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Austin Champ (1951)
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No: 1931   Contributor: Alf van Beem   Year: 2010   Manufacturer: Austin Motor Company   Country: England
Austin Champ (1951)

Austin Champ (1951), licence registration 'YSU 449', (owner Lea Caraccio).
Picture added on 24 August 2010 at 20:37
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War & Peace show 2010, Kent, England, United Kingdom
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I'm pretty certain the large tube mounted over the front wing is a folding exhaust pipe, which can be raised vertically to facilitate deep water wading. When I was a kid in the 1950's, BBC TV (there was no BBC2 until about 1960) would sometimes televise tials of army vehicles on Saturday afternoons - in black and white, of course. I remember on one occasion, a Champ jeep which had supposedly been waterproofed, came to grief in the middle of a deep pool. The occupants seemed somewhat sheepish when they emerged.

This jeep also has blocks on the bonnet to support a folded down windscreen. The "anchor" shaped catches would hook over the windscreen to secure it in place, similar to Land Rovers from 1948 to about 1953. I think the cirular device below the exhaust pipe is a horn, and this example has towing eyes mounted on the front bumper. All in all, it seems to have a pretty complete array of military spec options.

Added by R A Howell MCIBS on 03 November 2011.
You are right, it's part of the waterproofing/wading kit

Added by Roger Greenaway on 04 November 2011.
This would be an air intake instead of an exhaust :-)

Added by Mark Holloway on 04 November 2011.
That was my thinking, but I can't see where the exhaust extension has been stowed.

Added by Roger Greenaway on 04 November 2011.
I did some searching and found that there was no exhaust extension. I guess that works fine as long as the engine doesn't stall.

Added by Mark Holloway on 04 November 2011.
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