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Old 12-17-2016, 10:46:44 AM
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Apologies if this is in the wrong section or if I have misidentified this vehicle, but I believe it to be a Bullock Creeping Grip California Giant?

I am an avid postcard collector and this card came into my ownership this week. The image was taken sometime between 1905-1920 on what was the major trunk road out of London heading to the midlands called the A5 just south of Dunstable in Bedfordshire (southern England).

I have three immediate questions that you might be able to assist me with?

1. Have I correctly identified the vehicle
2. What was it doing in England
3. What was it being used for?

Any information would be most welcome .

Mark from Alton in Hampshire (UK).
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Default Re: Bullock Creeping Grip California Giant

Looks to be stringing out telephone wire! Is there a man on a ladder at the post in the rear ?
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Old 12-17-2016, 05:47:06 PM
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Mark That is one awesome post card you found. Knowing England I bet that house in the background is still standing. It is interesting that one of these rare tractors made it all the way across the pond. Ed B
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Default Re: Bullock Creeping Grip California Giant



Houses are this there with an extension or two.

Funny you mention telephone wire as this was also the route for the first lines out of London to the north and I too wondered if they were reels of wire?

How on earth did this end up in Bedfordshire, England?

---------- Post added at 06:51:05 PM ---------- Previous post was at 06:45:25 PM ----------

Where the back circle is.

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Could be a military or military surplus tractor ?
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you are correct. this was one of two Bullocks that were used in testing prior to using one to build the No 1 Lincoln Machine, the prototype that the tank was developed from. The tractor in your picture was set up for testing on crossing trenches and rough terrain. I posted pictures on page two of a recent thread showing some additional pictures with all the feet out. https://www.smokstak.com/forum/showt...hlight=bullock

There was at least one operating in england prior to the war, and it was seen in operation. The Holts the military was using were to valuable to be wasted on a wild idea af building a tracked armored vehicle, so the Bullock and Killian Strait tractors were both tested. the KS was totally unacceptable, but with some modifications the bullocks had potential as a starting point.
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VERY interesting tractor!!!! thanks for sharing!----sonny
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Interesting in that the left front tire has a tracking rib, when it appears that the right side is just plain flat! that machine must have weighed tons! Thanks for posting the card - very interesting indeed!
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Here is another photo of the Elephant Feet...I don't think this one is in the other thread.

The photo in post #1 seems to have some additional bits, two wheels and a length of timber? on the side of the machine. The lady in the background is smiling, maybe even having a laugh?

Photo from "The Devil's Chariots" by John Glanfield.
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Default Re: Bullock Creeping Grip California Giant

Jus imagine trying to use that device while under fire from the enemy!
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it was never meant for production, they were trying to determine the maximum ability of the track design and knew they were going to get themselves into trouble.
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