180 ton Vertical Side-Loading Wheel Testing Machine, O/No. 4070, c.1952
Order 4070 for Goodyear Tyre Co., Wallasey, c.1952
Since the first posting in 2014 we recently received an update in 2020. Allan Smith of Meggitt’s Wheel and Test Facility provided the following: –
This machine probably transferred some years ago from Goodyear to Dunlop Aviation (now Meggitt) HQ, Holbrooks, Coventry, where it has operated until a further move in 2019 to Meggitt’s Wheel and Brake Test Facility site in Birmingham, where it is undergoing a refurbishment and modernisation of the controls.
The later pics, Slides 1-8, illustrate the ‘before’, the ‘move’ and ‘after’ the move.
Ed: The 67yr-old machine looks good with a lick of paint!
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