In a few minutes I am off to a village 15 miles away to have a chat with my “man who can”, who is building our family a “new” Land Rover. Squeeaaal!!!!
He’s taken a 3-seater Land Rover truck and is converting it to a 9-seater station wagon, which will give us 5 seats in the main body and 4 fold up seats in the back. This will comfortably house all 7 of us, and the idea is that when going on holiday we will no longer need to drag a trailer behind us unless actually going camping.
Tom (our man) is a Landy expert and is taking great delight in sourcing good quality second-hand parts for us. Today’s recce is to discuss some of the finer details, like how he’s going to manage to include an inertia-reel seatbelt in the middle of the 3 back seats rather than the usual lap belt. We don’t do lap belts for forward-facing in our cars – ever.
I expect I shall also be visiting the bank by early next week in order to fund the supplies but as car takes shape I will be getting progressively more excited. I shall miss our people carrier but the synchro-mesh in the gears is wearing out (a design fault apparently) and it would cost as much for a reconditioned gear box as for the whole car, so we’ve bitten the bullet and gone for a whole new experience.
I am a deputy Scout Leader (all 5 kids are involved in Scouting) so I am certain that the extra seats will suddenly make me a popular member of the team when we need vehicles for outings.
I might even be able to take some photos and if I do I will work out how to upload one.