Above picture by Richard Thackary
Steve had previously rebuilt series III 88 Diesel number one among others, and so a full rebuild was carried out on the 1-Ton. The vehicle was stripped and fully reconditioned, including a new rear chassis. Many of the damaged body panels were replaced, and now the vehicle has a wonderful showroom fresh finish. Steves hard work and dedication has been rewarded with many awards for this outstanding vehicle.
Steves 1-Ton inspired me to get mine, so in many ways is responsible for this website and my record of the 1-Ton Land-Rovers.
The Series III 1-ton gained all the improvements its normal stablemates did – the ABS moulded plastic grille, alternator as standard, revised dashboard and instrumentation, and a fully-synchromesh gearbox. Early vehicles had ENV axles, but later ones had salisbury versions front and rear, and from 1974/5 a reinforced Rover front diff was used. Later vehicles also had the two part pressed chassis rather then the four-plate version. Steves vehicle naturally has all the features of an early vehicle. As part of a fleet order it has series II style door hinges, as the factory were getting rid of old obsolete stock at this time. Later machines had the normal flat hinges.