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Radar Truck ?

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A friend of mine has just come across this, apparently its an old radar truck that was converted to an apple picker. I suspect it may possibly of started life as a trailer and had the powered front end added.

Your collective thoughts please Ladies and Gentlemen.

 

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Interesting bit of equipment,  a substantial  telescopic centre pole, heavy duty wind down outriggers would suggest it might well originally have been used to carry an antenna, radar dish, microwave receiver?  I would think it was probably originally a trailer mounted unit but the parts and van body have been fitted on to a much longer truck chassis so as to convert it to a mobile apple picker, a bit of an agricultural conversion, the remains of the rather home made basic cab  appears to have been added on to the original body would suggest it was only ever used on the farm/orchard, the truck chassis is 2 wheel drive, 4 cylinder petrol engine, possibly a Morris commercial?

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This is not the type of radio or early warning bodies as fitted in WWII on 15cwt chassis.  I have no idea what make the bdy is also chassis is to my opinion not morris or MWD.

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The jack legs look like the ones on the 40mm  bofors gun carriage,  and the Cab and rear corners say coach .weren't the some BBC out side camera vans with raising platforms.?

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The truck seems too young to be for a mobile radar as early radars were fixed arrays, and the mast looks like it is holding a platform for maybe the mounting of a camera.  The body seems like it is coach built for the purpose which makes me think BBC...does the mast look like it can go up and down...which would point to BBC unlikely to be radar but it could have been a small domed radar type, used for early fire control or aircraft location systems...

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Is it petrol-electric?  It could be a Tilling-Stevens TS19, with the body being ex-fairground...

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