Ross advises that he purchased the radio cab in 1980 from a farmer who
had removed it years earlier from a truck he had purchased for use on his farm.
After being removed from the truck the radio cab had seen service as a
play house for the farmers children then when they had finished with it
as a storage shed.
When recovered to Ross's
premises the cab was in urgent need of restoration. Ross employed
a local "Chippy" to go over the cab and replace all damaged and rotting
wood. This radio cab had been upgraded at some point by
the army as it had a steel roof over the wooden planking and also a line
of metal ventilator louvers just below the roof line.
As the original truck was still being used by
the farmer Ross had to find a replacement and eventually found a
suitable general purpose bodied one. The GP tray was removed and
replaced by the renovated radio cab resulting in the vehicle shown in
the photographs on this page.
As can be seen by comparison with the photo below
Ross's vehicle lacks the spare wheel carrier mounted on the front
bumper. Ross's vehicle is also fitted with a towing pintle showing
it's GP heritage, Radio Trucks were not fitted with these useful items.