What a lovely bit of kit we had on site today lifting in some steels.
those Bedford cabs were buggers for rotting out ... I have a soft spot for them though .... they weren't a bad drive for their day .... PAS would've 'made' the TKsits had 4 different bodies on it, as they rusted out he put another on. lifted the crank to the back of the site and it was a good ton and a quarter
is your plating regime not so stringent over there?Great to see vintage kit still being used - old boy that has moved my 8 tonner for last 15 years still uses a mid 80's Renault Midliner that he got new ... does job nicely. Over here lots of local firms still use older kit - used to seeing it now but it was a real suprise to see when we first moved over
he wants to grab everyone he sees in a usable state ... there'll come a time when there won't be any left .... as said, I've always liked the TK/KM trucks .... basic but relatively comfy .... for their day .... the 330 engine was a good basic unit .... as long as you never got 'em hot - - the 4 cylinders were absolutely gutlessA friend of mine runs one as a lime spreader, and has a couple of cabs in the yard as “spares”.
Looks like you have a pretty nice going on up there to me - doesnt work out for the majority when they up sticks and try somewhere new, not sure I would have done it either if I had of known what there is to go through if you still need to earn a crust -and its like wading through fecking treacle with all the bureaucracy and when you have a biggish job on and need to make things happen they can be a shower of shite but I would have to be dragged back kicking and screaming after what we have put in.............................cut to after BREXIT to find yorkshireman and family kicking and screaming getting sent back to England
To avoid another BREXIT discussion the Missus is 1/2 Irish (at least ) so we have passport options
Druid think you will find a lot of older kit in France, if you go over to Cyprus and Greece you also will still see older kit working early 3CX's even 3c mk3' on Crete also seen plenty of older MF 50D's i am always looking at prices and In France Netherlands and Germany their plant all seems to make very stong money so i suppose smaller companies and owner op's keep it for longer and get there monies worth, That has a lot to do with alot of stuff costing alot more in these countries due to the Euro. I used to export alot of Horticultural items and during the early 90s and the Euro crippled a lot of businesses overseas ( but then that's another sore subject and is conveniently forgotten by some)
Going back to old TK's my mate had a recovery truck which i drove a few times i remember when it came back from being serviced they had tightned the steering box i ended up with arms like Popeye after driving it! Lol
he wants to grab everyone he sees in a usable state ... there'll come a time when there won't be any left .... as said, I've always liked the TK/KM trucks .... basic but relatively comfy .... for their day .... the 330 engine was a good basic unit .... as long as you never got 'em hot - - the 4 cylinders were absolutely gutless
Kingpins were the biggest bitch on them, keeping them adequately lubed ....... jack 'em up, show 'em some heat and pump it in ...... regularly
pongo wagon ..... bit of a bitsa .... IIRC Cruiser cab - sort of - chopped down ..... would think bits are thin on the ground to keep one o' them 'afloat' in the 'export countries '