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    Default Re: 1911 Lacre 5 Ton Truck

    I am in a similar situation finding parts for a vintage car that is the only known one of its kind on the continent of Africa and one of about 8 worldwide. I have owned it since 2001 and only managed to find a speedometer in all this time. I started working on it towards the end of November 2013 and forwarded pictures and progress reports to some contacts that have similar vehicles in the USA and Canada. The car was about 60% complete at the time. It is now 90% complete. I received measurements, photos and leads on parts from various sources. The remaining 10% comprises of trim items that can be sourced from other vehicles or made up. Most of the parts came from the USA, some from Canada and the UK. I have just located a bonnet/hood for it in Texas after receiving drawings and photos to make one. At least the drawings and photos assisted in identifying the part. Good luck with your project and I am looking forward to read on your progress. Regards!
    1904 De Dion Bouton; 1913 Hupmobile 32 Tourer; 1913 Unic C9: 1914 Ford T Runabout; 1918 Ford T Runabout; 1922 Maxwell 25 Sports Tourer; 1923 Ford T Tourer; 1924 Ford Model TT Truck, 1925 Chrysler 58 Tourer; 1927 Chevrolet Truck; 1928 Overland Whippet 96 Truck; 1928 Chevrolet AB Tourer; 1928 Ford A Roadster; 1928 Ford A Phaeton; 1927 Velie Model 50 Sedan; 1934 Armstrong Siddeley 17 hp Sport Foursome

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    Interesting article in a Victoria newspaper from 1911, Lacres were thought of highly in Australia it seems;
    http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/90232497
    Richard Farrant

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    Mate, I don't know whether or not you are aware that there were 2 Lacres embarked with the first 2 AIF MT Companies in 1914 arriving at Romsey via Avonmouth in 1915. They were later traded in along with the others for new Peerless etc. at ASC Bulford before the Units were shipped to France. Rod

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    Hi Rod. Thats very interesting. I was not aware that Australia used the Lacre as military transport. Any idea as to what model they may have been - 3 or 5 tonne models?
    On a different note,I have had much better luck with parts for the Fiat 18Bl. I will update the Fiat thread soon.

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    The two GS Cargo lorries were listed among the 3 tonners however I don't have any info re model and I cannot say for sure that they weren't 5 tonners relegated to the lesser role. Approx 60% of the 135 lorries were obtained as second hand vehicles thus requiring rebuilds to Military specs. prior to embarkation. More homework required to ascertain whether or not an example was purchased for use by the Defence Department for home front use. Rod

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    Here's a nice picture of a Royal Navy Lacre with matching trailer. The trailer could be completely detached from the truck for long rigid loads with one end of the load on the truck and the other on the trailer with chains running between the truck and trailer.


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    Mr Chaindrive, Would you have a location of this photograph ?
    Thanks
    Bob

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    Default Re: 1911 Lacre 5 Ton Truck

    I don't have the location of the picture. Its just a random picture i have found on the internet. Other readers on this forum may have some idea as to location.

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    I have located a chassis number on the Lacre chassis ,however in a very strange position. At the very back of the chassis on the upper flange. This would be completely covered up with a tray fitted. i am not sure if the same number is stamped elsewhere on the chassis but after much searching its the only one I have found. It is also a higher number than I expected considering the number on the brass plate I recently found online.


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    With reference to Lacre serial numbers the following from Motor Transport 16.1.1922 may shed some light on them. A full page advertisement for Lacre vehicles includes testimonials from owners - "chassis 1209 ,engine no. 505 into service as a charabanc in Cornwall 28.7.1912. Chassis no. 1019 , 30 hp. 3 ton laundry van 'supplied 10 years ago' ".
    To stamp chassis numbers in totally inaccessible places is not uncommon, early De Dion motor cars have the number on top of a cross member which virtually always becomes covered by bodywork timbers.
    Richard Peskett.

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