Here is a chance to purchase a real piece of rare British Engineering History.
Up for sale is my Atkinson Alligator Tracked Universal Carrier, one of only 3 manufactured by Atkinson Agricultural (now Atkinson Trucks) in the mid 1940’s and supplied to the “Ministry of Supply” to support the “Blue Streak” missile project testing in Woomera Test range Australia.
The Alligator was purchased as 95% complete but in a very bad way and what followed was a complete strip down and start of a nut ‘n’ bolt restoration.
The work completed is as follows: •Completely stripped down •Hull repaired where needed, shot blasted and primed inside and out. (Inside now finished in original off white and bronze green) •21stud “British” Ford Flathead V8 completely stripped, and rebuilt with as many new components as I could find, including starter motor, carb, distributor, ignition system and clutch. •Transfer box, Stripped and rebuilt with new bearings and seals. •Ford 4 speed Gearbox stripped and rebuilt with all new bearings and seals. •Controlled differential steering unit stripped and rebuilt with new bearings, seals and steering bands relined in the correct material which can handle submersion in oil. •Radiator refurbished •LH fuel tank manufactured as this was missing using the RH one as a pattern. •New 6 volt battery •New wiring harness manufactured •Suspension and bogy assembly fully rebuilt with new bearings and oil seals throughout.
The tracks are in good condition and a new canvas roof is fitted. The Alligator starts stops and steers perfectly.
This is a ideal military vehicle for anyone wanting a tracked vehicle to show but does not have the space to store a larger Tank!
The Alligator is not a large vehicle and would easily go into a single garage. It weighs in at 3.5 tons.
Viewing welcome near Sheffield.
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