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Gringo 06-27-2007 08:13 AM

Post yer rides?
 
Just read Ray Teagardens post about his new Toyota Land Cruiser. What a great vehicle. We considered them for here, but basically...the new Comfy SUVs just dont last long driven daily under conditions down here. My own experience has been that the MTBF ( mean time between failures) of a mechanical or electronic device is inversely proportional to its parts count.

Anyhow, thats a great SUV for Ray's conditions. Heres what wifey and I drive in the TCI;

His "work in progress"
http://img292.imageshack.us/img292/7...uraix50pf0.jpg

Her's, (in soon-to-be new driveway):
http://img292.imageshack.us/img292/7194/d90ax50rk5.jpg



The Classic 06-27-2007 11:05 AM

Re: Post yer rides?
 
Great looking D90! I hope to import a 110 in the next few years when it becomes legal here. I've had quite a few Land Rovers in my driveway but right now I'm down to only one and it doesn't get used as much as it should :(

Gringo 06-27-2007 11:15 AM

Re: Post yer rides?
 
Those two are our daily rides. New house is 3.5 miles from the nearest pavement, and its bedrock, potholes and gravel. Boat is at a marina another three miles down a worse road. We dont drive on pavement much.

The D90 is right hand drive, with a 5 speed and the TDi 300 turbo diesel. Its a trip to shift left handed, etc.

Do you know a good source in the US for a step/tow bumper, swing away tire mount, etc? I took the spare off the "bonnet"...the ground is just too rough. The hood flexes like a Coors Light can with all that weight on it.

Halfswede 06-27-2007 11:44 AM

Re: Post yer rides?
 
They look tough. Diesel too, nice. Very cool. Looks like that's definitely what you need. But what a beautiful place to live you've got there!

Gringo 06-28-2007 06:42 AM

Re: Post yer rides?
 
Its pretty exciting to come around this turn in a 4 wheel drift at about 30 mph. The road rises from sea level on the right, thru 180 deg. turn around our house, up to about 70 ft. above sea level on this little hill. The ocean is just out of the photo at the bottom of the hill on the left.

http://img167.imageshack.us/img167/4...7007x50eu8.jpg

Afishinado 06-28-2007 07:25 AM

Re: Post yer rides?
 
I realize it is none of my business, but is that your home? Is it a single? I thought you were in Key West, I don't recall having seen 'mountains' like that in the Keys or anywhere else in Florida... You're not on a landfill are ya?

A Few Dollars 06-28-2007 07:29 AM

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http://www.fastcoolcars.com/images/p...-Ride-0155.jpg

That's a beautiful place you got Gringo. :thumbsup:

Bugbuster 06-28-2007 07:40 AM

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Gringo - 6/28/2007 6:42 AM

Its pretty exciting to come around this turn in a 4 wheel drift at about 30 mph. The road rises from sea level on the right, thru 180 deg. turn around our house, up to about 70 ft. above sea level on this little hill. The ocean is just out of the photo at the bottom of the hill on the left.

http://img167.imageshack.us/img167/4...7007x50eu8.jpg


Very nice there Gringo. And you bitchen about the cost of shipping reels. :grin:

Gringo 06-28-2007 07:47 AM

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Afishinado - 6/28/2007 7:25 AM

I realize it is none of my business, but is that your home? Is it a single? I thought you were in Key West, I don't recall having seen 'mountains' like that in the Keys or anywhere else in Florida... You're not on a landfill are ya?
Yes, its the home we are building here. Its only a little 3 BR. We didnt need much, just the wife and I and a dog. We do have five sons between us who visit with friends from time to time. We made room for them, and for my all-important garage and workshop ( the blocky building on the right).

The little hill is solid limestone for the most part, That road is cut into it. The house sits on bedrock, and I designed it to be pretty solid. its surrounded by water except for the single road in and out. I am not in the keys...I am in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Afishinado 06-28-2007 11:59 AM

Re: Post yer rides?
 
Sweet hacienda Gringo....

Gringo 06-28-2007 02:04 PM

Re: Post yer rides?
 
Thanks, we like it. Its getting done slowly, but built really solid. Overkill, in fact. Broke ground in Feb this year, and that photo was taken yesterday. Hoping to be moved in by Christmas.

Going to sink a seawater well down the hill and pump up ocean water for a seawater pool and a RO system, next. Once I can make our own fresh water, we can turn that hill into a pretty lush place.

RingLeader 06-28-2007 02:42 PM

Re: Post yer rides?
 
http://www.classicmako.com/tank/40inchrims.jpg

Ludicrous 06-28-2007 02:50 PM

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Gringo - 6/28/2007 7:47 AM

I am not in the keys...I am in the Turks and Caicos Islands.


Make up your mind...which is it?

:grin:

165Striper 06-28-2007 03:59 PM

Re: Post yer rides?
 

Gringo - 6/27/2007 11:15 AM

Do you know a good source in the US for a step/tow bumper, swing away tire mount, etc? I took the spare off the "bonnet"...the ground is just too rough. The hood flexes like a Coors Light can with all that weight on it.
I know you have ties in the Houston area from previous posts. I've been looking for a replacement for my F-150 that the locals can't beat up anymore and found a couple of places around Houston. You might find a shop that can build what you want or modify something they already have made. For that matter, you may be able to have it built on the island cheaper once you figure in labor and freight. I know I've seen something like what you are looking for on the back of a Hummer, could be another starting point.

And now I'll repeat what others have said, nice looking place!

Gringo 06-28-2007 05:36 PM

Re: Post yer rides?
 
Hey Ringleader, COOL looking SUV. How do those rims hold up offroad?

cgrand 06-28-2007 05:51 PM

Re: Post yer rides?
 
gringo

at the risk of sounding like a stalker please feel free to post up "my life in TCI" pix all you care to
i am envious, but in a good way

Gringo 06-28-2007 06:25 PM

Re: Post yer rides?
 
Photography is a hobby of mine. I have thousands of pix of this place, taken in the past four years. But after awhile they all start looking the same to me, so I have tapered off lately. Sunsets, beaches, clear water, underwater, boats...fish...etc. etc.

if you are serious, and others wouldnt object, maybe a seperate thread, post a photo a day? I dunno. I know people in cold climates like some of the tropical scenes in the winter. I can do that, if you want.

any other comments?

Snapper Head 06-28-2007 07:55 PM

RE: Post yer rides?
 
Someone will inevitably object, but flock 'em.

Start it in the Photos Forum, and post a sh!tload, at least to begin with. If anyone objects, well, I'll flock 'em.


Big Al

welder 06-28-2007 08:30 PM

Re: Post yer rides?
 
Al , ya gonna take them to a Christmas tree lot to get that flocking done or do ya want my whip so you can flog'em.

:rofl:

Bugbuster 06-28-2007 08:37 PM

Re: Post yer rides?
 
What I would really be interested in is what the cost of construction and construction methods in the TCI.

Gringo 06-28-2007 09:33 PM

Re: Post yer rides?
 
Cost of construction right now for single family residences running about $ 250-300 per sq. ft. finished, depending on flooring,paint, appliances, roof, fixture level and quality etc. Construction is, by code, poured cement and/or concrete block both steel re-inforced for foundations, external and load bearing walls. Some cements are fiber-reinforced as well. Roofs are mostly hurricane-strap secured beam truss designs with a variety of toppings, tile, asphalt shingle, Ondura is popular, metal, etc. All to codes which were recently re-done to excluse wood-frame construction entirely. Interior walls steel studs, etc. Rain water storage cisterns are required in all new home constructions.

I have been following the construction of our house very closely, from picking the site, buying it, ( what a trip) through hiring an architect to convert my ideas into real specs for the planning board and RFQ, bidding process, site prep and on til today. I visit the site two to three times a week at a minimum, and have photos of the entire process, week by week. I have found and corrected several mistakes, and have worked with the contractor on lots of mods and changes. So while not an expert...I think I got a real good layman's feel for it. I have had experience in the building trades myself, working in my youth as a bricklayer, framing carpenter, cedar shingler, drywall, decks, etc. I've done a couple houses in the States. A friend has asked me to be his liason overseeing contractors and subs of an upcoming $ 50 mil resort. I guess he likes what I've done with the house, here. We designed for sustained 140 mph wind, with gusts to 150+. Windows, hurricane shutters, garage doors etc. exceed Miami/Dade requirements.

Next stage is addition of saltwater well, pool, and RO system,along with backup generator.

Third stage is additon of an "in-law" apt. over the garage, with bed, bath,sitting area, kitchenette, etc.

Its all pretty much planned out.

So if you have any specific questions, Bug, fire away.

hey, this two-bedroom condo we are living in will be going on the market in about a week or two. As soon as we move. Wanna live on the first T of the Providenciales Golf and Country Club? Got a pool 20 steps from the screened porch..... real estate is a heck of an investment in this country right now, just 75 minutes flight south of Miami...







skibum 06-28-2007 09:41 PM

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Priecy construction, but bombproof.

Wife and I are looking for a change - never thought about the tci's. I'm a builder - ground up. What are lot prices? Market?

I can do just about anything, from build to cook. Buildings starting to kill me - 45 and arthritis is a bitch.

socuban 06-28-2007 09:50 PM

Re: Post yer rides?
 
A110 would be the bomb!



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