Douglas AEC 1950’s timber tractor

Douglas 1950's timber tractor

The 9.6 litre diesel AEC engine bursts into life on the touch of the button. Air brakes work, excellent! I can stop and it’s got a fully functioning racket hand brake that works a treat. Ten ton Turner winch works but needs a new brake pad. All is fine for the old girls age but the cab, well what can you say, it’s had a working life, needs some TLC and ash woodwork, probably some lights (horn works) and some of the dials don’t work. However a big plus it has power steering, would be a beast without it!!!! Ah, the pneumatic windscreen wipers need attention, a bit intermittent.

PS If anyone knows about these vehicles (much like the AEC Matador) I would be interested to hear from you especially if you know the plans for the wood work on the cab.

About Sadeik

You may ask why "Sadeik" well it means friend in arabic. Worked in Jordan a lot doing tree surgery you see. I have worked in forestry since I left school with a two years in Telecom. Went back to forestry and tree surgery as it may not have paid as much but was far more interesting and dangerous. Spent a lot of years mountaineering, caving and canoeing too. At 29 I went to Bangor University to study Forestry and soil science then did an MSc in Water engineering all very interesting. By a quirk of fate in 1995 ended up helping sort out the woodland and park at Wimpole, funny thing was then I only intended to stay six months or so, but 18 years later I'm still here learning all the time. That's the best bit, if I wasn't able to learn something new every year I would not have stayed and as you get older you realise that the grass is not so green in the next field after all. In fact my patch is getting greener while much of the rest is getting browner.
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2 Responses to Douglas AEC 1950’s timber tractor

  1. Tom Capper says:

    I don’t know if you’re still in possession of the Douglas, but I have a photograph of this vehicle from the early 1980s. Drop me an e-mail if you’d like to know more.


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