A Tipper Conversion a Long-wheelbase Chassis
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Factory-built Dropsided Body Made into an End-tipper Without Introducing any New Material
As regular readers. of this journal will know, the M.O.W.T. • has recently revised a decisien it Made in
• respect of the fitting of tipping oodios
to long-wheelbase chassis. In casos where the loads to be carried are .bulky but light, it is now possible to obtain a permit'. for such a conversion to le carried out.
The accompanying illustration. is of interest, therefore, in that it shows tin Austin long-wheelbase 5-tonner -which has been converted, from a factory-built drop-sided type to an end-tipper. The well-known concern of BromiloW end Edwards, Ltd., .Foundry Street, Bolton, is responsible for the conversion, which, so far as the body modifications' are concerned, did not involve the usc of -any new material.
In carrying out the work, the length of the body was reduced to 12 ft. 6 ins..., the original longitudinals being removed. The underframe of th'e.body was .securely cleated, and mounted on two steel runners, which form the body sub-frame, as well as a part of the Woods D64, power-operated, end-discharge hoist which was employed.
At the rear end, the corner .pillats were refitted to the body and the tailboard rehinged at the top, being provided with a. locking, bar and a hook and handle assembly. The wood floor is covered with sheet steel.
It will be noted from the illustratiph that the hoist is provided with a sub,' frame, au i important point, because. its fitting substantially reinforces the main frame members of the chassis. A feature to which the builder calls attention is the fict that the forces imposed.
by the-operation of the tipping gear are • taken by the sub-frame in the direction of .its length, and not downWards,as is often done. This feature is -of particular .significance in the case of a long-wheelbase chassis, as will he appreciated: