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The Big Day

Posted on 09/06/2016 by

Our Operations Manager Emma got married recently to Sean; her partner of 14 years.

As Unimogs have been a big part of her life for a number of years she wanted to have some appropriate transport for her big day and we were happy to oblige.

Emma’s daughter Charlotte did a great job as Flower Girl and Frank managed to avoid getting oily long enough to act as chauffeur for the day.

As you can see from the photos she looked absolutely lovely - and Em didn’t scrub up too badly either! Seriously though Em Looked radiant, kept smiling and exuded calmness throughout the day.

The Unimog attracted lots of attention especially from the kids who loved the big wheels!

Ed Carpenters U500

Posted on 09/06/2016 by

Ed Carpenter purchased this U500 for use in his forestry and groundworks business, with Ed being in the forestry industry for 20 years he decided it was time for a change.

Ed has always wanted a Unimog since he was 8 years old and today his dreams came true of owning one, not only that the Mog will help Ed in his business immensely as it ticks all the boxes of his work and more.

The Mog will be towing a low loader trailer carrying plant & equipment, the Mog will be used for environmental work on rivers and other various jobs.

You will see this beautiful looking Mog working on the marinas on the Thames in the coming weeks so make sure you keep an eye out for it.

We manufactured a fantastic chipbox which can be removed from the standard body when not required.

It incorporates a large toolbox along one side, top hung door for side tipping and double barn doors at the rear as well as a flap in the headboard for a front mounted chipper.

The design of the box mirrors the Unimog cab design with a smooth curve to the roof and the swage line of the cab continues into the body.

We also added a very heavy duty front linkage suitable for a crane fed chipper or mulcher and a fixed tow hitch for Ed’s new plant trailer which is finished in the same striking colour scheme as the Mog.

Super Fast Cruising Axle Ratio

Posted on 09/06/2016 by

We have developed a "super-fast" crown wheel & pinion to suit most Unimogs with 6 bolt axles.

They can be fitted into standard axle casings without modification and original Mercedes seals & bearings are used upon assembly.

The 24:11 ratio gives a 17% gain on the Mercedes "fast" ratio and a massive 44% increase on the standard crown wheel & pinion ratio.

The benefits include:

-More relaxed cruising.
-Reduction in engine revs at same cruising speed.
-Reduction in noise levels.
-Reduction in fuel consumption.
-Increased range.
-Improved usability
-Increased re-sale value.

A higher top speed is also possible where conditions allow for this to be safely achieved.

A further advantage over buying new crown wheels & pinions from Mercedes is that the "diff casing" does not need to be changed. This costs over £1500+VAT in addition to the costs for the Crown wheel & pinions.

The crown wheels & pinions are made in Europe to top standards by a manufacturer who specialises in truck differentials & gears.

Full assembly & setting up instructions are provided.

For suitability please contact us with your Unimog chassis number and axle numbers.

Introductory offer valid until 31/10/16. £1250+VAT for one Unimog set (2 crown wheels & 2 pinions). Standard price £1950+VAT.

Looking Back

Posted on 09/06/2016 by

Our first Sponsorship deal

Back in 1993 we prepared this vehicle for a specialist company who organised off road ‘fun’ days.

This is a clever scheme whereby people pay you for the privilege of wrecking their vehicles on your off road course!

The mog was ideal as a support vehicle.

With its tractor tyres and PTO winch it could get anywhere needed to recover any of the 4x4’s which were stuck or upside down.

At the time our company was still called Africa Link - our core business was with Africa - so we sold Unimogs under my name.

We traded it back in in 1997 - but have lost track of it since then...anybody seen it?

Southern Africa Mining Project

Posted on 09/06/2016 by

We are extremely happy to be working with one of our existing customers again who are one of the largest mining companies in Southern Africa.

We had supplied 7x Unimogs to them last year, and they have returned to us this year increasing their order to 10 Unimogs.

We will be preparing the vehicles to a top standard to withstand the rigours of life in an open cast mine.

As these Unimogs were ex-military we are currently in the process of demilitarising these vehicles. This process includes removal of the gun turret and special military lighting.

Some popular African spec upgrades will be added which include Heavy Duty radiator, extra fuel filter with water trap, and simplification of air system to improve reliability and make maintenance more straightforward.

We will be carrying out a comprehensive service all defective parts on the Unimog will be replaced and a new floor in the rear body fitted to all.

Matching Michelin tyres will be fitted to all of the Unimogs to make them uniform.

Finally the Unimogs will be given a good quality full repaint including chassis, wheels this will be in our customers’ corporate livery.

We will arrange shipping and all necessary paperwork such as export inspections, customs entry.

Also in the workshop at the moment

U1000 - Jason Milson brought his U1000 to us after many years of use the cab had seen better days.

Here you can see Dan lifting the shiny new cab onto the Mog giving it a fresh look and a new lease of life.

We have also carried out a few repairs to this Mog and have given it a bit of TLC.

U900 - This U900 came in for an AV inspection.

We will be giving this mog a full refurb, inspecting to see what repairs it may need and bringing it back to life.

416 DOKA Update - Finally the awaited update on our on-going project the DOKA 416 double cab bound for the USA.

We are in the process of refitting the cab now and this project is near to completion and I hope you will agree that it is a beauty.

U900 New Canvas

Posted on 09/06/2016 by

This early model "F" type U900 from 1966 came in from one of our customers Neil.

Neil has owned this Unimog for quite a few years now and decided to bring it in for a little TLC.

We fitted a replacement cab several years ago and Neil returned the Mog to us recently for a check over and some brake repairs as well as a fresh canvas top to keep his head dry.

Neil was very happy to have his Unimog back and driving it home was a trip down memory lane for him.

U1200 On It's Way Back To County Leitrim

Posted on 09/06/2016 by

Jim McDonnell bought this U1200 from us back in 2011.

He uses it to access a property on an Island in the River Shannon so he makes full use of the excellent wading capabilities!

The Unimog has given Jim reliable service excepting a few starter motor issues caused by the damp.

We gave this Unimog a full service and what we like to call a "birthday treat".

Here we are loading it up and waving it goodbye on its safe journey back to Jim.

U1750L at the Picturesque Loch Cluanie

Posted on 09/06/2016 by

Stuart MacLeod brought this Unimog U1750 fitted with a large HIAB looking & feeling rather sorry for itself.

We gave the Mog a thorough mechanical overhaul and fitted a new hydraulic winch and front PTO shaft at the request of the owner.

A new aluminium rear body with integrated toolbox was designed to the owner’s specification.

We carried out extensive repairs to the cab and finished off the project with a fresh coat of paint.

The Unimog has undergone a massive transformation from a tired workhorse to a smart, professional looking vehicle.

You will now see it driving around North Scotland working hard for the owners forestry business.

Stuart sent some photos across to ourselves where on the way home he had stopped at Loch Cluanie in Cluanie and I hope you agree how beautiful it looks, the scenery isn’t bad either.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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!


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!


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 05/02/2016 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)


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


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!

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