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The search for the F22 in Australia
|The F22 is an elusive beast. Basically it seems to be a late production idea - a winchless Field Artillery Tractor. Hanno Spoelstra has done the groundwork and you should visit his site for additional information. My interest in the subject came from a photograph I had taken in the 1970s of an unusual SWB Ford. I also took a picture of the data plate and in early 2001 published a picture of it on the Maple Leaf Up forum. The question is... is this really one of these trucks, and if so how may it have reached Australia?|
|The data plate from Hanno. Note the similarities. According to Hanno, FULL refers to a complete cab. (Pic copyright Hanno Spoelstra)|
|You can see from the pictures it has heavy steering setup, a two speed transfer case, the chassis has been strengthened and cut off short (probably when the crane was added). The fuel tank brackets are for a standard size tank.|
The three pictures below came to me from Mike Fisher from who I bought my FGT/F15A. Because it came without a winch, I was interested to dig up these pictures to see whether it had been an FGT or F22. These pictures show it with it's original chassis.
Let's examine the evidence...
|Another possibility? I took these pictures in the 1970s. This vehicle is late production, has heavy duty steering but IS fitted with a winch. It has a standard cab.||Just visible in this shot is the winch. Note the missing shocker.|
|Side view shows standard cab and hub lifting flanges. As it was behind cyclone wiring I was unable to photograph the interior.|
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