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  1. Now tell me, was anybody wondering where that had gone? https://machinerysales.cheffins.co.uk/lot-details/index/catalog/1103/lot/491140?url=%2Fauctions%2Fcatalog%2Fid%2F1103
  2. That sounds very interesting Ed. Do you have any more information please? Thanks
  3. Jeff, i cant remember if i told you but i turned up four original Peerless front wheels in an auction earlier this year. A long drive but worth the journey.
  4. We have truly searched everywhere in the UK for Peerless parts and have had the remains of nine Peerless chassis through our hands, but only the one engine amongst them. Enquiries in the USA have come to nothing except for just one chassis. After the lockdown i hope to resume a search in France again and have a lead to a very interesting scrap yard which offers some potential. I know a great deal of surplus WW1 trucks ended up in Latvia and Estonia - mostly AEC's. I thought everything had long gone but a few years ago this radiator from a Napier turned up in Latvia, so you never know. Maybe something Peerless could still be found. The gun on the second Peerless photograph is not a 13pdr but the larger 3", Must have rattled the whole chassis when it was fired. The 3" AA gun on the Peerless was still in use in London when the Germans started bombing the city in WW2.
  5. Yes, it is strange that so few Locomobiles survive. Pierce Arrows always seem to be turning up in France. The R type was designated as being able to carry five tons (but was used as a three tonner) while the X Type was a two tonner. I understand that both were built as civilian trucks and taken on by the military without change. Same as the Locomobile.
  6. Pierce Arrow? British WD 1,705 All R Type US army R Type 1,970 of which 1,365 arrived in France by the end of the war US Army X Type 2,423 of which 534 arrived in France by the end of the war French army. I dont have the figures but probably a couple of thousand of each The French were the biggest user of the Pierce Arrow I am sure. There are several survivors over there.
  7. OK. In November 1916 the name of the truck was changed from Locomobile to Riker. Apart from the electrical system there was not much of a change in the vehicle but the badges changed and the name on the radiator and the seat box were obvious ones. That first photo (in private ownership post war in France) has a Locomobile badge and what appears to be a Riker radiator - although for a very short period the name Locomobile name did appear on the finned radiator (although photos of these are very rare). US Army went to war on April 6th 1917 although 67 Locomobiles were used by the US Army on the Mexican border. US Army Rikers could not have started arriving in France until towards the end of 1917. We know that by 1st July 1918 that 603 had arrived out of a total of 1,351 which arrived in France for service with the US Army. The British used them as well of course and from very early on in the war although they were always referred to as Locomobiles and never Rikers. When the US Army left almost all of their trucks were disposed of by selling to the French Government in France and to a British private consortium in Germany. British ones were taken back to Britain for disposal. The photo in private ownership must have come from US army stocks, yet why is it showing a Locomobile badge?
  8. I hadnt thought of that Al. I had to go and check. Shift lever on the outside, the hand brake on the inside. They seem to be perfectly in line with each other as you cant see the handbrake. Good idea, but not what i was looking at. The clue is that it is in France.
  9. Hi Ed It has been purchased. The chassis is in two pieces but the drive train can be moved to another chassis. They seem to turn up. I do find it strange that at the closing down auction that no one would have thought it worth saving, A different age i suppose.
  10. After it left the Long Island museum it ended up here (also Long Island). what a shame.
  11. What do you make of this one? Photographed in France post WW1. Something unusual about it. A prize to the first person who spots it.
  12. He had a Tanker truck on a WW1 Liberty B chassis. Do you know what the story was behind that? It recently turned up in a scrap yard in very bad condition with a broken chassis but has now been saved - probably for parts as the chassis do turn up but the drive train does not. I am surprised that it did not sell into preservation but i guess people were not interested in military trucks then.
  13. Thanks chaps. I see that you are in Fredericksburg Frank. I was there a couple of years ago. What a lovely town it is. I ate in the Bavarian chef. Small world. Tim
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