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    The MVT organise one campsite and tours/parades over the D Day week June 6th, this week, all full
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    David Rossington has been in touch. He was the guy who found and recovered this engine near Tumut, NSW in 1996. He researched the history with the Thornycroft register and found the following details; Engine M4/ 7328 fitted to 'X' Type 8586. Erection commenced 28 Sept 1920 and delivered to A. Hatrick, ( NZ.) 29 Oct. 1920. ( Hatricks' were Thornycroft agents for NZ and Aus. before 1921, when Thornycroft Australia was created to handle Aus. exports.) David has kindly sent pics of the remains of this vehicle as found in 1996 and I will attempt to post them here. There are some mysteries with this engine which we will explore later.
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    Hi Guys i changed my email so i haven't received any notifications from this site (ill update my email) I'm still going slowly... ill try and be more active on here ill grab some progress pictures Monday and put them up I've been a little more active on the Jago Jeep Uk Owners Club on Facebook Looks Great Wheado!!
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    If the local yabbo's are to be believed this can be fixed by lowering the suspension, adding a chrome endpiece to the exhaust and fitting a useless spoiler. A new soundsystem and metallic paintjob are optional but can't hurt either.
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    Hope your still on the forum Dan. I love to see progress on your jeep. After months of sitting forlorn on the engine stand I finally got round to stripping the old paint off, cleaning, repaint and reinstall the engine. Now resplendent in GPW grey, with genuine Willys cooling fan, it looks the Dogs. Gearbox will have to wait to rejoin the engine in the chassis as the clutch friction plate thickness it was below the min 3mm. Why i didn't check this earlier.....? So now waiting for a new one to arrive before bolting on the gearbox. I'l post some picture when I've got it all connected up. Like Dan I want the rear of the jeep to look as good as the front, so I've opted to bin the escort fuel tank mounted behind the rear axle so the axle is visible. I'm now pondering what structural additions are needed if I remove the centre section of the rear cross member so as not to affect rear spring hanger integrity.
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    Our valves were all made by G & S and the liners by Westwood. Both gave first rate service. Steve
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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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    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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    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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    With machining now in progress, I have transferred my attentions to the steering box, which has come to bits fairly easily, except for the inner screw thread and its white metal counterpart. Heat is not an option here for obvious reasons, although boiling water was tried without success. The offending item has been put back into soak to consider its position and I will return to it with steering arm to hand which will give me better leverage. Both main ball bearings have been revived from a solid state. One of them might go again, the other is rough.
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    Managed to find a flying flea, needing a bit of work but that’s the best ones to have. I currently have a mix of war and post war parts, almost enough to build a complete bike and some! Lots to do, first up media blasting.
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    Peter, have you not got one of those right angle electric drill extension thingies. Got mine from Machine Mart I think. The sort of thing you only use once in a blue moon, but in those circumstances it’s a godsend.
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    You are correct Steve, it is a threshing machine driven by an old Fordson Major. Pity they weren't actually demonstrating threshing, always guaranteed to draw a crowd.
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    I still cannot understand why people do take their pride and joy on the beaches, bet they don't take them out in the winter when there is salt on the road.Advice buy or search "tide timetable" save a lot of tears.
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    I've finished the front track guards today. Once I had bent the curved fold to 90degrees as covered in previous post I hammered it almost flat then pressed it flat to straighten it out. I then repeated thing's for the other side. I have also replaced some bolts on a chassis cross member with rivets. I now need to refit the body panels so I can fit the 4 angle irons that run the length of the body above the tracks. Peter.
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    Well you have bit of work left.... good luck.
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    We grabbed food in Diss, and drove further West to an open public area for a Jeep top picnic as the Sun began to set. As the Sun set, the evening colours changed to a strong orange/red.
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    Departing Eye heading North, we travelled up the A140, then East on the A143 before turning North again through the main entrance of what was the 100th Bomb Group Airfield, Thorpe Abbotts. We pulled up to Site 1, at the South West of the airfield, the former 351st Bomb Squadron accommodation site. The ablution blocks still stand amongst the long grass. In addition to these buildings, several hut bases and a number of overgrown blast shelters survive on the site. After stopping for some photos, we drove on through the Communal Site, past the Generator House and onward around the perimeter track to the West of the flying area. Crossing the main runway, we then turned left away from the airfield in search of a Fish & Chip shop.
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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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    I've had a busy week, went down to Duxford on Tuesday and then silageing the rest of the week. I did lay the original pattern transmission cover plates on the chassis to get an idea of how they sat there is a 3rd part that sits between and to the rear which incorporates the mounting position of the air cleaner and the stowage for the stone wear jar for distilled water. The front half of the left plate will be cut away to allow the belts from the PTO to pass up to the dynamos above. Also I collected the straps from my engineer that hold the gear lever base to the torque tube. I was just going to get the machining done but with about 5 to 6 weeks until harvest and still a lot of work to do on the body I decided to get them to do the whole job. Peter.
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    What a great thread, with fantastic photos and information. Keep up the good work.
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    First Still, not sure which Cromwell but from 2 trp Second Still shows Achilles Third Still Shows Agamemnon Last two stills show Galahad
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    Dave had some lovely vehicles on show.
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    Thanks for posting those Andy, I was going to call in myself but got dragged into work. How are you getting on with Daisy, about time we had an update?
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    Hubs fitted and trial fit of the rims
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    Framework now completed and primed.
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    Even the Austrian Army got some leftover High Speed Tractors when the Allied Forces left the country in 1955. See this facebook Video of the Traditionsverband Heereskraftfahrwesen. Here more info provided in english http://www.hkfw.at/en/our-vehicles/80-allis-chalmers-m4-high-speed-tractor-18t-2-en Motorfahrer
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    The tyre removal is now complete I had to admit defeat with the two original tyres and take them to a local tyre fitter who specializes in agricultural and plant tyres, even then they didn't give up with out a fight. On stripping out the inner tubes it was found that these were also original Canadian manufacture and in perfect condition with no repairs so it's more than likely that it was the first time the tyres had been removed from the rims in over 75 years. One of the original rear tyres The inner tube from it The removal of the tyres marks a turning point in this project now it's about cleaning stripping measuring for ware and then reassemble and painting. So this the first bit of positive progress everything up to now has been about taking things apart. I decided I would not media blast the front axle or the trucks road springs I am not a fan of blasting media getting near machined parts like king pin bushes, stub axles or spring leaves. First job was to tackle the front axle beam and stub axles so it was de-grease using a commercial cleaner then pressure wash,when clean check all parts for ware or cracks, while the axle was still on the truck I had tested the king pins for ware and found them to be in good condition so it was out with the rotary wire brush on grinder and the drill for the tight corners, an hours work on the front axle and it cleaned up well. Axle beam and tie rod before de-greasing and cleaning sub axles are wrapped and taped up to prevent damage. After cleaning and an hour with the rotary wire brush A coat of rust converter was applied and then after 24hrs a coat of etch primer First steps the road to completion for this particular project but I'm pleased with the outcome next there is a whole mass of frame brackets, rear axle, drums and the frame awaiting a visit from the media blaster. By the end of the summer I hope to have the frame painted and reassembled with the axles fitted then over the winter period I can look at the engine, gearbox and back axle. Pete
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    I love these aircraft. As a young child, 5 or 6 , they used to fly from the Channel Islands. In those glourious days if you were an 'Unacompanied Minor' you would be stuck in the jump seat of the cockpit out of the way of the cabin crew. 😁 I knew my way around a DC3 cockpit before a car. Intra flew some in the 1970's, the oldest I remember was November Bravo, she was 1944. They are still flying as the Turbo prop DC67.
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    Hi Ron, although called track stretch, its actually the rubber bushes that are getting old and compressing. Realistically I would only remove the one link and regularly look at the track pin nuts to make sure they still appear to be in the middle of the hole in the track where the rubber bushes fit. Collapsed rubber bushes can throw the track Little tip-adjust your mirrors so you can see the top of the track. If driving in a straight line you can see the top run of track swaying in and out, you have a problem! regards Terry
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    Hi Robert, Take a look at this page, there is a map with timings on it, basically they are flying out from Duxford, over Colchester, Southend, Maidstone and Eastbourne and on to Le Havre and the dropzone east of Caen https://www.daksovernormandy.com/news/daks-over-normandy-historic-route-revealed/ Several of the American Dakotas arrived at Duxford today, some still on their way.
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    Part of the Pitmans range of motoring books, written by an ex ASC ( Sergeant ?) and full of useful information about the dawn of Mechanical Transport generally and Thornycrofts in particular. Originally 2/6 d ( arf a crown ) I bought mine at £80 (Ouch) but have found it invaluable and have read it cover to cover except for the hard sums ! Tomo
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    I don't want to throw this in the scrap. It is from my MCC CS8 restoration in the 1980's. It is free to any one who votes the sensible way today in the EU election..........
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    All pistons are marked 30.C on the tops. This should mean +30 thou. Size C, which was the only oversize piston available post war. In fact the pistons measure just under +20 thou. and have been turned down to match worn bores, with their top corners rounded off to avoid the step , ( just visible in the previous pics.) This apparently was common practice in the day. During the war no oversize pistons were supplied and the Army ended up casting their own at Base Workshops to prolong the life of engines. Info; "Auriga" Book of the Thornycroft p.87-89 The plan is therefore to attempt to fit liners to standard size A and turn down the pistons to match. This all depends on the remaining wall thickness, which is due to be measured with an ultrasonic gismo by an ex Williams racing engineer on Friday. Exciting stuff this isn't it ?
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    A floating carrier:- http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads/amphibious-bren-carrier-in-burma.36471/
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    I managed to get another good hour tonight and was able to mark out the 2 rear side panels. I cut the first one and test fitted it and it looks good, it will probably need some fine adjusting but I was happy to cut the second one. Thanks Andrew, I am slowly working out how thing's fit in relation to each other. Peter.
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    All you need now, is some Bombs!...…;)
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    I removed the front panel again to drill 6 holes and then put it all back together. I then fitted the last 2 angle irons and welded them in. There is a tray to make and fit across the inside the front lower hull plate along with some fuel line clips but I need to get over to Alastair's to borrow the pattern. Next job is to finish the sides. Peter.
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    I had (still have) a cracked crankcase on an Austin 7. Also aluminium. I had another but changing the crank, cam etc seemed so much of a ball ache, i used some fuel tank sealer painted on the inside. It has never leaked oil. And is currently doing service on my chummy. It was the white stuff that Paul Beck used to sell.
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    Now I am happy with the front panel alignment I have started to fit the angle iron to the inside of the front panel. The first 2 are straight forward lengths of angle iron that run from the top corners of the lower front hull plate to the outside edge of the body with 3 holes in the front and 3 in the bottom, I need to remove the front panel again to drill the holes down through the bottom of the panel's. There are then 4 angles that run top to bottom of the front panel that are welded to angles on the lower panel. I have got the centre 2 done these angles also mount the instrument panel. Next I need to do the outer angles which run along the inside edge of the fuel tanks and hold some of the fuel tank brackets. Peter.
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    I am finally happy with the alignment of the front body panels. When I started I went from the back edge of the original front lower hull plate and I should have started from the front edge throwing everything out by ¼" causing the gaps at the front corners. I sorted things out by slotting the holes in the front side panels. The rear hole are covered by the centre panel on the outside and the body support bracket on the inside. The front holes will be behind the tracks and don't stand out so I will live with them. I also took the time to get the front panel to sit better. This involved trimming the front edge of the front side panels. I had the front panel on and off 4 times today and although not heavy it is large and difficult to line up and get the bolts in. I need to take the front panel off again in the morning so I can drill 6 holes. Peter.
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    I also gave the bespoke seat a coat of Service Colour and it now looks less incongruous with its surroundings.
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    They seem to have done some more tuning...i don't know if it's the same tractor but it's the same airport firebrigade.
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    Evening, There's not alot to show you really, as i have been altering my previous work to accommodate the new, later engine. I took a trip up north to meet Rick, Eddy8men and what a really nice chap he is. The reason for my journey, was to pick up the muff couplings for the steering box drive shafts but oh, how I would love to restore some of his toys. Thanks again Rick, for the bits and the chat. Whilst I was talking to Rick he introduced me to a new word " Imagineering" so I have been doing a bit myself. One of the frustrating parts of this project, so far, has been trying to decide what to do for the final drives. On the way home, being bored at the wheel, I was thinking about all the options thus far and it looked like I would have to sell a kidney to finance the relevant components, then seeing a vehicle on the road and cursing a lot, I had an idea. A quick search on fleabay and low and behold, someone was scrapping such a vehicle 3 miles from where I live. I haven't done any accurate measurements yet but from a tape survey, they seem to match up, almost too exactly and the ratio looks to be 5.5 : 1. Sunday morning, my son and I, took a Land Rover stuffed with every tool needed for a right bugger of a job but ended up only using a couple of spanners, a ratchet, highlift jack and a big bar. Two hours later they were in the workshop waiting to be washed. Jon
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    I hope to start on the m4A1 high speed tractor soon as the weather warns up. I been collection nos part for a while now. I think there might been enough good parts to build one tractor
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    Thanks david, well we try to stay busy,
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    Thanks Lofty - that's very kind! It is an added bonus for us that others are enjoying the story and also adding information and advice all the time - and that is very much appreciated. Doug - there have been some old bits of paint and we have looked very carefully to see what colour it originally was - but it is all so tired and faded that we have not been able to say. I do not think that there is any paint left on the wheels at all, now. Not much help! Tony
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    Looking at my copy of the the J Type spares list dated 1924 there appear to be 3 rings at the top (all part No 66217) and the ring half way down is described as 'locking ring for gudgeon pin' (60958). "The Book of the Thornycroft" by 'Auriga' dated 1923 is interesting as it describes design revisions and corresponding new part numbers. In respect of pistons Feb 1915 saw the height above gudgeon pin increased 1/16" and depth below increased by 11/16"; oiling groove omitted, six 9/16" holes added below gudgeon pin. June 1916 skirt thickened up. Further in, there is a section on over hauling and over/under size parts. It would seem that there was a later type piston referred to as a 'scraper ring type' (71713) which used different compression rings (70920) and a scraper ring (71714). The gudgeon pin is of the floating type. As far as "balancing" goes, what is balanced with what? In performance engines the weight of the reciprocating mass is balanced against the rotating mass of the crankshaft using counterweights on the crankshaft. It is more easily understood with single cylinder motorcycle engines, and the choices between balancing primary and secondry forces are more obvious. The Norton Commando was a good example of these choices at play as the engine was designed with a lower primary balance so the the motor would oscillate in the vertical plane on rubber cushions so the the secondaries could be more refined so your fingers didn't tingle as in the Triumph.
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