Greetings from Bogota, Colombia

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Postby npatrol1976 » Sun May 05, 2019 11:22 am

American living in Bogota, Colombia (where there are entire neighborhoods dedicated to campero restoration and parts) and I just picked up a '76 Patrol (my first). I've been torn between the FJ, Patrol, and Santana, all of which are readily available at varying price points and levels of restoration. I settled on the Patrol as the drive was better and it had more space than the others I drove (and I got a killer price on a recently restored vehicle). I'll be in Bogota another 2 years before returning to the States, and am greatly looking forward to reading the posts on this board. Cheers. Ken
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Postby RiverPatrol » Sun May 05, 2019 4:22 pm

Welcome to 60Patrol! :text-welcomeconfetti: Congratulations on the purchase of that beautiful Patrol! You're certainly in the right place to enjoy it. 8-)
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Postby L60Boerne » Sun May 05, 2019 5:37 pm

Hey Ken, Your Patrol looks great. Be sure to bring it home with you. Now, please consider helping a brother out..please. We need a source for the front and bed floor mats. Your look new so somebody down there is making them. I'd think ten sets would go pretty fast.

I'd be glad to buy them and distribute them up here.

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Postby npatrol1976 » Sun May 05, 2019 7:09 pm

L60Boerne, I'd be happy to take a look. I'm planning to have the Safari rack installed so I'll inquire when I head over to the neighborhood ("7 Augosto" in Chapinero).

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Postby hartmanjw » Sun May 05, 2019 9:58 pm

Your Patrol looks awesome. I love the longer wheelbase models and later tops. How much are decent condition ones for sale for, down there, in dollars? There are so many parts you could probably purchase there and send to the States.

If you are able to find 69 and later door hinges (or just the hinge pins) or rear door window glass weatherstripping, it would be a huge help.

Looking forward to hearing what all is readily available. I’m sure this group could finance a pretty solid income for a while if you set up an EBay patrol parts store! Also, completely understand if you don’t have the time.

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Postby npatrol1976 » Sun May 05, 2019 10:25 pm

Hi Jeff, thanks for the kind words. I'm planning to ask the seller for a recommendation on where he sourced his parts for the build. There's literally an entire neighborhood of shops unlike anything I've seen before. Although I speak Spanish (in a limited capacity for my job), navigating that labyrinth is daunting by any standard. I'll report back as I too want to find a reliable source of parts. My job is very demanding so I likely won't have the bandwidth beyond a few assists. Regarding price, I spent a whopping $4900 USD out the door. I'm planning to purchase an FJ43 as well once the dust settles a bit. As a temp resident, I have the highly soughtafter Cedula Extranjero, which allows me to purchase. Colombia, with all its challenges, is a wonderful place to live. Getting to leave with some great, classic vehicles is only a bonus.
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Postby curlrider11 » Mon May 06, 2019 8:48 am

Wow gorgeous. What a gem. Lucky duck! Enjoy it!
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Postby RiverPatrol » Mon May 06, 2019 11:11 am

hartmanjw wrote:... or rear door window glass weatherstripping, it would be a huge help.


They didn't get the factory hard tops in Colombia so they didn't have the rear doors with the window in them. Hence they would have no need for a source for the rubber.
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Postby hartmanjw » Tue May 07, 2019 7:38 pm

Thanks for the info, RiverPatrol. Was hoping the later model hard tops like Ken’s would have similar rubber in rear door glass but maybe they changed it. You come across a source for them, ever? I had new glass cut and a local shop install but the radius was too tight for their weatherstripping and it wrinkles at the corners do it is only s temporary bandaid.
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Postby RiverPatrol » Wed May 08, 2019 10:16 am

None of the hardtops available in Colombia are factory, they are all aftermarket. This makes it very unlikely that any of the parts from theirs would be compatible with ours. Finding something that comes close and works is the best bet.
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Postby citroa » Thu May 09, 2019 7:17 pm

Nice to here you like Colombia and you will be for 2 years more. We will be pleased to introduce ourselves.
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Postby mdawg4x4 » Fri May 10, 2019 12:28 pm

Welcome to 60Patrol. You sure found a nice one. And like mentioned above, bring it back with you! And the FJ43!
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Postby leidgam » Fri May 10, 2019 8:19 pm

Hi Ken, Nice Patrol! Red is my favorite color. Very similar to the first one we brought in from Colombia a couple years ago. We sold it to a fellow 60 Patrol member and he's loving it.

FYI not all classic vehicles can be exported from Colombia. They have to go thru a government inspection to make sure the vehicle has not tampered with in any illegal way. Back 4 years ago, we purchased 2 FJ40's to bring back and we had to resell them locally because they wouldn't pass the government inspection. They were ok to be driven in the country, just not to be exported out. Sometimes I think the Colombian government has more red tape than the U.S. government! Here in the U.S. they only care if it's 25 years or older. But then you have State level to deal with too, every State is different. California and New York are the most difficult.

Sorry, not trying to discourage you, just trying to give useful information to help you decide. But if you do decide to bring it back we can help. :)

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Postby npatrol1976 » Sat May 11, 2019 12:44 pm

Thanks, will keep that in mind. I received guidance from my office on exportation, so hopefully everything goes smoothly. My work will be covering the expense for one of the vehicles and I'll be on the hook for the 2nd.
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Postby mdawg4x4 » Mon May 13, 2019 12:34 pm

npatrol1976 wrote:Thanks, will keep that in mind. I received guidance from my office on exportation, so hopefully everything goes smoothly. My work will be covering the expense for one of the vehicles and I'll be on the hook for the 2nd.



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