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I just read the article, “Saker Light Strike Vehicle: A Versatile British Design” by John Norris (MVM, June 2016, pp 72-3). (I helped build the prototype vehicle in the workshop of Kingfisher Kustoms in West Bromwich.

The first vehicle was built using a Volkswagen 1915cc Water Boxer engine. I built it. The Perkins Prima was not, as stated in your article, ‘air cooled’ but was water cooled. The Army, originally thought to fit the Volkswagen 1600 diesel engine, tilted in the manner of the rear-engined transporter. I told them that the engine was not built to work at that angle because the oil run backbones were too small to return oil from the top in cold weather. They went with my suggestion of the Prima engine.

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