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    1. Member Rukh's Avatar
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      01-08-2009 06:08 PM #1
      Inspired by this thread: Ultimate Expedition Vehicle (Stock)
      Let's say you got it in you to drive around the world and see what pretty much everywhere looks like. You want to see as many of the different sights and terrains that the globe has to offer, and you want to see it up close. On your trip, you would be driving on paved or dirt roads when they are available, and overland when they are not. For this exercise, assume you do have to worry about sleeping in your vehicles on a regular basis, accommodations have not been made in cities ahead of time.
      No, you still do not need to worry about zombies on this trip.
      You're taking along a group of 14 people total (including yourself), in 7 vehicles. The vehicles making up the convoy can be different from each other, and may be modified. The vehicles have to have at least four wheels, and be powered by an internal-combustion engine.
      If you were going to drive around the world, starting at the southern tip of South America and basically following the route below, what vehicle would you choose?

      General route in RED, major water crossings via ship in BLACK

      Modified by Rukh at 4:09 PM 1-8-2009
      HAVE/HAD: Mercedes, Porsche, Cadillac, Land Rover, VW (x5), Buick, Mitsubishi, Chrysler, Dodge, Nissan, Ford, GMC, Jeep, Fiat
      WANT: Fiat 500C Abarth, VW Scirocco Mk1, Alfa Romeo GTV, Lotus Esprit, Audi TT, 240Z, Lancer Evo VIII RS,
      Hudson Hornet, Porsche 964, Mini Cooper, Caterham SV, M-B CLS63 AMG, DeTomaso Pantera

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      01-08-2009 06:09 PM #2
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      01-08-2009 06:15 PM #5

      or a little more extream


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      01-08-2009 06:19 PM #6
      Seven of these

    8. 01-08-2009 06:22 PM #7

      or this
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      01-08-2009 06:44 PM #9
      Quote, originally posted by J-Tim »
      Seven of these

      With a roof mounted tent platform, deisel engine and manual trans. Any generation.
      I've been losing lots of keys lately
      I don't know what that means but maybe
      I'd be better of with things that can't be locked at all

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      01-08-2009 07:43 PM #10
      mercedes (unimog) or toyota land cruiser since parts are easily acquired world wide

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      01-08-2009 07:45 PM #11

      Though I would swap in the 4.0l Straight-6, with the appropriate transmission. It would be comfortable and unkillable.
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      01-08-2009 07:49 PM #12
      Quote, originally posted by BattleRabbit »
      Though I would swap in the 4.0l Straight-6, with the appropriate transmission. It would be comfortable and unkillable.

      Good luck finding parts for it outside United States.
      That's the reason why I posted Toyota, because you can fix it ANYWHERE in the world.

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      01-08-2009 07:55 PM #13
      The Unicat.


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      01-08-2009 07:59 PM #15
      Quote, originally posted by mikegilbert »
      The Unicat.
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      Quote, originally posted by JohnS54Coupe »


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      01-08-2009 08:03 PM #17
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    19. 01-08-2009 08:04 PM #18
      Quote, originally posted by mikegilbert »
      The Unicat.

      I'll go in a similar vein, but more nimble, and easier repairs worldwide.
      Since the need is only for 2 pax per vehicle, I'd go Unicat Amerigo Unimog (say that ten times fast!)

      Quote, originally posted by Unicat »
      Unimog U500 4x4
      Regular cab
      Wheel base 154" ( 3900 mm )
      MB 906 diesel engine, 260 hp ( 191 kW )
      MB 8-speed Telligent gearbox
      Additional gearbox with working gear range
      Permanent full-time 4-wheel drive
      Differential locks for front and rear axle
      Mercedes-Benz hub reduction portal axle
      High articulating coil spring suspension
      Dual circuit disc brakes on all four wheels
      Anti-lock brakes
      395/85 R 20 Michelin XZL tires
      Central tire inflation system
      Fuel tank capacity 60 gallons ( 227 litres )
      Fuel prefilter with water separator
      Car stereo system
      Air conditioner
      Body Unit
      Frame assembly
      3-point kinematic attachment with main and flex mount
      for stress-free body coupling to the torsion elastic chassis frame
      Body unit construction
      Self-supporting UNICAT sandwich panels of fibreglass composite
      Panel connections made by adhesive bond to custom extrusions
      eliminates metallic heat conduction paths
      Matched thermal coefficients of expansion prevent distortion with changes in temperature
      Wall thickness 2.36" ( 60 mm ) with polyurethane foam insulation,
      0.12" ( 3 mm ) FRP outer surface, 0.08" ( 2 mm ) FRP inner surface
      Insulation rating 0.078 btu/ft h degF ( 0.44 W/sqm K )
      Floor panel with integrated welded steel frame and surfaces of fibreglass reinforced polyester
      Access to drivers cab
      Highly flexible waterproof bellows coupling
      Entrance door and storage compartment doors
      UNICAT - entrance door and storage doors constructed
      of fibreglass composite panels and frames
      Thickness of doors 2.36" ( 60 mm )
      UNICAT double seals with heavy duty lock
      Stainless steel hinges throughout
      Additional retractable bolts at middle, top and bottom of doors
      Safety cylinder locks all keyed alike
      Burglar-proof, scratchproof windows with thermal insulated aluminium frames
      Double insulated thermal window glass
      Shutters and mosquito nets
      Burglar-proof, skylights with aluminium frames
      10 mm acrylic glass
      Heavy duty lock
      Interior Lay Out
      Inner dimensions of the cabin
      Length 188.2" ( 4780 mm )
      Width 88.2" ( 2240 mm )
      Height 76.8" ( 1950 mm )
      Seating area
      Seating area for 2 - 4 people with adjustable swivelling table on pedestal in the front of the cabin
      Seating unit converts to additional double bed
      Queen-size bed with suspension, ventilation and comfortable mattress in the rear on pedestal
      Size: 60" x 80" ( 1524 mm x 2032 mm )
      Sanitary room
      Sanitary room with toilet, washstand and separate shower.room with door isolated from living area
      Countertop with integrated sink
      Single handle faucet for warm and cold water
      LPG 2-flame stove
      0.6 cubic foot ( 17 litres ) microwave oven
      3.0 cubic foot ( 85 litres ) fridge
      Kitchen cabinet with locking drawers on ball bearings
      Overhead cupboards
      Inside storage space in the seating area
      Wardrobe for hanging clothes
      Large outside storage compartment under the bed pedestal
      Exterior storage boxes
      All furniture is built to the highest cabinet making standard
      made of wood core plywood using heavy duty locks and hinges
      Finishes may be specified by customer
      Lay out
      Design and colour of floor, walls and ceiling may be chosen by customer
      Walls and ceiling are painted with multiple coats
      Upholstery made of fabric, leather or ALCANTARA
      Technical equipment
      Electrical equipment
      Control panel for power management and monitoring of liquid levels
      Battery main switch, safety cut-out, residual current breaker
      DC power supplied by AGM battery bank, automatic regulated alternator
      and AC automatic I-U charger with cell temperature sensing for shore power hook-up
      Battery capacity: 12V 840Ah
      Shore charge rate: 14V 120A
      Inverter 12V / 115V, max output 3.0 kW
      Power plugs for 12V DC and 115V AC
      Music system
      Stereo music system with CD player
      Low voltage XELOGEN ceiling lights over the table, kitchen, bed and shower
      Lights for outside storage compartment
      Reading lights in bed and seating area
      Water supply
      112 gallons ( 425 litres ) freeze-proof drinking water tanks
      6 gallons ( 22 litres ) hot water heat-exchanger
      21 gallons ( 80 litres ) waste water tank
      Water faucets in bath and kitchen are built to highest household quality standards
      All plumbing is insulated to prevent freezing
      Outside shower
      Water filtration system
      LPG supply
      2 x 20 lb. cylinders in sealed compartment
      Cassette toilet
      Heating system
      Diesel powered warm water central heating ( 5 kW )
      High heat radiators in living area and towel radiator in bath area
      Anti-frost system
      26.000 lbs ( 11.797 kg )
      Overall dimensions
      Length 300.4" ( 7630 mm )
      Width 92.9" ( 2360 mm )
      Height 136.1" ( 3457 mm )

      Talk about the ultimate in apocalyptic/zombie bug out vehicles!

      Modified by DIAF at 5:06 PM 1-8-2009

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      01-08-2009 08:11 PM #19
      In my blunt and not very humble opinion, anybody suggesting anything but a Toyota Hilux is out of their minds. Jeeps rock, I love them, but no. As for the huge million dollar offroad RVs, bring guns and plenty of ammo, because you will get yanked out of that thing and deep fat fried like an oyster. You probably will anyway, in Colombia or maybe Mali or even Cambodia.
      Toyota maintains a strong market presence in every South and Central American country. Parts are widely available, mechanics can fix them, and they're everywhere. They can run on whatever **** fuel you feed them, and they're mechanically robust. They don't call attention to you. They have the mechanical durability to take on the worst road in Brazil without complaint.
      Jeeps are great - in the US. If I were merely looking for a good cheap little truck, Toyotas aren't it. But having done serious expedition driving, there's nothing I'd touch besides a Hilux.
      Since this is the mod thread, I'd upgrade the radiator, install a roll cage and and extra tank, give it a 2 inch lift, throw on an ARB bull bar with Warn winch and Hella Rallye 1000s, and a rooftop tent. water tank, and camp shower setup.

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    21. 01-08-2009 08:14 PM #20
      I'd have to go with the Hilux.

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      01-08-2009 08:18 PM #22
      Quote, originally posted by Turbiodiesel! »
      In my blunt and not very humble opinion, anybody suggesting anything but a Toyota Hilux...


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      01-08-2009 08:25 PM #23
      Quote, originally posted by Spindle »


      I'd vote for this one!!!

    25. 01-08-2009 08:33 PM #24
      Quote, originally posted by Turbiodiesel! »
      In my blunt and not very humble opinion...

      Hey, mine has burglar-proof windows!
      And for the record, my other 12 companions are Special Forces, so my wife and I can travel with complete security

      Modified by DIAF at 5:41 PM 1-8-2009

    26. 01-08-2009 08:34 PM #25

      but I'd probably rather have the new one for comfort and power.

      I would definitely need a lift and some real tires.
      I wish someone would do a comparison between the older Land Cruisers with real locking front and rear differentials vs. the new Land Cruiser with all the crazy computer gizmos they put in them.

      Modified by VeeDub_L_U at 5:36 PM 1-8-2009
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