The Fordson Thames ET6 and ET7 replaced the Fordson 7V being produced from 1949 to 1957.
The ET was the first new post-war trucks models from Ford in Europe. In addition to the Commonwealth Nations, the ET was also offered in continental Europe outside Germany. The series was not only a chassis but also came available as vans, trucks and buses. Initially the ET6 came with the 3.6-litre Ford Flathead V8 with 85 hp. The ET7 was fitted with a 4.7 litre six-cylinder Perkins diesel engine with a power output of 50 hp.
The conventional cab with hood and split windshield had more space than its predecessor. It was built by the coachbuilder Briggs Motor Bodies and looked very similar to that of the Dodge 100 and the Leyland Comet . The chassis now had semi-elliptic leaf springs and hydraulic brakes along with a vacuum brake booster. The ET was suitable for payloads up to eight tons, a handy optional extra for heavy loads was all-wheel drive.
The ET was also built as a 3-ton four-wheel variant (ETF6) with the Canadian side valve V8 and a cab from British Light Steel Pressings. This was also used by Commer.
In 1953 saw the development of a 3.6 litre OHV four-cylinder for the payload variants to three tons. This engine also provided the basis for Ford's first self-developed diesel engine with a 3.61-litre displacement and 70 hp power output. These were offered in 1954 as the 4D and 6D respectively.
In 1957 production ended in Dagenham and the Ford Thames Trader took over as the successor.
Ebro built the Fordson Thames ET models under license from 1956 to 1963 as Ebro B-series.
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