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    I have had various people argue with me and be very assertive that as they were older they knew what they are talking about. I guess as I owned a Humber Pig at 21 years old it somehow got peoples back up! I had many classics said to me: "..course, it's based on a Land Rover...". Er, no, not at all. "Ah, a saracen, I drove these..". Excuse me, its actually a Humber Pig.. "What the F@@@ do you know, boy?". How charming some people are! "I had one, mine weighed over 10 tonnes as was uparmoured". Really? Was it full of scrap steel and bags of ballast? "I drove one of these in Iraq" I guess he was lost and took the wrong turn at the Antrim lights? "Of course, this isn't a real one". No, it is total fantasy and I made it from plywood! Saying that, I had the same with most vehicles.
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    Most of the UK and European parts dealers have them or as has already been suggested e-bay or any of the vintage/classic car parts suppliers. Pete
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    Dallas Autoparts can supply you with matching Grease nipples ... Regards Jenkinov
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    Alternatively, you could make something up using Belleville washers or even laminate some 1/4" rubber and flat steel washers. It only needs to take the shock out of the system. If you use rubber, make sure the rubber washers are smaller in diameter than the steel in order to allow somewhere for the rubber to go under load. We were fortunate in that we had two drag links (both of which were scrap) and in each case, one spring had survived. Steve
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    Tested Spring in Tividale Birmingham. Theyve done all sorts for me. Including Aveling safety valve springs
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    Looks good @Samro nice to see an intact Triad 32 😜
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    We took the Thorny out for a quick test run on Saturday and as nothing dropped off or otherwise went wrong we took it to the Wessex MV club gathering at Haslebury Mill today. A 40 mile round trip. The lorry performed almost faultlessly and made no issue of some of the steep hills on the way there and back. This was marvellous as we were a little cautious as to whether sleeving the engine might have reduced its power. Here we are on the way back through Axminster:
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    Another great restauration. Well done to those involved.
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    My clutch plates were fine despite the vehicle being left outside under a tarpaulin for over a year, but I've been told that a suitable lever through the bellhousing inspection access works wonders if needed. Andy
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    Hi after restoring and finally getting registered and on the road I have found the old girl is bouncing on the front end and front tyres are getting warm only in top gear from about 20 mph ive looked in the maintenance manual and it just says inflate to correct pressure there is no pressure written on the tyres they are 14x20 22ply I’m currently running at 60psi
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    FWD update. We have dissasembled the radiator and repaired 2 leaking tubes. One leaking tube was interior and opted to simply plug it. Reaasembled and installed it. Had a new step cast from a pattern taken from another FWD. Used cast bronze for strength. Have nearly completed reassembly of engine components but a bit baffled by the accelerator linkage. I hope to get some pictures from other vehicles in the US and UK for comparison. We have good spark and compression and expect to have it running soon. I am at the three year mark. The body is ready to be straightened in spots and then resandblasted and painted
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    She's looking great and good luck with finding the bits you need. I love seeing these old girls come to life again. Keep up the good work. Steve.
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    few pics of "getting there" lol sill lots of wiring and a leaky bevel box to sort! as well as swapping out some old PAS hoses. but she works 🙂 winch is lovely and now pay's on properly, and the crane is nice and smooth, its got a later hydraulic pump fitted that is leaking a bit, but im not overly concerned about it, seems to function well enough.
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    Spare wheel carrier nearly completed, the part that fits on the tank is done and is way for git blasting and etch priming (along with the mudguard supports). Just got to mill a 1/2" slot in the bar that attaches to the spare wheel. So I started on the jerry can holder and water pipe gallery support and pipework. A few holes to fill Hope to pick up a decent 1944 dated jerry can at War and Peace if the prices there aren't astronomical Won't have a chance to do much in the next couple of weeks as I need to get ready for W&P Cheers Richard
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    My feelings exactly, been there, done that, not doing it again. I know w&p was a fantastic show but not on the present terms, especially when there are so many smaller shows you can go to for free and they actually appreciate your attendance. Jon
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    You are doing a fantastic job restoring this vehicle and when it is finished it's going to be a real head turner. Jon
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    Great progress. I love the inner tube. \IIRC I have a original innertube in my folding bicycle . Its still in there and better than a modern one.
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    I gave the blaster an hours start then I got cracking in the spray shop with a Zinc phosphate primer by working together with the blaster no surface was left untreated for more then 1hr as blasted raw steel will start to oxidize almost immediately it's worth making the point here that it is best not to handle the blast cleaned parts with out gloves as the sweat and grease (particularly if it's hot..... which it was).will readily contaminate the clean metal and can make paint adhesion a problem. So after a longish old day by the time I'd washed the spray gun out and tided up a bit it all looked like this Pete
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    A toastie warm Friday & Saturday, spent at The Tank Museum. Along with the usual exhibits, guest appearances from the newly restored Ha-Go, the Panther Ausf A from Saumur, the Weald's Jagdpanther (Steering brakes playing up, so did a lap of the arena only) & one of their Stugs (Went tech, I suspect, so didn't run), plus the newly restored Matilda II from the museum's collection (Which was also playing up in the heat) & the newly loaned Churchill MkIII..
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    I seem to have acquired another jimmy, this time a 1944 open cab, needs a light overhaul after standing a while. First up a carb strip and clean new gaskets, new flexi hose, clean the filter new seals, check of the pump etc once at my workshop I will get on and refit the mud guards once painted and sort a few areas of rust, get the rear lights reworked in etc nice looking truck tho!
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    Took 2 photos at Evesham of a 109 Carawagon, hope these will help a little. Great project.
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    Thanks Richard. it was a very satisfying moment. Hard to think back how far we have come with this. Steve said it was like driving a new lorry. A couple of little snagging points that we still need to do, but we are nearly there now. From all the team we would like to thank the readers of HMVF for their suggestions, positive feedback and support. We really appreciate all of your comments and we really appreciate how you keep coming back to check on progress. I will add some more photos later on. Tim
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    Hi Tim, Well done to you all, that will give you more confidence in the old girl. It looked great going through the town.. regards, Richard
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    While initially I was not a fan of Facebook I have to admit having gone to the dark side and actually benefited from that hugely. I am a member of Ottawa Valley Land Rovers here in Ontario, Canada and it is through the generosity of its members far and wide I have secured a whole bunch of parts at little or no cost. A huge debt of gratitude is owed by myself to folks like Bruce Ricker for a whole set of sprigs, And rew Jones for a steering wheel, seat parts and a windscreen assembly, John Havey and Ringo the attack dog for a set of wheels and 7.50 X 16 tyres, Michel Gagne and Vern Fairhead for the rear door. Knowing the existing 6.50 X 16 tyres had to go and they others should go on led me to pull the existing wheels and tyres and take them and the donated set to a local shop and have all of them dismounted and a survey of the wheels done. We found some rotting some of the wheels and selected some of the originals and a couple of the donated ones as the best set and I took them out for sand blasting and painting. I chose a gloss finish using an NOS part with a Deep Bronze Green on it, we had found that as the base colour on the original FV wheels The tyres have now been mounted and maybe soon they will go back onto the vehicle to make it roll again.
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    Bowes Railway/Springwell Village 1940's Weekend - June 28~30th Friday the 28th was the start of a busy weekend. With the event only 2.4 miles from my house, I planned on taking all three vehicles to the show. Three vehicles and two drivers is especially difficult when my wife wasn't available to stay on Saturday due to my daughter's dancing rehearsal for a performance that evening. More about getting there later. Today, I took the Dodge over for about 9:45am and began to set up the display. Around sixty school children were due to visit, so I began with unloading the Dodge and setting up all the aerials, windsock etc., so there would be something to see when the came around. With that done, I began to rope off an area for a display table, the signal square, the two Jeeps and the trailer. For the rest of the day, small groups of children and their handlers, came to look at and chat about the various displays which had been set up for their visit. It was good weather and surprisingly tiring, just sitting talking! After my daughter finished school for the day, my wife collected her before making her way over to the railway to pick me up and bring me home. Tomorrow, I'll have to take one Jeep over, with my wife following in the normal car. She'll then have to drive me home so I can get the second Jeep. She will then be free to go to the dance rehearsal, before reversing the shuttling at the end of the day.
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    After coating the top of the box with a thin coat of PVA glue, the print out was stuck down, leaving the sides until the top was dry. Opposide sides were then glued down, left to dry and then the last two sides. Once the attaching glue had time to set, the boxes were given several sprayed coats of dilute PVA glue to water proof them and toughen up the paper.
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    I've got to admit, the crankcase inside proved to be a pig of a job. I had several goes at it with various solvents, but eventually had to resort to proper chemical assistance in the form of Stuart the Blaster Man with all the armoury of the Truck Wash at his disposal. The carbon and oil at last began to shift, but the nice clean surface began to rust immediately. We had to move fast to get the crankcase back and dried off while we still had one ! I decided to get some Bonda Prime on the job straight after another clean up and blow dry and just went for it gasket surfaces and all. This was most satisfying and marks the start of the reassembly of the engine.
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    Hello Everyone, I have now purchased a Dodge WC51. I’m due to collect it next weekend. I’m looking for advice for a few things please. Is there a way of upgrading the direction indicators, to make them more visible for safety? Does anyone know of a method of using 12 volt items with the 6 volt system? Is here a concealed method of making the vehicle more theft proof? I may replace the canvass sometime in the future, what is the best supplier of these? What type of clothing did the soldiers wear that drove this type of vehicle? Anyone got any clothes to sell? Thank you all, kind regards Colin
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    June 25th - Additional Photo Display Equipment Just in time for the Bowes Railway event this coming weekend, I've added three more tins to the photographic display. This was prompted by possible space limitations at the show, meaning I may not be able to set up the airfield "Signals Square". The photographic display only needs a table along side the Jeep, to show target photos, stereoscope, developing trays and a photo album of original 100th Bomb Group photos. So today I made two more one gallon Kodak developer tins, recycled from 20/50W engine oil tins. I've also used an old paint tin to make a Kodak Super-XX film tin. The tins were cleaned of oil and paint, primed with cellulose and then sprayed white. Labels were taken from photos online, redrawn to eliminate perspective distortions and then printed out on white paper. The labels were then cut out and glued with waterproof PVA glue to the tins. The whole tin was then given multiple coats of dilute PVA to seal and waterproof the labels.
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    She’s slowly becoming the yellow beast !! Now 60% covered in RAL 1018 the family racing colour. Soon to be covered. Hopefully within the next few weekends the cab will be fully painted and then I can work on tidying up the inside sorting the wiring out and paint the inside. Then do the final few jobs on the chassis side sort out the wiring loom and lights give her a good steam clean then paint everything in sight deep bronze green haha. Once that’s all done time to fit the body and whatever extras then she’ll be fit for the shows. Hoping to get her road ready by Christmas... much work to do will try and post when I can
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    Hi Bassets, Sorry your post seems to have been met with a deafening silence! The military did use Fergies - we had one which was used for moving drawbar trailers around the site. From memory, I think that ours - 00EX28 - was an MF20. I well remember driving it on the public road on a pissing wet day with only a pair of goggles swiped off the workshops bench grinder to keep the rain out of my eyes. 20 MPH flat out on the hand throttle - it bounced too much for me to keep my foot hard to the floor on the accelerator pedal! Interesting trip looking out for passing traffic with no rear view mirror whilst avoiding puddles - no front mudguards meant getting a facefull of dirty water. It was fitted with a slam hook on the front with a concrete block for added weight. If you lined it up with the drawbar, selected low ratio first, it moved so slowly you could hold up the drawbar and hook it on when the tractor lined up and still have time to jump onto the seat and put in the clutch before it stalled.
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    The museum of RAF firefighters is now located in Scunthorpe. https://firemuseum.uk/ just been to an open day. Very informative guides!!
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    35 KH 81 IS listed as trailer maintenance high mobility 6.5 tonne 4 wheeled warrior
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    74 KK 49 Was a Dennis Javelin motor coach CE LGE Ambulance role 4x2 39 seater
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    Here's mine that I acquired from the states, it came from an 8th Airforce vet in Florida, that "liberated"it from a UK airfield when he went home in their bomber after his tour was up. Restored a long time ago, and not running at the moment, but have all ignition parts, so should be able to get it running again, I Always call it "The Dying Flea" for obvious reasons. Cheers, Le
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    The crankcase first had a good scrape followed by a rotary wire brushing. Pics by Stan. This revealed a couple of interesting things, firstly original machining marks, still there under a light coating of rust. Not often seen in English restorations ! sSecondly we think this may be the mark of the engine builder in Australia. It is made up of letter ' I ' stamps, formed into a 'W'. Whoever he was, he made a good job and much of his work will run again, 70 odd years down the line. Having got the outside sharpened up, it was time to get stuck in to the black hole within. Note, it would have been better to start here. This was proper minging !
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    Another little job! There is a tray across the the inside of the front lower plate. The top edge is bent back on it's self on a 1/4" ID curve . I made some tooling up and pressed the edge on. Unfortunately the tray is slightly wider than my folder so I had to take it to the engineer's to get folded. I have made a second one for Alastair's Loyd. Peter.
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    My sentiments exactly Ron ! But also wholeheartedly agree that it's better to save a bike than let it rot away, and also to do it exactly as you want !!! That's fine by me and everyone's right to do so........ But I always thought that this was a Military vehicles forum, and if you know that it's a civilian bike and choose to repaint it in olive drab then that doesn't make it a military vehicle so not really relevant here........Most people post here for providing or seeking information on military projects that they have done or are working on, and naturally therefore you will invite comment..........sorry, but it wasn't clear that you didn't seek any information or advice so my apologies if I got this wrong...... In a group such as this, there are many, many knowledgeable individuals here and the majority of Group members value that vast pool of information or they simply wouldn't be here.......to refer to knowledgeable comment as "flea police" and being "geeky" is not the kind of remark expected here........ As for me, I wrote the definitive reference book on WD motorcycles and have restored 3 flying flea's over the years.......Ron is equally knowledgeable.....if that makes me a "geek" then I can live with that...........and as for "police", no thanks, I'm retired now having done real policing for 30 years........Steve
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    It now only remained to strip out the camshafts and the dismantling was done. Almost immediately I hit a familiar problem which Steve also encountered on the Gosling Thorny. The end of the exhaust camshaft bearing locating bolt had broken off. This meant that the camshaft was still captive in the crankcase until this peg could be removed. It didn't take long to load up the crankcase and seek help at Stan's. Steve's solution to the problem was to drill out the offending widget and Stan quickly produced a cored out bolt to act as a drilling guide. Attempts to drill ours failed however and hardness of the metal was thought to be responsible. After a good night's sleep we approached the problem again and Stan decided the widget was actually spinning in its hole. No wonder it wouldn't drill ! A magnet on a stick was produced and that should have been it sorted, but no, the little sod had just enough of a thread on it to prevent it's extraction. Eventually Stan hit on the brilliant idea of raising the peg as far as possible with the magnet, whilst simultaneously tapping out the camshaft. This worked a treat and all the parts were removed from the crankcase. Stan you're a star. Don't miss the next thrilling instalment 'Cleaning the crankcase'.
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    looking a lot more like a Diamond T know!
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    A bit more progress Tank now on so that I can fit the mudguards First mudguard fitted, will need a bit of 'fettling to get it just right. I will do one first and set the other to match
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    The good news is all of the wrecks listed as being for sale are designated as Scheduled Monuments. Ownership can be freely traded, but its a bit like owning a listed building - there is very little an owner can do without permission - and the laws of salvaging anything from the wreck are enforced. A group of divers were caught with some artefacts recently and the two that entered a guilty plea were fined £18,000 each. There is a wreck of the UB116*, a First World War submarine sunk in Hoxa Sound, has changed ownership several times since the 1960s when MoD sold it to a salvage company called Metal Recoveries. Eventually the wreck was sold to a private owner and upon their passing their heir inherited the wreck. The non-ferrous parts of the German warships like condensers, pumps and torpedo tubes were salvaged a long time ago. Today, the high value scrap would be the steel armour plate. Its 14" thick in places and is clean of radiation, having been cast way before the atomic age started in 1945. Known as "Low Background Steel" this stuff is in demand for sensitive medical and scientific devices, but its actual market value is unknown. It may cost more to recover the stuff than its worth...read on... When Cox & Danks finally wound up their salvage work and sold the wrecks in the 1930s it was estimated the company had lost around £10,000 over the years, or around £1.5m in today's money. A few years ago the Orkney Dive Boat Association did a rough calculation and reckoned sport diving - folks paying to see the wrecks - was worth about £1.5m per annum to the local economy. With the gift of hindsight it would have been a better long-term investment to leave everything where it was... So yes the wreck ownership can be transferred by gift, inheritance or sale. But in all honestly, what are you going to do with it apart from put the title deed on your wall? *Shameless plug - I wrote a book about this sub and if its piqued your interest heres a link: Story of UB116
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    It's in your pic, last stripe on the fuselage, ZA947, one of the BBMF Daks
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    Sump Update. After careful consideration and a failed welding experiment. (Yes it's true, early cast ally does not weld !) I have opted for chemical assistance. Kes produced a first rate blasting job removing all the corrosion with just soda and a very low air pressure. He managed this without significantly enlarging any pinholes. Good Man. At the same time I happened across a bargain pack of Belzona 1111 on eBay. Buy it now it said, so I did. Although rather old, it was still viable, so I spent a few hours honing my sculpturing skills and this was the result. I think I shall call it ' Polished Turd Reclining.
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    All loaded for War and Peace, quite a task on your own!
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