1951 Commer Cabover R7 restoration

What better to carry classic tractors, than a classic truck?

When looking back, it’s not uncommon to realise we have regrets. A job we never accepted, a trip we never took. 

For Clint Reynolds, one of his biggest regrets was not snagging one of his grandfather’s Commer carriers. 

Used as part of his grandfather’s rubbish removal business in Geelong, the Commers were smaller versions with tipper bodies.

“Sadly, they all got sold off when he closed up, before I was able to obtain and restore something,” Clint says. 

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In 2010, Clint was apprenticing as a diesel mechanic and found himself immersed with restoring vintage tractors.

He soon realised he would need a truck to transport his goods to the shows, so why not realise his dream and get a Commer?

“The main reason I bought that truck was to transport vintage tractors and the like to shows and that type of thing. 

“I had also been looking for something to do up and restore, so I started keeping my eye out for one like my grandfathers.”

“Eventually, one popped up in Mt Gambia, owned by this old fella for 30-40 years. 

“It was different, and I loved it.”

The truck in question was a 1951 Commer Cabover R7 in need of some desperate TLC. 

The Commer was going to need a lot of love

“Those old Commers were a real turning point in transport history being a cab over and having a lot more tray space. I was excited to get into it.”

Not your average truck, the rig actually sported a slant 6 petrol engine. 

“They are really interesting engines as it pretty much lays flat rather than standing upright, slanting.”

Clint says the truck has taken years of work, having to be put on the backburner numerous times.

It had to be completely rebuilt

“We have had to fully rebuild everything, source parts and even wreck two trucks to get everything we needed. 

“A couple of people I worked with knew people with old wrecks around the area. So I hunted them down and pretty much got them all for scrap price and built that truck that you see today.

A saving grace for Clint was enlisting the help of Commer enthusiasts through Facebook groups. 

Through building a rapport on some vintage vehicle groups, Clint was able to ask mechanical advice, source parts and show off his fantastic rebuild within a supportive and caring community. 

“It has been great. Now I am just waiting on my boilermaker brother to help me tidy up the tray on it and it will finally be finished.


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