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I have just acquired this Commer N1 of 1936. It was first registered to the Anglo American oil company, the British arm of ESSO. Written on the tank is 'Aviation Spirit'. My question is what should be in the area that you see? Would it all be enclosed within a sheet steel cabinet?  I know nothing about road tankers but am trying to learn.

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The vehicle is being improved at the moment but starts and runs fine. Quite a small lorry with a 10ft wheel base and 6ft wide, I like it.

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I would think that would be pretty much exactly as it came, with just a pump, filter, meter, and output.  Hoses and so on in the side lockers.

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A delightful lorry I'm assuming this is a photo of it in a previous ownership

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Theres a summary of the UK history of ESSO here:

https://www.exxonmobil.co.uk/en-gb/company/about-us/uk-history/esso

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Esso began life as the Anglo American Oil Company in 1888. It was the first foreign affiliate of John D Rockefeller's US company the Standard Oil Trust. It had a head office at Bishopsgate, London, and a depot at Purfleet in Essex. The depot stored paraffin being shipped from New York for use in lamps throughout England.

Basically the commercial name for ExxonMobil products

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5 hours ago, Baz48 said:

A delightful lorry I'm assuming this is a photo of it in a previous ownership

Yes that is it. I have removed that silly woodwork to the front of the cab, rewired it much better than it was and still doing other work. Do you know where the photo was taken ?

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16 hours ago, Bob Grundy said:

 

Sorry no - not a type I knew so did a search on google and that picture appeared - regards what goes here - is there any indication of a cover/doors across the back I would think it unlikely the back was left open to the element - equipment apart from hose and flange fittings possibly funnels for filling containers and measuring containers possibly an earthling lead – whatever an interesting lorry

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Is there a maker's name on the tank?

Being only a small tanker, I wonder if it was used on civil airfields. 

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There is no plates anywhere on the vehicle, I have searched..........

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18 hours ago, MatchFuzee said:

Being only a small tanker, I wonder if it was used on civil airfields.

This is what I had imagined:-

http://www.britishcommercialvehiclemuseum.com/image-archives/product/aec-mercurynational-benzoleael00921a/

15 hours ago, Bob Grundy said:

There is no plates anywhere on the vehicle, I have searched..........

 A shame.

 

Have you tried the British Commercial Vehicle Museum?

http://www.britishcommercialvehiclemuseum.com/historic-archives/

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