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NEW BRAND IDENTITY FOR ATKINSON VOS

Posted on 13/05/2016 by SIMON



We hope that you like the new logo at the top of this page as much as we do!

We made the decision to update our logo & branding to better reflect the personality of our business and the tough, unconventional characteristics of the Unimog.

The Bull icon incorporates the A and V of Atkinson Vos and picks up on the iconic Bulls Head logo of the very first Unimogs.

Our crack team of computer geeks are also working on an even better website for us which will be much more responsive on smartphones & tablets than the current site.


WORKSHOP UPDATE

Posted on 13/05/2016 by SIMON



The 416 DOKA build is making progress, we’ve neatly installed a 6800kg hydraulic winch inside the rear chassis rails and Kris has been painstakingly refurbishing the instruments and other interior fittings.

We’re also putting the finishing touches to a U404 project. The electrics were non-existent so we fabricated a wiring loom to suit.

The London Transport Museum have asked us to recommission these Unimog road-railers for use as shunters in the museum’s storage yard in West London. Incredible to think that a small Unimog with only 100HP will pull (and more importantly stop!) a 300 ton train!

We supplied this U1300L camper last year to Damon Spearpoint. Damon asked us to check over and service the Mog before putting a fresh MOT on it so it’s ready for it’s next adventure.

We also have a U300 here for repairs and a refresh before it has an MOT test. The ex-utility Unimog was bought from auction with a number of issues which the owners had been unable to get sorted locally. We soon managed to get to the bottom of the problems and the Unimog should now give good, reliable service.

Neil Catlow has owned his U1000 from new and it is used in his Geo-technical business. The Unimog has been well maintained but the cab had suffered the ravages of time. We totally refurbished the cab with lots of new panels and fitted a new rear body and sides, all topped off with a repaint in the original colour.


U1300L FOR THE USA

Posted on 26/04/2016 by Simon



Next stop Maine for this U1300L. Ship’s Captain Earl Moore visited us earlier in the year and fell in love with this ex-military Unimog.

We’ve added fast axles, turbo conversion and 395/85R20 Michelin tyres. Our paintshop are currently refinishing the Unimog in original Mercedes green.

We’ll then load the Unimog into a container for shipment to the USA where Earl will be using the Mog for hunting and general fetching & carrying.

We always have similar Unimogs in stock which can be prepared to your spec and shipped to your location.


THE FLYING MOG

Posted on 26/04/2016 by Simo



Seb Hodge of Seb’s Arb Services of Northamptonshire tasked us with reconfiguring his Unimog U1000 which he bought from us 2 years ago. Having completed a full refurbishment of his other Unimog last year he knew that the job was in safe hands.

We added a rear three point linkage to mount a timber crane and provided a removable stowage bracket for the grab. We also recalibrated the injection pump to provide 200HP and added a turbo – A great leap forward from the normally aspirated 130HP which the Unimog had when it arrived.

It is now known locally as the “Flying Mog” and will crest hills in top gear where previously a change down to 6th had been necessary. Power upgrades for all Unimogs are available – please email or call us for more details.


A BIT OF HISTORY

Posted on 26/04/2016 by Simon



Occasionally we like to wallow in some nostalgia here at AV. Even in the 70s did anybody really think that the U900 cab was (and I quote) "A comfortable and well designed work place" with a "well upholstered and body contoured drivers seat"?! Although when you consider that you were lucky to get a cab on many tractors the Unimog was a giant leap forward. It’s great fun to look through these old brochures - I wish we could find Unimogs in the same condition as in the photos!


U400 AGRICULTURAL CONVERSION

Posted on 26/04/2016 by Simon



We prepared this ex-Airport Unimog U400 for our longstanding customer John Packer. John bought his first Unimog (a U1200) from us in 2005. Despite having been trampled by a horse and suffering a broken pelvis a few weeks earlier John was determined to drive the U400 home to Oxfordshire.
We fitted a 4 spool hydraulic system, a front PTO and an AV heavy duty front linkage. At the rear we added an AV pick-up hitch as well as an x-frame, 3 way tipper ram and rear body.
John was thrilled with the results and the Unimog was working the very next day.


SPARES ALL OVER THE WORLD

Posted on 26/04/2016 by Simon



Orders for spare parts have been heading off from AV headquarters to all parts of the world. Some recent shipments have included:

-Fast axles and brake parts to California
-Maintenance parts for a charity in South Sudan,
-U900 restoration parts to Malaysia
-Overdrive and dashboard parts to Florida
-Body panels, springs & tow bars to Eastern Europe.
-Heavy duty tow hitch to Spain.

We can ship parts anywhere in the world and can supply parts for all Unimogs from the 1950s to current models.


U1750L38 FOR COMBCUT WEEDCUTTERS

Posted on 26/04/2016 by Simon



This U1750L38 has been sold to William Hudson who is the UK agent for CombCut. The 4m long body makes this Unimog ideal for transportation of the machines, while the large tyres allow a 56mph cruising speed.

The AV heavy duty front linkage & PTO will be used demonstrations of the CombCut selective weedcutter. See www.justcommonsense.eu.for more information.

William collected the Unimog from us and headed back home to Norfolk via Newcastle to collect a demonstration machine!

Having owned a couple of Unimogs in the past and regretted parting with them William is now trying to convince his wife that they need a U900 to use around the farm!


U1400 FOR CROPSRAYING

Posted on 26/04/2016 by Simon



We sold this lovely ex-German council U1400 to a long standing customer Joe Welbon from Aberdeenshire. It replaces a 1980s U1200 which had an argument with a speeding 4x4.

The Mog is to be used for crop spraying with equipment mounted on the x-frame and on the AV heavy duty front linkage. We also fitted working gears to allow the Unimog to maintain the optimum ground speed with the PTO running.

Joe and his employees are thrilled with the new Unimog which is already earning its keep.


Silver Lining

Posted on 13/04/2016 by Frank



It may look like an orange Unimog to you but to its owner it is the silver lining on the cloud of a recent accident.
One of our oldest customers in Northern Scotland has used his trusty U1200 for farm work and crop spraying for decades. It has been down here for various overhauls and a power upgrade over the years but sadly was attacked by a car recently. Naturally the car came off worst but it seemed an ideal opportunity to go for a younger model.
Luckily we had this lovely one owner 2001 machine in stock so we have added the agricultural bits needed and it is heading North.
It is really rewarding for us when such a good machine is going to a good home - good luck with it Joe and keep us posted!


SPOTTED IN ALGECIRAS

Posted on 19/02/2016 by Frank



My partner Jaap Vos spotted this beauty in Algeciras which is the port in Southern Spain for travellers bound for Morocco.
Have a look at their website http://www.kohl-expedition.com/ - you will see some amazing pictures.
If you are not sure a Unimog can take you somewhere special this should convince you.
Email - Engelbert kohl.expedition@aon.at or like them on Facebook and you can see lots more pictures


Our DOKA rebuild - the next stage

Posted on 11/02/2016 by Frank



What a lovely colour!

This is the next stage in our refurb project for our customer in America.
The engine box and axles are all going back onto the chassis and soon we'll start trimming out the cab.

A hint for those of you looking for double cab - they are becoming so very hard to find but we have another coming soon. Watch the stocklist or drop us an email if you want to be shortlisted.


What the ********* has Frank bought now??

Posted on 02/05/2016 by Frank



Was it dark when you bought those Frank? - and many more highly amusing comments greeted the arrival of my latest collection of treasured and cherished memorabilia.
We could no doubt fill a website with the stories that this load could tell but that is for another day.
The truck driver was thrilled to have the challenge as he finds his normal work doesn't fully stretch him.
Our mechanics simply can't wait to get at them with their spanners -or are they taking the wheels off my car to keep me at home?


Progress in Bentham -15 years on in the 'New Building'!

Posted on 22/01/2016 by Frank



Just going through some old printed pictures from the turn of the century I spotted these two on the left. So I nipped out and took two from the same place. A bit dull today but I'm not known for my photography!

Bottom left is the first clearing of topsoil and a layer of hardcore prior to foundations etc.
Top left the skeleton of the buiding in place.

Today's picture captures us loading a container for America (more details to follow from Emma on that)


WELCOME TO THE CAB-O-MATIC

Posted on 08/01/2016 by Frank



Our most ambitious cab refurbishment to date is this double cab bound for the USA. From 5 metres it looked reasonable but had been bodged over the years and after sandblasting needed a great deal of TLC (and welding wire!)
Luckily our ever resourceful staff came up with a rotating support system - nick named in a Wallace & Gromit theme The Cab-o-Matic. This enables us to work without standing on our heads ensuring a better quality of welding and much less physiotherapy.
Watch this space for some more exciting double cab news


HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016 FROM ALL THE STAFF AT AV

Posted on 08/01/2016 by Frank



We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year for 2016 and many more of them!
Long gone are the days when we could deliver a Seasons greeting to all our customers individually but we still appreciate you all and look forward to hearing from you.
2015 has been a very exciting year for us here with a lot of very positive personal development in our team and some new additions both in the office and the workshop.
Equally we have made a lot of investment in the premises and workshop to improve the quality of our work and our working environment.
This year we look forward to a big upgrade program including a new website and some exciting new products.
The snow picture is a bit fanciful as it would be more realistic here to show one in deep wading mode - but hell - this is North West England!


Operation Spring Clean

Posted on 02/12/2015 by Frank



Here we are in December with an early spring clean going on.
We have just loaded 3 containers of Unimogs and parts for one of our oldest and best customers.
That has given us a bit of elbow room - so we have the remaining mogs on Death Row stacked in the stillages and we are giving the whole yard a bit of a once over - lovely to see that concrete again after all these years!
Handy to have an ex German Council road sweeper ( reference U1233 on the stocklist) which could sweep on its own in super crawler while we got on with sweeping!


Let there be light!

Posted on 23/10/2015 by Frank



We are all pleased with the new translucent panels in the roof and completely upgraded lighting.
As part of our ongoing investment program we decided to bring ourselves up to date with the latest LED strip lights which give much more light for the power used. They are also light sensitive so turn themselves down and off when the ambient light is sufficient.
The new panels in the roof create a really good light on a bright day. The workshop is a much more pleasant place to work in which is in line with our objective to be focussed on top quality workmanship.


Happy travels

Posted on 10/05/2015 by Emma



Happy travels ahead for this new customer of ours!
He has just bought a U1300L which we have carried out some repairs on and put it through an MOT. Morocco and Iceland are the cards I believe! Can't wait to see the pics!


Another 2 mogs done!

Posted on 10/05/2015 by Emma



Another 2 mogs ready for the off!
Here we have a U1100 which a customer brought to us for us to carry out a service and repairs. We also sourced a new canvas cover for the mog and some seats for the back.
The U1300L camper came here to have a fuel tank conversion and some work on the rear calipers to get them up to MOT standard.
They are both loaded up and will be delivered by our trusty haulier to Basingstoke and Oxford


Memory Lane

Posted on 01/10/2015 by Frank



Sometimes when you are frustrated at a lack of progress in some part of your business it is worth digging out some old pictures.
Back in 1990 we began negotiating to buy the old former silk mill and yard in Bentham.

In the above top left rather ‘evocative’ picture, the sheep would be almost exactly in my office today!
There was not much roof on the mill and the yard was full of decades worth of junk.
Bottom right is the old corner shop and the other two show the millworkers’ cottages.
Underneath the yard is still the old millrace – with a torch you can walk down it to the river.
Top right we have levelled the yard and started our display of stock Unimogs.
Bottom right two old Peugeots and a Mercedes 1617 chassis cab destined for Africa.

Ten years later we bought the field opposite (not including the sheep) and put up our lovely new building - what a treat!

If I had my time again surely I’d have done it all differently – but hey – we had some fun!


Senior Management 97 not out

Posted on 04/09/2015 by Frank



My Mum had her 97th Birthday at the beginning of the month. You can see she still enjoys a joke even though she is blind and fairly deaf!
Middle in the picture is my oldest daughter Bonnie, one of Mum's five grandchildren.
I see Mum every day after work in her Care Home and we still have a lot in common including as you can see the hairstyle!
For those statisticians amongst you I have calculated that Mum baked over 30,000 scones for charity in her retirement. Approx diameter per scone 60mm so if you lined them all up they would stretch from our yard to her oldest grand daughter's house.


Remote African Safari

Posted on 03/09/2015 by Frank



Here is our lovely U1100 on its way to Zambia.
We have supported Remote Africa Safaris' old Unimogs for many years with spares and advice. Now John has bitten the bullet and added this beauty to his fleet. We wish him every success with it and look forward to seeing some pictures of it surrounded by wild animals!
It is going out of Immingham to Walvis bay and then overland to Mfuwe.
Bon Voyage!


Farewell Unimog friends!

Posted on 31/07/2015 by Mandi



I'm sorry to say that this will be very last message to you and my last day with AV and all things Unimog. I would love to stay but I'm afraid to say the good news of my husband's promotion has brought with it a relocation. I have no idea where it will take me but I will certainly miss talking to you all whether it was on the phone, email or in person. It has been a real pleasure being a part of a friendly and professional business that has the expertise and passion to help their customers and fans near and far. The almighty Unimog has left a mark in my heart and will forever remain there. Who knows I might just be spotting them now and sending in my snaps! Ciao everybody and remember - its a #UnimogLife!

Mandi Lewis


NOSTALGIA - Frank's Blog

Posted on 31/07/2015 by Mandi



By Bus from Birmingham to Beyond Delhi…

We are back in 1968 this time on an overland trip to India in a Bedford bus.
For the massive investment of £100 each a group of us bought a coach and went to India and back during the summer vacation after year one Engineering at Birmingham University.

Hard to believe now but our food budget was one shilling per person per day (£0.05 in today’s money!). The abiding memory is the overwhelming hospitality we received in every country, especially Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. However poor they were, people immediately invited us to eat and stay with them in the true spirit of Asian tradition.

Relatively soon after the independence of the British colonies there seemed to be a delightful air of optimism in the world (and probably a lot fewer AK47s). It is hard to believe those beautiful deserts and mountains we camped in are now littered with broken guns. I guess I was lucky to travel then!


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