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Checkerplate chassis reinforcement and I suspect it's also there to stop the springs getting bent when lifting heavy loads. The truck had a short jib. Rear of the chassis has been lobbed of and the rear fairleads are gone.
Rear cable guide.
Another gun tractor feature is this splash shield on the side steps. The battery lives inside.
A couple more chassis details - the winch (above) and transfer case (right).
In a nearby shed is this very complete F60L cab 12 which it's hoped will one day be restored. It was purchased from the original farmer owners at Tocumwal, who had bought it from the army disposals in Darwin and driven it all the way home. On the farm it had been used as a superphosphate spreader and was fitted with a chain drive to the rear hub. Shedded virtually all it's life it is in excellent condition for it's age and has many original features. One day in the spreading season it's owners left it in the paddock overnight to find someone had spent the night removing the radiator and water pumps.
The data plate is still there. The right-hand fuel tank looks like it's never been removed and the original antisqueak and wiring are present, a handy detail for restorers to note.
Like most cab 12s, the weak point on top of the A pillar has been reinforced when the timber frame rotted.