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ACM413X Dennis F127 Delta SS263 HP
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No: 41422   Contributor: Petros   Year: 2019   Manufacturer: Dennis   Country: Ireland
ACM413X Dennis F127 Delta SS263 HP

1980s Merseyside at Exmouth St, Birkenhead. Retired to Laois, Ireland.

Late Alastair Collins collection - used with permission.
Picture added on 13 September 2019 at 14:08
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The Delta was a rather tardy development by Dennis to compete with ERF's 1967 custom low profile Snorkel chassis.

Although Snorkels were occasionally mounted on several standard truck chassis including Dodge and Ford, these did not handle very well.

A low profile chassis was much preferred to keep the center of gravity as low as possible, and ERF had accomplished this by mounting the engine low between two rear facing crew seats.

Dennis followed suit many years later with the Delta, which was also used for TL applications, as was the ERF too.

This engine configuration originated in the US and was first seen on the American La France 700 series in 1947, only to be adopted by almost every American custom fire engine builder in later years - to become the norm until the 1960s and 70s...

Recently, Pierce introduced its custom PUC series, which lowered the entire drive train and enabled an unusually low cab with reduced height and step access. This is now being used on all kinds of apparatus applications, including pumpers and rescues as well as aerials...

Added by Rob Johnson on 21 September 2019.
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