Neil's Series IIA

1969 Land Rover Series IIA 88-inch

July 2017

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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