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Julian Bowden-Green collection
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1653F JGF458K

Location Link/s
Chiswick Works

Date added to site
12/04/2021

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Details: This lorry appeared in a photograph published last month which confused me slightly due to a detail of the livery. Certain lorries in the standard grey livery received green painted cab roofs and I had thought this was a 1960s practice that had died out by the mid-1970s. Last month's photo was from 1974 and appeared to show this lorry with a grey cab roof. However in another photograph, that was undated but which seemed to be from later in the vehicle's career, it had a green roof. Now we have a third photograph, unfortunately also undated, and it does not really help. The lorry clearly has a green cab roof, and there are a few details that make me think this was taken at about the same time as Derek's 1974 photo. The weathering of the planking on the front of the bodywork is similar, though the scuffing on the nearside corner of the bumper is absent. Another difference is that the FORD lettering on the grille is painted white, while it was picked out in black (or polished metal) in Derek's photo. So I am still not sure of the period during which cab roofs were green. What I can say is that 1653F was new in 1971, was unique in having a full-height headboard and full-length tilt-cover, and was withdrawn and sold in 1981.

The appearance of a Daimler Fleetline chassis in the background is slightly unusual, these normally being delivered directly to the body-builders (Park Royal and Metro-Cammell). I seem to recall reading that there were times when chassis manufacture outpaced the body building, hence bare chassis may have needed temporary storage. Several similar chassis are also visible in another photo from Chiswick.

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