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With Volvo, you have to spec a manual box now, otherwise you get their i_Shift standard now. I suspect a lot of the other manufacturers are no different.
To be honest its the big flaw in my plan at the moemnt, the drivers all want autos now
We have a manual box Axor, everyone loves it for a few weeks then the novelty wears off and they want an auto
 
I actually cannot think of one - even the "manuals" are just a manually selected auto (which is what the twin splitter was/is after all)
A mate of mine a few years ago, got himself a "Green card" and did a Busmans holiday over in the States. He tried a couple of companies without luck, at the last company he tried, at the back of the yard were a load of parked up Macks.
After being rejected again, being a cheeky git, he asked what was wrong with the motors parked up.
The reply "we can't get drivers for those because they are manuals". He got the job there and then and a choice of truck.
 
To be honest its the big flaw in my plan at the moemnt, the drivers all want autos now
We have a manual box Axor, everyone loves it for a few weeks then the novelty wears off and they want an auto
I know good drivers are getting a bit premium now days, but my old boss, his favourite saying....
If you don't like, you know what to do!!


ie. Go find another job then.!!
 
Jagman, if you really want to go left of field.... basic truck, Fuller 9 speed (good starter gearbox to get used to), Caterpillar 425bhp engine and never, ever get stuck on those fields you mentioned then see if any of these are around....
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The whole Multidrive concept has been discussed on here previously but i have been lucky enough to drive all 3 variants (Bedford, Foden 380bhp, Foden 405bhp). The final Foden version was nice to drive but for power i wont forget driving an original Bedford one down the A34 and no speed limiter fitted realising that all-wheel drive and rear steer was better suited to big open desert expanses!!
 
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Jagman, if you really want to go left of field.... basic truck, Fuller 9 speed (good starter gearbox to get used to), Caterpillar 425bhp engine and never, ever get stuck on those fields you mentioned then see if any of these are around....
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The whole Multidrive concept has been discussed on here previously but i have been lucky enough to drive all 3 variants (Bedford, Foden 325bhp, Foden 405bhp). The final Foden version was nice to drive but for power i wont forget driving an original Bedford one down the A34 and no speed limiter fitted realising that all-wheel drive and rear steer was better suited to big open desert expanses!!
I'll match your Bedford and raise you a Kenworth Desert tractor.....
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I drove one of these out in Oz Kenworth T800 Titan.
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Truxx

LE
Mos of JCB;s work is now contracted out (Bellis of Wrexham do a lot of it) but if I'm honest I find the JCB fleet a bit of an inspiration for where I'm going with this.
I take great pleasure from seeing their pristine ERF's working

Took be all of 6 minutes earlier this summer to convince the CEO spending four grand on a 12 year old Atego to have the fridge box refurbed was a good idea.

A month later it came back with its life extended by three years and back out on the road 2000 miles a week for the foreseable.
I intend to do the same with 2010 DAF CF in the new year.

Asides from low emisions zones where I have no choice I fully intend to run older lorries and life extend them as long as possible. By choice, not necessity, I want to do it.

Half of where I'm going with this whole idea of buying an older tractor unit is that I think it can be done, it can be fun and it can (almost) be practical
I'm fully aware that many transport managers out there will think I'm a bit left field with it. I really do think I can run an 80's or 90's lorry commercially and this is the first stage of that plan or at least an attempt at it.

Like I said earlier, my very level headed, financial guru of a CEO is also a closet petrol head and he is so far coming along for the ride. I reckon that if I chuck a fully liveried 1980's Foden or ERF tractor unit in to some of this country' most prestigious sporting events he'll be smiling at the idea.
If I'm entirely honest, I think he's indulging me a little bit of eccentricity in his view, I also think he'll continue to do so unless I fuk it up in a big way and leave thirty grands worth of time sensetive delivery on the side of the M6 in a thirty year old lorry

Far, far more interesting and entertaining than chucking a leased Actros onto the job.

Just think about it for a moment, 500 horsepower of Cummins running down the M6 in the middle of the night, no limiter, a pair of Eminox's bellowing away.......
All you need is a decent jukebox and CW McCAll giving it big decibels, how much better could life by than that? (only bettered if you get Ali MacGraw riding shotgun)
I love my ERFs but between you and I the best all rounder would be a Foden Alpha. Plenty of those still at work, especially tippers which take a bigger battering than most.

As for breaking down they all do that - and sometimes bits are tricky for my L10 cummins, but they are out there.

As for the jukebox I don't bother - smartphone, decent headphones, spotify and a decent mix of Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Bob Segar, Credence and Bachman Turner at dawn batting down the A1 or somesuch and I am the happiest man on the planet.
 

Truxx

LE
Jagman, if you really want to go left of field.... basic truck, Fuller 9 speed (good starter gearbox to get used to), Caterpillar 425bhp engine and never, ever get stuck on those fields you mentioned then see if any of these are around....
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The whole Multidrive concept has been discussed on here previously but i have been lucky enough to drive all 3 variants (Bedford, Foden 380bhp, Foden 405bhp). The final Foden version was nice to drive but for power i wont forget driving an original Bedford one down the A34 and no speed limiter fitted realising that all-wheel drive and rear steer was better suited to big open desert expanses!!
I trialled the very first one!

There are two currently on fleabay
 
I trialled the very first one!

There are two currently on fleabay
Our paths may of crossed then as i took part in trials on majority of Army fuel trucks from 1992 onwards.
 
As for the jukebox I don't bother - smartphone, decent headphones, spotify and a decent mix of Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Bob Segar, Credence and Bachman Turner at dawn batting down the A1 or somesuch and I am the happiest man on the planet.
You can probably keep your Bob Segar bot apart from that we aren't far from alignment!
 

goodoldboy

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I wonder what happened to the eight-wheeler TCHD Foden tractor units that used to haul the trailers with nuclear warheads? Now that would be something to see if refurbished @jagman2 !
 
I think you could buy the Foden recovery versions....sure i saw one for sale somewhere.
 
I think you could buy the Foden recovery versions....sure i saw one for sale somewhere.
Eh!! . . . are you having a dig at me . . . !! ;) .

OK . . . something oddball, interesting, certainly reliable, ideal for large events, and definitely entertaining, if you can consider something left field, blue sky, that stretches-the-envelope :) .

I did acknowledge it was a "THREAD DRIFT" when I posted it on the Land-Rover thread, with the hope that someone would purchase, love, honour, and preserve . . . .

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It may be 33 years old (Date In Service:1986), BUT . . the Mileage is ONLY 32,525 !!


For those few "60 or 70 days a year (it will earn its years keep on that)" that it will (only) do a "250-300 mile round trip daily" (to relieve the Actros), it would have to be used with a dolly to haul the artic trailer, which speed-wise, overall length, could be worked-around?!

I would anticipate/imagine the "Transport Director" using those "60 or 70 days a year" to take the wheel on the pretext of keeping-up his hours!! :) !!

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The Nuclear Convoy Foden Recovery trucks i was on about.
 
Anyone seen that programme on Ch5? Trucking Hell. It follows Crouch recovery. They’be got some really trick Motors.
One of the ‘characters’, Jim Howard, is ex Royal Signals.
If you can get passed the over dramatic & excitable voice over, it’s quite interesting.
 
Anyone seen that programme on Ch5? Trucking Hell. It follows Crouch recovery. They’be got some really trick Motors.
One of the ‘characters’, Jim Howard, is ex Royal Signals.
If you can get passed the over dramatic & excitable voice over, it’s quite interesting.
I wanted to like this being a bit of a truck freak but the voiceover was indeed annoying and the editing was awful....using views of the truck being freed then suddenly the other side of the truck still stuck. Stopped watching it half way through.
 

Truxx

LE
Anyone seen that programme on Ch5? Trucking Hell. It follows Crouch recovery. They’be got some really trick Motors.
One of the ‘characters’, Jim Howard, is ex Royal Signals.
If you can get passed the over dramatic & excitable voice over, it’s quite interesting.
David Crouch is a top man.
 

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