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Jacket 09-28-2010 10:12 PM

Rigs in Costa Rica
 
My wife and I were fortunate enough to take a 10 day vacation to Costa Rica earlier in the month. It was our first visit to Central America, and we really enjoyed everything about Costa Rica: the locals were always friendly, the mountains and forests stunning, and the beaches had every type of sand and surf imaginable.

I don't think I'll share all the details of the vacation, ;) but in keeping with the spirit of Rising Sun, the other great thing about Costa Rica is the trucks. I guess I've reached a point in my life where I drool over a nice diesel Cruiser as often as I'll stare at lady in a bikini. It got to the point where there were so many Cruisers that I stopped pointing them out: dozens of newer tray back 70 series, a few newer Troopies, Prados and Fortuners everywhere, probably 100+ FJ40 and BJ40's, solid-axle diesel minis, and 3 door BJ74's that were government issued power and gas trucks. Plus there were TDi 110 Defenders all over the place, a bunch of Series 88's, and Patrols old and new. Not as many 60's, 80's and 100's, but they were around. And 1 diesel 200 series cruisin' the streets of Tamarindo.

I took a few pictures, so I thought I'd post them up in true truck porn fashion. Enjoy!

Jacket 09-28-2010 10:22 PM

The first 40 we saw about 10 minutes away from the airport, and followed up to the volcano. Little did I know there would be many, many more...

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uplo...ket/cr/001.JPG

Most of the 40's looked something like this. Nothing much to look at, but still running strong (the strap was just because the ignition or battery was out).

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uplo...ket/cr/109.JPG

This was our ride for the week. I found a place that advertised the modern version of the BJ74 (3 door) as a rental, but when I arrived the guy said they stopped renting those a few years back. So we settled for the diesel Prado. I got her stuck on the beach about mid-week, so Becky said that was my wheelin' for the trip and we couldn't sign up for one of those "jungle adventures in a Cruiser".....

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uplo...ket/cr/113.JPG

Nice white 80:

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uplo...ket/cr/116.JPG

We hired this guy for a private surfing lesson. He was a Kiwi with an American wife and two young kids that had moved to CR 2 years ago. The 80 was his "client truck", and his other ride is a 78 BJ40. Not too bad....

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uplo...ket/cr/117.JPG

And the engine for that 80. What's wrong with this picture?

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uplo...ket/cr/118.JPG

Jacket 09-28-2010 10:26 PM

Even the Toyota buses were snorkeled. :cool:

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uplo...ket/cr/124.JPG

Some cool Rovers.

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uplo...ket/cr/115.JPG

A German lady owned this one.

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uplo...ket/cr/146.JPG

Iguana crossing....

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uplo...ket/cr/218.JPG

Jacket 09-28-2010 10:33 PM

Another "what's wrong with this picture?"

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uplo...ket/cr/220.JPG

Popped the hood to check out the engine, and found the battery under a bit of duress. I guess the potholes and constant washboard roads took their toll. I tightened up the battery tie downs, but the ground wire was someone else's problem.

This one had the 5LE, 3.0 liter, 4 cylinder diesel with a 5 speed manual. Not much pep, but she sounded real nice. Note the lack of emissions wires and tubes - just and engine, some coolant hoses, and a master cylinder - simple.

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uplo...ket/cr/221.JPG

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uplo...ket/cr/225.JPG

Jacket 09-28-2010 10:37 PM

A few more....

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uplo...ket/cr/236.JPG

bitchin' Patrol

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uplo...ket/cr/237.JPG

The only 100 series I saw, along with a pretty cool ambulance.

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uplo...ket/cr/238.JPG

There were tons of these Troopy ambulances. I'd like to pick one of these up at a govt auction in 10 years.....

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uplo...ket/cr/244.JPG

rover67 09-28-2010 10:44 PM

Sweet!! Lets see a picture of you stuck on the beach!!!

Hulk 09-28-2010 11:42 PM

Wow, really cool. Do you think this would be a good vacation spot with kids?

Is that a carburetor on the 80?

MountainGoat 09-29-2010 07:00 AM

Land Cruisers in paradise. That looks awesome Matt.

MDH33 09-29-2010 07:45 AM

Looks like fun, Matt. Thanks for sharing the pics. :thumb:

Bikeman 09-29-2010 07:51 AM

Awesome pics!


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