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Dennis F28 703LYA Ex Somerset
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No: 17549   Contributor: Paul Pickford   Year: 2009   Manufacturer: Dennis   Country: United Kingdom
Dennis F28 703LYA Ex Somerset

Dennis F28 703LYA Ex Somerset

This picture of my Dennis F28 was taken last Sunday (07/06/09) and shows the results of hours of cleaning the aluminium.
Picture added on 12 June 2009 at 07:25
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Cor-blimey mate,who's been using the Brasso then?.She sure looks brill now she's had abit of spit and polish.Great picture Paul.

Added by Pete Matten on 12 June 2009.
Yes the Dennis does look good.

Added by George A'court on 12 June 2009.
There were some F8s and F12s with this kind of unpainted aluminium bodywork, and of course it rapidly became widespread in the UK. But it was a rarity in any other country - except where fire services bought British appliances.

Was Dennis the first to offer this kind of bodywork, or did it originate with a different body builder? I think it must have been introduced around 1953 or 1954, but I am by no means sure.

I remember a very odd-looking F28 demonstrator visting Darlington fire station in the late 1950s. One side was just like 703 LYA, with unpainted bodywork, a folding door and roller shutters, the other side was the old fashioned red painted finish with a hinged cab door and slam lockers. It also had both bells and a siren.

I imagine it was partially rebuilt after doing its demonstration tour, as I think it was probably just too strange looking for any CFO to buy it as it was.

Added by Rob Johnson on 01 August 2013.
Lancashire had a fleet of Karrier and Commers with this type of body work back in the 50's

Added by Dave Price on 02 August 2013.
A credit to you Paul.

Added by Colin Carter on 02 August 2013.
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