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Re: Atkinson buses? 20 Apr 2015 22:15 #157567

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I seem to remember a bloke had something like the UFO running around Sydney a few years back set up to carry containers. With the cab tucked under the front he could carry a 40' box as a rigid.

But, IDSTBC...

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Re: Atkinson buses? 20 Apr 2015 22:40 #157568

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I seem to remember a bloke had something like the UFO running around Sydney a few years back set up to carry containers. With the cab tucked under the front he could carry a 40' box as a rigid.

But, IDSTBC...

Grant.


I remember that too Grant.....

I seem to remember talk of It on here a few years ago. But No pictures..(& a quick search hasn't revealed anything)
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Re: Atkinson buses? 21 Apr 2015 20:22 #157569

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Well, there you go! You only have to ask!

For the life of me I couldn't remember what the Leyland car carrier had on the front. Came back instantly, 'U F O'. I can't quite make it out, but just below the near side windscreen (that's passenger side for people who have never ridden a horse! Or a pushbike!), looks like a Leyland badge? Or Leopard?

Thanks guys, that Atkinson bus that Beaver said was mid-engined, Gardner on her side a-la-horizontal Leyland/AEC???

Dave I think you will find it is a leopard badge same as on the drivers ( or off ) side

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Re: Atkinson buses? 21 Apr 2015 20:40 #157570

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There was more than one car carrier like that and at least one had a bus body put back on it. Can't remember where I read it but might come back to me.

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Re: Atkinson buses? 22 Apr 2015 07:21 #157571

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...that's a good idea Mammoth .. put the freight on top while the passengers duck their heads... 8-) 8-) :-/

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Re: Atkinson buses? 22 Apr 2015 12:28 #157572

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and here I was thinking the bottom level was for the beer! Oh Well (sigh) :D
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Re: Atkinson buses? 22 Apr 2015 19:10 #157573

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In very early days (my early days that is), that UFO delivered Toyo's to what was then Ken Sams Toyota in Chullora. Us blokes in the Hino service area used to giggle every time stalk got out of it - he was about 9'3" tall !!! Every few months they made someone else do penance by driving it. At smoko, we used to announce here comes "useless *ucking 'orrible"
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Re: Atkinson buses? 26 Apr 2015 08:50 #157574

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Just found a story about the owner /builder of the UFO (Under Floor Operator) John Baker. In 1965 UFO was built from a ex London bus which had a Leyland 600 horizontal engine under the floor. With a cab height of 54 inches John was capable of loading 10 cars.
UFO was on the road for 20 years working for Shields Transport, Arnolds Transport and TDG. John later worked a more conventional car carrier for TDG, an International T2670
John was inducted to the Shell Wall of Fame in 2002.

Wilweld and Hayseed
A company with a name like Sandovan or Sandolyn near Silverwater in Sydney also had a vehicle with the drivers cab located under the floor. It was a tilt tray , I think based on a 8 wheeler UD?. When going up steep driveways the driver had to raise the tilt tray then the cab could also be raised or pivoted for more ground clearance.
I had a look inside the cab about 20 years ago. The drivers position was similar to a Formula 1 race car, the most ergonomically incorrect drivers workplace that I have ever seen. The gearstick hung down from the roof and I think the clutch pedal was mounted horizontally to the cab wall beside the drivers left leg.
I remember thinking that I hope my employer never buys one of these trucks.

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Re: Atkinson buses? 29 Apr 2015 16:01 #157575

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Wilweld and Hayseed
A company with a name like Sandovan or Sandolyn near Silverwater in Sydney also had a vehicle with the drivers cab located under the floor. It was a tilt tray , I think based on a 8 wheeler UD?. When going up steep driveways the driver had to raise the tilt tray then the cab could also be raised or pivoted for more ground clearance.
I had a look inside the cab about 20 years ago. The drivers position was similar to a Formula 1 race car, the most ergonomically incorrect drivers workplace that I have ever seen. The gearstick hung down from the roof and I think the clutch pedal was mounted horizontally to the cab wall beside the drivers left leg.
I remember thinking that I hope my employer never buys one of these trucks.


That's It spannerman..I remember the gear lever hanging out of the roof..
I think It might have started life as a crane carrier..As (from memory) sandelon were a crane company..
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Re: Atkinson buses? 26 Apr 2016 22:05 #169616

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I drove for a bus company in the late 70s that had one of those Atkinsons. Powered by Gardener and stopped by Morris Minor. Scary stuff. The last trip I did in it was down to Darling Harbour to go on a boat to Tonga. Hope they don't have any hills there.
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