Friday, March 31, 2017

Junction Vintage Machinery Expo (British Trucks)

In their day these Bedfords were a common farm truck.

Little J1 Bedford appears to be extensively modified.

1912 Leyland with solid tyres is way before my first truck memories.

1912 Leyland's radiator badge.

1962 Leyland originally operated by Rodair was a big rig in its day.
Rodair operated out of Havelock North carrying refrigerated products.

Badge on the '62 Leyland is mounted on the door to the radiator cap.

The Ergomatic cab of the 1979 Leyland Buffalo is strikingly different to the earlier Leyland.

The same cab on an earlier model Leyland. This time a Beaver.
Next to it is a D series Ford.

Before the D series Ford, the Thames Trader was Ford's big truck.
This one a 4 wheel drive model.

Although not blessed with a tilt cab like the D series Ford of the same era, the Bedford TK was never the less a very popular model.

A Bedford TK in articulated form next to its predecessor, the S model.

S model Bedford.

And another TK.

When the steam roller lost traction in the damp conditions, the Scammell Pioneer dragged it with ease.
This Scammell was powered by a 6 cylinder Gardner diesel.

1980 series III Land Rover was decorated with very tall aerials.

Range Rover ambulance and LWB Land Rover with raised roof.

Range Rover with Carmichael 6 wheel conversion.

And another.

A better view of the TK articulated unit.
With no tilt cab, access to the Bedford's engine was from behind the cab with a lift up flap on each side.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Junction Vintage Machinery Expo (American and Australian Trucks)

Last weekend the Hawkes Bay Vintage Machinery Club held their second Expo on the property of John and Jo Ashworth, about half-way between Dannevirke and Waipukurau. My first post is of some of the American and Australian trucks that attended.
Not often you see a Ruggles. They were built in the US and Canada in the early 20s.

1964 International AB130.
These and the smaller wellside models with single rear tyres were quite popular in the 60s and 70s.

These earlier models were also popular.
The coupe type cab was an Australian adaption of the original American cab.

This 1947 Chevrolet Thriftmaster is typical of the many American light trucks that worked hard for farmers and tradesmen on New Zealand roads in the 40s, 50s and 60s before British light trucks became the preferred vehicle.
This is not to say the American trucks were inferior, but trading within the Commonwealth had a financial advantage over imports from the US.

1968 International F1800D Loadstar.
These were a popular truck in many parts of the world and were one of the models built by International in England during the late 60s. The power plant is a 6 cylinder, 2 stroke Detroit of the 53 series.

1997 Ford Louisville is an Australian adaption of a popular American model.

International's Australian division built many trucks for Australia and New Zealand with fully  Australia designed cabs which bared no resemblance to any of their American models.
This example from the T-line series is a 1981 TF2670.

One entrant had hired this 2015 Kenworth K200 to get his exhibits to the Expo.

Another used this Kenwort T650.

That big square grille could only be a Mack Superliner.

Nice old 70s Canadian built Kenworth.

Ford Model T...

...and a 1929 Chevy.

Very impressively painted Kenworth.

One of the predecessors to the T-line in the Australian range was the 3070.
Usually powered by the Cummins 903cid V8.

The R series Mack was a truck that worked hard on New Zealand roads in all sorts of duties, but particularly in the logging industry.

Superbly restored Kenworth logger.

Australian Leader and similar looking Mack F series.
Tiny sleeper was added to give more room in the cab for paper work when it was a working truck..

Gleeson's Ford V8 looking like it's just turned up with a load of household goods from the 1940s.

Another very smart Mack Superliner.

Freightliner Argosy was also there to transport an exhibitor's machines.

This 1947 International K6F was the manufacturer's smallest tandem drive model at that time.....
....with the interior just as lovingly restored as the exterior and typical of American trucks of that era, it is petrol powered.
This truck was my pick of the whole show.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Smart Trailer.

I'm intrigued by this trailer belonging to Derek Ramsey's contracting business.
From this angle it looks like a fairly conventional trailer behind the Isuzu...

...but a closer look shows that the trailer's front pivot point rests on the drawbar beam, ahead of the axle, thus exerting some weight on to the rear of the towing vehicle.
I would assume that normally when towing the laden trailer on or off site, the truck is empty and traction would be a problem, but this cleverly puts some of the weight of the digger on to the driving axles and solves this predicament.
They may be many of these trailers around, but this is the only one I've seen in this area.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Some More from Across the Tasman.

Some more photos from Paul, in Australia, which for some reason I had trouble loading on the previous post.

Western Star.

Kenworth cab-over in a colour that's hard to miss.

Freightliner Coronado with refrigerated B-double.

Kenworth flat top cab-over with what appears to be a very high sided open top trailer..

FH Volvo has eyes watching you.

Kenworth conventional with lots of shiny bits and four road lights across the bull bar.