gas-bag vehicles

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Reply By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 13:06

Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 13:06
Gday Bill
My dad drove what he called "a traveling consulting room" around northern NSW at 2nd world war time and that old Ford had a gas bag . He told me once that he had cleane the system out and buryied the hot ash in the main st of a town , then driven off to finish his trip. Next trip to that first town, the local police man had a go at him because his horse had troden on the ash and bolted . My old man is no longer and his stories have gone to where ever he is, with him.
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Follow Up By: Member - bill j (VIC) - Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 14:21

Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 14:21
Gday Muzza
Amazing i was thinking there wearnt any gas bags in ozzy i remember the gas producers on the back but never saw a gas-bags ( only some women ) aunties,
now i'm in trouble :)) thanks

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 16:15

Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 16:15
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Muz, if your dad "cleaned the system out and buried the hot ash' then it was almost certainly a 'Gas Producer' he had, not a 'Gas Bag". Gas producers were fairly common in Oz during WW ll and they burned charcoal, or even wood, to produce a gas substitute for petrol. I saw a few. They were pretty messy things requiring a fair bit of maintenance to keep 'producing'. Usually mounted on the side or rear of cars, trucks, or even tractors. You certainly didn't jump in and drive off in the mornings!

I did see some 'Gas Bag' vehicles in Adelaide at that time too. I think they all were small vans (Morris?) belonging to the S.A. Gas Company, the producers and distributors of coal gas to consumers. Can't find a photo of them though.
But here is a photo of a gas producer.
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Follow Up By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 19:02

Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 19:02
God damn and double blast, i may have it wrong . But you have to remember , the old man passed 25 or so years ago and he was pretty old and i was very young. Come to think of it, i still am pretty young .
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 19:44

Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 19:44
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Well Muz, I may not be "young". But Roz thinks I'm "pretty". lol
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Reply By: Member - Peter H1 (NSW) - Saturday, Feb 04, 2017 at 09:22

Saturday, Feb 04, 2017 at 09:22
I remember the local taxi in Merrylands [Sydney NSW] during the war, it had a "Charcoal Burner" on the back.

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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Feb 04, 2017 at 12:34

Saturday, Feb 04, 2017 at 12:34
Found a gas producer, made by NASCO, in the dump at one of the stations I worked on years ago. From memory it was about 3' x 3' x 4' high. Don't think I ever took a photo of it. :-(

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