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Abbey crane fitted to F1 6x6
« on: March 24, 2016, 07:42:03 PM »
Can anyone please tell me what specific unit or purposes the Abbey crane was fitted to Acco 6x6 for?  (Artillery etc.)

I am refurbishing a 1967 F1 ARN 171-623 Chassis number AADE6x63000 (But note chassis replaced by 2376?) The unit has a crane mounted Abbey system operable from the roof hatch.  Truck has a little rust, about 3 hours to fix, but otherwise runs and performs very well. Engine diesel and RR 9 speed fitted.

If anyone knows the unit or other information I would be greatly impressed and appreciative. No Tac details available.

Further, albeit in the wrong forum, does anyone know where I can obtain 6 of bows, seats and canvas for the beast?  I am just a newbie but very keen to research as much information about this truck.

Any help and suggestions gratefully received.

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Re: Abbey crane fitted to F1 6x6
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2016, 08:19:01 PM »
Hi All,

If I was a betting man my money would be on Engineers however I'm sure I saw a photo of a F1 with crane recovering a aircraft with Aviation TAC plates.

Cheers, 

Mick

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Re: Abbey crane fitted to F1 6x6
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2016, 08:37:57 PM »
This one Mick?



Cessna 180 044 was extensively damaged on take off in 1969 at FSB Blackhorse.

The aircraft was written off, and was later used for fire fighting practice.

Would be worth a bit now if it still flew!

Photo courtesy of 161 recce flight website.

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Re: Abbey crane fitted to F1 6x6
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2016, 08:47:55 PM »
Magellan Airlines.
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Re: Abbey crane fitted to F1 6x6
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2016, 09:56:34 PM »
Apparently an F1 that was built as a gun tractor was supplied with a crane, that would account for most of the crane trucks I would think.

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Re: Abbey crane fitted to F1 6x6
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2016, 11:28:48 PM »
Somewhere around here I have the RPS for one of those.  Will have to dig it out.
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Re: Abbey crane fitted to F1 6x6
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2016, 02:16:14 PM »
Sometime in the seventies (after I escaped) I was shown an article in Army News about cranes being fitted to F1's. The number 75 rings a bell. I think that they were for general use. No doubt they would have been handy for a transport company but I know not to where they moved the Gerry cans.
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Re: Abbey crane fitted to F1 6x6
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2016, 03:44:45 PM »
I think you are right, about 75 were made, one I saw a while ago had the jerry can holder behind the rear wheels;

 

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Re: Abbey crane fitted to F1 6x6
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2016, 05:26:28 PM »
This one Mick?



Cessna 180 044 was extensively damaged on take off in 1969 at FSB Blackhorse.

The aircraft was written off, and was later used for fire fighting practice.

Would be worth a bit now if it still flew!

Photo courtesy of 161 recce flight website.

Hello All,

I just found a link to more of the Cessna's activities - Accessed March 25th 2016 from, http://www.adf-serials.com.au/2a98.htm

Kind Regards
Lionel

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Re: Abbey crane fitted to F1 6x6
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2016, 07:51:26 PM »
We have 33 "Truck, Cargo, 5 Ton, GS, With Winch, Crane, Truck Mounted" listed in the REMLR database.
The database says that 171-623's original chassis was unknown, but replaced with 3000.
That chassis you mentioned, 2376, is shown as belonging to 172-705, a standard F1.

I'd love to get hold of one of these to restore and use, but I haven't seen a single one down here in Tassie.
I was recently told of 2 on a cattle property in NT, but the owner kept 1 tucked up in a shed, in amazing condition,
and the other had a diesel engine and flat steel tipper tray fitted.

Maybe one day.

Greg.

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Re: Abbey crane fitted to F1 6x6
« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2016, 09:22:38 PM »
We have 33 "Truck, Cargo, 5 Ton, GS, With Winch, Crane, Truck Mounted" listed in the REMLR database.
The database says that 171-623's original chassis was unknown, but replaced with 3000.
That chassis you mentioned, 2376, is shown as belonging to 172-705, a standard F1.

I'd love to get hold of one of these to restore and use, but I haven't seen a single one down here in Tassie.
I was recently told of 2 on a cattle property in NT, but the owner kept 1 tucked up in a shed, in amazing condition,
and the other had a diesel engine and flat steel tipper tray fitted.

Maybe one day.


Interesting!!!
 Could be the same bloke that has a MK9 Spit in original camo that buzzes cars on the road every now and then. Was a bit of a legend back in the late 70's and 80's when I lived in the Isa.
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Re: Abbey crane fitted to F1 6x6
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2016, 06:14:49 PM »
Wow - thanks all for the valuable information. I am restoring the beast - lots to do, but runs very well, running gear will need al new gaskets and seals, but you cant expect much after sitting in a paddock for 10-18 years.  If any persons knows where any bits are available for a reasonable price, plus gratuitous amounts of great reds, I'd love to get in contact.

Further to the last, any unit designators?

Thanks vey much everybody  ;D
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