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Old September 9th, 2011, 11:22 AM
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Just got a call from shipping line to pick up a truck that just cleared asap because ports are closed for Mondays new Natl holiday "Defender Day".

I must be really unplugged from society to not have known about this.....
Pictures shorty, the truck is the 1986 German Camel Trophy Team truck and belongs to a forum member here.
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Old September 9th, 2011, 05:10 PM
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1986

guess its a MD thing http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defenders_Day


Pictured is the unrestored left hand drive 1986 German Team Camel trophy truck. The pictures show the faded out original decals etc. Really neat peice of Rover history. 88k kilomters so 52,800 original miles. This belongs to a forum member here and i'll let him come forward if he chooses to. Members of the 86 team have confirmed the trucks authenticity.
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Old September 9th, 2011, 05:18 PM
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That thing is awesome. Is the roof gutter galvanized?
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Old September 9th, 2011, 05:20 PM
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yep-look @ next to last pic. Everything is there except the winch controler and the shovel.
Inside smells like a peat bog after the 7+ inches of rain we have had so far this week.
Owner found this in the Netherlands and we shipped it from Zebrugge Belgium.
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Old September 9th, 2011, 05:30 PM
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Were the roof gutters always steel? Whats next for this sweet machine?
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Old September 9th, 2011, 05:40 PM
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Were the roof gutters always steel? Whats next for this sweet machine?
Thinks so on gutters. Delivering to the owner tomorrow.
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Old September 9th, 2011, 06:13 PM
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hows it drive? I bet there isn't a signal rattle
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Old September 9th, 2011, 09:02 PM
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Old September 9th, 2011, 10:22 PM
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Nice. Windshield frame replaced?
unpainted like the one on my 83. I hate the mirrors

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hows it drive? I bet there isn't a signal rattle
Its a 2.5 natural-you would loose that bet. Can't speak to how it drives-drove it 100 ft in low range onto the trailer.
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Old September 9th, 2011, 10:30 PM
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Speak up! Any plans to restore or will it remain original? Very cool either way!
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Old September 10th, 2011, 07:43 PM
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Old September 11th, 2011, 04:37 PM
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Hey,
My name is Max and I'm the owner of this Camel Trophy.
As Doug mentioned, I found this car in the Netherlands, shipped it to my home in Belgium. And after a couple of months, it finally made it to my house in Southwest Virginia.

The Defender, however, participated in the 1984 Brasil event. (Not in 1986). One of the German drivers of this car did confirm that this was his car during this event. All the original accessories are still with the car. Including the winch controller and the shovel. (I decided to hide these in the Defender for the transport).

As for the driving... We survived a 3 hour ride home without any problems. Lets hope it stays this way.

As for the future of the Camel... I'll probably start with a purple paint job ... (Just kidding). I already cleaned up most of the paint by using paint cleaner before it got shipped to Baltimore (So it will definitely keep its original paint). The roof rack, brush guard and accessories will be treated against rust and repainted. Same for the tire rims. But except for small changes, the Camel will most likely stay original. I don't want to ruin this neat piece of Rover history.

I would also want to thank Doug for getting the Camel into the country. Great work. And way faster than my expectations!

Here is also a picture of the Camel before I restored the paint. I'll keep you guys updated on the further process of cleaning this Defender.
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Old September 11th, 2011, 04:42 PM
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that makes sense since it has the two part front doors that were only on 83 and early 84 trucks. Great to meet you @ last. Hope to see you and the truck @ some events.....so these other guys can drool on it.
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Old September 11th, 2011, 07:40 PM
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Very nice, a little elbow grease I am sure it will clean up nicely. I wonder what a Camel Truck would look like with boosts and KM2's....

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Old September 11th, 2011, 09:29 PM
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Very nice, a little elbow grease I am sure it will clean up nicely. I wonder what a Camel Truck would look like with boosts and KM2's....

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Keep posting photos please.
Why would you ruin it with boosts?

I though later years had deep dish though.
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Old September 11th, 2011, 09:52 PM
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Hey,
My name is Max and I'm the owner of this Camel Trophy.
As Doug mentioned, I found this car in the Netherlands, shipped it to my home in Belgium. And after a couple of months, it finally made it to my house in Southwest Virginia.

The Defender, however, participated in the 1984 Brasil event. (Not in 1986). One of the German drivers of this car did confirm that this was his car during this event. All the original accessories are still with the car. Including the winch controller and the shovel. (I decided to hide these in the Defender for the transport).

As for the driving... We survived a 3 hour ride home without any problems. Lets hope it stays this way.

As for the future of the Camel... I'll probably start with a purple paint job ... (Just kidding). I already cleaned up most of the paint by using paint cleaner before it got shipped to Baltimore (So it will definitely keep its original paint). The roof rack, brush guard and accessories will be treated against rust and repainted. Same for the tire rims. But except for small changes, the Camel will most likely stay original. I don't want to ruin this neat piece of Rover history.

I would also want to thank Doug for getting the Camel into the country. Great work. And way faster than my expectations!

Here is also a picture of the Camel before I restored the paint. I'll keep you guys updated on the further process of cleaning this Defender.
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