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    Hi Pete, Not immediately, to hand, I'll try to sort something tomorrow. Just to be clear, it's not mine but I do know the owner.
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    Here's a few pictures from around the Battery itself. Further pictures can be found here - http://www.sacarr.co.uk/mymvs/events/2019/heugh.htm
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    We decided the London to Brighton run was too optimistic for 2019. Clayton hill has a 13.6% maximum gradient and we were unable to get up the 17% gradient nearest our house. There have been lots of things to concentrate on so we have been catching up on other projects and making preparations for future projects. Some progress has been made on the Dennis though, the universal joint gaiter has nicer looking clamps. I got fed up with starting handle blisters from the split wooden sleeve so have turned up a new one in brass. Generally both this and the Morris car are starting first time (and I sometimes remember to put on a glove) so I have been blister free for several months. And we have added a crude choke return spring. A couple of the previously unexplained stops turn out to have been the choke being sucked closed; once the engine stopped the flap would drop open again so it was difficult to spot the cause until the occasion where we managed to keep the engine going long enough to spot it. This weekend we have probably driven another ten miles or so, starting with a simple circuit locally with many of my visiting relatives taking short rides. We still can't manage the 17% incline from a standing start but with the improved reliability we took a drive into the town up an incline of around 11% with no trouble at all. We still have fine silt coming out in the petrol filter but there is not enough to be a problem now if we clean it out every ten miles. I imagine this service interval will increase as we use it more. The Claudel Hobson has a 1.1mm jet so is fairly immune to fine particulates but the Zenith I have rebuilt has a much smaller orifice in the slow running device and may be more susceptible to blockages so we will persist with the Claudel until the fuel is coming through a little cleaner. One of the Zenith carbs I found had the float weights retained with small nails; these had rusted solid in into the weights and it was impossible to extract them. I was not is a rush to recover these components so we immersed them in a solution of Aluminium Ammonium Sulphate for around four months; there was no damage to any of the brass and just a small amount of black sediment to remove from the holes. Thought this trick might be useful to other people with ferrous parts rusted into brass as drilling out is rarely satisfactory.
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    Good evening I am new to this site but have always liked old military stuff, I have passed the location of these vehicles many times over the years but finally got round to having a look in the bushes and was surprised to find a number of somewhat neglected old trucks , there are the remains of several QL's including what appears to be an RAF tanker, a Matador tanker with the RAF blue showing through, there appear to be a couple more Matadors and a number of truck rear bodies stacked up in the trees, there is a long forgotten Scammel growing into the trees that appears complete but is pretty rotten. It would appear efforts are being made to clear the yard they are in, so it may be these long forgotten hulks will go , in addition to the military stuff there are old land Rovers , Leyland octopus trucks, stacks of old military axles and wheels, and a small engine mountain some of which are pretty huge, in this day and age it's odd to come across so much old stuff, it's a bit like a seventies scrappy, but possibly not for much longer. Bill.
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    This is an all alloy metal model, approx 1:5 scale weighing around 200kg was built during the early 70's to develope the Mk3/Mk5 Chieftain at Chertsey (MVEE) MOD. A custom built one off, accurate model 148cm length x 69cm x width 62cm . Length with gun foward approx 210cm, Nut and bolt (imperial BA) construction, using unique castings, working Horstmann suspension units, stainless steel sprockets and alloy tracks. This was a quality professional build. (not an apprentice model) It is believed it was used for some investigation trials, but I think was squirreled away when it's gear box failed. After which it was pushed around in a steel frame, stored and forgotten . It has since been restored, uprated to 2.4g radio control using Q4D's speed controllers, twin high torque wheel chair motor/gearboxes gives excellent performance, includes turret transverse and a quality benidini sound system. Brought out of storage a couple of weeks ago fitted with new radio control and two new 12 volt 22 amp batteries. Comes with 24 volt charger making the model ready to run and charge. Weighing in at around 200kg she can be carried round in a small van or estate car This is probably one of the biggest radio controlled all metal model tanks in the world and comes with MOD heritage. £5000.00 For more pictures and details PM or Email john.rclarke60@gmail.com
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    Blimey how can you tell what cab the Scammel has, I have a picture of its interior, it appears not to have been put into a civilian scheme , the poor picture is a sort of Matador/Militant looking truck, 6x6 with a sort of recovery body, it's in RAF blue with a roundel and one of those saucer size (convoy?"plates on the front, its hard to photo as its so overgrown.
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    All fixed up and running great! The gearbox is now full of oil, as is all diff’s and the transfer box, axles and springs all greased up. Tyres to 55psi, engine has had a full service (I need to get a new dizzy plate) but everything is working fine. Good day for a 25 mile drive my daughter loves going in these.
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    Thanks lowfat and tapper02. It's been such a lovely day that I have been gardening so only one picture today. Jon
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    Gone and done it again and bought something big green and rusty and with no information on the web. anybody out there have any info, pictures stories to go with these beasts? its number is 02 DZ 67. cheers Richard
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    This entry to the blog concludes the sub project to get the rear axles cleaned, diffs checked and set up and all brake shoes, drums hubs and brake linkage cleaned adjusted and refitted effort will now be switched onto the D15T project with a view to getting the frame, brackets axles and springs blast cleaned and undercoated so this thread will be dormant for a few months while attention and focus shifts to that project. A few photos to be going on with. Brake drums awaiting there turn for cleaning After a session with the wire wheel on the angle grinder fortunately the inner drum surfaces were in good condition with no scoring or permanent rust damage, without doubt the quality of the steel used in the construction of the truck has played a major part in it's survival. After a coat of phosphate rust killer on the outside surfaces a coat of etch primer is applied And to close this chapter in the restoration saga a photo of the reassembled axles and drums along with the WD articulated bogie system. This basic design was common with minor modifications depending on manufacturer for all 3 ton 6x4's produced from the mid thirties onwards up to the point the type was phased out in favor of 3 ton 4x4 variants around early 1942 . Pete
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    A quick search came up with quite a bit including a club. Made by Marshall,sons and Co of Gainsbourgh. I tried to copy the address but it won't do it, yet. I'll try again.
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    Those holes were drilled by hand on a very old Medings pillar drill that my Father and I went halves on, it cost a whole £10.00. Every time I use that drill I think of my father. Jon
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    Evening All, I think that all these pictures are overloading the system, as it keeps playing silly buggers. However, on to more important issues. One finished exhaust silencer. I have been having problems finding information and pictures of the silencer retaining brackets, the Tank Museums Panzer II is a later model, so the silencer is different. Armed with the information that I do have and some artistic licence this is what I have come up with. On the original tank, where the exhaust exits the hull, there is an armoured cover. This is my version. Over the silencer there should be a heat shield, I have looked at loads of pictures and the variation of the hole configurations seems to be quite varied, so I have settled on this one. In total, 568 holes to drill, bugger. And I am not quite finished drilling holes yet. Jon
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    Having seen how popular the 8-cylinder torpedo engine restoration has proved, I thought I would offer a 4-cylinder example for sale here. We think its a Mk VIII engine, a four cylinder two-stroke diesel example that appears to be complete. It has not been raised from the seabed and is in pretty good condition. Its possible its never been tested, let alone used. I would add this to my collection, but a) SWMBI would start to question the sanity and b) its being sold to raise funds for an ongoing project. The project we are working on is the story of the stolen Hercules C-130 that crashed in the English Channel in 1969. Last year we found the crash site, so now its time to dive it and investigate...all proceeds go in the pot to cover boat diesel costs. Its bronze and heavy thus attractive to the scrap man, but we would rather it go to a deserving home. We are open to offers on this example of superb engineering. Collection will be from either Weymouth or NE Hampshire. Go on...you know you want it...
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    Pete, this is interesting and will be useful for me at some point in the near future. I do also have a MB with rebuilt engine and exactly the same battery, which is not yet installed. I thought doing the same-putting it in such ‘oldschool’ box. The whole system is running on 6V, so we’ll see if there be the same issue on rebuilt engine when it’s hot...
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    Evening All, The two into one manifold is all welded up and ready to be assembled onto the exhaust manifold. The cooling unit now looks more like an air conditioning unit and I have completed the airflow tract around the rear of the engine bay. To complete the exhaust I need a silencer, here goes, although silent probably won't be the word. Jon
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    I can't believe it is 5 years ago today, since "Hope" returned to the road after my two year rebuild from a wreck. The GPW was actually completed some time before, but as my vehicle insurance was renewing on April 16th, it made sense to start the policy when my other vehicles cover began. As first found During rebuild The first drive. Complete and out after a first drive since it died on a Texas farm.
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    14 years ago today, I signed the paperwork and filled the tank, having just bought a Hotchkiss M201. The Jeep was originally bought by WHB Jeeps in St. John's Town of Dalry, straight from the French Army auctions in Toulouse, in the year 2000. It was viewable at the Army Camp at Muret, prior to the sale. I found the Jeep in February 2005, during a three day break in Scotland, paid a deposit and arranged to come back after some work was done and it was registered. The Jeep was finally ready to collect on April 16th 2005. Here's some pictures of the then un-named "Jessie" , heading home for the first time.
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    Thanks Tim. At the last house, I had spare time but no space, now I have space but spare time is at a premium!
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    The 2019 Season Begins Out in the Snow - February 2nd With a couple of days of snow fall and a nice sunny day, I couldn't resist and had go go out Jeeping. Both Jeeps have been out in the snow before, but never together; until today. Since my daughter had a morning dance class and an afternoon dance rehearsal, we only had a couple of hours free over lunch. We stayed local and found a couple of places with decent backgrounds not far from home. Both Jeeps had a good hose down upon their return, concluding their first trip out of the 2019 season.
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    Leo is a pure bred Belgian Shepherd dog, which is a lighter build of German Shepherd. He still has problems telling a 1/4" Whit. spanner from a 1/2" AF but he is getting there :-D !
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