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    great to see this great mammoth restoration being done , well done mate these vehicles must be saved, I have a great interest in diamond Ts as my late father drove them in the war in nth africa and italy and used to tell me about them he had a great respect for good luck with it
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    more work on my MWR...
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    It was time to stop fussing around and get the manifold off. Plenty of heat, aided by youngest daughter directing the blow torch onto the coupling, and a long extension tube on the C spanner did the trick. Finally shifted them and (crucially) with no damage. Wrestling one of the sections off the motor was fiddly, and it going to be fun trying to get that one back on. The complexity may well have been the killer of this idea. There is plenty of power in a very compact space, but the manufacturing and assembly plus any in-service work would have been expensive. Glad I took the manifold off. Found my first bit of rusty crud in one of the inlet ports: With the manifold out of the way the rest of the fuel pipes came off. Some route to/from what I thought was the fuel distributor, but I am wondering if they are not spill/return pipes? More investigation needed. A bonus was finding inspection stamps on each of the cylinder castings, just next to the integral fuel injectors: The only other time I have seen stamps akin to this are on aircraft components. Presumably stamped at the Whitehead works in Weymouth, they need following up at some point.
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    Oh it is steel, I have seen some plates left over from film companies that had just painted the registration on bits of card, thought it was one of those. Originally all Pigs would have a pressed aluminium plate on the nearside front wing. Many in N.Ireland had these damaged or they had been removed if they were one of the 200 recovered. These replacements were steel painted black with the registration either stencilled, hand painted or had adhesive letters applied. Pigs for disposal were meant to have the registration plate removed, but for disposal identification the registration was painted on the front of "bonnet" to keep track of it & invariably if it was allocated a MS registration that was painted there. Originally Unit & Formation Badges would have been painted here. Having said that there are few in service photos of the BK painted there, particular those Pigs with flat bar rams that would obscure the registration plate. Ok Bob don't tease us any more, I'm sure I speak for many who would like to see a few pics of her, please.
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    Evening All, I have been itching to get on with the Panzer but kept finding other things to do, so today at last some progress, I made the two idler wheel shafts. Jon
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    Hi all, Thanks for the add. I own an early Series 2A (Rover 8/2) of military registration 04DM59. My final aim is finish a nut and bolt restoration and get her looking as close to original spec as possible. From what I know it was shipped to Malta in early 1962 and likely spent its entire career here until it got struck off in March 1969. Unfortunately the RLC no longer have any information on it. It is a GS version fitted in preparation for conversion to FFR and I am the third owner since military release. I will certainly have more questions at a later stage in the restoration. My initial aim is to gather as much information as I can from this period, particularly anything that involves British military service in this part of the world. Have any of you got any photos of military vehicles in Malta during the 50s and 60s? Or perhaps even better someone of you served here doing that period? Any photographic evidence would help even if it is not Land Rover related. Thanks, Glenn
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    Easiest option is put it on a trailer or a beaver tail truck.
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    its so compact-slip on a bell housing, clutch and gearbox, that would make one awesome custom!
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    It took longer to assemble the borrowed hoist than it did to get the engine onto its stand: The inlet manifold threaded connectors are proving to be a PITA. Three of them have come undone no bother, but the rest are tight AF and are refusing to budge even with an extension bar on the C spanner and applying loads of heat. Its as if they were welded up but there's not sign of that. I'm heating them with a blowtorch and allowing oil to run into the threads as they cool, but if anyone has any other ideas then feel free to chip in: I couldn't resist a peek into the engine internals so I pulled the auxiliary drive cover off...Wow was the first reaction: Everything is numbered to its relevant pot, which will make reassembly easier. Plus, it looks like we have an engine number of sorts: 113 is stamped on every component I can see so far. I had seen this stamped on one of the poppet valve covers and wondered its significance, but with everything carrying the same number + cylinder number its a logical conclusion: Degrees stamped on the cam presumably relate to valve timing, but will verify at some point. After drooling over the engineering I slipped the cover back into place and carried on heating and soaking the inlet manifold glands.
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    Hi Richard. The pictures (I have another shot, slightly different angle) are actually taken at the Triumph factory. You can actually see a row of civy bikes further back. But those are indeed RAOC guys in attendance. O&M quote 300 in that contract being delivered to Chilwell at 50 per week. The second digit on the saddle is a bit fuzzy, but I agree 46 Div (Sherwood Forest Oak). I wonder how many made it back after the BEF retreat or have survived in France or ended up as a Luftwaffe step up? Ron
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    As its a bit quite at the moment I`ve just been notified that a friend has just posted these clips on YouTube which hopefully some of you may find interesting as theres a couple of cameo roles of some that appear on this forum amongst the Old Warden footage .Tomo couldn`t polish the chimney top as he was on the back foot that morning LOL. The same guy also made a short clip of the 51 soldiers and sailors that I made for our WW1 centenary which we are going to take down mid November and auction the figures off with all proceeds going to local trusts and charities including the British Legion.
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    Hi Everyone, I should introduce myself to the collective as I’ve added a few posts online and haven’t really introduced myself to the group here so thought it was time to sort that out. I'm Alan, hailing from the south east cast of the UK , I've always had a love of second world war history, and I've finally taken the plunge and done something about it. As many of us will probably admit as a child I always wanted a tank, but as I’ve grown and understood the value of money I knew this was a unrealistic target, i then started looking at jeeps, their practical (well as practical as 80 year old vehicles are ) can fit in a normal garage and parts are readily available, but for me they just didn’t have that spark. In the last 2 years I’ve been part of a royal navy beach commando re-enactment group and that’s where I first got to really play with a ww2 vehicle, a 1938 Bedford aeroscreen, and well to be honest I fell in love with her. I needed my own! With a lot of conversations and help from my very good friends, in November I took ownership of a 1942 Bedford MWD. Now it’s in the process of a major overhaul, I’m not calling it a restoration as she’s in very good condition, but she does need some TLC, and that’s what’s happening. I have spend many an hour fettling away rewiring her and sorting out surprising leaks and seized fittings. She is now running and I’m in the process of learning to drive again, having never had to double to declutch in my life! Now if only i can get the windscreen wipers to wipe at the same speed. Its doing my OCD in! I want to already thank the other Bedford MW owners on here for the blogs of their own restorations they have helped me so much, and everyone else for all the fascinating posts and restorations going on in the world . thanks Alan
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    I will give you a tip, apply Rain-X on your screens and you will find the rain runs off quickly and often don't need the wipers. Works well on my Bedford.
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    Well it's been a while since I last posted, I have managed to achieve some progress, I gave up trying to 'face' the manifolds and handed them over to Adrian Barrel to do it properly, thanks Adrian for fitting me in. The carb and fuel pump have been rebuilt and fitted along with the refurbished starter motor and Dynamo, new ht leads have been made up and fitted. The engine was cranked over to build up oil pressure, showing approx 45psi I am quite happy! This week a milestone was reached by starting the engine, just for a short while, the next stage will be to mount the radiator on the engine stand to allow some proper running and setting up. At present not all photo's will load there is also a video of the engine running, if I can figure out why I cannot upload I will try and edit the post. Kevin
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    Vacuum wipers go their own way
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    Sometimes you just don't get the response you expect! I once got two WW2 veterans together after more than half a century apart and it turned out they hated each other then and now!
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    So how does the bike look as of today......... Still lots to do!
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    Found a soldiers name and service number scratched into the instrument panel of my 1940 Canadian C8 Chev. JS Hunter VX65738...... did some searching and found the chap was still alive , this was around 1993, and living up near Ballarat. He was a tank gunner in the 2/4 armoured regiment and was wounded in action on Bougainville while in a Matilda tank. Anyway I wrote him a letter, he replied saying he doesn't recall the truck or his act of vandalism !
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    There has not been much activity on the Cletrac projects in the last few years. Interested in what progress has been made. I completed my restoration of my '44 a little over a year ago. It is mostly complete with all the hard to find items in place. I have the original top bows but have been unable to locate a top. Does anyone know of an original that can have detailed picture taken? I know there is a very complete ex-RAF Cletrac with original canvas located somewhere in UK/Europe but I have been unable to determine its whereabouts. I have constructed a 90% accurate top pattern from photos but due my overly anal tendency for the details I have yet to have one produced. I would be more than willing to compensate someone that can provide detailed photos and measurements of an original top. The owner of the only know top in the USA has been unwilling to allow his to photographed (states he wants to have them produced and sell them but has yet to do so). I am also in need of the upper side engine panels. Any help there would be appreciated. We have been fortunate to take it to a few military events, mostly supporting WW2 aircraft and have also been able to use it as intended, towing a plane. Check it out on youtube Cletrac owners post some updates. Would love to see what is out there now. Thanks, Scott Mattison Belton, SC, USA 44 Cletrac M2 44 CCKW353
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    There is one of this cletrac in Iceland in bad condission
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    making a lot of progress on 1531 know, all the wheels are built up and fitted, the range box is finished bar fitting the new top cover. the hand brake mechanism is mostly in i just need to get the shoes/pads lined and fitted. almost at the stage of choosing to start either the winch or the engine. hopefully tomorrow will be another good day so should have another up date coming shortly. regards sam
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    a lot has happened since my last post the range box is know back together and installed into the truck, both air tanks are fitted and have got the rear wheels fitted so 1531 is know much easier to move about know. also farmed a lot of the painting out as it was easier to get all the small fiddly parts sprayed than waste a lot of short day light hours painting with a brush. the header tank has come back from being repaired as it has been frosted in it's past life and had a 5 -6" long crack that has know been welded up and just needs a few little jobs doing to it then it can be painted as well. there is a load of small parts that i can get on and fit then ounce i have tidied up the parts i have painted i can move onto the engine and winch. at the point were every part that goes on makes a big difference to the look of the truck know which is such a great feeling, also today marks exactly 1 year since i started taking her apart. regards sam