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is that a winch, glider launching?
Barrage balloon initially.
some were used post war for glider launching but if I remember correctly I was told that the alignment of the cable run for towing ( much more horizontal initially at least) resulted in horrendous rats nests of cable deep within the bowels of the winch in the event of a cable break whilst in full flow.
 

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Morris C4 mk II. Lovely little truck, have built several versions 1/35 scale
 

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Correct old boy! Would make a decent diorama.
When I was a nipper my grandad used to take us up to Alexandra Palace (north London) to play in the park, bugger about in the boating lake etc. The park was littered with bloody great lumps of granite with big steel loops fixed into them, they were there to attach the barrage balloons to. At least according to my grandad, who lived there throughout the blitz so I have no reason to doubt it.
 
I remember the problem now with that rig for glider use.
the balloon might only go up once a day, and the braided cable was up in the air and hence kept clean.
Glider launching involves many more spoolings in a day , and the rope has to be dragged out along the ground back to the launch point. The grit and abrasion ( especially if it’s a hard runway), wears the cable and you then get the aforementioned rats nest cable break .( not helped by a scrolling mechanism in front of the drum).
Many gliding sites get around the abrasion issue by using ( much cheaper) smooth solid drawn wire. ( basically high tensile fencing wire).
But it needs to wind on a much larger diameter drum than the old balloon winch can accommodate.
thread drift over.
 
Ford/Fordson, flathead V 8 petrol and a "sussex" double dri ve rear end conversion
Was the 'Sussex' conversion made by County, by any chance?
I used to deal with them in the late '70s with 4WD tractors and if it was theirs, didn't realize how long they'd been in the conversion business.
 

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Was the 'Sussex' conversion made by County, by any chance?
I used to deal with them in the late '70s with 4WD tractors and if it was theirs, didn't realize how long they'd been in the conversion business.
I think so. They started converting tractors I about 1948. I seem to recall they robbed front axles from Chevrolet trucks.
 
I think so. They started converting tractors I about 1948. I seem to recall they robbed front axles from Chevrolet trucks.

Some history here. Not sure how reliable it is - it says something about County 4WD tractors being skid-steer, which is wrong. It does mention the Sussex conversion but no details.

I think County also did the double-drive and 4WD/6WD on Thames Traders.

 

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Some history here. Not sure how reliable it is - it says something about County 4WD tractors being skid-steer, which is wrong. It does mention the Sussex conversion but no details.

I think County also did the double-drive and 4WD/6WD on Thames Traders.

they did do a skid steer. The RNLI had a handful. Skid steer was helpful as you could make a v ery poweful compact thing.
 

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not a Morris. It is in fact a Guy Ant.
I'll give you that one, I was going by the picture at post #1,124 which is definitely a Morris C4 Mk II
 

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