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  1. 3 points
    Take a look here: https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1727&context=tsaconf Dunlop. Neoprene rubber substitute. 'Camouflarge cloth' ....secret. Air Ministry Ballon Section built them, so did Shepperton Studios. Search Google widely and deeply and ye shall reap 'facts'. My interest is Force R, who whilst they were the masters of deception in WW2, were at some point brought back into play for the Cold War ...... certainly in Tripolitania in 1955 and as an overtly Royal Engineer unit were based in at least one regiment's base at one time (Homs, 3RHA) to utilise a new unusualy large purpose built aircraft-type hanger ....on the edge of the parade square to house what is anyone's guess as I can't track much in the archives remotely from the lands unfit for human habitation. I was alerted to Force R by a Veteran of 3RHA who was there and he told me that the unit was based in their camp and that personnel of Force R were not allowed to mix with the troops stationed in Homs as 'their work was secret'. They dressed in quasi-military uniforms and were 'scruffy'! What I have found out officially is that Force R were indeed in Libya to build dummy V Force bomber diversionary airfields in the desert .... as the real RAF Idris was a known diversionary real airfield for when the 'balloon went up'. The thinking is the large hanger was for constructing/inflating dummy aircraft ... the hanger, even I can remember as a child there in 1959-61 was huge and most certainly was big enough to house a blow-up Vulcan or two! Whether there ever were inflatable British jet aircraft at that time, or after I know not. The hanger was not used for anything after 1957 when 3RHA departed, seemingly 'empty' during 6 and 2RTR's time in situ though no other Veteran could tell me what the hanger was used for even if they could remember it being there. So if you know anything about dummy airfields, inflatable aircraft and Cold War deception in Libya, do please sing out.
  2. 3 points
    Yes it sure has! and I think I can Now Confirm that we are all agreed that we like and dislike Guy Martin, Like and Dislike the replica Tank, think that machines and systems are safer in the old days before health and safety and are safer today, we need more and less people in engineering and are pro and anti Europe, want to get rid of people who use their money to push technology forward and also want to keep them. I'm Glad that's all now settled, better close this thread off before it gets out of hand!
  3. 2 points
    I replied to a earlier thread on this subject and at that time could not add any thing to it other than what i knew at that time since then l have been put to gether a list of RAF MU's AAW's AVD BVD RVD and there locations several things have come to light concerning the numbers allocated to them one location can have two or three different numbers on the same site or in a area covered by one area command BURN near YORK and BARLOW near SELBY had the same 41 AVD were is this taking us well up to now with what i already knew i have found one hundred locations and B42 was located at WALLINGTON in the uk ps at the same time DIAMOND Ts were under going rebuilds at the same time
  4. 2 points
    The EMER for the Gun tank say 810 BHP at 2800 RPM and 1580 FtLbs torque at 2000 RPM. It is interesting that a Meteor has quite a lot of grunt at idling. The Conqueror ARV will neutral steer with the engine idling. The REME museum's Cent ARV has rubber pads on track and so will generally require a touch of throttle to neutral on tarmac. The cylinder heads on the M120 and the Meteorite are very different from a IVB with its more direct Merlin ancestry. As for he exhaust ports, they are different but I have no idea if they are better or not. John
  5. 2 points
    Sye wotherloik, but ee probly duz morn anyuvver geezer to bring in the punterz to see arr clobber an genrilly popyoolaroiz arr obbee . Dunnee? Gits moi vote evree toim. Innit. Muss go; jus seen a genyoowine Waffen SS toasting fork...........ow much?!! Eeemussbeavinalarf!
  6. 2 points
    Ah, parts from Jean Duchamps' emporium for the restoration of ex-French Enfields !
  7. 2 points
    You could try buying this book: http://www.bookworldws.co.uk/9011-tankograd-british-special-recce-p-3346.html others in the series are also good. Not sure why you need camo on your vehicle, with all those shiny bits etc?
  8. 2 points
    Well, it works! We have had some fun and games this morning but eventually, it went and I have some film files to post once I have worked out how to do them.. Idles nicely but dies when I try to open the throttle so I will need some advice about Solex carbs. More later! Steve
  9. 2 points
    My mate Brian built the engine up for me today, everything went well thank goodness. I Passed spanners, parts and mugs of tea 😎 Using the flywheel to turn the crank. Setting the torque wrench for the main caps. Using plasti gauge to check tolerances. Fitting pistons. Old sump used for protection while transporting then re fitting, all new core plugs fitted. Hopefully this should be back in the chassis tomorrow afternoon.
  10. 2 points
    Well, we have had a productive day but, as usual, never quite as fast as we would like! Roy came over again with his big sash clamps and battery drill, both of which proved very useful. We started the day by screwing down the floor boards. This proved hard on the knees but with Roy's clamps to pull them all up, it all went well. When we reached the last plank, they were over-width by 3/16" so I ran a pencil along the last one and then planed it to fit. The challenge was in holding it but we pushed it up against the post of the garage and my big plane soon made short work of it. Mind you, this was helped by the quality of the timber which was beautiful. It is softwood but has a lovely straight grain and no knots. I don't know how Mark gets it. It certainly isn't from B & Q! A test fit and all was well. We removed the kerb rails so that Dad can paint them separately. Once that was done, we turned our attention to the water elbows. Dad drilled the bolt holes in the last one and it was fine, except that it fouled the radiator stay bar so I had to file a bit off the top. Eventually, all was well so all we need now is some hose and we can fit them permanently. That really will be a landmark event. It is back to reality tomorrow, getting ready for work, which is a great pity as I am just getting some momentum going. Oh well. Time to study the job list! Happy New Year everyone! Steve
  11. 2 points
    I finally got around to watching the whole programme on catch-up or iplayer or whatever last night. I think it was phenomenal - regardless of some of the comments on here - because a fairly ordinary bloke uses his celebrity, and the power of TV, to recreate something huge from 100 years ago and get it running with a lot of, widely acknowledged, help. His enthusiasm is infectious and, as he didn't know much about the scale and detail of WWI or H licences, as he learned on screen, he will have enthused others about the subject, engineering, welding, tanks in museums and more. The late Fred Dibnah didn't have the monopoly on being 'a bloke with a regional accent who liked British engineering history' and, as he's dead, the next generation needs a new folk hero. Then, finally, driving the tank at Cambrai, in my opinion, was far more poignant than threading it up a high street. The world is changing and we need to embrace that, in order to see the history that interests us is remembered. I can't wait to see the tank itself somewhere next year. JC
  12. 2 points
    I have explained this a couple of times now, but here goes again. We were forced to move away from our old server because it reached its end of life. The old forum system didn't work on the new server (and was outdated) so we were forced to make a choice: 1) We could either try and fix the problem, which could take forever and would be rather expensive 2) We could move to a new system. When moving to a new system there were two options: 1) Migrate to a new version of the old system, which would be expensive, risky and very time consuming for me and quite frankly, I don't have the time anymore to work on this forum for full days. 2) Migrate to a new system that has a future, is managed (meaning there is a team of tech guys behind it), and where the whole migration is taken care off. And this all would be at a company that we are already working with and have proven to be very reliable. Naturally, we went for option number two; why make life more difficult for us having to manage multiple forum systems? We don't and that is why we chose this. Now I want to close down this whole discussion about that the old system was better. This is it, this is the forum that we are going to use. If you have questions about why it works in a certain way, have a feature request or want to ask if we can change a setting then please do and I will do whatever I can to help out.
  13. 2 points
    Can you please expand to a non-techie , how the previous forum software was about to break ? Was it because it was no longer suitable for hand-held devices ?
  14. 2 points
    Not that birthdays are that important but if the are to be displayed could they be DD/MM/YYYY rather than the US MM/DD/YYYY thanks.
  15. 1 point
    Having gathered together sufficient parts to make a start over the last year, I am at last ready to commence the restoration of Thornycroft J type No. 2393 of 1915. This chassis was recovered from beneath an old chalet in Skegness and thus protected has survived in remarkably good order. It was discovered and recovered by Graham Hand and passed on to John Marshall, who began to add parts as they became available, but was concentrating on his front runner J type 2282 also of 1915. It is great to find a chassis, particularly one in good condition, but the icing on the cake would be an engine and I became aware of the existence of a collection of Thornycroft parts in Sydney Australia. These parts from various models had been rescued from an auction having failed to attract any bidders and I soon discovered the new owner, Ian Browning was willing to move them on, providing I took on the whole collection. This was more than I wanted, but I decided to go for it and with the blessing of the Australian Government, I made arrangements to export a container load of rusty metal from the other side of the world. Ian took on the job of packing and loading in temperatures of 40 degrees which can't have been pleasant ( Thanks mate !) and after a 3 month voyage I took delivery at Southampton. The haul included 2 chassis (one 'X' one 'J') two M4 engines, one fairly complete, the other less so and various other hard to find parts. The chassis were just post war with no numbers visible. After a hard life hauling loads on Australian roads they were put to work again as farm trailers and further abused until abandoned and rescued for preservation. I had little interest in the rare X type parts,( being a lighter weight export model) and after considerable wrangling managed to swap these and the tired J chassis for the current 1915 project. I now have temporary accommodation which is secure if a little draughty on the Ox/ Bucks border. Anyone with workshop space in this area and/or an interest in helping with this project please shout ! I am also seeking parts including a gearbox, water pump and Diff gear. Regards, Tomo .
  16. 1 point
    Well there's an offer that beats trailering it to Bournemouth. Ron
  17. 1 point
    I was browsing through the IWM archives and stumbled upon these. Not many registration numbers visible, just one partial for a Humber ___K08, and Saracen 83BA31, __BA09, 82BA85, 82BA87 and Land Rover 04DM24 . Still, thought it might be of interest. The depot still exists, although in much modified form. Although captioned as Takali, the area is in Attard, 2 miles south of Takali. Anyone with a better zoom can possibly drag up some more Humber registrations https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098903 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098903 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098877 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098900 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098733
  18. 1 point
    Hope the squirrel did not hide any of the nuts 😟
  19. 1 point
    If I remember rightly OC600 was used in Centurion gearboxes, so I guess Hutch 3674 is a young whippersnapper with experience of more modern vehicles. Great work on this old girl, so good luck with it. Steve.
  20. 1 point
    Would suggest he's not finished trying yet. Whole thing looks like it could live again to fight another day. With a bit of patience and skilled engineering, it'll be good. Loved the bit in the vid, earlier on, pouring petrol straight down the carb to get it to run. You might need a better supply if you are planning a run out somewhere, perhaps a fairy liquid bottle. You can just squirt it in when you need to put your foot down
  21. 1 point
    I came across this outfit which looks like they do a pretty good job and know what they are doing. They are based near Eastbourne on the south coast of England. http://www.themagnetoguys.co.uk/ Cheers, David
  22. 1 point
    Yes and yes, but it can be done, Avgas duty is £0.377pl while petrol/diesel is £0.5795pl. Avgas is specially formulated for long stroke high altitude slow revving aero engines and can cause problems with starting and low speed running in automotive use.
  23. 1 point
    We recently offered our services to Lancashire fire service to help with the fires on winter hill nearby us, they were quick to accept our offer ! the vehicle turned out to be ideal, accessing areas that were otherwise out of reach.
  24. 1 point
    Hello fellow shielder owner. I have a drivers manual on its way to me, should take a week or so. when it arrives i will let you know and email a copy. In exchange will you then send me a copy of the technical description as i do not have one ? Regards Dale
  25. 1 point
    I don't think the vip toilets are anything but a good idea, you don't have to use them and i didn't but choice can only be a good thing surely.
  26. 1 point
    Sounds like a thrust bearing failure in the steering box. I do not think Mk1s have power steering.
  27. 1 point
    Like you I started with the std JAGO and very soon decided I wanted this. (The problem is I don't have 15-20K !) so....... Out came the spanners..... and using your posts as a guide and inspiration. I now have new front floor in, modified from grill, exactly like genuine Willys complete with guide light mountings and headlight bracket cutouts, no more silly Sandero dash, (after make a mold and lots of fibreglass I now have a Willys style dash. a little more CJ2a than GPW, owing the the Escort steering angles but I'm pleased with the results), wheel arches cut off and re-glassed, hockey stick door surrounds removed, bonnet hump removed. removable tailgate JAGO logo removed and now fully glassed to body. As you can see I've got as far as mocking up wheel boxes. Hope you don't mind me posting here and look forward to seeing your progress soon
  28. 1 point
    Lauren, yes, you're right about the earlier Meteors having no mounted generator but I figured with this tank being a later Mk 5 it would have had the Mk4b engine. Seems not. Maybe the Mk 5 isn't as late a Mk as I thought. So we either get the auxiliary engine and generator running or find a regulator for the Mk 4b and splice it in. Oh well, nobody said it would be easy. Malcolm
  29. 1 point
    Been used for the 1920's version of drag racing judging by the exhausts 😄. David
  30. 1 point
    Otter update: fitted the bonnet, fitted door hinges (reproduced from originals), wing mirror arms, side door locks and brackets, repaired the hole in the roof and need to finish the side impact. The bonnet catches are nearly ready to fit. You will notice that bolts are being used, this is so everything can be taken off to complete the final restoration, media blasting etc., then will have proper rivets and bolts put back in during the final process.
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  32. 1 point
    I'll enjoy watching this restoration. This superb Dodge was at the Dieppe commemorations last summer
  33. 1 point
    Hello again. Well for many years it was configured as a wrecker and lived at a Mushroom farm in Dunblane with four jeeps ( I can't stand the things - Mushrooms, not jeeps ). It was bought and driven home to Plean by the new owner, but eventually developed a knock on the number six rear big end bearing - oil circulation or failing water distribution tube maybe? Of course nobody had a clue where to get long block Canadian Dodge engine spares in those days, so the owner just pulled the wrecked bearing, sized the crank, which was damaged but not that badly, and got a new set of big end shells from Glacier locally. I think when they were still loose on that crank journal he ground the face of that one cap slightly to take out the slop, so when you strip it you should do a particular check on the number 6 big end bearing journal, then bolt the bearing cap to the con rod and see how oval it is. I think he ground about 10 or 15 thou off the face of the cap which you may well be able to recover if you know to look for it. Apart from that it was fine, and I think it went to Durham when it left Stirling area. Ten of the twelve new big end shells were in the glovebox when it left. Solid truck, indoor stored all its days when it was in Scotland.
  34. 1 point
    Always liked the DODGE DI5 T went after one a few years back in the PENZANCE area look forward to seeing it's progress
  35. 1 point
    Thanks Lauren - appreciated Here is what I'm up against ;-)
  36. 1 point
    I always went for the jacking of one wheel when trying to dis engage 4x4 if it did not release on its own, and as said the amount of torque stored is huge, so be a bit careful not to let your arm get dragged in between the tyre and road,
  37. 1 point
    Hi Lizzie, I must have missed this post, here is a photo of the load bed of a F.V.16104 Truck, 1 ton G.S. Welding, 4 x 4, MORRIS MRA1. The description is " The plant is a 'Plant welding electric, single operator, engine driven, output 300/400 amps.' with a dropping characteristic. There are cupboards which hold the necessary items of welding kit and a portable table for use in the field. The welding generator is bolted to the floor of the vehicle with the engine radiator at the tailboard so that maximum draught can be obtained.
  38. 1 point
    Similar Dutch Army water bowser, dated 1980, on Ebay, has different drawbar, this type of trailer not really of much interest to collectors, compared to a cargo trailer its only use is carrying water https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Water-Bowser-Military-Trailer/273044621224?hash=item3f92ba47a8:g:djUAAOSwD39abaQe
  39. 1 point
    Thanks but its nothing, just flour, sugar, butter, eggs and lots of cream, jam and chocolate. Jon
  40. 1 point
    Ah, speaking in lingo. Complete Equipment Schedule ie, all the extra bits needed to make the vehicle an operable weapons system and operational as a crewed vehicle.
  41. 1 point
    You will probably need only need to change the base plate - if that. Have a chat with these fine folks: http://www.distributordoctor.com/
  42. 1 point
    Yes Pete over here we're really looking forward to the Dried Onions, Pea Soup Powder & Semolina on Christmas Day. I mean you have to spoil yourself at least once a year
  43. 1 point
    EMER WORKSHOPS N 111 Preservation, identification & packaging of assemblies (including engines) Chapter 2 Sections 13 & 14 cover painting of gasoline engines in some depth, oddly makes no reference to stencilling. Chapter 9 Preservation, identification & packaging of assemblies (including engines) gives great detail about the crates & their markings. Section 9 requires that the Workshop Code number is used when crated. Identification markings are to be stamped on a plate fixed to the assembly and the crate stencilled. Serial No. 16 is ECO 2 as Richard has identified. There are listed some 22 Workshop Codes as at 1985. At some stage I should upload it but no chance at the moment as upload is worse than 10kps so even a short email take 20-30 seconds to go. In the meantime let me know of any Codes needing translating.
  44. 1 point
    Ditto the above sentiments, though not a regular contributor always an avid follower! I will miss your insight.
  45. 1 point
    Just watching wartime SAS programme. Nice Reo!
  46. 1 point
    You need to prove the year of manufacture. The MoD will be able to give you a copy of the service history with this information. https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/body/mod
  47. 1 point
    As far as I know Scottish registrations under the old system used to have S as the designated letter. (*SA,*SB etc.) However, and this is where it gets muddy, DVLA also use S designated registrations as age related plates for vehicles prior to 1964 when the suffixes were introduced. You might have a situation where *SJ is a registration that was initially allocated to Bute but which is now being used as an age related plate for a vehicle registered in Bude! Here are a couple of random pictures showing vehicles that have been issued age related Scottish numbers. Hope this helps Richard
  48. 1 point
    Indeed it is Richard , but not everybody wants to go to W&P .
  49. 1 point
    It's working Joris. Just a matter of becoming familiar with it, now if I can work my %^&&& Smart phone!
  50. 1 point
    Following my original post, I see that there have been 63 replies out of 2000 plus views. It's nice to know I am not alone. However, I still feel that I am one of the old brigade and I must either adapt or die. I have, therefore, spent some time educating myself slowly, by trial and error, around the forum, assisted by information posted by other members. I'll get there eventually. I can appreciate the reasons why there had to be changes and the work that went into implementing the new system and applaud the dedication of those responsible. In the meantime, I'll just keep soldiering on !
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