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I'm getting bored with the lack of shows to go to, so I've taken up truck spotting and the roundabout near home is a goldmine. Mostly modern stuff but I did catch this old stager today, a 1995 Mercedes 814, probably a horsebox. These are getting rare now.

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And definitely not shite but a special spot nonetheless, an Ailsa Edition in the wild. This was a limited edition of 50 top of the range trucks built to celebrate 50 years of Volvo Trucks in the UK, and this one is the full-fat 16-litre 750bhp version.

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I'll put this here rather than in for sale because it's likely to be of interest only to those who who are into trucks.

I have sitting here a small box filled with negatives. They were rescued from a skip by someone who just happened to be passing when York Trailers place at Northallerton was being demolished quite some time ago (I'm guessing now but I think it was about 2008 or so) . Most of the negatives are of the "here's a trailer what we done builted" variety but there seems to be a fair few wagons photographed as a result. I've only had a quick rummage through and it seems to be mostly wagons and trailers with only the odd "Here's Ted Sprodgit being presented with his 95 year long service gold wheelnut" one thrown in for good measure so there is probably plenty to keep the truck wonk interested for a few evenings. The era I would reckon is mid 70s to mid 80s but that is just based on what few I've looked at.

I'm no camera buff but most of the negatives are colour on something like 120x95 film. There is a sprinkling of smaller ones and B&Ws. As far as I can see there is no 35mm stuff but I haven't looked that closely. Just guessing the total quantity in the box runs to a few hundred negatives. Although they were pulled from a skip they are all in good nick and most are in their paper sleeves.

They were pulled from a skip and we have no interest in pictures of things made by York trailers so they are worthless to us. If anyone is excited by that sort of thing and can promise them a good home then drop me a line.

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Not many trucks around this morning but taking this photo set off an interesting chain of events,

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A couple of minutes later it came back the other way, having been all the way around the next roundabout. It's a local firm so surely he wasn't lost, thought I. Then he stopped, beckoned me over and said he was going to park up at the lorry park round the corner and I should go and talk to him. Thinking I might have upset him by taking his photo and was about to get an ear-bashing, I made my way nervously round the corner. I couldn't be more wrong: turns out he is a fellow truck enthusiast who I had been following on Flickr for years but never met, so we had a good chat and showed each other photos of some of the nice things we'd seen. Basically he'd diverted off his route, parked up and taken time out of his day just to talk to me. What a top bloke!

And yes, that is a Porsche 911 on the back, a 1974 model he picked up from France yesterday.

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My return to work 4 weeks ago after 12 weeks on furlough has been a bit of a trial mostly driving this old heap, It pulls really well considering its mileage though the syncro on third gear is non existent so it’s a good job I know how to double de clutch. I’m still being paid the company artic rate to drive rigids and have been assured I will be back driving artics very soon, I did one day in an artic 2 weeks ago and I was fine even having some challenging drops and having not driven an artic in 15 weeks. This old rigid has the nickname Triggers broom.....

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On 8/1/2020 at 4:15 PM, quicksilver said:

Not many trucks around this morning but taking this photo set off an interesting chain of events,

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A couple of minutes later it came back the other way, having been all the way around the next roundabout. It's a local firm so surely he wasn't lost, thought I. Then he stopped, beckoned me over and said he was going to park up at the lorry park round the corner and I should go and talk to him. Thinking I might have upset him by taking his photo and was about to get an ear-bashing, I made my way nervously round the corner. I couldn't be more wrong: turns out he is a fellow truck enthusiast who I had been following on Flickr for years but never met, so we had a good chat and showed each other photos of some of the nice things we'd seen. Basically he'd diverted off his route, parked up and taken time out of his day just to talk to me. What a top bloke!

And yes, that is a Porsche 911 on the back, a 1974 model he picked up from France yesterday.

I got papped by a photographer between j16/17 M6 in an Arclid merc delivering it back on Saturday. No idea if the picture is online yet but I recon the usual driver is gonna be pissed because it’s me behind the wheel and not him lol. 

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46 minutes ago, sutty2006 said:

No idea if the picture is online yet but I recon the usual driver is gonna be pissed because it’s me behind the wheel and not him lol. 

I found my reg online, the truck was  photographed near our depot. Checked the date of the photo with tachomaster, i'd been in my unit all week except that Tuesday. Gutted. Still couldn't see who was driving though.

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14 minutes ago, sutty2006 said:

Yeah I’ve put the reg in but nothing comes up. Unless it was just a truck spotter out to pap for his own collection lol

Bizarrely I sort of discovered mine by accident. To find it again the full reg doesn't come up with anything but  ??17(space)??? finds it. Try breaking the reg up.

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29 minutes ago, Agila said:

Bizarrely I sort of discovered mine by accident. To find it again the full reg doesn't come up with anything but  ??17(space)??? finds it. Try breaking the reg up.

Have done. Tried the trucks company and the make still nowt. Bizarrely it’s their only merc as they run volvos 

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Some lovely stuff passed through yesterday morning, but you're not interested in blinged-up Scania show trucks are you? Here's a couple more in keeping with this place.

This waste disposal firm are well known for using elderly Fodens long past their sell-by date

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CF03 EEY - Cammack & Wilcox by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

And the oldest I've seen so far, a 1992 Volvo FL6 still pottering around as a horsebox

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K196 OKB - unknown by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

The most interesting spot came through just as I was leaving so I didn't manage to photograph it. A fairly elderly RHD Scania unit registered UKAX 175 with what was obviously an American box trailer. Turns out it belongs to the AAFES, the retail arm of the US Department of Defense (with an S 'cos Septics can't spell) and had presumably been supplying the shop at the nearby USAF base. A European unit pulling a US-style trailer was a really weird looking combination.

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Here's a question for you drivers - what is it like to drive a tractor unit solo? Given how responsive a normal vehicle feels when you unhitch after towing something (relatively) weighty, I'd expect them to absolutely fly along!

Unless there are other factors, like traction perhaps? Presumably you can skip gears on the way up if needed.

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Running bobtail is hilarious for the first 15 mins, but it gets tiring shortly after. Back in the days of fully manual, drifts and slides were a piece of piss, especially in the wet, and most especially up the long spiral sliproad from Houston Ind Est in Livingston. Throttle control was key, cos they just couldn't be steered quickly enough. 

The furthest trip I did bobtail, was Oldham - Falkirk, and that ceased to be amusing by the time I hit the M6. By the border, I was in actual pain, and I remember feeling it for days after. 'A Bad Back' comes with the job...

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Gearing is too low. Don't have any true sensation of speed until maybe 10th gear 40mph plus and then going through the box you have a couple of shoves in the back until top gear and hits the limiter.

If you can imagine bhp per ton. An 8ton unit at 500bhp is a fair bit.

Gets a bit tiresome, OK for a quick blast back to the yard but i prefer a skelly trailer with no box on. Seems more settled and can get the power down properly.

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FIL is at the end of his tether with his Merc camper van based on I think the 711 chassis on an L reg 1993

He's had some brake work done but when you pump the brakes a few times the warning lamp comes on, levae it running for a few secs and the light goes off again, the fluid level in fine.

Anyone got any ideas?

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You can actually handbrake turn with air brakes...it takes a fair bit of practice to get right, but it's worth it for maximum hilarity. 

IIRC Mercedes offered a very special chassis range in the late 80s, which were listed as 'fire tenders': which Feuerwehr needed a carbon fibre cabbed SWB with a low C of G and engines readied for four figure power outputs, and the auto box, brakes and suspension to match, I do not know. Nor which one would have deep enough pockets. They were pretty quick in BP colours though, and basically marked the point at which European truck racing went into full prototype/silhouette mode. 

It's been a bit further than bashing the TC defeat button (or whipping the fuse out) ever since.

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5 hours ago, Floatylight said:

 

FIL is at the end of his tether with his Merc camper van based on I think the 711 chassis on an L reg 1993

He's had some brake work done but when you pump the brakes a few times the warning lamp comes on, levae it running for a few secs and the light goes off again, the fluid level in fine.

Anyone got any ideas?

Assuming that's the T2 chassis (like the Vario buses) and not the cab over LN2, there's not much different to car brakes on those, just bigger. The LN2 is full air, somewhat different animal. Assuming the master cylinder is ok, I'd be looking at the load compensation valve etc., out the back. These things were designed mostly for 5-7t, so a camper might not load it up enough, or often enough. If it's partly or fully seized, might it be causing odd pressure fluctuations that are pinging the light on? 

Saying that, air brakes aren't immune to underloading/under use either: I knew a guy ran a training school, and all his units, trailers and rigids got exchange brake chambers and LSVs before testing, cos they would almost inevitably get failed on that.

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On 8/5/2020 at 3:52 PM, quicksilver said:

The most interesting spot came through just as I was leaving so I didn't manage to photograph it. A fairly elderly RHD Scania unit registered UKAX 175 with what was obviously an American box trailer. Turns out it belongs to the AAFES, the retail arm of the US Department of Defense (with an S 'cos Septics can't spell) and had presumably been supplying the shop at the nearby USAF base. A European unit pulling a US-style trailer was a really weird looking combination.

Gotcha! Looks like it does its delivery on the first Tuesday of the month. A pretty special spot as UKAX plates are reportedly very rare and the combination of RHD European unit with American trailer just adds to the intrigue.

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