The Registry Of Ex-Military Land-Rovers Au, NZ, etc Stephen Stansfield's Australian Military Land-Rovers 1958 - 1978
 

This page contains rough extracts of data available in the first and second editions of a booklet written and illustrated by Stephen Stansfield. Stephen began collecting valuable information during the restoration phase of his Series 2A Army Land-Rover Ambulance.

Stephen's restoration caught the attention of other ex-Army Landy owners and he encouraged (and inspired) many with his information and assistance ever since Norma Jean appeared in "Land-Rover Owner International" magazine, back in 1996.

Stephen has now collected further data and his booklet has swollen to 20 pages not including his extensive collection of original documents and photos. For example:

Increasingly, memorabilia and explanations have been given to him by ex-servicemen and women after they have seen Norma Jean in operation at commemorative events as a "mobile museum-memorial". The Registry would not be the same (or perhaps not at all) but for the efforts of Stephen Stansfield, which is why he is member number 001...


In late 1958 the Australian Military Forces commenced taking delivery of the Series 2 Land-Rover after trials to find a ¼ ton replacement for the Austin Champ which had been in service since 1950. These Series 2 ¼ ton units (delivery from December 1958 -early units with remnant Series 1 engines) and Series 2 ¾ ton units (delivery from November 1959) were supplied with minimal modifications after assembly at Sydney's Pressed Metal Corp (using CKD and RHD kits from England).

After these initial Series 2 units, the follow-up orders for Land-Rovers were for Series 2A ¼ ton units and Series 2A ¾ ton units with numerous improvements and modifications to suit specific service requirements. Stephen has been able to collect and sort out comparitively more modification and specification information in regard to the Series 2A units introduced in 1963. The Australian Army continued buying Series 2A Land-Rovers until at least September 1971. Stephen has also collated info on the 1 ton Forward Control units, the Series 3 ¾ ton units and all the various Army trailers built to match the capacities of the Land-Rovers.

More specifically-

Series 2 Australian Army specs

These models had minimal modifications to both chassis and body. Their appearance is almost the same as civilian models. They are fitted with towing eyes at the front, tail light protectors and a trailer connection at the right side rear, thru the body panel above the location for the rear number plate, some extra instrumentation and switching, and a fire extinguisher. Tac holders were fitted front and rear after a change to Formation Markings Standing Orders when the units were in service. On the dash they have a large blackout switch immediately to the right of the speedo panel. Some photos show an air pressure number 23 in half-inch white paint over the centre of the axles, and a black five inch square painted on the rear panel, on the left side, south east of the tail lights, marked LOAD ¼ TON in white paint. The BWC plate is lower down the front left guard than the Series 2A.

On the Series 2 ¼ ton Command Reconnaissance (forerunner of General Service ¼ Ton) a chain, bracket and wingnuts secured a jerry can behind the front seats (without fouling the rear seats). The chain passed from the centre upright (which secures a spare tyre in civilian models) thru the handle of jerry can and across to a bracket behind the driver. Three lengths of angle aluminium were mounted on the rear floor below the upright to surround and secure the bottom of the jerry can against the 'bulkhead'.

Series 2A Australian Army specs

These models are different to civilian models in appearance and easily recognisable; they have cut away mudguards, high spring shackles ( Read more about Series 2A chassis and suspension info ) and no apron panels under the doors. They also feature LH and RH petrol tanks (with changeover tap near handbrake), 7.50-16 tyres, rear bumperettes, tool brackets, front brush guard, convoy lights front and rear, BWC plate, map light, push button ignition centre, combination oil and water mechanical guage, rear tail light protectors, rear mudflaps fitted to rear crossmember, toolbox under the centre seat, jerry can behind front seats (¼ ton), tac brackets, trailer connection on left side on rear chassis, and some have a bolt-up crossmember on the chassis to enable easier gearbox removal. There are numerous extra interior deluxe fittings and switches, with the Ambulance and Fitted For Radio variants boasting the most (eg. heater & windscreen demister) besides body fabrications.

On the Series 2 ¼ ton General Service a chain, bracket and wingnuts secured a jerry can behind the front seats (without fouling the rear seats). The chain passed from the centre upright (which secures a spare tyre in civilian models) thru the handle of jerry can and across to a bracket behind the driver. Three lengths of angle aluminium were mounted on the rear floor below the upright to surround and secure the bottom of the jerry can against the 'bulkhead'.

Convoy white was applied to bumperettes, mudflaps, rear diff cover plate, front bumper offside and nearside. Tyre pressure settings were stencilled in white paint on mudguards (lined up with axle) and "40 MPH", "45 MPH" or "50 MPH" speed limit stencilled on dash horizontal (to the right side of steering column).

TYRE AIR PRESSURE MARKINGS - CENTERED OVER AXLES
All Land-Rover variants

Wheelbase/ModelFront HwayFront Cross CountryRear HwayRear Cross Country
Series 2 8819F cc23R cc
Series 2A 8820F cc35R cc
Series 2A 10924184630

 
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TRUCK, COMMAND RECONNAISSANCE, ¼ TON, LAND-ROVER SERIES 2

Census Code N° 6005

Details: Length 3.8m, Width 1.676m, Height 1.96m, Ground Clearance 0.203m, Track 1.31m, Load area 1.206m x 1.448m, Weight 1530kg, Capacity 250kg or 4 soldiers plus ½ ton trailer, Speed 105kmph, Range 250km, Fuel 45 litres, Fording 0.5m, Angle of approach 46º, Angle of departure 34º, Turn radius 5.79m, Gradient 39% High 115% low. Round wheel arch 'civilian' mudguards.

Conversions:

  • Fitted For Rifle 106mm RCL
    Census Code N° 6005 (Kit LV6/MT/C100064) in both Series 2 and 2A; crew 4 aka "Gunbuggy". 3.4m barrel, range 750m (moving target).
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TRUCK, FFW, ¾ TON, LAND-ROVER SERIES 2 LONG

On the tops of the front mudguards were the boxes to hold HF Antenna Tuning units (ATU) and aerials. Therefore, the gardenning tool brackets are relocated to the back of the 'bulkhead' behind the front seats. Often a FFW kit was fitted to G.S. units (Census 6028A). Round wheel arch 'civilian' mudguards.
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TRUCK, AMBULANCE, 4 STRETCHER, G.S., LAND-ROVER, SERIES 2, 109 INCH WB

Census Code N° 6362 Ambulance body construction on cab/chassis by Pressed Metal Corporation Ltd. Sydney. R.A.A.M.C. livery. Round wheel arch 'civilian' mudguards. Many Ambulances were initially supplied with the Land-Rover capstan winch. Some of these capstan winch vehicles "missed out" on having the front brush guard fitted later on when the brush guard became standard CES supplied with new units and existing Army Land-Rovers had the brush guard retro-fitted.
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TRUCK, UTILITY, ¼ TON, G.S., LAND-ROVER SERIES 2A 88 INCH WB

Census Code N° 6005 General Service.

Conversions:

  • Field ambulance/stretcher
    Census Code N° 6005A units were fitted with a LWB canvas and extra hood bow (and angled brace) to extend to the rear and cover a lowered tailgate wich allowed room for a fitted Stretcher frame. This conversion was used in field and around base helipads etc. Photographs of these variants exist sporting a Geneva Cross painted on the sides of the canvas.
  • Fitted For Rifle 106mm RCL
    Census Code N° 6005M (Kit LV6/MT/C100064) in both Series 2 and 2A; crew 4 aka "Gunbuggy". 3.4m barrel, range 750m (moving target).
  • Convoy Escort
    Census Code N° 6005B fitted with rear pedestal M60 GPMG, rear mounted spare, and a wire cutter out front (2 "star pegs" braced to firewall and brushguard).
 
TRUCK, UTILITY, ¾ TON, G.S., LAND-ROVER SERIES 2A 109 INCH WB

Census Code N° 6028. General Service.

Details: Length 4.56m, Width 1.676m, Height 2.03m, Ground Clearance 0.228m, Track 1.33m, Load area 1.85m x 1.44m, Weight 1680kg, Capacity 750kg or 8 soldiers plus ½ ton trailer, Speed 96kmph, Range 450/500km, Fuel 91 litres, Fording 0.5m, Angle of approach 47º, Angle of departure 29º, Turn radius 7.5m, Gradient 25% High 58% low. Some units were factory fitted with the P.T.O. winch - Census Code 6028B. The winch is Australian made by Bamford.

Conversions:

  • Field ambulance/stretcher
    Census Code N° 6028D Some units were factory fitted with a Stretcher frame (Field Ambulance). Photographs of these variants exist sporting a Geneva Cross painted on the sides of the canvas. Further, a variant fitted with both P.T.O. winch and Stretcher frame existed (albeit in very small numbers) - Census Code 6028E.
  • Convoy Escort
    Census Code N° 6028G this Vietnam 'in country' conversion with M60 machine gun (rear bed mounted for 360° field of fire), wire cutter on front (braced to firewall), sans bodywork (doors, tailgate, roofing) to enable maximum field of vision/fast evac.
  • Long Range Patrol Vehicle this is a rare SASR conversion carried out by the SASR Vehicle Mounted Unit and it has a CES and purpose similar to the famous British SAS Pink Panther. There is no 'LRPV Census Code' as such in the ARN files - Australian Army vehicle registration records. The LRPVs bear the usual GS Census Codes '6028' or more usually '6028B' (winch fitted).
 
TRUCK, UTILITY, ¾ TON, G.S., LINE LAYER, LAND-ROVER SERIES 2A 109 INCH WB

Census Code N° 6006E variant for RASigs cabling with ladders & poles etc.
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TRUCK, PANEL, ¾ TON, G.S., LAND-ROVER SERIES 2A 109 INCH WB

Census Code N° 6028A Panel Van had rear tailgate and hard top with safari roof.
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TRUCK, CARRYALL, ¾ TON, G.S. TOPOGRAPHICAL SURVEY, LAND-ROVER SERIES 2A 109 INCH WB.

Census Code N° 6026
Topographicals had a rear door and hard top with safari roof, side railings and differently fitted rear lights (90degrees different in fact) to enable clearance for two jerrycan carriers (as per Series 3 units later on). Census Code N° 6022 is a stripped version of the Topographical and appears to have had minimal difference to the Census Code N° 6028A units.
 
TRUCK, FFT, ¾ TON, LAND-ROVER SERIES 2A 109 INCH WB

Census Code 6006. The "gardening tool" brackets are usually relocated to the back of the 'bulkhead' behind the front seats.
 
TRUCK, FFR, ¾ TON, LAND-ROVER SERIES 2A 109 INCH WB

all Census Code N° 6006 Fitted For Wireless (Series 2) Fitted For Transceiver (Series 2A -6006A) Fitted For Radio (Series 2A)(Kit CES 4146).
 
TRUCK, CARGO, CEREMONIAL, ¾ TON, LAND-ROVER 109 INCH WB

Census Code 6014. Produced by RAEME in 88" and 109" variants:

  • Ceremonial/Parade Review VIP fittings and upholstery Census Code N° 6014 or
  • Funeral Role fittings with "Trailer, Gun Carriage, Funeral ¾ MC4" Census Code N° 71150

Both variants did not have most of the Army equipment (ie brush guard, tool clamps, door tops and roof, spare tyre or rear bumperettes) fitted and were painted full gloss deep bronze green and fitted with polished brass accessories.

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TRUCK, AMBULANCE, 4 STRETCHER, G.S., LAND-ROVER, SERIES 2A, 109 INCH WB

Census Code N° 6362 Ambulance body construction on cab/chassis by Pressed Metal Corporation Ltd. Sydney. R.A.A.M.C. livery. Many Ambulances were initially supplied with the Land-Rover capstan winch Census Code N° 6362B. Some of these capstan winch vehicles "missed out" on having the front brush guard fitted later on when the brush guard became standard CES supplied with new units and existing Army Land-Rovers had the brush guard retro-fitted.
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CHASSIS FIRE TENDER SPEC. ARMY (AUST. 47)

Census Code N° 6381. PTO driven Coventry Climax Pump model FWBPS{AS}. Not fitted with front brush guard. Red livery.
 
TRUCK, WRECKER, ¾ TON, G.S., LAND-ROVER SERIES 2A 109 INCH WB with winch, power operated

Census Code N° 6287D with rear body mounted Hydraulic winch 6000lb, pintle hook for "Trailer, tow rig, ¾ ton, Recovery" Census Code N° 6299. This is a rig specially designed to tow damaged or unservicable Land-Rovers.
 
TRUCK, LIGHTWEIGHT WORKSHOP, ¾ TON, G.S., LAND-ROVER SERIES 2A 109 INCH WB

Census Code N° 6043 workshop body construction on cab/chassis by Pressed Metal Corporation Ltd. Sydney: used by RAEME in the unit and field.

Other Conversions or Variant Designations:
  • 'Truck Flatbed ¾ Ton Radar Set An/KPQI N°.1 Loading'
    Census Code N° 6024
  • 'Truck Flatbed ¾ Ton Radar Set An/KPQI N°.2 Loading'
    Census Code N° 6024D
  • 'Lubricating & Servicing Unit Power Operated Truck Mtd ¾ Ton'
    Census Code N° 6032
  • 'Truck Maintenance Binned ¾ Ton GS'
    Census Code N° 6035
  • 'Shop Equipment Truck Mtd ¾ Ton GS Utility'
    Census Code N° 6037
  • 'Electronic Equipment Repair Shop Truck Mtd ¾ Ton GS Telecommunications'
    Census Code N° 6039B
  • 'Electronic Equipment Repair Shop Truck Mtd ¾ Ton GS Telecommunications'
    Census Code N° 6040A
  • 'Electronic Equipment Repair Shop Truck Mtd ¾ Ton GS Telecommunications'
    Census Code N° 6237
  • 'Welding Shop Truck Mtd ¾ Ton GS ARC-Shielded Gas'
    Census Code N° 6040G
  • 'Welding Shop Truck Mtd ¾ Ton GS ARC/Gas'
    Census Code N° 6040H
  • 'Automotive Repair Shop Truck Mtd ¾ Ton GS Garage'
    Census Code N° 6043A
  • 'Chassis Truck ¾ Ton GS'
    Census Code N° 6043B
  • 'Small Arms Repair Shop, Truck Mounted, ¾ Ton, G.S.'
    Census Code N° 6044
  • 'Machine Shop Truck Mtd 3/4 Ton GS General'
    Census Code N° 6048A
  • 'Shop Equipment Utility Truck Mtd ¾ Ton GS Unequipped'
    Census Code N° 6049
  • 'Truck Office ¾ Ton GS Platform'
    Census Code N° 6103D
 
TRUCK, S/WAGON, 10 SEATER G.S., LAND-ROVER SERIES 2A 109 INCH WB

Census Code N° 6023 Series 2A 1970 and 1971, 4cyl petrol stationwagons (not many used, not much information). Usual Series 2A G.S. CES. Late 1971 Series 2A (headlights in guards) have unmodified chassis and unmodified front guards).

Australian Army CES documents for Series 2A Land-Rovers: LR CES CES 2025 CES 2071 CES 2003
More details on Australian Military Land-Rovers fleet numbers and paint schemes.

 

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