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1962 Land-Rover 109'' Series IIa Diesel

1962 Land-Rover 109'' Series IIa in The X Files, TV Series, 1993-2002 IMDB Ep. 7.01

Class: Cars, Off-road / SUV — Model origin: UK

1962 Land-Rover 109'' Series IIa Diesel

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Owner of this vehicle: Charles Irvin

Comments about this vehicle

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Firebird86 US

2006-07-30 02:27

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Land Rover 109" Series II

marklandynut UK

2010-05-20 00:13

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Actually with those headlights flushed into the front panel and the wiper spindles coming through the bulhead below the windscreen it is a Series 2A built sometime between 1967 and 1969

Charles Irvin US

2015-03-01 19:09

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Actually...

It's a 1962 Series IIA N/A diesel 109": I bought this truck in 1995, and I still own it. it's kind of an interesting vehicle, because it was imported to the USA from South Africa, and is said to have once been South African Army. if it was, then it was a non-combat General Service truck, and not one of the typical FFR (Fitted For Radio) trucks that you often see.

It is NOT a 1-ton truck, however, the rear crossmember doesn't have the hole for the rear PTO, and instead, it has a reinforced trailer hitch. It has never had a "Land Rover" badge on its rear, yet at the same time, the VIN is that of a common production line truck (yes, the VIN plate and the number on the chassis both match), and not that of a CKD truck. It also shows wear in the paint inside the roof, indicating that many people have sat in the rear of the truck, many times. It was painted in a desert camoflauge scheme when I got it - having been used in a production in South Africa before it was imported, though its original color was Bronze Green, with a Limestone top. I painted it the flat sand, because it was I had access to the paint at the time, and the old camoflauge was pretty faded. The dirty look of the truck is original, and not added by the Art Dept.: it was a daily driver at the time that Fox approached me, and when I offered to give it a bath, they quickly said "NO! It's perfect just the way it is!"!

They used 5 Land Rovers in the filming of the episode that my truck was in, though several of them ended up on the cutting room floor, and there was also a double for my truck that was used in driving scenes. It was a Series III that was dressed-up to look like my truck, and was used for driving scenes, because my truck tended to belch out a bit of smoke due tot he injector pump being a bit out of time, and the brakes were a bit spongy. The crew mechanic studied the brake system, found several replacement brake master cylinders (some rebuilt, some new), yet this didn't solve the brake problem. If you look at the big getaway scene at the end of the episode, and look closely, you can see the differences between my truck, and the other one. (they were edited together into one scene) The truck has been sitting for the better part of the past 9 years due to life getting in the way, though I did eventually figure out the brake problem, and have resolved it (the hard brake pipes were so old, they were developing cracks at the fittings, and all of them needed replacement). The injector pump problem was resolved, but then that pump failed, and I have yet to set the timing on the new one...that is keeping me from driving it!

I had a blast on the set, and the cast & crew were the best! They'd never seen Series Land Rovers up close, and they all fell in love with the trucks.

-- Last edit: 2015-03-01 19:24:23

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