posted on Aug, 30 2011 @ 05:47 AM
just thought i'd throw this in.
austin (uk company) built the champ around the end of ww2 if i am not mistaken. i knew a guy who had salvaged one and it was a shed. took him approx
three years to rebuild. it could drive underwater and had breathing apparatus in the dashboard box. steering wheel shaft extended to allow driver to
stand at the rear quarter of the vehicle with control levers on the steering wheel.
in the competition to supply the various forces of the uk around the world, it lost out to the series1 landrover due to cost. it's a shame really as
it was imo an exceptional vehicle.
btw the guy sold it to a company that supplies military vehicles to the film industry.
i've been tinkering with landrovers for 25 years. there is a cheaper alternative to buying a snorkel for those interested which are quite expensive.
some rainwater downpipe, a few elbows,fixing clips and a tub of neox or other waterproof type grease and you are half way there.
i myself have recently surfaced from a three month karmic sympathetic restoration of a classic 33 year old beast of a vehicle. got the snorkel in the
workshop when/if needed.