CHAMP NEWS
PV4 Magazine

Many thanks to Masamichi in Japan for sending in the PV4 article.

A comparison road test between an Austin Champ, JLK 876D, and an Austin Gipsy, TOE 459. PV4 ROAD TEST, (in CN issue no. 120).

After the article there is a review of it.

On page 1, col. 3 of the article: " the Gutty, it looked not unlike the final Champ." I think he's got a bit mixed up between the Gutty and the Mudlark, unless you think a Gutty looks like a Champ?, see below left.
Page 2, column 1, Kigass (for very cold conditions): the author seems to think that the Kigass system may have been fully installed, see Pat Ware's comments in his book, Quarter Ton, page 201, see below right.
Page 2, col. 1, " carburettor has two floats and float chambers.. " this is not the Champ carb. setup, can anyone think where he may have got this from?
Page 2, col. 2, " most models, engine circulates in one or more of the transaxles .. .. you don't need special applications of gear oil, like Number 90." This is an American article and I assume, ' 90' is like an EP90. Of course, Champ axles must have an EP (Extreme Pressure) oil, either EP90 or EP140, I use EP90, it's easier to put in.
Page 2, col. 2, "stock" shock absorber, 'stock' is American for 'standard' type.
Page 2, col. 3, two-speed generators. The article doesn't mention the single-speed type fitted up to chassis no. 8276.
Page 3 under, Specifications:
- "GVWR" stands for Gross Vehicle Weight Rating.
- "Auxillary tanks", two Jerry cans?
- "Map light", I haven't found one on my Champ yet.
- "Free running hubs", these can be fitted on the front axle but not original equipment on the WN1 (the military Champ).
- " 20 mpg", Oh how I wish!
- " Tyre size 6.00 x 16", should read, "6.50 x 16" on early Austin Champs and "7.50 x 16" on later ones.
Is it ever worth doing the above critique? 1. I was asked to do it, 2., as time moves on in any subject researchers tend to 'feed' on published material of the time, instead of going back to original material, and errors, and myths, then become, 'set in stone', like the myth of the back axle on a Champ being no good.

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