A British Vehicle for Dominion Service.
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SBVERAL of the most, prominent commercial vehicle manufacturers in this country are directly represented in the Colonies and the Dominions, and that These far-removed, branches are energetically supporting the campaign of the parent companies to promote trade is indicated by the activities of the Canadian branch of Leyland 'Motors, Ltd., which has recently delivered to the Premier Electric Welding Co., of Vancouver, the special type of vehicle illustrated on this page. The principal equipment mounted on the chassis consists, it will be seen, of a compressor and generator. As it is some
times necessary to have both outfits in operation simultaneously, the latter is fitted with a separate engine, which is mounted at the rear of the chassis in an accessible position. - The compressor is disposed just behind the driver s seat, and for driving it a special gearwheel is mounted on the clutch cover, and this drives by a IL-in. silent chain a longitudinal -shaft situated vertically above it at a height which enables it to clear the driver's seat. The chain is detachable and is only used when the compressor is required. The shaft runs in Skefko bearings mounted at the back of the driver's seat and on a part of the dash which is suitably reinforced for the purpose. A universal joint is provided to allow for flexure of the frame. , The owners of the vehicle find that it is often necessary to take it into confined spaces, and it is frequently required to be driven aboard Pacific Ocean liners and freighters. To facilitate entrance, the driver's hood, windscreen and the canopy for the plant on the platform body are so designed as to be quickly detachable, and the steering column has been shortened by 8 ins, in order that the overall height may be reduced to the lowest passible dimension.