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My very expensive pride and joy
I have in the past owned a fair few Land Rovers, in fact I passed my driving test (back in 1980) in a lovely short wheel base series 3 hard top LUP 130P was the reg number, I remember it well as this was my dad’s steed for quite some time.
I ran a short wheel base series 2 as my first car which I drove to destruction by driving it flat out everywhere! This resulted in 2 full engine rebuilds because I had snapped the crankshaft on both occasions! A fact my dad could not understand until the second one snapped by which time he went ballistic citing my driving style as the problem!!
I then purchased an ex water board 109 station wagon with the 6 cylinder petrol in it? That did not last long as I couldn’t afford the sub 10 to the gallon, that came out in went a two and a quarter diesel 5 bearing which I converted from a 5 bearing petrol block. I eventually crashed that one during some heavy snow losing control of it going downhill where I finally came to rest embedded into a transit van! This was then converted to a 109 pickup and sold to sea coal hawkers (a common site on the north east coast back then)
The next one was a series 3 SWB hard top which had been on fire, I rebuilt that and used it for quite some time before selling it on and making a tidy profit.
I had a period where I could not afford or justify a Land rover, this was eventually rectified in 1993 when I acquired a 1988 110 county station wagon that had been almost written off by a driver when he decided to drive while under the influence, the vehicle was so bad my employers at the time said it was scrap value! The only straight panels were the lower rear tub, every other panel and chassis were replaced with second hand bits.
I traded that one in for a beautiful Black 110 county in 1996 numbered L947 HFV, this vehicle went everywhere without fuss, while the family grew up it was a fantastic vehicle, I owned that for 13 years before parting with it funnily enough to another club member.
Then in 2010 I bought a brand new 110 County Utility XS with the 2.4 Tdci engine in it, after a brief test drive on the Saturday I placed my deposit on the Sunday for delivery 3 weeks later 01/09/10! This was and still is the most expensive set of wheels I have ever purchased, that expensive I am still paying for it lol.
3 weeks later it’s on a ramp being stripped for chassis painting and protection, this was epoxy coated then chassis blacked in the hope it will still be good In 20 years, then came a wheel change to 60th anniversary diamond cut alloys, led lights new bumper with day time running lights, NAS rear step, twin towing electrics, wing top chequer plate, FD steering guard, raised badges, silicon hoses, private reg number, Anderson sockets front and rear, LED interior lighting, Stainless bolt kit, KBX wing top grills, you get the picture. I will continue with modifications going forward but only if those mods are deemed to benefit the vehicle, it’s performed well for the last 13 years and 60,000 miles, hopefully it will be good for another 20 years or more!
Keith Bellwood Chairman NLRC
That's Rupert my pride and joy (may not look like it) got plenty going on underneath and don't really know how it keeps going but it does as u can see it gets some abuse and breaks often but get used for what it should be. Andy D
This is Jayne. Ninas 1971 series 2a. Converted to V8 and an auto box, along with a defender brake setup, with plans for gas conversion and power steering in the pipeline. She has been bobtailed as far as can be without disrupting the suspension. She is an ongoing lesson in mechanics for Nina and a source of much derision from her friends and colleagues. So much so, that Nina now often lies about how well she is running when asked! Jayne is a name with great meaning. She came with a Y plate having been re-registered in the 80s when being released from military service. But a J plate was correct for her age and so a random J plate was bought from the DVLA. Jayne in Welsh is Sian. Sian is the name of Ninas friend who died of breast cancer. Nina is also Welsh and proud. The saga of Jayne will hopefully continue with more off roading and many more mods to come. Most are just for fun, but as she did try and eject the club secretary Wendy,out of the passenger door on the way back from the pub once, anti-burst door locks have now been fitted as if/when she runs, Nina is the Saturday taxi service in the club.
This is my tray back 90, it is my first offroader, its more than capable of going anywhere,there is plenty of extra on it like rear winch, lift kit, giggle pin extended arms and much more. i have big plans for it to become and unstoppable machine.
This is my money pit. It's an old ex-military 110 that has undergone an extensive rebuild (believe it or not!) and should be on the road within a couple of months.
The list of replacement parts is too long to put on here but in a nutshell it's had a 200tdi heart transplant, new brakes all round, rear 1/4 crossmember, bearings, transfer box, doors, footwells, door pillars and on and on the list goes!
At times I would have happily burnt this old knacker then danced around it as the flames grew high but my aim to to eventually turn it into an overlander. So you wont see it offroading anytime soon!
Full details of his rebuild can be found at www.nickysmith.me