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