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  1. BenHawkins

    Another Thornycroft

    Another project arrived at my house this week. This time a fairly light-weight worm drive Thornycroft. The wheels have CP&Co asset tags. I seem to have ended up with another red lorry. 40 of these were purchased by CP&Co from Thornycroft and were delivered between the end of 1913 and early 1914. Thirty of them were impressed by the war office so by the end of 1914 only ten remained in the Carter Paterson fleet. On the CP&Co stock take they are listed as 35cwt and the dimensions match those of a pre WWI type BT (the post WWI version appears to be bigger and heavier). I have not yet uncovered the chassis number but even if I do it may not help with identifying if in was one of the 30 transferred to military service.
  2. Hi All I am restoring a 1950's Thornycroft Big Ben, 6 cyl 11.3 liter petrol engine. Its been lying up for the past 25 years, it was a commercial recovery truck before that and started life as a military vehicle. In good shape considering its age. The plan is to restore it as a commercial vehicle. A few pictures before I started
  3. G'day, I've just acquired a 1960 Thornycroft Nubian 6x6 LFT which is originally ex-RAAF Townsville (North Queensland) but was recently recovered from a property out west. The original purchaser (property owner's father) had tried to drive it home after the disposal auction but smoked-up the middle diff around Woodstock (40 km from Townsville) and so the unit was then trucked back to the property and sat idle thereafter. I've been talking to the owners for the last 5-6 years about geting hold of it and finally an opportunity arose for a cheap back-load. It has been gifted to me on the basis that I will try to restore it as a non-profit venture, with the aim being to have it driveable and repainted (at least) so that it can take part in ANZAC Day parades/displays, historic military displays, re-enactments, airshows, etc. If the pumps can be made operational that will just be an added bonus. There were no manuals or other technical info with the unit so this will be one of the first priorities to acquire, the other being a secure undercover storage facility (currently tarped up on a friend's property in Townsville. I plan to publicise the project shortly to try and attract a group of volunteers and also begin the sponsorship/fund-raising process. It's a huge project but you have to start somewhere! There is another identical Thornycroft which I may be able to acquire from the same western area and a Townsville businessman has a third unit which he has tried to sell me previously (most recently it was on e-Bay again but failed to reach reserve). I am hopeful of getting at least two units so that we can mix-and-match to make one good one. I would greatly appreciate any leads/links for technical info, parts, photos of these in service (even RAAF Heritage Unit doesn't have any photos!) and other owners for networking - look forward to your responses. Regards, Christian. Christian D Smith Event Coordinator Ingham Wings and Wheels Airshow 0418 636727 coordinator@inghamwingsandwheels.com.au www.inghamwingsandwheels.com.au
  4. Short video from TV Documentary... http://www.youtube.com/user/PaulNDonovan?feature=mhee#p/c/B89A8C827A63BB3D/11/pyswKWBQiyU Overview and some detail on the Scammell Explorer, Thornycroft ANTAR & Dyson Trailer ,Chieftain Tank and Scammell Commander. From TV... interviews with...Captain Stuart Langridge (19th Tank Transporter Squadron), Roger Jones (Ex REME Staff Sergeant) and Kevin Gibson (19th TTS Staff Sergeant)
  5. During the war my Mother was evacuated to Dry Drayton, in May 1941 a bomber crashed in a field and slid towards the cottage she was in - I want to find out just how close it came. I have a photo of the crashed aircraft but it is very grainy, I need to be able to superimpose the above crane in order to work out what is in the photo - a sort of forensic investigation if you will. Read my post where I'll continue with my search! James
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