GPO Vehicles

Make Morris
Model FGK 80
Type With 1 ton Crane
Body Builder  
Use Box Building Duties
Registration Number EYV 192C
Fleet Number 200439
Date of picture 1965

Morris FGK80 Box building truck. Used for preparing the bases and building telephone boxes. These were vehicles dedicated  to this work, previously the telephone boxes were erected off site and delivered on specialist trailers.

Box Builder's Vehicle
Taken from External Plant News - No. 2 October 1966

Until recently, Areas were equipped with rather inadequate vehicles for Box Building parties.  These vehicles were not purpose-built and offered poor accommodation for sand, ballast and tools.  A vehicle has been designed to remove these failings, to take advantage of the power tools now available and provide better crew accommodation, which should lead to more efficient operations on jointing chamber construction and maintenance.

The vehicle has a two seat cab, behind which is an enclosed compartment for tools and mechanical aids, and has a translucent roof to give maximum light.  All the large tools provided are electrically driven, the power being supplied by a propane driven 110V generator.  Propane fuel is not so inflammable as petrol so that the generator can be run in this enclosed compartment by using an exhaust extension.  The major tools in the vehicle kit are a road breaker, hammer drill, water pump, concrete mixer (carried on rear platform) concrete vibrator, flood lamps, together with all necessary hand tools.

Below the enclosed tool compartment on both sides of the vehicle are compartments to accommodate other items, such as red lamps, paraffin cans, propane cylinders, cones reflecting and bags of cement.  Clean water is an essential requirement for cement mixing and a 30 gallon tank is provided at the rear of the tool compartment.

The rear platform - which has drop sides for easy access - carries storage bins for sand and ballast, skips for the carriage and disposal of spoil, cement mixer, frames and covers, shuttering, etc.

For handling heavy items such as frames and covers of approximately 5.5 cwt., skips full of spoil approximately 10 cwt., an hydraulic powered crane is provided.  This has a three section folding jib of one ton maximum load, and can be controlled from both sides of the vehicle.  Stabilising jacks are provided either side of the crane mounting to steady the vehicle when the crane is in use.

The colour of the vehicle is Traffic Yellow.  This is a safety measure, as in course of its work, the vehicle spends much of its time parked at the roadside, or in the carriageway and in dull weather or against dark backgrounds, the bright colour makes the vehicle as conspicuous as possible to other road users.

The new Box Building vehicle offers great advances in tool, material, and crew accommodation over the stores carrying vehicle previously used for these jobs. This together with the mechanical aid facilities should lead to more efficient operation of Box Building parties.  Some 180 of these vehicles are being obtained most of which have by now been delivered to Telephone Areas.

A general view of the Box Building Vehicle.  Things to note are the 'Angle Cabs' for safety in entering and leaving the vehicle, considerable outreach obtainable with the crane, and the large volume of tool and mechanical aid accommodation.
The tool compartment. The 110 V generator is in the foreground and can be operated in the vehicle. All the larger power tools have their own carrying cases. The crane is stowed in the travelling position.
In the foreground are skips for carrying and tipping spoil. At the back are storage skips and the cement mixer. The corner posts on the platform are removable giving an unobstructed manoeuvring space.



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