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Came across this picture that was taken sometime in the 50's somewhere in Norway. And is this truck I am most interested in. Good quality vehicles had a long life here but is amazing when you think about it, This truck when the picture was taken was between 20 and 30 years old and still working. It had then gone through all these years on bad gravel roads probably often overloaded, 5 years of war with minimal maintenance and harsh conditions and is still in use. I find something like this impressive and fascinating and assume it is an American brand.

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Also add this picture below which shows what the truck above has had to go through all these years. This is an American Gramm truck struggling through the spring thaw in the late 30's.

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Pretty quiet round here of late but the first day of the new month produced this hen's-teeth rarity. HML suggests about 60 AWDs still on the road and TBH I'm surprised it's that many as you just don't see them anymore and there only seem to be one or two on the show scene.

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The USAF were about again a couple of weeks ago. Rather less weird this time with a normal Euro curtainsider but still a big 6x4 unit with Hiab. They seem to have an odd mix of LHD and RHD stuff, which must be interesting for the drivers.

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On 10/3/2021 at 5:57 AM, willswitchengage said:

Anyone know what the 'Iveco Acco' is?

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Our council has just converted from plastic rubbish bags to wheelie bins and they've bought brand new ACCOs to empty them.

Kind of nice to see a 40+ year old cab design available brand new - albeit pretty much only as a council utility appliance.

I've drove a couple of 1980's International fire engines a few years back that shared this cab, when they'd substitute our Iveco Eurocargo for various maladies. They were as slow, cumbersome and noisy as you'd imagine but I enjoyed the all metal, brown painted interiors.

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17 hours ago, quicksilver said:

The USAF were about again a couple of weeks ago. Rather less weird this time with a normal Euro curtainsider but still a big 6x4 unit with Hiab. They seem to have an odd mix of LHD and RHD stuff, which must be interesting for the drivers.

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I used to live near SHAPE https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supreme_Headquarters_Allied_Powers_Europe in Belgium and it was fascinating to see US Specification lorries- and cars for that matter- being driven around the local area! 

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On 10/7/2021 at 4:36 PM, quicksilver said:

The USAF were about again a couple of weeks ago. Rather less weird this time with a normal Euro curtainsider but still a big 6x4 unit with Hiab. They seem to have an odd mix of LHD and RHD stuff, which must be interesting for the drivers.

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That unit is knocking on a bit now, the driver looks a bit pensive with the steering wheel being on the opposite side of what he’s familiar with, not to mention driving on the left.

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5 hours ago, Joey spud said:

I was working at a Paper Mill in Kemsley the other day and spied this parked up in their yard.

Looking at its Mot history shows its never been presented for a test.

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Yard shunter perhaps?

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10 hours ago, Joey spud said:

I was working at a Paper Mill in Kemsley the other day and spied this parked up in their yard.

Looking at its Mot history shows its never been presented for a test.

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HGV/PSV MOTs use a different system that doesn't record tests on the DVSA website and is still at least partly paper-based IIRC. That looks tidy for a shunter, I've seen some that are literally falling apart. 

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On 09/10/2021 at 08:35, Joey spud said:

I was working at a Paper Mill in Kemsley the other day and spied this parked up in their yard.

Looking at its Mot history shows its never been presented for a test.

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Looks like it's still absolutely ready for the road. I wonder what its story is.

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2 hours ago, willswitchengage said:

Reminds me of Renault's VE10 and VE20 concepts, which ultimately became the Magnum.

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That's wicked.

Ah, the French. Where did it all go wrong? 

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Found a little story about a 6 wheel drive MAN truck that was left behind by the Germans. This was bought and used for transport to some remote mines here in Norway. It was very good in terrain but was terrible to drive. In the winter of 49/50 while transporting timber, it went through the ice and was lost forever. The picture of it is from the winter 46/47.

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The funfair is back in town after missing a year. Almost everyone has Volvos now and we're down to four ERFs, all relatively modern ones from the 1990s that are regulars here. I did find these two classics in Banbury though, and the V-reg has just had a fresh coat of paint at over 40 years old so its owner has no plans to pension it off any time soon.

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1 hour ago, quicksilver said:

The funfair is back in town after missing a year. Almost everyone has Volvos now and we're down to four ERFs, all relatively modern ones from the 1990s that are regulars here. I did find these two classics in Banbury though, and the V-reg has just had a fresh coat of paint at over 40 years old so its owner has no plans to pension it off any time soon.

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Find a lot of travelling entertainers use old ERFs. They love them. The usual Cummins engines are pretty bullet proof. They do well to keep them on the road. Parts were getting scarce 15 years ago …….. 

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ERFs and Fodens are still the favourites and Cummins and Gardner engines are spoken of with much reverence in the showman community, but even the newest ones are over 15 years old so they're dying out fast, supplies of both parts and complete trucks are drying up and they're reluctantly moving on to other makes. Volvo is definitely the new preference but there's quite a few DAFs and MANs are starting to make an impact too. Scanias apparently are great when they work but expensive to fix so they're not that popular.

This sentiment on a Volvo says it all really:

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16 minutes ago, quicksilver said:

ERFs and Fodens are still the favourites and Cummins and Gardner engines are spoken of with much reverence in the showman community, but even the newest ones are over 15 years old so they're dying out fast, supplies of both parts and complete trucks are drying up and they're reluctantly moving on to other makes. Volvo is definitely the new preference but there's quite a few DAFs and MANs are starting to make an impact too. Scanias apparently are great when they work but expensive to fix so they're not that popular.

This sentiment on a Volvo says it all really:

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Shame the sign writer couldn’t spell though. 

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