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.
The following user(s) said Thank You: cobbadog, Lang, PaulFH, oliver1950
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.
Occupational Health and Safety might frown on the remnants of the guarding.
The following user(s) said Thank You: cobbadog, PaulFH