I’ve had my Land Rover for about three years. It was originally a New Zealand-registered 1960 Series II. But long before I owned it – in the mid-1990s – it was fitted with a 3.5-litre V8 from a Range Rover Classic, complete with the Classic’s transmission and axles. So it has disc brakes all-round and permanent four-wheel drive.
It still rides on the original leaf springs that have been re-rolled, and it has longer spring hangers to give it a bit more clearance for the 33in tyres. I believe the grille and wings are of New Zealand military spec. It still sits on its original chassis, which is as good as the day it was made – probably down to the fact that the roads aren’t salted in New Zealand.
The inside is pretty much original apart from the seats; the body colour is original. It’s a great Land Rover that’s used as much as possible. It can go almost anywhere, and frequently does! The only modification I think it needs now is twin fuel tanks, because I always have to carry spare fuel to make sure I can get back to civilisation. Ah, the joys of a V8.
This owner review appeared in the September 2013 issue of LRO. Current and Back issues are available to download on digital devices here. Please note, we only hold stocks of the the last three back issues.