6 Insane Land Rover Conversions
We Americans love the Jeep Wrangler for its ability to drive just about anywhere, and its incredible versatility. Some may even call it an automotive swiss army knife. Across the pond, there is another vehicle of equal versatility– the Land Rover Defender. The venerable off-roader is quite useful, and even more so when converted into any of the vehicles below. Land Rover Hovercraft
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We’re not exactly sure where or when this particular conversion is from, but the photo seems to be taken at some sort of military expo, suggesting this Land Rover Hovercraft would have some sort of combat application.
Land Rover Hovercraft (Part 2)
This hovercraft is used for combat, but in the war on pests. This modification allowed the Land Rover to go over rough terrain to spray crops. The wheels still touched the ground, which propelled the unique 4x4. The design never worked, as the air from the cushion pushed away the insecticide, but apparently the Vickers company used it to promote larger hovercrafts.
In the UK, attempts were made several times to create rail-going Land Rovers. The first kind used train wheels in place of the normal wheels. It was to be used for inspecting the railroad, as well as switching cars, but the Land Rover proved to be to underpowered for the latter.
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A second type was built, with rail wheels that were separate (shown above). This design proved to be quick on the tracks, but the Rover was actually too light to be registered by the train detection security, which could cause problems. Newer itterations of the Defender rail conversion seem to be still around, suggesting they were able to overcome that issue..
Shell Oil Land Rover
In 1963 this Land Rover was built for the Shell Oil Company for operations and explorations in Alaska. To traverse the foreboding tundra, the wheels were fitted with massive 33-inch tires, which could be adjusted by a compressor under the body– powered by the power take-off (PTO).
Pontoon Land Rover
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Several iterations of the amphibious Land Rover have come to light, and most of them feature pontoons strapped to the site. Many Land Rovers and Defenders feature snorkels, which put the air intake and exhaust high atop the vehicle. Even without the snorkel, the LR can ford into some deep waters, but if you plan on using four 4x4 as a boat, you should probably consider a snorkel.
Tracked Land Rover:
Let the record be clear, though Ken Block’s tracked Raptor is bad-ass, Block is not the first to put tank-like tracks on a rugged off-road vehicle. This newer Defender with tracks is pretty darn impressive.
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