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About soleil

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  • Birthday 07/29/1969

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    East Kent
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    Currently building an expedition Land Rover. Previously photography, model railways, corset making+
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  1. Many thanks:) Never would have guessed. The vehicle did come off a farm.
  2. Ruxy kindly put a link to a pic of what I believe is this on post 6 of this thread which I've copied below for convenience: He also posted a link for the corresponding catalogue entry: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/70000251
  3. Thanks for all your help and interest. It's been a pleasure.
  4. Thanks for both bits of info. In layman's terms for civvies like me you're saying the fire extinguisher would have been replaced in 1993 for a different type? (There is only one service date on the one fitted and that is 1992.)
  5. Many thanks for getting back to me. For a grand and a half I have some nice parts and a repro will be cheaper to repair as I'll be able to junk the rusty stuff & replace instead of recondition. I don't suppose you have any idea why there are so many holes - what is missing? Anything you could tell us about the vehicle / concept would be most interesting. No rush because I'm in no rush to do anything with it, and thanks again for your quick reply. Now I'll have a good think what to do with it. Any suggestions from other people???
  6. Thanks. The higher res picture I have shows HRC2495 embossed on it. It appears from research on the web HRC2494 is fitted one side and HRC2495 on the other. One current Ebay listing in the US says "Please note they also fit the 1993... Range Rover Classic". The vehicle also has rear disc brakes, which as I noted in the initial spec were not standard Defender fitment until 1994. Convoy op in Feb 1991. No idea on the development times of these things, and Land Rover were obviously doing everything they could to help out our lads with staff in theatre etc., but it looks very, very
  7. Thanks:) I have a soft spot for the Oz SAS variants too. Never dreamed I might own something like this.
  8. As you probably know, there is a post on the radios here: http://hmvf.co.uk/forumvb/showthread.php?52339-Unusual-Land-Rover-radio-setup It is a minimalist set-up whereas I'm guessing Walts tend to go OTT. And if the radio setup is sensible, as is the GPMG setup, why go off the beaten track with the axe holder / rock slider / external jerry can holders / side aerial? There is a replica Dinky (pics on the web, by a Sue IIRC), and surprise, surprise, that has expanded steel mesh baskets down the whole side. The Japanese have a saying 'the nail that sticks out gets banged in', i.e. best pl
  9. I cannot recall another, or think why they might want one in the desert of all places! Break open packing cases on the convoy op??? I could say that few SAS vehicles are identical, and if it had nothing new it might be a bit suspicious, but I fully appreciate these are weak arguments.
  10. Many thanks for your careful consideration. I think there are too many missing bits for a Walt and this vehicle was put together quickly to be functional, whereas a restorer or Walt would have more time and go to greater trouble to make it look good. IF it is genuine then GPMGs + V8 + jerry can holders + sun compass + winch is obvious SAS, even though the couple of known pictures show more modern weapon mounts and mesh not solid external baskets. I am not going to pretend this was a first line vehicle, or given the known photos referred to, even a second line vehicle, but one k
  11. Hi, You can see the gist of the side aerial mount and its setting here. I also have a close-up photo of the bracket if that would help.
  12. Crude hole chopped in transmission tunnel: linkage visible below Crude rear bumperettes do not fit properly; again more functional than pretty. Note rear tow ring and camo sprayed mudflap and rear crossmember Paint layers over rear wheel where a jerry can basket was fitted. Bright yellow and OD with possibly a bit of blue just below the hole Paint layers by windscreen showing dark green, red, orangey sand (on rubber windscreen strip), blue immediately next to it, bright yellow, camo grey and yellow sand camo (on spotlight) Camo sprayed engine components I don't th
  13. Front winch bumper looks reinforced inside: original thickness at top, wider at side and bottom even allowing for delamination Bracket on front diff around rear steering arm No gearbox crossmember visible. Possible fixing holes on chassis rails bottom left, where the exhaust U-clamp bolts are pointing Not sure what the red highlighted bits are for underneath vehicle front Wire coiled around flexible brake hose
  14. More pics: Seatbox driver's side. Note camo paint on seat frame, holes for jerry can storage tray, strap for same and no VIN plate Brake box VIN plate. Slight smear of sand paint on it Front chassis driver's side with plate over VIN and underseal/paint Front GPMG mount. Dash speaker, red paint and odd gear lever base also visible Axe stowage by filler cap Possible stowage for Hi-Lift jack on opposite side of vehicle (note wider retaining strap). Both have drainage holes Atypical mount for side aerial instead of the usual mast
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