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The Series Two - Survivors of the glorious sixties

Lightweights - from military use to farmwork

The first new addition is also a cry for help - Mike Geldard urgently needs help and advice to repair his LWT's chassis and bulkhead.

Mike and Kai run a small old fashioned hotel in the middle of Sutherland (Northern Scotland). It is definitely the loneliest pub in the scrub , so Mike also keeps a couple of hundred sheep and a herd of highland cattle to earn their living. Guess what he uses to run up the hills. He painted his LWT red to make it easier to find in the fog. The engine and gearbox are in excellent condition, as is the interior. When Mike took me for a test drive, I was hooked, the suspension being a lot better than in my old Toyota.

Sadly, these days they put too much salt on the main road from Lairg to Tongue, which has badly affected the poor LWTs chassis and bulkhead. Mike is a farmer and not a great welder, he says. But of course, he wants to save his beloved 'Rover. So if you have any experience or could even lend a helping hand, Mike would be delighted. They haven't got a computer, so call Mike at The Crask Inn +44-1549 411241

 

Robby Cosunji from the Land Rover Club of the Philippines has sent me these pictures:

you just confirmed the model year of the Series II. according to its chassis number (145800nnn), the Land Rover is a Series II 88", CompleteKnock Down unit, basic trim, 2.0 liter petrol engine, Left Hand Drive, built in 1958 and released sometime in April 1958.

sorry i don't have good photos of the Series II; attached are some photos from which you can select a good photo. i hope a photo makes it to your Veteran's Page.

A British oil exploration company brought the SeriesII to the Philippines in 1976. when the company closed in the early 90s, it sold the SeriesII to an employee company driver. the driver used the Series II until 1997. the Series II was left in the yard due to problems with its brakes.

the Series II appears to be in fairly sound and original condition, except for the tail / signal lights, the fabricated glove box, the panel for additional guages, and the seats. details follow:
Land Rover Series II, 88"
inverted "T" mesh grill
inboard sealed beam headlights
2 doors, originally a swing down tailgate
originally a full length (from windshield till the rear) canvas top
knobs (not lever) for the air vent controls
2 liter (not 2.25) engine petrol
4 forward speed gearbox
"Land Rover" nameplates read "Birmingham (not Solihull Warwickshire) England"
Chassis No. 145800145
Engine No. 141803579
a few months ago, a Filipino Land Rover enthusiast bought the Series II. after minor adjustments and a few cranks of the engine with a new battery, the engine started! the proud new owner now plans to restore the 1958 Series II.

On the Black Isle, Scotland, I spotted this well equipped recovery vehicle next to a petrol station.

There were a couple of other SII and S I in various stages of corrosion in the back, presumably for spares.

This one didn't look too good either at the first glance, but then it was well preserved underneath and a closer look convinced me that it was still the only recovery vehicles around and in use as such.

A short enquiry in the petrol station was met with utter bemusement:

Oh yes , the boss likes to use it for any odd job. Is it something special?

This '65 109 work for a construction and builder's supply in Tobermory on the island of Mull. It looks splendid and you can distinguish it clearly when it drives into town at 7.30 am.

At the Series Two Club presentation this was a striking participant. It's the daily recovery vehicle and earns the owner's bread since more than twenty years. If you break down in Devonshire, you might be pulled out by a '66 Series Two!

A police veteran

Our member Matthias Brinkmann bought this late Series II last year.

First registered in February 1969, it served in the German border patrol till 1980. Thus it still has many military extras like rifle supports, siren, map table and a capstan winch.

A rural Red Cross section bought it from the police and used it for another ten years. Later a private owner had it sadly neglected, but now Matthias had it repaired for the MOT.

It's still leaking here and there; the PTO was misused and has still to be mended .

But Matthias has already driven it deserves.

Photos by Matthias

Max Reder from Austria writes about his beloved vehicle:

" its a series IIA 109er station, built in 1964, and im now the owner for about 2 years. before a friend of mine owned it and used it to drive into the sahara and before it has been a fire-department-car for 34 years. its still the origin engine and origin interior although its now white coloured painted and has no waterpump on it.

the landrover is my only car and i love it very much, i use it almost every second day and it never broke down. in the next 2 months it will get new brakes, the origin front seats (now from a puch G) and a softtop.

Photos provided by Max

A couple of Australian Series Two Station Wagons

This S II 88 is the market truck of a Tablelands fruitgrower. It takes the farming family to the block and back and to the Yongaburra market on Saturdays. (North Queensland)

In a petrol station I met this Series II a

The owner told me it still runs fine, though it had been running through the rainforest and uphill to the Tablelands (1000m) everyday of its life. 10 years ago he replaced the engine by a Holden 6 cylinder petrol engine.

There isn't much missing on this fine S II mobile home. It has two petrol tanks, a water tank, protection against everything you might think of.

The mileage is unknown but for sure it has been round Australia 20 times.

The mud wasn't dry yet when I found it in a Townsville suburb. So I walked back there at 6 in the morning to get it in full morning light.

This charming Series II pickup was recently found by JM in the Saintes island, south of Guadeloupe.

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