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1964 Hi-Floatation for Shell Oil
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80" at Quail Lodge.
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AMERICAN SPECIALS and PROTOTYPES
In conjunction with "La France", a special fire-fighting vehicle was
developed, based on a 109" pick-up, for the J.C. Pratt Co. Years prior,
The Rover Motor Company had shipped over an 88" fire unit from Solihull,
but water couplers, in addition to other specifications, would not let the
unit hook-up to American fire equipment. Both front & rear
power-take-off’s on the 109" were utilized to operate pumps. Additional
cooling was provided by an oil cooler working in conjunction with the fire
pumps, thus enabling long periods of pumping.
During this same period there were three other
units built, two 109" units and one 88". These vehicles were
built in S. San Francisco in conjunction with Western Fire Fighting
Equipment. All three Land Rovers were shipped to Hawaii, the 109’s to
the Big Island where they were part of the Mauna Kia Beach Hotel until
just a few years ago, while the 88" was on Maui doing airport
service. A Mr. Peter Ogilvie now owns the remains of one of the 109"
units, and has since spotted the 88" on the Big Island as well! Note:
I have no pictures of these vehicles, but do have 8mm movies showing them
in Hawaii. Also of interest… Prior to shipping the units, my Dad drove a
109"home one evening, and I was treated with a ride, lights and siren
J.D. Hoping of the Rover Motor Company of North America developed
"SNOW-ROVER". Installed in the load area was a standard 2.25L
engine, which ran the snow blower up front. Note drive shaft over top.
Below: From Roger Taylor Collection; Copyright 2009.
1960, after Richard had driven an 88" Diesel Pick-up w/canvas from San
Francisco to Omaha, NB., to the Farm & Tractor Show…
In September he headed
for the Bonneville Salt Flats, where Donald Campbell and his Bluebird
would make an attempt on the Worlds Land Speed Record, Richard is 4th
from the right.
The Bluebrid was powered by a Bristol-Siddeley
"Proteus" jet engine, in order to start the record breaker five
special Land Rovers were required. One was an 88" Minimax fire truck,
capable of extinguishing jet fuel fires. Two 109s truck cabs carried
special equipment in the form of extra HD 24-volt batteries, an 8-kilowatt
generator (driven from the pto), and a 100 psi compressor to feed portable
high output fans, in addition to numerous instruments for start-up.
Since Bluebird had no on-board starter, one of these vehicles was
stationed at each end of the 11-mile course. Another 109" would carry
electronic measuring instruments, by which it was possible to record speed
and air temperature, both in and out of the jet engine. Campbell would not
break the speed record at Bonneville, but would go on to set one
|Below: Jim Joss in the
"Bush-plane tyre" shod 88" He'd drive it through and OVER the
snow in Alaska one evening! Photo from Roger Taylor Collection;