At Last - They Are Here
Pictures of Wallace, all the way from South Africa,
- Oh, and Bruce -
Courtesy of the Colonial Mail Steamer
Unfortunately due to over magnification and pixilation these photos -from the last century -have degraded in quality
The first pictures are of Wallace pottering around the Cape Town area
And Constantiaberg which has a transmitter site that they frequent now and then.
The cool guy in the chair is Mark, Bruce is on his Series III
with Steven (the big guy, white T-shirt) and his son Jonathan.
The second Series III LWB hard belongs to Eric
and Russel, in smart cap, is next to him.
They just keep going up......and up.
Although they do need to stop sometimes to look at the scenery
Wallace has a diesel and a half,
I think it is a Falcon 2.5L.
How is this for an aray of signs?
(90 miles from Cape Town and well known for its fruit and grape production) Wallace does not feature because:-
1. He wasn't ready and
2. The best type of 4X4 to use on a rough trail is somebody else's.
The trail runs along an old wagon trail that goes over a mountain pass to a valley further south.
Ooops! These things happen.
It was wet and miserable, full of mud, we had to winch the second Landy plenty.
We got stuck, then the Landy broke down in the drizzle, we stripped in the mud and limped home the next day.
Just one of the incredible views. I do not know how poor old Bruce puts up with such a hard life!
The Hex River Valley Re-visited
Wallace had his dings in his nose fixed so he looks almost presentable.
We went on the Hex River trail at last
(the last lot of pictures I sent you were from the same area - but I went in somebody elses Land Rover)
Pap Weil, flat tyre (too low pressure ripped the valve out)
Wallace, dont my SAG's look nice now!
Wallace got kitted out in new General S.A.G.'s and performed really well. We even had to tow a Range Rover with a bust rear differential out of a difficult section- I was really impressed with the way Wallace performed off-road. It is amazing how much real tyres make a difference.
This is what we could have missed.
Looking over the Hex River Valley.
We nearly didn't go though ---- pulling out of Cape Town the gearbox started making a noise which went from noticeable to really bad when I took my foot off the accelerator and "braked" through the gearbox.
I was of a mind to turn around and go home but my young son, Gregory was with me and had his heart set on going. I decided to go the ±200 kilometers there and camp out Friday night, limping home on Saturday morning. However, when we turned of onto the gravel road, I put the old girl into low ratio and 99% of the noise went away. I could also brake through the gearbox - which had been painfull to do before in high ratio.
Ergo---what the heck, we stayed and did the trail.
Nick Smuts taking his Tdi 90 up a difficult section with Gregory as pax.
Wallace is in the drive at the moment with one axle stand holding the right front up.(the tyre had gone down Sunday night) As a bonus I think I messed my back up when I put the SAG's on - it's been really painful. I'll give it a few days before I change the tyre and whip the bttom off the transfer case. If that fails to produce results - Its off with the old gearbox again !***~* etc.
My son and I went camping in Wallace last weekend. We had great fun but boy ! Did we get stuck ! We went to the "river end" of Clan William dam about 200km north of Cape Town. During the dry season (now) the water starts to recede and exposes portions of the old road that used to meander along the valley. The old road provides a bit of gentle 4x4 driving and flat sandy bits - ideal for a tent. Our usual site was still covered with water so we turned down a short stream bed to get to another section of the old road. We had gone about 20 meters when Wallace sank up to the axles in wet sand and slime. We did not have the traction to turn out of the river bed and could not go forward or back. I would have to winch out backwards (seemed silly to winch into the dam!) I do have hub winches on Wallace-but I had no anchor point to attach to. I had in the back of the Landy a 2 foot plough disk that we use locally for cooking on and I had hoped to use it as an anchor point at some stage. Well, some stage had arrived so I buried it about 3 feet deep and tried to extract myself but, no good, Wallace just popped the ground anchor out. I repeated the exercise twice before admitting that it was not going to work.
Okay, what is he getting at you ask?
I need some advice on ground anchors please.
I have seen two types of "hammer in" ground anchors in LRO. The one article was fairly recent "Secret green laning in Wales"( or similar title) where Nick Dinglleby?? And companions get horribly bogged down in a marshy section. The ground anchor pictured seems to be a triangular aluminium section placed in line with the winch rope. This in turn is cross pegged into the ground with what appears to be six steel spikes. It seemed to work eventually.
The second ground anchor I saw in an older magazine (96?) in an article that featured coast guard Land Rovers and their equipment. Pictures show three steel pegs hammered in one after the other and roped together. This ground anchor was not actually being pulled on but was used to tether a Land Rover being used to capstan-winch a trainee up a cliff face.
How did you get out of the muck ? I hear you ask! Well, as these things are wont to happen, by the time I had stripped to the waist, unpacked 200 feet of winch cable, one Hi-lift jack, 100 feet of rope, one pick, one shovel (all of which was under the small inflatable boat and the outboard motor, not to mention the plough disk and the rubber mat; I found that a small audience of locals had gathered, all highly amused by my efforts. Being slick of tongue (and with the price of a pint thrown in), I had enough hands to get Wallace back 20 feet and then, with a bit of wellington boot on the pedal, got onto the old road. After the weekend, I still had to get out of there on my own, but experience had taught me to walk the potential routes carefully and with planning and a bit of "welly" we got out first time !
Bruce - Cape Town.
PS Wallace now has a decent air filtration system and a snorkel.
Well we could not leave Bruce, or Wallace searching for ground anchors:-
From: Wrecker FC
Subject:  Re: ground anchors
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 1999
For what it's worth, I'll throw in my tuppence of info... There are many ground anchors on the market, both ex military and civilian/commercial, as well as all the suggestions in the various off road magazines/books for using what ever comes in handy, i.e., burying a log, a spare wheel etc. As I prefer military 'no nonsense' types of kit, I would go for the plate and pins or the wheel chocks dependant on the ground conditions and/or if you are self recovering or recovering another. The plate and pins the British Army used, consisted of a concave strip of 1/4" steel, 5" or 6" wide and 2' long. Along it were punched two staggered rows of 4 number 1 & 1/2" holes. One end of the plate was forged into a male tab with a hole, the other had a female tab with two holes that would take a large bolt. Two or more plates could therefore be bolted in line to give greater anchorage. Through the 8 holes of each plate would be driven up to 8 pins. They are 1" hexagonal bar with a ring at the top. They are hex so that another pin can be put through the ring and twisted, thus the driven pin can be extracted with ease as the hex corners create a bigger hole, eliminating the suction you get with round pins. They are about 3' long. I do not think this type are any good in loose ground, i.e., sand.
The chock type go against the wheels that are at the winch end of the recovering vehicle. (Generally the front though 101's are either and other offroaders have winches back and front.) The military chocks consist of a 1/4" sheet fabrication, basically resembling a very short ski, but used upside down, with the front tab going down into the ground. They are about 1' wide and 2' long with 6" of one end bent down to form a spade that digs in. The sides and middle of the fold ( flat part to spade ) are braced with small triangle gussets. Welded to the outside of the front spade is a chain eye that a shackle is fixed to. Then a length of chain attaches the front of the chock to a part of the vehicle forward of the wheels, on the bumper for example. This stops the vehicle being pulled up the chock and pushing the spade too far into the ground. Experiment with the length of chain to get the right amount of dig for the spade depending on the ground conditions.
For self recovery in sand, you can't beat a good jack and sand mats.
From: Mike Fredette
Tell you SA friend there is a nifty little item invented here in the US known as a "Pull Pal" that is the perfect solution. Their web page is at http://www.pullpal.com/ This device WORKS, used it to extricate my 101 twice.
Rgds Mike Fredette Portland, Oregon
From: Mike Fredette
Once more on the Pull Pal, they even list a South African dealer on their site SOUTH AFRICA:
Paul Schuler Jeep Service, Rossbergstrasse 10, 6422 Steinen (011)-41-41-8321341