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Re(2): Back to The Champ
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Hi Folks,
Already eluded to regarding the complexity of the Rolls Royce engine and servicing here are a few more facts re Champ enthusiasts.
The most incredible feature of the Champ and its design wasn’t the ability of the truck to go as fast forwards as backwards – impressive though this party trick is – but the necessity for it to be able to wade in depths of up to 3 feet of water in an unprepared state, or up to 6 feet deep if ‘prepared for wading’, which means raising the wing-mounted air intake and making a few other waterproofing adjustments. Champs also had to be available in various versions, such as fitted with telephone line laying equipment, a field ambulance rig with two stretchers, an appliqué armour kit, with a Turner winch, or ‘FFR’, Fitted For Radio (62 set (HF) remember) to allow long-range communication. The prototype cars read like a who’s who of the British Motor Industry, with bodies coming from Fisher & Ludlow, AC and Solex on the fuel system, Morris for the radiator, Borg & Beck for the clutch, Austin for the transmission and Girling for the brakes. little wonder it cost money and was replaced by the Land Rover at a fraction of the cost and 80% less capable cross country. Just for interest as Geoff, John and the late Colin Bounty all commented on this vehicle. Les

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