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    Tool bin door turned out quite well. Frame now riveted on and first coat of primer applied Bit more finishing off, over the next few evenings and it'll be ready to go back on. Good sunny weather this weekend, if a tad chilly and much has been achieved. Three weeks ago I fitted the drivers side battery box, in behind the auxilary gear levers But I got it wrong and it had to come out, again, twice! First time the bolts used were too long, and although the nuts were tightened, the tray was still loose, so out it came to have shorter bolts fitted. Then I realised that the inner side panel needs to be drilled and riveted on, but the battery tray is in the way for that so it has to come out again. Another weeks delay occured as I remembered, just in time, that the indicator lamp on the outside has to go on before the inner panel. Talk about chicken and egg. I've been having a bit of a run of that sort of thing lately. Fitted replacement gaiter on the hand brake lever, then remembered that the securing nut on the bottom lever needed a split pin. This necessitated the whole floor plate lifting the get to the pin hole, and of course the gaiter had to come off to lift the plate! Anyway finally got my act together today. Shiny new indicator fitted on the out side Then inner panel, complete with the little bracket for the jack handle. Cable for the indicator is left rolled up for now, I'm not sure how long it needs to be to reach round to the junction box, which fits on the drivers seat frame. So finally, the battery tray can be fitted in peace, using the right length bolts. But then, I forgot to take a photo of it!! Feeling that I was on a roll, decided to attack the exhaust silencer. Going with the theory that a Ford Cargo one fits, I picked one up from fleebay last week. 15 mm bigger diameter, which is not a problem, but it is 250 mm longer. It would fit my timber tractor quite well, as it mounts along the chassis. But on the tanker, it mounts transversely between the front wheels. A quick trial fit today confirmed my suspicion that it would foul the off side tyre when on full right hand lock. The other issue is the pipe fittings, cargo pipe is through the centre of the silencer, Tanker one is off set to the top So as well as fitting the square flange, it needs moving to one side. The patient is prepared, and the surgeons instruments are ready. Seems wrong to be cutting up a new piece of kit, but needs must etc 250 mm sliced off the inlet end, quickly followed by a couple of hours cutting, grinding, hammering and swearing And we get to this. Flange moved to the top edge, central hole welded up, and ready to be welded back on. Ran out of time today. One minor issue, to get the internal pipes in the right place, the tail pipe stub is upside down, so a bit more cut and slice to come at the other end at the other end
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    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.
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    Hi everyone, 1918 just before the war ended the LK II light tank was built in Germany. In 1921, 10 of these tanks were smuggled to Sweden as agricultural tractors. Trials began in 1921 and these trials was probably the reason why Sweden had a successful tank industry in Landsverk in late 1920's and 1930's. In 1929, 5 of the tanks were upgraded with a more powerful (85 hp) Scania engine and new gearbox. Out of the 10 tanks only 4 remain, one original and complete with Benz engine - at Arsenalen Tank Museum outside Stockholm. One upgraded but empty tank in Munster (Gift from Sweden in 1992) and another two upgraded but not complete tanks in Arsenalen storage. 16 years ago I had the idea to restore one of these tanks into running condition, everyone thought I was a lunatic, but we started. Because the local regiment was closed and a new tank museum project came up, the project was put on hold for some time. In 2013 we decided to start up again and after 3 1/2 years we passed a milestone last night when the engine, gearbox, steering and final drive was running for the first time in 80 years. Next step is to put the tracks together, we are waiting for new pins, and with tracks on we can try the tank without the upper structure. Final step is to put the upper structure on the tank and we hope it will be running for the first time during the summer. Next year the tank will celebrate 100 years. On Arsenalen facebook there is a film from monday evening when everything was running. https://www.facebook.com/arsenalen.sverigesforsvarsfordonsmuseeum/ There is a blog where you can read about the project: http://blog.arsenalen.se/en/ We will give you update later on. Stefan Karlsson, Director Swedish Tank Museum
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    I'm an ex national service man and was stationed at Prinn barracks Tripoli 1956/58. I was in the RAPC and our unit was the District Pay Office at Prinn. I recall that there was a transport unit within the barracks along with a military police unit. My interest is not in mi!itary vehicles but I have joined this because I would be interested to hear from anyone still around who may have been stationed at Prinn or even any surviving ex RAPC members who may have served there. I think I have some photos of the barracks which may contain sight of some vehicles if anyone is interested I will post these on your website. I look forward to any contact
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    Busy busy day in't shed which was a good thing as it really started to get cold later on. Precious cargo about to be unloaded. Bell housing, clutch etc fitted At last safely in the chassis. Took a while before lifting the engine in to tidy up the way the wiring loom, brake and fuel pipes were run plus a few other odds n sods that were easier to do without the block in the way.
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    The first nipple was then silver soldered to the end of the pipe. And I remembered to fit both nuts the correct way around before silver soldering the nipple on the other end of the pipe! The pipe was then given a clean. Before the pipe was fitted to the filter.
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    Here is an update of the project. The oldest running German tank in the world! Made in 1918, imported to Sweden in 1921 and taken out of service in early 1930's. New bolts and bushings have been fitted to the tracklinks, a job that took some time. When everything was in place we performed a series of test drive, to check that everything is working as it should. Adjustements has been made, instruments connected etc. The second test drive was performed last Saturday and everything worked fine. Steering is clutch-brake system, original 1918. Everything is original 1918 apart from engine, gearbox, fuel tank and radiator that was installed in 1929 when 5 of the 10 tanks were upgraded. Now we will start the work to put the upper body on to the chassis and the plan is to have the tank ready for display early this summer. There are some films on the Swedish Tank Museum facebook page, please have a look and feel free to comment on the facebook page. We are trying to get more likes on the site so the more comments the better. Stefan Karlsson, Museum Director
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    So! I did indeed get to roll my generator and grinders out; I got what I could with the 7", but it turned out to be too bulky and I switched to the 4"... which turned out to still be too tricky to get in at some parts. And that resulted in me finally collecting a sufficiently circular Tuit, then heading up to the local hobbyweld supplier for a bottle of oxygen. (I have had a small set of burning gear for *years*, but never gotten around to heading out and picking up the oxy cylinder. ) This is where I left off after last week: Today, however, there was fire; and progress happened. I'm now getting much closer to having sufficient grot removed that I can start putting metal back in, which will be an amazing feeling; because as it is, I feel more like the scrap-man, I'm doing that much cutting! And the pile of scrap from these last two outings: I'm getting closer and closer to having that new bit of box section welded in place; whereupon I can see what space I have left to wiggle a rubber body-mount into, in place of the original, and will have a place to start building the floor back out from. Thankfully, the floor is pretty solid for the most part; around the rear and side of the passenger seat is where it's the worst, but there's enough of it left that I can work back from. I'll claw this back, one piece at a time! Might not be quick, nor particularly pretty; but it'll be solid. I can always come back and re-do the uglier parts in the future, when I've gotten better at the job and improved my skill. But, for now, "ugly & solid" is better than "gaping hole"
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    lots more progress on 1531 i have pretty much all the air lines fitted to the truck know part from the winch clutch and trailer hand valve lines. as the truck is generally up together. know i have made a start on the winch which luckily is not seized apart from the 2 control levers but a bit of heat and they are starting to move. the 400 odd feet of winch cable is not to bad but i will be putting a whole new cable on as it is not something i like to assume is going to be ok when winching hard. aiming to turn the winch around in about 2 - 3 weeks then my sights are set on sorting out the Rolls Royce C6 engine so starting to get into the interesting bits know. regards sam
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    This doesn't cover the price issues but I think its relevant as only one or two have touched on this aspect. I personally got into the hobby through a combination of airfix, war movies and the tipping point was asking if it was ok to sit in a family friend Jeep to have my photo taken, and then hitching a ride to shows with said family friend in his Jeep. From there the rest is history. I personally let adults and children onto the WMIK and Snatch at every opportunity be that in a carpark shopping or at work or at the 40+ shows that I do each year (under supervision of myself and the accompanying adult and with a H&S notice at shows). Some shows the WMIK etc can have easily over 100+ people sit in it throughout the coarse of a day. My Footman James insurance covers me for upto £25,000,000, I pay the premium so why sit there with the doors shut and roped off paying a premium on a policy that I am not getting the full use of. Whilst I sit there watching potential newcomers/lifeblood to the hobby walk past unstimulated buy the touch, smell and experience of the vehicle. That is not to say I/you take a who cares approach, but you risk asses just like you do in every aspect of life and mitigate the risk appropriately. My cover is there as a safety net I don't intend for it to be used. I also think that allowing people to experience these vehicles benefits other aspects of the hobby and society in that they see and feel what people who have served and sacrificed have had to put up with and work in. I fully understand that some vehicles are to frail and unsafe to allow this type of interaction but equally if that is the case then there is nothing to stop owners from being proactive by speaking to people, firing the engine up etc and offering a ride round the arena if there's a spare seat or they see a interested party or a spark or interest waiting to be ignited. If due to my approach 1 person shows a interest or gets into the hobby be that as a owner or helper etc then I would be happy to know I've helped this hobby.