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    Changing from Fwd to Rev and visa Versa on the transfer box was always hit and miss on CVR(T). Try engaging it while stopping the engine. I.e. with the engine running move from fwd to rev or other way around and while pulling or pushing the lever switch off the ignition at the same time. You should feel the lever move fully into the engaged position. That was the drill we used to have the drivers do if they had the same problem.
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    Hi Pete I will check the paint colour/ shade with the other prop flanges next time Regards Jonny Garwood
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    I have been researching London buses in WWI for many years and have written a book on it. I live in Colchester just a short way from you. I have seen your Daimler lorry at the Chalk Valley show. I would love to come and see it. I have drawings of the chassis and many photos of the Daimlers in service and the markings used. The Daimler buses were used by the Royal Marine Transport Company at Antwerp and then they were transferred to the army as the 16th Auxiliary Omnibus Company which used the Britannia penny badge which is incorrectly used in the Airfix kit of the B-type. Further detail in my book Ole Bill - London buses in the First World War. I gave a copy to Colchester Library so it should be easy to get it to read. The London Transport Museum has restored a B-type bus and has some of the moquette material to cover the lower deck seats. They would also have templates for the upper deck seats? Try writing to Chris Nix at the LTM.
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    50 RB 34 was in a allocation of numbers 30 RB 71 T0 72 RB 03 for BEDFORD QLD trucks
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    There is a link there, it would cost a lot of LSD to fit LSD's to WW2 vehicles !!! 😎
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    Second layer of roof timber fitted, laid out the upper deck tread bars.Daves nearly finished the gingerbread beading which looks effective The upper deck steel support post is temporary to enable us to set out sides the sides as per the original Birch body as we only have a few key photos to work from.Some of the dimensions we have taken from some General bus drawings as the dimensions we have are very close between the two bodies.
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    Great to see the Atlantic wall in 3D, ..I was there last year, its well hidden in the trees so not very easy to find, its on an MOD training ground but is open to the public, the huge concrete replica of a section of the Normandy Atlantic Wall was built by Canadian engineers in 1943 on Hankley common, Surrey to experiment what type of explosive charges were needed to breach the wall. Hankley Common was also used to test a lot of Sydney Hobarts "funnies"
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    Hi Can any one tell me more about this Austin K2Y. picture came from the net somewhere. Taken in Australia, the rego number would be a help or a better picture, or other ambos used here by the RAF or any RAF Austin K2Ys or Navy regs rupert
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    Thanks Pete, I've been talking to jeep owners all over the country this year at shows etc, one of the guys at Howarth 40's weekend put me onto the G503 forum, loads to read there as you say. I'll post up successes, fails and events
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    In 2018 my brother and I purchased something bigger than we have previously restored! We bought the 1943 Federal as running, but decided to do a complete restoration. The original engine had been replaced at some time in it's life with a Bedford diesel engine. These pictures are how we purchased it. Hope you enjoy this thread.
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    Dad has been painting the flywheel:
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    No new MV since 2014? Here is mine!
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    As can be seen in the Sunderland Flying Boat image, each corner has two little flaps which made an ideal pocket to catch the edge of the corners on the opposite page. There was only one solution, a little PVA glue under each one. 150 photos, 600 corners, 1200 little paper flaps to lift and glue down!! A little cross eyed, I finished them last night. I also unbound the album, and added a little PVA glue along the edges of the pages at the binding end, hopefully preventing the pages fanning. It was all tied back together this afternoon and I'm very pleased with the finished result.
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    All Shackles, Hooks and Shackle pins - now cleaned or replaced with the exception of the one Shackle that Steve took away to press out the old warn bronze bushes (now done) ready for fitting. Steve will bring that one missing Shackle with him back to Devon when he next comes down for new bronze bushes to be made and pressed in.
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    I'll be on the lookout for an original body over the coming years. Very much open to a second purchase, the right vehicle would yield the majority of parts required to complete 7837. That's the one earlymb, have you a link? She is indeed Pete, not only my first large vehicle project but the first vehicle I've ever owned (bar a bicycle) since I don't own the car I drive. As noted, I have a clear image of her end state. Whilst I have a general order in mind, it is necessary to have ones fingers in several pies, rather like plate spinning. The general idea for re-assembly is (though not necessarily the order in which parts will be restored), chassis, road springs and axles, wheels, engine, radiator, driver's structure, gearbox(es) and drive, winch, upper cab, body. The vehicle will be used for living history purposes, with long expeditions to France, Holland, Germany and Italy. She'll be found harboured up in the Norman countryside, perhaps in an orchard covered by her net as her driver (yours truly) carries out maintenance using her original toolkit, sleeping under the vehicle wrapped in blankets, washing and shaving, doing laundry, answering the call of nature, preparing meals, all in the original manner. I hope to release a book detailing the vehicle, accompanied by a series of living history photo shoots, detailing the life of a R.A driver during the second world war. My Matador, 7837, will be named after my great-great-auntie Marg (b. 1928). Not only does this name suit the Matador, it brings the Matador full circle, tying her into a large part of my families wartime history. Both my great-great-aunties went on to marry ex-servicemen. Their older brothers also served, in both the army and air force. In northwest Europe, Italy, India and Burma (large family). Upon restoration, a sign writer will be commissioned to paint 7837's name above the cab, using Marg's own handwriting (photographed) for the design. It was common for Matador, particularly in northwest Europe to be named after places they'd served or after their crews female acquaintances. Pictured, my great-great-aunties Marg (right) and Doris (b. 1927). Photo circa 1942 and December 2018.
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    Can't seem to post the image but here is a Labrador with a spade:- https://www.google.com/search?q=labrador+with+a+spade&client=ms-android-huawei&prmd=ivsn&sxsrf=ACYBGNTv1chBHG1-wKIk0vZdVeevy9DZLw:1575580537969&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjK_p7ytp_mAhWHQEEAHRQ9D0wQ_AUoAXoECA0QAQ&cshid=1575580576534&biw=360&bih=631#imgrc=5OX_n67BJpiSIM
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    More 'fettling' with th cab... Still loads to do .....
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    I think we looked at the same post. πŸ˜ƒ Size: Length 24.7" Breadth 15.25" Depth 10.125" Empty Weight 11 lb. 8 oz. Used for: 3-in. Q.F. howitzer Smoke Number Packed: 12 Gross weight: 144 lbs 4.5-in. B.L. gun Cordite W- 1st Charge Number Packed: 6 Gross weight: 57 lbs 4.5-in. B.L. gun Cordite W- 2nd and 3rd Charges Number Packed: 6 Gross weight: 90 lbs 5.5-in. B.L. gun 3rd and 4th charge Number Packed: 6 Gross weight: 88 lbs 6-in. 26-cwt. B.L. howitzer 4-lb. 6-oz. 4-dr charge Number Packed: 10 Gross weight: 80 lbs M.L. 8-in. projector, Generators Smoke, No. 23 Number Packed: 12 Gross weight: 100 lbs
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    wasn't sure we would ever see another one, but KW collection states they have 40% of one, including this unmistakable piece
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    This is the first photo that i have submitted hope it is in veiw...... A replica of a Carrier, Machine Gun MkV1 (Carden Loyd that myself and a friend have constucted. We had set out to manufacture these as a kit. The Ford Model T engine and front axel would be supplied by the new owner all the rest by us., except of course the Vickers and tripod. There is a second hull, patterns, parts, castings and drawings for anyone that is interested in continuing with the project. Bob Grundy
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    good to hear that this nice vehicle stays with the restorer.
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    New premises have been found so the Albion has been withdrawn from sale.
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    Isaac ("Ies") Engelander was a Dutch Jew who fled to Great Britain to serve with the (Dutch) forces. He was a Guy truck driver in one of the Food Flying Squad columns. Source: https://www.joodsmonumentzaanstreek.nl/engelander-salomon-sjoerd/
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    Fantastic and a big thanks to RUNFLAT for reposting the files TED.
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    Wow, fantastic example of craftmanship with a great sense for detail. No wonder he will not make any spare, so much work, all in brass, that would cost fortune to make these extra for sale. Would be great if he could provide some basic dimensions for anyone to make their own though, I am surely capable to make a couple for myself πŸ˜‰ How has he done the lid?
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    the studs I removed and the finished engine
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    Good afternoon, Just became a new member of this forum. Thank you for allowing me to become one. Let's say something about me. I am a Dutchman, 62 years and retired for about 10 years. Me and my wife are living in Hungary for the last 8 almost 9 years. We have plenty of room around us so driving a tank would not be such a problem. Also a lot of sand roads and a former military area close by were 20 years ago the Hungarian ary practiced off road riding. I saw a lot of old sovjet tanks which are for sale around us. I drove a 30 ton VT 55 called the Bull. A nice tank but very big and little space inside. After a long search I found a FV434 in Belgium whic I managed to buy. The seller and his wife are noce people who intend to move to .... Hungary! When retired you have a lot of time and here in Hungary there is not a lot of time pressure. So I have some other hobby's like restorating oldtimers ( at the moment busy with two Armstrong Siddeley star sapphires ) and riding horses. If anyone wants to drop by you are very welcome to do so. Hans Kraaijeveld
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    Welcome to the forum, now that is what retirement should be about!
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    You'll look back on this in years to come, and laugh, thinking I must have been mad. I thought I worked in the brown stuff, but I take my hat off to you sir. As your video says you got there in the end, well done.
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    All that later resulted in this: Apparently my "decent-ish" trolley tyres weren't all that decent. They were all pretty much flat by the time I got it out. And then my hasty upside-down welds broke at the door to the workshop, after I'd spent quite a considerable amount of time trying to wheel the engine up the yard. But it got there, eventually. Just to cheer you up/make you cringe in horror, there is -- of course -- video of the shenanigans I went through to reach this point. 😁 Anyway, with it in the workshop, and an engine stand on the way, first order of business was to remove clutch, flywheel, and clutch housing. Clutch wasn't the prettiest, but I've seen much worse drive into the workshop. One (presumably asbestos-laden) cookie: Flywheel looking similarly grim: With the back end undressed... ...time came to get her stood on the engine stand. Now, I wasn't expecting great things of said engine stand because of how cheap it was, but it *was* listed as rated to 560kg. Presumably, that's 560kg in either a very short engine, or one where you mount the stand to the side of the block, because... ...I put the shop-built cradle back under the front of it, so I could carry on working. Some further tear-down discovered other concerning items: I've still yet to take the camshaft out, but looking down at it through the lifter hole and barring the engine over it doesn't seem like the cam lobe has any visible damage or wear. Further investigation warranted. Executioner time! Off with her head! Number 4 appears to have seen some excitement. But the head doesn't appear to have seen the same battering, only what appears to be corrosion damage from -- presumably -- it being sat there with that inlet valve open for so long. 20mm deep combustion chambers! Nice! 😁 Trying to clear my workbench a bit, I thought I'd crack on with putting that compressor back together a bit more. So, out comes that NOS piston and sit it next to the original one. Spot the difference! Also, spot the problem that I hadn't yet. Okay, bit of surface rust on those rings, that'll clean off okay with some wire wool. So, extract the rings, pick up the original piston... and it just happened to catch the light just right. Oh dear. So, cleaned up that aluminium piston good n proper, cleaned up the rings, checked & set the ring gap, made sure it all went together. Good-o. And then my steel arrived for reinforcing the engine stand! So I did that, and then braced meself. Took a few deep breaths, braced myself a bit more, and... eventually... the engine's ready for belly-rubs. Oily bits exposed! And only a 1/4" of sludge in the bottom of the sump, too, which I'm quite impressed by. Spent the rest of the evening cleaning out the inside of the sump back to nearly spotless, and hammering out the dents, since the sump appears to have met the front diff at some point. (Now picturing someone taking an RL off a Dukes of Hazzard style jump, and wincing profusely.)
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    Success! We found a chap in Norway with a shed full (nearly) of Morris axles - he sold us a half-shaft.
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    Time to revive this thread. Somehow a lot of the attachments are gone? Anyhow I read Ted mentioned a Commer, here’s a pic of a Q2 Ministry of Food truck:
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    As in previous years, I've made a picture summary of this year's season in my MV's. It's been a very busy year, attending 17 public events and had 5 other outings, photoshoots and historic sites, split between my three vehicles. This year, I've dropped the colour pictures in favour of a vintage photo album look. We started out at the beginning of February, playing out in the snow. I missed the York Crank up due to illness, so my first event was in late April, at the Heugh Battery in Hartlepool. Next was Durham City 1940's Day in May. "Against the Odds" was the following week at the Yorkshire Air Museum. Another week on was "Blyth Battery Goes to War." To finish the non-stop events of May was the "Lanc, Tank & Military Machines" at East kirkby airfield. From there we continued South to Suffolk, staying with Clive Stevens for a few days. "Jessie" was in good company. We did a bit of airfield touring. The 95th Bomb Group airfield, Horham was one of those near by. I visited one of my old R/C B-17's which has been living at the 100th Bomb Group Museum at Thorpe Abbotts for 24 years now. We made it back home during the first week of June, in time for the Northallerton 1940's day. See the next post for part 2........
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    Bare chassis! November 2019. Spent some time removing a welded on section that shouldn't be there, also straightened parts of the chassis which had been hit from behind in it's life, was easier to do this before we removed the axles. We are very lucky that we have a crane on site to help with lifting the chassis. The chassis will be sandblasted and painted within the next couple of weeks, and this leaves us time and and area to work on the axles and springs. Once it gets too cold work will end until the Spring time as we are working mostly outside! The following picture's speak for themselves.
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    Wow. Β£295. What a bargain. The first batch from the end of the war were offered at Β£400 and they had not been reconditioned. Dad has not been able to find any reusable (or reconditionable!) front shackle pins so has been making them. Still a lot to do though - the caps to be silver soldered on and machined to correct final profile. Feathers to be made and fitted.
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    Hi Dan. Hope your still on here and following the people that you've inspired. Love to see any progress you've made. Finally followed your lead and cut the rear bumper out. Always stressed over how to reinstate the integrity of the chassis. My solution is shown in the pictures. Repro Willys rear cross member welded in to stop excessive flex. In process of fitting Ford GPW pintle hook V brace to complete the transformation. Will post pics when I finish.
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    I have just got hold of some current ration packs courtesy of 4 Scots, they are now packaged in plastic bags. There are now 14 menus which come in 7 boxes box A to Box G each containing 2 menus ie box A has menus 1 & 2 box has menus 13 & 14, there are also 10 vegetarian menus again 5 boxes each containing 2 menus, these are labelled box VA to Box VF.
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    Big hurdle cleared as finally got to hear the engine run. Everything was good except that the timing was advanced to far. Retarded it back further and the beast came to life....A very good day IMG_1220.MOV
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    As per this picture of a Commer Q2 tractor:
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    Biggest disadvantage of having to keep your MV out doors is you are governed by the weather for any work doing. This weekend has definitely been a case of rain stopped play. Damp and miserable on both Saturday and today. So, it is good to have a wet weather programme up your sleeve for such occasions. Progress can still be made in the home workshop. Spare wheel carrier has been an on going project for a while now, bit here, bit there, so on with the next bit. Main frame was in reasonable condition, all be it well rusty, and this was cleaned up and painted some time ago. The side panels are the last bit to do. It was blatently obvious when they were removed from the tanker that they were definitely BER as the Army calls it. Beyond Economic Repair. Even more so once removed from the frame. Only answer replace with new. The two new panels have been in stock for a while now, cut by a colleague at the local engineering firm. Their guillotine does a much better straight line cut than I can do with my grinder. So this weekend was a prime opportunity to crack on and get them finished. Weld new panel on to the angle iron frame, then have a trial fit to see if the necessary holes line up. Finally, clean up the scabby welding, apply the usual coatings of primer and we are ready for the next round of DBG prior to refitting Second job. There should be 2 storage bins that fit behind the seats in the cab. Useful bins, but they do make access to the batteries difficult, and I understand it was the habit of many units to remove them. Both trays were missing from the Tanker, but the empty mounting bolt holes were evident Apparently they consist of a metal frame with a wooden box sitting in it. A few people remember the trays, but no one I've spoke to can ever remember seeing the wooden crates being used. The parts book lists them as Tray times 2, and Crate times 2. Both listed as local manufacture, with no dimensions or clues to their make up. My Timber Tractor had the trays fitted, but I removed the passengers side one to provide space for the all important beer cooler, and the drivers side was heavily modified to become a battery box, so no help there. On a recent trip to the North, I called in on my friend and fellow forum member Simon Daymond, while there I took many photos and measurements of one of his collection of Militants that still has trays fitted. Easy to see from these pictures why they get dumped in favour of getting to the batteries. Anyway, working from these pictures and the various measurements I've managed to put these together. I think I've used a slightly thinner gauge of steel than the original, but they seem strong enough. Bit of carpentry coming up next for the 2 crates. No real idea of what they should look like, but then, if nobody can remember seeing any in service, they can't tell me I've done them wrong. However, we are out with the Timber Tractor this coming weekend on the Sprat and Winkle Run, Sevenoaks to Hastings. So the crates will have to wait for the next rainy day
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    Manged to get the kit and have most of it in the back only cabling to do After I started found out needed 1 more 3 way distribution box and a side Dexion rack, these now obtained but still to be fitted. Have to say quite pleased with myself as no training on these
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    IMHO , the problem is that 'most' only had a box Brownie , or 1960's on a Kodak Instamatic (I traded my original most basic for a advanced with abt. 3 lens settings in 1970). Handing in cassette or cartridge over counter at Boots or mail order packet was always Β£ extortion. 1977 - I purchased my first through lens SLR , a Zenit (eastern block|) LoL A friend doing teacher training late 1960's had to work in his old mans photographic shop , they were always laughing about the quantity of Brownie they had returned due to the lens falling out !
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    I will put up with it and more to get the moments like Freddie at the Menin Gate or Ian packing a parachute. Look through the froth.
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    There are several things not right with the bike. As has been said the handlebars are postwar, engine not correct but not insurmountable. Ian you frame number almost looks like they have stamped the eights upside down, which at the time they wouldn't worry about that. According to records I have it was a 1943 machine. My own bike is a 1944 machine.
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    Just a little update to this thread, I now have My Grandfathers Arctic Star took some getting, but it is now proudly displayed at home
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    Two more pics of a Bedford in The Hague, source: http://www.haagsebeeldbank.nl/
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    Thanks for all your compliments, I will pass these on to the other half of this project; Mark Cornwell. Tim, The tracks were cast at the Buckely Foundry in Cheshire (now closed). Tony B, Whippet !!!! err no.......... Bedford Boys, It was built from drawings taken from the original one in the Tank Museum, it is 100% diamentionaly correct. Bob
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