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Rootes75



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read the article in Classic and Vintage Commercial, still think its a great find Rick.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rootes75 wrote:
I read the article in Classic and Vintage Commercial, still think its a great find Rick.


Is it in??? I asked them to let me know, so is it in the March issue?

thanks, RJ
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, its in the March issue. A page write up and some nice photos.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rootes75 wrote:
Yes, its in the March issue. A page write up and some nice photos.


Thanks - I had a flick through last week and didn't spot it (doh!)

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Rick. It occurred to me (and probably you too) that Alex Polizzi who hosts 'The hotel inspector' series on Chanel 5 is heiress to the 'Forte' hotel dynasty and might be interested in the hearing about the Commer.

I know it's a long shot but perhaps an avenue for research?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ray White wrote:
Hi Rick. It occurred to me (and probably you too) that Alex Polizzi who hosts 'The hotel inspector' series on Chanel 5 is heiress to the 'Forte' hotel dynasty and might be interested in the hearing about the Commer.

I know it's a long shot but perhaps an avenue for research?


I have been in touch with a few descendants of the original Fortes (not AP admittedly), as yet it's not turned up any fresh news or pictures. One person did mention that the old girl looked familiar to them, so maybe something else will turn up in future who knows!??

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rick,

Just saw this one and thought of you.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/86182814@N02/16491718301/in/photolist-r8uUSF-r8uURP-qQUKZs-qR3dtg-qQM2Va-qQoJmZ-qQor2B-qav1wm-r8uEsz-r6kvKu-r8jnhH-r7Cmbp-r5aP6N-qPGMtk-qanae6-qPJzyc-qa9G8s-qPAFLS-r7aiUD-qPzfR1-r4RY4y-qPABCb-r7aev8-r7ad7M-r71eQv-qPJn2i-qa9tiu-qa9qjy-qPyXUL-qPAjPS-r74FAd-qPzVRs-qPHEkZ-qPHBtM-r6ZqXn-qa8Ghs-qam7sM-qPyhGY-qam1Hk-qPFzqK-qPzxSC-r799zP-r6ZaJB-r4QMX3-r7452C-r7414h-r78UMP-r4QwzQ-qPFaLv-qa8951
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very interesting, not too dissimilar either.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rick,

Just seen this posted on flickr!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/friston_motors/16585676368/in/photolist-rgBVKo-rgAPyP-rgg2u3-rxCAr9-repLee-rxCAoJ-rxjMUi-rfzFwq-qA9BNK-rwofWw-rcnEr8-rdY5Jf-rvnCEu-rc1zK6-qykpoW-qyvQSv-rsJAUA-ruVLrJ-rv2geX-rvxPvB-rdsKew-qxtAKU-rug4ik-rrP2Bj-qx78pU-rtitq7-rbFPLG-rqY97w-rbNXRB-rbg1DW-rb9XhA-raQe3S-r92pAK-qvy8br-qvxwGr-rscNcx-rse2ey-rq2sqA-rsbKwV-rsbA5Z-r8Yzsz-qvvuLX-rbLMoW-qwtKSg-raNEku-qvmEpJ-qvywgV-rq3G7m-raHX6y-rsb26T
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rootes75 wrote:
Rick,

Just seen this posted on flickr!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/friston_motors/16585676368/in/photolist-rgBVKo-rgAPyP-rgg2u3-rxCAr9-repLee-rxCAoJ-rxjMUi-rfzFwq-qA9BNK-rwofWw-rcnEr8-rdY5Jf-rvnCEu-rc1zK6-qykpoW-qyvQSv-rsJAUA-ruVLrJ-rv2geX-rvxPvB-rdsKew-qxtAKU-rug4ik-rrP2Bj-qx78pU-rtitq7-rbFPLG-rqY97w-rbNXRB-rbg1DW-rb9XhA-raQe3S-r92pAK-qvy8br-qvxwGr-rscNcx-rse2ey-rq2sqA-rsbKwV-rsbA5Z-r8Yzsz-qvvuLX-rbLMoW-qwtKSg-raNEku-qvmEpJ-qvywgV-rq3G7m-raHX6y-rsb26T


grrr cropped to remove the website address, cheeky %$^&*&&

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2015 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tyres and wheels that once graced the Sphinx Allard during the 1960s recently turned up, and were collected a few days ago to go with the Commer.



It was nice to add to the assortment of bits and bobs that accompany the lorry.

http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/commer-transporter.htm

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rick,

Just saw this and thought of you.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/27059934@N06/23541907532/in/photolist-BSjqVs-ByqvQw-B43fCE-BYeZLA-BYeA45-BruWFB-BYAkiF-Bwh9PG-BtH71U-AWAaYX-BRGiB5-BTZStk-BTZPRr-BJpsww-BRFWx1-BLGyC2-AWtaEq-BRp1DS-BJ5Y7G-BJt2PM-BRqyGr-BGQA1R-BUnLbo-BYDnzE-BRmssN-B4wZHv-BLgmfG-BCc7uY-BLddKB-AMY7aA-BDSUx9-AJwPYK-B5W6NR-B6XWHg-BcMVY5-AG1Kqt-BvAFSV-AFrzKc-B3ncT4-ADbHkW-BnNRbt-Brtk7Q-Bjd6oA-AwfwwL-B2CNUy-BjcXhW-Bra9bg-Atb3Ku-BkpGUw-Bnd2wn
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smile I saw that photo myself the other day, on FB I think, and commented on it at the time. Yes, very similar isn't it?!

I've not had chance to do much to it lately, bar some under-bonnet ignition work a while back. Next job will be to remove the starter, it spins but isn't engaging with the flywheel, so much be gummed up or similar. With that sorted, and a temp fuel feed in place, I don't see why it shouldn't fire up. There's a nice healthy spark now, after doing the points etc and making up new HT leads.

This has echoes of the procedure applied to the Dodge, in the late 1990s. Deja vu time.

Erindoors still doesn't like it though.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mmmm nice Rootes/Commer sign ..

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Original-ROOTES-Group-COMMER-Trucks-Dealer-garage-showroom-enamel-sign-/301824766895

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rick,

I had missed this story first time round - what a fascinating find!

You mention the car that the Commer used to carry as the Sphinx Allard - are you sure? That looks like the Tommy Sopwith / Equipe Endeavour Sphinx, but that was Armstrong Siddeley based.
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