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What the devil was this................. 09 Apr 2018 02:03 #192650

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.Recently we spotted this HMSV (Home Made Special Vehicle) at Kulnara.............
Been passing it for years (i think) , always thought it was just a pile of junk on display..........
So for some reason we pulled up for a look...........looks like an old Nissan converted..........
A lot of work has gone into it ,and dollars too, ill bet........
Engine moved up and hydraulic pumps fitted...a hydraulic motor fitted to the front of the gearbox........
steering now by a hydraulic ram...........hydraulic lines going up to the gismos up on top ,what ever thats for............
I have to sort out a few close up shots...........
What could it have been ?????? i have absolutely no idea.............















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What the devil was this................. 09 Apr 2018 06:20 #192652

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A mobile work platform for:
Prunin / pikn fruit trees
nok n in looong star pikets for a Emu farm or zoo
drill n fir water to hold the rods @ a height to join nex rod

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What the devil was this................. 09 Apr 2018 09:59 #192653

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All that and probably more $wishy..........
I find it hard to believe that such a versatile piece of machinery has been relegated to the scrap heap..........
Thinking........that gismo on top , may have worked at ground level. ???? for what ever.........

Another first...........
A patented suspension travel limiter............

Note the hydraulic steering set up...........
Also lack of brake hose to wheel....( i suppose that could have fallen off at some time )...........
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What the devil was this................. 09 Apr 2018 13:32 #192657

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Hi,

could the hydraulic controls be whats under the rusty bucket on the top deck at the end of the hoses?

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What the devil was this................. 09 Apr 2018 20:42 #192670

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Gryphon wrote: Hi,

could the hydraulic controls be whats under the rusty bucket on the top deck at the end of the hoses?

Terry

That looks like the go........thinking.........those gismos on top, would have to stay on top,,(bolted down of corse).
Otherwise it may not be too mobile...........
Here is a few pics of the donk and Hydraulics................


The donk has been lifted up and sits on a cradle of sorts.............




Here is the hydraulic motor that drives the box and moves the vehicle



Here is the two piggyback pumps on the front of the donk...........
Maybe the big one drives the vehicle and the top machinery through
a diverter valve, .....maybe the small pump is for the steering.....(maybe).....



Front view of the piggybank pumps.............That lever may controll the swash plate,
(if it is a piston pump).....that would regulate the oil flow via that controll rod
that goes up to the top controlls......and so controll the speed of the gismos............
It is an old orchard area .......so maybe it does have something to do with picking fruit
and sorting it on the trot..............But then again ????????????????
One day we might find all about it.......................
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What the devil was this................. 09 Apr 2018 21:35 #192671

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I recon it is some sort of tree shaker, the gizmo up top looks to have a side shift
of sorts and the rubber part looks like it may have been maneuvered around
a tree trunk or similar. It would also explain the suspension limiting.
After having a closer look at the gizmo up top, it looks like its a bobcat profiler
attachment with side shift. So maybe not a shaker, maybe a home made
stump grinder of sorts.
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What the devil was this................. 10 Apr 2018 10:21 #192677

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I would agree with Swishy and say some sort of mobile work platform. The main piston pump would be driving the transmission so you could go forwards and backwards at any speed, and tiny gear pump on the front will be for the steering. I think the bobcat attachment on the top is just resting there because there is simply not enough hydraulic power there to run something like that.

I have seen a similar setup with a pumpkin picking machine- a vehicle chassis with the engine hung on the side between the wheels. It had a hydraulic motor attached straight to the diff. On the other side, it had a huge conveyor belt that hung out across the rows so that the pickers could put the pumpkins on the belt and it would bring them in and dump them in a bin. Spare bins were stored directly on the chassis rails, so when the bin was full, it was lowered to the ground and as you drove away, you pulled a new bin down on to the platform and started filling again.

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What the devil was this................. 10 Apr 2018 21:44 #192694

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.I think you might be on the money there DD............
Even though i thought i had a pretty good look at the thing, i now couldn't say whether any of the hoses
from that stuff on top were connected to the bottom gear...........( carnt see the trees for the forest sort of thing)........
So yep, it could be a work station with that stuff just thrown up on top for safe keeping ................May be .....May be...............
One day i will go past again and have a better look................
In the meantime, here is a couple of pics of the cooling system.............







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What the devil was this................. 11 Apr 2018 18:53 #192714

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Alternatively . . .



Port Parham boat jinker, one very wide beach where the shallows go on forevr almost :dry:
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