Marmalade the Land Rover
My Land Rover is a diesel 170 hardtop, called ``Marmalade''.
He does most of his miles getting me around the place, to work and
so on, but also we sometimes go green laning
and sometimes camping.
Marmalade got his name from a
conversation with a friend in which we agreed that with things you
don't buy often (such as marmalade) it's worth going for a good
In my very first attempt at extending my calligraphy to include
signwriting, I painted his name along the front of the bonnet.
Land Rover owners generally customize their vehicles to some
extent. I've done quite a bit of this, starting with a rewiring of the
internal lighting, fitting of a storage box and coat hooks.
Here I list some of the most useful ones:
- Rear proximity mirror
- This is over the rear door, pointing down to the towing
bracket, enabling me to reverse right up to things without
hitting them. I reckon I can stop with under an inch to spare
without risk of hitting whatever I'm parking next to.
- Internal lighting
- Now as well as the lighting in the load area, I've also
installed some MR11 LEDs, as map-reading lights, and a
number-plate light in each footwell and one behind the front
seats, for finding dropped tools etc when working at night.
- I've lined the ceiling with sound-deadening felt and carpet --
this makes quite a difference as otherwise the roof acts as a
sounding-board for the engine and road noise.
- Eberspächer heater
- This warms the engine before I start it (and can demist the
- Rooftop tent
- I also got the roofrack extended partway over the bonnet to
keep a useful amount of open space on the rack. I used the
heater out of an old Mini to blow hot air into the tent, getting
its heat from the Eberspächer.
- Extra lights
- I've fitted a variety of extra lights, controlled mostly from
a home-made switch panel in the cab ceiling.
- Spotlights just under the front of the roof rack
- Here they're out of the way of branches and rivers.
- Aimable lights on the roofrack
- These can be pointed by reaching out of the window ---
useful for looking for housenumbers, and many other
- Second battery
- With two batteries, you can risk running one down while
camping, and still have the other fresh and ready to start the
vehicle in the morning.
- Wing and bonnet guards
- It's convenient to be able to climb up the front, as well as
using the ladder which was originally at the back of the
roof-rack, but this bent the panels slightly, so I fitted some tread plate there
- Longer chassis body, and extra axle
- I stretched
Marmalade by rebuilding on a longer chassis, as a six-wheeler.
- Side steps
- These fold up out of the way as needed.