A McCURD BACK FROM THE FRONT.
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We have published at frequent intervals in our "Despatches from the Front" numerous interesting illustrations showing the extent of the damage suffered by some of the lorries in military service with the various A.S.C., M.T., columns at the Front. One day last week we were afforded yet another opportunity of inspecting for ourselves a which had been sent to this country for repairs. The chassis in question is a 3i-ton McCurd, and, previous to its W.D. impressment, was in civilian service with Messrs. Tate and Co., the large sugar refiners.
What happened to the machine may be easily guessed on looking at the illustration we include herewith. It appears that a " Jack Johnson." exploded very near to the front axle.
The cylinder cover-plate, the carburetter and magneto, and the radiator and water pipe connection all appear to haVe been removed, evidently before the machine was consigned for this country, possibly to be used as spares if necessary.
A very interesting point is the temporary repair which has been effected to the steering. The drop arm, which can be plainly seen, is not the original. whilst the steering
rod is made up of two tubular bars. The repair is rather neat and answered its purpose very well, as we were able to observe. The steering column was in good condition, but the wheel, which had suffered, had been replaced by an iron bar. One of the front springs had been damaged and a coil spring had been substituted. The hind part of the Jhassis was in a good state.
Apart from the details we have mentioned, the chassis was in excellent order, and as soon as the various repairs have been carried out, we understand that it will again be shipped for still further duty on foreign soil.