Neil's Series IIA

1969 Land Rover Series IIA 88-inch

July 2017

July 2017

December 2017

December 2017

10 December 2017

It snowed across large swathes of central England, so it would have been rude not to head out in the Land Rovers. Did a spot of greenlaning and just generally chilled out (no pun intended...)

31 July 2017

I bought my 1969 Series IIA Land Rover in 1988. It was my first car.

It wasn’t in great nick when I got it – it needed a new rear crossmember straight away and the 6.00X16 Firestone Town and Country tyres were approaching the legal limit, so they were replaced with Avon Traction Mileages of the same size.

I used it like this for a while, greenlaning and trialling and fitted some 7.50X16 Firestone Super All Tractions (SATs) when the Avons ran out of tread.

Eventually time took its toll on the rest of the chassis – I’d been replacing an outrigger a year for the MoT and the bulkhead wasn’t great. Plus I had a Q-plate Series IIA 109-inch, in better nick which no-one wanted, so I decided to rebuild the 88-inch onto a new galvanised chassis, using existing running gear and bodywork, but the 109’s bulkhead.

I ran it like this for a few years until I bought my 300Tdi Defender in 2002, when it go relegated to shed duties on my drive.

Fresh life was breathed into it in 2007 by fitting an ex-Discovery 1 200Tdi engine, complete with Steve Parkers exhaust. Subsequently I fitted a Fairey overdrive, giving improved cruising speed.

I run a variety of tyres on it. Normally I use 6.5-inch 127/Defender 130 rims, but often I’ll throw on 8-spokes, which I bought for the additional steering lock for trialling. At the moment it is shod with 235/85 R16 Cooper Discoverer STT Pro.

Tuckaway-R folded

Tuckaway-R folded

Recently I fitted a Dixon Bate Tuckaway-R recovery crane. There’s no chance of using the SWB to towing in reality, even though it sits on LWB springs – the rear axle loading is just too high. But it’s a quirky item – and I have the Universal Lifting Arms to go with it. I’ll try lifting a more modern vehicle with the crane one day.

The Dixon-Bate Tuckaway-R

The Dixon-Bate Tuckaway-R

It needs a fresh coat of paint and some proper TLC, but it always starts when needed – and the great thing is , it doesn’t cost a huge amount to have sitting around, just the price of an MoT and insurance. So it doesn’t matter if I don’t use it every day.

Vital stats

  • 1969 Land Rover Series IIA 88-inch truck cab
  • 200Tdi engine
  • Four-speed gearbox, two-speed transfer box

Upgrades and modifications

Sadly, I'm going to have to upgrade the locks on the Land Rover – my camera, a Canon EOS 750D, serial number 023031001459 was stolen from the vehicle. If you are offered this camera, please contact Cambridgeshire Police and quote CRIM3022-2017.

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