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Hi All

I am trying to find photos of two vehicles used in northern ireland in the 70's-80's, The first being a variant of the LandRover 109 which I think was called Panther(or Black Panther) and was open topped with a small "shed" like structure behind the driver/passenger compartment and was for countermeasures or surveillance?

The other is a VPK mobile chip van "The Codpiece", a picture of the side of this is shown in Simon Dunstans British Army in Northern ireland Book but doesnt show enough to identify make, looks to be a Bedfor CF or Transit Hawson type van,but I am trying to find clearer views .

Amy help would be appreciated

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The other is a VPK mobile chip van "The Codpiece", a picture of the side of this is shown in Simon Dunstans British Army in Northern ireland Book but doesnt show enough to identify make, looks to be a Bedfor CF or Transit Hawson type van,but I am trying to find clearer views .

Amy help would be appreciated

 

There's a drawing of one on ebay:

 

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ARMY-CATERING-CORPS-BELFAST-N-IRELAND-1972-ULSTER-RUC_W0QQitemZ380220902300QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Collectables_Militaria_LE?hash=item5886ee8b9c

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From the illustration it looks like a Bedford J type with Hawson bodywork. Some of these were used by RCT units.

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Hi All

I am trying to find photos of two vehicles used in northern ireland in the 70's-80's, The first being a variant of the LandRover 109 which I think was called Panther(or Black Panther) and was open topped with a small "shed" like structure behind the driver/passenger compartment and was for countermeasures or surveillance?

 

 

I seem to remember the Rover at Girdwood Park, Belfast, home to "E Troop" 233 Signal Squadron (NI).It was painted black as it was used at night. I was installing Pye Westminsters into the Army Fire Service armoured fire appliances at the time and as I wasn't "in the loop" didn't get to find out anything about the beast. It disappeared after a short time, so I suspect it was a trials system that wasn't that much cop, like so much stuff we had at the time, like CLARABEL. I don't think it was photographed - certainly not by us (don't know about the oppostion!).

 

The two vehicles that were a common sight at Girdwood were the two 109s with Makrolon bodywork - one with a loudspeaker array (in a cage), and the other with a fibreglass bin on the rooof (DF vehicle). We always had to have a heavy escort for those vehicles - the loudspeaker one was used to disperse riots with exremely loud, earsplitting tones that caused bowel misfunctions! I remember it as being a two-tone vehicle - olive drab and brick dust!

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Without wishing to be rude....here is your Codpiece....seen in action so to speak...... 

amry chip van codpiece.png

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54 minutes ago, billh35 said:

Without wishing to be rude....here is your Codpiece....seen in action so to speak...... 

amry chip van codpiece.png

An Austin (or Morris Commercial) LD van ...... the army did have some of these as ambulances back in 60's/70's.

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I was with the RCT LAD in Lisburn in 1972/3 and a chip van was an occasional visitor. I never worked on it myself but those who did hated getting underneath because it was dripping (no pun intended) with chip fat. I don't recall what make it was but I'm sure it was a different type than that shown here and also was painted white if memory serves correctly.

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I think there may also have been a Hawson bodied Bedford and a Commer Walk Thru both of which were standard and highly recognisable to the locals as they looked so out of place.

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