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  1. HongerVenture

    FJ75 Troopcarrier from the Middle East

    Yeah, it's a big group for a Troopy plus gear... but we used to make it happen in an 80-series. Granted the roofrack would be quite a bit more utilized. Getting the kids out is an important part of this for us. We want them growing up valuing time outdoors. What I love about these trips is that...
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    FJ75 Troopcarrier from the Middle East

    We are definitely weeding bugs out of this truck... 27 years of hard work in Oman leaves a lot of previous owner issues to resolve. The alternator decided to start dying on this trip which made running the fridge and camp lights a bit of a hassle. Jumper cables were handy. I also had a de-smog...
  3. HongerVenture

    FJ75 Troopcarrier from the Middle East

    So the whole point of a Troopy was to serve as our new family camping wagon. We finally got to base a trip off of the Troopy in early May. We headed to southeast Arizona to camp in the Coronado National Forest (near Chiricahua National Monument). The Monument was closed but dispersed camping was...
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    FJ75 Troopcarrier from the Middle East

    We took a camping trip up north of Phoenix to the Mogollon Rim two weeks back... 4 days, 3 nights. It was perfect. It was made all the better because I got to test my new solar setup. I had already picked up a 100W solar panel while living in the UAE... intended for my 80-series originally, it...
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    FJ75 Troopcarrier from the Middle East

    Thanks! Yes, I get lots of questions, thumbs-up, waves, etc. I am a Copper State Cruisers member... and Riverview Toyota is the dealership of choice for parts discount/service now. Lance, I remember you from early days on the forum. I'd love to meet up sometime and get to know you. I work in...
  6. HongerVenture

    FJ75 Troopcarrier from the Middle East

    Since returning to the States, and having the Troopy in hand, I've done a few things... Added an Eezi-awn K9 rack and Manta 270-degree awning... Rebuilt both axles with new bearings, seals, rotors, calipers, pads, drums, cylinders, shoes. Completely baselined. Had some helpers getting...
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    FJ75 Troopcarrier from the Middle East

    Had some help applying headlights, mirrors, and various details... Wrapped up just in time to ship with my 40... And arrived in Phoenix, AZ almost 3 months later...
  8. HongerVenture

    FJ75 Troopcarrier from the Middle East

    I bought the truck knowing full well that it was going to be a project. That was, in many ways, the point. I like to tinker and DIY. While it doesn't cost a lot to pick up a used Troopy in the Middle East that is old enough for import whatever you find will have been worked hard for those 25+...
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    FJ75 Troopcarrier from the Middle East

    All it really takes is a vehicle older than 25-years and knowing someone abroad who can arrange to get export documentation put together and hand it over to a shipper. I've imported six cars to the States now... it isn't too bad.
  10. HongerVenture

    ExPo 70 Series Registry

    Joel Ericson 1991 FJ75 Troopy 3F Engine, H55F Tranmission Imported from Oman to UAE to USA Mods: 17" OEM Steel Rims, Eezi-awn K9 Rack, Eezi-awn Manta awning
  11. HongerVenture

    FJ75 Troopcarrier from the Middle East

    A bit of an intro, or reintroduction of myself. I started off on Expo waaaayyyy back in 2005. I was living in Indiana and had a T100 I built up mildly and that my wife and I explored and camped with. The truck is alive and well and now belongs to my dad... drive it every time I visit with my...
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    FJ75 Troopcarrier from the Middle East

    Figured it would be a good time to return to Expo and chronicle the build and adventures of my FJ75 Troopy. It's a 1991 FJ75 Land Cruiser , Gulf Spec. It has a carbureted 3F engine with an H55F 5-speed transmission. It has factory AC and an additional aftermarket rear AC. No heater, yet. I...
  13. HongerVenture

    MB 1120 Coming to America!

    Not sure how I came across this thread... but just wrapped up the whole thing. Love seeing all the DIY work. I'll definitely be following along for the rest. I've learned a lot. Enjoy the travels!
  14. HongerVenture

    Need the solar/power pros to weigh in

    Long time since I posted around here. This thread has taught me a lot as I prepare to put solar on my Troopy. Thanks for spending so much time documenting this! And spending the coin to learn so much. Really great thread.
  15. HongerVenture

    Expeditions 7: Two Years Around the World on all Seven Continents.

    Hey Scott, I've been out of the Expo loop awhile and just spent some time reviewing the thread. Outstanding stuff. Congrats to the whole team. Antarctica has always been a dream of mine, seeing you pull it off encourages me a great deal and only confirms that is has to stay on my list. If you...
  16. HongerVenture

    Project T100: "Baja Explorer Ver. 2"

    Wow... just wow. I've been pretty sporatic with my visits to Expo since moving to Abu Dhabi. I totally missed this build. I'm obviously a huge T100 fan... and this build is A+. Great job with your own modifications to a rig that doesn't have a lot of aftermarket support. This truck will NEVER...
  17. HongerVenture

    AC in a 2004 4Runner

    Good to know on the vents in the rest/console. Also good to have some AZ anecdotal input. The only thing is that here it'll be 119 but also be freakin' humid, which reduces the efficiency of the AC quite a bit. The particular 4Runner I was looking at got nabbed by someone else, but I'm still...
  18. HongerVenture

    AC in a 2004 4Runner

    I'm looking for some anecdotal input on the air conditioning in a 2004 4Runner. I live in Abu Dhabi and the summers here are obviously hot but also mercilessly humid. Toyota builds their GCC spec 4x4's with a larger radiator core and larger AC compressor/condensor. There are actually quite a few...
  19. HongerVenture

    New Autohome Maggiolina/Columbus tent, the AirTop

    Thanks for the pointers... I've ruled out all but the largest sized Maggiolina. And given how hard they are to come by here, I may be going a different route altogether.
  20. HongerVenture

    New Autohome Maggiolina/Columbus tent, the AirTop

    So for all you Maggiolina owners, I've got a few questions. 1. Anyone got an interior dimension on a small? A medium? A large? 2. Anyone with a kiddo manager to sleep three to a tent? 3. My wife and I have a 1-year-old. Will he fit with us in any of these size tents? I know what the...
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