FJ60 World Record Tour - Well Done LCCSA Members!

Re: FJ60 World Record Tour

Postby Mark Trollope » 24 Feb 2015, 13:07

:salut: :salut: :salut: :salut: :salut: GORDON - and all at Auto Magic!!!

I was also copied with a similar email;

Mountain Breeze Camping/Stellenbosch, February 24, 2015

Dear Adolf,

We are very lucky people! It was a big surprise to us when we realized that "Auto Magic" was repairing our battered fender to perfection. And this just in a couple of hours! Yesterday, just in time for Emil’s birthday today, the workshop finished its incredible job. Our FJ60 looks almost new now! And once more it was free of charge (see copy of our today’s email to Gordon). Members of the LandCruiser Club of Southern Africa continue to amaze us! We also added Auto Magic to our supporter list.

This morning, we had a short interview by phone with the “TygerBurger” newspaper. The article should be published tomorrow. Obviously it was arranged by Marnette.

We know that you are behind all the privileges we get. Therefore, once more: Thank you!

Kind regards:

Liliana and Emil
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Adolf, Gordon, JB, and everyone else that contributed - well done to you all for your selfless gestures, flying the LCCSA flag high! :salut:
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Re: FJ60 World Record Tour

Postby Adolf Hüster » 24 Feb 2015, 13:18

We know that you are behind all the privileges we get. Therefore, once more: Thank you!


On behalf of LCCSA of course! :oops:

I also extended birthday wishes on behalf of the club via a telephone call! :)
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Re: FJ60 World Record Tour

Postby Phil Meredith » 24 Feb 2015, 13:29

Well done gents, proud to be associated with you!
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Re: FJ60 World Record Tour

Postby CM Kotze » 24 Feb 2015, 14:16

Well done to all involved. :salut: :salut:
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Re: FJ60 World Record Tour

Postby Rob Wright » 24 Feb 2015, 16:47

Welldone to all involved in keeping them going .That's why some of us choose to live in Africa .You wont find this sort of generosity
anywhere else in the world .
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Re: FJ60 World Record Tour

Postby Theo Marx » 24 Feb 2015, 19:03

Well done all ! 8-)

Hennie jou ou yster !! :D
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Re: FJ60 World Record Tour

Postby Chris Diemont » 24 Feb 2015, 20:11

:salut: Well done to the members involved. It makes one proud to be part of this club :salut:
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Re: FJ60 World Record Tour

Postby Tim Inman » 24 Feb 2015, 21:29

Inspirational!! Absolutely first class from all that were involved in any way here and flying the LCCSA banner so high. This would take some beating anywhere in the world and makes it all the more reason why this club is special. Proud to be a member is an understatement!
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Re: FJ60 World Record Tour

Postby Shaun Cullen » 25 Feb 2015, 05:09

Very Cool. Well done!
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Re: FJ60 World Record Tour

Postby Ken Schmidt » 25 Feb 2015, 08:29

Great stuff guys!
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Re: FJ60 World Record Tour

Postby Gordon Burchell » 26 Feb 2015, 11:56

Ok, so I wasn't going to publicise that I had been involved in this project with them, but I have had a few PM's and calls asking for details and pictures, so I have decided that id share the experience with you.

Emil and Liliana came wading down the road like a top heavy camel into my workshop last week Thursday, like a modern form of happy go lucky gypsies. I say this with all due respect and jealously for what they have accomplished.

Immediately I could feel the despair from Emil, that his pride and joy had been damaged. After an hour long discussion with my technicians and them, I told him, We just couldn't do it. The job was too big for our type of business and the time frame needed would be close to about 2 weeks, which obviously was not an option for them. However My staff and I just couldn't let them leave like that, so we made the offer that we would do the best we could the following day, even if it just meant putting primer and paint over the nasty scar, which to them would suffice until later on the trip when they had more time.

They were in bright and early the following day and pulled up 2 chairs and like Adolf said, would not leave their home on wheels side for a minute. This is when things got interesting.

We opened up the damage to see that the whole rear quarter panel had thick plates welded in, from previous rust, making things even more difficult. Added to the fact that the entire inside was their living quarters, we couldn't access the side panel hatch to access the inside either. Dont forget all the petrol lines and filler pipes are all located in that panel!

I knew this was now going to require more hands and so I dedicated half of my staff to the project as we had now taken on more than we could chew.

We go creative with a rather crude method, whereby we Jammed a piece of timber through the tail lamp cavity hole and began pounding it for hours.
Much to both our and Emil's amazement the old FJ, like she was as eager as us, slowly but surely came straight.

We continued the repair process and eventually got as far as applying a filler coat.

By this stage my staff could not keep their arms up any longer and we just had to call it a day. Emil agreed that Monday would be a better option to continue and he left and brought it back then.

As Hennie Applied the paint, you could see the joy grow in their faces.. this on its own was worth the slog.

Shortly after finishing up and thanking Hennie and the rest of the team, we sent them on their way, where he said this was the best birthday present he could have received.

Emil, Happy birthday! It was an honour to do this for you guys and will miss hearing your stories.

Safe Travels!

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Re: FJ60 World Record Tour

Postby Adolf Hüster » 26 Feb 2015, 12:09

Absolutely fantastic Gordon! THANK YOU! :salut:
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Re: FJ60 World Record Tour

Postby Jaco van Niekerk » 26 Feb 2015, 12:10

Nice one Gordon.
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Re: FJ60 World Record Tour

Postby Jos Hartog » 26 Feb 2015, 12:22

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Re: FJ60 World Record Tour

Postby Michael Evans » 26 Feb 2015, 12:34

Hats off gentleman.
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