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    Default 1911 Lacre 5 Ton Truck

    A couple of months ago I was lucky enough to find another old chassis (the first being my Fiat 18BLR). The make was easy to identify with its brass wheel grease caps 'Lacre Motor Car Co of London and Letchworth'


    This is how the Lacre looked after getting it home. It had been converted into a hay trailer in the 1940's and had spent much of its 100 years out in the sun and rain.
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    Default Re: 1911 Lacre 5 Ton Truck

    Here's a picture of a Lacre as a timber jinker in Australia taken in 1919. The Belgian Army used these trucks in WW1 taking all production from the Lacre factory for two years following the outbreak of war. This might be an actual picture of the chassis that I have as it was in 1919. I am currently trying to get a clearer picture from the Queensland library(who have this picture) to check out some similarities with the chassis I have.

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    Default Re: 1911 Lacre 5 Ton Truck

    I would be very interested in seeing some photos of these trucks in army service with the Belgian army if anyone has come across such pictures.

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    Default Re: 1911 Lacre 5 Ton Truck

    It always intrigues me how these old chassis keep turning up... Always dreaming that I might find something similar in my travels.
    Keep us updated with any progress won't you?....with pictures of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rog8811 View Post
    It always intrigues me how these old chassis keep turning up... Always dreaming that I might find something similar in my travels.
    Keep us updated with any progress won't you?....with pictures of course.
    it has been written before ....the chassis is always the last part of a truck remaining.... They are still out there but every year that goes by they get more scarce. I was fortunate to find this one-it could have been snapped up by another restorer years ago. It has been in a field near a busy road as long as I can remember and I never paid it any attention. That was until I discovered the other chassis I have - the Fiat 18BLR with its large cast steel back wheels which got me hooked on old trucks. It was only after finding the Fiat that I noticed the hay trailer with the large steel wheels sitting unloved in the field. It had been sitting there for about 20 years or so and I had driven past it about once a week in that time. Now I am always looking in paddocks for other old relics. I wish that the mechanicals were as easy to come by. It's going to be a long time searching for parts for both of the chassis I have. If I can find an engine or gearbox/differential for either will determine which chassis I start first. More pictures will come soon. I have removed the timber trailer top leaving the bare chassis which is in reasonable condition. Some deep pitting along the top of the rails where it contacted the timber of the trailer,but repairable.

    Considering it has spent much of its 100 years out in the rain and elements it is in overall good condition. Even the springs have little rust between the leaves.
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    Default Re: 1911 Lacre 5 Ton Truck

    Some more pictures. Timber top now removed it is starting to look more like a truck. The pull arrangement attached to the front of the chassis has resulted in a badly bent front axle and steering rod. The axle has been bent forward in the middle and bent up on one side. The front axle has been reversed so as to use the steering drag link in the trailer steering arangement.



    Heavy duty rear axle consisting of two channels riveted back to back.





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    Default Re: 1911 Lacre 5 Ton Truck

    Quote Originally Posted by Chaindrive View Post
    I would be very interested in seeing some photos of these trucks in army service with the Belgian army if anyone has come across such pictures.
    Here you go! Not the best quality pics but Lacre's in belgian army service.
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    Default Re: 1911 Lacre 5 Ton Truck

    Thanks Marcel. The Belgians had quite a few of these trucks,so its good to be able to see some pictures of these in 'action' .

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    Default Re: 1911 Lacre 5 Ton Truck

    Well,another year of parts searching has gone by and nothing substantial has turned up. I was lucky to find a correct brass makers plate on ebay which was local to me, so there is a slim chance it may be the plate from the chassis i have.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaindrive View Post
    Well,another year of parts searching has gone by and nothing substantial has turned up. I was lucky to find a correct brass makers plate on ebay which was local to me, so there is a slim chance it may be the plate from the chassis i have.


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