We'll be using Julian again and wouldn't hesitate to recommend him others.  Read More…
Paul Driver
I drove from my home in Southern Spain up to their workshops in Hereford.....I can definitely say that it was worth the journey.  Read More…
Dave Heppell
Julian's knowledge of cruisers is second to none, and I thoroughly recommend him.  Read More…
Andrew Wightman
I have no hesitation in recommending Julian, his knowledege and his workmanship.  Read More…
Graham Smith
I have no hesitation in recommending Julian and Overland Cruisers.  Read More…
Richard Kaad
I was impressed by Julians knowledge, and the suggestions that he made . . . Highly Recommended.  Read More…
Ken Jordan
I have no hesitation in recommending Julian and Overland Cruisers to all LC owners.  Read More…
Piers Finlayson
I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending, without qualification, Julian and Overland Cruisers to anyone needing work done on their Land Cruiser.  Read More…
Peter Jacques
I highly recommend Julian for his knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm in relation to Land Cruisers  Read More…
Barbara Hawksley
Julian is a master of Landcruisers. He took us from being a couple of novices into knowledgeable mechanics....  Read More…
Charlie & Nina
.........it was Julian's voice that came through on the forums offering excellent advice.  Read More…
Graham Naismith
....the greatest resource you can have is a fully charged telephone and Julian Voelcker's phone number  Read More…
Daniel Dungate
His enthusiasm and knowledge is unrivalled in the UK (or Libya and Morocco as well, BTW). We wish Julian and Overland Cruisers all the very best.  Read More…
Paul Blackburn
I recommend to anyone doing an overland trip in a Land Cruiser to spend some time in the Overland Cruisers workshop.  Read More…
Neil Lister
‘Overland Cruisers’ are the ONLY company that we would use for work on our client’s Landcruisers.  Read More…
Matt Richards
I would have no hesitation in recommending Julian to do work on your Landcruiser, I have always found him to be very knowledgeable and friendly.  Read More…
Chas Spencer
We would recommend Julian to help with pre trip arrangements and servicing.  Read More…
Bob and Anne Finch
I am happy to say that I would thoroughly recommend Julian and his work to anyone, and would be happy to be contacted to verify this.  Read More…
Paul Mills
A true specialist, I would not hesitate to recommend his services to any Landcruiser owner.  Read More…
Colin Moore
With an unmatchable knowledge of Land Cruisers and continued support on the road we couldn’t recommend Overland Cruisers more.  Read More…
Martin McGowan
Discovering Julian and his knowledge of the Landcruiser is one of those "at last" moments when you finally discover an expert.  Read More…
Damien J. Hill
I thoroughly recommend Julian as someone who is honest, brilliant at what he does and has your interests closest to his heart.  Read More…
David Gittelson
Julian is the acknowledged heart-surgeon of LandCruisers for good reason; what he doesn’t know is not worth knowing.  Read More…
Barrie Dunbar

graham-smith1.pngGraham Smith: Sudan

We had just entered Sudan from Egypt, and had camped our first night on the shores of Lake Nasser in Sudan.We had been with two other couples that night, but I'd said to them go-ahead in the morning as I am not keen on travelling in convoy.

The next morning while trying to kill a fly I wandered off the track and split the off side front wheel. Soon after replacing it with the spare I noticed all of the dash lights flickering as we went over the corrugations, so I lowered the tyre pressures on all 4 tyres. ( first photograph) The car carried on running fine despite these electrical anomalies.

We found a dry wadi to camp in that evening. (This is where the two photographs were taken.) I stopped the car as usual and set up camp, as the sun set we had dinner and retired to bed. After breakfast and packing up the camp, I realised that the car would not start. For 2 hours I attempted to get the car to start. Plenty of power in the batteries, 24 v arriving at the starter, but no engagement of the starter motor. Although a part of me thought it was the starter that had died, I was convinced that the previous days disco lights on the dash had something to do with my non-starting car.

graham-smith2.pngAt 9.00am UK time (11:00am Sudan time) I e-mailed ELCO with my problem  and Julian replied within minutes. "Check the alternator wires", which I immediately did and lo-and-behold it was the alternator wire supplying the auxillary battery which had been gradually stretched as the battery had migrated forward due to the cage falling apart on the corrugations, and as it stretched so the wire within the sheath snapped. I replaced this, started the car, and e-mailed Julian the great news with huge amounts of appreciation.

Julian, and his extensive knowledge sorted out our problem in 5 minutes. Had I not had an RBGAN and laptop, and had Julian not been at the end of an e-mail; I would have had to leave my family in the desert for 5 -6 days while I hitched to Khartoum to get a 12v starter motor and a stack of heavy gauge wire to re-rig the electrics. This probably would not have solved the problem anyway.... So without Julians help, we would have been in a really bad situation.

As a family we feel Julian is a special part of our trip and we all appreciate what he did for us, and it was great to finally meet him after the trip too say thanks when went to him to service and install an Intercooler on our truck. Therefore I have no hesitation in recommending Julian, his knowledege and his workmanship."

Graham Smith,
Smith Family Odyssey
http://www.sfo.me.uk/