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Re: Leyland Hippos 17 Apr 2012 20:49 #80370

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I think (WSTBC) the Leyland (one with sleeper cab) that features in the 'Cattle Carters' movie might be a Buffalo.

Now to confuse things - about half way thru that movie there is a change of trucks - the one in the scene where they are loading the cattle - is a Hippo.

Both trucks alternate a bit in some of the moving scenes - and the difference can be picked by the way & the number of drums loaded on top of the leading dog trailer vary. (all from memory).

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Re: Leyland Hippos 17 Apr 2012 20:59 #80371

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No correction Old Fella, the Super Hippo and Buffalo alternate through the film.
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Re: Leyland Hippos 18 Apr 2012 09:50 #80372

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Next Question: When (what year approx) did that model/shape Buffalo come to Australia?

I'm just trying to 'date' the Cattle Carters movie.

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Re: Leyland Hippos 18 Apr 2012 11:07 #80373

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1962 Oldfulla.
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Re: Leyland Hippos 18 Apr 2012 17:54 #80374

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They look the same except that the Buffalo had a longer bonnet, usually with 3 slots v/s two on the Super Hippo.
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Re: Leyland Hippos 18 Apr 2012 20:08 #80375

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Different animals. Yes, from a distance there is a family resemblance but stand next to the buffalo and you realise it is a big truck. It used the Albion 900ci motor. There was a thread on the buffalos here a while back.
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Re: Leyland Hippos 19 Apr 2012 21:29 #80376

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Guys - thanks for the info so far.

When (what year) was this (see photo below) cab introduced? 1 obvious difference is the big separate quarter glass. Was it a 1962 change. Also - it seems to have the 'flater' steering wheel too.

This truck wasnt very old when this photo was taken.


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Re: Leyland Super Hippos 24 Apr 2012 15:48 #80377

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Super Hippos have more uses than shifting cattle.On a clay pan near Bouila QLD :) :) :)

Is it as tough as this now ::) ::) ::)


Thanks Andy for the correction ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) :) :)
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Re: Leyland Super Hippos 24 Apr 2012 16:43 #80378

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The end of the Supper Hippos at North Australian Pastoral Company, well 4 of them,2 went on to other duties.4 new Macks 2 new trailers and modification to 6 existing trailers 1961.
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Last Edit: 24 Apr 2012 16:45 by Mairjimmy.
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Re: Leyland Super Hippos 24 Apr 2012 19:54 #80379

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An excellent video featuring a super hippo was the ABC Australian Story on Toots Holzeimer. She was in her MAN semi carting 44's of fuel to an extremely remote mission and the job of hubby's super hippo body truck was to tow her through the mire and jump ups, after he had got himself through. Both very tough trucks (and drivers!) when you see what they put them through. Break into a sweat just watching it, never mind being there.
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