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Offline johnpirate

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Any other Champ owners on here?.
« on: September 28, 2009, 16:11:35 »
Are there any other champ owners on here .I,ve been the proud owner of one since April.Its a laugh to drive.Not tried much off road in it but nothing bothers it that I have tried.Its better on fuel than I was led to believe.18 mpg no probs my series 2 never beats that and on the motorway easily mid 20s.Atop speed of around 50mph thanks to the governor,though with 1950s brakes I wouldnt want to go much faster.It would be nice to find out that there was more than just me on here with a love of these great vehicles.
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Re: Any other Champ owners on here?.
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2009, 16:59:10 »

I've always liked the look of them but never had the chance (or money) to get one.  ;)

Good luck with it.  :D
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Re: Any other Champ owners on here?.
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2009, 17:22:39 »
I had one many years ago, paid 150 quid for it in farm sale. The engine was seized but I knew of a new complete RR B40 engine in a sealed box, bought that for 25 quid and put the two together. That was 20 years ago mind, and I kept it for just under 5 years. The only major problem was the rear dif which I understand is a weak point. Fun to drive, but don't get carried away with the 5 reverse gears :-)

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Re: Any other Champ owners on here?.
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2009, 00:48:54 »
They are not that dear really.A really good champ sells for the price of a crap original Jeep.I gave just over a £1000  for it. I bought on a Sunday afternoon after a few hours in the pub.I clicked on it thought ."That looks good."Woke up Monday and thought "What the hell have I bought?".Got it home and realised it was my best e,bay mistake ever.I know about the rear axle but everything is in there the transfer box reverse gear everything!!.
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Re: Any other Champ owners on here?.
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2009, 17:11:41 »
Have a look at this site http://www.hmvf.co.uk  a few champ owners on there
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Re: Any other Champ owners on here?.
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2009, 15:18:56 »
Best of luck with it- if you see another let me know :)

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Re: Any other Champ owners on here?.
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2010, 19:52:19 »
Someone is selling champ ignition parts on E-Bay this week, IIRC.
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Re: Any other Champ owners on here?.
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2010, 22:06:26 »
This thread needs photos! love the champs that I have seen - very fit for purpose. Even the dash clocks are heavy duty with rain seals.
Supposedly when the companies merged they had the choice between continuing with the champ production or the landrover line.... they choose poorly IMO.
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Re: Any other Champ owners on here?.
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2010, 19:42:39 »
From what I've heard the Champ was overengineered for the compercial purpose served by the LR, albeit a very fine military vehicle, Rolls Royce engine too IIRC.

Unlike the Gypsy, which was an unsuccesful and ugly vehicle.

Foound this site interesting though
http://austingipsy.blogspot.com/
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Re: Any other Champ owners on here?.
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2012, 23:14:29 »
I,ve finally learnt how to put pictures up and here we go.         This one is from the northern champ owners frostbite run.
« Last Edit: January 23, 2012, 23:17:15 by johnpirate »
1996 Defender 300Tdi Truck cab Ifor Williams top
1955 Austin Champ Rolls Royce power!!     
1955 BSA Bantam 125cc                                        
If you cant fix it with Duct tape you havent used enough duct tape.

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Re: Any other Champ owners on here?.
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2012, 23:52:28 »
Yep had a Champ around 1968/69!! I kept it for about a year but couldn't afford to run it, shame it was a great truck, I paid around
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Re: Any other Champ owners on here?.
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2012, 23:03:12 »
This is mine my neighbours one and John another Oldham lad with a Champ.I think there are about seven or eight of them in this town.
1996 Defender 300Tdi Truck cab Ifor Williams top
1955 Austin Champ Rolls Royce power!!     
1955 BSA Bantam 125cc                                        
If you cant fix it with Duct tape you havent used enough duct tape.

 






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