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3rd Major Repair of our LandCruiser FJ60 - 1982  (due to two broken side shafts)
in Cape Town/South Africa from 2/12 - 2/23/2015
 
1st Rejuvenation (body, engine and transmission) in Miri/Sarawak/Malaysia from 6/15 - 8/26/2006
2nd Rejuvenation (body and steering) in Miri/Sarawak/Malaysia from 7/30 - 10/4/2012
(more pages from Angola, Namibia und South Africa see below)
 
 
     Angola Map              South Africa Map
 
 
 Southern Africa Map
Angola
South Africa

 

latest picture: February 23, 2015

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Replacing axle housing, body work and repairs in Cape Town/South Africa
Flashback:
1st damage: October 15th, 2014:
Our LandCruiser is mechanically in good shape and still shining in its sparkling sky-blue color, when on July 1st, 2014, we enter Namibia on the African Continent for the second time after 1992. However, exactly 106 days after arrival, on October 15th, 2014, - the eve of our 30th travel anniversary day – our luck seems to turn, ending within an inch our epic journey around the world. It happens in our 181st country – Angola – two years after its “second rejuvenation” in Miri/Sarawak/East Malaysia in fall 2012. Between Huambo and Benguela the short side shaft breaks suddenly, we loose the rear back wheel, roll down a slope, almost overturn, but finally come to a ruggedly halt on the spring package in the red soil. The fender is dented and paint splintered away. Emil is installing on the soft ground with considerable difficulties a spare axle, a remnant from our “first rejuvenation”.
 
 
 
 
 
 
136  Angola: On the eve of our 30-years
anniversary “on the road”, Oct. 15th, 2014:
Our LandCruiser looses a wheel. We
crash down an embankment and get
stuck in the red soft soil …..
902  ….. Emil is contemplating the
damage together with residents of
the thatched village where the
loose wheel stopped after
a few hundred yards …..
901  ….. the first movement is to jack-up
the LandCruiser with our “highlift”, which
we have not used for a very long time –
not an easy target in the soft soil that
the heavy car doesn’t crash down
2nd damage: January 24th, 2015:
With the same spare axle replaced in Angola we confidently continue from Angola to Namibia and further on to South Africa. There, on South African soil, on January 24th, 2015, it happens for the second time: After only 2’312 miles (= 93.2 driving hours) since the first incidence near Huambo, our LandCruiser looses again a wheel, exactly the same as in Angola. We are on our way on a tarmac road from Clanwilliam (Western Cape) to the Cederberg mountains, when it crashes after 2½ miles: Again a broken side shaft. Luckily there is hardly any traffic so that once more we have a close shave. But now the damage at the fender looks serious. Emil replaces now our last spare shaft – another is ordered in Johannesburg!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
801  South Africa: On the way from
Clanwilliam to the Cederberg Mountains
it crashes again, just 2’312 miles
(= 93.2 driving hours) since the
first axle fracture in Angola .....
802  ….. already in his “fatigues”,
Emil secures the spot with a triangle.
Fortunately it is on a straight
mountain stretch with little traffic …..
803  ….. then Emil starts his work
underneath the LandCruiser. At
least this time it is on stable ground.
Around a dozen cars stop
offering us help
How could that happen twice in a row? There must be something very wrong with it! Did they eventually sell us shafts that were welded on, turned or even from China? Or is the cause somewhere else, may be at the axle housing, which on the level of the differential has a very tiny crack that looses dropwise oil, and where some say it might be slightly bent? Our psychological stress on the road is immense although we are driving very slowly. Who guarantees us that it won’t happen a third time and this time fatal? Should we eventually change to a “Fullfloating System”, presumed we would find one to an affordable price? (costs US$ 1’200 second hand, too expensive for us).
 
Our Savior: The „LandCruiser Club Southern Africa“:
 
In this difficult phase we get some confidence in our deadlocked situation via the „LandCruiser Club Southern Africa”. Through its forum, we get in contact with Adolf Hüster – an absolute stroke of luck. With his tireless personal engagement, together with the generous support of further club members, the ball starts rolling: Bennie Smit donates us a used „Semi-Floating“ axle housing complete with two shafts and back plate; Johann of J.B.’s Auto Repairs takes over the replacement and a part of its costs; Gordon of Auto Magic carries out the flattening and repaint of the heavily dented fender; other club members donate money for some of the workshop jobs. That the two side shafts, which were ordered and paid by us at Gemini Parts in Johannesburg, are taken for free to Cape Town, is an additional welcome and appreciated act of friendship.
Our LandCruiser is put in shape as follows:
February 12th, 2015:
After 9’805 miles we spend our LandCruiser at the Salt River Springworks the front main spring leaf, broken already back in Azerbaijan (ZAR 1300, inclusive 6 new PU bushings = US$ 113):
 
 
 
 
 
 
804  Salt River Springworks in Cape
Town: Emil examines the broken main
spring leaf fixed with clamps in Azerbaijan.
It held like this for 9'805 miles …..
805  ….. fresh from the production:
The spring leaf pack with the
new main spring leaf …..
806  ….. the mechanic re-installs the
spring pack and in addition exchanges
6 crumbled PU-bushings. Complete
length of the repair: 4 hours
February 13th, 2015:
Johann of J.B.’s Auto Repairs installs the axle housing with the two shafts, donated by Bennie Smit:
 
 
 
 
 
 
807  In the workshop of J.B.’s Auto
Repairs: Johann – the owner – studies
the stumps of our two broken side shafts.
What was probably the cause?
808  Emil inspects the tiny crack at
our demounted axle housing where
constantly a wee bit of oil was
dripping off
809  Bennie Smit – the donator of the
used “semi floating” axle casing complete
with two axles and back plate – is
informed by Emil about the accident
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
810  Our LandCruiser is jacked-up by
Johann jun. of J.B.’s Auto Repairs and
his workshop employee. Johann sen. is
supervising it
811  Our damaged and the donated axle
housing: Our axle casing ran over 442’733
miles (= 19’719 driving hours). How many
miles might have the donated one?
812  Almost finished:
The axle housing is mounted
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
813  Johann jun. is tinkering with the
differential that still has to be inserted
814  We pose in front of the logo of
the “LandCruiser Club Southern Africa”
– the “savior” in our difficult situation
815  A huge thankyou to our supporters
regarding the axle housing in the workshop
of J.B.’s Auto Repairs: (from right) Bennie
Smit, Ellen and Adolf Hüster and
Johann sen. In front: Johann jun.
Together with Adolf Hüster and his wife Ellen, who came from Johannesburg, we celebrate this installation with a Braai at Johann and Marnette’s place.
 
February 14th, 2015:
Adolf Hüster invites us to a lunch together with other LCCSA members at the Bloubergstrand near Cape Town.
February 19th, 2015:
We spend our LandCruiser at R & D Offroad four new ‘Old Man Emu Sport’ shock absorbers (ZAR 8339 / = US$ 707):
 
 
 

 

816  Emil with a cup of coffee at the workshop
of R & D Offroad, where we ordered four new
shock absorbers ‘Old Man Emu Sport’ …..
817  ….. they are ready to be mounted
February 20th and 23rd, 2015:
Gordon of Auto Magic takes over the flattening and the spraying of the heavily damaged right rear fender. Hennie – his panel beater – does an excellent job:
 
 
 
 
 
 
818  Assessing the damage of the heavily
dented fender with Gordon (striped T-shirt)
of Auto Magic and his panel beater Hennie
819  Hennie flattening with high pressure,
supported by a wooden slat pushed
into the cavity of the taillights
820  ….. Hennie grinding …..
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
821  ….. regrinding fine .....
822  ….. puttying .....
823  Gordon, Hennie and Emil
contemplating the excellent panel
beating job before spraying …..
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
824  ….. Hennie sprays the fender after
the car is protected by plastic sheets
825  ….. drying the paint
with a radiant heater
826  ….. finally our LandCruiser is driving
out of the workshop of Auto Magic –
again in its “former-time glory”
 
Our psychological stress has (hopefully) ended. With growing confidence into our LandCruiser we are heading for new adventures. We thank the „LandCruiser Club Southern Africa“ heartily for the financial as well as for the moral support. Without both we would have been quite lost! What a blessing that LandCruiser fan communities do exist and they are also ready to help out!
More websites from Southern Africa:
Namibia Part 1 from Walvis Bay to Windhoek
Angola Part 1 September 26th to October 4th, 2014
Angola Part 2 October 4th to 22nd, 2014
The unusual 30th Travel Anniversary in Angola
Namibia Part 2 from Windhoek to the Angolan border and back again
South Africa Part 1 from the Namibia border to Cape Town