About The Green Rover
My 1960 through 2002 Land Rover Dormobile
owned since March 1978
The Green Rover rear view 2019
By 2016 I decided that there was enough rust on the rear crossmember to warrant replacement. The rest of the frame is basically rust free. Since I was already using the military bumperettes, I decided to go with a galvanized military style rear crossmember. being flat on the underside it would provide more options for placing the Hi-Lift jack and allow me to attach a Defender rear step. Lowered, the Defender rear step is closer to the ground than a Series rear step making stepping into the back of the truck easier.
Prior to 2016 my truck had a tail gate and a side hinged lift gate. While the tailgate came in handy as a place to sit and an occasional work bench I had to leave the back of the Dormobile going backwards on my hands and knees, and enter on my hands and knees. I decided to become a little more civilized and add a rear door and back step. For a rear door, I picked a 2002 Defender rear door. It has a lot more internal strengthening than a Series rear door and came with an optional heated window, optional rear wiper, and a better door stop when all the way open. I swapped out the tail gate weather stripping for rear door weather stripping and bolted on the top and bottom hinges. When I got the rear door spacing properly adjusted, I drilled the holes for the middle hinge in the body.
When I purchased my truck someone had previously broken the tail light lenses. I could not find correct lens replacement parts so went with good condition SIIA tail lights and turn signals. Years later I added the Land Rover rear fog lamp for added visibility during coastal fogs. One of these days I intend to replace the rear area lamp with an LED lamp, but it is very low priority.
That bare aluminum rectangular thing on the left side is an antenna mount I constructed using the military FFR Land Rover side mounted antenna base as a model. Having driven a lot of overgrown trails that will scrape off anything mounted on the side I decided to mount my CB antenna at the rear. This site worked well. However, people moved away from using CBs and it has been over 10 years since I talked to people on my CB. When the antenna base broke a couple years ago I just removed the antenna leaving the mount just encase I wanted to mount a new antenna someday.
The 120V inlet plug is for a military Land Rover that pulls a communications trailer and needs high amperage current to power the radio trailer. I was looking at a Land Rover that had one at a British car show. After looking at the actual connector inside the cover It seemed to me that a male recessed 120V plug was about the same size as the LR plug inside. On my next trip to the UK I stopped at a shop that offered military surplus Land Rover parts and purchased a new plug. When I got it home I removed the original plug from the housing and discovered that a recessed male 120V plug was a perfect fit inside the housing. This allows me to plug my truck into 120V without having a window or door open. Connected to the plug is a battery charger permanently wired to my second battery, the 120V plug for my dual voltage refrigerator, and a duplex electric outlet allowing me to run 120V appliances.
The solar charger brings power in from my Overland Solar panels. The 12 volt outlet lets me run the water pump for my external shower tent.
Learn more about my truck:
Introduction and drive train description
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