Land Rover SIII
(New page Sept 2001) updated Apr-2005
I picked this series three Land Rover up from a yard in Strood,
North Kent. They had well over 90 ex-army Land Rovers on thier
yard, and about 25 were long wheelbase, hard-top, So I had a
good look inside outside and under them all!
All were in reasonably good condition, but I picked this one as
it was lower milage, and had a very clean engine. The chassis
was in very good condition. I spent a while underneath tapping
and prodding to check for rust.
Some cash changed hands. Then later on that day I returned with
oil fuel and bartteries, and drove the beast back towards home.
It had no number plates of it's own yet, the original military
number plates had been removed and returned before I collected
The documents with the vehicle showed the mileage to be 4,600
and the speedo was showing just over 6,000 So I was happy that
the milage was correct, I later found out the 11A door markings
meant that My LandRover was the number 1 car, HQ division. So
had only been used on a few occasions (6000 miles in 15 years!)
The pictures below were taken between 2001 and 2005 The top two
were taken at a stable-yard in Bexley village, and driving down
the track to a Farm in Plaxtol, Kent.
Next four I took just before I gave the "old girl" a fresh coat
of paint in 2002 (so I could get the camo-pattern right).
The last is a quick picture taken on my driveway Feb-2005.
Work Done... Passed the first MOT the day after I bought it,
needing only a slight re-tune of the carburettor to pass the
emissions test. The chap suggested that I replace two of the
tyres as they'd started to perrish. ( I replaced all 5) I also
changed all the brake shoes, and wheel cylinders while I was in
there. and the front wheel bearings later, when I put the Fairy
free-wheeling hubs on.
What does it need?... A good clean, both inside and out. and If
you're fussy, there are a few minor dents and scrapes, None of
them serious, and no panels need replacing. Chassis is all OK
and when I took her for the MOT (jan 2005) I had no problems.
M.O.T. runs out in jan 2006