My own Q

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It all started with a phone call – Thursday night 5:15pm, 26th June 2008. Win Ashe, a former local truck driver and Ferguson tractor enthusiast just down the road, had been up to a clearing sale about an hour away where there was an old Commer for sale. He was told it was a 1941 and from what he described, it sounded like a Superpoise Q.

There were few people there and little interest and a scrapman had bought it for next to nothing. However due to its age and heritage value, he was not really keen to turn it into scrap. Knowing of my interest in Commers, Win thought he would give me a ring.

He had photos, which were on my laptop 10 minutes later, after a quick dash down to his place. It WAS a Q and it didn’t look too bad in the photos.

I rang the scrapman that night and after an interesting chat about the value of scrap metal being worth more than what a lot of these older vehicles are worth, he came up with a deal. I could tell him from my handbook on this model that this model weighs 1.1 ton dry as a chassis.

“Find me a ton of scrap steel and she’s yours” – a very generous offer.

“What’s the time frame for sorting this out and moving the truck”

“It has to be out by Monday”

Great, where was I going to find a ton of scrap steel in the next 72 hours? I had probably close to that in old computers in my shed, and my wife would have been only too happy to see them all go, but they are going to be worth so much in years to come and they will be moved over my dead body (which will probably happen!)

The other problem was that the weather was forecast to be lousy over the weekend – snow to low levels, cold wet wild southerlies blowing up from the Antarctic – perfect for old truck recovery!

Fast Forward to Friday night and Gerald, a computer friend came in around tea time, bringing one of this home made loaves. He always brings loaves! It is his currency for computer favours.

After chewing the fat on computer problems for a while, I mentioned the old truck and the scrap steel predicament.

“I have an old rolled Maxi you could have – no motor. and there’s some other stuff there. And the neighbour has a number of old vehicles he’s just got parked up. He might want to get rid of some.” This was sounding promising!

“I’ll give him a ring tonight. Ring me in the morning”. I went to bed smiling!

Next morning, Gerald had some good news. There was the Maxi, and an Imp, and a Toyota Crown wagon – should be a ton there that I was welcome too.

11:00 oclock and I rang the scrapman. His wife informed me they were going up in two hours and it would be good if I could be up there too.

Wow – two hours to find a trailer and tow vehicle. My rally driving nephew couldn’t find me a tandem trailer amongst his rally driving friends so it would have to be a hire job. He did offer his 2 ton van but it wasn’t available until tomorrow, and I would be up there by myself.

A phone call confirmed a hire trailer was available.

Now for something bigger than my Camry to tow it? Start ringing friends who had larger vehicles but lunchtime Saturday is not a good time – all out with their kids at sport.

Finally at 1:30 I have a Nissan Terrano V6 4wd 20 mins away in the direction of the Commer – thanks Campbell.

Round trip 36mks in the Camry wagon to get the tandem trailer, worrying that it might have gone out already. Not a problem, they had half a dozen and no one else was stupid enough to want one on a freezing cold Saturday!

Just after picking up the trailer, the scrapman rang on the cellphone to say he was on his way up to the farm and he was happy about the deal. It would have been very helpful if I had asked him where the Commer was. I only had vague directions from Win!

Off up the road and the Terrano sounds great and really gets up and goes. Why were there so many cops about on such a cold wet day – even on quiet back roads? Commercial Vehicle Units, muftis, the works – not that I was speeding or doing anything illegal, but there were enough worries without having them around as well.

How many times on the way there did I question my sanity. ‘What the hang are you doing chasing a heap of old rusty steel when you could be safe and warm at home.

Thank goodness for the 4wd. It was so boggy, the scrapman’s 4 axle Fuso had to be pushed around by a tractor as he picked up load after load, but the 4wd in the Nissan got us through. The van or my Camry would have never made it into the paddock.

There was all the typical left over junk from a clearing sale – good stuff that hadn’t yet been collected and rubbish that probably didn’t get sold. The Scrappy was there hard at work but where was the Commer? Keep ploughing across the soft paddock and there she was, hidden on the other side of the scappy’s truck.

Looking fairly tired and a little lost and lonely, but it was pretty much as described and the cab was better than the one I had on my Karrier.

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