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John Brannaman from Ames, Iowa visited us in 2014. He wanted a Unimog to help out with tree clearance & other tasks on his property. Together, we identified the 425 models as the most suitable for his needs. When we had a suitable Unimog in stock John jumped at it despite it needing a lot of work.


Having operated the Unimog for almost two years John commented

"The Unimog is an exceptional, versatile farm machine, and we are so pleased with our purchase.The Unimog has had quite an impact in Central Iowa and bystanders often comment on the Mog."

John summarized his purchase by saying:

“What a great addition to our family, and a great investment!”

Find Out How We Did It



The Unimog looked awful & having spent some time on the coast of Northern Scotland the cab had suffered.

However the engine & gearbox were in good shape so the Unimog was a viable project.


Having agreed on the scope of work with John we began to strip down the Unimog so that the repairs could begin.


Removing the cab gives great access for all repairs at chassis level.

We removed the bent bumpers & replaced them with better used items.


When the cab was on the floor, the full extent of the rot could be seen.


The complete front end was removed & replaced with new panels, whilst the floor panels were renewed with additional repair panels made to suit.


We painted the cab & chassis separately to John’s specification.

The rear body was replaced with a new assembly with a new Atkinson Vos chipbox and front linkage helping to complete the transformation.


We loaded the Unimog together with a TP230 wood chipper into a 40ft container.

Here is the Unimog being unloaded – a wheel loader with giant forks comes in handy in these situations!


On American Soil at last.

Now just to refit the wheels & chipbox before driving off into the sunset!


The Mog has made quite an impact in Iowa. John’s wife Nancy says

“We used the Unimog to haul fill dirt for some flower beds in our yard.  As we drove by a business on the way to the landscapers, one gentleman yelled out, “That’s one bad-ass truck!”  When John pulled into a gas station to fuel the Unimog, a little boy cried out, “Look Mom, a real Tonka Truck!” 


Here is John clearing some overgrown trees & bushes from his yard.

The winch came in handy to remove unwanted undergrowth by the roots.

The debris was fed into the woodchipper and the chips were used for landscaping.

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I couldn't recommend Simon and the team highly enough, they sorted all transportation and took all the stress out of the situation. A1 service guys, thank you

Nick & Martin

Apex Tree Surgeons

"Atkinson Vos know what they are talking about and offer great advice whenever you need it. They are always ready to help at the end of a phone line too."

Gerard Bredenoord

"Brilliant company to deal with and a really helpful group of people who know what they are talking about."

Ben Mauger

"First contact with Atkinson Vos became a success, smooth ordering parts, great prices, great support. Fully satisfied customer from Sweden."

Lars-Erik Bammis Ohlsson

When I bought my U1000 “Rustbucket” , Simon gave me a fair & frank appraisal of its condition. The mog was cleaned and shipped professionally with no issues upon landing here in Australia. Since then, AV has provided me with excellent spares support and the occasional bit of advice. Posting was always prompt and economical via Royal Mail – this has taken a lot of the pain out of restoration. Highly recommended.


Atkinson Vos not only supplied my Unimog some years ago but they have been ever present when I needed any advice or assistance. My Unimog recently underwent a full refurbishment in their workshop and I have to say the result has been nothing short of superb. My Moggy is not only in great mechanical shape but it looks great too. Top marks Atkinson Vos.

James Mc Donnell, Ireland

Whenever I drive my MOG on to their yard, I have a feeling of excitement about the opportunities for upgrade and improvement that Atkinson Vos offers. Anything is possible, and everything is done to a very high standard!. Atkinson Vos prepared my Unimog to an excellent standard. Their aftersales service is great too.


Hi Simon, The shims arrived last week. My unimog is now running perfectly! Thank you a lot for the excellent service, I really appreciate it!

Casper Hanekamp

We have been using Atkinson Vos for a number of years now, they have carried out some upgrades and all servicing and repairs, their staff are friendly and always willing to help. The workshop guys always offer advice and easy fix solutions over the phone and on the odd occasion visited our workshop to view and inspect the vehicle. I would not hesitate to recommend the company, Thanks to all the staff.

Chris Brayne

Super Rod Ltd

I have waited many years to start my expedition RV project and the team at Atkinson Vos has helped to bring this to fruition. Appreciated the quick responses to the myriad of questions I had additionally the support from build to delivery state side. Many thanks to the entire team at AV.

Mike Greenberg

"We have always prided ourselves with finding the best qualified people available, be they doctors, lawyers, engineers, or whomever. We applied the same process to finding our dream Mog Expedition Camper and have not been disappointed with Atkinson Vos. Paul and Emma both have done superb jobs answering our many questions and leading us through the purchasing / export / import process. Based on their performance to date, we are confident Atkinson Vos support will be there in the future where ever our travels may take us.”

Mary & J R Argo

"Paul, Simon, Mark and the team, we just wanted to say a massive thank you to you all, what a firm. We couldn’t recommend you all highly enough, from the friendliness, the efficiency and the quality of the overall product. Absolutely 1st class, and we will be looking forward to working with you again on future projects, thank you all again, all the best Danny and nobby."

Danny Clarke

Danny Clarke Building Services

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