Naked Off Road

Naked Off Road is based around our two Land Rover four wheel drive vehicles. One is a classic 1976 series 3.  Many know it as a Land Rover Defender, it isn’t. If I was describing this old thing in a few  written words I would say the classic African yellow Land Rover, at home on the desert sands.
 
Known as Charlie, it’s truly a naked 4wd compared to today’s off road vehicles. Air Conditioning ? Not likely in a vehicle where the roof was an optional extra offered by the dealer.
 
Our second Naked Off Road vehicle almost wasn’t going to be here and written about. Our 1998 Land Rover Discovery diesel. How is this a “naked” off road vehicle you ask ?. I agree, well, I did agree. The Discovery is known as the  “Disco”  by us super cool Land Rover people ( I know, you wish right ).
 
The Disco has done amazing work for us. Travelling, towing, carrying, more towing, off roading, towing.. I’m sure you can see the common thread here. It’s a working machine. But not just that, it sits their parked. Unobtrusive, out of the way. It is so economical the fuel price can change three times between fills. Its very comfortable. It complains so little I almost forgot about it.
 
However, it’s also 20 years old , has travelled over 380,000km and the most shocking part is the we paid $1500 for it 5 years ago. What makes up a “naked” vehicle ?, I’m thinking the Disco has a good shot at the title.

Runva winch off road

Runva winch- Best install-Ultimate test ! (video post)

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Rocky Mountain Parabolic spring

VIDEO-Rocky Mountain Parabolic Springs-Terrible service-Many regrets !!

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Land Rover series removable crossmember modification

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Gold Coast-Byron Bay Road Trip

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Land Rover Series 3 Steering Box replacement

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Charlie tows 3.5 ton load 4000km in 6 days, VIDEO !!

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He’s not heavy, he’s my brother..

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Charlie’s in deep ! (ok, not life threatening)

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Leaving my mark, as only a Land Rover can

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Hybrid Land Rover Series 3 ?? Surely it’s electrickery

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Jealous much? Good times with old timers

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Marketing & Promotion-Sorry Mum I skipped that class

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RACISM !

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