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  2. Hi Mark, how are you managing with the restoration, only just found this thread. any pics of its progress welcome. are you still lacking vital data, I might have some photos if I dig deep. BOBC
  3. you have my respect. i can stick two bits of steel together but anything electric would be unlikely to end well for me i'm glad you persevered and overcame the problems. one more step toward the big day!
  4. What a total PITA! Car electrics are a nightmare these days... Sounds like you have brought it to life though! Truely an amazing feat of determination and perseverance.
  5. Evening All, This is a long one but where to start. The petrol tank is finished and the new engine is in place, so now on to the electrics. I have an engine, a wiring loom and two ECU's, one engine and one gearbox. The wiring loom doesn't fit the engine, the concept of plug and play has gone out of the window, the wiring loom is the wrong loom for my engine ECU. The ECU requires one yellow plug and one black, my loom has one yellow and one blue plug, that doesn't fit the ECU. As far as I can ascertain, the loom is for a 3.2ltr, my engine is a 3.6ltr. What to do. In a moment of shear depression, I did think about trying to find the correct loom but then I thought, what the hell, I will rewire the whole thing. The Haynes manual is like the proverbial chocolate tea pot, so after a lot of searching on line, I found a wiring diagram for a 3.6 of roughly the right vintage and begun chopping. This is definitely not a job for the faint hearted, it involved altering, and I am not exaggerating, about 80% of the wiring loom, even the colours are different. Eventually after two days of chopping and adding I was getting somewhere but where I wasn't sure. Even the simple items had either more of fewer wires. At last I turned the key, nothing. There was, in the loom, a group of about 10 wires that were all permennant lives, in other words they were live even when the ignition key was turned off, something I don't like, so I cut them into individuals and traced where they went, ignored what I didn't think was important and connected the remainder, just one. After my initial test or failure, I realised that I needed a second permenant live to the ECU, this was connected and I tried again, the ECU fired up along with the fuel pump. I now had two of the main items, a cranking engine and fuel but no spark. When the expert, had decided that I needed a different engine, part of his reasoning was that this engine didn't require an ignition amplifier. I spent hours looking for a wiring diagram that didn't require this amplifier but I couldn't find one, so I rang the expert. Now amazingly he told me to ignore what he had told me and fit an amplifier. This should give you some idea of what I have been up against. The amplifier was ordered and duly arrived. The wiring diagram showed 5 wires, the amplifier had 7 connections and the plug had 7 connections but only one of the wire colours in the plug matched the diagram and that was in a different position in the plug. Again, back to the internet but I couldn't find the relevant diagram. What I did find, was a thread where a bloke had wired in his amplifier incorrectly and attached pictures of the connections and their relevant place in the plug. There's a but, the plug had 7 spaces but only 3 wires were connected. The wiring loom that I have, originally only had 3 wires, of course the colours didn't match but I decided to attach these 3 wires into the plug as per his picture and blow me I had a spark. Today I reassembled the cooling unit into the hull, connected everything up, filled the cooling system, attached a temporary fuel tank and pressed the starter. After the fourth attempt it started, what a sweet note from the exhaust, well for 30 seconds and then the oil pipe to the oil cooler shot off and emptied 8 litres of oil on the floor. Bugger. I have to admit that I have shortened this story so that you don't consider suicide. Jon
  6. I been thinking of the same concept as well making up a field kitchen on wooden wheels as per our WW1 interests. That Soyer unit looks simple in design to construct a replica. Perhaps a commercially made large pot for the inside as the start for all measurements then outwards. The references given are helpful but not dimensions are there. Almost the size of a milk can from years ago Doug
  7. Try The Great War Society site. There are people there I know have them. Also this lot. I know they have tem, I wa soften the one stocking them. https://www.10thessex.uk/
  8. sim60

    BSA WDB40

    Thanks to all of you I have ordered one of the above filters. Thanks Simon
  9. If are looking for liners, I use Westwood Cylinder Liners, they have stock sizes or will make to your spec. Sometimes you might find the right diameter but slightly longer, my machinist cuts them to length before fitting them. Then you bore to required size. regards, Richard
  10. Put them in the bore when (I assume Mike) has bored the cylinders for you and the liners are in place. If they fit well go for it, if they don't make some new ones. Young James Allison seems to have cracked making rings round here. I believe turns them to size plus a magic number (which isn't big by the sounds of it, but seems to be a trade secret). Puts a junior haxsaw through them, springs them out using a spacer and waves the gas axe at them to get them to a certain colour. Then lets them cool and gaps them Then they are good to go.
  11. Thanks Graham! Ron the 5SW is looking great in the sunshine, at least you have some piece of mind now regarding the engine clatter....... All being well I hope to get out on Sunday’s for a good ride!
  12. The reality is that after two weeks of waiting and several emails there is no response. If they asked me for a photo of the boot since according to them there were two models, but after that there are no more answers. They do not seem to really want to sell anything ... Anyway, thanks again!
  13. I don't want to throw this in the scrap. It is from my MCC CS8 restoration in the 1980's. It is free to any one who votes the sensible way today in the EU election..........
  14. Plenty Meat Update. The ultrasonic gubbins has recorded wall thickness in the 9's and 10's (mm) with a one off low of 7.8 this is well good enough to fit a standard liner and the pistons will be turned down to suit as was originally intended. This is wonderful news and I was surprised to hear the good thickness readings, which must be down to reduced corrosion on the water side. The only downer is the radiused corners on the piston tops, but that's not going to stop it running and everything else will be as standard. One question, will I need new rings or just re gap the old ones ? The difference in bores will be 20 thou. smaller.
  15. Looking really good Steve, well done. 👍🙂
  16. Me too! I got mine back together last night and it started first kick......After it had warmed up, I re-torqued the head bolts, and today I ran it down to Coy Pond to show the ducks. (They went Quackers over it). The clatter is definitely better and since everything now is checked out or renewed, I'll accept that the slight clatter is what it's supposed to sound like. I'll just check the head bolts one last time later (I have a solid copper gasket fitted, so no fear of a modern composite version blowing out) Ron
  17. Have you seen these? http://www.nam.ac.uk/online-collection/detail.php?acc=2002-12-6-1 https://www.nam.ac.uk/explore/army-catering-corps http://www.royallogisticcorps.co.uk/?s=Catering+&submit=
  18. MatchFuzee

    BSA WDB40

    In this thread, an EMGO 12-94200 is close to the CA2602 filter:- http://www.britbike.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=496128
  19. Dennis lives on! I have just noticed my local council has put some new 19 reg Dennis bin wagons on the road.
  20. Yes they were on the larger trollies,think I've spotted one local to me so I'm going to have a look as its just appeared,have a feeling its been dragged out poss 4 scrap collection!!
  21. What information do you have on the workshop servicing trailer No3?

    Is there a CES or manual around for it?

    1. Richard Farrant

      Richard Farrant


      I am afraid I cannot find anything on these trailers. Postwar ones were fitted out with Tecalamit lubricating equipment, not sure if WW2 ones were likewise.

      regards, Richard

  22. I see a picture of a lubrication trailer.Workshop Servicing No3 Do you still have it around or have contact with new owner? I have one the same here in New Zealand but it's missing a lot of the internals like pipework, compressor, tank and engine. I would like to see lots of photos of the interior so I can make out what all the parts are, what type of engine runs what type of compressor , how the pipework was fitted and terminated. My trailer had one hose rack, some grease pots, a lubrication chart file holder and a handle that allows operator to move trailer by hand but very little left of internal details
  23. Thanks Tony, I'll look into it, but would be nice to talk to someone who has one.
  24. Thanks for that, but this is a totally different beastie
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  26. The NZ Army in Libya WW2 used a similar device, the 'Thermette'. Google and ye shall see. The British Army has never, to my knowledge of them in Libya, ever had anything so 'sophisticated' though I'd be very happy to be otherwise verifiably informed. Improvisation seemed to be the game even when other means of boiling a billy (mess tin too) were available; nominally any small-medium sized metal drum or box, sometimes intentionally perforated, was dug a little way into the sand and then half-filled with sand and petrol (too hot!) or vehicle/gun oil (just right) and, this was the BENGHAZI BURNER. Even in the 1960s. Very useful in sandy climes but not recommended on heathland or in the woods.
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