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Roller Floor in Van for Metals

26th April 1957, Page 39
26th April 1957
Page 39
Page 39, 26th April 1957 — Roller Floor in Van for Metals
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Commer oil-engined van has been supplied to Johnson Matthey and Co., Ltd., by Rootes, Ltd. The vehicle is based on a Commer 7-ton chassis powered by a Rootes oil engine and fitted with 9.00-20 tyres of 12-ply rating.

The body, built by Man Is Chandler, Ltd., Alperton, incorporates several unusual features. Two sets of rollers are built into the floor centre along the complete length of the body. This is to eater for pallet loading, each pallet being loaded on the rear of the vehicle by a fork-lift truck and pushed towards the front of the body by its successor. Because of the heavy nature of the metals carried, it is possible in this•way to carry a capacity load down the centre of the vehicle.

The floor area adjacent to each side of the rollers can be used for carrying liquid containers, three on each side. These are mounted on wheeled'trolleys, and hooked turn-buckles engage stanchions let into the floor to secure them in transit.

When the centre rollers are not required for use, detachable floor sections can be put down to cover them and provide a completely flat floor, area for the carriage of other types of load.

Lockers are provided in the body skirt on each side behind the rear wheels, and semaphore arms are fitted at the front of the body, together with direction arrows mounted below the tailboard. Rear closure is by means of a full-width roller shutter below which is a tailboard.

A heater and demister is provided in the cab. The unladen weight of the vehicle is 4 tons 8 cwt., and it has a wheelbase of 13 ft. 6 in., whilst thtte body is 17 ft. 4. in. long inside and 6 ft. 4 in. wide.

39-SEATERS FOR SEAFRONT REPLACING smaller vehicles, 10 central-entrance 39-seaters are to be used by United Automobile Services, Ltd., for their service along the seafront at Scarborough as from Whitsuntide. When the smaller vehicles were operated, congestion arose.


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