Trip around Patagonia with a LJ80

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Trip around Patagonia with a LJ80

Post by Fernando » Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:55 am

Hello!

My name is Fernando from Buenos Aires. My wife and I have a LJ80 from 9 years ago and we use it to bring thousands of kilometers through Argentina. In our last vacation in January made the trip longer and more ambitious with our LJ: 10000 km (6500 miles) from Buenos Aires to Puerto Natales (Chile) visiting 4 national parks: 3 in Argentina (Lanín, Los Alerces y Los Glaciares) and 1 in Chile (Torres del Paine).

The route of travel is on the map below:

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In the following link you can see some pictures of the trip and the beautiful scenery both Argentine and Chilean Patagonia, I hope that they like:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 31c3bc0a70

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Re: Trip around Patagonia with a LJ80

Post by Suzy » Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:57 am

Mucho supremo cool !
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Re: Trip around Patagonia with a LJ80

Post by stevec » Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:04 am

What an awesome trip! It's amazing what you can fit in an LJ!!! :cool:

Are you finished with the trip, or still travelling?
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Re: Trip around Patagonia with a LJ80

Post by Fernando » Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:46 am

Thanks for the comments! The trip was did in 40 days: from late December until early February.

Every summer we travel to Patagonia and do 7000-8000 km, habitually. The rest of the year we cover the rest of the country in little trips.
I'm planning another trip to the Patagonia! :D

Another images of our trips with the LJ you can find it in:

http://www.panoramio.com/user/163964" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Trip around Patagonia with a LJ80

Post by stevec » Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:59 am

That is awesome! You should post this over at expedition portal too!

Tell us more about your LJ80. Seeing the doors, I assumed it was an LJ80Q, but that b-pillar doesn't look stock. Is it a converted LJ80V (hardtop with the top cut off), or a different body (i.e. fiberglass)?
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Re: Trip around Patagonia with a LJ80

Post by Fernando » Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:37 am

Steve,

I believe that originally my LJ80 was a model V and some previous owner overturned it. Due to this, they modified it and put a soft top. Now, it is similar to the model Q but in the but in the papers of the vehicle he says "LJ80V".

The doors are "half doors": in the top part I did to him a frames and I made him put a few "soft windows". The engine, carburator, fuel pump, ignition system, transfer gear box, differentials and brakes are originals. The transmission is a mix from LJ80 and ST90: counter shaft from LJ80 with a input shaft from ST90, or something like that because the high speed gear is from ST90.

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Re: Trip around Patagonia with a LJ80

Post by Gatito » Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:31 pm

Before even looking at the pictures (which I will do in a moment!) I just stared at the map and thought 'wow, that is so absolutely amazing!' And even twice as cool in an LJ. I think I should do that one day, too...

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Re: Trip around Patagonia with a LJ80

Post by stevec » Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:23 am

Fernando wrote:I believe that originally my LJ80 was a model V and some previous owner overturned it. Due to this, they modified it and put a soft top. Now, it is similar to the model Q but in the but in the papers of the vehicle he says "LJ80V".
I thought that might be the case. I normally don't like those conversions, but yours really turned out nicely! I bet most people would never guess it isn't original. The half doors are great too!

Interesting on the change in the transmission. Does it give you more power in 4th gear (a lower gear ratio)? I would think that when fully loaded, you need all the power you can muster!
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Re: Trip around Patagonia with a LJ80

Post by Smuz » Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:10 pm

Awesome, just awesome. Nothing else I can say.
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Re: Trip around Patagonia with a LJ80

Post by UBZ » Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:37 pm

Smuz wrote:Awesome, just awesome. Nothing else I can say.
But I can say awesome , just awesome :worship:

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Re: Trip around Patagonia with a LJ80

Post by Fernando » Thu Jun 14, 2012 7:21 am

Thanks for the comments! I love Patagonia but driving on their (asphalt) roads with wind straight ahead -or side- is fatiguing and it is necessary to have patience because are hours at a maximum speed of 60 kmph (40 miles per hour). In the roads of soil-sand and soil-gravel the speed is similar to other more important vehicles. Obviously the comfort is not similar and we loosened several fillings of the teeth by the jumps... :D
I thought that might be the case. I normally don't like those conversions, but yours really turned out nicely! I bet most people would never guess it isn't original. The half doors are great too!

Interesting on the change in the transmission. Does it give you more power in 4th gear (a lower gear ratio)? I would think that when fully loaded, you need all the power you can muster!
Steve,

When I acquired the LJ I was already coming with the modifications and in these years I have tried to keep as originally as possible. Now with the internet is less complicated to obtain in Argentina original or high quality (non genuine) replacement parts for vehicles more than 30 years and because LJ is a model that did not enter in large numbers unlike Chile.

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