GPO Vehicles

Make Commer
Model PB 2500cc
Type 15 cwt
Body Builder  
Use Utility
Registration Number  
Fleet Number  
Date of picture 1970

The Commer 15 cwt utility vehicle was used by an assortment of groups, from Subscriber installation to Fitting and those operations that did not use much plant.  The vehicle was basic with three front seats and a side opening door.  Due to the front wheels being further inward than the rear the handling was interesting and this positioning also made changing a front wheel difficult.  On an emergency brake the rear wheels may also lift off the ground if the vehicle was unladen.  Maintenance wise, the front suspension had a habit of seizing up and the bushes were horrible things to remove.  Because of this the GPO mechanics were always greasing these up.

The 2500cc engine was adequate for the vehicle, but when the restyled body of the Dodge variant was introduced the engine was reduced to a 1750cc unit, which was not quite up to the job, if the vehicle was fully loaded.  On the plus side the 1750 model had a slightly upgraded cab.




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