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  1. #201
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    Default Re: Mk1 Militant Tanker

    I'll have a look in my shed for a cap over the weekend, sure I've got one or two kicking around.

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    Default Re: Mk1 Militant Tanker

    Quote Originally Posted by marvinthemartian View Post
    I'll have a look in my shed for a cap over the weekend, sure I've got one or two kicking around.
    Thanks Simon, it's not an essenttial part but want it to look right
    Rob
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    If at first you dont succeed, get a bigger hammer........... avoid the disappointment and use the big hammer in the first place

    One Militant is not enough

    1954 AEC Militant Mk1 Timber Tractor 01BP60........aka. 375 UXK

    1954 AEC Militant Mk1 Fuel Tanker 65BN57.......aka. 294 UYU

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    Quick update and pics of the latest efforts on the old girl.

    Started working on the indicator control unit.



    I wanted to do a slight upgrade to include hazard lights. I know it's not original, but it is a sensible idea for todays motoring environment.



    The original flasher unit still works, underneath the cobwebs and corroded terminals, but it cannot cope with all four indicator bulbs at once. Gets rather warm, rather quickly!

    So fitted a modern flasher unit with hazard capacity, worked on hazards OK, but it cannot cope with just indicators, as there's only two bulbs each side. Solution was to use both units. Difficult bit was getting it all to fit inside the little box.



    Took a bit of cramming, but I got it all in and working. Replaced all the cables and terminals as well, and gave it a fresh coat of paint.



    Looks so much better.

    Gave the control unit a once over too, so that's ready for the grand fitting up.

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    Rob
    Zero-Five-Two

    If at first you dont succeed, get a bigger hammer........... avoid the disappointment and use the big hammer in the first place

    One Militant is not enough

    1954 AEC Militant Mk1 Timber Tractor 01BP60........aka. 375 UXK

    1954 AEC Militant Mk1 Fuel Tanker 65BN57.......aka. 294 UYU

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    Homework this week has mostly been refurbishing the wiring looms from the master switch through the main junction box, which itself has benefitted from a once over.



    Just waiting for delivery of new steel conduit to run the cables through and we'll be done.

    Saturday wasn't forecast as that good weather wise, but I thought I'll stick my neck out and risk a shower or two and do a bit more on the cab. Turned out to be a nice day and I got a fair bit done. However, none of it was what I intended to do.

    Plan A. Repair the front scuttle panel, where it has rotted way behind the bridge plate.



    As you can see it is in need of help. However, you cannot get to work on the back of it because the floor and wheel arch is in the way. So that has to come out first.

    Plan B. What do I do with this lot?



    To get the wheel arch out, this lot has to go first, starter cables, auxillary gear levers, rifle racks and so on.



    And you get left with this



    And floor plates that look like this. Bit flimsy to say the least!!



    Finally you end up with this! A very rickety frame, loads of rust crumbs, and.. well, some more rust!!

    By the time I got to this point it was late in the day and doing the bridge plate was a long way down the list, behind beer, shower, Dinner, more beer and so on
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    Rob
    Zero-Five-Two

    If at first you dont succeed, get a bigger hammer........... avoid the disappointment and use the big hammer in the first place

    One Militant is not enough

    1954 AEC Militant Mk1 Timber Tractor 01BP60........aka. 375 UXK

    1954 AEC Militant Mk1 Fuel Tanker 65BN57.......aka. 294 UYU

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    Today saw sorting the home workshop to get yesterdays parts in.



    Big bit is the wheel arch itself, rear end is not quite as bad as the passengers side was, but it will need the same level of repair. The front end is 3" shorter than it should be.



    There should be a third bolt hole on these gear lever mountings, but it has simply rotted away. Mountings are aluminium, and TIG welding is out of my league, so they'll need to go to someone who can.



    Big aluminium floor plate is in reasonable condition, a good scrub up and a new piece of rubber for the handbrake aperture will sort that, so much to be going on with.

    That said, time over the next couple of weekends is at a premium. This coming Sunday is the Father in Laws 80th birthday.



    This is himself at the wheel of a Militant. 1958-ish on Soltau West Germany during his National Service. So we are all up to Yorkshire to wish him all the best.

    Weekend after is the AEC show at Newark, so out with the Timber Tractor, beer and bar-b-cue etc, etc. All rush, but lovin' every minute
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    Rob
    Zero-Five-Two

    If at first you dont succeed, get a bigger hammer........... avoid the disappointment and use the big hammer in the first place

    One Militant is not enough

    1954 AEC Militant Mk1 Timber Tractor 01BP60........aka. 375 UXK

    1954 AEC Militant Mk1 Fuel Tanker 65BN57.......aka. 294 UYU

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    Good progress a lot of work.

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    Somewhere along the way, this month, in between everything else I have found time for a considerable amount of tanker repair, just haven't had time to write it up.

    So here we go, brace yourselves for an onslaught of pictures etc.

    Starting with the Off Side Wheel Arch



    As you can see the rear plate is badly corroded and holed, the off side edge is in bits and the front end is 3" shorter than it should be having rotted away



    New panel into the rear section



    Off Side Edge is a bit more complicated, but many clamps hold it straight while the new metal is welded in



    New front section finishes the job



    Quick grind off of the welds, and a skim of filler to cover the join



    Quality coating of Hammerite Stonechip, and then you find out you've run out of DBG



    That said, need to fit it to hold the side frame in the right place for it's own repair. DBG can wait 'til later



    Cutting the corroded frame away to find good steel



    External wheelarch was temporarily refitted to give an indication of the shape required
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    Rob
    Zero-Five-Two

    If at first you dont succeed, get a bigger hammer........... avoid the disappointment and use the big hammer in the first place

    One Militant is not enough

    1954 AEC Militant Mk1 Timber Tractor 01BP60........aka. 375 UXK

    1954 AEC Militant Mk1 Fuel Tanker 65BN57.......aka. 294 UYU

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    Default Re: Mk1 Militant Tanker

    Good progress for a months work Rob.

    The Governor.
    I am just the custodian of this lorry.
    We will speak when we are a little older.

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    Just found another picture I should have put in with the last post,



    The finished corner. Just go to repeat the operation for the front half and we are all but ready to start hanging new panels.

    Last Sunday was far too hot for welding and frame repairs, I was forced to sit in the shade on my patio making sure I was drinking plenty to keep me cool.

    While doing that I managed to convert some more of this



    Into this



    Main Loom from Control Board up to the dash and indicator unit.

    Out with the other woman this weekend to a show at Long Melford, Suffolk, so Tanker progress will be limited. Might find a few parts though
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails 430 O-S Frame.jpg  

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    425 New Front Loom.jpg  

    Rob
    Zero-Five-Two

    If at first you dont succeed, get a bigger hammer........... avoid the disappointment and use the big hammer in the first place

    One Militant is not enough

    1954 AEC Militant Mk1 Timber Tractor 01BP60........aka. 375 UXK

    1954 AEC Militant Mk1 Fuel Tanker 65BN57.......aka. 294 UYU

  11. #210
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    Default Re: Mk1 Militant Tanker

    Are those wiring looms made to order rob ? ......
    Pretty sure I was born in the wrong era....

    I can't complain though, living in modern times but driving round in the past....

    1955 AEC Militant Mk1 in restoration. Army registration 26BR34 Q Plate Q520AFG New Registration (2017) JAS707

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