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Bedford RLHZ WrC SDF 769 Gloucs
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No: 41079   Contributor: Petros   Year: 2018   Manufacturer: Bedford   Country: United Kingdom
Bedford RLHZ WrC SDF 769 Gloucs

1968 Cheltenham Gloucestershire. You can see more on You Tube "Modern Rescue Appliance Demonstration (1967)".
Not sure of bodybuilder. Possibly HCB?
Photo late Alastair Collins collection and used with permission
Picture added on 02 November 2018 at 15:41
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Petros

Nice shot of a bygone era, including one of the eleven very utilitarian D600 HCB Water Tenders I was involved in selling to Gloucestershire that year. As can easily be seen, these had a separate crew cab and retained the standard tilting Ford factory lorry cab.

Communication was effectuated by removing the rear cab window and fitting a monster rubber grommet to keep (most of) the rain out!

Historic, at least for me, for two reasons:

1- These were the first D series fire appliances sold in the UK, leading to sales to eventually around thirty British fire brigades.

2- They were my first fire engine sales, too!

Both Carmichael and HCB quickly figured out how to build a much better looking split tilt cab on the D chassis, and Merryweather had Reliant build a full tilt crew cab, which seems to have been quite well executed.

Numerous builders in other countries sold D series fire appliances, most of which retained a modified crew cab along similar lines, including some in New Zealand with US C series style canopy cabs. Many examples can be seen on this site...

Added by Rob Johnson on 02 November 2018.
HCB bodied the Ford D series water tender sitting next to it. This was one of the first eleven D series sold in the UK for fire appliance use in 1967.

Added by Rob Johnson on 06 November 2018.
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