Series Three -The Classic Workhorse -101-

In Aberlour, Speyside I spotted this splendid 109 recovery vehicle in the pouring rain. One hour later it was pouring even worse, but then it looked even shinier.

They bought the 1980 vehicle from Scottish Hydro Electrics, who had owned it for 10 years. These vehicles have to work very hard, driving to the remotest electrical poles. They all have these strong winches and they need them.

Now it works everyday as the rolling workshop and recovery vehicle for the garage owner. So if you tasted too much of the Speyside whisky, he might come to pull you out!

This is your typical Highland farm truck. The 25 year old 109 I found near Fiskaraig, NW Skye. The chassis looks really fine, considering the salty air.

This is Paul's SIII working hard on the farm in Hertfordshire, UK.
It's strong and trusty and 30 years old. Photo by Paul.

This is a 1972 Series 3 from Ecuador, sent by Luis Rojas Landivar from Cuenca, Ecuador. He is the original owner of the vehicle!

Ok so after I'd been collecting SIII pictures for a while, it was time I got into the real thing. Takeo's first letter was to have some serious consequences later. So here is all about his Stage One

I bought my 109 V8 in 1981 (invoice date 29/01/1981), NEW, (the first one to be sold in Belgium, out of 32 ever imported and 19 ever registered).

Chassis # LBCAV2AAI29545
German export model (twin license plate lights)
Masai Red
Ragtop.

As she is now:

Galvanized (reinforced) chassis by Steve Walker from Doncaster.
136 HP Range Rover engine + gearbox.
SU carburetors from Rover passenger car
Isky economy cam
900/16 Nato tires
Braden el. winch
Twin electrical fans
Lumenition
Nato 5 ton hitch by Dixon-Bate
2nd set of original springs.
2nd front diff
2nd front propshaft whith Spicer UJ from Renault 30 passenger car.
2nd radiator
Original "heater"
375th combined light/horn switch (hahahaha) damn this is a piece of shit.
Front bulkhead is rotten dan needs replacement.
Gas mileage on open road: abt 13 litres per 100 Km at 90 Km/hr (abt 21 mpg).
Body in original color but holed here and there by bricks thrown when in the Ukraine. Rest of body: not a straight panel left.
Has done about 120 trials in her life (not speed but obstacle crossing, of which about 40 1st prizes).
Has been to Vladivostok and back.
Has seen the Sahara desert.


Well, of course I wanted a S III Land Rover,too. Guess what Takeo found for me:

Yes, it's another massai red Stage One, converted to LPG. The engine runs fine and we managed to get it through Belgian M.O.T. in one day. It has been a surveyor's work truck for many years. The first owner was obviously planning for long distances: It has 4 petrol tanks. No, I'll never want a 110 again. It's too much fun to drive this. On the Series III pages you will find more about the fun we have maintaining the beast.

Contact me if you got some decent Nato tyres in your back yard.

 

 

This multicoloured campervan is perfectly camouflaged in a Townsville caravan park.

Though the painting is a bit weird, it was well looked after.

The last working 101 ambulance in Britain?

Dr Mike Acres has been the GP for the 200 inhabitants of the Isle of Jura until his retirement on July 15th. The ramp of the Islay to Jura ferry being too steep for a regular ambulance, Mike was given permission to use his own. It is still registered as an ambulance. Here you can see it pulling a trailer of the Jura ferry.

"It was very handy", Mike told me, " the helicopter could spot me anywhere easily!" He had a satellite radio installed so communication was easy.

Driving the 101 on the narrow Jura lanes frightened any potential driver off. Mike would have liked to look after the patient in the back when driving to hospital, but nobody would replace him as a driver. When Mike couldn't drive due to a dislocated ankle, a friend from the 101 club had to come for a visit as an interim ambulance driver. He loved it!

Recently, the family moved to Dumfriesshire where they bought a farm to store Mike's 20 Landrovers in all stages between wreck and spotless in a huge shed. The salty air of Jura had affected them badly. It was a sight to see his poor 101 carrying an enormous load to his new home! Here you can see the ambulance in its retirement home.

It will still have a lot of work to do, mike is only complaining about the 6 mpg it does pulling a heavy trailer. a V8 wants to be fed.

I'm planning to visit Mike again once he is settled with his new workshop. I reckon his Landrovers will give him enough to do for all his retirement years.

Do you know if there is another working ambulance existing in the world? Please tell me.

To Be Continued with your help! Send your stories and pictures

Annette Flottwell

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