In a similar vein, the Scammell Scarab breakdown on the far right, I believe was specially built to recover broken down vehicles from a tunnel (Dartford???) being very useful because of its ability to turn round virtually within it's own length.
Yes the Scarab was built for the Dartford Tunnel, back in the days when there was only one, so it could turn around in the tunnel.
1954 Land Rover 107 Station Wagon 1955 Land Rover 86 Utility 1956 Land Rover 107 Pick Up 1996 Land Rover 300 Tdi 110 built by Special Vehicles Dept. 1986 2CV 1947 Ransomes Crawler Tractor
Missed the photos first time round. The Scarab is owned by Brian & Christine Carter. One of two built for the Dartford tunnels and with quite a few mods compared to standard. Then they also own his & hers Pioneers. He has the multi coloured recovery in the photo (now all in RAF colours) and she has the gun tractor in the photos. They actually delayed their wedding to buy the recovery many years ago. We were lucky enough to get invited down to their place and a chat. Two of the most friendly and helpful people I've ever come across. They have done most things you can do with a Pioneer over the years. Understanding significant others are good but ones that encourage you are really dangerous! It's how we've ended up with so many. Neither one of us is likely to say no!
We did have an Explorer that ran but needed lots of work, sold to buy the Kraz. The Explorer is now being restored by a friend in Cumbria. A crew cab Constructor is on the shopping list one day.
This is awesome! Being Dutch, and thus don't understanding feet and inches, because we don't really use them, and also not very much into the big stuff, i have a hard time imagining how big they really are, as on most pics they are standing all by themself, or surrounded by similar sized vehicles.
I will follow this with great interest though, as they all look great!
Hope that helps. I'll try and find some photos of them parked beside normal vehicles to help. On their own it can be difficult to tell.
It does, a bit! I also did some calculations when I read the first post myself.
But having never seen a Scarab in real life, only in pictures on this forum, I always thought they where quite small. Maybe it's the 3 wheeler thing which makes my mind go: "that must be a small machine".
Having found this picture online made me realise why it's in your heavy vehicles topic
Or it maybe that black and white people are tiny and this is still Reliant Robin sized
The Scarab is an odd one. Size wise it fits on our normal car trailer and is smaller than the long wheel base landrovers. But it's much heavier built and with the trailer designed for moving heavier weights. Final point of view was that it's a Scammell so can stay with the rest of the Scammells.
The Unipower the first time I took it in to work. Parked beside a friend's Fiat. Hopefully gives an idea of the height and also how short he is. Photo taken by a friend.
A line up at South Cerney. Matt's marina estate on the left, Adrian's Diamond T 980 next then Unipower and our 110 CSW. Photo taken by Laura (Matt's SO).
Kraz nose to nose with the Diamond T. Note the similarity in body styles. USSR took inspiration from WWII Diamond T's among others. Although wood & metal cab rather than all steel, and 6x6 rather than 6x4. Photo taken either by Adrian or my brother.
Kraz looking small. Parked up at the Heavy Equipment Model Show in Burnley. From left to right - Scammell Amazon (100 ton version of a Crusader), Kraz, Mercedes 8x4 tractor unit, Foden ex-military heavy wrecker. The Merc is the longest, the Foden the heaviest and the Kraz is the widest by 1 ft (30cm) and has the largest engine. Photo taken by my brother.
The Scammell Rigid 6 when we collected it. Hopefully gives an idea of how tall and wide it is. Photo taken by me or my girlfriend.
I missed this earlier, the Scarab appears to be towing the two Pioneers in tandem, a very impressive performance, proving how useful it would have been in it's original role as a tunnel breakdown vehicle.
The Diamond T head to head with the Kraz is one of my favourite photos. There is a Diamond T hot rod in Germany, I think it's lowered, stripped off body etc....!
The T is one of the largest vehicles but wins the award for the smallest cab. When the British army put out the spec for a tank transporter from US manufacturers there was a very short timescale. So Diamond T raided the parts bin. They used the same cab that they had used on their normal pick ups. It's big enough for two people but has fun features like your hand hitting the dash if you have your fingers on the front of the gear knob. Will find a photo of the interior. It does give it a hot rod look and I suppose in a lot of ways it is a hot rod - amalgamation of multiple parts.
shielsy68 - Atkinson looks interesting, ex-snowplough converted to recovery?
AEC Militant recovery is nice, very useful machine. Looks like a thorough restoration. Are they both yours?
This Diamond T is ex-Italian army - interesting wiring! Adrian's Dad used to drive one on recovery work and was surprised when Adrian bought it. Remarking how awful it was to drive and look after. But he had an ear to ear smile the first time he drove it! It is always nice to come across people who used to drive any of the vehicles either in service or post war.
amazing collection of vehicles, they are visually impressive and very humbling when you see them (and feel the noise) in person, a bit like a large draft horse sort of cumbersome and powerful, yet also gentle, but could crush you if it felt like it lol