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  1. I hope so , as after 30 years looks like its getting time for mine to find a new custodian
  2. As expected the replacement is a Pretender , rather than a new defender , all Landrover products have become variations on a theme , I think it has become cannibalistic , as it will only lose the defender market , and leech buyers from other models in the range . 85 ecu in a defender market product just shows the total lack of awareness .
  3. The steering utilizing nitrogen pressured accumulators , full synchro main gearbox . The higher geared front diff (than rear) , brilliant and very effective idea . It was a bit of a mix of tech and stoneage . I always found it a enjoyable truck to drive .
  4. Sounds nice running , but I think you will find it incredibly slow , the B81 would allow 40/45mph cruise before running into rev limiter that was at 3750 IIRC . Some time after I sold mine a new owner converted it to diesel , not sure if Cummins or leyland , but it resulted in it being scrapped . Mine was a Gun tractor I converted to wrecker , (pics on forum) . I think the wrecker version were also lower geared than the gun tractor (not sure on that) .
  5. Towing with an a frame : in UK must be brake connected to "trailer part "of combination (except less than 750kg mam) unless just removing broken down vehicle to place of safety . Under EU rules towing with a frame (brakes connected) is legal under reciprocity , ie if allowed in UK , there is even printouts downloadable on "tow a car" in various languages, and evidence of a fine being refunded thru Spanish court acknowledging the reciprocity law . flat towing land rover , just put transfer in neutral no other prep required. Real world move it using a trailer , based on speed, safety and financial analysis JMHO
  6. Cant advise on the Reccy version but had a Arty tractor back in 80's converted and used in civvy recovery , pics on martian gallery (pg5) . The B81 was adequate for anything as long as you were not in a real hurry , I was regularly called to Fish hill to tow stalled modern trucks UP the hill :laugh: which it did effortlessly without their engines in drive. Mpg was 3 to 5 . Cruise speed was 40/45 just below rev limiter. Fitting a diesel doesn't really work , after I sold mine it was converted to diesel and I have since learned later it was cut up as diesel conversion made it just about unusable (slow) . The furthest tow was about 60 miles back from London with an artic tipper. The big tip for martian users is in respect of the transfer box, before going out especially in cold weather is start engine and let warm up with main gearbox in 3rd and transfer box in neutral to get the oils pumped round the trans mission . The 3 speed transfer box is set up as high then medium (both for road usage) and then it jumps to low low there being no low ! To get low low it has to be in 6wd to spread the torque. My experience is that it will pull anything (including loaded antar) just not rapidly
  7. I had a RL recovery in civvy use during 1980s there are a couple of in use pics on the Leyland Martian gallery page 5 onwards . It suffered from vapour locking if left running at accident scenes , so I solved that by fitting a electric fuel pump in the line down near the fuel tank .
  8. While you are sorting the fuel pump , do yourself a favour and fit an electric pump at the tank as well , as these have a nasty habbit of vapour locking in the mech pump , especially if you leave them idling when hot , or are doing stop start on a hot day . You just use the elec pump when you need to . I operated several of these as recovery vehicles , and found out the hard way . HTSH;) ps when doing the wheel cylinders i suggest that you get them stainless steel re sleeved, save you hassle in the future
  9. A bit more info I was talking today to a chap who rebuilt one of these falklands tractors from a number of stillages of parts , as it had been dismantled , and the firm went bust . He says he has some pics so will try and get and post He also has the mil reg number recorded . It was a forward control type with a fifth wheel type coupling .
  10. that video one comment all the gear and no idea !
  11. Would this be ex MOD on the bay at the moment ? http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/COUNTY-1184-TW-FC-TRACTOR-/150788444231?pt=UK_BOI_FarmingEquipment_RL&hash=item231bb11047
  12. That looks about it , does it have a single central door in the rear end ?
  13. Thanks for the brilliant reponses, but it defo had a normal 4cyl petrol sv engine , probably a m678 body as it was like the ambulance but with windows IIRC the roof was a bit more rounded tho ?
  14. Back in early 70's IIRC I owned a vehicle I would describe as a crewbus based on a jeep4x4 chassis . It was forward control with 3 doors ( 1 at rear) . I think they were used on US aircraft carriers to run crew about ? Does anyone know their designation or have any pics ? I have never seen one since !
  15. The first looks like a converter dolly for using a scammel coupling as a drawbar unit , there were a lot of scammel couplings used by national freight and even post office at one time .
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