...true pre 1950's sleeper cabs in Australia...home made or otherwise... would've been just about non existant in that era.....we seemed to just make do with what we had, and that situation made for bugger all creature comforts......
Yeah it started with pre 1970's and I think we are creeping back a little .... which is good .... Ray Gilleland (RIP) aka NullaborKid Told me that most blokes in the early 50's slept on a board across the seats, on top of the load ...or even under the trailer .... basically wherever they were comfy. By the mid to late 50's some guys started to make their own sleeper cabs by just extending the cab backwards ..... gotta remember that most british cabs back then were timber frame with sheet tin/Aluminium paneling .... easy to work with.
Ray's Albion HD54 "Moonlight Gambler" with home made sleeper in 1958
This shot is in Melbourne in 1960 and shows a possibly home built sleeper on the AEC in the centre. The sleeper may possibly be a Hastings-Deering??? built add one ..... did they do sleepers as well as day cabs?
1950's Outback Foden ...... looks home built too
More 1950s sleeper action
Thanks to the guys who donated the photos to TMP
Thank you very much for your help! Nice photos! Sincerely, Dima!