Thames Trader tipper. by Mike Jeffries

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The Thames Trader was a simple robust lorry that came in many forms but were very well suited to the rough and tumble of the tipper trade where their good ground clearance and cheap spare parts made them ideal. Ford didn’t enter the heavyweight market until quite late and with little sucess as the medium weight sector was really their forte.

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  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    Another awesome work of art Mike.

  • Cheers Don, you are kind.


    – Mike Jeffries

  • RedHillDigital
    RedHillDigitalover 4 years ago

    Great work Mike, always liked the Thames cab design, definitely ahead of its time. Best regards, Howard

  • Thanks Howard, it might have looked good but they were awful to drive with a poor seating position,too much rake on the steering wheel and a gearstick too far behind your left hand but they were tough motors for the price.


    – Mike Jeffries

  • James J. Ravenel, III
    James J. Raven...over 4 years ago

    Great work, Mike. This one looks like a classic.

  • Thank you James, they were everywhere at one time!

    – Mike Jeffries

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 4 years ago

    Great painting Mike. These were everywhere until plating came in and they disappeared virtually overnight. Remember them well. – Ted

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    1950s, 1960s, and 1970s or newer cars, trucks, and motorcycles
    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • pdsfotoart
    pdsfotoartover 4 years ago
    Impressive work.I like the written information on this old equipment a great deal.This Thames Trader reminds me in design of the simular 1960’s German Unimog made by Mercedes-Benz..Tall and short.
  • Thanks pds, there is a similarity [ by accident or design?] but having never driven a Unimog I hope it’s more pleasure than piloting a Trader,because they were truly awful!

    – Mike Jeffries

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 4 years ago

    What medium have you used Mike?

  • Hi Lynda for this series of paintings, I prefer to call them vehicle portraits, I used acrylic for a couple of reasons. One was a time deadline, the other the price the client wanted to pay and also because I find that I can achieve a more immediate effect whereas I tend to get more “involved” when painting in oils.


    – Mike Jeffries

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 4 years ago

    Very impressive work indeed! They most definitely ARE vehicle portraits.

  • Thanks Lynda, you are kind, every lorry has a face to my eyes, once you get the likeness the detail is relatively unimportant.

    – Mike Jeffries

  • thenonblondetru
    thenonblondetruabout 4 years ago

    I was lucky enough as a boy to ride in one of these classics and lucky enough as a young man to drive a Ford D series same set up more cab comfort, I could sleep between the seats waiting for the DOE to load me because the wouldn’t lay more than 3 water pipes per day……. Ah the good old days

  • I remember my old Trader well but given the comments I’ve made above I have to say they really were a tough motor, when I drove for Midland Gravel back in the sixties my payload was 13ton 18cwt on 20ton gross whereas the Fodens on the same job was 16ton on 24ton gross but being eightwheelers they had an extra axle. The Fodens had the mighty Gardner engine, the Trader a measley Ford diesel of about 6 litres but it managed that load and gave a good account of itself alongside a quality wagon that was at least double the price to buy new————————-however one has to say the brakes left a lot to be desired!

    – Mike Jeffries

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