AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND: used 4x4 vehicles for sale or hire in Africa
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND: used 4x4 vehicles for sale or hire in Africa
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE -  EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND: used 4x4 vehicles for sale or hire in Africa
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND: used 4x4 vehicles for sale or hire in Africa
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND: used 4x4 vehicles for sale or hire in Africa
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND: used 4x4 vehicles for sale or hire in Africa AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND: used 4x4 vehicles for sale or hire in Africa
 
Interior Fittings:

 

 

 

New "dog-guard".
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The modular system shown
in two layouts

 

 


NB: I left the following draw system in the UK as I couldn't fit it, and the metal trunks containing all my kit, in the back of the truck - I'll get them re-made in Kenya but better.

In the meantime I use plastic 20L boxes (Pick'n'Pay, South Africa) and have made an internal luggage guard to stop all the kit flying forward whenever I make an emergency stop - about twice a day on average!. It's also a handy place to store emergency kit: 2 x triangles (pls. excuse the glare from the flash!) and 2 x fire extinguishers (the one on the left is missing in the pic), shackles and a tow strap. I am also looking for a metal first aid box to bolt on.

For protection from the sun I have fitted curtains behind the driver (on both sides) and for comfort: canvas seat covers.

 

 


Drawers

I'd like to fit a pre-fabricated aluminium shelving system. These are available from a number of suppliers here in the UK but those are mainly for LandRovers. Anything bespoke is too expensive so it looks as I'll be importing from Oz again. My favoured system is the one from PeeCees Systems, it looks strong, is modular and cheaper than the rest.

My wooden drawers
All these draws are 42" deep except for the p.kit draws that are 40".
The top two draws are for our personal kit; The row of three drawers in the middle
are divided into Engine Spares, Kitchen, Tyres & Tubes.The bottom drawers contai
the heaviest kit: Recovery kit and the other, Tools etc.The two small apertures each side
where originally for the Hi-Lift in one and my personal tent in the other.
I've replaced the "furry" surface of the inner back door with some good quality
ply - thereby giving me a good flat surface for either cooking or fixing stuff.
NB: note the 2kg AFFF fire extinguishers at the rear.
I also have a third small extinguisher in the cab.

Update

Yes I would have liked to fit a shelving system, but it's long bucks, so I've built my own out of plywood. They don't look very fancy but they offer a substantial amount of "secure" storage. It's built in two layers: bottom layer is for all my heavy recovery kit such as the tirfor, winch cable etc and the hi-lift, the black bottom of which can be seen on the left. This is one complete base unit, the next set of drawers is removable and the drawers can be accessed from the front or back of the vehicle. Base level plan. There is a cutout on the bottom right due to the odd shape of the right hand wheel arch.

The next level only has three draws but they can open forward or back. This layer will provide storage for: kitchen equipment, tools, spares etc. Soft gear, such as clothes & sleeping bags etc, fit into army kitbags and will then be jammed into any available space.

Update: I've since made a third layer of drawers, this time divided into two for our personal kit. These I had to shorten a bit to allow the rear window to close! All draws are "clipped" together to stop them shifting independantly of each other and then ratchet strapped down to secure the whole lot.

 

ENGEL fridge

A massive extravegance - I've just bought a new 45L ENGEL fridge, also from Roy at PRO-X-EQUIP, and will publish some pictures soon. If you looked at the base plan above you will see that there is a space available between the row of Jerrycans and the draw system - this will avail itself to the fridge.

I've constructed a frame for the jerrycans and a platform for the fridge which has about an inch of clearance each side! This frame can easily be removed from the vehicle to allow me to put the rear seats back in whilst we are in the UK (Jasmine gets a bit wary of riding on the roof at 70mph!). Again I've moved some D rings in order to ratchet strap the jerry cans down and to stop the frame from moving around - all in all it's a very snug fit!

NB: Had to sell the Engel but will replace it soon.

 

 

New curtains.
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Rear of front seat covers.

 

Seats

Brushed nylon seats get sweaty and dirty - canvas is much cooler and easier to clean. These were made to measure for the Surf in Nairobi and fit my 4Runner perfectly.

 
Front seat covers.
 

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