GPO Vehicles


Make Morris
Model WEK80
Type 4 ton Utility (Cabling) Vehicle Type 1
Body Builder Diesel
Use Heavy Cabling
Registration Number 475 DXV
Fleet Number Ranges 18516 to 18545 (475 - 504 DXV) 1962
18615 to 18818 (894 - 897 DXV) 1962
Date of picture July 1962

General description and facilities
The open body is fitted with a removable canvas tilt; ventilated lockable accommodation for protective clothing, tools and miscellaneous stores is provided by means of a metal locker fitted with wire-mesh doors. This locker occupies the first 2 ft. of body space immediately behind the cab, thus limiting the usable length of the body to 11 ft. 7 in. Lashing bars are fitted along both sides of the body to enable rope drums and the continuous rod to be secured. The body floor can support a 1 ton concentrated load. Underneath the floor at the forward end are three transverse lockers with doors at both sides of the vehicle. In addition to these lockers there is a vehicle tool locker and a 14 gal. water tank for washing purposes on the near-side and on the off-side there is a locker for two propane gas cylinders. A power-operated 1 ton hydraulic tail lift, together with fittings, is provided for lifting cable drums and other heavy items. The vehicle is equipped with both a heavy and a light towing clevis. The normal control cab has a seating capacity for up to three men and the vehicle should be used in conjunction with a Landrover station wagon (see N 3004) for groups of four or more men. No Personnel should be carried in the body of the vehicle.

Taken from - ENGINEERING INSTRUCTIONS, TOOLS & TRANSPORT, VEHICLES N1701 (Issue 1, 5.5.68)

 

This tilt covered Morris WEK80, 4 ton capacity lorry was designed for light cabling work.  A cable drum could be mounted inside the body, having been lifted there by the Burtonwood tail lift.  At the rear of the chassis is a Cabling Bollard used with the truck moving forward to pull cables through earthenware ducts.

See also the Morris WEK40

 
 
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