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    Default Re: chieftain AVRE

    yeah mine was a mbt got all the history with it

    that's a totally different conversion to what mine is that willich one
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zero-Five-Two View Post
    I was at Willich when they were being made by 21 Engineer Base Workshops, I remember them being queued up outside their sheds. A Staff Sergeant Dave Williams was one of the big noises keeping all the lads welding.

    I have some photos of exactly what you are talking about, there are a few lads on the pic, you could be one of them, i will try to find them, watch this space.
    Regards Dale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adam best View Post
    yeah mine was a mbt got all the history with it

    that's a totally different conversion to what mine is that willich one

    I'm sure yours is a Sankey conversion, not Willich.
    Regards Dale.

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    Default Re: chieftain AVRE

    Me taking Willich over a berm. She runs fine, just a minor issue with fuel solenoid.

    https://www.facebook.com/HeywoodTank...type=2&theater
    Regards Dale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daleheywoodtanks View Post
    I have some photos of exactly what you are talking about, there are a few lads on the pic, you could be one of them, i will try to find them, watch this space.
    I had nothing to do with building them, just happened to be there. That said, I should be able to put names to the guys who were doing them
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    Default Re: chieftain AVRE

    ​it wasnt converted until 1990 if thats any help been told it was a vickers conversion by a few
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    Willich ones were done '84 -'85
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    1954 AEC Militant Mk1 Fuel Tanker 65BN57.......aka. 294 UYU

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    Default Re: chieftain AVRE

    Quote Originally Posted by Zero-Five-Two View Post
    I had nothing to do with building them, just happened to be there. That said, I should be able to put names to the guys who were doing them

    The chap on the right is called Eddie Green
    I will find pics when i can
    Regards Dale.

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    I can remember having to modify them only too well. The first ones used a landrover prop shaft to provide drive to the PTO. We kept having to repair them as they were just not strong enough. We came up with the idea of using a prop shaft from an M1 rig which did the trick. Another weakness was the winch minted on the T-piece at the back. Used to go through loads of bits for that as there was no PVRV setup so if the load got too much it just blew a connection.
    Hapoy days indeed.
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    Default Re: chieftain AVRE

    By way of a memory jogger, this is an information panel on front nearside.
    Mean anything to you ?
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails AVRE INFO.jpg  

    Regards Dale.

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