My own Q

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

There few people there and little and a scrapman had bought it for next to However due to its age and heritage value, he was not keen to turn it into Knowing of my interest in Commers, Win he would give me a ring.

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

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

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

the time frame for sorting out and moving the truck”

“It has to be out by

Great, where was I going to a ton of scrap steel in the next 72 I had probably close to that in old in my shed, and my wife would been only too happy to see all go, but they are going to be worth so in years to come and they be moved over my … (which will probably

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A phone call confirmed a trailer was available.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank goodness for the 4wd. It was so the scrapman’s 4 axle Fuso had to be around by a tractor as he picked up after load, but the 4wd in the Nissan got us The van or my Camry would have made it into the paddock.

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

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

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