Land Rover Eezion,

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Offline Mowadundee

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Land Rover Eezion,
- May 04, 2012 - 18:43
I'm a long time Land Rover enthusiast living in Bedfordshire and have started to research the vehicles modified by Ibbett Eezion of Stanley Works Kempston,
Their History states, "in 1956 Ibbett Eezion was responsible for the design of the hydraulic circuitry for the Land Rover P.T.O which allowed ancillary equipment to be hydraulically operated Eezion was recognised by the Rover Company as official suppliers and experts in this field"
Ibbetts went onto to design and build the ground level loading Land Rovers the earliest version being based on series 1's
Iím in possession of 2 images of series 1 vehicles with the "Eezion conversion, one a great looking "Ground level Transporter Horse Box conversion" supplied to Hertfordshire, the other a flat bed ground level loading series 1.
What I'm keen to learn is whether any series 1 Eezions have survived into preservation or whether any on has any photo's of these wonderful vehicles during their  working lives.
I will scan an image of the series on horse box and add it to  this topic one day next week.
Many thanks for you help
Mowadundee
 

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Re: Land Rover Eezion,
Reply #1 - May 04, 2012 - 22:08
Never heard of them!
Were they only operating in front wheel drive?

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Re: Land Rover Eezion,
Reply #2 - May 04, 2012 - 22:27
Yes they are front wheel drive only there is more info on the S2 forum about these.

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Re: Land Rover Eezion,
Reply #3 - May 05, 2012 - 10:22
Excuse me if I'm being stupid, but that yellow low loader looks suspiciously like a series 3, rather than series 1.

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Re: Land Rover Eezion,
Reply #4 - May 05, 2012 - 10:47
The photo looks to be of a Series 2a but the poster mentions that he has a couple of pics of series 1 conversions and he is looking to see if anyone has any more info

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Re: Land Rover Eezion,
Reply #5 - May 05, 2012 - 12:13
LRO March 99, p.70.

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Re: Land Rover Eezion,
Reply #6 - May 05, 2012 - 16:51
Thanks everyone for replies, the image is a 1970 series 2a, and this vehicle still exists, yes they only drive on the front axle the rear out put is used to drive the hydraulics for raising and lowering the load bed.

I've seen the images used in the LRO Issue, the issue is primarily about the AA vehicle pictured above.

Would be wonderful if a series 1 modified vehicle still existed,

Thanks again with kindest regards Mowadundee

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Re: Land Rover Eezion,
Reply #7 - May 05, 2012 - 17:12
Only see the picture of one in John Smiths book, The formative years (available from the club shop)
Page  123.

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Re: Land Rover Eezion,
Reply #8 - May 07, 2012 - 12:10
A few month ago there was a post with a pathe screenshots of a series 1 low loader at the factory. I will have a look for it later.

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Re: Land Rover Eezion,
Reply #9 - May 07, 2012 - 17:56
Ibbett conversion.
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Re: Land Rover Eezion,
Reply #10 - May 07, 2012 - 18:47
These specialist vehicles have a place in the LR history, undoubted, I find them fascinating, but......what on earth happened to these demonstrators or test vehicles ? Sad and frustrating to think that they ended up in the crusher as new developments came along from their manufacturers, but does anybody know how long they survived....and / or  how they met thier d
emise ??

Ps..... Nearly as bizarre as the Vickers Land Rover Hovercraft...........

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Re: Land Rover Eezion,
Reply #11 - May 07, 2012 - 21:48
This is the topic i was thinking of

http://www.lrsoc.com/forum/index.php?topic=10716.msg78939


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Re: Land Rover Eezion,
Reply #12 - May 08, 2012 - 14:56
Image of Series 1 Eezion as promised
 
Andrew (Mowadundee
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Re: Land Rover Eezion,
Reply #13 - May 08, 2012 - 17:43
Image of Series 1 Eezion as promised
 
Andrew (Mowadundee


I wonder what the top speed was  :tic: ?

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Re: Land Rover Eezion,
Reply #14 - May 08, 2012 - 18:03

I wonder what the top speed was  :tic: ?


Well, the fact that they haven't survived suggests that the horse found it was quicker to get out and walk.

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Re: Land Rover Eezion,
Reply #15 - May 08, 2012 - 20:56
There were also Eezion horse-box trailers and really big earthmoving plant trailers.

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Re: Land Rover Eezion,
Reply #16 - May 08, 2012 - 22:08
Last year I moved a similar-looking plant trailer for a neighbour up to his farm. When I remember I'll go and look again. It might have been a Lolode, not an Eezion though, but the idea was the same......
All I remember is that it was an absolute bar steward to tow with the old Discovery. Talk about tail wagging the dog. Towing it (and living) with a series one? A job best given to someone else.

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Re: Land Rover Eezion,
Reply #17 - May 09, 2012 - 08:08
Thanks for posting the advert.
Really interesting.
Best of luck in finding more info. on this variation. Maybe look near the premises of the company - doubt they travelled far !!

Offline Mowadundee

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Re: Land Rover Eezion,
Reply #18 - May 09, 2012 - 19:04
Thank you again for all the replies,
 
These specialist vehicles have a place in the LR history, undoubted, I find them fascinating, but......what on earth happened to these demonstrators or test vehicles ? Sad and frustrating to think that they ended up in the crusher as new developments came along from their manufacturers, but does anybody know how long they survived....and / or  how they met thier demise ??

 
Eezion definitely went into production of the vehicles, I'm fortunate enough to have a 1962 series 2a Eezion, and at least three other series 2a derived Eezions survive including the AA vehicle pictured at the top of the thread. It would be great to find out how many land Rovers were converted.
 
A few month ago there was a post with a pathe screenshots of a series 1 low loader at the factory. I will have a look for it later.
Sebastian

Thank you Sebastian, I'm not familiar enough yet with the early vehicles to confirm or Deny whether that vehicle is an eezion conversion although I'm sceptical as it hasn't got the hydraulics on the outside of the body for raising and lowering the vehicle, and Eezion had been using this system on trailers since the 1940s.
 
Finally  my search for information started out locally as I only live 7 miles from the original factory of which only an office remains, unfortunately the local county museum is currently inaccessible due to extensive refurbishment, but the search will go on, a visit to Gaydon will be on the agenda very shortly.
 
Thanks again Andrew (Mowadundee)
 

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Re: Land Rover Eezion,
Reply #19 - May 09, 2012 - 22:49
Image of Series 1 Eezion as promised
 
Andrew (Mowadundee

 
i want one we've been looking for a little horse trailer but that is so much better

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Re: Land Rover Eezion,
Reply #20 - May 13, 2012 - 14:25
Thank you again for all the replies,
 
 
Eezion definitely went into production of the vehicles, I'm fortunate enough to have a 1962 series 2a Eezion, and at least three other series 2a derived Eezions survive including the AA vehicle pictured at the top of the thread. It would be great to find out how many land Rovers were converted.
 
Thank you Sebastian, I'm not familiar enough yet with the early vehicles to confirm or Deny whether that vehicle is an eezion conversion although I'm sceptical as it hasn't got the hydraulics on the outside of the body for raising and lowering the vehicle, and Eezion had been using this system on trailers since the 1940s.
 
Finally  my search for information started out locally as I only live 7 miles from the original factory of which only an office remains, unfortunately the local county museum is currently inaccessible due to extensive refurbishment, but the search will go on, a visit to Gaydon will be on the agenda very shortly.
 
Thanks again Andrew (Mowadundee)


If you ever find out the reg and chassis numbers for the AA vehicle please do let me know, I have been trying to find out for ages. Having scanned the archives at Gaydon all I can say is no 1-Ton (which the AA vehicle would appear to be) was despatched to the AA or to Eezion or Ibbetts, all the Golden Yellow ones went to a company in Coventry which looks to be called Newsomes.

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Re: Land Rover Eezion,
Reply #21 - May 13, 2012 - 19:45

If you ever find out the reg and chassis numbers for the AA vehicle please do let me know, I have been trying to find out for ages. Having scanned the archives at Gaydon all I can say is no 1-Ton (which the AA vehicle would appear to be) was despatched to the AA or to Eezion or Ibbetts, all the Golden Yellow ones went to a company in Coventry which looks to be called Newsomes.
From What I can make out the registration number is EGF 65J but it could be FGF or 85, non of which come up on the DVLA search, if I learn any more about this vehicle I will be sure to let you know.
Interesting to learn that you've aready visited Gaydon, did you spot Eezion or Ibbett engineerings name as someone Land Rover supplied vehicle to.
It would appear that my vehicle was supplied to Peterborough Soke via an Agent as neither Eezion or Land Rover are mentioned as suppliers in the original Council vehicle register, is it possible that Newsomes where an agent.
Would be great to catch up sometime
Thanks Mowadundee
 

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Re: Land Rover Eezion,
Reply #22 - May 13, 2012 - 20:04

If you ever find out the reg and chassis numbers for the AA vehicle please do let me know, I have been trying to find out for ages. Having scanned the archives at Gaydon all I can say is no 1-Ton (which the AA vehicle would appear to be) was despatched to the AA or to Eezion or Ibbetts, all the Golden Yellow ones went to a company in Coventry which looks to be called Newsomes.

Could the company below be the same Newsomes that you mentioned, the business was sold by the Newsome family in 1969, but could still have been trading under the same name?
http://www.standardmotorclub.org.uk/cars/dealers/newsomes.htm
 
see below for a brief history
http://www.classiccarsforsale.co.uk/news/car-clubs/5/new-chairman-for-standard-motor-club/
 
 

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Re: Land Rover Eezion,
Reply #23 - May 13, 2012 - 22:14
Early AA vehicles were standard green then were resprayed yellow/black.
AA have (or certainly at one time did have) an archive of photos / documents / artifacts.
They had very many photos of vehicles and I would think there'd certainly some of the Eezion.

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Re: Land Rover Eezion,
Reply #24 - May 14, 2012 - 10:44
From What I can make out the registration number is EGF 65J but it could be FGF or 85, non of which come up on the DVLA search, if I learn any more about this vehicle I will be sure to let you know.
Interesting to learn that you've aready visited Gaydon, did you spot Eezion or Ibbett engineerings name as someone Land Rover supplied vehicle to.
It would appear that my vehicle was supplied to Peterborough Soke via an Agent as neither Eezion or Land Rover are mentioned as suppliers in the original Council vehicle register, is it possible that Newsomes where an agent.
Would be great to catch up sometime
Thanks Mowadundee


I only checked the 1-Ton records and none show up as Ibbet, Eezion, or AA. Every reg number I have tried comes up blank as well, I guess we will just have to wait for the vehicle to surface (assuming it even has a legal ID).
I did manage to speak to a chap who has a load of AA photos but he had none of the Eezion. I get the impression it didn't last in service that long, as I imagine it was a pig to drive. I remember when my back diff failed on my 1-Ton and it was a swine to drive on the front axle alone.

 

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