Originally posted by OU812
Loved last thread can't wait for this one.
May it will be a epic as the landcruiser through the Congo!!
Glad to have you on board for another one!
Funny you should mention the Congo - getting a visa for Angola is extremely hard, bordering on impossible. If I have to, I'll wind up following a similar route to Frederik and Josephine through the DRC.
Originally posted by kaput
Why did you choose to custom build a Jeep with a Mercedes engine instead of buying something that is already purpose built for this trip such as a land cruiser? Toyota mechanics and parts are common in Africa, and land cruisers are probably easier to customize for living in. A frankenjeep seems like an unnecessary cost and risk.
There are a whole bunch of reasons - for starters I grew up in Australia and land cruisers and rovers are a dime a dozen, I find them kind of boring to be honest. That, and they've been driven around Africa ten million times.
As far as I can tell, nobody has ever driven a Wrangler around Africa (I found one guy that drove down the West Coast last year in a stock JK)
Also, it's not possible to get good cruisers and Defenders in North America, and it's a pain to register, insure and get a carnet de passage for a vehicle in a country you don't live in.
Finally, and most importantly, I think the Jeep has way more character and will be way more fun