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Supacat



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The Last Gallon

If you only had one gallon of fuel left, how would you use it?

Peter Mckissock – Gardener Land Rover Series 3

Images: Michael Fordham

It’s one of the family. And if I had only one last gallon, there’s no doubt that this is the vehicle I would choose to take that trip in it. You see, for me, a thing is defined by what use it is. And there’s nothing that has been more useful for me than this Land Rover Series 3. I bought it about fifteen years ago, from a guy on the farm just over the other side of the valley. As you can see there’s nothing much right about it from an aficionado’s point of view.

All the panels are battered. The interior is falling to bits. But the chassis and the engine are strong, wholly intact. It starts up first time with the choke open, even after it’s been sitting around in the garden in the dead of winter for a few weeks.

I use her to pick up wood for the burners, or building supplies from the yard. In the garden itself it performs the role of a classic motorised wheelbarrow. And every now and then I have to tow someone out of trouble – either my sons-in-law if they’ve got stuck off the side of a track – or to tow another old motor off to scrap.

There will be times, when the MOT comes around, that I’m cringing – waiting for something to be irreparably broken. But it gets through every time and just keeps on going regardless of the odds.

Various members of the family say that if I spent, say, a couple of grand prettying it up, it would be worth a lot more than I paid for it. They’re probably right but that’s not the point for me. If I pretty it up, I wouldn’t be able to use it how I do, and then it would actually loose its value for me completely. These cars come from a time when things were simpler, more straightforward. That’s how I see myself, I suppose, and that’s why I love it. This thing will probably outlive me, and I would be fine with that.

There’s no better way to drive out your last gallon.


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https://www.influx.co.uk/features/the-last-gallon/

Well said that man 👏👏👏

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markb110



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Brilliant, fantastic find and share.

I admit, I thought it was a question, of which I would have answered using it to set light to my annoying neighbours house.

# lockdown fantasy...... Whistle

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Excellent and well said. 1985 factory V8 Ninety
1953 80in ex Australia
1955 Series 1 now owned by my son

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Supacat



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markb110 wrote:

I admit, I thought it was a question, of which I would have answered using it to set light to my annoying neighbours house.

# lockdown fantasy...... Whistle


That made some of my G&T go down the wrong way. Laughing

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I have had that thought with one of my neighbours at my old house as well Wink

Nice and to the point Thumbs Up 1996 Golf Blue 300Tdi 110 Pick up. Keeper.

Clayton.

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I’d drive 7 miles to a pub and back in my P38.

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Were you planning on walking home...... Wink

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Laughing it’s bad but not that bad!!

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90 Dreamer wrote:
Were you planning on walking home...... Wink


Rolling with laughter Instagram @richmond_custom

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