Angus’s Land Rover’s 59 and looking fine

Angus Knox and his 1958 Land Rover at his family’s Tumut property.

ANGUS Knox has no problem with his daily drive being more than three times his age, especially considering the vehicle is a 1958 Land Rover that wouldn’t look out of place on a movie set.

Angus and his dad David, a noted collector of military-style vehicles, came across the Rover in a scrapyard in Gilmore in December 2015, and bought it from the owner.

“Body-wise, it was in good nick, but the electricals were no good,” Angus said.

“It hadn’t been registered since 2003. We needed to do quite a bit of work to get it road-worthy.”

When it was registered, Angus drove it around for about four months, including going to Tumut High School where he was a student. It was different on the inside and out then, and Angus and Dave took it back to the workshop to transform it back to how it would have looked in its early days.

“It was blue and white, and it had side rails and a bull bar, which we took off,” he said.

The blue and white paint was removed in favour of the army-style green you see now.

“It had a Holden 186 engine in it, which was running on five cylinders and had a really bad oil leak, so that went,” Angus said. Replacing it was an original Land Rover 2.25-litre four-cylinder petrol engine donated from another Land Rover bought for parts.

“We found an original heater and put that in,” Angus said.

The windscreen is openable, as are the shutter panels below it, so along with the sliding windows, Angus has all seasons covered. Spare parts aren’t as hard to come by as you might think.

“We get a lot of parts out of the UK; you just order them online,” Angus said.

“Tyres are simple enough to get; we got these from the tyre place in Tumut.”

The spare tyre is in the back at the moment, but it is soon to be moved to a unique, Land Rover-ish position – on top of the bonnet.

“It needs four rubbers to put it on the front,” Angus said. It has three sticks; a black one for the four-speed gearbox, a yellow one for the two-wheel and four-wheel drive, and a red one for high and low range. It’s not a speed machine, but it can do what Angus requires of it.

“It’ll do 50 miles an hour; 55 if you’re pushing,” he said.