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West Sussex Dennis D VPO 699N at Worthing
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No: 40193   Contributor: Jon Godden   Year: 2016   Manufacturers: Dennis, Range Rover   Country: United Kingdom
West Sussex Dennis D VPO 699N at Worthing

1974 Dennis D VPO 699N running as the 2nd Whole time pump at Worthing in 1988 when part of the Reserve fleet. New to East Grinstead in September 1974 she also served as the 2nd pump at Petworth from 1983 to 1987 before joining the Reserve fleet. West Sussex had 20 Dennis Ds, the 1974 N reg batch of 4 being the first to have slightly higher bodywork to allow the hard suction hose to be stowed centrally under the middle locker, rather than high up on top of the body - early attention to manual handling! Alongside is Worthings Range Rover Carmichael RT MBP 550P in original day glo orange livery. Ford BACV CPO 635L just visible in rear drill yard. Worthing was allocated identical Dennis D GBP 998N as 2nd WTL from 1974 to 1976 and 3rd WTL between 1976 & 1979.
Picture added on 13 October 2016 at 15:25
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Great pictures as always Jon. I don't suppose you have any of Range Rover Carmichael TPO 513M?
I am particularly interested in this vehicle as I now own the vehicle and am currently restoring it back to how it was in service. I will post some pictures of how it is now in due course, but it's tucked away having lots of work done (so tricky to get good shots). I am particularly interested in any locker or internal cab pictures of either of the three West Sussex Commandos, which will aid me greatly with the restoration.

Added by John D on 16 October 2016.
Hi John, funnily enough I was talking to Pete Matten about this yesterday and the good news is I have got some open locker pictures of the M reg. rescue tenders and Worthing's MBP550P and they are colour print. I will scan them Would you like them emailed to you direct? Jon

Added by on 19 October 2016.
Hi Jon. That would be fantastic! Yes I would really appreciate anything you have, it's really tricky to work out how everything went in. Owe a lot to Pete he has helped me greatly with information and pics over the years & been inspirational in encouraging me to get TPO back. Think West Sussex had fine taste in appliances & liveries. It's why I have particularly appreciated your pics. Best regards. John

Added by John D on 20 October 2016.
Worthings RangeRover was registered KBP 550P, GBP 998N moved to 3rd pump at Worthing late 1975, replaced as 2nd Pump by JCR 324P, Ist Registered 11/8/75, TPO 513M was at Chichester for a time, I hated it, rolled about, one of a few machines I
rode on which failed to get to the job twice, engine severe misfire, a common fault, and on one occasion the rear axle broke away from its mounting.

Added by M.West on 21 October 2016.
Thanks Martyn, for spotting my typo with Worthings RT, and clarifying the dates for GBP 998N for moving to 3rd pump, I was only 6 at the time so memory a bit hazy - sadly can't even remember the Bedford PE it replaced - which is a bit odd as I can remember the yellow ex East Sussex C reg Land Rover that KBP 550P replaced. Jon

Added by on 27 October 2016.
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