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AEC and Leyland in Australia

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003-1.jpgHaving spent 20 plus years in blighty I got inoculated with appreciation of old British hardware. Over there it was motorbikes and narrow gauge railways. Being on a farm here I had the space to play with bigger toys. Eventually I started gathering a collection of post war poms which were relatively unique survivors of an earlier age - Thornycroft, Leyland, AEC, Albion. I now have 2 AEC Matadors in the queue for restoration but the one I need some help with is a 1946 Leyland Hippo mkll. I am told that it remained in service until the 1960's when it was auctioned and sent to New Guinea to work on a highway project. apparrently too slow and unloved it was left in the bush but, (maybe 15) years ago it was brought to Queensland with restoration in mind. Unfortunately after some dismantling the project stalled and deterioration continued until I aquired it this year. The chassis is straight and clean but there are many cab parts that are either missing or too rusty to use.





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