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  1. Have now heard back from BMIHT. Supplied not to a civilian dealer but to the War Department. No contract number quoted but does say colour 'light stone' so I assume Middle East. There is evidence of this paint on the chassis, first stone (very thinly applied), then deep bronze green on top of that, then black. No military plates remain on the vehicle so no way of tracing its military history.
  2. Wanted for my 1952 80" project, a Land Rover 2 litre engine, series 1, also a Burman Douglas steering box and column.
  3. Thanks chaps, I've just sent off for the BMIHT certificate (they say allow 28 days) and I will update here when I hear from them. Fingers crossed its a military contract vehicle.
  4. 10FM68: I don't have the Fletcher book but of the ranges you quote, the 26100520 to 26104027 is the closest but my vehicle is chassis 4345 so I'm a good 300 vehicles beyond this military contract so I suppose I must have a civilian Land Rover after all. My Original Series 1 book by Taylor gives the 1952 2 litre from chassis 2610001 to 26105569 as being 'Basic vehicle, home' so this is all that I know about my 80" Robin: It is quite a costly fee but I'm going to have to bite the bullet and write off to BMIHT. Thanks to both for your replies Martin
  5. Afternoon all, I have always liked Series 1 Land Rovers and bought this example recently. I assumed it was civilian. Also went and bought a book by James Taylor, Original Series 1 and he says that military examples were fitted with guard rails on the rear tub. Mine has a pair of holes on either side where these were. The author also says these were an option on civvy models as well however. But on the inside of the nearside wing, it has 4 small holes where a plate has been. This is the same size as the Ministry of Supply plates that you see on MVs of various types. I'm happy for my 8
  6. Look at the guy standing in the back of the truck. His respirator haversack has a circular object in its right pocket, that will be Anti Gas Ointment No.2. Its a glass jar with a metal lid, we used them early on (later replaced by a tin). Soldiers are wearing the skeleton 37 pattern water bottle carriers rather than the mid war sleeve type and have gas capes rolled. Don't know when all of these were superseded but I think 1940 is a fair bet. Martin
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