Our Big Green Truck is an old Mercedes 911 bullnose which once pulled heavy artillery through Angola for the SADF and still had a gun turret when we bought it! We couldn’t really afford it, but Dietmar Frey kindly sold it to us for a song in 2010 because he wanted us to fulfill our dream.

How our 911 looked when we first bought it at the end of 2010

Built in 1978 for the South African army, it had made one trip to Angola in 80’s war time

We recycled it, adding a bedroom for the kids over the nose cone and converting it from diesel to run on waste vegetable oil. We had already travelled more than 10000km around South Africa on used oil from Kalky’s fish and chip restaurant in Cape Town before setting off on our great adventure.

Shame we had to lose the gun turret above the passenger seat…

…to build a bedroom for the kids over the cab

We knocked through to connect the cab to the back

replaced the roof…

and rebuilt the inside…

to accommodate a family of four…

and a whole load of kak under the table…

Treetops Renewable Energy Systems provided us with 5 solar panels which give 30 amps power at 24v which we use an inverter to convert to 220v AC. Off this, we can run our fridge, lights, laptops and phones. Victron Energy upgraded the system, providing a state of the art inverter, colour monitor system and 2 extra panels thanks to the Centre for Alternative Technologies in Kenya.

Family Sampson and Big Reg

AFTER: Big Reg 2013

The kitchen

The kitchen

Dining room/school house

The dining room

The en suite

The ‘en suite’

With thanks to the guys who made the mechanics happen: Martin Graham, Gert Nel, Rob Irvine, Ampie Holtzhausen, Johan Van Wyk, Jochi Gremels, Mike Van As from De Gama Motors, Hannes Anmar, Martin Pollack, Roger James, John Loubscher, Ben Ulric Conradie, Steve Joffe, Peter Stock, Pierrot Salaun and most of all, Maxwell Kuseni.

Pierrot, Sampson, Ulric, Roger with Maxwell and adoring friends at front

Pierrot, Sampson, Ulric, Roger with Maxwell and adoring friends at front

Special thanks to those companies who have assisted us with services and repairs to Big Reg en route:

Sandown Motors, Cape Town, South Africa
M&Z Commercial Motors, Windhoek, Namibia
Transfuel, Luanda, Angola
TECOR, Pointe Noire, Congo
Tractafric Motors, Douala, Cameroun
PRESCO PLC, Benin City, Nigeria
Silver Star Auto Ltd (a Tractafric partner), Accra, Ghana
Liberian Product Industry, San Pédro, Côte d’Ivoire
Alliance Motors (a Tractafric partner), Monrovia, Liberia
La Sénégalaise de l’Automobile (a Tractafric partner), Dakar, Senegal
Papi Maurice Bechelli, Le Rove, France
MCV Cairo and Luxor, Egypt
Farbest Auto Overlanders, Khartoum, Sudan
Orbis Trading, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
DT Dobie (CFAO), Mombasa, Kenya
CFAO Motors, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
YMK Motors, Iringa, Tanzania
Automotive Products Limited, Lilongwe, Malawi
MA Motors, Lilongwe, Malawi
Mercedes Benz Commercial NMI-DSN, Durban, South Africa

3 Responses to Truck

  1. Emma Von Benecke says:

    Hi we met you in Ghana at Dave’s

  2. I would like to find out where you got your waste oil kit installed, as I would like to install a similar system on my motorhome conversion

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