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Malcolm Conway
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1781F MGX915L

Location Link
Chiswick Works

Date added to site
22/04/2012

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Details: Taken on 7th September 1982, this photograph shows Ford D1000 lorry 1781F leaving the 'front' entrance of Chiswick Works. Of the 143 Ford D lorries bought by London Transport between 1966 and 1981, this was the largest type. Two batches were bought, 1655F-1663F in 1971 and 1780F-1783F in 1972. 1662F and 1663F were badged as D1614s but this is thought to be due to a change in Ford's model numbers. The first batch comprised a mix of dropside and fixed-side lorries, while the second batch has always been recorded as being all fixed. However, as this photo clearly shows, at least 1781F had dropsides. It could have been modified, especially as the panelling on the bolster usually matched the sides in height. Other photos confirm that 1782F and 1783F had fixed sides. Another oddity of this vehicle is the chrome grille between the side indicators and the chrome bumper. It seems that these were carried only by these largest Ford D lorries, plus 1945F.

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