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On 13/02/2024 at 14:21, 5speedracer said:

Likes a Volvo by the look of it, are they 100% Volvo?

I remember seeing some DAFs of theirs but that was some years ago. They’ve run Volvo since the days of F7s, F10s etc at least. 

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A picture from a Norwegian police control in the 1960s has appeared here. A overloaded Morris has been stopped and with several people at the back demonstrated the overloading. I have heard of such stories before but never seen a picture before now.

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One of the stories I've heard is from the 1950s where a truck that was heavily loaded with building materials went up a steep hill and ended up like in the picture above and several people had to gather and gather on top of the truck to get the front wheels down on the ground so it could drive up the hill. Those were simpler times.

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On 14/02/2024 at 17:01, martc said:

After the Wall fell IFA found themselves with a lot of stock that no-one wanted. They put on a massive display of cut price lorries, over 1,000!

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Sales were slow, but 500 of them went to Vietnam.

A lot of DDR kit was designed to be easily converted to military use should the need arise - look carefully and you can see the roof hatch on the cabs of those IFA lorries which stayed in the civilian version.

I remember them well when I lived in Berlin many years ago. Very basic, probably amazingly slow and with no power steering and rubbish brakes I imagine. No surprise that DDR cars, buses and lorries were already scarce just very few years after the Wall fell.

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22 hours ago, Dyslexic Viking said:

A picture from a Norwegian police control in the 1960s has appeared here. A overloaded Morris has been stopped and with several people at the back demonstrated the overloading. I have heard of such stories before but never seen a picture before now.

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One of the stories I've heard is from the 1950s where a truck that was heavily loaded with building materials went up a steep hill and ended up like in the picture above and several people had to gather and gather on top of the truck to get the front wheels down on the ground so it could drive up the hill. Those were simpler times.

At about 7 mins is a good wheelie.

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I have been browsing on this site for a while, and, thoroughly enjoyed the pictures and the comments. I have no professional or practical connection with anything vehicle related, having been a lawyer, then a nurse which led to lecturing in healthcare law and ethics, and now retired.  However, I am interested in old aircraft, railways, vehicles and warships.

As a little payback for all the stuff I have liked, here is a photo of the lorry my grandfather used to drive. So far as I can tell, it is a late 1940s Guy Vixen. He drove William Bates for a fruit & veg wholesalers in Nottingham, delivering to greengrocers etc. As a small child, I would sometimes go with him when he did runs into Lincolnshire to pick veg up from farmers, including his brothers, so we would stop for lunch or tea with them. Apparently he also got commission for doing deals as he knew what he was looking at with the crops. He was the youngest child, and in the prolonged pre-WWII agricultural depression, there wasn't really room for him. He moved to Nottingham in 1937 and worked for Bates until 1970. The Vixen was dark green with either yellow or gold lettering and a cream cab interior. The steering wheel was massive, and the gear stick used to wave about with no visible indication of the gear layout. It lasted until 1965 and then drove a new Morris FG or its Austin equivalent until his retirement.

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