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Ex-Army Land-Rover 88in. (Ver 2)
A friend of mine heard about a very early Series 2 Ex-Army Landrover for sale in Broken Hill and followed it up. Unfortunately his Landrover 110 gear stick broke which put paid to his intention of recovering the Series 2 and hauling it back to Adelaide that weekend.
I was out of town at the time, so he had no plan "B". The end result being that when I returned, I had been volunteered to recover it and see to it's well being until he could arrange for it to get to Adelaide.
'The Shorty' as Craig (its new owner) calls it, is suffering from a broken RHS rear main spring leaf. The vehicle came with a spare engine and a complete rear spring. Sometimes you can be lucky! The brakes were slightly working and it would move under it's own power.
What I want to know is why can the middle seat cushion be removed, followed by a piece of flat sheet steel (all without the need for tools) so that you can have a view of the ground that is only interrupted by the handbrake drum and a driveshaft?
It took a while for me to find out, but I received the following from Andrew Shroeder in January 2001:
The answer to your question about the middle seat panel in a Landrover is two-fold.
A)--so you can fill up the transfer case and gearbox in comfort.
B)--when new, they came with a removable tray that fitted under the mentioned removable plate which was (originaly) lockable with a padlock, as these vehicles were often sold as soft-tops this and the space under the passenger seat are the only lockable ones in a SWB vehicle. I only know because I finally found one recently.
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