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    Thsts a very nice piece of kit, it looks like a very sound project.
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    I am sure I have seen this image before on here but despite doing a 'search' I cannot find it again. So, what make of truck is it? It shows quite a rare photo of one of the RAF radar units being unloaded on Omaha beach. Judging by the spectators on the ship this was not on D-Day itself, maybe the day after?
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    This weekend would have been "Woolpit Steam." Which would have meant a week off work to toil from dawn till dark setting up the show and clearing away afterwards. Like pretty much every other semblance of normality this was cancelled on account of the pandemic. Which means I've spent all my evenings and the weekend in the shed doing lorry jobs and I still have the weeks holiday. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Nearside Rear Wheel Refitting the offside rear wheel was somewhat fraught due to the crane operator (me) consistently forgetting which button was which and the assistant becoming increasingly frustrated with the ineptitude of the aforementioned crane operator. Hence the lack of photographs. I was determined not to fall into the same trap with the nearside rear wheel. It's recycling bin this week and the refuse collectors have been a bit tardy, so I was able to retrieve this morning's empty cereal box and make myself this skilfully executed aide memoir. This time, the roles were reversed; I was assistant, leveling the axle with the bottle jack, guiding the wheel onto the axle and giving instructions. The first question from the crane operator: "Which way, left or right?" There are some questions which are just impossible to answer, like Sarah Platt asking Todd Grimshaw whether he wants rice or chips with his Chinese takeaway. I digress. Once the communication channels were clearly established the lift went flawlessly, allowing plenty of time to pause and take photographs. With a wheel on each corner once again, we were able to push the lorry out into the yard in order to turn it round, giving better access to the front axle. So today has been about removing the front axle. The front end was lifted using the gantry and chain blocks with a pair of axle stands placed under the chassis just behind the flywheel. With the weight off the front springs, the front pins were driven out with a hammer and copper drift. The rear pins are undone and likewise withdrawn. Nearside front pine almost out. Offside rear pin being unscrewed. Front axle being walked out with a couple of 3" x 2" timber levers and bolts in the rear spring eyes. Front axle safely removed.
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    I have just bought and collected the Stalwart. Big job!!
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    I have made a few BS190 bolts and slotted nuts to secure the steering box this week, once painted I will fit them. So far I do not have the confidence to leave the 3D printer going when I am out of the house but some more of the radiator pattern parts are finished. I need to get the router out to shape the bits of MDF but we hired a skip this week so I have been moving large rocks and soil and every opportunity. Three of the water connections between the cylinder blocks are corroded away or broken. I made a CAD model of the pattern and core box. The pattern took around 13 hours to print, the core box will take about double that.
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    This week I purchased a set of patterns for the Austin generating set cylinder blocks. These blocks were also used on the early (1910-1912) Austin 10hp car. There is frost damage to my blocks but they are probably repairable (as the engine runs I doubt they are cracked through to the bores). It seemed too good an opportunity to pass up and they are a great example of pattern making. Front half of the cylinder block. There are lots of core prints for the cylinders and water jacket. Note the loose pieces to make up the flange held in place with bent nails. The sand will be built up over the loose pieces and the nails removed before the box is completely filled; otherwise an additional core box would be required for this feature. The back side of the cylinder block. If both sides were the same this one would not be required. This core box makes up the cylinder bore, valve ports and combustion head. These two make up the core boxes for the water jacket. No sand goes on the green prints; which shows where the two loose pieces go; note the small loose piece at the bottom left of the upper box. These cores would be challenging to pack and quite fragile when completed so must have taken a skilled moulder. They came from a foundry in Kings Heath when it closed some decades ago so could be the originals used to make my engine. I thought other people who have resorted to making their own patterns could learn a lot from these! If anyone wants a dummy generator we could cast some blocks for mounting on a wooden crankcase (or make all the other parts if you like a real challenge).
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    More parts media blasted, epoxy primed and top coated in OD. and fitting up of the chassis starts!
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    Dave I would have expected some sort of list like that to be somewhere in EMER POWER O that covers Vehicle Electrical Systems (Commercial Pattern) I only have the bits of Section O that cover charging systems. No doubt they would be listed in terms of their component parts (but not function & properties) in the Vocabulary of Army Ordnance Stores Section LV6/MT8 but again I have not collected the magneto sections. Looking to the RAF in AP 1086 Section 16E MT Electrical Systems there are a handful of Simms magnetos again just parts but not properties, it does at least list applications (that VAOS doesn't) So don't know if this helps at all.
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    This Prefect badged to 60 Coy. AMPC almost certainly didn't see further service with the Wehrmacht...
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    A few more original photos from my collection. The 3rd photo shows the Gwen Eagle in the background with Germans nicking the petrol from one of the boats.
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    1941 Hillman Minx 10 HP seen here in use by the Royal Navy
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    Evening All, Sorry John if it were easy I would put it on just for you but I am afraid that you will have to wait. The upper hull has had it's attachment flanges added and the whole structure has been bolted to the lower hull. I have manufactured and welded the track guard brackets to the upper hull, so now the tract guards are secure. Most of the rear engine deck has been completed but it needs removing to finish welding the inside edges. The cover on the left covers the radiator and air exhaust tract. I have had to add a hole that wasn't on the original in order to access the fan belt tensioner. The large access panel below that, gives access to the fan and the fan belt tensioner locking nut. This cover also houses the radio operators escape hatch, which itself is part of the cooling system and contains a fresh air inlet for the radiator. The cover seemed to take ages, as I had to work out what the hinges looked like and how they worked, so that they gave clearances for opening. The radio operators means of escape is very tight, as you can see. The cover to the right covers the engine bay. I was worried about access to the engine but although tight, everything seems fairly accessible. In the righthand side of this cover there are air vents that allow the fan to draw air over the engine. The air is the drawn through the fan and exhausted out of the rear of this same cover. And there endeth the lesson for today. Jon
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    Been reading quite a lot this week about the Battle for France. So many people simply refer to Dunkirk but that last few weeks in May 1940 was one hell of a fighting retreat. So many acts of bravery from such young lads.
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    I have some Still photos from this on my Flickr site, probably the most Commer Beetles on moving film ! Their are also Morris Commercial CDSW 's towing artillery still on carriage wheels. It is an interesting film in it's own right but even more so to me as they are camped in the field in front of my house ! Link to Flickr pics- https://www.flickr.com/photos/seacoaler/albums/72157711859517038
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    Deadline to meet!! Made good progress over the last couple of days, filled, sanded and seam sealed where necessary. Applied two coats of Grey Zine primer Lastly I emptied the scrap bucket, bearing in mind this is just from the lower part of the cab, I had intended to save as much of the original truck as possible but sometimes you just can’t. Time permitting I will hopefully get the top coat of paint on tomorrow.
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    Couple more pictures, day after this time. Moved her out a bit to get a better camera angle.
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    Got to the point where I can't really do any more to the hose tubes, or the rear wheel arches, or any thing else until the tank has been painted in top coat. So, spent most of last week flatting the primer down and fixing the odd dodgy spot. Made a couple of little wooden stools for kneeling/standing on the top of the tank. Intended painting at the weekend, but it turned out to be far too windy. There would have been a mess. Weather forecast for today was much better. So, up at the crack of sparrows and on with it. Last check over, wipe down with panel wipe and tack rags. Load the spray gun and off we go Top and lids first. Stools are an excellent idea but it kills your knees by the time you've done all five lids. And then you've got to go back and put a second coat on. Once they're done you can move onto the sides Knees are OK now, but back starts to ache reaching over to the middle Back end is more comfortable, but it is a big area to cover More side work And finally underneath Deep Bronze Green all round. Of course, the moment you start spraying, a million flies turn up and stick themselves to it, and there is a couple of dry patches of over spray. But nothing a bit of T Cut wont polish out once it's had chance to harden off properly. Overall, well pleased. Took 6 hours (plus fag breaks) and 12 ltrs of paint in all, but I think that was 11 on the truck and one on myself. I've still got a green tint, even after a good scrub in the shower. Nice shine though. On the truck that is!!
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    Just dugout my winter project, bought it almost a year ago & put it into storage but now its time to get her back on the road. I am led to believe its the 3rd from last 'Box' to ever be made & never registered or been on the show circuit before ? Pretty well original & untouched but did have a spruce up 20 odd years ago & put back into storage but still a bit to do before she's ready for the road.
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