That No 6 is a bit odd. The cab looks like it uses the front of Leyland's forward control cab and the bonnet is parallel sides instead of tapering out to cab width at the rear. maybe it is a rebuild of a forward control???
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athipete,They were set up as road trains and it was easier to pull along side of ramp.they were modelled on the railway cattle wagon.Depending on size of the cattle the truck would hold about 12 head and trailer 13
mammoth, 6 of the Hippos are late 40s, ,but looking at truck No 7 in first photo that might be a latter model ,I could be wrong about that ,if so I am sure some one will correct me .
Time to get up andd get going.......todays bad decisions aren't going to make themselves!!!
The bonnetted version of the Hippo was called the Super Hippo and was introduced around 1948. The cab on No 7 was standard all the way though the 50's until the early 60's when a (slightly) more modern style of front was introduced
Photo courtsey of Old Australian Macks facebook collection.
While this photo is described differently on the facebook page - I believe these to be the NAP Co fleet of Macks that replaced their Leylands.
A similar partial photo of the same trucks is in the Leader book.
Note - the crates on the trucks are similar to the Leyland ones - and the new dog trailers are unusually long (for the day) - I suspect they are 45 footers. There was of course a few 45ft self tracking dogs operated in the NT.
While I havent heard of Super Comets - but I know there were Beavers and Super Beavers. And I dont know the difference either - but could it be an engine change (bigger motor = Super)??
Was it the difference between the bonneted and COE versions??
What I do remember is - they were bloody big trucks for their time - not to mention the HUGE steering wheel.
Now getting back to the different cab designs on the NAP Co trucks - there is something deep in my mind about these bonneted Leylands arriving in Aust with only part cabs - floor, firewall, seats and dash, etc - and a Brisbane company called Athol & Hedges being contracted to make and fit the rest!!! And they may well of been wooden framed too. This may have only applied to the earlier version - like NAP Co No6.