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    Old and new British Lorries, BEF vehicles , Fire appliances, 1970's Brit Bikes.

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  1. I wonder why none of these wartime pumps used the vehicle engine with a pto for pumping. Would seem much more economical on materials in wartime.
  2. This is great thread. Would any one like to guess how many 980/981s are still around world wide? 100, 200, ,300.........??? And does anyone know roughly how many in UK? 25, 50 .100...........???? Craig
  3. I posted some links and stills to some postwar colour Scottish TA Regiment films and and the blue colour of the Saltaire badge varies from a deep blue to a light blue even in the same outfit. Scroll down to the last two stills of the armoured cars for a quick instance - BTW-This is a stunning restoration , no corners cut , can only gaze on in wonder as I find it hard to keep one old motorbike on the go! Craig
  4. Curious as to why Saladins used .Were the RE repair teams tasked to inspect runway bomb damage whilst the air attack was still on ? Craig
  5. I know post war there were 3 ton and 6 ton 'Mechanical Horses ' and the trailers were very different in size . Farmers favoured the 6 ton trailers. So make sure yours is right size. Craig
  6. Paul , great information thanks, my big interest is BEF vehicles so if I am reading right only the later BY5 carried Folding Boat Equipment. Therefore the BEF of 1940 would not have FBE trucks? Fancy Albion having a different engine in each subsequent variant over such a short period , what a nightmare for spares stock! Craig
  7. Great restoration. So nice to see a Brit rarity rescued from the dead. Could you tell me what year it is? And do you know the years of the BY1 and BY3 production? Questions questions! I have seen many photos of them with the BEF, usually wrecked in France. So wonder what model they had in 1940. Some made it to Dunkirk beaches where their boats were of some use. They are seen near the 'lorry piers' which were constructed by the R.E. 's. Pic below is a Dunkirk lorry pier with possibly a folding boat . I will see if I have any Albion F.B.E pics Craig
  8. Could it just belong to someone who liked US markings ? Might be an MV enthusiast if the Jeep is also his or hers .
  9. What is a Gloster Saro conversion lightweight ?
  10. Couple of QL refuellers in post war service from the Laing archive on Historic England website.
  11. So they didn't notice 6 TONS of motorcycles until well into their journey and the auctioneer missed 450 Land Rovers, every single one. The vehicles most punters went there to buy.............mmm Hard to believe
  12. Surely with the thousands of vehicles auctioned over many years the odd mistake must have been made. Like leaving something in a truck or mis describing a lot.
  13. Always thought of these as an AEC product really ( and AEC were very good at dump trucks) . Though they carried Leyland , Thornycroft, Aveling Barford and I think Scammell badges at various times . Where were they made? did they survive AEC Southall factory closure in 1979 ?
  14. Is this something else Airfix got wrong!😀
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