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Morris C8 Artillery Tractor with limber & gun.
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No: 10811   Contributor: Stephen Prosser   Year: 2013   Manufacturer: Morris   Country: Unknown
Morris C8 Artillery Tractor with limber & gun.

The image shows a C8 tractor coupled to a limber and 25 pounder field gun.
The correct designation is Field Artillery Tractor, 4x4, Morris C8. There are very few complete sets such as the one shown above.
The image was taken at the Lincoln Steam and Vintage Rally in August 2012. I understand (from speaking to the owner) that it does not travel very far from home as he moves it on the road and it is somewhat slow and has a high fuel consumption.
Picture added on 24 July 2013 at 13:34
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Image was taken in Lincolnshire, England.

Added by Stephen Prosser on 29 July 2013.
I started my career in the motor industry in 1959 in a Morris garage where we had a Quad (I think) as a recovery vehicle It had been fitted with a coachbuilt body with a twin Harvey Frost crane. We called her Bella!. Fuel supply was by Autovac in the cab and you had to remember to shut the cock at the bottom when shutting her down otherwise the fuel drained off and, no start. The cab was mounted on a separate triangular chassis which I have not seen on any of the photos of Quads, and it was prone to develop a severe cab shake on the right pot hole and it had to be brought to a halt to stop the jitters. Headlight dip beam was another trial. If you had to dip the beam the offside light went out and the nearside swivelled towards the kerb and then set up a little dance as the contact for the solenoid was defective. The brakes were rubbish. On one trip with a Bedford tipper suspended, I was standing up pulling on the handbrake and my mechanic was using both feet on the brake pedal to try and get it to slow down for traffic lights. Fortunately they changed before we got to them. Shortly after that the body was removed as it was rotten and we found the cause of the brake problem. The brake pipes for both rear wheels were totally flattened against the axle case probably by ropes or chains which had been wrapped around the axle. Young mechanics today don't have the fun we used to have. Happy days.

Added by Robert Dickie on 21 August 2015.
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