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 Post subject: Matador 853145 pictures
PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:51 pm 
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As pictures of my Petrol engined Matador (853145) were requested in the only other thread so far, I thought I might aswell add the first pictures to this board. If anyone has any info on this vehicle please let me know, as I am trying to work out when the crane was fitted, and any military history that it might have.

Work is currently progressing slowly on the restoration, the biggest issue is the cab rebuild, as most of the wood in the roof structure is non-existent, due to having rotted away.

Nick

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File comment: Crane fitted to rear - the jib seems to be from a Ward Le France, but the rest is custom made. The purpose of the crane hasn't yet been determined, as it can be lifted up fairly high, but still close to the back of the lorry - it doesn't seem to be a recovery crane.
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File comment: A193 Petrol engine, fitted by AEC before delivery
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 7:35 pm 
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Fantastic Nick, thanks!


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:20 pm 
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Brilliant pictures Nick, I still like the REME workshop crane it has fitted. It would be interesting to know when it was fitted, and perhaps the Bovington Museum has the army disposal Key Cards available now which may give a clue to its history.
I look forward to getting our two vehicles together (Matadors 140 and 145).
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Martyn Callaghan.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:01 pm 
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That's interesting Nick, the crankcase of my A187 is stamped A193, struck out and re-stamped A187. So, I guess the bottom ends are the same.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:27 pm 
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Phil, that's interesting, although the A193 is quite a lot different to the A187 at least at the top end, as the A193 is on overhead cam engine. I believe the only difference between the A193 and earlier 7.4 litre petrol engines is the sump. I have attached pictures from both the diesel and petrol Matador manuals, and they look quite a lot different.

Martyn, I have the disposal card via the RLC Museum, which shows it lasted until 1960, but really that is the only military history I have for certain. The REME Museum said that no Matadors were converted by REME, so I still have no idea when the crane was fitted, and by who. There are some other pictures of it on flickr, which show it in the yard of Southern Counties Trading of Bedhampton, Hampshire during the 1970s - http://www.flickr.com/photos/21437618@N02/6318493387, and I think from there, the last owner before me purchased it. So other than the military registration numbers, I know nothing more, for sure, on it's military history. And yes, it would be great to get 140 and 145 together to compare the differences. Why don't you post some photos of yours on here aswell?

Nick

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