Something for the Land Roverists.
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.
Posted 4 years agoporter_jamieSubscriber
i don’t think anyone worries about it. loads of people replace the chassis for a new shiny galvanised one, and don’t get it inspected. dvla site says “you may need to(get it inspected)” which is different to “you must”
the vin is stamped on the original chassis, so even if you get a brand new oe spec chassis it wont have the vin stamped on it, only on the vin plate which would you believe is just riveted on (to the brake booster i think)
so to successfully ring a defender that’s had a chassis swap all you need is a logbook, vin plate and numberplates…Posted 4 years agomonkeyfudgerMember
So much awesome! I’ve seen a few Landy campers around lately, not quite as old as that though. Seen a forward control based one just last week, seemed to be touring with a brand new motorhome which I thought was cool.
Trail Rat, I do the same all the time, it’s a bloody dangerous search though, too much day dreaming occurs when I see what’s available! Race van/truck is also a good one.Posted 4 years agoononeorangeSubscriber
I do like the way you decide to leisurely get a pic on the way back – different pace of life!
Fantastic is all I can say.
And the best bit is – more brilliant threads from the sunny perfect paradise that us mcmoonter world to remind us there really is a happier place! Can’t wait.Posted 4 years ago
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