Project 4x4 Camper (@project_4x4_camper)

So this shows my first dig out. Then The next instant bog. It has about 12-14 inches of ground clearance let’s say. I dug that out once. Then it sank to its floors again. So it was a solid 25-30 inches 50-60cms subterranean now with the tide rising. So a recovery team was called. They came down and where impressed with one, how far it got, and two how sunk my van was! They had a stunning old Cold War time Volvo 4x4 military truck thing. They unloaded a bizarre self propelled winch and I shackled the van on. Their truck began to plough backwards and I just crawled out in low range with a two tonne pull. We raced back 8 km along the beach to where there big rig had brought the amazing old Volvo to as it wasn’t road legal and I gave them some money! Not the cheapest day but better than spending a night waiting to be washed out to sea in your favorite toy. We had a chat and he said to me “well now you know not to go on the beach” I said “nahhhh, will probably do it again tomorrow” I think he thought I was joking. Obviously I wasn’t 😉#toyotapower #mud #dirt #townace #cr30 #cr31 #tarago #liteace #townace4x4 #4x4camper #4x4van #camper #camperconversion #diycamper #forest #fire #scandanavia #vanlife #vansoldskool #vanoldskool #oldtoyota #retrovan #vandiaries #conversion #built #offroad #offroading #husky #sand

Project 4x4 Camper (@project_4x4_camper)

So after the pics I turned to leave. I had good speed up with the diffs locked in second gear. I turned up the beach into some Shelly dry looking sand and it felt like I hit a wall. If you look at the tracks I was going fine 6ft prior. I didn’t spin or bog the van. I know better than that. I jumped out as I knew something was up. I walked around and the sand was wobbling at the back of the car. I’d driven into a pond of quick sand. I may have spotted it if it wasn’t for the shells. It looked solid! So being 25 meters from the sea I thought it prudent I get it out as it was currently low tide. I dug the entire car level, cleared a rut for the diff and let the tyres as low as I dare. Worryingly though the van was slowly sinking into the viscous sand soup. Unlike normal sand that gets harder from compaction the deeper you go this got more and more fluid. So I dug and dug, put plates under the rear tyres and got ready. I knew if it bigger again I was in deep shit. I eased off and it instantly sank. No fuss, no spinning, it just sank it was raining and without sand ladders I was going nowhere except to the bottom of the sea! I hasten to add I’ve grown up driving in the countryside. I’m not a tourist hell bent on getting stuck in every grassy paddock. Bad luck, excitement and not having any kit with me lead to this! Lesson learned.... maybe #toyotapower #mud #dirt #townace #cr30 #cr31 #tarago #liteace #townace4x4 #4x4camper #4x4van #camper #camperconversion #diycamper #forest #fire #scandanavia #vanlife #vansoldskool #vanoldskool #oldtoyota #retrovan #vandiaries #conversion #built #offroad #offroading #husky #huskydog #siberianhusky

Project 4x4 Camper (@project_4x4_camper)

I reached the sand bar from the river and was truly buzzing. Jumped out to get a few pics and lower my hurt doggy down for a sniff around. After that I jumped back in and started to head home! Amazes me what it can do but it has its limits as you shall soon see!!! #toyotapower #mud #dirt #townace #cr30 #cr31 #tarago #liteace #townace4x4 #4x4camper #4x4van #camper #camperconversion #diycamper #forest #fire #scandanavia #vanlife #vansoldskool #vanoldskool #oldtoyota #retrovan #vandiaries #conversion #built #offroad #offroading #husky #sand #beach

Project 4x4 Camper (@project_4x4_camper)

So I decided to head off down the coast as in about 6 km there is a big old river mouth. I’ve been wanting to check it’s surf potential for a little while now. Here’s the van on solid sand after ploughing through this soft patch. Amazes me what it can do but it has its limits as you shall soon see!!! #toyotapower #mud #dirt #townace #cr30 #cr31 #tarago #liteace #townace4x4 #4x4camper #4x4van #camper #camperconversion #diycamper #forest #fire #scandanavia #vanlife #vansoldskool #vanoldskool #oldtoyota #retrovan #vandiaries #conversion #built #offroad #offroading #husky #huskydog #siberianhusky

Project 4x4 Camper (@project_4x4_camper)

So what started off as a mundane day with the aim of fitting a new battery, giving my dog some gentle exercise (due to her sprained ankle) on the beach and collecting pine cones, soon turned into a very exciting day. Or bad...... depends which way you look at it! #toyotapower #mud #dirt #townace #cr30 #cr31 #tarago #liteace #townace4x4 #4x4camper #4x4van #camper #camperconversion #diycamper #forest #fire #scandanavia #vanlife #vansoldskool #vanoldskool #oldtoyota #retrovan #vandiaries #conversion #built #offroad #offroading #husky #huskydog #siberianhusky

hamada yuji (@hammer_you)

暗くなってから訪ねたそこは、galleryというかmuseumというか。でもfactoryなんだけどworkshopでありlaboratoryぽくもある。
#フレンディオート#friendeeauto#landcruiser40#landcruiser#ランドクルーザー#トヨタ#toyota#oldtoyota

Project 4x4 Camper (@project_4x4_camper)

First taste of winter today! By taste I mean tala started eating snow again. She’s suffering from a bad sprain on her ankle which is hard to watch. It’s not the first time but it really tugs on the heart strings. She’s usually so full of life and bouncy! So with a day stuck in and around the house I finished off the leisure wiring. So it runs the lights, charge points, inverter, usb sockets and transformer, enberspacher diesel heater and stereo... It’s a big old job running wires, sizing components up, thinking it all through and hiding it away. I debated wrapping the newly made loom up but I’d rather have it accessible for any additions and problems that may occur. Had to ignore my ocd’s and literally put the lid on it.... that is until I buy some obnoxious spot lamps and a nudge bar #toyotapower #mud #dirt #townace #cr30 #cr31 #tarago #liteace #townace4x4 #4x4camper #4x4van #camper #camperconversion #diycamper #forest #fire #scandanavia #vanlife #vansoldskool #vanoldskool #oldtoyota #retrovan #vandiaries #conversion #built #offroad #offroading #husky #huskydog #siberianhusky

Kettleby Valley Camp (@kettlebyvalleycamp)

Finally getting around to putting the bouldering mats away. Thank goodness for little Toyotas. #kettlebyvalleycamp #ontariosummercamp #bouldering #oldtoyota #summercamp #toyota #toyotatruck #toyotapickup #yota

Thomas Helland (@thomas_helland)

Første biln æ har eid, biln æ aldri blir å klar å kvitt mæ me🙄😍 blir aldri ny bil, bære nye ting så ska skje me den her gamlingen😎 #neverendingstory #jdm4life #oldtoyota #ke70 #engineswap? #newpaintjob? #neweverything? #bigplansforasmallcar

Reni Eli (@reni_eli)

1st Anniv Corolla Retro Wonogiri (CReW) 🚗🚗🚗
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Sunroof nya kesempitan buat berdua 😂😂😂
#corolla #oldtoyota #classic #classiccars #oldcar #ke30 #ke70 #dx #low #sunroof #gcrc #wildretro #crewanniversary
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