It has to be Ohakea. If you look on Google Earth, you can still see the Palm Tree to the right. If it were Woodbourne, the Palm Tree would be in the middle of the road. So it's not Wigram, and it's not Woodbourne.
Striped out old, carpet... cleaned inside. She still has her LPG tank in the box like structure at the head of the short walk way. During which years would she have been running on LPG? Is this how she would have looked like while in service sans the med equipment? Does anybody have a photo of the inside with all the med equipment in place?
Cab minus seat and lining. Lots of cleaning up done today!
Engine which I know very little of at the moment. Cant find her engine number? Do know it is a 6 cylinder "Silver Diamond" engine.
As an ATC cadet , I remember getting a ride in one of these ( maybe 1977 -1978 ) back from Dip flat . I seem to recall everybody refered to the driver /medic as Joe 90 , and assuring me that I would safer on the bench seats in the back of the Bedfords !
Dear Warner Brothers: Now that I'm an adult, I feel I'm old enough to hear what the "Beep Beep" is hiding when Road Runner talks to Wile E. Coyote.
Post by Dave Homewood on Oct 6, 2012 0:40:38 GMT 12
You'd be safer in anything rather than the back of a Bedford RL. Bloody dangerous machines they were, especially when the GSI's drove them off roading! We were told to link arms because on a previous course two people fell out and were killed. Not sure if that was true or a mind game, and whether is was an RNZAF or an Army course referred to, but we did link arms on the rough bush tracks. My butt aches just rememebring those wooden seats and the anti-gravity driving with the crashing down on the seat again.
Ambulance is an International AR110, I know of 5 built for the RNZAF but up to 8 may have been built. Some of these are still in private ownership - one was advertised on TradeMe a couple of years ago. The Land Rover above (thought to be Ohakea) was also for slae a few years ago. As I have an interest in military fire and medical vehicles, I will dig up what information I have.
Information I have is as follows: International AR110 AQ8009, c/n 4358, registered 5 Mar 1956. Reregistered FHE69 on 23 Mar 2010, current. AQ8010, c/n 4359, registered 6 Sep 1956. Registration cancelled. AV2840, c/n 4546, registered 6 Sep 1956. Registration cancelled. AV2841, c/n ?, registered ?. Registration cancelled. Was privately owned some years ago by a military vehicle collector. May well be still operational. ER8795, c/n 4548, registered 6 Sep 1956. Was at Ohakea. Still registered.
An ex-Ohakea Land Rover ambulance was up for sale a few years ago. ER8796, c/n 152001532, registered 25 Aug 1960. Still registered.
If anyone has any further information on this subject, please let me know.
bae, Luther and SEAN, thank you for the help and photos.
If all goes well I should have her at my place by Friday. I will then be able to have a good look at her, inside and out and take more photos. I should be able to find her identification plates/serial numbers with the aim of doing a more in-depth research of her past.
Post by featherman on Aug 19, 2015 21:29:11 GMT 12
The photo in question is definitely the Base Hospital RNZAF Ohakea. The Internationals were in use until at least 1982 when they were replaced by the Range Rovers. I left RNZAF Woodbourne in 1982 and was posted to RNZAF Auckland and remember the first of the Range Rovers being delivered to Whenuapai. If I am correct the designated vehicle identification number ‘37’ appears to have been part of the Whenuapai inventory. It was certainly replaced by a Range Rover of the same number leading me to believe that this number was assigned to the Whenuapai ambulances. I drove both the Internationals and the Range Rovers on a reasonably regular basis.
Now, in that Ohakea hospital photo did you notice the Dept of Health mobile X-ray bus at the side?
It used to go around the country giving free chest x-rays. One day at Ohakea when the ASF (4 Hangar) Electrical staff were getting ready to have our chest x-rays, we played a joke by sellotaping a question-mark made of resin-cored solder to the back of one venturesome airman. When you went for the x-ray you only had to part your shirt and offer your chest up to the cold plate.
The solder question-mark was detected and we were spoken to about it, but it was all taken in good humor and nobody got a bollocking.
Some eight years ago a friend gave me the ex RNZAF ambulance in you see in the photos below. (The photos were taken today 01/10/2012) I hope to get the ambulance back on the road within a year, budget allowing! She is not a basket case but will need a fair amount of work to get her roadworthy again.
The ambulance is an International, of 1954 -1957 era. I am looking for any pics, stories and/or history of this particular ambulance. (I could hardly find anything about this make/model of ambulance on Google.)
Any help would be appreciated.
Boy you were lucky to get this in such original condition. That model (but a flat deck) in much worse condition went for over 5k recently on TM. I hope you intend to keep it as original, would be a shame to see it stripped and converted. Though I admit it would make a really cool camper.
I still have her. She is in storage at the moment. Don't have the disposable income to restore her. I wont sell her and will keep her in original RNZAF(stock) condition. I am a bit of a History buff so can't imagine converting into a passion wagon...