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    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 .
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    Pretty sure that no 9 are the four bars that hold the four wooden 100-125 Ah battery boxes into their frames. If the Morris mirrors MWR practice, there should be four frames with eight long threaded rods to which are welded large wing nuts. These screw down onto those bars to hold the batteries in place.
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    What an amazing find, I'm extremely jealous! the information you can glean from this vehicle that other owners can only guess at based on bolt hole distances etc as everything had been stripped from it, just brilliant, a real time capsule piece.
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    I’ve spoken to my mate who repairs and refurbs burners and stoves. hes asked me to pass on his info if needed Steve Darby grizzly.darbs@btinternet.com or message him on 07771521115 paul
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    If anyone needs spares, info or repairs on any British burner or stove, there’s a good engineer friend of mine in Essex who’s obsession is these. What the guy doesn’t know, not worth knowing. He’s called STEVE DARBY, if anyone knows him, if not PM me and can pass his details over.
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    Hi Pete, I have this original Sept 1943 Chrysler Corporation of Canada "Operating and Spare Parts Manual 200 Gal. Water Tank Mounted on Dodge T222 4x2 Chassis". Do you have one? If you are interested please pm me.
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    Start at the ankles, then you weld back on higher up! 😁 They were built for someone about 5 foot 6 inch. I use a couple of wooden wedges under my Dodge Ambulance drivers seat to get a better angle. Don't forget hatch in the top of canvas. You will find a way! To much fun to be had driving them.
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    Last year I acquired a spare engine It is from a much later 4x4 truck but the blocks piston , con rods and crankshaft are the same. Today I made a start on stripping it down . It always amazes me that even when parts look completely rusted together how easily nuts and bolts can come undone . When I I try to do the same with modern nuts and bolts it usually ends having to resort to cutting them off .I can only assume that the steel used is of a different quality . Hope fully the con rods will be better than the ones in my other engine
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    Welcome aboard Tadeo, are you located in the UK, EU, or other location? Rick has some meteor engines available, do you have a Cromwell/Centaur project? There are a few experts on here and we know most of the ones around. I never found a turret for my previous Charioteer, I have a Centaur dozer and a Centaur MK III with turret, we might be making some turrets up for a few Centaur dozer conversions around, which will be as close to original standards as feasible, you can even have a correct turret ring made, I am getting ready to start a big restoration process and will be casting and fabricating some bits, please let us know if you might be looking for some stuff besides the turret and engine, since it is easier to be multiple instead of one, I will have two projects going, if you are looking for Cromwell/Centaur bits there are only a few people around that can probably help, so add some pics or more info so we can see the project too.
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    I have no idea why the photo should have disappeared but here it is again . . . interview with ground staff in Flying Control . . . . I hope this helps
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    I have just done another 'finishing off' task in the shape of the chock or 'Scotch' as it says on the drawings. I was given the chunk of timber in the summer so I have screwed the plate and ring to it and attached some chain. Once I had sorted out the right length, I bent up another ring from 5/16" steel and attached that to the other end. I mounted a hook on the body and hun g the ring on it. The scotch can now be pulled out when needed and is readily available when hung on the hook. One more job ticked off on the way to finishing the beast! Steve
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    Hi Jon, Here's a pic of bringing it to the workshop and one in her new home. Gathering information and parts now before the restoration will begin. Do you happen to have a Parts List? Can't find it anywhere.. Regards, Marc
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    Hi I am new to the forum so thank you for welcoming me in. I only own a BSA Airborne Folding Bicycle, a very rust pitted sad looking yoke so far, but I am rejuvenating it. My aim is to ride it to Ranville, Normandy for DDay75 next 6th June, from the site of RAF Broadwell Airfield, Oxfordshire, about 100 miles, in memory of my Grandfather (1Royal Ulster Rifles, 6th Airborne Div.) who was killed June 7th 1944. I will use the original frame but wheels and tires will be later replacements, brooks leather saddle and if I can the original 'sliding peg' pedals. I will also dress in appropriate repro battledress and boots, and may use my Grandfather's original Denison smock. Any advice? Any experience of riding a parabike that far? best wishes James
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    I have finished the second track adjuster tonight also the hole saw turned up so I cut the 2 inspection holes. I am now starting to think about the drivers floor. Peter.
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    I have nearly finished the belly plates, I just need a hole saw to cut the 2 inspection holes and I need to make the covers. When I checked the fitment I noticed that the front plates didn't line up, after checking I found the original plates were out by 1/4" so I will leave them. I have also got a set of springs for one suspension unit primed after soaking in molasses. Peter.
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    It’s on its wheels now. Engine and gearbox in in Q1 2019. The kids showed an interest when the Loyd had its first roll out this week.
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    One for Nick, I think! Congratulations on rescuing the Brockhouse Fuel Bowser from Plantation Farm. I grew up on the farm as my father was Farm Manager for the May family from 1947-1988. He came up to Hampshire from Sussex having managed farms for the W.A.E.C. after leaving Plumpton Ag. college. My Mum was in the Land Army trained (?) by my Dad! Anyway, much of the farm equipment used at K.E.L. in the late forties and fifties was ex-military. As it fell out of service much of it ended up in the woods on the farm, like some elephants graveyard. As kids it was great finding the remains of Bren gun carriers, Queen Mary trailers etc. Needless to say, that when scrap prices rose and woodland clearance occurred much was carted away and lost forever. However, the bowser, which was used for refueling the combines during harvest and tractors during Autumn cultivation, was regular used and I have happy memories of towing it up the A339 as a student in the 80's. Among the other trailed items used at that time were up to 4 Ex-RAF 4 wheeler flat bed Brockhouse trailers which had hay/straw ladders added so bales could be carted from field to barn on them. These are still around on the farm somewhere and would be worthy of rescue too! One of the fun vehicles they had working on the farm in the early fifties was a stripped down Bren Gun carrier with, I believe, the Ford V8 diesel engine. This was used for pulling trailed discs and rollers and when going at full power with its straight through exhaust made the driver look like a character from a Mad Max movie! I have attached some images of some historic vehicles at K.E.L. and some of my Mum and Dad in Sussex with various equipment including earthmovers used to clear large areas of uncultivated land for food production. Note your fuel bowser in the picture of Jack Edwards, the Shepherd, taken in 1968. Harder to see are two flat bed Brockhouse trailers! At the time the latter were trailed behind a Nuffield tractor fitted with a bale collector. We used these trailers well into the 1990s for straw/hay/fertilizer hauling but by 2000 all livestock on the farm had gone and farm equipment had got bigger so they were no longer needed on a daily basis. Nonetheless, some 50 years of service is not bad really! Hope you find these of interest. I have pals who are members of various military living history and reenactment groups so get to see quite a bit of ex-military kit at times. There was a good turnout at the GDSF this year for the 50th Anniversary.
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    Hi all, I got another bunch of sales catalogs in, mostly from the 60's and 70's will go through them this winter, and see what interesting stuff there may be. Cheers, Lex
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    Shortly after these pictures were taken, the speaker and mount were removed to give the mount a couple of coats of varnish to seal the wood. It will be refitted later once it has had time to fully cure.
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    I haven't finalised the mount and position in the Jeep yet. It needs to be removable to allow the dummy radio to tip open to access the storage below it and the rear Jeep locker. I think I'll make some wooden trays like in the Dodge, which will slot onto the Jeep side panel, but lift off again when needed. I'm very pleased with the look of the completed speaker.
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    A small aluminium plate was cut for the data plate and a waterslide decal made with the data on. this was screwed in place with some tiny screws. The whole speaker was then given a sprayed satin clear coat.
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    Each Peerless was fitted with two wooden tool boxes with a metal lid. While at Beaulieu a few years ago were were very lucky to find an original one for a reasonable sum. After it was purchased we were asked what it was "It is a tool box from a Great War Peerless army lorry" Steve replied. "What are you going to put it on" he was then asked. "On to a Great War Peerless army lorry" Steve explained. For some reason the guy seemed disappointed. Anyway, one down, three more to find.
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    My name's Martin and for the last few years I have been doing a week-long motorcycle trip around Europe in June visiting WWII sites and memorials etc with six old friends. Early next June, 2018, we plan to visit Arnhem which made me think of trying to find Sgt. Arthur Goodacre's grave and to pay my respects. My father Leslie, now 88, was best friends with Arthur's younger brother and retains vivid memories of saying goodbye to Arthur at the end of his leave in summer 1944 before this fateful flight. Dad and I have previously visited the Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre, from where LM570 took off, and found Arthur's details in the memorial records there I therefore find myself very happy to have found all of these details but also a little regretful that Dad and I missed the opportunity to be there for the unveiling of the commemorative plaque in 2014. If only I'd seen this forum a few years ago. If all goes to plan I'll lay a small token of respect to Arthur and his crew from my Dad and will also pop in to the Heerewaarden visitors centre. If possible I would also love to say hello and thank you to anyone involved in the creation of the the plaque...
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    Thank you for the message and the photograph of the plaque. We have currently started doing research as a family on James. His sister Mary (my grandmother) would have been 90 this year and she always wanted to visit his grave in Uden but never got there due to illness. My mum has a photo of James which I will gain a copy of. Thank you again for such a lovely thing you have done. We are aiming to visit his grave in September/October this year and will definitely visit this memorial plaque as part of our visit.