Tea Tray Truck

After 24 years of neglect, a World War Two-era Fordson WOT 6 Lorry has been painstakingly restored. Craig Moore speaks to the man behind the project...

Seamus Cunningham stands next to his lovely, restored Fordson WOT 6 lorry

The Ford Motor Company were building cars in the UK well before and into World War Two.

Its commercial branch at the time, which built lorries and agricultural machinery, was given the name Fordson – WOT 6 being an abbreviation for War Office Type Six.

Seamus Cunningham has recently completed the restoration of a Fordson WOT 6 60cwt long wheelbase lorry which was in a sorry state when he acquired it. He currently works in the building industry but began his career as a motor mechanic, first in a Citroën garage and then later in a classic MG specialist garage. He purchased his first series II Land Rover when he was 21 and this led to a series of Land Rover restorations. Seamus’ first military project was a 1944 Dodge WC-51 Weapons carrier which he later sold on. He then tried his hand at restoring some World War Two Jeeps. While searching eBay in 2019, Seamus spotted a WOT 6 Fordson lorry for sale. He did not know anything about the vehicle but liked the look of it. “After doing a bit of research, I thought it was definitely World War Two dated, and couldn’t help but think it was a greatlooking truck, so decided ‘let’s go for it’,” explained Seamus. “It was not too far of a drive to pick up, as it was located in Romney Marsh, Kent. But, unfortunately, it sold before I could view it.

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