Kiboko

This fine British vehicle is my 1966 Land Rover 2A 109″ Ambulance 4×4 half assembled in Solihull, England before the ambulance body was built by Marshalls of Cambridge coach builders.   I call my lovely amby Kiboko, because she reminds me of a big hippo.

Lets take a quick tour of Kiboko:

Where do you start but the front.  Up here you will notice several things.  First the head lamps are in-board of the fenders and on the fenders the glass turn signal and marker lamps vertical (a military thing).  Also on the fenders are a bridge disc (it should be yellow) and a rubber button on the side, both of are military items (no idea what the rubber button is for).  The tire is mounted on a deluxe style bonnet and has the military catches, note no hole in grill for bonnet release.  Under the bonnet is the might 77 BHP, 2.25 liter 4 cylinder engine with a positive earth electrical system.   Behind the tire is a split screen flat glass windscreen with individual wiper motors and just below the windscreen are fresh air vents (or as the wife says “forced air conditioning”).  On the bumper ther are four holes for a NATO style pintle hitch and next to it and directly behind it are the hole that allow the engine to be started by a hand crank.  Below the bumper are extended spring hangers only on military 109″ and Stage One Land Rovers and 285x35x16 tires on Discovery steel wheels.  The doors have hinges that stick out with mirror holes (stock on S1-S2a Land Rovers) and later style Defender door tops.  Up top you see the location of the old emergency lamp and fresh air vents that provide air to the back cabin.  Picture

 Looking at the sides and back of the rear cabin, besides the red crosses there are dark tinted windows.  The windows on the side slide at the rear the windows are fixed, all the windows have bug and blackout screens.  There are 2 storage hatches on the left side and 1 on the right, the forward storage hatches go all the way through the ambulance. On the sides and back doors are catches to store the doors against the side of the ambulance, above the doors are 2 loops for slinging the ambulance aboard a ship.  Along the sides of the roof are stretcher carrier for extra stretchers, what one can’t see from this picture is the sunsheet and fresh air vents on the roof.  Picture

Opening up the rear doors, first one sees the 4 stretcher bays (the 2 upper bays are stored), I have since removed the lower bays inner rails (tired of bruised and bleeding shins).  On the ceiling of the cab are 2 white and 1 blackout lights, 2 vents and 2 IV hangers.  There is storage all over this cabin: up in front of the stretcher bays, under the stretcher bays and at the top of the cabin.  In the center of the forward cabin is an attendant seat, below it is the heater for the cabin and along the walls of the cabin bulkhead are 4 fresh air vents (fresh air vent and heater are feed from fan in the front cabin.  Almost forgot the sweetest thing about the back of the ambulance is the step that folds down to let you in.  Picture

 Looking in the LHS door you see all the luxury that the 1966 Land Rover 2A Ambulance afforded the driver.  There is the large “banjo” steering wheel for strong arm steering, just above the steering wheel is the single wiper motor and defroster, below and to the right is the oil temp gauge and the gear shift levers.  Not to be outdone Land Rover installed cushy military seats wrapped in “elephant hide” vinyl with static belts, the series door tops (only the rear glass moves), just behind the seats is the front heater. Barely out of sight above in the dark on each side are the fresh air fans for the rear cab.  Picture

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