Originally Posted by Hugh Jardon
just a thought....i used to drive the old 21/4 21/2 whatever engines they are in the long wheelers and shorties in the forces for years, they did not have power steering and had the fuel tanks under the seats. they were awful to drive for any distance, i expect the modern ones are very nice by comparison but those old ones were pigs in my opinion.
Like chalk and cheese - coil springs versus leaf(japs and yanks take note). Worst thing of all was the drum brakes all round - scary. They also had selectable 4x4 just like many of the modern jap vehicles.....
First time I drove a Series III I was really shocked just how rough it was. Drove it back from Brum for a mate - by the time I had got it home I had fallen in love with it. We named it Monty and the kids loved it in Cammo.
The old ones were much tougher - you could steam clean the inside as well as the outside. No need for silly checkerplate wing protectors etc - the metal was much thicker. The old doors are much better than the new ones which is why the Army still use Series doors on the Wolf. Best of all the winch was behind the front bumper - a much better place for it.
It is suprising just how good the old ones are. Did anyone see the Top Gear test where all the modern top 4x4s got stuck but the old Series I just ploughed past them - classic!!!