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Ford A G&T Attack L4P Cleveland EPY108V
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No: 41432   Contributor: Petros   Year: 2019   Manufacturer: Ford   Country: United Kingdom
Ford A G&T Attack L4P Cleveland EPY108V

1970s formerly at the marine station. Taken at Eastbourne CFOA exhibition. G&T Attack were based in Kent and specialised in re-chasses of turntable ladders but they also bodied a few light fire appliances like this one and compact pumps for Cumbria. see also picture #34119

Late Alastair Collins collection - used with permission.
Picture added on 13 September 2019 at 14:53
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The Ford A series was meant to compete with European mid sized trucks built by companies like Mercedes and Iveco-OM.

Although widespread in many European countries, this type of truck was not very popular in the UK, and was rarely used for fire appliances, except by some factory and industrial brigades.

This makes this capture a quite rare photo - although a few brigades had A series emergency tenders and other specials, I believe the number of light pumps was very limited.

The A series was too heavy, had a limited payload, a narrow cab (inherited from the Transit) and was underpowered. Not a great basis for any fire appliance!

Added by Rob Johnson on 13 September 2019.
Also heard that the diesels were poor starters.
One of Ford's few failures in the sales race.
The similar sized Dodge 50 Series was a sales success being very popular with local authorities.

Added by CraigW on 20 September 2019.
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