As I popped down to the post office this morning, I saw this parked by the Loch. On the way back I stopped to take its picture. The owner/builder and his wife were inside having just brewed up.
I could have spent the rest of the day with them. A retired couple from Cumbria they built the camper about twenty five years ago and they spend all summer touring in it. I think they said they covered near 180000 miles in it in addition to it's previous incarnation.
The guy was a naval engineer and there was a lot of boat like ingenuity in it's construction.
He had cut the chassis behind where the seat box bulkhead would have been to allow for a swiveling passenger seat. He then hand made the extended chassis to allow a six footer to stand upright in the galley. Every conceivable space was utilized for storage.
It had a monster Perkins diesel engine and it was painted Fergie grey. For me the coup de grace was a teapot, mug and tray pop riveted to the front wing.
A nicer couple you couldn't meet. I've long had a notion to build something along their lines and foresee much surfing of eBay for a IIA military ambulance as a donor. I remember when Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall first appeared on our screens, he did a tour of the country in his Gastrowagon, a camper/kitchen created from a IIA ambulance.
You'll never find me on here needing a recommendation for a £30 'professional' car, but don't be surprised if you see a 'what wood burner for my camper' thread any time soon.