
Pic by Pieter van der WaltTsjoe, those trees look almost neon green when seen against the backdrop of a sparsely vegetated Lesotho. It’s Pieter van der Walt’s Defender 90 that we see here, parked in a riverbed in the northern region late last year. Pieter is planning to return when there’s snow on the ground.
Qusetion by: Michael Gill Answer by: Rob Eriksen-MillerI have a 3.5-litre Range Rover engine in a SWB lightweight Land Rover. For the last two years we’ve been trying to find out why it won’t start when hot. Pull it a car’s length and it starts and runs perfectly; the same if run downhill. Use the starter and it just spins over. Leave the bonnet open for 30 minutes and it fires up instantly. The main problem seems to be low voltage at the coil. We’ve tried lots of things over the last two years. What I’m looking for is something
Qusetion by: Riaan van Niekerk Answer by: Arnold VenterI own a ‘00 Hilux 2.7i but need more power to tow my stuff around. I had a Unichip installed and had the engine dyno’d a couple of times but still want a bit more oomph. I thought of importing an electric blower, but isn’t installing a bigger engine (Lexus etc.) a better option? I just need a bit more power for the passes – I have to go down to second gear regularly! I was thinking of buying a 4.0-litre but I’ve heard stories of hectic fuel consumption. Riaan van Niekerk
Question by: Manfred Mansfeld Answer by: Arnold VenterI’ve had problems with my Pajero 3.2 Di-D. At 800 metres above sea level I lose power and the vehicle doesn’t idle. It also consumes about 30 percent more diesel. My vehicle is still under maintenance contract and the local dealers are giving excellent service but are unable to find the fault. My off-road experiences with the Pajero can only be described as brilliant even though I’m not the best of off-road drivers. The gentleman on kykNET must have been driving in 4×2 and needs to be given lessons. I have owned at
Qusetion by: Nico Swart Answer by: Arnold VenterI drive a Triton 2.5. I’ve read many arguments for and against blocking off the exhaust bypass valve that re-circulates gases through the combustion chamber to produce cleaner emissions. By doing this I hope to gain better throttle response and a little more torque between 1 000 and 2 000 rpm, as the Triton struggles in this range. Will this work and would you recommend it? Secondly, and to accomplish the same goal, I’ve heard that one may also explore the possibility of fitting a full free-flow 63 mm exhaust system which would