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    Evening All, I thought that I would do a pre-Christmas update. I have been concentrating on the wiring, a bit odd you may think as there are more pressing jobs with the drive etc but I needed something that wasn't complicated and that I could dip in and out of. I am glad that I did, as there were a lot of holes to drill, clips to make and trunking to run and head scratching to do. There is a section of flexible trunking that runs in front of the driver, around the peddle area. I had thought that it was part of the wiring but I am now not so sure, as I have identified the wiring route and it doesn't use that section of trunking. However I have used it to run the gearbox kickdown switch wiring in, as it runs in the adjacent area. The wiring is now complete and tested but I have made use of a lot more flexible trunking than the original. All the wires in the original appear to be black, I have used colour coded wires but where they can be seen I have jointed onto black extensions. I have left the wires long enough so that they can be pulled out of the end of the trunking so that the various colours can be identified as they join the black ends. The interior of the hull contains light sockets for the magnetic work light as well as adjustable station lights. So far, I have been able to identify the location of two sockets, one by the driver and one in the turret and two station lights, one in the turret and one by the radio operators position. I would have expected to find three of each so I will keep on looking. Work light location next to the driver I posted a question on another forum with refence to the station lights and amazingly one of the various styles is still produced, but for an automotive application. I had to make the work light sockets. The sockets are standard DIN sockets pressed into the housing but the spade connections had to be altered. In situ with the work light plugged in.
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    Well done guys, you've passed that crossed-fingers moment when you run it all back-up and..... yes it worked! I know only too well how that goes. Only too Well!
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    A member of the forum asked if he could visit to see the tank for himself, so I thought as the next job is to modify and fix the gear shift lever in place which would require the installation of the drivers controls to ensure there are no problems I may as well assemble the drivers area as far as I can. The rear light bolted in place. And to end, a Christmas style picture of the magnetic work light, plugged in and working. Jon
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    Michelins X tyre range are a long evolution tyre designed and developed over many years. Original X tyres are classed as vintage type with a side wall and tread base designed to perform different tasks within one carcase. Letters after X signify modern stage development through its lifetime, different compounds and tread patterns. That is my understanding of the range.
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    Just posted my support. My closing paragraph: I feel that it is important to give future generations a feel of what was going on. Many of the younger generations nowadays worry that civilisation is sliding into extinction, what they don’t seem to grasp is that we were under the threat of pretty much instant extinction! It would be as well for them to remember that, but they need to be told about it and I think this museum would help do that.
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    2020 Corowa Swim-In and Military Vehicle Gathering Quote Post by Jan Thompson » Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:12 pm Hi all The 41st Annual Corowa Swim-In & Military Vehicle Gathering will take place at Corowa, NSW, Australia from 9th to 15th March 2020. The latest KVE News is now out and linked on our website, www.corowaswim-in.org The theme for 2020 will be Year of the Military Motorcycle. As usual, all other military vehicles are welcomed and encouraged to enter as well. At the back of the newsletter (and available to download off the website) is the entry form. Those entering have the opportunity to order anniversary number plates (not rego plates), either sequentially numbered or without. See last page of the newsletter. These plates are only available to those sending in Entry Forms. NUMBER PLATES We have decided to do 2 types of numberplates for our 40th Anniversary commemorative item. The following conditions are: These plates are only available to those completing entry forms as participants. To secure a plate this needs to be paid along with your entry. See bottom of entry form for details to complete. Orders for plates close on 1st February 2020 1. Sequential numbering from 001 to 150 The following numbers will be auctioned on Friday 13th March at the Corowa-Rutherglen Football Netball Club: 1-10, 39-45, 88, 90, 101, 108, 109, 110 Cost $30 each When your entry is received we will contact you to let you know if the particular number you have chosen is available. If it isn’t you will be able to negotiate a number. 2. 40th Anniversary standard plates Cost $25 each The number plates are on the production line at the moment. I sold 5 sequential and 5 standard plates this morning. We have the following sequential numbers available: 023,026,027,,036,057,062,083,086,092,095,096,09 7,102,103,104,105,107,108,114,115,116,117,119,120, 127,129,130,132,134,135,136,148. $30 each The January edition of the KVE newsletter has just been released. If you want an emailed copy send an email to us. kveinc@optusnet.com.au For those wanting a swap meet stall contact Jan McKenna ASAP. The trips on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are to some interesting locations. Anyone who would like to share some stories from the past 40 years are encouraged to contact Jan on 0412078096. On Friday 13th March we have a function organised at the Corowa Rutherglen Football Netball Club across the road from Ball Park Caravan Park where there will be a meal followed by a driver's briefing then we are hoping a number of people will get up and talk about their experiences of attending the swim-in. Whether you have been going for many years, a few years or for the first time we encourage people to share their stories. When you come to the site office you will be asked to put your name down if you will be attending this function. This will give the club an idea of the numbers of people they will be catering for. This is also when some of the Number Plates will be auctioned. If you don't want to attend the meal you are welcome to come across and join in the celebrations. Keith Webb has put together an interesting DVD on the 40 years of The Corowa Swim-in and will release his DVD covering last years event. There are less than 40 of the sequential number plates left so if you want to secure a number let us know. If anyone would like to do a shift on the site office or help with mustering vehicles for the parade let us know. This event needs people to volunteer some time. From Wednesday to Friday there are some interesting trips planned and we will have route cards at the site office and will ask you put your name down if you are planning to attend. Program of Activities: Route cards for all the trips will be available at the Site Office - make sure you put your name on the lists if you intend to do a trip. Wednesday 11th March: 9am: Departure from Ball Park. Trip around the Chiltern area will be suitable for most vehicles, then after lunch there will some All-Wheel driving suitable for vehicles no larger than a 6x6 Land Rover. Organise your own lunch in Chiltern. Please make sure you have a route card and read it prior to the trip. Thursday 12th March: Depart Ball Park at 10am. for trip to Howlong: -Arrive at the Park across the road from the Howlong Public school or pre-school at 11am, this gives us an hour to drive the 30km involved and park up. -When the visit at Howlong schools finishes, we can make our way to the main street of Howlong for lunch. There are a few options for lunch in Howlong however it can be up to the individual to source their own lunch. -1pm depart Howlong and drive to the Avro Anson landing site for a look. This will take about 20 minutes to get to as it is 13km from Howlong. There is about 8km of well-formed gravel road. -After 10 or 15 minutes at the landing site we drive to Brocklesby which is about 17km from the landing site. Here we stop at Blacksmith Park for a cuppa and a talk about the Avro Anson crash and at 2pm the kids from the Brocklesby school will wander over for a look at our vehicles. -Everyone to make their own way back to Ball Park. Stop at the Balldale Hotel if open. Friday 13th March: 7:30-9:00am: KVE BBQ at Ball Park Caravan Park 9:00am: Trip ending up at Wooragee for lunch. Richard is organising a Motorcycle Run just for motorcycles. The other vehicles will leave Ball Park Caravan Park and go to Lake Moodemere where there will be a Land Rover photo shoot. After the photoshoot we will then go to the Chiltern Motor Museum. Entry $5. We are then going to the district of Wooragee where the local tennis club will provide lunch at a reasonable price as they are fundraising for new tennis courts. The Motorcycles will attend this function and then they could go back via the motor museum. The children from the local school will view the vehicles. In the afternoon people may be able to view the Lucas Mill business which is located in Wooragee before heading back to Corowa. (Over 18,500 Lucas Mill portable sawmills sold into more than 100 different countries around the world!) Friday night: 40th Anniversary commemorations, auction and 2 course dinner at the Corowa Footy Club. The number plates which have been held back will be auctioned this night. Saturday 14th March: Vehicles will line up at Bangerang Park from 7.30am and participate in the parade at 9am to the Corowa Showgrounds where there will be a photo shoot and swap meet. From1pm: vehicle activities From 8-9pm in the evening there will be presentations. Sunday 15th March: KVE will have an AGM and General Meeting at 10am. In the evening there will be a meal at the Corowa RSL. During the week there will be a number of people who will have things for sale in Ball Park Caravan Park. Some of you will get some bargains or might find items you have been searching for. The theme for 2021 will be Year of the Jeep and Year of the RAAF Vehicle. In 2022 the theme will be Year of the Heavy Metal Jan Thompson-Creamer Secretary and Public Relations Officer Khaki Vehicle Enthusiasts
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    Hi John, Just for my own personal interest and it may help others here - do they have to use solid tyres? obviously they ran on solid tyres originally to eliminate the hazard of punctures or shot out tyres on the battlefield. Could pneumatic tyres of the same size not be substituted now? Maybe they are equally rare i don't know. Thanks, Richard
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    Indeed - and hard to find. Some WD / ex-WD Karriers, including the 5 ton chain drive type. If only one of these could be put on for every tube strike!
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    Thank-you to everyone who has shared information. I had not seen the "Motor Traction" report before. I have a photocopy of a parts list, also a detailed article from the periodical "The Automobile Engineer". There's also interesting articles on the Karrier lorry and Tylor engine in the Commercial Motor archive. I also stumbled across this report in Implement and Machinery Review:
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    Some adverts (Part 1/2)
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    Ours is still in its farm trailer guise but stored in a barn these days. Not very complete but has got an instruction book with it 😂
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    ANNUAL CAMP 1957-activities and events of the 278th Field Regiment of the Royal Artillery (T.A.) in the 1950s. https://movingimage.nls.uk/film/9353?search_term=camp 1957&search_join_type=AND&search_fuzzy=yes Bedford OY and MWD, Morris Quads, Scammell Explorers, Austin K9's, Matadors, Mack NM, Jeep, BSA etc
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    Its a Trailer, 40 Ton, Tracked, Recovery designed by Cranes. According to the information given on a 1:76 scale plan I have, 75 were built in 1944/45 by Boulton and Paul. Both the front and rear bogies were tracked.
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    We certainly face that dilemma and have been canvassing suggestions. Some examples of these trucks have the entire wheels, spokes and all, painted "International red", which we are using for the chassis and accessories. This would be a sacrilege in my opinion, so a natural finish of some kind is required. I have long used boiled linseed oil, mineral turpentine and Terebine (40+40+20%) (which I dub 'linturbine') as a treatment on old cast iron on stationary engines, but it had not occurred to me that it might also be suitable for timber. I will do a trial. We expect the wheels to be complete in a week or so, and I will post more photos then. Ian
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    By the way, original rear brake plate swopped with a later one, with a Belgium friend, very nice! Magneto ready too, we're getting somewhere! Cheers, Lex
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    I know there are many jokes about the Lucas equipment, but did I read Lucas "king of the roadside" here? 😂 Serious now, you're doing a wonderful job! You're an inspiration to us all! Jan
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    Chassis just about ready for paint now all the cracks welded and rotting ash replaced with new ash.Lower deck seat bases finished ready for painting ,we have added a tool box which fits under the seat as the bus lacks storage which will get fitted once painted. Dave has started on the upper deck which we are replicating from photos..
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    Some used to claim the coal originated from outcropping coal seams on the sea-bed. I don't recall observing coal being raked up from beaches around Hartlepool / Redcar after abt. late 1980's - so I suppose it came from colliery waste.
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    This project has been on hold for too long, we hope to restart it later this year. The current project is a 1908 Singer (I could not come up with even a tenuous link to military for that one). I had one of the wheels rebuilt by an excellent wheelwright; he brought me a present for this Dennis along with the Singer wheel. Back in 1976 he rescued a dilapidated horse van that appears to have been identical to those used by Carter Paterson and as originally repurposed to the body for this 1908 Dennis project. The four parts are (top to bottom): 1. Shore Staff 2. Timber Standard 3. Tilt Hoop Iron 4. Outrave Stay I offered them up to the chassis and they look to be of the correct proportions so will be perfect to scale the body from. He does not remember using any of the other parts to repair any other waggon so they are probably in the spares stock somewhere. I am now really looking forward to another visit to the wheelwright during the summer to hopefully collect a boot full of other rusty treasure.
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    The front springs have gone off for a rebuild and should be ready in a month or so. Dad is continuing to work with the shackle pins, shackles and nuts for both axles which are now nearly ready. He has dug out the head lamp brackets which now need a good clean. He has also pulled out the spring U bolts some of which are looking rather tired. However, I think we have some in stock so we just need to dig out some better ones.
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    Hope this works, a few pics from Rotherwas Munitions factory in Hereford or some of the bits that are left, which is still quite a bit though hard to get decent photos of some of it.
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    Going through the dataplate website, here are some answers regarding makers initials; RCD Royal Carriage Dept., part of the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich BRC&W Co Ltd Birmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Co. Ltd AM Co I am wondering if this was the Austin Motor Co. ? regards, Richard
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    John, First time I've seen the civilian operator's manual. Looks well illustrated. I have the Military equivalent, issued by the Directorate of Royal Engineers Equipment, WO Code No 18395. Tractors, Crawler, Size 1, Vickers Vigor, Angledozer, Hydraulic Vickers, Cable Control Unit, Vickers VGRCU Winch, Single Drum, Vickers VGTW. Contracts 6/P & EQ/23873 & 24334 USER HANDBOOK 1959. Mick
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    Here in the region they did replace a restored german gun back on it's "pedestal".
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    Three more from our 1918 US FWD Model B truck. The FWD data plate and the Ordnance plate are from the scuttle. The Ordnance plate was only fitted to US Army vehicles. The British FWD did not have them. A replica of an original body plate made International Harvester. This was fitted to the outer front panel of the body. Interestingly, the original one this was copied from was a B Type body but the plate states it is an A Type. A mistake in selecting the correct plate or just out of B Plates when they stamped the number?
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    The machining of the replacement bronze bush for the front spring shackle and pressed in successfully. The other corresponding front shackle pin bush is sound and does not need replacing. Dad test fitted both front spring shackles to the chassis and all satisfactory but still has to drill through the new replacement bush to accommodate the Greaser,
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    To keep up with team “Gosling “ swapped the rear cross member with one from the dwindling spares dept.All bolts swapped with not to much effort ,managed to scrounge a nice piece of ash which is being machined to repair the chassis where it has rotted through.
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    Sorry to hear this, it obviously meant a lot to you. I hope it's not due to a traumatic event or news, you would not be alone in that. Best wishes Iain
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    This old RB face shovel is working on the construction of the Bukit Bahru Ampitheatre project in Malaya in 1968. The operator is Pete Alexander of 11 Independent Fd Sqn RE who were based at Terendak. Fast forward to 2020 and finding a plant operator to proficiently operate a roped excavator is almost mission impossible. Mick Norton
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    I think friction tape is the old type of insulating tape with a fabric weave that holds by friction as much as adhesion. Yes, paulin is a tarpaulin. That reminds me of a day on Fury when Shia Labeouf was studiously reading the Sherman crew drill to make sure he got it right and the same word stumped him. 'What the hell is a paulin?' he asked me. I told him a tarpaulin but he was still lost, I then described it as a tank sheet and he said 'Oh, a tarp! Why the hell didn't you say so?'
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    More pics of the installations. Even have indicators, tail and brake lights working. And the horn I spent so much time on. A couple of shake down items to sort. 2 small water leaks which replacement hose clamps have sorted. Ignition light is not going out so charging syestem not coming online. I will check the earths and wiring from the distrbution box to generator box. The generator was rebuilt so I wonder if there is a way of testing that next to see if it is actually doing what it should? Now plan is to get everything taped up so we can get a few good days in of painting everything.
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    The Scout car front stowage box is quite shallow and I don't think you could close the lid if it had batteries in it.
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    Thanks for your patience while HMVF was 'offline' we were updating the software 🙂 And Happy New Year! Jack.
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    I still have the petrol Matador, and I'm still progressing slowly with the restoration, but family and other things seem to keep getting in the way! I've not really driven it other than at low speed, but it has the hi-ratio axles aswell as the petrol engine revving higher than the diesel engine, so will apparently do 50mph plus. I suspect the pulling power is not up to the same standard as a diesel one with the standard ratio axles. Mine was bought by someone in the past to convert for timber work, but it wasn't done due to the petrol engine, which ultimately saved it from having the back body removed. Hopefully I'll get a chance to make a bit of progress on it this year! Nick
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    Hi Ed. That's right. There are two steel bands involved. One is part of the wheel and is shrunk on as a plain band, holding the wheel together. On a horse drawn vehicle, this would also be the tyre and in contact with the road. Solid tyres were made by first attaching a layer of bakelite (or it may have been ebonite. Someone correct me here!) around 1/4" thick to a steel band and then vulcanizing the rubber to that under pressure and heat. The tyre is held on by an interference fit between the two steel bands. We cut the old tyre bands off because, as you say, we have some complete tyres in stock and these bands were very corroded and not good enough for re-use anyway. Steve
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    With the success of the crossmember change, we are now pushing on to get the frame ready for blasting and painting. The jackshaft carriers each have a gland to prevent water from getting into the bearings. The gland itself is bronze with a steel lock-nut behind to prevent it from unscrewing. Unfortunately, the steel nut corrodes and expands until the bronze hex is sheared off as has happened here on the left hand side. Usual trick. Get it hot and then unscrew. The surprise was that it had a left hand thread and it took us quite a while to figure that out! Heat again on the other side. Dig into the face with a cold chisel remembering that this side would have a right hand thread. Fortunately it moved quite easily so that was good. Now we need a replacement. Tim had a dig in the stores and came up with a replacement which still had the hex attached. Heat again. Get it moving with the stillson wrench. And then unscrew. Tim fitted the replacement shackle casting. I punched out a few more rivets. There was a bend in a crossmember so a bit of heat and an adjustable spanner resolved that. Finally, our pal, John, came over with his welding set, repaired a crack and then built up an area where the engine mount had fretted half way through the top flange. This dressed back nicely with no notches or inclusions to set off any more cracks. The frame is all but ready to go now so it is just a case of arranging transport. The next step will be to get wheels axles and springs fitted so we are going out to identify the components we want to use and start preparing them. Last day today and back to work on Thursday. It's a tough life! Steve
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    Trial fitting windows.... Slowly getting there....
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    Been beavering away on Stan's Garrett wheels but snatched a moment to further clean up the internal passages including inlet and exhaust ports which were all heavily carbonised and had evaded my attentions before. This was a somewhat delicate operation to avoid damage to the newly recut seats and sleeved down valve guides. Could have done with doing this first before engineering happened of course !
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    Just for comparison, pic of 30ZS53 not long after I got it in 1974 and at Armed Forces Day in Wiltshire earlier this year.
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    Steve Richards' book "AEC Matador" states that 167 were built with the petrol engine, presumably in addition to the 17 conversions in 1940 for the Norwegian campaign. Nick Abbott's is not unique in lasting until as late as 1959/60 still with a petrol engine
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    Yes, there was a post on here some years back about an original Petrol engined Matador someone had just aquired. A batch of petrol engined matadors were apparently built as a special order for the Military for the proposed invasion of Norway as it thought they would be better coping with the sub zero weather and problems of diesel fuel freezing. The invasion never happened.nearly all the petrol ones would probably been converted to diesel after the war
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    Great stuff, always good too find an in-service photo of your own vehicle. Glad to help here. regards Richard
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    Richard, delighted, really over the moon, I will PM you. All this has been worth it just for this one picture. And there is more to come.
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    Hello Chaps. Many thanks for your thoughts and observations which are all much appreciated. As we haven't done anything quite like this before, we thought we would just have a go and see what happens as a learning exercise! First job was to make up a a Jim Crow. I had a rummage in the undergrowth behind the shed and found the remains of the Dennis skid-pack on which the engine had originally been mounted. A brush off and removal of the bolts left me with two two solid pieces of C-section. I spaced these two apart with blocks of wood and mounted the ram from our 10 tonne hydraulic press in the middle. This is the challenge. The chassis is lovely and crisp and unworn but was kinked when they pulled it out from under the house in Salisbury. We want to try to reduce this a bit. We rigged up the beam with a couple of bits of wood to make sure it stayed where we wanted it and then looped some chains around the ends. Install the ram and give it a push. Stand back. This could get exciting! At about 7 tonnes, it sprung noticeably the other way. It didn't look too bad and we moved the beam up and down and had a couple more pushes in other places. The net result is that we have removed the kink but the rails now have a slow curve from end to end giving us an offset in the middle of about an inch. The question now is does this matter? Experience is telling me that the only way for us to get it perfect is to strip the rails from the assembly and bend them individually as has been suggested above. To be quite honest, this would be a real pain and I don't want to do it! There is a long propshaft between the engine and gearbox so the alignment is not an issue so what do you think? I would value some opinions! Steve
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    slowly working my way through these
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    Thanks Pete, GPW now in my ownership and looking forward to next year even more now I've got one to play with
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    Nice work as usual chaps, I wonder if as much care was taken when refurbishing Peerless lorries back then, when delivery was promised in 14 days.
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