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    Hey Tomo, great to see the project is moving along. Shout if I can be of any further assistance. Shaun
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    Hope the squirrel did not hide any of the nuts 😟
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    Hi 11th Armoured, Thanks for the info and the 'links' - yes pun intended 😀
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    Just to confirm, checked the Fox CES list and stock no. 5120-99-827-5311 comes up. Check this link, lo and behold the NSN is allocated to FV774783 , result! https://www.iso-parts.com/NSN/5120-99-827-5311
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    There is actually a book (I don’t have a copy, so just know what’s online about it) written by David Morris called ‘Royal Navy Search and Rescue’ published in 2015. It does seem to focus mainly on the ‘air’ part of ASR/ SAR from what I understand although it might give you a few pointers. https://www.historyextra.com/period/first-world-war/a-brief-history-of-royal-navy-search-rescue-1915-2015/ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Royal-Navy-Search-Rescue-Celebration/dp/1445634635 One snippet gleaned from wikipedia is that immediately post war, some type 2 HSLs were transferred from the RAF to the navy, so the RAF might have some information on the Hong Kong based launches at the time of the transfer. I also found a write up (link below) about the author’s grandfather’s experiences in Hong Kong in the immediate post war period. Quite a read really, and there are a few mentions of an ASR boat involved in the recovery of bodies following an aircraft accident. Not directly related, I know, but quite well written, absorbing and thought provoking. https://gwulo.com/node/41256 Regards Martin
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    Boxing Day was a very appropriate time to start work on the tool box. This goes at the rear of the lorry underneath the body. As we were in a bit of a hurry to get the lorry finished we left this until last. It has become quite apparent that making the toolbox first before putting on the body would have been the easiest option as it has become quite awkward to do. The aim is to now cut the wood to size, drill the holes, test fit, remove, paint then reassemble. It is proving to be a lengthy process so far.
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    Yes, it is very unusual. Two springs coiled within each other. In good enough condition for us to use (after a clean up). The water pump is not the factory supplied one but made by Peerless trading in the UK as a replacement and of a slightly different design. No gland on it which is quite unusual. I imagine that it will leak a great deal. We took it apart to see what it was like inside. Had to get the bolts very hot to make them let go but it all came apart and seems to be in good condition, which is a relief.
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    Bedford MWR -more wood...more problems….and over 30 kilograms bolts, nuts...
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    More straight forward - I do hope so. We have most of the bits, but strangely things are missing which should be there. I think the Peerless was parked up outside about 70 years ago. It changed hands about 30 years ago and a lot of parts on it were moved to a better chassis which was "cosmetically" restored. We bought several chassis as you know and we have lost track of what we have so we need to do some more work on sorting through what we do have. I think some parts may have been lost by the previous owner. Saying that we have remarkably found a lot of original parts for the Peerless that we had to make for the previous restorations. So, for example we have an original NOS fuel tank and a really good radiator. Probably the most difficult part will be the engine. Not sure about the gearbox, that might be ok. As we plan to restore two Peerless consecutively I hope that we can use the best parts for the first one and maybe we will turn up some other parts for the second one while we are doing the first. It is all very exciting.
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    Whilst everyone was enjoying a Boxing Day sleep in I decided to clean up the barrel and breech ring to see if both would match up. Spent a good amount of time cleaning up the interrupted screw threads as these were caked with grease and grit. Surprisingly once I got everything straight and level i simply wheeled the jack forward, twisted the barrel and that was that. Still some cleaning up to do then hopefully will be mounted back into the turret in the next week or so.
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    I'm getting used to living with the Landy and taking care of small jobs. So far, changing the coolant for anti- freeze, changing the fan belt, adjusting the doors and the bonnet( it was an inch high). I am now looking at changing the filters and oils. The engine and gearbox have SAE 40 (OMD 115) as used in Australia, should I change to another grade for our colder climate. I suspect that the gearbox feels better and improves when warm, not unusual but maybe the oil is too viscous? It's not used to the cold after a lifetime in the Australian bush.... Iain
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    Happy Christmas to all!!!!! Thanks for the ideas, reply's, in the end they will be cast steel, whether new or original I don't know, where from, I have no idea but that's for next year. Thanks for the idea and offer Highland Laddie but I must confess, I have never understood the concept, maybe I am old fashioned or stupid. The project will, I am determined, get finished, as long as I don't suffer a serious bout of death. When? when it does, I am in no hurry. Every little component or assembly takes time, especially as there are no drawings. Part of the problem is determining how an assembly actually works so that it can be replicated and as I don't have the opportunity of stripping these assemblies down or x ray eyes, it takes some time to construct something that will actually work and that's before I start making the assembly. Sometimes I find a picture / drawing, in my dreams. Have a good one, Jon
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    "Donated" is not an accurate word!! I borrowed one from a diver in 1987 to act as a master for me to cast a copy from and my tank has been using this copy ever since. A different one of the recovered propellers was offered for sale recently by the son of the late diver who found it in the 1970s. My bank account balance confirms it was not "donated" but purchased. I did agonise somewhat about whether I should buy it (grave robbing etc) but finally decided that as it had already been recovered, it was better in my possession where the memories will be preserved rather than as a shiny object on someone's wall. 6 tanks were sunk at Studland and a 7th was abandoned when it became lodged on the training bank. This tank later floated off and was sunk by the Navy to prevent the secret getting out. All 7 were blown up in 1988 by the Royal Navy because live, fused 75mm HE rounds were being brought up and sold by divers. All DD Valentines are of riveted construction and the charges very largely blew most of them into individual plates although the last 2 received smaller charges and both only had their turrets blown off. One turret landed back in place (almost!) and one landed upside down alongside. Six men drowned, only one body was ever recovered and identified but human remains have never been found in any hulls so they are not technically war graves Due to the damage and corrosion, whole recovery would be almost impossible and any attempt at restoration would be almost akin to complete recreation with just a few original parts..
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    Fantastic topic, I have learnt something new today and I look forward to following the restoration. Jon
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    Agreed, but the concept is so insane it is begging to be done.
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    Yes, in a few minutes it was over. Amazing level of engineering for such a short time. We do know very torpedo built at Whiteheads was fired at least 4 times before being shipped to the customer, just to make sure it would function as intended. We have found a few in Weymouth Bay that went missing. All of them had lead segments replicating the weight of the warhead. That one is a real gem, and so far the only other 8-cylinder example I can find. Because of where it came from (Weymouth) we are pretty sure it came from the Whitehead Torpedo Works at Wyke. Whitehead were taken over by Vickers Armstrong and as far as I can tell work on an 8-cylinder engine started in 1938 and continued after the war. So current thinking is UK/experimental/test & development unit. I had not considered a captured/foreign unit, and is possible. Nor had I considered the nylocs being a recent(ash) edition. Some of the studs are not long enough to fully engage with the nylon insert, so thats a possibility too. There are a few documents to look up in the National Archives, so a trip is planned soon. And thanks for a clear and simple description of how and why it works the way it does Watercart - that was a big help in understanding some features I was scratching my head at. Nice find with the Japanese motor too - glad its been saved.
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    A very interesting engine. I wonder who made it? I had some dealings with Commonwealth service torpedoes pre 1990, but have never seen an 8 cylinder engine like Simon's. If it was made in the UK, I would be reasonably certain that it was not produced in any quantity. Another angle is that it may have been an example of a continental engine (1900-45?) recovered for tech intel purposes? Re nyloc nuts, can you discount that someone has not had a go at restoring it more recently? The engine sold by Prestons is a 4 cylinder radial Brotherhood burner cycle engine that went into service in the 21 inch Mk.8 (submarine) and Mk.9 (surface launched) torpedoes. The Prestons one in particular looks like a WW2 produced type that would have been in service until the late 1980s. Recently I had the job of sectioning a whole Mk.8 torpedo for a museum and read the manual that came with it. Some interesting specs: (1). The fuel is listed as "shale oil".(2) It carries about 250 pounds of compressed air at 3000 psi (3) Due to this air pressure and volume, the throttling effect would tend to ice up everything (like how a spray can goes cold when you hold the nozzle down for a long time). (4) They get around this by admitting a small quantity of burning fuel to the air to heat it up before it reaches the engine. (5) The preheated air and cylinder injected fuel then operates as a diesel exhausting into the crankcase and out the propeller shaft. (6) The pre-burn is started by three blank cartridges that are fired on launch. (7) If the ignition fails, the torpedo can still do about 22 knots just on air pressure for a few hundred yards. When the navy tested the engines on a dynomometer, they would routinely produce about 550 horsepower. Not bad for a tiny radial engine designed in 1926. All that said, the salient point is that you need about 3000 psi air boost to get that performance, so not especially convenient for a motorbike, etc. My reference to tech intel is base on a discovery made in Sydney a couple of years ago. In the mangrove swamps near an ex-ordnance depot, a large complex bronze casting was pulled out of the mud. No one had any idea what it was, but it was kept due to being old and mysterious. It turns out to be a Whitehead designed long stroke 2 cylinder engine from a Japanese submarine torpedo. This was a 21 inch type, but the fabled "Long Lance" Type 93 24 inch torpedo used the same design. BTW, while torpedo engines may seem a bit niche, torpedo gyros have been keenly collected for many years. They are amazing bits of precision kit and span about 120 years - from clockwork, compressed air to electrical methods of spinning them up. The Mk.8 torpedo uses a quick blast of the 3000 psi air supply to bring the rotor from standstill to about 30,000 rpm in a fraction of a second.
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    I was driving down a road the other day which I’ve driven down hundreds of times when I saw one of the bowser tanks at a farm. It was only because of this thread that I recognised it. I wouldn’t be surprised if the trailer is somewhere on the farm to. picture from google maps.
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    Match, Thanks for the link, after Christmas I will make some phone calls. Highland Laddie, I assume that you are Scottish, well the scots are renowned for being, lets say prudent with their money, so am I, in fact I haven't got any. I am not going to spend a fortune on it, that's the whole point of the exercise. My time costs me nothing, the most expensive item so far is the steering box and I will do my best to ensure that I stick to that principle. I have a track link, a little bent but straight ones are readily available. Thanks for the ideas so far my minds racing I keep coming up with ideas then finding reasons why I can't use them. Having read the black knight series of very good books, on the development of several ww2 tanks, I see that every manufacturing option was explored, including malleable cast iron and fabricated links and its the fabricated option that keeps me awake. They didn't last long, I will have to find the information again, but they did last and if they are fabricated in the correct way, with enough strength built in.... We are not talking about a 30 ton monster, and we are not talking about racing around at 30mph, 5mph would be fast enough time to sleep on it again.
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    As you say, this part of the chassis should not be under great stress, particularly if the bolts / rivets have not been loose. However the Goslings' J was cracked in almost the same place. I wonder if it could be a result of weakness caused by the manufacturing process ? And why only the LH chassis rail ? David
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    BRDM, where did you go to get yours cast, any information on the company would be appreciated. David, you are of course correct, much the same principle as the lost foam process and I would agree that no one is going to tool up for that process for 230 links. I am coming to, I my opinion, the 4 most expensive parts of the project, the tracks, having the polyurathane applied to the wheels, the springs and the final drives. The springs, I think I have a plan for, the rest is some time off but I need to start considering my options and I can do that as i finish the Morris. The finished article, well almost. I have still got to make the end cap and the oil seal retainer for the rear of the bearing housing.
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    Here's a pic of the inlet side of this M4 engine which shows some interesting features. Although it was supplied after the war it still has the early type oil pump with a priming tank and a cast iron inlet manifold. ( Most being cast in aluminium at this stage.) This perhaps infers the using up of older parts post war. The radiator however is a later design and is mounted lower in the chassis which will make it and the header pipe redundant for 2393. The engine appears to be pretty sound, but needs to be in a better environment before stripping down and examining it's internal state. Some movement on this is expected soon. the chassis is back to it's underpants, awaiting the tender attentions of a Blaster Man and some rapid paintwork before winter gets stuck in. Tomo
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    Good day today .mounted the two front tires and installed inner wheel bearings. The bearings had been seized on the axles and required a lot of pressure to separate them. To reinstall them we spent several hours honing the inner aspect. Interesting is that 3 of the 4 wheels were Firestones the 4th was either Goodyear or Goodrich There was a "G" on the bolts and this one had straight bearings The Firestones had tapered bearings. The wheels them selves were slightly different as well the "G" wheel has the tire mounted slightly offset from center. The Firestones also have a slot that the rim slides into when mounting. Both are retained on the wheel by a wedge inside and out which itself is held fast by the outer rings. These are hold the wedges and when drawn in seat the wedges and center ,or in the case of the "G" wheel, slightly off center the mounting of the rim tire assembly
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    It has been a few months since my last update, alot has hapoened and I am nearing completion. I have a deadline to work towards , it has to be finished by the 21st of November. In this photo you can see the engine side panel and steel floor I made
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    This is the newest photo of the truck, taken yesterday, thanks for all of the encouraging words everybody. Charley