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Hi, the other night I was chatting with a mate about selling my td5 landrover and wanting to replace it with something intresting, and joking about the subject of something military to go with my lightweight came up and im now trying to talk myself out of it :D.

 

If I did go for it my main restriction is that I have one of the new driving licences that only go to 3.5T, second I have limited parking so cant get anything too big anyway, and last it needs to be easy to get bits for and fitting them shouldnt be too hard.

 

So can anyone sugest anything that fits the bill?

 

Cheers

 

Shaun

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Hi, the other night I was chatting with a mate about selling my td5 landrover and wanting to replace it with something intresting, and joking about the subject of something military to go with my lightweight came up and im now trying to talk myself out of it :D.

 

If I did go for it my main restriction is that I have one of the new driving licences that only go to 3.5T, second I have limited parking so cant get anything too big anyway, and last it needs to be easy to get bits for and fitting them shouldnt be too hard.

 

So can anyone sugest anything that fits the bill?

 

Cheers

 

Shaun

 

What era??? Cold war still? WW2? or?

 

Cold war is a bit limited - another Landie - perhaps a specialised one, US Mutt, Munga or anything similar would meet your requirements. If you want to be a bit more venturesome then a Uaz or Gaz for the Eastern Bloc.

 

WW2 opens up a bit - the smaller Bedfords, Dodges, jeeps etc. all spring to mind readily.

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Pre 1960 Bedford RL and the things that I like below which I won't mention :laugh:

 

Austin K9, Humber Pig....

 

Ask the DVLA for confirmation on what you can and can't drive get it from the horses mouth or should that be the nags mouth

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My second favourite Land Rover, I had a 1949 not too long ago. The only real problem with 80s are they wonder to much if they are early ones with the front spring swinging shackle at the front, The heaters are crap and they don't have the V8 burble. 101 parts are also far cheaper (apart from front shocks).

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Mmmmm some nice sugestions there, I will have to have a word with the DVLA I have to admit I have always fancyed a dodge WC or a ferret we will have to see........

 

If you go to War and Peace this year ask one of the owners on here if you can have a look inside either a Ferret or a Dodge

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Have a look at a Bedford MW. They are small, easy to work on and really durable. Parts are easy to get and there is really bugger all panel work to get damaged. Anyway, most of the panels are flat so dent repair is simple. They will do 40mph on the road (more if you push it, which you shouldn't really). However I believe they go nicely if you put in a 4.7 ratio diff. This I think would make first gear more than an ornament. The Bedford 214ci engine has heaps of power and hills are not a problem, you very rarely have to change out of 4th. I have started off in 3rd gear before at an intersection and didn't notice until I went to change gear!! Offroad, they suffer because bar-tread tyres are crap. They will go most places, but due to being 2-wheel-drive with crap tyres they won't go everywhere. You will be suprised the places they can get though!! The only small truck I would have over an MW is a Fordson WOT2. Simply becaue it has a Flathead V8. I mean come on, Flathead V8 in a small truck? Now thats cool!! :cool2:

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If you go to War and Peace this year ask one of the owners on here if you can have a look inside either a Ferret or a Dodge

 

Hi Simon

 

The weight restriction might cause you an issue with a ferret. My Mk2/4 I'm sure will be near to 4 tons. Also I get MOT exemption on the basis that it is over 3.5T and built before 1960. I'll have a check of the V5 and see what weight that declares. I'm lucky to be old enough to have a car licence that lets me drive up to 7.5 tons, so don't need to worry about that.

 

Matt

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technically you could also dive an early saracen on a standard car licence also. As it is pre 76 and has 11 seats they count as historical busses which you can drive on a B license with upto 6 passengers. (have yet to see a coppers response to this mind)

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u get a mot exemption cause its classed as a motor tractor not cause built before 1960

 

 

My Ferret isn't classified as a motor tractor, so I declare MOT exemption with a V112G under section 30, as below:

 

30. Motor vehicles first used before 1st January 1960, used unladen and not drawing a laden trailer, and trailers manufactured before 1st January 1960 and used unladen. For the purposes of this paragraph any determination as to when a motor vehicle is first used shall be made as provided in regulation 3(3) of the Construction and Use Regulations.

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vosa regard ferret as a motor tractor c&u definition:a mechanically propelled vehicle which is not constructed itself to carry a load other than the following articles, that is to say water fuel accumulators and other equipment used for the purpose of propulsion ,loose tools and loose equipment,and the weight of which unladen does not exceed 7370 kg.

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My Ferret isn't classified as a motor tractor, so I declare MOT exemption with a V112G under section 30, as below:

 

30. Motor vehicles first used before 1st January 1960, used unladen and not drawing a laden trailer, and trailers manufactured before 1st January 1960 and used unladen. For the purposes of this paragraph any determination as to when a motor vehicle is first used shall be made as provided in regulation 3(3) of the Construction and Use Regulations.

 

Motor Tractor is a Construction and Use category, A Ferret is a Motor Tractor even though this may not appear on any of your paperwork. It is a legal definition of what it is, not a taxation class or term or description written on a 5. Ferrets gain exemption by being Motor Tractors.

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Motor Tractor is a Construction and Use category, A Ferret is a Motor Tractor even though this may not appear on any of your paperwork. It is a legal definition of what it is, not a taxation class or term or description written on a 5. Ferrets gain exemption by being Motor Tractors.

 

It's all a bit confusing, so maybe I just need to declare it as a motor tractor next time I apply for MOT exemption. I suppose it doesn't really matter as long as they provide a disc...

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The obvious answer is, not to limit yourself as to what vehicle you can drive but get a full size licence. That was you get rid of the constant nagging thought following you about. Am I legal? Go to a class 2 licence, ok it costs, but so do our new toys in this hobby of ours. I just bought a Bedford OXC with a Scammell trailer. Can this be driven on a car licence? I don't know but I don't care cos I got a hgv. All problems solved.

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