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garry taylor

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About garry taylor

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    Reykjavik Iceland
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    World Traveller
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    http://vikingsacrossafrica.webs.com/
  1. 2 days and 1 night out in the countryside, not another living soul for 50 km, no running water ( apart from the Ice cold glacer river) and no electricity, all this along with extrema wind speeds...but hay i got a bunch of part
  2. prop shafts are 10 a penny in Africa...i dont think there is any point taking one along...everyone seems to think that africa will destroy any vehicle in seconds so you need to take tons of part with you....i find, if you have a basic truck then you can easily make basic repairs...its extremely common in west africa to see vehicles 40 or 50 ..hell even older, being used everyday while being overloaded.
  3. the last photo i posted...which were the tires for sale in Iceland...they were a specilised tire for offroad forklift trucks,so they had a speed limit which was way to slow, eg max 25 kmh...sham as 12.00 are almost impossable to find out here in Iceland and the cost of shipping and import tax is too much for the tires (especaly as we are exporting the truck to africa) so looks like we will drive with the ones we have ( i found a 11.00 for a spare in case we get a flat) and will buy a new set in Morocco
  4. i got the gear box off after a couple of hours, its in good condition, over 5 l of oil inside...in ok condition ( ive put worse oil in a truck before in africa) it was a fair bit heavier than i was expecting...ive mesured the wholes up and they look about right, so should be ok...i will post picks when i get the chance, my main issue was turning the bolts, but not turningthe prop at the same time (as the breaks are gone) i had to stick a spanner in the works to stop the truck from moving....i thought it did look prity rustly, but it was mostly just a layer of oil backed onto everying, under it,all was fine, origanal paint, good nick
  5. Hi thanks for the input in response to some people questions....believe me i know what im doing, i have crossed west africa 2 times before in bedfords...last time in 2013, the MK is a tought truck, hard to break, and west african roads are getting better all the time, i dont want to sound to big headed, but on this forum i probley have the most current info about west and central african conditions ( i dont know **** about east africa) my driver, the last time he did a overland was in the 90s and the roads were a lot harder then ( crossing zaire was a bitch) back in the day the overland trucks used to take lots of spare as they were cheap as chips in the uk and they planed to keep them driving in africa for years....., he remembers the old days so wants to take some spares im in Iceland....there is not a single MK or MJ in this nation....but there are a few tk i can get bits from, but im not close to any of them. I have been offerd a truck ( tk 1260) to strip for 500 quid, so its a opatunaty for me to get some parts and ive read many many times about owners swaping out 4 gears boxes to 5 gear boxes easly, and for 500 quid in Iceland is a steel, im going to get the fuel tank, prop, gearbox side window and anything i can pull Also for you guys to know...im have not seen the TK, so no i cant mesher things up , its a half a days drive...my plan is to go out, sleep in the truck and strip it over 2 days i was not thinking a gear from a gearbox for the transfar box...i was thinking pull the transfare box out and use the prop from the TK and make it 4x2 Also for you guys to know...im have not seen the TK, so no i cant mesher things up , its a half a days drive...my plan is to go out, sleep in the truck and strip it over 2 days yes parts are prity easy to get in west africa, if they are not in your country then they are in the next, last time we went i killed the transfar box on a bad gear change up a hill, we got a mechanic and sent him shopping and he came back a week later with the part ( he had to go to the neighbouring nation , also had riots to aviod) thats fine with me...but my driver would like some spare if possible... so back to the question, tk to mk ...possable ?, im not talking about in a ditch... if it breaks down we can get towed to the next town and get it fixed....belive me, if you have been to a central africa scrap yard you will find everything and nothing, but the guys are skilled at doing bush mechanics....forget computers, but steel, welding and greece they know real well...eg , new uj joint does not fit perfect...np, just weld it
  6. From another post about switching gearboxes, but there was no reply ''Am I right in thinking the the Bedford flywheel housing or bellhousing needs changing too, as mounting studs for Turner box don't match those of the 4 speed?'' i can get everything off the other bedford....so i can take the bell housing aswell
  7. hi good to know these things, the cab is still on, and the back box came off only last week, so it should be relatively ok i was thinking of taking the prop aswell as in bypas the transfar box if that breaks aswell.....but this is just for emergencys, eg...take bits out and play around...as when a trasfare box or gear box dies, its normaly 1 cog....so i could probley sorce the cog out of the spare gearbox and apparently it was driving 5 years ago
  8. this is from a tk1260.....hopefully it will fit
  9. Hi guys, thanks for the replys this is realy helping, So the is nothing actually wrong with the truck, but we are taking it to Central/west Africa next year, and the driver of the truck would realy like to have a spare gearbox..... I live up in Iceland and yes parts are expensive to post i dont have any idea how heavy a MK gearbox is...although i believe they are a lot lighter than other trucks...only yeasterday i was reading about a old Bedford truck Overlander changing the gearbox by himself, resting the gearbox on his knee and i remember a story of other overlanders in the 90s taking a gearbox in hand-luggage with Air Kenya...so i gess they are not so big.... anyway, the main thing is, on saturday i went for a drive to the next town and even thought my Girlfriend thinks i planed it....i just by chance found a Bedford TK...i think it was a 1260...it was long anyway, i did not get to have a long look as the GF was not looking overly happy, but i contacted the owner afterwards, and he is willing to sell parts or the whole truck....so this could make life so much easier than sending stuff around europe/africa
  10. Yes i tryed to remove it when i noticed i had the wrong title but i could not work out how to do it
  11. Hi Im in Iceland and parts are very expensive to get up here ( with the postage and high tax as we are not eu) i have a Bedford MK and im looking around for parts in Iceland, ive seen some TK around from the 70s and possabley even the 60s, do you think a gearbox from a TK would work for a MK there is also a lot of old green goddesses around...any chance some of the parts from that would be usefull for a MK
  12. Hi Im in Iceland and parts are very expensive to get up here ( with the postage and high tax as we are not eu) i have a Bedford MK and im looking around for parts in Iceland, ive seen some TK around from the 70s and possabley even the 60s, do you think a gearbox from a TK would work for a MK there is also a lot of old green goddesses around...any chance some of the parts from that would be usefull for a MK
  13. ok it looks like they are only for fork lift trucks, as they are xzm shame, getting this size in iceland is working out to be real tough ...
  14. they are 12.00 r20 and Michelin do you guys think they would be ok...possabley they are work vehiacls tires.... so i dont know if the tread is ok for a truck.....or if they take the speed/weight...any ideas...i know they look like the daf truck tires....but if you look close the tread is slichtly diffrent and goes straight
  15. most stuff up here in Iceland looks like they run on 22.5 rims....does anyone they that that rim would fit on a bedford
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