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    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
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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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    I think that if Land Rovers didn't exist, there would be a lot of half empty fields at Military shows and anyway Land Rovers are like Marmite, either you love them or hate them, but for me you can't beat the old ones. Jon
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    On a decoy airfield:- The flare path was almost 1km long made up of lights spaced approx. 100m apart. To prevent friendly aircraft attempting to land on the non-existent runway, each end had a bar of hooded red lights, only visible at low level. There are links to some very interesting sites at the bottom of the page:- https://www.moors-valley.co.uk/learning/decoy-bunker/
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    I agree it is a matter of proportion, but someone else may read the post and think it is OK to dump an IBC full down the drain. Great work on the trucks they will look factory fresh when you are finished.
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    Like this '32 BB but with a different cab configuration
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    The one at the front centre could possibly be an early thirties Ford, maybe a BB, the bigger version of this;
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    Evening All, For various reasons I have achieved jack since my last post but this afternoon I managed to finally complete and connect all the brake, steering linkages. How efficiently it will all work, is yet to be seen and I still have to machine the ratchet teeth into the quadrants. Jon
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    Evening All, After my last post, fate intervened and stopped me getting to the victory show or really achieving much at all, however on Friday I decided to do something to take my mind off of life. I have started tackling the steering brake mechanism, obviously it's not going to perfectly replicate the original but I will make it look as near to the original set up as I can. I still need to machine the ratchet teeth in but I will wait until the whole mechanism is bolted in place, to see where they need to go, Jon
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    Try 1/4 Unf and look on eBay.
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    Tested Spring in Tividale Birmingham. Theyve done all sorts for me. Including Aveling safety valve springs
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    Looks good @Samro nice to see an intact Triad 32 😜
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    Belzona is excellent, and used in heavy industry. MoD use it and I have used it successfully in all sorts of applications. regards Richard
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    The correct colour is Sky Blue EMER WORKSHOPS Chapter 3. Paints in Service Use. Table 1 H1/8010-99-943-4730 Paint, Finishing, Heat Resisting, High Gloss, Sky Blue BSC 101, Brushing
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    well done thanks for sharing your photos it helps to inspire all of us who are doing the same thing
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    Dad has been painting the flywheel:
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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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    good to hear that this nice vehicle stays with the restorer.
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    It would be good to see some bits going back on I think. Here is the steering box taking up residence in its new work place. It needed a little persuasion as the holes didnt quite line up, (different parents) but a little file work soon sorted that. However, I am not convinced that the end result is quite vertical and it may need a shim to straighten it up. The sump has come out nicely. If any one needs one of these, now is the time to scan this one and get a pattern 3D printed. (Just saying.) I will just include a couple of 'before' pics of the moonscape I started with.
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    Also made up a missing bracket for the rear mudguard, and some stainless fasteners for the front wheel...
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    Hi have been doing a bit just got reverse gear back now to see if it works
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    Evening All, I thought that I would make the drivers seat so that I could test the driving position before I finish things off with the steering /brake levers etc. I can't believe that anyone could clamber into the drivers seat if it had a fixed backrest, so I fished around and found several designs of Panzers drivers seat and came up with this. As the steering / brake linkage is my design the seat had to fit around it.
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    Not really a find or a discovery but this 5 ton US Ordnance artillery tractor has just sold for about $15,000.
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    Just drove this ex military ambulance from mid-Norway to the uk. It’s a 1968 Volvo Laplander.
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    Dad cut the first of 12, 1/2" x18 UNS threads for the new larger nuts.. Went well
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    Have added additional information on the Acumen and Mansfield pillion seats. Original text has been edited... Jan
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    A new "spindle" has been made up out of an off cut of EN8. The half-slot will not be put in it for the pinch-bolt until we can do a trial assembly - to ensure that we get that in the right place.
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    If you are interested the history of NS UNS etc, this covers the changes:- The β€œUN” thread form was developed after World War II by representatives of Great Britain, Canada, and the United States of America, to prevent recurrence of the wartime difficulties in supplying fasteners and tools in both British Standard Whitworth and US Standard configurations when and where needed. In 1949, after years of committee meetings between Canada, England and United States of America the American National Standard Series was replaced with the Unified Inch Standard Series. In the end there were three base reasons identified for the change. The first reason was to provide interchangeability with Canada and United Kingdom. The second reason was to allow for interchangeability in the growing global marketplace. The third reason was to correct certain thread production difficulties. The jointly-developed thread form was named the Unified Thread Form. the Unified Thread is also referred to in the B1.1-2003 as Unified Inch Screw Thread. This Unified Inch Screw Thread both superseded the previous British, Canadian and American national standards, and later served as a prototype multi-national thread form standard that was eventually metricified to become the ISO Metric Screw Thread (the M-series). More history on here:- https://www.ring-plug-thread-gages.com/ti-N-vs-UN.htm
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    Snapped these 4 at the Weald of Kent Steam Rally this weekend. Not military I know but a Matador is a Matador.
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    Here`s an up date.We now have seemed to of acquired our resident "old boy" Dave who`s quite handy with the wood hence we are on a bit of a roll ,timber for body ordered with a bit of "mate rate "and off we go,not much of the original timber was salvageable but the main front bulkhead is plus nearly all the steel brackets and bars.As with my other projects we opted to use Sapele as we like its stable characteristics and its ability to take paint.The majority of the original body was Elm and luckily I have some elm which we will use for the floor boards and inspection hatches .
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    Offering a new made fuel tank for Studebaker US6, freshly primed. 400 € plus shipping from Lithuania. Please PM. Have just one.
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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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    The crankcase first had a good scrape followed by a rotary wire brushing. Pics by Stan. This revealed a couple of interesting things, firstly original machining marks, still there under a light coating of rust. Not often seen in English restorations ! sSecondly we think this may be the mark of the engine builder in Australia. It is made up of letter ' I ' stamps, formed into a 'W'. Whoever he was, he made a good job and much of his work will run again, 70 odd years down the line. Having got the outside sharpened up, it was time to get stuck in to the black hole within. Note, it would have been better to start here. This was proper minging !
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    Then off to Stan's today to prepare pistons for grinding to standard 'A' clearance sizes. They were decarbonized, roughly cleaned up and checked for cracks etc. Mike Lewenden is IC Grinding and says he is looking forward to the challenge. Photos by Stan, very sore thumbs by me.
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    On the 31st, our two Jeeps went out for an evening tour of some of the local airfields. The first stop was Eye airfield, Station 134. This was the home to the 490th Bomb Group. My last visit to the airfield was in 2012, but since then, a new memorial has built, being unveiled almost exactly three years before our current visit. Our first stop on our little convoy, was to this new memorial on the East side of the airfield, located very close to one of the wartime underground fuel stores.
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    Aviation Saturday May 25th was the first time the Mosquito made a full taxi in front of the public. It made an engine running appearance at the beginning of the month, but only rolled a few feet forwards. Once again, I took many, many pictures, only some of which are posted here. Resident Lancaster, "Just Jane" Resident Mosquito, formerly based at Elvington Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Dakota B-17 Fortress, "Sally B", photographed in pouring rain.
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    got one of these, runs sweet, lathe etc still in the back of it, unfortunately at the moment it's trapped in my shed next to a Bedford RL with a REME workshop on it, so we don't get to drive it now.
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    The last hose was the chassis to axle hose which was rather difficult to remove and refit. The large spanners needed to fit the hose fittings were too big to move in the space available. The chassis fitting also had a bracket with electrical wires running right in front of the access to the pipe fittings. The same wires also restricted access to the bolt head that held the brake pipe bracket and wire support bracket. Eventually I got that bolt undone, freeing the wire and hose bracket which then made the rest of the job fairly easy. I got all the hoses fitted by about 1:30pm, then stopped for lunch. After lunch, I began to top up the extra brake fluid reservoir and started pumping fluid through the system. I went around the four corners three times as during the first attempt, fluid started pouring from the front right wheel. I realised the copper washer had dropped out from behind the brass union and once refitted, held firm. The brake pedal free play was set up next and there was just enough time for a quick test drive before the school run. I didn't have much time, so the drive was short, but the brakes worked well, other than a slight pull to the right. The free play remained unchanged and the pedal was firm and consistent throughout. Tomorrow I'll adjust the shoes to try and balance the braking and there's the usual Spring work, such as cleaning and gapping the plugs and points etc. The first trip out for the Dodge will probably be in a couple of weeks to Blyth Battery. Here's the four old hoses.
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    An absolute mega thank you, mate!! Rushed up to north Essex this morning to collect said rod, fitted it this afternoon, adjusted all the tappets, and the old girl sounds sweet again. Did smoke a bit when first started, but that'll just have been cleaning out the cylinder, I reckon. Earlier this week I made a full inspection of the other push rods and side cover bolts. All the bolts are of the same length, so they can't be my replacement ones. There were 5 others which were very close to push rods, and a couple of which had actually left marks of their closeness, but only that one had caused damage. They've all been trimmed down now, so it can't happen again. The rocker cover gasket didn't appreciate being disturbed, so need to make a new one, before we venture out on the road again. Not a problem though, good old fleebay has provided, big sheet of the stuff should be with me on Monday. Cut out, fit up, and off we go. Watch this space!
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    Pictures are allways welcome. It gives a better idea of the work involved.
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    Simon, a radial engine commonly uses a master con rod with the remaing rods pinned to it in order that the cylinders can be in the same plane and the engine depth kept to a minimum. John, the term that describes the force exerted by a rotating object is centripetal force.😊
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    Copyright is something I had a pretty deep knowledge of - and still do - up to and including taking those who chose to use my work without payment to the High Court if necessary, so I will add my thoughts here. Infringement of my underwater images drove me to the point of despising the creative process - dealing with rich multinational companies who used my work for nothing was tiresome and tedious, every time getting the same old "we don't pay' answer then threatening the High Court to see them realise things were serious...it would take weeks or months to get paid...I hated creating underwater images only to see them stolen so much I actually stopped creating. Which in part was a good thing as it stopped me doing the same-old-same-old and allowed photogrammetry to be discovered and flourish. I digress. The content aggregators - Google/Facebook etc - have always worked inside a US framework of copyright and something called 'fair dealing' or 'fair use'. If you want to get an idea about how some of these principles can be applied just look up an artist called Richard Prince - he is a controversial fella who will copy an image verbatim, write a few words under it and then sell the print for $$$$$ whilst paying the original photographer nothing. He can do this as he is claiming 'fair use' and to challenge it in a US court is expensive and risky. The european approach to copyright differs in so much that 'fair use' (by way of example) is minimalist and typically restricted to things like critical review. The US-based tech aggregators have had a very easy ride with other people's work. Pinterest is such an example with the business valued in billions, all built on people posting up images they find and like on the internet. I really do object to someone making money from the risk and cost laden world of underwater photography and not sharing so much as a penny...morally, its an uncomfortable place. Its also worth bearing in mind I will object to any of my images being used for racist, political, homophobic or other nasty causes or beliefs and I have been known to refuse permission at any price on this basis. This is an often overlooked principle and its an important one. I digress again. On this EU Directive I would say "don't panic". There is still no idea how it will be implemented and how it will work in practice. US tech won't like it. They can actually afford to fix the problem but not without hurting their bottom line and shareholder value. It also opens up an entire new market for a niche player to find a way to apply the law simply and cheaply. There are opportunities for creators to derive an income or refuse permission outright. At its peak infringement accounted for 80% of my turnover and without that income I would have been out of business, so for some it might work. The internet will continue to function and we can still share our projects, historical images and links elsewhere here for a very long time I think. I will add that I have not fully digested the implications, but right now thats where I am with this.
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    A really poorly speedo has now been stripped, cleaned and rebuilt....a great sense of achievement to do it myself!
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    Wiring of the new instrument panel almost complete. Once finished focus will switch to getting the engine ready to install and try and start.
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    At some stage Gaston Williams and Wigmore were asked to stop putting this name plate and revert to just Peerless. Instead, on the FWD they added a very nice enamel disc which shows the importers name which they mount on the inside of the scuttle as can be seen on the Banfield FWD. The holes match up exactly with Morgys FWD which I think was 1918 so I presume all ex WD FWD's would have this badge?
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    We refitted the Thornycroft fuel tank after the rebuild, fitted the petrol tap, changed the jet on the carb and fitted instruction plate. A few less parts on the floor to trip over.
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    Whilst everyone was enjoying a Boxing Day sleep in I decided to clean up the barrel and breech ring to see if both would match up. Spent a good amount of time cleaning up the interrupted screw threads as these were caked with grease and grit. Surprisingly once I got everything straight and level i simply wheeled the jack forward, twisted the barrel and that was that. Still some cleaning up to do then hopefully will be mounted back into the turret in the next week or so.
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    A very interesting engine. I wonder who made it? I had some dealings with Commonwealth service torpedoes pre 1990, but have never seen an 8 cylinder engine like Simon's. If it was made in the UK, I would be reasonably certain that it was not produced in any quantity. Another angle is that it may have been an example of a continental engine (1900-45?) recovered for tech intel purposes? Re nyloc nuts, can you discount that someone has not had a go at restoring it more recently? The engine sold by Prestons is a 4 cylinder radial Brotherhood burner cycle engine that went into service in the 21 inch Mk.8 (submarine) and Mk.9 (surface launched) torpedoes. The Prestons one in particular looks like a WW2 produced type that would have been in service until the late 1980s. Recently I had the job of sectioning a whole Mk.8 torpedo for a museum and read the manual that came with it. Some interesting specs: (1). The fuel is listed as "shale oil".(2) It carries about 250 pounds of compressed air at 3000 psi (3) Due to this air pressure and volume, the throttling effect would tend to ice up everything (like how a spray can goes cold when you hold the nozzle down for a long time). (4) They get around this by admitting a small quantity of burning fuel to the air to heat it up before it reaches the engine. (5) The preheated air and cylinder injected fuel then operates as a diesel exhausting into the crankcase and out the propeller shaft. (6) The pre-burn is started by three blank cartridges that are fired on launch. (7) If the ignition fails, the torpedo can still do about 22 knots just on air pressure for a few hundred yards. When the navy tested the engines on a dynomometer, they would routinely produce about 550 horsepower. Not bad for a tiny radial engine designed in 1926. All that said, the salient point is that you need about 3000 psi air boost to get that performance, so not especially convenient for a motorbike, etc. My reference to tech intel is base on a discovery made in Sydney a couple of years ago. In the mangrove swamps near an ex-ordnance depot, a large complex bronze casting was pulled out of the mud. No one had any idea what it was, but it was kept due to being old and mysterious. It turns out to be a Whitehead designed long stroke 2 cylinder engine from a Japanese submarine torpedo. This was a 21 inch type, but the fabled "Long Lance" Type 93 24 inch torpedo used the same design. BTW, while torpedo engines may seem a bit niche, torpedo gyros have been keenly collected for many years. They are amazing bits of precision kit and span about 120 years - from clockwork, compressed air to electrical methods of spinning them up. The Mk.8 torpedo uses a quick blast of the 3000 psi air supply to bring the rotor from standstill to about 30,000 rpm in a fraction of a second.
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    As you say, this part of the chassis should not be under great stress, particularly if the bolts / rivets have not been loose. However the Goslings' J was cracked in almost the same place. I wonder if it could be a result of weakness caused by the manufacturing process ? And why only the LH chassis rail ? David
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