Registration No.: HL 4911
Chassis No.: MT11387
Date: 17th October 1930
This lorry is a Manchester model B1 30/35cwt chassis built at the works of Willys Overland Crossley in Heaton Chapel, Stockport.
Willys Overland Crossley had been set up in 1919 as a joint venture between Willys Overland in the USA and Crossley Motors in the UK to assemble Willys Overland vehicles for the British market to be sold under the name of "Overland". In 1928 the range of trucks was modified and the name "Manchester" was adopted. The main components used in the construction of all the trucks offered were the Lycoming CT four cylinder petrol engine, driving an Eaton bevel drive axle through a Brown Lipe three speed gear box and a Borg and Beck clutch. The ignition system was by Autolite and Stewart Warner supplied the speedometer. The main UK parts were the cab and bodywork, a cast aluminium radiator by Coventry Radiators and the lights by Millers. Complete vehicles or rolling chassis could be supplied.
HL 4911 was supplied as a rolling chassis in 1930. The cab and body were built by G.Westmoreland & Son of Alverthorpe, Wakefield. The body is tipped by Clayton Dewandre hand operated rack tipping gear. Its first owner was Percy Marsh a haulage contractor in Wakefield. The following picture shows an "Overland" truck, the predecessor of the "Manchester" and a Vulcan lorry. The significance of the wagon having a headboard lettered with 4th Bn K.O.Y.L.I. is not clear to us and any information concerning this would be appreciated.
A large number of the tax discs and carriers licences were found in the truck's tax disc holder; a few examples are shown below.
1931 annual tax disc and June 1933 quarterly tax disc.
B Licences from 1939 and 1956
HL4911 was first registered to Percy Marsh, a haulage contractor in Wakefield, who sold it in August 1934 to J.W.Shaw & Son, coal merchants of Castleford. A copy of the B-licence for 1939 is attached. The fine writing is as follows:
Ashes & manure within 5 miles, coke for the Castleford U.D.C.,
miner’s home coal within 7 miles, beer wines& spirits for the Castleford
Conservative Club, refreshments, equipment & scenery for the Bradley St
Church & glassware within 10 miles, coal coke for Mr Nicholson of
Castleford to York on 20 occasions only during the currency of the
licence & within 12 miles, meat within 15 miles, road & bdg. mat.
within 20 miles & furn. within 30 miles of
Castleford P.O. Snow for the Castleford U.D.C.
HL4911 in a dilapidated condition at Eddie Williams' scrapyard near Cutsyke level crossing, Castleford, West Yorkshire. c.1962. The wagon was still in service only five years previously
Shaws used the lorry on local coal deliveries until 1957 when it was retired. It then passed through the hands of Horace Dean and Harry Parkin before being bought by Eric Walters who restored it and exhibited it for the first time at the Harewood House Traction Engine Rally in 1964.
Standing alongside Foden steam wagon 13536 at Norman Dean's yard in Rectory Street, Castleford c.1964.
It has travelled extensively in preservation, attending events as far afield as Lanark in Scotland and Leigh in Kent.
Manchester trucks were built from 1928 until 1933 when Willys Overland Crossley went into liquidation. A small number of trucks has survived; examples of models A1, A9, B1, B4, BX and LBX4 are listed on the Surviving 'Manchester' Lorries page.
We have experienced problems with corrosion of the aluminium top and bottom tanks of the radiator, caused by the elecrolytic action of the different metals used in the construction of the radiator and exposed to a damp or wet environment. Externally the radiator appeared to be in good condition but when the tanks were taken off, pockets of corrosion had developed giving the appearance of a honeycomb pattern. In some places the corrosion was starting to pierce the surface of the tank. Repairs by welding or the use of epoxy fillers were considered to be unsuitable or unlikely to provide a durable repair. The ultimate solution was to grasp the nettle and have replacements cast in aluminium. Patterns were manufactured and castings were made locally. The new castings were machined and the radiator was reassembled.
If you need a set of top and bottom tank castings and would like to know more about these radiators please contact me by email at the following address