Looking at current applications of these short prime movers, if we were allowed 8 tonne steer axles ( as per Europe) would they still be needed? Just get a regular length prime mover and slide the turntable forward as far as possible without crunching the cab.
Front wheel drive.Anyhoo,subbies to Mayne nicks had very short Volvos a few years ago.One of em tipped up on its nose when the wheels and diff centre were removed.No bullbar either.Very surprised mechanic.Even more surprised owner.
Yes John, happens easily.
Have told this story many times but once more won't hurt.
The old man was shortening up a 2nd hand LAD Beaver, plan was to bring her to 121" WB.
I wasn't around so he clamped his tape at the 1'-0" mark to make sure the worn end of the tape tape didn't mess things up, all very accurate stuff.
He gets to work with the oxy and she's tipping up so a stool under the bar fixes that.
Re-drills the shackel hangers in their new spot and goes to bolt in the prop shaft. Odd, she's way too long, they're supposed to bolt straight across when you remove the jack shaft, Mr Leyland's WB's all suit by simply dropping off one shaft.
So off to Herby Goodworth's to get the shaft shortened.
While that's happening he decides to bolt on the fuel thank. WTF, it's too long, hits the drive wheels and the back of the front mudguard.
Out with the tape measure, yes she's all a foot too short.
Scored a shortened tank and she stayed that way for years. I drove her bobtail down to Brisy at trade in time.
Only had to breathe on the brake and she was hopping, scary stuff at 9'1" WB.