Rover director Maurice Wilks conceived a 4x4 utility for farming families that could go anywhere on the fields, take children to school, and carry produce to market.
ENGINE. Four cylinders cast en bloc with detachable cylinder head. Flexibly mounted on rubber at four points. Three crankshaft bearings; four cam- shaft bearings. Vibration damper on crankshaft integral with fan driving pulley. Overhead inlet valves operated by followers and push rods; side exhaust valves by direct rockers from camshaft; camshaft is driven by duplex chain automatically adjusted by hydraulic tensioner. Lubrication is full pressure from gear-type oil pump to all bearings and valve gear. External A.C. by-pass pressure filter and a gauze pump intake filter in the sump.
COOLING. Impellor type water pump and fan driven from crankshaft. Temperature controlled by thermostat. Pressurised system to decrease loss of coolant under hard working conditions. Total capacity 17 pints (9,75 litres).