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    Good day today .mounted the two front tires and installed inner wheel bearings. The bearings had been seized on the axles and required a lot of pressure to separate them. To reinstall them we spent several hours honing the inner aspect. Interesting is that 3 of the 4 wheels were Firestones the 4th was either Goodyear or Goodrich There was a "G" on the bolts and this one had straight bearings The Firestones had tapered bearings. The wheels them selves were slightly different as well the "G" wheel has the tire mounted slightly offset from center. The Firestones also have a slot that the rim slides into when mounting. Both are retained on the wheel by a wedge inside and out which itself is held fast by the outer rings. These are hold the wedges and when drawn in seat the wedges and center ,or in the case of the "G" wheel, slightly off center the mounting of the rim tire assembly
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    genuine 1960 fully illustrated parts list for Humber I ton, and all variants including Pig, FFW, Guided Missile and many more, wiring diagrams, pull out A3 drawings, plus. In good condition. Full size weighty original book 310x225x50mm approx. £55 plus post
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    Pete I hear what you are saying about technical training at school, I wish I could have benefited but it was not on offer. I became a licensed radio amateur receiving no help from school or the few radio amateurs I had briefly met. My journey was entirely self-training by reading, listening on the short wave bands, learning how to build things & take things apart, that gave me enough knowledge to pass the City & Guilds Radio Amateur's Exam in 1963. At school there was a lot of emphasis on compulsory worship (as Prince Buster would say 7 days a week & twice on Sundays), compulsory sport & compulsory military training. Generating a long term revulsion to these things, although there is a paradox here. My first entanglement with military publications was to seek out the Combined Cadet Force Regulations 1955 & challenge the legal basis of being compelled to go on an annual camp & indeed my membership of the organisation that I deeply detested. Little did I realise some many many decades later that publications such as that would be something that I would collect, to such an extent that I perhaps have one of the largest privately owned collections of British military publications. Just as well I wasn't forced to study the structure & management of these publications as that would presumably have really stunted any interest in them! With very little automotive experience, whatever knowledge I have gained with MVs has been largely self-taught by having things go wrong. Although infuriating & depressing at the time, when enough things go wrong you gain experience that you can pass onto others who mistakenly think you are knowledgeable! I've picked up lots of advice from others along the way, but also seen gaps or errors in available information/advice particularly in vehicle electrics. But there are always things to learn & great satisfaction to be gained in solving a problem for oneself or another enthusiast wherever they might be in the learning experience. For a long time now radio amateur clubs have run courses to teach people how to become radio amateurs, the original concept of "self-training in wireless telegraphy" seems to have been lost. These days people want access to things straight-away, I think it would be quite unusual for someone to become licensed without having been on one of these, sometimes very short courses to obtain a rudimentary class of licence. So there is in this modern ipad world the 'I want it now' with minimum effort view on everything in life & with the lack of inquisitiveness & manual dexterity many traditional hobbies will faire badly I fear.
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    Every day, without even realising it, I draw on the skills my apprenticship instilled in me. There were times during the four years when I nearly threw in the towel and got another job, but I didn't and now reap the rewards. Nowadays I work firmly in what can only be described as the 'knowledge economy' and work with software and what can only be seen as abstract ideas. Looking from the world of RR CV12 rebuilds (Piston A1 serves as a pen holder on my desk) and Ferret fluid flywheel seal replacement the skills needed in the world of IT and massive data management seem irrelevant, but they are not. Logical and considered thought combined with analytical skills were embedded by the apprentice master as we diagnosed the root cause of why the Bedford MK was blowing engine oil on the workshop floor via the exhaust pipe (early turbo version with failed seals). We walked the path, thinking things through before touching the spanners knowing that when we did the minimum number of bolts would be removed to fix the part. Same with computers and software really. Learning a skill or a trade will always have crossover but this is completely overlooked by anyone looking from the outside. This lack of vision is indeed lamentable. Do I miss the spanners? Short answer is 'yes' and thats in part why I am here. I read the restoration pages and love to see the antics of others rebuilding things. When the time is right things will come full circle and a piece of wheeled (tracked...please say tracked...you know you want it...) military history will be acquired, of that I'm sure.
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    That is a very real problem Clive relevant both in the workplace and in outside activities I've just had my boiler serviced recently by a small family run local firm and the owner was saying he has exactly the same problems when he takes on school leaves they just can't handle tools and he has to start from scratch with them. For nearly two generations we have turned out school leaves who have not had the opportunity to do hands on workshop practice. For those of us who went to Technical Secondary schools prior to this we did focused courses and sat national exams at O level in wood work, metal work and technical drawing as a standard part of the curriculum, the work shop training included operating lathes, mills and basic welding brazing and soldering skills in the metal shop in wood working we operated planners, lathes, handled all forms of chisels and cutting knives, saws and learnt to keep your fingers out of the way, all of those things taught exactly the aptitudes you list above.. Most of this now would not happen either as result of safety concerns or through lack of funding. The world has changed and maybe the likes of us who restore and collect old machines have not changed with it so perhaps the next collecting boom will be collecting Old Farts like me and putting them on display in hermetically sealed glass cases displayed in authentic stained overalls and greasy hands clutching a tea mug in one hand and fist full if Whitworth spanners in the other while reading an engineering drawing exhibited as a stuffed curio from a by gone age........"mummy did they really get that dirty??".. Grumpy of Wales
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    The CS8 on its way to AF Budge ltd about 1988. At the side is the late Peter Constantinos 1952 - 2018
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    I very much doubt it, the amount of specialised kit needed to maintain the current vehicles is mind boggling, I once saw a REME corporal almost in tears when his laptop crashed while trying to diagnose a fault on a Foxhound.
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    Incidentally, the more modern the vehicle, the more specialist support is needed to maintain it, so will all those Land Rover Snatch replacements used in Iraq and Afganistan be preserved in 75 years time like a WW2 Jeep?
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    Thank you. It has been my Father's pride and joy for over 25 years, he took it to Dunkirk in 2000 when he first resorted it.
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    I am listing on behalf of My Father his 1940 Morris commercial cs8. This was a nut and bolt restoration completed approximately 18 years ago using many original NOS parts including aero screens, autovac canvases, doors, lights, seat covers and 4 new run flat tyres. The truck is in good overall condition and ready to show. I believe £26,000 is a good price for this truck however we are open to reasonable offers Eddie 07588961859.
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    I'm looking forward to the door going back on, and getting glass into it. No idea when that'll be, but eventually. Grabbed a spare hour or so after work on Sunday to start trying to get that underside infill put in, and start getting the bottom part of the door back to the right profile. It's pretty close in one spot, but still a good amount of persuasion required to get it back to where it should be. That's my fault for leaving it stood up in the workshop, where it's taken a bit of a beating being near the welding supplies bench. Some truck-shuffling in the yard at work (bloody brand-new LF with dead batteries that's been there for 4 months has been moved!) has left some room on slightly drier and firmer ground in front of the RL, so I'm tempted to try shift it forward out of the lake so that I can get to do a bit on the brake lines. Starting to write up the list of things that need to happen before I can get sorta-functional brakes on at least one axle, even if I have to stick the old shoes back in for now, just so I have an idea of what I might need to sort out in what order. (Starting with seals, before I end up with fluid everywhere. 😁) It remains to be seen whether or not something else gets shuffled into that space before I get there, though. 😁 New ball-bearings and a shaft-seal for the compressor should be arriving Soon™, hopefully within the next few days; then I should be good for another crack at that. (At least the crankshaft can go back in...) I think I've also managed to source some piston rings, so I can replace the oil-control ring I broke; but we'll see how that goes when they get here.
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    Couple of pics of repaired oil cooler. Coat of fresh paint makes a world of difference too You can see the extra width on the repaired pipe.
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    Thanks Ed! It is a real pain living 200 miles from the project as I can't nip out and do some little job. They all have to be planned in for the occasional visits. Oh well. I have now completed the last pattern, number 32. The is for the hot air duct elbow which mounts on top of the exhaust maniflod and directs hot air into the carburettor. It is not needed with volatile modern fuels but we will fit it for completion sake. Firstly , the elbow. I have tried Terry Harper's recommended procedure of turning up a doughnut shape and then cutting it into chunks before gluing the bits together into an elbow. Glued up and on the flange, previously cut from MDF. Then a quick rummage for a chunk of hardwood for the main part of it. MDF again for the flange on which the HT lead tube is mounted. Glue up and some filler for the corners. Twenty minutes with the Dremel and some sanding drums to dress. Drill through the core prints for some location pegs. And saw it in half. I don't like this bit! I attached some thin ply to both surfaces to allow for the material lost to the saw cut. Dress off with the Dremel again. More MDF glued up to make the core box. Marked out. Drill the straight bits in the lathe. The green tape is my depth stop. One hole began to tear a bit as it went over the joint line. It is not as serious as it looks. Work the curve out with a small gouge and a cardboard template. A bit of glass paper to finish. Two coats of Bondaprime and that is the last pattern, thank goodness. I am a metal worker really.... Well, my Thornycroft 'To-Do' list here in Leicester is now empty. We plan to put the fuel tank back over Christmas and make up the toolbox ready for the painting department. Father can also take this pattern to the foundry in the new year so we are all but there. The Peerless beckons! Steve
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    Shoulder is still a bit stiff, 2 weeks on, but we are managing. The fairly easy repair on the oil cooler turned out to be anything but. Straightening out the pipe was OK, but repairing the crack has been a different story. Being steel, I thought it should take a weld and had visions of a nice little low amps MIG seam running right round, but the pipe itself is quite corroded around the crack and even with the welder turned down to nothing it was just blowing the metal away. So had a go at brazing it, lower temperature, and all that, but braze doesn't like corrosion much either. Got plenty of brass on it, but every time I tested it there was at least one pin hole letting through. Took 2 whole days in the end, braze a bit, then test it, clean it braze some more and test again and so on. Finally got a good seal. Doesn't look pretty and pipe is now about a quarter of an inch wider with the amount of brass on it. It will clean up and with a coat of paint it'll be fine. Forgot to photograph it though. New front screens arrived last week and as usual I spent more time cleaning off the smeared sealant than I did fitting the glass in the first place New rubber seals around the edges of the frames finish the job And they look like this when on the truck With the rear glass in place too, that's her fully glazed and water tight enough to do away with the tarp cover. Got three days off next week so weather permitting, the back brakes are going to get what's coming to them, and we are then getting close to a drive round the block
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    The current wording of the relevant act states that you can sell previous spec deacts to countries out-side of the EU hence some are saying when and if we leave the EU, unless they change the law again you will be able to sell old spec deacts again but not create any new ones. I am not a legal expert so not qualified to give a legal option.
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    Armistice Day I attended a memorial service in Featherston. Featherston Camp was New Zealand’s largest training camp during the First World War, where around 60,000 young men trained for military service on European battlefields between 1916 and 1918. At its peak, Featherston Camp could sleep and feed more than 9000 men, and train them to be infantrymen, artillerymen, cavalry, and machine gunners.
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    At last, one rear body ready for fitting. Jon
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    Richard, Thank you for the details. I think the census number may still be on the drivers door under the last paint layer. Will sand it off to see. Regards, Marc
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    Hello fellow collectors, A couple of months ago I collected my latest purchase. A very straight and unmolested 1944 Morris C8, GS version. This is the early production model with a wood lined cab and a wooden cargo box. Her chassis number is 110 so a very early vehicle. She is in very good and almost complete condition but will require a lot of work nonetheless to get her perfect again. Out of curiosity I installed a battery and checked out her electrics. To my amazement everything works! Wiper, horn, lights, instruments and even the starter kicked in. Funny thing is the starter button should be next to the gear lever but is no longer there. Starter switch is now the former horn button on the steering column next to the hand throttle lever. An extra horn push button was installed forward of the steering column on the fire wall. Very odd but I seem to recall reading a members post on here where this was also the case on another 1944 C8. Could be a postwar modification? Unfortunately the engine is seized so I have poored some ATF on the pistons to let it all soak. Hopefully this will free the engine. I have already found some spare parts for missing items or incorrect parts. Also bought the Maintenance manual and Instruction book No. 101/ML5A and the Driver's Handbook No.100/ML5A from Rob van Meel. There seems to be no source however for the Spare Parts List. Does anyone out there maybe have a copy of this rather elusive Spare Part List? Would be very gratefull... Regards, Marc
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    It’s on its wheels now. Engine and gearbox in in Q1 2019. The kids showed an interest when the Loyd had its first roll out this week.
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    It was a fantastic day out. Quite amazing. Hundreds of photos are turning up on the internet. I quite liked this one which I have borrowed from elsewhere. You may notice I have been promoted to Lance Corporal, Steve to a WO1 but Dad remains a private!
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    Time for an update, the spring packs for the rear bogie have been disassembled, cleaned, painted and re-assembled with new plain steel bushes fitted into the spring eyes. The intermediate axle that I was working on in the last post has been craned into position and new shackle pins fitted, time for some photos. Spring pack and axle in place The new shackle pins, plain bushes and lock keys were machined by Jim Buckle ten years ago now and have been stored away awaiting their call to duty, Jim is Handy 18882 (1927 Vulcan 6x6 on this forum) Dad and an expert craftsman and machinist the quality and accuracy of Jim's work were self evident during assembly everything fitted perfectly without any need for reaming or adjustment. Example of Shackle pin and lock key Lock key shown in position, everything needs to line up perfectly to enable the lock bolts to pass through the axle brackets, shackle pin recess and lock key and of course with anything of pre-war British design all the lumps are massively engineered and very heavy. Here is the finished job, lock bolts in and locked off, in this photo the spring pack is not sitting equidistant on the pin as the weight of the axle is still held on the crane when the rear axle is fitted and the weight of the truck is on the spring pack the bogie has a degree of side float controlled by torque rods on top of the diff housings and will self center. Pete
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    Taking advantage of the recent dry spell the Retriever was moved from the barn into the new workshop with the help of Trevor the tractor and my wife Anne Pete
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    Thought I had better post what I have been doing... Filter bracket band made Doors partially re-skinned Started on window frames trial fitted window rubbers found, these fit nicely into the frame to take 6.4mm laminated glass. The strip fits in the groove at the bottom of the frame.
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