My partner Martyn owns an animal feed shop in Alston, Cumbria and I make a few deliveries and collections to the surrounding farms at weekends.
I've owned Land Rovers in the past; a Discovery 1 and a 109in Series IIA, so when my pal Dave Williamson turned up in a 1959 Series II, my interest was sparked up again. So, during the rounds near Slaggyford, I spotted this yellow AA Land Rover, residing in the garden - looking okay, but clearly not moving.
By a useful coincidence, the agent who came to value our holiday let lives in Slaggyford. I casually mentioned that I made a delivery there recently. By another amazing coincidence, the agent's father-in-law turned out to be the owner of the Land Rover I had spotted.
He'd been an avid AA memorabilia collector since he was a boy and this Series II was a prize piece. Nevertheless, Brian agreed to sell it to me, as he could see it was going to be put back together properly.
The next challenge was getting the Series II back home, 24 miles over Alston Moor to County Durham. It'd been standing for at least five years, maybe as many as eight. At this point a trailer would have been good but instead I arranged insurance and asked Dave to bring his Discovery or Series II over to tow it back. As you can see from the photos, we all made it back home in one piece.
That was last year. The current situation is that most of the 'new' bits are sorted, and ready for the rebuild, including a galvanised chassis and a 2.25 diesel. I want to keep it original. I'm hoping to do the work this summer.
I'm also hoping garage space will become available - it will make life easier than working on an open hillside!
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