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Is that the one that was used to rescue skip lorries from the Betchworth land fill site?

I saw it many years ago, land fill site is now one of our nature reserves.

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Is that the one that was used to rescue skip lorries from the Betchworth land fill site?

I saw it many years ago, land fill site is now one of our nature reserves.

 

Not to my knowledge. This one is in a yard in the West Midlands.

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The Shopland Sawmills Timber Tractor.

Built 1942 as a gun tractor, then almost immediately converted into a workshop truck to service the lorries taking prefabricated houses down to Portsmouth/Southampton.

Bought by E H Shopland from the Army in 1946, rebuilt 1947 by Automower and 1949 by Douglas, when the chassis was chopped and shortened. The workshop body was removed and used as a garage.

Worked for the sawmills until the late 1970s, by which time it was rather battered. Parked up in the shed and not dragged out again until the late 2000s, when it was given a bit of love and serves as one of the fleet again (albeit no more winching tree stumps!)

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Mate,

 

Those pictures are better than the ones on our web site! :)

 

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The Shopland Sawmills Timber Tractor.

Built 1942 as a gun tractor, then almost immediately converted into a workshop truck to service the lorries taking prefabricated houses down to Portsmouth/Southampton.

Bought by E H Shopland from the Army in 1946, rebuilt 1947 by Automower and 1949 by Douglas, when the chassis was chopped and shortened. The workshop body was removed and used as a garage.

Worked for the sawmills until the late 1970s, by which time it was rather battered. Parked up in the shed and not dragged out again until the late 2000s, when it was given a bit of love and serves as one of the fleet again (albeit no more winching tree stumps!)

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Re my comment on intro post.... We have photo's :)

Nice trucks, Matadors are a particular favorite of mine.

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im pretty sure these are matadors, some photos in my collection from a group of engineers.

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Can anyone tell me what used to go in the little cage behind the tray step just above the blokes head, possible jack storage?

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These two still earn their keep almost every day in Staffordshire.

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That looks to be the same can on my militant mk III next to the hydraulic reservoir, on the look out for a replacement as mine has rusted through.

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Nice pictures above.

 

How about this one :D a young lad had built it all himself and also had associated timber trailer.

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How about this one

That is cute, it would be nice to see it run..... just off to youtube.....

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that looks quiet origanle if you put that on the timber tractor page on face book that will sell . does it run and drive . what year is it .

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that looks quiet origanle if you put that on the timber tractor page on face book that will sell . does it run and drive . what year is it .

Thanks for the advice! I will give it a list on there.

 

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08538553 (Navy M.A.T) Built for the Army as a Medium Artillery Tractor (Tropical). Part of contract S4264 date probably 8.44 - 4.45. Original War Dept No H5471653, post war Ministry of Supply No 75RN26.

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On 2/9/2012 at 8:29 PM, matadormike said:

Hi,

 

This is a pic of my 1950 Timber Tractor, it needs a fair bit of work in a few places but runs and drives, its even moved a couple of fallen trees, great fun

 

 

 

 

Cheers

 

Mike

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Oh my God! I have just stumbled across this! This was my father’s matador - Warstones Timber Service was his company and I grew up with this vehicle. How on earth did it wind up on Yorkshire? My dad passed away in 2007 and his company dissolved - we were Wolverhampton based. I’d love to know where it is now.  I have some photos of it in it’s hey day somewhere ....

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Snapped these 4 at the Weald of Kent Steam Rally this weekend.  Not military I know but a Matador is a Matador.

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