The Registry Of Ex-Military Land-Rovers Au, NZ, etc

The Land Rover Wrecker is one of the more unusual variants used by the Australian Army. Whilst the Long Wheelbase unit was a fairly early example developed by Land Rover, there was also a Short Wheelbase Light Wrecker which appears to have been designed and built by RAEME. We have a number of photos of these units, however it is not known if they were used in any numbers, or if only the two units were trailled.

We have confirmed 5 wreckers from the ARN Ledgers and Photographs. in 2011 documents appeared confirming at least 8 Long Wheel Base Wreckers. Eyewitness accounts note at least 6 in one place prior to Auction. 176-309 is now a LRPV, but was originally a wrecker and one other LRPV appears to have been a wrecker as well. Looking at the 176 Registration numbers it could be that a reasonable size batch of series 2a's were all built at the same time.

Technically, these vehicles were anything but simple! The truck cabbed vehicle had provision for a radio which was fitted in the rear tub, but by virtue of a bespoke canopy, was accessable from inside the cab. An Antenna (ATU) was fitted on the guard, and in particular, the large hydraulic boom in the tub. On the LHS of the tub there was a cutout in the tub to carry a jerry can of fuel or water. On teh Right hand side, a locker for storage of equipment. The spare tyre was in fact removed from the bonnet, and the holder removed and covered. THe spare was actually fitted in the tub of the vehicle.

The winch was a hydraulic type that fed through the lifting boom, but it could be utilised as a winch front or rear through a series of pulleys on the corners of the vehicle. A large work light was fitted at the rear of the tub for night time work. An anchor that could be fitted to the front or rear of the vehicle were also carried to help in recoverying stuck or damaged vehicles, and a towing A frame was also a standard fittament.

The short wheelbase light wreckers that appear to have been built by RAEME are interesting units. Whilst they were built on Command Recon vehicles, they have some fittings from the Series 2a General Service such as the protective tail light cups THe Truck cab canopy is unique as it was never used on the 88 inch vehicles apart from the light wrecker. Over all, these were a fairly simple affair with fixed towing points and limited recovery capability.

Have a look at these other pages for more information.

A series 3 wrecker also appears to have been built. It is not known if this was a rebuilt Series 2 unit or a freshly built unit. You can see information on that vehicle here.

 
 
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Land-Rover S2A 109" Recovery variant (part of a farm's junk heap in northern Victoria).

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As to the left

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As to the far left

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As Above

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This Series 2A Wrecker conversion at Bandiana is vehicle 176-310.

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A rear view of the conversion showing it's unusual canopy, and fitting of a radio. This is the Bandiana 2a.

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This is a Series 2 Wrecker conversion at Bandiana.

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More photos of this vehicle can be seen here.

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Another view of the Series 2 Wrecker at Bandiana.

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SWB light wrecker

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Another photo of the same vehicle.

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Series 2 wrecker when brand new

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The same vehicle with different paint.

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2a Wrecker when new

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2a When new.

  

ARN
WB
Date
Contract
Series
Census
Nomenaclature
Engine
Chassis
Body
REMLR No.
Notes
Disposal
Vehicle Name
110-669 88 1959 - Series 2 6287 Truck, Wrecker, 1/4 Ton, GS 151912520 143901106 - NSW. ADE pic in I.P. RAEME archive 11-1961 gloss paint w/ mod. rear crossmember, mtd. tow rig (A frame) 'Light Recovery'. 28.10.74 -
110-748 88 1959 - Series 2 6287 Truck, Wrecker, 1/4 Ton, GS 151912435 143901158 - NSW. ADE pic in I.P. RAEME archive 11-1961 gloss paint w/ canvas ? cab, rear mtd engine crane/block & tackle. 28.04.67 -
111-548 88 1959 - Series 2 6287 Truck, Wrecker, 1/4 Ton, GS 151910806 143901225 - Vic. Truck, Wrecker 1/4 ton. not noted -
111-913 109 1961 - Series 2 6287C Truck, Wrecker, 3/4 Ton, GS, With Winch, Hand Operated 151116218 153101317 - NSW. 'Wrecker, Hand Operated'. 16.01.79 -
108-038 109 1960 C106762 Series 2 6287D Truck, Wrecker, 3/4 Ton, GS, With Winch, Power Operated 151920354 153900331 - 56 RACT Museum exhibit. Body conversion to RAEME wrecker. Was originally a FFW.
Transfered to 31 Sup BN. Museum for Historical Reference. 30.7.1975Image
30.07.75 -
176-307 109 1970 - Series 2A 6287D Truck, Wrecker, 3/4 Ton, GS, With Winch, Power Operated 25343220K 25330315G - Perth auction. Was originally 60238.
17.12.1984 From 32 Sup Bn. For Disposal DEFARM SIC OPB LOG 33155 of 5.10.1984. Page P6200676.
13.03.92 -
176-310 109 6.197 - Series 2A 6287D Truck, Wrecker, 3/4 Ton, GS, With Winch, Power Operated 25343482K 25330355G - 56 Wrecker conv.
17.12.1984 - Transfered from 32 Sup Bn to 3 EME SVC Unit for disposal.
16.04.85 -
176-312 109 1970 - Series 2A 6287D Truck, Wrecker, 3/4 Ton, GS, With Winch, Power Operated 25343517K 25330360G - Wrecker conversion. LRPR photos. 22.06.76 -
176-313 109 1970 - Series 2A 6287D Truck, Wrecker, 3/4 Ton, GS, With Winch, Power Operated 25343538K 25330358G - Was originally 6238. 17.12.1984 From 32 Sup Bn. For Disposal DEFARM SIC OPB LOG 33155 of 5.10.1984. Page P6200676 22.03.85 -
176-315 109 1970 - Series 2A 6287D Truck, Wrecker, 3/4 Ton, GS, With Winch, Power Operated 25343483K 25330357G - Was originally 6238.
17.12.1984 From 32 Sup Bn. For Disposal DEFARM SIC OPB LOG 33155 of 5.10.1984. Page P6200676
13.02.85 -
176-309 109 1970 - Series 2A 6028K Truck, Utility, 3/4 Ton, GS, Cargo, Modified for SASR Use 25343463K 25330352G - Perth auction. was 6238. Dads army-O. On Road.
REMLR Pics. Originally a wrecker (6287D) but converted to a LRPV
17.12.1984 - Transfered from 32 Sup Bn to 3 EME SVC Unit for disposal.
13.03.92 -

  

 

 

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