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Old 10-09-21, 21:54
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By Richard Payne:

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Marked to 1st Armoured Division but with a Corps bar above the arm of service serial...which is odd...
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One on the beach.
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..and a 4th Infantry Brigade anti-tank company asset...
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Old 23-05-22, 11:19
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Just a Hello from me, I have just joined the forum and this is my Commer. She is proving to be a difficult one at the moment, the restoration is well underway but getting her to start and run are troublesome.

We will keep at it though, we spent an awful lot if time finding a wartime Commer, we have other Rootes vehicles too, but our aim is to preserve rare Commers and Hillmans of this period.
Kevin's restoration is progressing nicely: https://hmvf.co.uk/topic/42848-1942-...t-restoration/

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Finally some better weather, had to move our shed around so the Commer was moved out into the yard.
All the welding is now finished on the cab, plenty of rot has been cut out, fabricated and welded. Onwards with filling and rubbing down.
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Old 25-05-22, 23:09
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This came up in a google search, when searching for something else (as usual).....I have no idea where the picture originated from and if it's period original, or if it's from a movie.....as the V2 seems a bit short and bent, and crosses on the doors seem a popular thing in movies (?)
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Old 25-05-22, 23:42
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Alex, the bend is to help with the curved flight path You just have to turn the base to aim it before you light the wick.
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Old 21-08-22, 19:26
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Default Commer Lorries WW2

See the album "Commer Lorries WW2" with some pictures of Commer trucks in wartime service.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/700630...57668632511339

No new Q2 Van photos though.


"WH 434755 - German army Commer Q4 lorry Eastern Front"
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Old 23-08-22, 18:28
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Default Commer Aircraft Pre-heater Vehicle

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And one more, towing a runway control van:
Better picture of this Commer Aircraft Pre-heater Vehicle towing a Runway Control Caravan:

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Title: Halifax landing by runway caravan
Description: On the right an airborne Halifax with wheels down just above the ground while below a man watches. To the bottom centre and left a small truck towing a check pattern runway caravan with wind sock behind.
Submitted with caption LV874 EY-P Popeye's Purge on finals at RAF Breighton'.
Two versions of the same image. The second submitted with caption '78 Sqn Halifax MkIII on finals at RAF Breighton, LV794 EY-P Popeye's Purge'.
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Old 23-08-22, 18:29
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Default Commer Q2 15-cwt Van RAF 92275

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No new Q2 Van photos though.
Well here's a new one!

Looks like RAF 92275 is an example of the last type with simplified rear body and no rear mud guards.

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"Title: Marion Clarke
Description: Marion and a Commer Q2 15 cwt van RAF 92275."
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See more RAF Mechanical Transport photos at the International Bomber Command Centre Digital Archive - go to https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/ and search for "service vehicle"
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Old 20-09-22, 00:53
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George Moore wrote:

I discovered a lot of info and drawings were returned to the then Ministry of Supply when contracts ended. I personally have done a lot of research, as a model maker. Sad to relate, when researching Humber vehicles, I was told that after General Motors took over the Rootes group in the 50s, all drawings and info was skipped and burnt.
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Old 20-09-22, 01:56
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George Moore wrote:

Sad to relate, when researching Humber vehicles, I was told that after General Motors took over the Rootes group in the 50s, all drawings and info was skipped and burnt.
I do not recall General Motors taking over Rootes Group in the 50s. Chrysler took over around the late 60s as I recall.
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Old 20-09-22, 22:51
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Though there was a brief relationship with Ford USA which resulted in the Sunbeam Tiger (an Alpine with a Ford V8). A Ford V8 engined Humber Snipe was also prototyped but never went into production.

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Old 20-09-22, 23:42
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You're right Richard, it was indeed Chrysler which took over Rootes between 1964-1967, and in 1978 it ended up in the hands of Peugeot - read https://www.curbsideclassic.com/auto...-rootes-group/

I quoted George Moore mainly because of the the notion that when Rootes was taken over "all drawings and info was skipped and burnt. However, according to the Rootes Archive Centre Trust "a warehouse full of old Rootes documents and drawings" was donated by Peugeot to the ARCC.

I have been trying to find out more info about the 15-cwt RAF Van and there is very little info available. As Bob Allan wrote: "we have very little information about these vehicles and do not know where the records are now". So the search continues...
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Old 11-10-22, 16:19
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Default Commer Q2 with Thompson Brothers water bowser

Via Steve Wright who shared photos "from the Thompson Brothers archive".

As far as I can tell this water bowser type was not taken into production.

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Old 19-11-22, 10:33
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Another nice Commer Q2 photo, not a Van but a Tractor with 8'0'' wheelbase:

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Plus, a photo of the manual for this Tractor:

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Default Aircraft Pre-Heater Van

Page from a RAF vehicle data book, courtesy of Ted Angus. He wrote the pre-heater van had a 10ft wheelbase and the heater fan was driven by 3 V-belts driven by a PTO on the nearside of the gearbox.

"Aircraft Pre-Heater Van on Commer Q.2. 4 x 2 chassis"

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Does anyone know what the actual difference is between the Q15 and the Q2 GS model?

Seems Q2's have a single glass piece front window, or am I mistaken?
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Does anyone know what the actual difference is between the Q15 and the Q2 GS model?
A Q15 had a 4 cylinder engine, and the Q2 had a 6 cylinder engine. Wheel sizes differed too.
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Old 06-12-22, 11:14
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Does anyone know what the actual difference is between the Q15 and the Q2 GS model?

Seems Q2's have a single glass piece front window, or am I mistaken?
Hi David,

Like Richard says the Q15 has a 4-cylinder and the Q2 a 6-cylinder engine. Single glass front window was early/mid, the two piece window was a late feature from what I can see.

I have this spare parts list: http://www.mapleleafup.net/forums/sh...162#post274162, plus a postwar Q2 maintenance manual. Happy to look up info you are looking for.
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Does anyone know if there were two different widths of front fenders? Sometimes it looks like the Q15 has narrower fenders when compared with the Q2 and Q4.......or is it just the beefy wheels of the latter two that make it look like the fenders are wider?
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Old 07-12-22, 00:30
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Good point Alex. Vanderveen lists a width of 78 inches for both Q15 and Q2, but I have the same feeling that the Q15 is in fact narrower.

Ref. http://www.mapleleafup.net/forums/sh...121#post137121
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Does anyone know if there were two different widths of front fenders? Sometimes it looks like the Q15 has narrower fenders when compared with the Q2 and Q4.......or is it just the beefy wheels of the latter two that make it look like the fenders are wider?
Alex,
The Q15 had 7.50-20 tyres and the Q2 had 10.50-16, so front wings are likely to be different due to the tyre widths.
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Alex,
The Q15 had 7.50-20 tyres and the Q2 had 10.50-16, so front wings are likely to be different due to the tyre widths.
Thanks Richard. Just out of interest...Did you see any wartime Commers some through the workshop in your REME days? Or were they allready sold as surplus in favour of Morris C8's, Bedford QL's etc.?
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