LANDROVING IN KZN

November 2007

Hi All 

The time for a break is getting closer, next month in fact. I am really looking forward to our week in Ponto Malongane, southern Moz with the Palmers again and to just unwinding on the clean white beaches and cooling off in the blue ocean. My family and I really enjoy this part of the world, granted it may not be as tropical and isolated as further north but at 4 ½ hours from Durbs and great for the kids to explore and have fun it really has captured our hearts.  

This month’s newsletter has the results from two gates events and a tech tips contribution from Dave King. Thanks to those who contributed and don’t forget the weekend of the 18th November to come and support the green oval against the Toy invasion… 

Enjoy.
Ed  


Venetia Limpopo Wild Dog Project:

Pups at last

Picture by Chris Johns 

Since their release onto the reserve in late-May 2007 the Venetia-Limpopo wild dogs have spent their time exploring the reserve and honing their hunting skills. As researchers it has been fantastic to follow the pack collecting data on their movements, hunting and general behaviour

once more. After their release we spent many a night braving the bushveld cold, over   zealous elephants, prides of hunting lions and severe lack of sleep camping out in our trusty Land Rover Defender and awaking whenever the dogs did and keeping track of their every move. Within a few weeks of the release it became clear that Fender, a subordinate female was pregnant. This is somewhat unusual, as typically only the alpha female in a pack will breed. Fender had her pups in mid-June but the pack soon abandoned them and at that time we noticed that Stellar, the alpha female, was indeed ALSO pregnant! She eventually gave birth to her brood on 21 July in an old, abandoned warthog burrow in the far south-western corner of the reserve.  

This is the first successful breeding event on the reserve in over a year and we celebrated with a glass of champagne, or two! It is typical of wild dogs to leave the alpha female at the den with the pups during their first few weeks of life while the rest go outhunting. Our pack is no

exception. The dogs appear to be moving relatively far (as far as the reserve’s northern boundary fence on one occasion – almost 20kms from the den) to find food but always return to an excited Stellar who will beg from them until they regurgitate meat for her. Normally the pups remain underground in the safety of the den until they are approximately 3 weeks old but our little pups had other ideas. These little guys, only 2weeks old, made a break for daylight outside the den only to be very promptly and sternly chased back within by their overprotective mum! 

Four pups have been seen. This is smaller than the average litter size for wild dogs, which typically consists of approximately10 pups. The pups, and the pack itself, are very vulnerable during this time since they are confined to the den and therefore risk threats from other predators that happen to use the area. A group of three lion have already been

spotted close to the den. But things appear to be going well and all on the reserve cannot wait to see the pups again!

 August 2007
Katherine Potgieter, Project Executant
Carnivore Conservation Group
This project is an initiative of the Carnivore Conservation Group of the Endangered Wildlife Trust.
It is generously supported by Land Rover South Africa and De Beers Consolidated Mines.


Future Events for your Diary. The trips listed below are provisional and can change at short notice. 

When

What, where

More Info.

Grade

Nov 18

Landy vs Toyota  High Stakes

Cato Ridge

The 2007 round of the Land Rover vs Toyota challenge. The venue will be High Stakes, Cato Ridge. Standard and modified Land Rovers are required. Last year we had a good turn out and Land Rover took top honours. Support the event as both a spectator and driver and lets again show Toyota the support that Land Rover has. Give George a call for more info.

3 - 5

14 – 21 Dec

Transkei

First day Durban to Mpande and then we will follow the coast to Kei River mouth. The final route and over night stops will be dealt with in a meeting to be called soon for all interested. The number of vehicles will be limited, so give Gary a call for more info.

3 - 4

27 – 31 Dec

2007

Lesotho

5 Day CampOver

Day one up Ongeluksnek Pass and a camp over next to the lake. Day two will be a drive down the Quthing River valley and camp over on the banks of the Senqu River. Day three is a short drive to the entrance of the Seforong Groge for night 3. Day 4 is back to Lake Letsie. Day 5 is a drive down Ongeluksnek Pass and home. A valid passport is required. Give George or Gary Clinton a call if interested.

3 - 4

17- 19 Jan 2008

Duzi Canoe

Umgeni valley

Wanted Land Rover to assist with the marshalling along the Duzi canoe route.  Your meals and drinks are provided along with a contribution towards your fuel. Secure campsites are set up for the 2 nights and a large tent is provided for the Land Rover Club members.  If you are able to help on all 3 days or some of the days then give Henry a call.

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Feb 2008

1st Gates Event for 2008 at Eston

The 1st Gates Event for 2008 will be on the Saturday of the 19th AGM of the LROC KZN weekend at the Eston Quarry

3 - 5

Feb 2008

19th AGm

Eston Farmers Club

19th AGM of the Land Rover Owners Club KZN. Venue will be the Eston Farmers Club with the same format as the last few years. A camp over weekend with a Gates Event on the Saturday morning, AGM in the late afternoon and a trail drive on the Sunday.  Date and more info to follow.

1 - 3

21 – 24 March 2008

SandStone Estate

National Land Rover 60th Jamboree

National Land Rover Jamboree to commemorate 60 years of land Rover. Sandstone Estate is near Ficksburg in the Southern Free State. It’s a working farm and a well known site dedicated to the preservation of old tractors, trains, cars, military vehicles and other heritage items. The event is being organised by the LROC SA and the various Land Rover Clubs from around the country have all been invited to participate in the event. Various events are planned for the weekend, which include some 4x4 trails, inter club competitions, steam train rides and much more. More info to follow.

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27 April 2008

Land Rover Convoy Drive

Land Rover was shown to the public for the 1st time on 30 April 1948 at the Amsterdam Motor Show. A LARGE LAND ROVER CONVOY DRIVE is planned to commemorate this date. All Land Rovers welcome. More info to follow.

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18 May 2008

Cars in the Park PMB

Cars in the Park, Pietermaritzburg. Wanted Series 1 land Rovers for a special “Land Rover 60th  Exhibit” . As its Land Rover 60th year we intend to make Cars in the Park a big event for the LROC. The LROC will have 2 stands this year, A Special Exhibit in the Mayor’s Garden and our normal stand. More info to follow.

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PLEASE NOTE: If you have a Series 1 Land Rover or know of someone who has one please give George Goswell a call. The LROC is currently building up a database of Series 1 Land Rover’s in KZN. Please remember that the day-events above are great for meeting and socialising with fellow club members and friends. Bring a picnic and enjoy the fresh air and activities from your deckchair.

  

TRAIL GRADING: All our events from now on will have a Trail Grading according to the 5 grades below.
 

1.        Complete novice soft dirt road trail, no low range required. Suitable for all Land Rovers including the Freelander.

2.       Limited low range required but suitable for the novice driver. Suitable for all Land Rovers with certain trails not suitable for the Freelander.

3.       Low range and limited off road knowledge required. Suitable for all Land Rovers except the Freelander.

4.       A low range technical trail suitable for the experienced. The inexperienced will be able to do the trail, as assistance will be available from the more experienced members. Suitable for all Land Rovers except the Freelander.

5.       Extremely technical, suitable for the experienced only with the possibility of vehicle damage. Only suitable for "Series" Land Rovers and maybe a few others.


MEMBER’S MEMORABLE MOMENTS:

 Jozini Weekend by Henry Cochrane

My self and my two sons left for Jozini dam on Friday at 11h00 hours to arrive at the dam at15h00 hours and met up with Gary, Herman, Fred and wife and Rodney and family.

At 15h30 my tent was ready and my thirst was huge. There’s nothing better than a beer (or 3) to sort the problem. As I opened the beer, a windstorm took place and tested the tents to the extreme, carrying on until 12h45 that night.

The next morning at 05h00 hours we launched the boats to catch Tiger Fish but with no success that morning it was decided to go back and make brunch. As we arrived at the camp Richard, Mark and their wives arrived to join us for the week end .The weather was perfect the entire weekend but the fish were too clever for us. 

At the end of the day, Barbara embarrassed all the men as she caught the only 2 fish for the weekend.

On Sunday night was party time as Gary turned 41 and forced us all to drink Amarula and OB’s to celebrate his birthday.

We saw elephant, rhino and lots of buck next to the dam in the park but on Monday it was pack up time and the journey back home. During the packing, rain started to fall and all the tents got wet, meaning more work at home to dry all the tents.

This was another good weekend and I feel sorry for those who did not make it, but we will go again next year and hopefully catch more fish.


Mozambique Trip by Deon and Elsabe Venter 

Deon and Elsabe Venter - Defender 90 with trailer, Nick and Sue Watkins - Defender 110, Barry and Marion Freeguard - Defender hardtop, set of in march for a couple of days in Moz. The plan was to spend as much time as possible in the Inhambane area. First stop was Chidenguele campsite, some three hundred kms from Inhambane. This is a lovely camp next to a huge lake a mere two kms from the beach. We had the whole camp to ourselves and spent two days exploring the lake and beach. 

From there it was on to Lighthouse Camp in Inhambane, the best spot in town, on a hill overlooking the whole Barra Peninsula. The camp is completely shaded due to huge trees and although a bit run down you cannot wish for a better spot. We spent long wonderful days soaking up the sun and sights, walks on the beach and playing in the sea like kids.

Then we were off to Casa De Mar, owned by Des and Mary Dandridge. If you ever go to Moz, do not miss the opportunity to go there. It was at Casa De Mar where I developed a distinct dislike in my trailer, sooooooft sand and a trailer do not see eye to eye. The barracks at Casa De Mar are magic, cool as anything while it is as hot as hell outside. The snorkeling on the reef in front of the camp for amateurs like us was a experience of a lifetime. To be walking on a beach with only your own footprints on it is something we only dreamt of. Des and Mary went out of their way to make our stay something to remember, Des even towed my friend’s the trailer up the huge sand dune the day we left. 

All too soon our time in Moz was up and we had to part company. Nick,Sue,Barry and Marion set off to the Transfrontier Park and Elsabe and I returned back to the scene of my crime. I was involved in a minor car accident on our way to Inhambane and as a result I spent two days standing under a tree outside the courthouse in the town of Manica.


 

Land Rover Owners Club KZN   Gates November 2007      (Total 12 Gates)

 

Driver

Vehicle

Class

Score

Springs

Class Position
Overall

Lockers / Traction Control

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry Cochrane

Def 110 TD5

Lwb ST

660

Coil

1

5

Kenneth Jones

Def 110 DC

Lwb SL

600

Coil

2

12

Bruce Fraser

Def 110 TD5

Lwb ST

460

Coil

3

17

Long Wheel Base

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kingsley Kemp

D Range Rover

Lwb M

680

Coil

1

1

Rob Fraser

Def 110 TDi

Lwb S

650

Coil

2

6

Alan Swatton

D Range Rover

Lwb M

640

Coil

3

7

James Capper

Series 11A

Lwb S

610

Leaf

4

8

Audrey Thomas

Def 110 TDi

Lwb S

610

Coil

5

9

Mike Lauterbach

Def 110 TDi

Lwb S

600

Coil

6

10

George Goswell

Series 111S

Lwb S

600

Leaf

7

11

Ryan Goswell

Series 111S

Lwb S

550

Leaf

8

13

Wayne Bolton

Def 110 TD5

Lwb S

550

Coil

9

14

Ryan van Wijngaard

Series 11

Lwb S

530

Leaf

10

15

Don Erwin

Range Rover

Lwb S

520

Coil

11

16

Paul Mckay

Disco V8

Lwb S

330

Coil

12

19

Rob Lemon

Range Rover

Lwb S

310

Coil

13

20

Paddy Holdcroft

Disco TDi

Lwb S

280

Coil

14

21

Short Wheel Base

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Cullen

Def 90 V8

Swb S

680

Coil

1

2

Glen Twiggs

Series 111

Swb S

680

Leaf

2

3

Gary Clinton

Def 90 TD5

Swb M

670

Coil

3

4

Alan Cullen

Series 1 88”

Swb S

340

Leaf

4

18

Note :

1.       Class S = Standard vehicle

2.       Class SL = Standard vehicle with lockers

3.       Class ST = Standard vehicle with traction control

4.       Class M = Vehicles with chassis and/or suspension modifications

Drivers with the same score are separated by counting the number of clear rounds, then scores of 50 etc.

Thanks to all who took part and to all who turned up during the year to help or to watch. The Gates events have again attracted large numbers of members with over 30 vehicles at each event. This last gates event had 21 drivers in the competition and 32 members signing the register. I counted another 9 members who turned by later in the day making the total number of members at the event over 40. Well done and thanks again.

As this was the last gates event for 2007 the scores over the past 4 Gates events will be used to award the x3 floating trophies at the AGM in February 2008.

The next gates Event will be held on the Saturday of the AGM weekend in February 2008.  

George Goswell


How to save a fortune on replacement of the ignition switch on a DISCO-II.   By Dave King

When it fails; as it WILL at some time in its life, it could break the bank.

The basic problem is a design flaw which results in the pins of a well used ignition lock's barrel becoming slightly bent each time the lock is operated, eventually jamming it completely, rendering the car immobile. My sorry story happened in St Lucia during a long weekend break.
Sunday morning, ignition jammed in the off position, key went in and out of the barrel but would not turn. I initially thought the problem was an immobiliser fault, since I had been led to believe that the ignition assembly is fitted with some fancy detector and locking device which knows when the right key is inserted and if it’s correctly coded for the car. Can you see a lot of cash flowing if this thing needs replacing?

However, I decided to strip the steering column down to where I could see what was actually going on to attempt to see if I could somehow defeat what I thought was an electro-locking pin which was somehow preventing the key from turning. There is a coil assembly on a spool located in the plastic covers of the steering column so that the key passes through it when in position in the lock. And, there is a small micro-switch, which tells some brain somewhere whenever the key is inserted.

With some help from a local mechanic we both agreed the best would be to break out the whole ignition switch to release the steering column lock (key and spring), and to gain access to the electrical switch, which can then be rotated quite easily with a flat bladed screwdriver approx 250mm long. (Isn’t it amazing what the humble toolbox can offer up when under duress?).

This worked fine, because the switch was quickly exposed, by using a pair of long nose pliers and side cutters to carve up the ignition switch housing into little pieces, only part remaining was around the top of the column which is held by 2 dome-headed set-screws (which can be removed quite easily later), and then the part on the left side which holds the electrical switch in its place.

The car can now be started and driven in this state, in a limp-home mode. Beware of being stopped in a roadblock and have your story ready as to why the car is running and the ignition key isn’t in the lock! Work out a plan to ensure you can switch off the ignition in an emergency. I left the screwdriver in place and occasionally checked it was still positively located in the switch while driving home. As an added safety step I disconnected the battery while doing the surgery and the later re-assembly.  Then it’s a matter of finding an ignition assembly, fitting a new barrel and a set of keys at a locksmith, and then mate it up with the original electrical switch. Re-assemble; and no re-programming needed.

In my case, total cost was R680-00 all in for a second hand ignition assembly, a brand new barrel and 2 keys.
The quote I received from the agents: R6000 excl VAT, plus another R1400 (also ex VAT) IF the key transmitter required re-programming. Great help and support received from Nicky at Rovertech and Derrick at Pinetown Locksmiths, Sandy's Center. Much appreciated guys. There is apparently an alternative if you can afford to leave the vehicle as is and remove the whole ignition assembly in one piece. A new barrel can be easily inserted and formed to suit the original car key profile.

But not when you’re far from home over a long weekend!

FOR SALE 

I bought a Forward Control IIB from Gordon Guthrie (Pietermaritzburg). The truck came without fitted engine and gearbox, but a Chevrolet 4.1 litre engine was included in the deal. According to Gordon, the engine was overhauled and he spent about R7,000 on it. I do not need the engine, as I have now a Toyota 3 CT turbo diesel fitted. The engine comes "inside" complete, but "outside" most of it is missing (carburetor, distributor etc). The motor is in Louis Powell's shed at Inchanga. It is ideally suited for building up a Chev engine or for spare parts. Any realistic offer to purchase will be accepted by me. Contact Gunther Kanz   gshk@telkomsa.net

 

I have taken apart two series Land Rovers. I am keeping one chassis the other is rusted beyond repair.I will have no use for the following items.

2 X LWB Bins, 1 X Station wagon safari roof and side windows, 1 X Cab roof and rear window for bakkie, 1 X windscreen frame, 1 X rusty firewall, 4 x Series 3 mudguards(fenders) 2 with headlights fitted, 1x Series 11A Grille mount with headlamps - rusted at base.

34 Saltfleet road Westville, contact me on 0828057629 Dougal Glennie

If any one is interested they are welcome to come and look and remove. Beer will be a good currency. I will have the scrap dealers remove all items not taken by mid November !!!!

P.S. I am also rebuilding a 14 foot runabout boat with or without a 115 Chrysler motor. This is for sale for money though if anyone is interested????

1969 LAND ROVER 109 S.W.  DIESEL, EXCELLENT CONDITION AND IN GOOD RUNNING ORDER      - R35 000.00       O.N.C.O. 1988 RANGE ROVER CLASSIC, 5 DOOR, EXCELLENT CONDITION AND IN GOOD RUNNING ORDER.        -     R45 000 .00   O.N.C.O. THE TROPICAL DEEPFREEZE IS ALSO STILL AVAILABLE AS ALSO THE NUDGE BAR. CELL:   0837790997    - Rob de Robillard  1966 mechanically sound “two & a quarter” Land Rover short wheelbase for sale. This car has had one owner, my deceased father. I am not desperate to sell but I have no use for it. Barry Hirst Tel: +27 31 332 3106 Fax: +27 31 332 3795 E-mail: barry@multiship.co.za
1996 Defender 3 door Hard Top TDi. 257k km FSH and daily runner.  R65 000.00 onco.       Phone 0834077241 1998 Defender 90 2.8i CSW - R80 000 250,000km lots of work done on it but needs attention Craig Vallis 0836011382 craigvallis@gmail.com
LAND ROVER 300TDi Motor Complete: Still in vehicle, just been serviced, new cam belt. R.25 000 (Somerset West.) Tel.
Brian    083-6763601
Land Rover S3 2.25L Pick-up: With canopy. For rebuild/spares. As is. R4 000.    082-7046868
LAND-ROVER owner's workshop manual Autobook 895 for models 2,2A, 3; 2 1/4 Litre Petrol, Diesel 2.6 Litre Petrol 1059 - 1975. R 80 Phone Ditar, mornings or evenings.    083-9501064 A set of brand new Series IIa SWB springs - I reckon they're worth R1 000.00 and a steel safari roof rack for a Series IIa SWB  - R500.00? Brian Hayes, Greytown KZN and my cell number is 0825781349.
LT95 4spd Range Rover gearbox, with new clutch R7 500 Jan Viljoen cell: 0828243030 1995 V8i Disco. Man. 180,000 KM   Colour white, front bull bar, tow bar, Land Rover Mag rims, excellent condition.             R45 000. Jeremy   Cell 084 6000 102
1999 Defender 2.8i County Station Wagon.  231 000 km. Serviced every 10 000 km at "The Centre" Land Rover & Jaguar specialists. Excellent condition. EXTRAS: Husky Superwinch winch & integrated bumper, Hannibal aluminium roof rack & rear ladder, split charging system with dual batteries (105 & 75A/hr Deltec batteries)
Side runner bars, underbody protection plates, 45 l Frontrunner fender fuel tank, New Cooper Discoverer 265/75 R16 S/T tyres. R120 000.00 Pete Ramsay ramsay@marinegeosolutions.com cell: 0837807012
1998 Defender 110 Tdi, full-length roof rack, stainless steel water header tank, engine monitoring system and tread plate fender protection.  230 000km. Price R105 000 neg. Contact John 082 496 6623/ 033 390311 a/h.
Tent for sale – Contact Gary Clinton 083 336 9059 Land Rover Series 1, 86" in need of a bit of repair. Contact Ryan 0834395973
   
   
   
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Been somewhere interesting? Tell us about it!                           This bush jacket is available from Jimmy       

                                                                                                          0823279033 until the 18th October for only R120           

                                                                                                          including an embroidered oval club badge.