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    I'm not taking any chances, being an auto electrician I have self insulated. Joking aside I have come out of retirement to drive artics for a supermarket company. We are gradually getting back to normal as suppliers have in many cases ramped production up by 50% and we are working round the clock but there are still plenty of retards abusing the system by stockpiling perishable food which will have rotted long before it gets used.
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    This is the curse of restoration when "flying" somewhat blind. i.e., without good source-drawings or photos to study. I found when I did my TE, I did many things twice. And there was no common-cause. Sometimes poor machining on my part, or the job did not look right; or, as we discovered later, it was to foul some as-not-yet-thought-about part. My solution, as with all conundrums of this type, lies with Doctor Shepherd & Dr Neame's patent problem-solving elixir - to wit, Masterbrew.
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    What we do to pass the time at the moment, 🙄
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    Don't you need to go to work or shopping? 🙂 Andy
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    This is not exactly my first post on the HMVF, but a quick intro may be useful before I post some pictures of the rusty scrap that has come my way and seems to have filled my shed, the yard-area and depleted my bank balance in various ratios. Scrunt & Farthing is the name I have used in the past for cartoon art, some of the less tasteful and certainly un-funny pieces being uploaded to Traction Talk (which, if you don't know is rant-based forum for lonely steam-types, un-moderated and certainly less discerning than the HMVF). I live in Kent and completed a traction engine restoration in 2018 that took me just over 18 years. It could have been done quicker, but I find restoration projects are best discussed in pubs, over beer, tea or any other diverting task that keeps you from the job in-hand. I fully intend for this project to be managed in the same slip-shod, time-inefficient and frankly beer-fuelled way as the last. If the formula works, don't mess with it. I was on the look out for a 1920s lorry or bus, preferably on solids. I have some history in that area, but I shall save that for another day. Anyway, enough flirting. The lorry is a 1929, solid-tyred SQ2 model, with 36HP petrol engine. It has had a long hedge-based history before landing up on a lorry bound for my house. To say it is a kit of parts would be an under-statement. But, as a mate of mine said the other day..."oh well, here we go again!". We have some shuffling to do at home to make space so I think the first priority will actually be the Leyland engine. It is going to have to wait it's turn, as "HQ, Land Command" wants a new kitchen, and has hinted at an extension. But i think i can squeeze in a few evenings without it drawing too much attention. And so, what does a few quid buy you. Well firstly, thee points on your licence for driving a lorry whilst on the phone. Some more important bits. Tea diverts us as the reality sinks in. Still, it's nearly pub time, and some of the help has to go back to their carers. we are not sure what these bits are, but they look important. Plenty of work to do on this lot... The next instalment may well include a start on the engine, or the strip down chassis. S&F
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    Vehicles that require an MOT will be Exempt for 6 months during the Corona crisis https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-mots-for-cars-vans-and-motorcycles-due-from-30-march-2020?fbclid=IwAR06FK0QRjTmysnuYjkgFvAHmVolsw_Shi8Gsc_MImyN09afWge2t1-OUNc
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    Sir you have my respect for what you are doing and there are to many who agree with what you and your colleagues are doing and will not express their thoughts
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    Looking good, Duncan. I don't know how many of the original coach fittings you have, but there has been a nice 20's period Disturnal & Co. catalogue on ebay for a while. The price is a bit a rich, but I reckon the drawings of the items are a lot older than the catalogue date. I find these types of items interesting in that they give clues as to what things should look like. It does not seem to be a sensible time to be spending cash, though! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1929-MOTOR-OMNIBUS-BODY-FITTINGS-CATALOGUE-R-DISTURNAL-CO-WEDNESBURY-STAFFS/202932784464?hash=item2f3fbc8d50:g:~EwAAOSw5-hcAxu5 Dave (S&F)
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    Really looking forward to seeing this on the road. Can't be many about. Best of luck with it. Richard
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    Item number 133351879350 - what appears to be a water bowser tank for a Bedford MW.
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    Hi your jeep looks a good project for you I build jeeps for a living they are not difficult to work on just get on with it this is the last one I did it went back to America a ford gpw from this to this the usmc is my last jeep for myself if you need any advice get in touch
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    The general wisdom amongst those that know about these things is that gear boxes are best not stored under water. Nor so engines. Having recovered the remains of my lorry three weeks ago (as documented in a previous thrilling instalment), it has not stopped raining since. My big shed has water coming out of the ground and flooding the yard area in front. Thus, it seemed prudent to make the most of break in the weather and before pub-time move the gear box and the remains of engines into the other shed that serves as our m/c shop. The gearbox outer casing does not look too bad, but the support arms are rusted pretty severely. The first job is going to be to get the gearbox covers off and see what sort problems lay in store for us. The logic being, that if things are not too bad we can button it up with some protective lube oil spread about, and not spend too much time worrying about it until we need it. Alternatively, if things look grim we can add it to the plan to get it sorted and schedule it in accordingly There is not a lot of room to manoeuvre the forklift inside the workshop, as my bearded assistant pointed out; we have run out of shed! I have, more or less the remains of about 1.5 engines, although engine(s) would be a generous description. The plan-of-the-day was simply to get everything in the shed and thus in the dry. One of the engines still had a cylinder (head) attached and so this had to come off before it came inside. We assumed this would be a simple case of unbolting and lifting the head. Leaving aside forty odd years of corrosion it should still have moved reasonably easily but was stuck fast. After some head-scratching we reckoned the cam-followers are pressed into the alu crank housing causing the assembly to be stuck fast. A spin over and some love applied with a punch and a copper hammer and the cam followers shifted enough to allow the head to move, and eventually off completely. In the case of this engine unit, the followers appear to be pressed into the alu with clearance in the cylinder. I am not convinced this is the case with the other unit I have. You can see the state of the unit from photos. And with the thought of warm bar maids and cold beers calling, we completed this week’s adventures. Diesel has been liberally applied to all nuts that will be coming off soon. I am reluctant to use my usual technique of heat due to the proximity of alu, but we may have to revisit that in some cases. Finally, thanks to Doc for your PM and outstanding contact which I think will help this project considerably. S&F
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    , nice to see the original chassis tag in the bottom pic, it needs a Very Gentle clean. its fragile alluminium, if the dvla want to inspect the jeep, they will want to see the tag and read the chassis number, they do not inspect all applications
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    A little off topic, but once this is done, whats next?
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    Hi, I've always loved these waggons. It was at Steam Fairs (Husband's Bosworth) in the 1970's that I first saw these and traction engines etc. alongside my first military vehicles in preservation, so it all has a lot to answer for (-: Wilkins is a Mr. William Owen Wilkins, and this is his only Patented device, so I don't think that the “Wilkins Patent Unloading Gear” refers to anything else. I have attached the Patent below. Wilkins GB108393A.pdf The Patent was still very new ( Applied for Sept 1916, Granted August 1917), so perhaps the waggon was ordered with the intention of fitting this great new innovation, and it was subsequently discovered it was not robust enough for field use, so a tipping body was substituted instead? (Or, indeed, someone figured out a tipping body would be a lot cheaper!) Best Regards, Adrian
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    I might have been wrong with this as it seems some 1945 MB's were already fitted with sprocket gear blocks too!
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    Yes, looking at other photos I have it looks like most trucks of the Central Powers were also right hand drive. US built ones were also right hand drive but started swapping over in the late teens early 20's. .
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    Top left under the HMVF logo there are three lines. Start of line 3 click on Home Scroll down to Community Service & all the adverts are there.
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    Hi Tomo. Yes, we had the same problem! However, I made a pattern for the pivot point and also for the brake lever. John has them both at the moment so they are available for you to use. The pivot point casting, I tapped in the back rather than putting the bolts right through as they wouldn't have left room for the nut. Quality of my pattern making I am afraid! All went together OK in the end but a real pain to assemble with the seat on! Have fun! Steve
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    If the tank has rust on the inside but is not rusted through, electrolysis might be a good cheap and simple way to clean it, followed by a coating if needed.
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    So, to quote Maria Von Trapp “Lets start at the very beginning”: Foden 7536 was dispatched from Foden’s Elworth works in Sandbach, Cheshire on 17th October 1917, and supplied new to the War Department. To quote the build sheet it was painted “Khaki”. The body 12 ‘ long x 6’ 6” wide (inside) fixed sides which are 2’ deep. Tailpiece 2’ deep hinged from top of side boards. Sides lined with sheet iron. Platform arranged to suit Wilkins Patent Unloading Gear So, in Foden Talk this wagon was built as a rear tipping wagon, the “Wilkins Patent Unloading Gear” was the tipping mechanism for the body, which consists of a pulley, driven by flat belt from the wagon’s flywheel sited on the cab, this then drives a shaft with a worm, which inturn drives a gear which takes the drive through the rear of the cab and onto a set of bevel gears, these drive a shaft which goes across the “front” of the rear part of the chassis and then drives further sets of bevel gears which turns two large screw threads, on which two nuts run which lifts the body - but more about that another time! I have a copy of the build sheet which I will try to scan and post, but it is not the clearest. For the wagons “War Service” I assume it was used on road repair and construction. I have just brought a copy of Tim Gosling’s excellent book “British Military Trucks of World War One” and if you haven’t a copy I can’t recommend it highly enough! This is the part of the Foden’s life that I would like to research more. Following the war it was sold to Devon County Council, where it joined their “Northern Division” and was based in Barnstaple. I believe it was sold to them in 1920 and registered “ T - 8750 “ it remained in their ownership until 1950. Interestingly in 1937 Foden’s supplies a set of Pickering Governors, modifies safety valve plate and pulley for the crankshaft and I assume it was then used to drive a stone crusher. I know that in the later stages of it’s career with Devon CC it was used to provide steam to a rock drill, used in the quarry to drill into the stone before explosive charges were set as part of the quarrying process. One detail which I am not sure about, is wether or not the crank / part of the crank has been replaced, my Foden has roller bearing eccentrics fitted, this wasn’t standard on the earlier Fodens, so I can only assume that this is a later fitment - again further investigation work is required !!! At some point the tipping body was removed and a simple flat bed installed, and the rock drill was carried on the rear body. In 1950 Mr Shambrook for Newton Tracy brought the wagon (for £18 apparently) who kept it until the early 1960’s when it was sold to Paul Corin in Cornwall. He built the current body, repainted the Foden into a maroon and red livery and then sold the wagon, via the auctioneers “Sotheby’s” and the wagon was shipped to America where it joined the collection of the Upjohn Corporation of Kalamazoo - where it stayed until it was brought back to the UK in 1991 by John Collins of Northampton. It changed hands again in 1994, moving to Kent, firstly with Tony Slingsby in Hythe, then in 2000 to Colin Wheeler of Dartford - Colin did a lot of work on the wagon including repainting it into its Devon CC livery - of which more another time! Finally I was lucky enough to be offered the Foden and brought it on 17th October 2017 ... 100 years to the day that it left Foden’s works! how do you do captions for photos? 1. Black and White Foden on the day of Sotheby’s auction 1962 2. Maroon Foden at Chatham Dockyard 2012 3. Green The day I took ownership!
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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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    Hi guys, Finding a cheap deac Gimpy is the holy grail. It's like trying to find a nice deac SA80. I am sorry I have not responded to the questions in this string, I don't use HMVF anymore, although I have an account. Thanks to @MatchFuzee for dropping me a message to let me know about this discussion. As the events and safety officer of the MVT I can answer some of your MVT insurance queries. We have had a radical change in the insurance for our members. It does mean that all of our members now have £5M public liability insurance when putting on a military display to the public. All that is required to get this is a valid membership card and some id to prove you are that person. Like all insurance packages there are a few things that aren't covered, these are as follows - Stallholding and selling of military items - Battle re-enactment, in terms of firing blank weapons and running through an arena in a mock battle. You are covered for all static and walking re-enactments. - The purchase of weapons, the MVT used to provide this cover for people to buy weapons, but with the growth of BB guns we were experiencing a huge rise in people joining for one year just to buy a weapon. Since we are a vehicle club and not a gun club we decided that this was not in the interests of the charitable aims of the club. Now you may say but that is extra income, however it brought with it a lot of issues, people buying BB guns for the wrong reasons, shopkeepers regularly calling us for clarification and unwanted interest with the authorities. So in short, you cannot use your MVT card to buy weapons, but you can use it to prove you have Public liability insurance when you are re-enacting. The MVT are not anti-gun however at the end of the day we are a vehicle club. I hope this answers your questions. I am unlikely to look at this string again unless anyone else flags it up to me, so if you have any further queries I would be happy to answer them directly on e-mail - safety@mvt.org.uk. Tim Hawkes
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    Welcome aboard, my friend. May I congratulate you on your good taste in trucks. You are correct in your assumption, that was my Militant you saw in the CVC, and yes I own the tanker too. And, you are in the right place to read both their restoration threads. You are also in the right place for all the help, advice, encouragement, inspiration, mickey taking and just about everything else you might need to help keep you smiling when it's all gone wrong and you wonder why you bought the thing in the first place. She looks fairly solid, even if the paintwork is a little tatty. Starts and runs too which is a plus. Thing to remember is, it is all repairable. Just takes time and effort, and, of course, money, and then some more money. Then you have to put diesel in it, to take it to a show, and that takes even more money! :-D. Speaking of shows. Date for your diary. Late May bank holiday Sat 26-Sun 27 AEC Society Rally at Newark Showground. An absolute must see, even without the truck. Society stuff and many AEC specific trade stands, and an awful lot of like minded nutters enjoying beer, bar-b-cues and truck talk. More and more photos are required please. I should be able to give you some clues as to age etc if you can give me the chassis number. You'll find it stamped into the chassis just behind the front bumper. Should start 0859, then another 3 or 4 numbers. About here, just above the headlamp bracket. Very best of luck with it, and whatever you need to know just ask.
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    Aiming marker pole for GPMG SF for the lamp...thats why its got the black and white paint !!! tut...Tankies :-D Sorry beat to it...LOL
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    Dougy if you should change your mind about fitting the BATGUN, then there is a word of warning only fire straight ahead either of the diagonals and this happens.
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    Not a trip flare holder but of same pattern in the lower twin fork. It is an aiming post used by the GPMG in the Sustained Fire (SF) role when mounted on the ground tripod. this is used in conjunction with the C2 sight that was mounted on the gun (similar to the one used by 81mm mortar) at night there was also a trilux light clamped onto the post to assist aiming and laying the gun - works on angle between gun barrel the sight and angle to post using basic geometry will give you a bearing to the target - sighted (laying off) during day then recorded for nightime ops etc. The posts usually came in pairs and were part of the SF gun kit. The pointed ends were the part that went into the ground- the trip flare had these too with a double prong at top to mount the flare pot but weren't pointed. I have a box full of these trip flare picquets as they are handy bits of kit apart from already stated route markers we use them to pin down cam nets etc. Also back to BBQs two placed each side of a fire give you a support for a roasting bar for meat etc. hope this helps Gary
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    managed to collect the new front fenders the other weekend and get them fitted, all of a sudden she looks like a Diamond again. shame it all has to come off to be painted and fine tuned by same time nice to have it all back on for final fit real soon. day i collected the wings just chucked them on to get a feel for how they will fit. welding the front mounting brackets which fit to the top bumper plate. ready to start fitting to the truck. one side mounted with the tread plate and new head light and mount fitted. last saturday had the toys out and really happy with how the diamond is looking with it's face back on. did a few laps of the field and boy i can't wait to get her on the road!!!
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    At this time of gloom something to brighten our day up as we have had the final event and tally up to this project we made just over £50,000 profit from the sale of the soldiers with the majority being bought by the descendants and home owners who have re erected on public space near their homes or at the homes of the war dead . The money has been divided up between the local charities and Trusts that financially supported the project at the beginning including our local branch of the Legion who get about £5k. One of event organisers for the soldiers contacted the IWM for the use of the image which was agreed and the end result I was presented with a framed copy for my efforts which I was deeply moved by . The photo was taken by the Australian Frank Hurley of Australian troops at Passchendaele who was also the photographer for the Shackleton polar expedition as a point of interest. I know several people on this forum made the journey last year to Mersea to see the soldiers in position and contacted me hence the reason for this final post to let you know the outcome.
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    As an aside, but co related to the topic here. Last night at 8pm there was thunderous applause on my Estate outside. As everyone Nationwide, stepped outside to Clap with Support. & to show our Wonderful NHS & Carers. How much they are appreciated. To Me personally, this shows the backbone of Decency that STILL prevails in this Country. Dispite the selfish & inconsiderate idiots that abound sadly.
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    Yep that is what I'm thinking myself Ron doing her true to being an Raf bike it's been really bugging me my dads mentor Cliff when he was in work as an apprentice back in the day was a dam buster gunner he used to wear his tie every day to work used to call my dad son. May he rest in peace. He actually ended up working for dad in the end amazing how things go full circle an he was an amazing guy from what I heard so be cool to honour him to as well as my dads dad my Gramps who was in the ra. You know what this means Ron I'm doomed I'll have to get some of the Japanese stuff sold an get a second one!
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    Hi Alex I will have a look in the morning I may only have a couple of heads left
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    Good to have this back underway Simon. Long may the lockdown last from my selfish point of view.
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    Hi Every one thank you for you understanding, as you appreciate we had no choice in the end. But god willing we will be back next year at the same time the end of May 2021 so mark it in your diary's and all keep safe and well and we will see you next year 😊🤞 Thanks you Richard Salter SOE Chairman
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    So, the NOS jet has now joined more NOS parts, and the sprayed body and float chamber, the top of that was really stuck, so boiled it in water for ten minutes, that did it! (also a good method to get jet blocks out of the bodies, without hurting something) also found a filter/flame trap in my stockpile of Amal parts, just had to turn an adapter as none were ever made for the 274 type, that would fit straight away, so will fit it tomorrow! Cheers, Lex
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    Both Front Springs have now been successfully hung. It was thought that the first one would be the easiest but that took dad about 1 1/2 days. As he had got the hang of it the second one went on in about 1 1/2 hours. The Spanish Windlass held it in position whilst he slipped the pin in. Next job will be the rear springs but that might require some assistance.
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    Hi Boys! Thanks to the measures shared here in the forum, I started building the rear carrier. My rear fender has missing parts, such as the hinge, which I will have to rebuild. I'm newby to iron folding and welding, so I have mistakes to correct even ...
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    OK, yes, I did get home OK,. but very, very late!! I slept all day today, and still a bit shattered, all this getting up at O'dark is not what I'm used to! We removed the Halftrack Perimeter rail very easily, with a car lift. Did start the WD-C this afternoon, but has some little issues, which I will hopefully rectify tomorrow. Thanks again Ron!!! Cheers, Lex
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    Marcel, My brother only has the lathe and the switchboard. Switchboard is Austin and has W^D on one of the meters. Differs from the Duxford example in that it is open, not in a cabinet. Also the voltage regulator is built into the panel whereas the Duxford example has the voltage regulator bolted onto the dynamo. We understand it was discovered in a motor repair garage. May have been W^D surplus equipment, re-purposed. Or may have been constructed by Austin for civilian use, using surplus W^D components. He is looking for the following tools: Silver Mfg Co No 24 drill Luke & Spencer grinder Wolf electric drill & stand He also needs an Austin 8 hp, 4 cylinder T-head radiator cooled 110v generating set with 3.5 kw dynamo and shunt regulator. Regards Doc
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    Really pleased you have a registration. So the DVLA/SGS never inspected it? Did you just send photos? Good luck and enjoy
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    Steering Box Another item looking rather sorry for itself. The ribbed structure of the upper half of the steering box has formed a water trap. 40 years on and the rust had returned. One stubborn bolt refused to budge, so was drilled out. First wash revealed nothing particularly scary. Shafts run in hardened steel bushes. Ball thrust bearings were fitted either side of the worm. Everything was washed in paraffin, de-rusted with a variety of wire brushes of different sizes. Phosphate conversion coating was applied prior to painting. Steering box removed from the chassis Bolts removed. Stubborn one drilled and punched out, cover off, revealing the innards. After first wash. (Image has decided to rotate itself - who knows why!) Phosphate conversion coating. Red oxide primer, second coat. Cold night in the painting shed, so brought parts into the warm to dry. Under coat. Reassembly commences: Steering segment, shaft and bushes in place. Followed by worm, steering column shaft and ball thrusts. Top half of casing in place And finally the steering column.
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    With that one done we put the second wheel up on the press and dropped on the tyre on which Barry had put a nice chamfer. This time it went on straight on but again was a very snug fit. The worry is of course that as the wooden wheels wont take such pressure you have to be very careful to ensure that the metal blocks are sitting on the wheel rim. Plenty of adjustment is necessary to make sure that it is right. After lots of pumping the second wheel was done and loaded for a journey back to Devon.
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    driving it to Egypte
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    1918 FWD update....rolled it outside and filled the radiator. Good news water system is tight . no leaks!!!. AND appears to run cool. Newly installed starter works perfectly. (small period momentary switch mounted below the mag cut off). Fuel line has some issues with the old petcocks not closing properly and the newly installed fuel filter may be too good and not allowing the fuel to enter the carb fast enough. (this is a gravity fed engine meaning no fuel pump) These issues are hopefully easy to correct. Here is a good picture of the beast outside in sun light and a longer run up of the motor . Oil pressure is good as well. Getting closer every day. Also a picture of the starter motor and bracket we made for the truck. IMG_2575.MOV
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    the replacement ballast box is in very good condition with no deep rot just patches of surface rust which will get dealt with at the shot blasting/painting stage. spent a few days sorting out all the small jobs: straighten and re weld the left grab handle replace the tail gate hinge pin with a new one as original was bent removed the post war light clusters and welded up all the un wanted holes and cut out the blanking plates which blanked the original tail light holes made new tail light holders and welded them in so just need a few weeks of dry weather to get it blasted and painted then that will be the last big lump done and fitted. i'll have to take pics of the wiring and other bits as the pics i had have gone missing so will sort that out at the weekend. regards sam
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    HELEN l would suggest you contact gilbert baitson on 01482 500500 and talk to MICHAEL BAITSON as they are dealing with fort paull and the items therein
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    A few weeks ago (January 6 to be precise) I posted some photos of the front axle we were considering using. It was complete but in fairly rusty. Steve had a poke around in the stores and found another one which was in much better condition complete with steering parts and perhaps an easier proposition. He and Dad have taken this apart and have put it in the pile for sandblasting. The kingpins seem to be in good condition which is excellent news. Something else we dont have to make.
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    Thanks david, well we try to stay busy,
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    Hi All interested parties in the Vickers Gun at Sunderland I have recently taken over the manufacture of replacement wheels, from another volunteer, for the gun using all the original parts apart from the wood inserts. I am at present completing the first wheel. The intention is that when the wheels are complete and the Military Vehicle Museums new display hall is errected at the Sunderland Aircraft Museum the gun will be fully refurbished and housed in the hall. I will keep you updated on how it is progressing. Regards Dave
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