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While browsing through some old pubs on Google Books the other day, I came across†an article about the Motor Truck Co. of Brantford, Ont, that was making a 4-ton truck (named the Brantford) for the Canadian Army in 1916.† Does anyone know if this vehicle was used by cthe CEF?

Bosun Al



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Al,

Where did you come across this reference? I've been looking for further information on this firm since you first asked the question but have found nothing. Brantford seems to have been a particularly active industrial centre but I can't find anything on this company.

Gordon McLaughlin

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Hi,

I'm up looking after my Dad so thought I would have a look.

I think the 4 ton Truck is actually a 3/4 ton truck, but I could be wrong, only did a quick search. As far as I could see, basically a Body Building company using stretched Ford Truck Chassis.

Brantford Motor Truck Co. Ltd., Brantford, Ont.

The Brantford was introduced with a dash-mounted radiator and was available in models from 2/3 to 1 1/2 tons. They introduced the idea of a removable body which could be left at a loading bay while the truck was delivering a full load. In 1917 production was switched to the Brant≠Ford, a 1-ton pick-up which was basically an elongated Model T Ford with chain drive. The company is still in business making truck bodies and trailers.

Brantford Motor Company



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Mk1 Nut,

You've certainly had better luck than I did!† Thanks for the information.

Gordon McLaughlin



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Al, Do you know if this truck entered quantity production? It was a 4 tonner built to the British WD requirements and intended for the Canadian forces but I can't make out whether it actually went into production. A prototype was certainly built and tested but that may be as far as it went. Gordon McLaughlin northduk(at)googlemail(dot)com



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Don't know if it was ever built in quantity, but it certainly existed.  Built by Motor Trunks, Ltd., Brantford, Ontario, it had a wheelbase of 159 inches with 36x5 inch wheels fore and aft (single in front with 12 spokes; double in rear with 14 spokes), 25.6hp motor and 4-ton capacity.  A three-page article was published in the Dec 1st, 1916 issue of The Commercial Vehicle . . . don't know if I can attach a PDF file, but will try.

 

Bosun Al



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Al,

Thanks for your reply. 

Unfortunately, the pdf's didn't come through.  I got a single blank page instead.  The same thing happened when I tried to download from the Hathi Trust.  Are you able to download from their web site?  If so, how do you do it?

More fortunately, I found an article on the Brantford truck in The Automobile for 30th November 1916 which probably contains much the same information.  I suspect that the truck didn't go into production as there is no reference to its being in service anywhere that I can find.

Best wishes,

Gordon McLaughlin



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Yes, the articles are almost identical.  To download a page from Hathi Trust, I look at the left side and click on "download page in PDF", then use <CTRL><P> or rightclick on the mouse to print'  Apparently you have to be a member of the Trust or an associated group to download the entire book.  If I really need to, I can go into Photoshop, adjust the color and sharpness, and save as a JPG.

 

Bosun Al 



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