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Here's Mike Gilberts' old bus recovery Matador, these were taken in 1999, it has since been sold back to Yorkshire Traction.

 

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And in Yorkshire Traction Livery

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I think this one originally belonged to the bus operator, Barton Transport in Nottingham.

Spot on.. Bartons.. but is Chassis O8534326

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and again seen with begging bowl at AEC rally Woolaton Park circa 1989/90

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Ex Hill of Botley (heavy Haulage) ran this O854

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I don't suppose you have any rear views of this lorry do you? I'd like to see more of the crane as the telescopic section looks like it might have come from something like a Biederman or Corbett aircraft recovery truck.

 

- Mike

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Mike nothing odd about the white cab top, from post WW2 until very recently the majority of RAF vehicles in Cyprus had white cab tops, the same practise applied in many hot climates. I have a photo of vehicles in Khartoum in the early 1950 with complete white cabs

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And some from my photo collection

from Charlie Russell's yard in May '96:

(Why are my pictures tiny? More to post but no point if they're gonna be invisible...)

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I don't suppose you have any rear views of this lorry do you?

- Mike

A couple of slightly better views in the book "Hills of Botley" by Jack Hill/Bob Tuck, they show a home-made A frame for the jib - if I remember I'll put it in my truck for you to look at. Some great ex-military truck pics in this book, well worth a view, especially for the Antar pics.

Tony

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(Why are my pictures tiny? More to post but no point if they're gonna be invisible...)

 

If you click on the thumnail it blows up into a very good pic - but I can't work out how to post like the others either :confused:

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A couple of slightly better views in the book "Hills of Botley" by Jack Hill/Bob Tuck, they show a home-made A frame for the jib - if I remember I'll put it in my truck for you to look at. Some great ex-military truck pics in this book, well worth a view, especially for the Antar pics.

Tony

 

I am not sure that the Tele jib is actually on the Mat, I always took it to be on a truck behind the mat????

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great to see this popular thread getting back into gear keep up the good work and the the great crash will soon be a dim and distant memory

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If you click on the thumnail it blows up into a very good pic - but I can't work out how to post like the others either :confused:
The method I've been told to use is to open a free photobucket account and upload your pics to an album there then transfer the image across by copy and pasting ! Not as complicated as it sounds ! Andy F.

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This one working on the South Downs in Sussex, courtesy George Taylorimage2.jpgtesy George Taylor

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Something a bit different.

 

These were posted on Landrover Forum. I have copied the description posted with them.

 

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The Matador. Twin drive motors and motor driven chassis winch with folding crane jib. It can lift 1.7 kg on the crane and 2kg with the ground anchor down. has front suspension only though but can still climb walls until it falls over. It is a copy of the one I used to have on my front drive. the winch can be used ove the jib, out the fairlead rollers at the back or fed round to the front and out under the side of the cab.

 

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A (almost) exact copy of the Lancashire United Matador used for bus recovery at the Manchester Transport museum. Undriven but has a hand powered chassis winch and a fully working, twin winch Harvey Frost 8 ton crane, suspension and steering. This one was featured with the real thing at an event there a few years ago.

 

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Caffyns Ltd Repairing R.A.F. tankers in Old Royal Navy Hangar St. Anthonys Eastbourne Sx. 1945

 

Courtesy George Taylor

 

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