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What is the difference between an AEC 854 and 0854


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It's really O853 / O854, O for Oil - i.e. diesel engine, which in those days were also known as oil engines, particularly by AEC - in fact the tradition stuck right through to the '70s with the Militant Mk3

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This is a picture of my 853 Matador - notice the autovac tank on the bulkhead - this is the same as would be fitted to an 854 - these were removed when they were converted to diesel later in life.  Mine seems to be the only 853 that has survived without being converted.  In addition to the petrol engine and autovac tanks, the 853 and 854 also had slightly different electrics to the diesel versions, different gauges on the dash, and as mentioned previously, some of the 854s had the bigger "tropical" radiator, but not all of them.

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By chance i was passing WH Smiths and noticed they are selling a paperback/ magazine called Military Trucks Archive and Volume 6 was on AEC Military vehicles including more than trucks, so armoured cars and tanks too, from 1930s up to Militant and beyond.

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