Presenting ATF 721 J - an unusual Land Rover. ATF - or Taffy to his friends - was restored in 2003 from the bottom up as a useable everyday Landy - but with a bit of panache thrown in. I have hugely enjoyed owning this vehicle - but its time to move on and for somebody else to revel in its eyecatching quirkiness and glorious engine sound. First and foremost this is Series IIA vehicle with IIA running gear but with Defender accents. As the practised eye can see, it is a series Landy with those lovely Farina-style wheel arches.
Riding high on its parabolic springs, some would add some 20mm wheel-spacers for a wider stance and even some wheel arch extensions but Ive never got round to that. Taffy is MOTd until November 2016. 1 MOT advisory: walls of tyres slightly perished - but that has been repeated for a few years.. Bespoke body parts comprise: modified rear tub with amazing kit drawer fabricated in thick aluminium, and large storage area behind front seats. The bespoke front seatbox is in heavy-gauge aluminium; the nearside conceals a nice dry electrics bay with battery, main fuses, electrics distro panel and a heavy-duty solenoid for electrical cutoff with a concealed switch.
There is plenty of room in here for more electrical feeds. Seating capacity is not recorded on the V5 but if you put the centre seat in, replacing the kit box, it would be a seven seater. And so to the front end and Taffys heart - a straight six 2.4l turbodiesel sourced from a low mileage Volvo 740DT. This is the legendary D24T Volkswagen engine used also in the LT van range, and the Pinzgauer ATV as well as the big Volvos. If you were worried about tech help, the D24T has its own forum As long as the driver warms this engine thoroughly before big revs, it will last and last as it was intended to be a high mileage unit.
It pulls Taff along like a locomotive - making a wonderful noise inside and out - shouting through the recent stainless exhaust with straight-through muffler. Inside, it sounds like a mechanical symphony orchestra. Outside, at full chat, it is a howling beast. Top speed - I suppose about seventy - but thats a bit irrelevant. This machine is a grunty lugger.The engine is coupled to all the legendary Land Rover Hall of Fame of best bits - LT77 gearbox, LT230T Transfer box (1.222:1). Series II axles with Range Rover differentials (354:1). To stop - big Military 110 drums with a Defender 90 servo. There is no power steering. Off road ability is great - with the excellent ground clearance. The chassis has a nice low-profile bespoke gearbox cross-member - far less likely to gouge highpoints on uneven ground. It has had some patching in the last eighteen months but Taffy has usually been kept in a barn.
Here is the ful spec. VW/Volvo D24T Straight six 2.4litre Turbodiesel 133 bhp. LT 77 5 speed gearbox from Defender 90. LT230T transfer box with permanent 4WD.
Series IIA military chassis and axles containing Range Rover 354:1 diffs & Parabolic springs. Stainless steel exhaust constructed from easily-obtained components. Military 110 drum brakes with Defender 90 servo.
Bulkhead with Defender instrument cluster. Oversize GF Goodrich All-Terrain tyres (x4) with at least 8mm tread. Rear tub features storage compartment behind front seats and strong aluminium rear kit drawer. Custom 3mm Aluminium central seat box with dry electrics compartment, security cutoff solenoid with concealed switch.
Spare wheel on very strong swinglock carrier. Stage One V8-style front end with steel grille, classic Lucas twin horns and 14 Kenlowe fan with dashboard control. Lightweight bespoke aluminium front bumper. CB radio with 5 whip aerial. Cordura green front seat covers.Panasonic Radio/CD with 4 speakers. Doors have sound-deadening fill and thick felt lining. Door tops are stylish diagonal-split extruded aluminium Wolf type with big locking knob.
Rear bench seats with 1 lap belt on each side. Front twin recovery jate rings. Rear towball and fork with captive pin (locking) and towing electrics recessed in PTO hole.
Safari-style ivory roof and rear side panels with sliding window units. I think one or more UJs need replacing soon - getting a bit noisy with torque-reversal.
These are standard service items. The nearside rear lower wing was damaged during the winter by a jackknifing trailer - oops - personally I would clad it with chequer plate.
I never connected up the heated rear window - would be worth doing. The chassis was Waxoyled with a proper sprayer a couple of years ago but there may be some chassis work in the offing - nothing major though. Viewing is welcome - North Herefordshire border. The item "Amazing hybrid TD6 Land Rover Series IIA" is in sale since Monday, September 26, 2016. This item is in the category "Cars, Motorcycles & Vehicles\Cars\Land Rover/Range Rover".
The seller is "jayartibee" and is located in Near Ludlow. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.