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    Has anyone any experience with the new MOT regs for post 1960 LGVs? The Milly is due taxing and on checking the V112G it is no longer relevant to any exemption on there, no surprise.. I checked on the latest MOT requirements and plating is a prerequisite also I could not see any reference to testing historic vehicles. I called DVLA and they mentioned the rolling 30 exemption for LGVs, on further questioning this was forgotten. In the end they had no idea what to do. What a load of ....... Anyone with any insight, I'm confused and fed up with the whole process. Beer required! Cheers Iain
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    Funny enough,and not much help in your search Im afraid but I also had 2 pairs of blue overalls/boiler suits when I did YTS in 1987 and from memory they had rubber buttons.
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    Hello Heinz my dear friend, Thank you for your message and kind words. The project is proceeding to schedule but the supply of what would be considered the ideal sized material is causing us some concern. It is testing our ingenuity, having to use what is available, rather than what would like to use. However I am confident that the alterations that we have made to the components will cope with the demands made upon them. I have attached some pictures of the idler wheel housing and shaft, hopefully you can now appreciate how the rotation of the shaft will tighten the tracks. The unit is not yet complete as the shaft needs welding into it's eccentric end and the rotation lock needs to be manufactured. My mind is already focusing on the next set of components, I fear many more sleepless nights ahead. Johann
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    Belfast - Sydenham bypass (near the George Best City Airport)
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    I was browsing through the IWM archives and stumbled upon these. Not many registration numbers visible, just one partial for a Humber ___K08, and Saracen 83BA31, __BA09, 82BA85, 82BA87 and Land Rover 04DM24 . Still, thought it might be of interest. The depot still exists, although in much modified form. Although captioned as Takali, the area is in Attard, 2 miles south of Takali. Anyone with a better zoom can possibly drag up some more Humber registrations https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098903 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098903 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098877 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098900 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098733
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    Hi Johnc61. I didn't put more photos on because it felt like hijacking Dans post. Like you, I'd love to see his progress. So please dan find 10 mins to post. My body tub is unchanged from that shown, whiter is no the best time to be outside fibre-glassing. However, I have completely over hauled the chassis, suspension, brakes and steering since I posted the photos. As I said in my earlier post. TIME the enemy of all good men.....say la vie.
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    Just want to say I'm full of respect for you lads that take on these massive jobs and can only imagine the pride you feel on completion. Keep it up as it gives us mere mortals so much pleasure and jealousy 👍🏻
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    Strange indeed, i had an old Michlin wheel that was reinforced with discs rivited on there but this was completely corroded. I gave it to a friend who did hang it on his wall as decoration ;-) Good luck with the rebuild.
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    The young British pilot, Lieutenant Stowew, with his Armstrong-Whitworth FK3 No. 6219, landed in error on the Bulgarian territory in early 1917
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    Evening all, Simon, Thanks for the offer when I get to that point and depending on which route I choose to go down if I need any photogrammetry I may take you up on the offer. In my spare time I decided to get the tow hitch made, it's position has a bearing on the tie bar that runs along the rear of the chassis so it needed making sooner rather than later. Jon
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    It's project fear, innit ? The DVLA is part of it. Everyone one knows that everything is going to be just the same as before, only better. That's what 'taking back control' is all about.
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    Friend started restoring his K9 but his ‘engine’ box of nuts and bolts etc have gone missing. Looking for either the TREAD SIZE or spare BANJO BOLT (filter?) for the carburettor inlet. Green Machine has some for the Champ, same or not? Carb is the Zenith 42VB. Any help greatly appreciated
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    Like you I started with the std JAGO and very soon decided I wanted this. (The problem is I don't have 15-20K !) so....... Out came the spanners..... and using your posts as a guide and inspiration. I now have new front floor in, modified from grill, exactly like genuine Willys complete with guide light mountings and headlight bracket cutouts, no more silly Sandero dash, (after make a mold and lots of fibreglass I now have a Willys style dash. a little more CJ2a than GPW, owing the the Escort steering angles but I'm pleased with the results), wheel arches cut off and re-glassed, hockey stick door surrounds removed, bonnet hump removed. removable tailgate JAGO logo removed and now fully glassed to body. As you can see I've got as far as mocking up wheel boxes. Hope you don't mind me posting here and look forward to seeing your progress soon
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    If my brother was driving, I used to reach down and push and twist the gear lever retainer and lift out the gear lever. Then casually offer him the gear lever and ask if he had any use for it. Got him every time, minor nuclear explosion. I thought better of it if father was driving.
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    Thank you very much for the information and sharing the photo. I have recently come into possession of our family archive...well a rather large pile of documents, photos etc that will need a fair amount of sorting (I'm really enjoying the task). My Grandfather sent a lot of post cards to my Grandmother during his time in service and seemed to enjoy buying post cards as souvenirs. These should help determine where he had been during WW1. I take it this lorry would have been used for transporting anything and everything that an Army required? Maybe a little late ...or very early, but here is the ASC Christmas Card sent home Christmas 1916. .
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    Hello, I came across this thread when “googling” for background information relating to my Grandfathers service in WW1. He joined up on the 1st November 1915 and by the 9th, he was at the ASC HQ, Grove Park. I find the photos of your restored Dennis a fascinating insight to the equipment he was working with in France, Belgium and Germany. I congratulate you on an amazing restoration, a wonderful piece of history. My Grandfather was from Newtownards, Co Down, Ireland, but like your truck, served with the New Zealand forces. The photo was taken at Cologne and shows my grandfather taking a look under the bonnet of his truck. The other is his jacket, complete with NZ fern.
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    So what did you find was the problem? Sounds to be running nicely. The User Handbook won't give details of POLs etc this info is contained in the Servicing Schedule Army Code No.13068 The reason being that lubricants may become superseded as the result of improvements, changing role, obsolescence etc So a small pamphlet can be changed without too much difficulty, demonstrated by the fact that in more recent years the SS has been amended & revised in 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1990 I have the latest version somewhere.
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    I seem to have acquired another jimmy, this time a 1944 open cab, needs a light overhaul after standing a while. First up a carb strip and clean new gaskets, new flexi hose, clean the filter new seals, check of the pump etc once at my workshop I will get on and refit the mud guards once painted and sort a few areas of rust, get the rear lights reworked in etc nice looking truck tho!
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    Taken advantage of the bad weather to hide away in the workshop and continue with the reassemble of the rear axle instead of doing all those outside jobs that need doing before Spring arrives . So all the diff housing studs have been removed, a new gasket made and while the studs were out all the threads were cleaned greased and then the suds replaced. The differential drive is an overhead worm drive with solid phosphor bronze ring gear this was cleaned disassembled and checked for ware the carrier bearings were in excellent condition so everything was put back together the tooth contact being set up as per the manual using engineers blue, the photo below shows the reassembled unit upside down on the pallet truck The unit was then craned into position and the case bolts nipped up evenly then tightened down this is another 'Hammer tight' job according to the manual but I used a torque wrench two views of the completed unit below first rear view while the second photo shows the driven end Last job for this session was to take the drive shafts out of storage grease them up and fit them into the axle tubes, this type of drive shaft does not have an end flange the castellated ends lock into the hub cap which is then bolted up to the hub Pete
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    What an amazing piece of engineering. The Explosion museum in Gosport may be able to help with Mk VIII injector information? Andy
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    Still moving in the right direction, power steering pump has had new lines fitted, wheels should be back from blasters this week and hopefully fuel tank back on this weekend. Thanks to @Samro for the time taken in saving many parts from another truck including the good tank I now have. Getting there !
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    Ha! Torpedo engine, not interesting? Are you kindding! They are fascinating machines. Love to see this one restored. Shame there's not more stuff to see around Portland/Wyke about them...
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    Hi Simon, Thanks for sharing your project with us, it is without doubt the most interesting engine restoration on the web. Andy
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    That is a place of wonder, and not far from me, but sadly beyond my ability to save anything.
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    Hi Chaps. As Dad has said we have had our first get together in Devon for the year with the express purpose of removing the engine from the chassis. This is a bit of a performance due to our limited ability to move stuff about and the need to push the chassis uphill underneath the chain block. This is what we have been up to. First task was to disconnect the prop shaft. You may remember that I made a puller for it but unfortunately, it didn't fit! We tried lashing up the legs from my puller to drag the cover off but to no avail. In the end, we tried heating it again and, for some reason, this worked. Using a drift whilst hot. Success! Big Mark then proceeded to pull it out of its resting place. It was OK once moving but had first to be extracted from the dents it has left in the tarmac. The strong point for the chain block is in the position where we keep the Autocar so this was extracted next. Whilst we had it out, it seemed sensible to use it to drag the Peerless up the driveway. Mark then let it slowly back until we could push it up into the garage. I steered! A lifting strop of the correct length was then needed so I spliced a couple of eyes in some rope. A rough job but better than my knotting ability! Pull the chassis back to clear. And onto the previously prepared stand. There was a days work there but nothing was broken and nobody hurt so it was a success. After clearing up, we started on the strip-down. Steve
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    David Hunter is selling his Austin K3/YB She was attached to royal artillery 49th div , and was a truck for the AA battery , she was sold after the war to the channel islands. Price £6000 Please contact him direct Icecold63@outlook.com
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    The engine has taken a back seat for a bit. Mainly while I progress a couple of underwater projects, one of which is scanning an entire 52 acre lake in 3D. I will share the model here, if only for the tenuous link that there is the hulk of an AFV432 sitting in 24m of water: Section of quarry with AFV432 But with that processed and out of the way it was time to crack on with the engine. First up, the tappet rollers from all even numbered cylinders were pulled out. This proved to be the easiest job of the day: Then it was time to get the cylinder bolts undone. After slimming down a ring spanner to wafer thin, the nuts were removed. Space was a premium: Now the it appears that the cylinder heads are held down with studs. Not so. Of the 12 fixings, 8 are pan head screws: And when viewed from inside the crank case: There is two visible in the above image, very close to the cylinders. Now, true to form several of them started to rotate with the nyloc nut. This proved to be a PITA and needed another special tool knocked up on the bench grinder and careful filing: Its a knackered 1/2" allen key I have had lying around in the toolbox for about 30 years. Kept for no good reason apart from "It will come in handy one day". And so it did. Not easy to access, but eventually they all yielded and bingo, the first cylinder slid off the crankcase: Now its pretty mucky inside, but in excellent condition with remnants of preserving oil oozing from every pore. The purpose of the oil pipes that were running into crankcase next to every cylinder is now understood; its injecting lubricant directly into the bore and presumably finding its way down to the big end. After initial success the predictable happened and the worlds thinnest ring spanner split when attempting the next cylinder. A crows foot spanner is on its way and progress should return. The gudgeon pin appeared to be held in place by a split pin, but on closer inspection there appears to be no gudgeon pin at all - not in the traditional sense at least - and after the split pin was removed closer inspection has left me wondering how this assembly goes together, and apart. I will post up some pictures soon.
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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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    Very satisfying to get some Service Colour on the job. This colour was matched to the inside of an original storage box dated 1917. The colour spec has been recorded and is available from Craftmaster. The second picture also shows the short dumb iron as originally supplied by Thornycrofts. This one is a rare survivor !
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    Last week I was alerted to one of these machines being available of an internet site locally to me, 2 hours drive rates as local in these parts. I already own one such machine as per my signature block, but I had a bit of a plan in mind. I spoke with the seller mid week and managed t secure first crack at it on the basis that it is going to be restored. On Saturday armed with cash I set off and arrived to find the machine on a trailer recently liberated from an ice bound shed, we are still in winter here. Having been stung with one of these machines before, I am now very gun shy and know a lot about them, I had tried to get the VIN before going to match against Canadian Forces sales documents but buddy couldn't produce that which gave me concerns. As soon as I saw it I was relieved to see some small markings that gave away it's heritage and not just a green painted civvy machine. Also the hard to find plastic panniers and rear rack was with it but off to one side. While the front mudguard and the headlight surround are a civvy colour painted military green that is often the way they were repaired as parts were sourced from local suppliers. Anyway, once home a friend confirmed the VIN matched the army number and so I was relieved my judgment was sound. As I have a VW engine that needs rebuilding for another project and a friend who had to sell his MT500 a coule of years ago under the worst circumstances and is a VW whizz we have struck a deal that the bike will go to him in exchange for him rebuilding the engine, fair exchange is no robbery. He is delighted to be getting it just as I will be delighted to get the engine. I could have easily gotten this machine sorted out and running and cleaned up and turned a profit but I have decided to go this route so that I can ride with my mate at shows as we work with the same museum collection. Also he was gutted to get rid of his machine and he deserves some goodness in his life. There were only 77 of these machines in total so finding it and securing it was a good bit of fortune.
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    Hello tbought I would be courteous and let all no the Alvis Frim Manitoba Canada has been sold to Hollywood & will be starting in movies. So all can rest it hasnt been shredded or rotting in a barn somewhere in Manitoba Leah Engbaek
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    9CVT is the Domestic Management Code (DMC) for CVR(T)
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    Only a partial answer, the first 4 numbers of the NSN = Guns, 75mm through 125mm including mortars.
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    Thanks Steve, silly mistake. I should know better as the BARV was Centurion based. The first was designed at FTB then the Royal Ordnance factory at Leeds built another five or six. I`m not sure as they were often changed around. there was always one on "Fearless" and one on "Intrepid" I once taught a R A F helicopter pilot how to drive a BARV though only on the beach and not in the water.
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    That is similar to the one I saw but they were in a reservoir near Otterburn, the picture was hanging in the MT section after being presented by the team, trying to remember 30 years ago as well. Wonder if its still around
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    4138 waterproofing course proving it`s work, wading in the sea at FTB Instow 4139 Beach armoured recovery vehicle (BARV) recovering failed landrover on ramp of LCM 4140 BARV recovering failed Chieftain using crossed tow ropes 4141 The later Stalwart (MarkII?) with a self-recovery winch under the cab. We later did trials with this and a rocket fired anchor, see 0006. That`s me on the cab roof. 4142 Chieftain river crossing trials at Wyke Regis, near Weymouth. The Stalwart was the diving team`s support vehicle and I was driving. The Chieftain was totally submerged and controlled remotely from the top of the tower. 4143 A Centurion variation used by the Royal Engineers 0005 I was asked to take local council members in my Stalwart to inspect damage to Bideford bridge when an arch collapsed
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    I don’t think the Saracens were ever used seriously in Malta, but DERR deployed to Libya on training during their tour, and I’m sure I’ve seen pics of saracens there. Come to think of it, wasn’t there a thread started by a user who went by the name of Bluebelle, which had loads of pictures of saracens out in Libya. It could be that the same saracens used there are the ones seen in the pics I posted. I must have a trawl through that thread and see if there is an overlap. Bum. Just been on the Libya Tripolitania thread, and most of the pictures posted by bluebelle are gone. I’m sure there were a number of Saracens shown, with a possible tally with some of the numbers seen in the third picture in this thread. Not the DERR but same time period- https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098725
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    It doesn’t look like these chaps are particularly young. I hope their skills aren’t passing on with them.
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    Thanks for the encouraging words I'm pleased your enjoying the blog it's a useful spur to keep plodding on. A full jeep restoration will require as much input in terms of time as a truck like the Retriever the difference is in the size of the kit that has to lugged about without a gantry crane, pallet truck and tractor it would be very hard work indeed. Regards Pete
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    Following on from the last update both hubs have now been completed and refitted. The wheel bearings were in excellent condition and have been repacked with fresh grease and set according to the manual, the pre-load is set using shims on a spacer tube that fits between the inner and outer bearing then the one hub nut is done ( the ends of the axle tubes are handed threads left and right) up 'hammer tight' and a threaded lock pin fitted through the nut and a corresponding slot in the axle tube. Taking advantage of the 18'c with full sun we have had in the wild west today I moved the rear axle case and diff housing outside the workshop and and set too with the spray gun to put a coat of red oxide over everything. Axle case on the crane soaking up the sun Diff housing left hand side Diff housing right hand side Diff housing Rear The next task will be to reassemble the diff housing on the axle get the drive shafts out of storage and fit them then mount the whole assembly on the truck and fit the brake shoes. Pete
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    And the last one for now - This one is pretty clear about the model - Benz Gaggenau. And also dated July 1917, Levunovo. So, the previous 2 may be Levunovo as well, as all the 3 photos reside on one single page of an old album.
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    OK, some more... The originals are stuck into an album as you can see. I could probably get better scans if I could work out how to get them out one by one... Winter 1917.
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    Firewall back in place and starting to fit out. Looking at the pictures it was August 2016 when it was removed. Out in August 2016 back in January 2019.
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    Hello James, in 2014 I took my BSA bike to Normandy for 3x days, I parked my car in Portsmouth and then boarded the ferry, loaded down with tent, sleeping bag (both strapped to my bike) and a large ruck sack. I made the short journey to the campsite LES CAPUCINES at Ranville, riding along the canal to Pegasus bridge, this was at 6am, 6 June, 70 years on ! (that was an incredible experience). The only thing I decided to change on the bike were the pedals, as riding any distance with the push through type pedals, can become very hard work. I also added a vintage rack, purely to add the carrying ability of the bike and not wishing to have an Everest carry on the front, which I did consider. During my 3x days I covered approx. 60x miles, the furthest ride being out to Saint Aubin sur Mer, to visit the NOBS campsite, where friends were staying, and getting a very welcome cup of tea there. This area is mostly flat, so riding is not to difficult, the only thing is the saddle and this proved hard on my arse ! I think this is the one factor to consider and maybe finding someway when cycling to provide yourself with some sponge/padding, to ease the soreness, is a MUST ! The experience was fabulous, where ever you stop people chat and want to know about the bike, and of course being there for the anniversary of this piece WW2 history is everything. Riding the 100 miles to the port, will be tough on a bike which has no gears and there are a few hills to get over from your start point to port, and to carry any kit with you would be very difficult, so you might need to arrange other transport for your needs when staying in Normandy, maybe a friendly HMVF'er on here might be able to take a tent etc over for you ? The photo was taken over looking the 5th Parachute Brigade landing zone, when on my way to the Merville Battery. Best Regards Gary
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    Just a quick up date on 04CC45's rebuilt gearbox with a newer type band material not NOS! More to follow.
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    First test drive of red truck conversion: - MG
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