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COMMER Q4 BIKINI UNIT- RARE VINTAGE AUXILLARY FIRE SERVICE VEHICLE-1956***

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Car location: Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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COMMER Q4 BIKINI UNIT- RARE VINTAGE AUXILLARY FIRE SERVICE VEHICLE-1956*** for sale

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COMMER Q4 BIKINI UNIT- RARE VINTAGE AUXILLARY FIRE SERVICE VEHICLE-1956*** Photo
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  • COMMER Q4 BIKINI UNIT- RARE VINTAGE AUXILLARY FIRE SERVICE VEHICLE-1956***
  • COMMER Q4 BIKINI UNIT- RARE VINTAGE AUXILLARY FIRE SERVICE VEHICLE-1956***
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  • COMMER Q4 BIKINI UNIT- RARE VINTAGE AUXILLARY FIRE SERVICE VEHICLE-1956***
  • COMMER Q4 BIKINI UNIT- RARE VINTAGE AUXILLARY FIRE SERVICE VEHICLE-1956***
  • COMMER Q4 BIKINI UNIT- RARE VINTAGE AUXILLARY FIRE SERVICE VEHICLE-1956***
  • COMMER Q4 BIKINI UNIT- RARE VINTAGE AUXILLARY FIRE SERVICE VEHICLE-1956***
  • COMMER Q4 BIKINI UNIT- RARE VINTAGE AUXILLARY FIRE SERVICE VEHICLE-1956***

Hi. nbsp;
We have for sale a rare barn find. This vehicle was found  on a farm in Yorkshire and I purchased it  in 2000. So we have for sale one 1956. Vintage AUXILLARY FIRE SERVICE (AFS) COMMER Q4 BIKINI UNIT.                             (Registration number RYX 65 ).  
This vehicle is in good condition for its age. On the vehicle is the following equipment: 1 x Codiva pump. 3 x Codiva pump wheels. 1 x 4"  hard suction pipe. 1 x spare wheel.  6 x Jerry cans. 3 x raft bronze tiller nozzles with pintles. 1x Codiva pump crane and equipment with two winches. The engine used to be a good runner. but has not been run for a few years now but will not take much to get it running. (IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING THE ENGINE RUNNING). This vehicle would make a fantastic restoration project for the right person. Originally this was my project. but due to lack of time I have decided to find it a new home as it is an amazing piece of Cold War history. During the rebuild I stripped and replaced all the wheel cylinders on the  front and back axles and also the master cylinder complete. but never got around to bleeding the brake system. I have video proof of the work done to the vehicles front and rear brakes. ***PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE 2 CODIVA PUMPS IN THE PHOTOS. HOWEVER ONLY ONE OF THEM IS FOR SALE WITH THE BIKINI UNIT***
If you have any  questions please get in touch Mobile : 07975708493  Home : 01889 565356.   More photos  also available upon request.  
Viewing this Vehicle is a MUST  and  Essential !!!  Sold as seen*** Personal collection only as this vehicle will require towing away.
Payment only as cash on collection!!! ****
Thanks for looking.

 
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Auxillary fire service history:In 1948. with the threat of possible war  looming and  increase in tension between East /West. serious thought was given by the government of the day to re-forming the Auxiallary  Fire Service and providing a range of specialised vehicles to equip them with. Training and recruitment for the Auxillary Fire Brigade began on  15. 11. 1949.
During WW II a serious handicap to fire fighting had been the destruction of water mains during bombing attacks and the resulting difficulties in obtaining enough water. or transporting the water to the required site. The "Bikini"  was designed to help overcome this.  It was fitted  with 3 inflatable rafts and 9 light portable pumps. The bikini unit would arrive at a ready water source ( reservoir. river. sea). the rafts would be inflated and launched and 3 light pumps loaded on each raft. One pump was used to propel the raft and the other 2 pumps  provided a water supply to  mobile reservoirs on the shore. from where the water  could be pumped to wherever required. often miles away. The idea of mounting the pumps on the rafts was to  maintain a steady flow of  water unaffected by the tide levels.  high river banks or soft ground. The crane mounted on the rear of the vehicle was used to assist with the movement  of the rafts and pumps  where the movement by hand was difficult ie: steep banks or bridges. The Auxillary Fire Service was disbanded in 1968 and it is believed that all the Commer Q4 Bikini units were disposed of shortly afterwards.

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