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Stonefield: a 4x4 that got away. Stonefield Vehicles of Cumnock, Ayrshire, Scotland began in 1974. The aim was to produce a new off-road vehicle with load capacities in the 1.5 to 3 ton range, with the military very much in mind, and topping the 1-ton LandRover 101.

Notable design features were the forward control (cab-over) design, space-frame chassis for rigidity, full-time four wheel drive with a centre differential with automatic lock, and the use of automatic gearboxes as standard.

The choice of engines was between the Ford V6 petrol engine (101), as fitted to cars such as the Ford Granada, driving a Ford C3  3-speed automatic gearbox, and a Chrysler 318-1 V8 (110) driving an A727 3-speed automatic gearbox.

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The Stonefield 6x4, with a lazy axle, had increased load carrying capacity for applications such as fire tenders.

The company went on to be called Stonefield Holdings and was later taken over by Gomde, and then closed in the early 1990s. Nick Noyce has started a Stonefield Register to preserve a notable vehicle, himself owning a P3000 6x4 and a P3000 4x4.

Manufacturer's data:
turning radius (wall)7300mm8150mm
weight (empty)2200kg+/-2300kg+/-
engine: P3000: Ford 2994cc V6, 101 or P5000: Chrysler 5217cc V8 110kw
gearbox: P3000: Ford 3-speed automatic or P5000: Chrysler 3-speed automatic
transfer case2-speed full-time 4WD, centre differential with automatic lock, (silent-) Morse-chain drive
suspensionlive axles, leaf springs
rivals: LandRover 101, Reynold Boughton RB44, Steyr Pinzgauer, Volvo 303
- 4wd.sofcom.com/Stonefield/Stonefield.html

Research: Nick Noyce [10/2000], The Stonefield Register

Go to the Stonefield 4X4 and vehicle pages

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