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Loyd Carrier (Front view, left side)


Front view, left side

Picture courtesy of Klaus Brink-Larsen, Frederiksberg

Danish Army Specific: The Carrier was the first tracked vehicle to arrive in Denmark after WW II (in march 1946). The fact that they were "well used" and the lack of spare-parts, made it a hard job to keep them in driving condition.
Used for transport of cargo and personnel, AT gun towing (shown) and as cable layer.
The picture was taken at Kronborg in 1950.
Historical: Introduced in 1940 by Vivian Loyd & Co. The engine, gearbox and transmission was taken from a Fordson 7V 15cwt 4 X 2, as was the chassis, which was simply turned back to front, so placing the engine and radiator at the rear of the vehicle. The front axle (which was the Fordson“s rear) was simply inverted to reverse the direction of the drive. Both the front drive sprockets and rear idlers, which also featured sprockets, were equipped with brake drums which were activated via levers to steer the vehicle. The Loyd Carrier used the same tracks, drive sprockets and some suspension components as the Universal Carrier.
After testing the basic vehicle in late 1939, the British Army placed an initial order for 200 personnel carrier versions.
The Carrier was co-produced by other firms, including Arnfield, Aveling & Barford, Dennis, Ford Motor Company, Harland Engineering, MB Wild, Sentinel Waggon Works and Wolseley Motors. Apart from the British Ford V8 of 85 hp, use was made of North American Ford or Canadian engines (85, 90 & 95 hp). The type of engine fitted was reflected in the Loyd“s nomenclature as follows: No.1 - British engine and gearbox, No.2 - American engine and gearbox and No.3 - Canadian engine and gearbox.
There were also two marks, the Mk I having a Bendx brake system and the Mk II a Girling system.
Other versions besides personnel and gun towing included cable layer and starting and charging.
Close to 15.000 were produced during WW II.
Length: 4.14 m (163 inches).
Width: 2.05 m (81 inches).
Height: 2.13 m (84 inches).
Weight: 3.800 kg (8.400 lb.) approx.
: 6 mm (2.3 inches) max.
: Ford V8-cylinder, 3.621 cm3 (220 cubic inches) displacement, liquid cooled, carburettor.
Horsepower: 85 at 3.800 rpm.
Transmission: 4-speed, type Ford TA/TK-7000.
Transfer case: None.
Electrical system: 6 volt, positive ground.
Brakes: Mechanical.
Tyres: None.
Fording depth:
without preparation: N/A.
with deep water fording kit: N/A.
Fuel type: Petrol.
Fuel capacity: 90 liter (20 gallons).
Range: 200 km (125 miles).
Crew: N/A.
Additional: N/A.

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