To the res­cue

A 45-year-old Land Rover pulls a DAF HGV out of trou­ble

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IF YOU Google ‘Daniel Mor­gan’ and ‘Land Rover Se­ries III’ the top link (at the time of writ­ing) is Land Rover UK’S PR Twit­ter ac­count shar­ing a video of his 1972 Se­ries III pulling an arc­tic lorry up a hill. De­spite it only be­ing two days since the in­ci­dent passed, the video had close to 46,000 views, while on his Face­book page it had 1.3 mil­lion views. That is what you call go­ing vi­ral!

The 21-year-old takes up the story: “We woke up to nearly seven inches of snow on Sun­day [De­cem­ber 10] where I live in Broms­grove, West Mid­lands. My girl­friend and I went to check up on my Nan and then as we were com­ing back saw a few peo­ple in trou­ble. I had al­ready towed a BMW through a snowy road with lit­tle prob­lem and then I saw this lorry jack-knifed across a mini round­about.

“I looked across at my girl­friend and she just said: ‘Don’t you dare’.”

That was like red rag to Daniel, a main­te­nance engi­neer, and he asked the lorry driver if he wanted a tow.

“He replied: ‘What with mate?’, to which I said: ‘With my Land Rover, ob­vi­ously’.

“I had seen it done by Dis­cov­erys and De­fend­ers, and I thought what have I got to lose?”

If you watch the video you’ll see he stops half­way through. That’s be­cause he orig­i­nally had the wrong gear, start­ing in high range be­fore re­al­is­ing he needed to en­gage low range in or­der to pull the 16-tonne truck 0.2 miles up the hill to where he was go­ing.

“It took a bit of strain on the old girl, but she per­formed bril­liantly – the driver shook my hand af­ter­wards,” said Daniel.

It’s an im­pres­sive sight, and no won­der so many peo­ple have watched the video, al­though Daniel’s words never ex­pected it to be so pop­u­lar. “Peo­ple from all over the world have watched it – it’s mad,” he said.

Hav­ing grown up with Land Rovers (his dad’s a Dis­cov­ery owner) and off-road­ing, Daniel has al­ways been a fan of the green oval, but this SIII is his first. “I spent years look­ing for one and then this came up on ebay in May. I went to see it in Col­wyn Bay, Wales, but came back empty handed as it was over my bud­get – I am quite stub­born like that. It was my girl­friend who in­sisted I get it as I liked it so much, so I did.”

The jour­ney back was cer­tainly mem­o­rable with what should have been a two-and-a-half-hour jour­ney tak­ing seven. “I only got to the end of the owner’s road be­fore it died. Af­ter bleed­ing the fuel sys­tem and fill­ing it up with fuel it still didn’t start. Af­ter some in­ves­ti­ga­tion I found the so­le­noid wire had come off.

“Af­ter that it was good to go un­til ev­ery time we turned it off we had to jump start it as the bat­tery had gone flat from try­ing to start it up so of­ten.”

While the car passed its MOT and the body­work is solid, the orig­i­nal diesel en­gine is leak­ing oil, but Daniel has a spare 2.25 lump to re­place it, which he boughtoff ebay for £200. That en­gine was in the back of the SIII at the time of the res­cue and Da­biel be­lieves it was that ex­tra weight that helpedthe old girl to get enough trac­tion to pull the lorry.

Apart from the forth­com­ing en­gine swap, Daniel sayss his Se­ries III is just per­fect – and, quite clearly, very ca­pa­ble.

Daniel’s video went vi­ral within just days

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