It was a complete truck before he took it apart. I'll look for the links. It came out of Cheshire Motors in MA (or was it NH) after the old man stuck his spoon in the wall.
------ Follow up post added July 24th, 2013 11:21 AM ------
Originally Posted by o2batsea
Al Richer is selling his pile of what once was an Series One 80 inch. I know they are a real challenge to put back together, especially one that has a bad chassis and bulkhead. It's really less of a vehicle than a pile of parts. Has anyone put one of these together recently and if so how bad was it?
"First off, it is a
standard 80 that was sold into the RAF. Military on it
shows up in several places, the list being:
military data plate riveted to the chassis front rail
Overpainted number plates front and rear
an original paint colour being red,
In that paint, a very faded RAF emblem,
and last but not least the words "AIRCRAFT CRASH RESCUE
peeping out from under all of the coats of paint on the
vent flap under the windshield.
We're pretty sure it was military...8*)
Amazingly enough, the truck is in very good shape
considering it's spent (documented) at least 15 years under
the tree in the back of Cheshire Motors and likely a lot
more. I have a newspaper copy of an article from 1992 where
the then-owner of Cheshire Motors talked about the car and
its alleged Hamingway connection - and the article
describes the car as just sitting out back. I will be
scanning and OCRing it when i get time for the website I
want to do for the resto.
As far as the condition goes, the chassis is in remarkable
shape - needs some crossmember work but the main rails look
and feel great - no gaping holes. The bulkhead is a mess
with lots of corrosion but the shape is simple - I should
have little trouble either rebuilding this one or building
Front and rear axles are there and the diff is out of the
back axle - methinks that was the cause of its retirement
as it seems to have been there that way for a very, very
The engine is there as is the tranny - seized but complete
(how do you unstick an engine like that?) Heck, it still
has its original battery, though sadly the air cleaner is
All of it needs overhauled, obviously, but it's not as bad
as it could be.
The body is good - front wings are a bit dinged up but
nothing that can't be straightened. The rear box looks
great , as all the cappings are there and straight. No idea
what the floor looks like as the interior is at-present
full of rotting junk and its tyres and rims.
It's definitely restorable."