The army had a lot of little four wheel Freighters ,used to get loads of laughs when the army drivers tried to back them ,and they jack knifed straight away......Saw one stuck ,the army guys from several trucks decided to unhook ,and manhandle it around ......seems they didnt know the brakes would come on soon as the airlines were unplugged......
Seventies ,80s....the ones I saw had Ford Cargo s towing them ......but Im sure Ive seen them towed by the 4x4 ACCOs....I didnt mention the jacknife happened because I jumped in front of the army truck ,pinching their spot ,and forcing them to back up.....which they couldnt do ......but if you ve ever tried to back up a trailer thats not as wide as the truck ,and you cant see in the mirrors.
The Baby Quins didn't have air brakes, and possibly only over-ride on the rears, so the army ones must have been a heavier version.
Baby quin must of ended up been a generic name for these style of trailers think
I have seen McGrath and Freighter with the baby quinn name plate, the ones I have seen have a cast plate with the name cast into it
Sometimes the plates on the back and some times on the front
Have seen them with what look to be original little balloon type tyres as well as at a guess 750 x 16 and the most common are 20 inch rims
All with baby quinn name plates
Freighter and McGrath were related as in trailer wise I believe
Someone on the forum many many years was writing a book about McGrath and we worked it all out and provided lota of info back then but I dont recall ever seeing the book
Your better to die trying than live on your knees begging
The book is still available from HCVC. There was corporate shenanigans between Freighter and McGrath and at one point they were the same. The 'quin' name for the trailer was derived from the five versions it could be used ; flat; stake side etc etc
Last one I saw was parked at Amberley RAAF,when the sandblasters did the tanks there about 2008.....obviously unused ,and tyres half flat .......Cols son said he was going to buy one for on site use .......which was BS ,because the max spend on a site trailer for Col was $50......he used to buy old trucks with rusted cabs,and take off the cabs and put a towbar on the front.