Truck Porn

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I am seriously thinking of adding a magnum to the toybox - one with a 480 Mack engine. Driving one is like sitting in your bedroom driving your house down the road
I've never driven trucks but a relative drove one on a closed airfield for an hour and said it was brilliant fun.
 
That sounds like a poor spec, even in the dim and distant there were semi-autos you could hold in gear. I remember some motor-scrapers had a left-foot pedal to keep high revs/low gear for loading.
I'd agree with the poor spec thing. We were the first Regiment to get them, even new they wouldn't keep going on schemes. Bigger engine, less reliance on hydraulics might have helped. And don't get me started on the gun. Slower than a slow thing.
 
Did the Antar trailers have any suspension at all? As they're loading the Chieftains and (I think) a Cent ARV, there's no deflection at all in the trailer. Were they totally suspension-less, or was there a method to block the suspension?

The other thing I noticed is the brave souls stood on the tractor guiding the tank drivers as they loaded. Tank goes 45 degrees vertical and then hammers down onto the trailer. One slip and the banksman's a goner...
They were pretty much like the Crane Frehauf trailers we had on the Commanders and they didn't have any trailer suspension. Just a lot (16) wheels to absorb the loading and road shocks.
Even on the tractor unit it was just a leaf spring setup. Driving solo (no trailer) was a pretty bouncy experience!
When loaded (even with just an empty trailer) was a pretty smooth ride.
 
Well, I didn't get much of a career out of the army, but I did get to play with some pretty funky toys:

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And I haven't leant against a truck since I left 16 years ago :)
 
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wheel

LE
So your in your army career you learnt how to stand like a teapot and judging by next to last pic you started to look like one. ;)
 
So your in your army career you learnt how to stand like a teapot and judging by next to last pic you started to look like one. ;)
Yeah, it was about that time I decided to quit. I didn't like what I was becoming.
 
I liked this beastie when I was a nipper. And the howitzer it towed.

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Plus a few others

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there was a few oldies in the fields behind 7 Armd Bade Wksp in the 80's, me and my mate use to take an interest in them as they were all out of service types I'll see if I can dig out some more pictures of them.
 

Slime

LE
So your in your army career you learnt how to stand like a teapot and judging by next to last pic you started to look like one. ;)
Not a bad achievment really. The recruiting slogan at that time was:
British army, tea the best.
 
can't remember the name of this trench digging truck, looks a bit agricultural, but saves a lot of sweat.
 

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