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Part 1 - So here's where it all began...It all started back in the Fall of '99 when I worked at a financial firm that had forced vacation leave for 2 weeks. Not knowing what to do with 2 weeks of vacation, my wife suggested I take a cross-country Land Rover trip with my father-in-law, Tim Wagman (pictured here). Destination: Moab, UT. Origin: Harford County, MD.
I had not a clue what I was getting into and being in my early 20s, I had barely turned a wrench on a vehicle in my life. Aside from rotating tires on my car, I had no clue. We headed off and had planned our trip to hit a few stops along the way across the US on Interstate 70. Tim had recently acquired a '94 Land Rover Discovery (pictured on the right) and had added a modest Old Man Emu lift and had fitted a Detroit Locker in the rear dif and an ARB on-board air compressor along with an ARB air locker in the front dif. I wasn't sure what it that really meant at the time, but it sounded like it was going to be fun.
Tim had had many rovers (including a rover car) dating back well into the 80s prior to the new-to-him Disco - everything from a Series 1 SWB, SII and IIAs (SWs - both 88s and a 109), SIIIs (88SWs and a 109PU). He kept 2 SWB trucks at his brother Mike's place in Phoenix, AZ - a SIIA and a SIII 88. He often went there for rover trips throughout the years. His tinkering on the rovers got him involved with another fellow Maryland Landy enthusiast, Porter Houston, who owned the green SIII 109 pictured here. That 109 had some, ehhh...modifications. Mainly a carbed 5.7l V8 Corvette motor mated to a bell-housing adapter.
I had a chance to drive both trucks on our 3-day trip Westward. This was taken near the start of our journey when we stopped to see the Ohiopyle Falls in Western Pennsylvania. The Landy bug bit hard... #landrover#landroverdefender#landroverseries#series3#landroverdiscovery#landy#landie#landroverusa#moab#109#siii#onelifeliveit#wellstoried @landroverusa - #onelifeliveit#onelifesendit#aboveandbeyond
Discovery 4 all serviced up at Quattro Auto Care this week and a part from rear calipers discs and pads in good order. Decided to see how good the General Grabber AT 3's are that we hire out over Christmas period before deciding what to get for 2019. They have done about 5000 miles in Morocco and Pyrenees and have there fair share of nicks and wheel scuffs. Used on a 4.4 Range Rover 4.4. So far very quiet and excellent on the road plus rated to 150MPH !!! #generalgrabberar3#peterwinntyres#discovery4#dicovery4commercial#busheditor#land -rover-monthly #landy
Dtailed planning just started! I only have about six months to complete the trip. While a lot of issues have already been sorted out (including the transfer from Vladivostok to Japan my main problem remains: The vehicle has to be registered in Japan which appears to include a full roadworthiness examination and a „parking place certificate“ - which seems to be nearly impossible to be obtained by non-residents. Happy to hear suggestions how to deal with this issue... Die Detailplanung hat begonnen. Leider habe ich „nur“ sechs Monate für die Reise. Die meisten Probleme sind halbwegs gelöst, einschließlich der Fährverbindung von Russland nach Japan. Einziges größeres Problem: Die Einreise nach Japan. Hierfür benötigt der #landy eine japanische Zulassung und dafür offenbar eine Vollabnahme und einen Parkplatz-Nachweis. Den scheint man aber nicht zu bekommen, wenn man in Japan nicht auch ansässig ist... Ideen zur Lösung dieses Problems werden gerne angenommen!
Getting set to go to the @tyrekickerclub 4x4 meeting can’t wait with my newly restored #landy check out the full restoration story @bamfordautodepartment and see what the amazing guys @devon4x4 did in 11 weeks and 2 days to get this ready for today