Specific: Delivered by the British forces in
Germany just after WW II. The trucks were all used and
went through a repair-program at Air Base Skrydstrup before proceeding to the
end-users. Known is the use of the OXD as a Slave Battery truck.
As such the sides of the body had been increased in height and the tilt
raised to provide headroom. The outfit had two functions: (a) to act as
a "slave" or help starting other vehicles, including tanks in the field
and (b) to act as a spare battery carrier and charging plant and as a
minor repair facility for wiring and electrical equipment.
Two CAV 12-volt dynamos were mounted below the floor and, together with
the 30-volt slave battery charging dynamo, were belt-driven by a
gearbox-mounted power take-off. The equipment was supplied by Spurling
Motor Bodies Ltd.
Historical: The Bedford O-series was a commercial truck
which had been launched in 1939. The OX-version was a 30cwt truck.
Besides the OXD GS version there was a OXA armoured truck and a tractor
modified by Scammell was known as the OXC.
Also civilian variants of the OX military chassis
was available from 1941.
The first military contract calling for 5.000 30cwt chassis and 11.000
3-tonners were signed in September 1939.
When production ended, a total of
24,429 OX lorries had been produced.
Length: 4.95 m (245 inches).
Width: 2.18 m (86 inches).
Height: 3.20 m (126 inches).
Engine: Own 6-cylinder, type WD, 3.519 cm3 (214 cubic
inches) displacement, liquid cooled.
Horsepower: 72 at 3.000 rpm.
Transfer case: None.
Electrical system: 12 volt.
Brakes: Hydraulic with vacuum servo assistance.
Tyres: 10.50 - 16.
Fuel type: Petrol.
Fuel capacity: N/A.