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Wind powered Commer 17 Sep 2020 08:55 #214764

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Just saw this propeller driven Commer for sale on Marketplace.

Is it still engine driven with an aircraft type propeller or has it been converted to electric and the prop recharges the batteries as you drive along. Great idea, you could drive forever for free.

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Wind powered Commer 17 Sep 2020 09:10 #214765

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Lang, I actually think its a pretty rare "Backwards Commer". There wasnt many brought in to Australia, they were copied from the Florida Everglades swamp boats. But the problem was always having to look over your shoulder whilst the fan was pushing you along. They could be driven forwards in a "pulling" fashion, but after a pedestrian got chopped up when the old Commers' brakes failed at a pedestrian crossing, it became illegal to be pulled whilst you drive.
You did become very good at reversing though.
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Wind powered Commer 17 Sep 2020 09:27 #214767

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Coincidentally - I picked this old fan up from a friend's farm two days ago and to see if it worked bolted it to the side of my Bedford chassis with con rod (right spacing for two holes in the side - because I couldn't find a U- clamp!).

Worked brilliantly on three speeds - fast, faster, and OMG! I guess I could always swivel it to face backwards, BUT would need longer leads.

NB Occupational Health and Safety might frown on the remnants of the guarding. :pinch:
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Wind powered Commer 17 Sep 2020 09:56 #214768

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Wow these look great but I must confess I am not a FAN of either Bedfords or Commers.:woohoo:
I have my shoulder to the wheel,
my nose to the grindstone,
I've put my best foot forward,
I've put my back into it,
I'm gritting my teeth,

Now I find I can't do any work in this position!
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Wind powered Commer 17 Sep 2020 21:56 #214791

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And here I was thinking it was an early Hybrid.
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