We had a demonstration from Dereklcg yesterday at The Old Crown on how to tie a dolly knot. I have been shown before and still can't do it. Thanks anyway Derek!
Unusual if you could get more than 32 out of a Gardener 6LW in any commercial unless you put the reigns on (pulling back the cambox forks) as the max revs were 1750rpm. When the 6LX 180 BHP was introduced speed increased to about 48 mph.
Sure you're right Mal. I used to recondition the 6LWs fitted into Wolverhampton buses when i worked for Ryland Garage (gardner agents) in the early sixties, the state they used to come in for recon made you wonder how they had been driven. I remember Batemans transport 8 wheeler Atkinson with the 8LW, first and only one i have seen.Now I hate to be argumentative,but Nick,I think you are mixing up your w's and x's.A Gardner ( not Gardener) LW was 120BHP, then came the Gardner LX of 150BHP,that in turn was developed into the Gardner LXB,which was the 180BHP version.The vehicles these were fitted to were capable,depending on the final drive ratio,typically maximun speeds of around 55-58 MPH,but compared to modern engines of around 380 - 420BHP,obviously very slow uphill.I realise many vehicles now have engines of up to around 550BHP,but it would be rare to find these in a normal fleet vehicle( stands by for a barrage of replies proving me wrong !).....Mal.
Morning I just see you mentioned about saurer can you tell me much on these as my mate has got one in his shed it's a flat bed with 6 cylinder dieselIt's a c1950 Morris Commercial FV, with a diesel engine based on (and built under licence from) the Swiss 'Saurer' company. Here's a restored one.
British commercial vehicles? Dennis, who almost disappeared in the 1960s apart from special vehicles, are about the only ones. The mighty Leyland, who survived by buying up and closing its competitors, only survives in a small way as part of the Dutch DAF company (who remembers the rubber-band drive DAF 'Daffodil' of the 60s?).