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    With my luck you wouldn’t want to! The jeep will be refinished as M1501912 the next time around in case by some chance we ever attend the same show.....although would anybody actually notice?
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    Neither except that my father in law led all three Bomber Command missions which concluded with the Tirpitz capsizing.
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    In 2018 my brother and I purchased something bigger than we have previously restored! We bought the 1943 Federal as running, but decided to do a complete restoration. The original engine had been replaced at some time in it's life with a Bedford diesel engine. These pictures are how we purchased it. Hope you enjoy this thread.
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    Blasted and primed.
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    ☺️ BlueBelle ..... she watches! This is the most interesting thread for ....... Egypt! There, you thought I was going to say "ages". Great when stuff like this comes to light and gets posted here. Thanks.
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    So, we need to set the scene a bit. My friend Paul Isaacs is another transplanted Brit living not far from me. We both share a love of things mechanical and we both are involved with the Cold War Collection based out of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Paul has over all responsibility for the collection and I am a volunteer. I was at his house a while ago, well maybe 2 years ago, saw a photo album and asked to look through it. I saw all these amazing photos from a time long ago. I asked Paul if I could reproduce them and share them, he was happy for me to do so. I have been stymied for how to do this for a while as the pictures are secured into the album with glue and are brittle. Recently my work phone was changed for an I phone and the camera is wonderful. If you saw how small these prints are you would understand. I know nothing about the vehicles in the pictures, I just recognise that it is important to share them. If you wish to use them elsewhere please ensure Paul Isaacs gets the credit and let me know. If you fail to do so and I find them I might be grumpy. Pte Isaacs is pictured beside his mom before going to Egypt. All the other photos may or may not be Pte Isaacs, he took many photos of his mates on vehicles and some may have him in them but I cant say for sure I hope you enjoy them and that these spark discussion, I have a quite a few to put up.
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    Dad has been painting the flywheel:
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    I wonder if Bluebell is watching this thread develop, Please keep the pictures coming.
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    As I have said, you folks will have to identify the vehicles> i did not know the military Land Rovers had trafficators. I may be able to redo that image to get the VRN.
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    No new MV since 2014? Here is mine!
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    Next trip to my dad's house in Beverley, I need to bring the Typewriter home to make some headings for each section of the album.
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    As can be seen in the Sunderland Flying Boat image, each corner has two little flaps which made an ideal pocket to catch the edge of the corners on the opposite page. There was only one solution, a little PVA glue under each one. 150 photos, 600 corners, 1200 little paper flaps to lift and glue down!! A little cross eyed, I finished them last night. I also unbound the album, and added a little PVA glue along the edges of the pages at the binding end, hopefully preventing the pages fanning. It was all tied back together this afternoon and I'm very pleased with the finished result.
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    December 8th - RAF Photo Album Update I Finally finished assembling my RAF photo album, but it took quite a while longer than expected! Each page has three photos with traditional photo corners, although I added some glue to the backs of the photos. However, because of the way the album is bound, the pages could slide over each other a little, like an old fashioned fan opening. This caused the photo corners to tangle up with each other!
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    I have managed to position and drill the first tow assembly end plate. I will now drill through the other plate and bolt them together and cut the second one to size. One thing I have noticed is that the tow spring is longer than any I have (32½") as it fits outside the chassis rails rather than inside. I have also marked and cut down the left rear panel and refitted, then positioned and drilled the outer angle iron that runs front to back. Peter.
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    Dec 2019, Chassis off to sand blaster's.
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    Recent little projects have included refurbishment of the previously gutted MWR-specific CAV control box to maintain the original outwards appearance whilst adding a modern unit within the shell linked to the original connections and a rework of the manifolds to reinstate the heat control valve, replacing the two nuts and bolts through the holes in the sides of the manifold.
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    Been a while since I posted on here, but progress continues, even if life tends to throw a few curved balls at me along the way. Progress (woodwork by me, metalwork generally by others) has included Completion of 19 Set installation repair of the three original lockers build of a new offside rear locker to match nearside locker build of two new metal bins of the correct size build of three battery frames to match the one original build of two operators seats to match one original build of new frame and cover for charging panel strip down of cab, and repairs as necessary - all holes drilled and dowelled build of new gutter panel obtained/made correct Bedford pattern seats and mounts including adjuster mechanism repair of battery box refurb of instrument binacle, including commissioning transfers for CAV switchboard repair of generator footstep box repairs to radiator panel repairs to radiator shroud repairs to front wings build of new can carrier stripdown of engine compartment -where work continues Some photos of progress
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    Roof taking shape with the first Layer of 1/2” boards being fitted followed by canvas being held down on a bed of canvas adhesive (baby poo ) which is best described as a sticky semi runny putty .The canvas is painted which seals it and makes it shrink pulling it tight.Hopefully next week the second layer of 5/8” boards get layed forming the floor for the upper deck.
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    All Shackles, Hooks and Shackle pins - now cleaned or replaced with the exception of the one Shackle that Steve took away to press out the old warn bronze bushes (now done) ready for fitting. Steve will bring that one missing Shackle with him back to Devon when he next comes down for new bronze bushes to be made and pressed in.
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    Considering Bovington is a world renowned Museum, their web site, IT is sh.t. I would resend the email, then ring to confirm that they have received it. I was on the point of writing them a letter and putting it in the post out of shear exasperation. I sometimes wonder have they forgotten why they exist and are more interested in their public profile. Jon
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    I'll be on the lookout for an original body over the coming years. Very much open to a second purchase, the right vehicle would yield the majority of parts required to complete 7837. That's the one earlymb, have you a link? She is indeed Pete, not only my first large vehicle project but the first vehicle I've ever owned (bar a bicycle) since I don't own the car I drive. As noted, I have a clear image of her end state. Whilst I have a general order in mind, it is necessary to have ones fingers in several pies, rather like plate spinning. The general idea for re-assembly is (though not necessarily the order in which parts will be restored), chassis, road springs and axles, wheels, engine, radiator, driver's structure, gearbox(es) and drive, winch, upper cab, body. The vehicle will be used for living history purposes, with long expeditions to France, Holland, Germany and Italy. She'll be found harboured up in the Norman countryside, perhaps in an orchard covered by her net as her driver (yours truly) carries out maintenance using her original toolkit, sleeping under the vehicle wrapped in blankets, washing and shaving, doing laundry, answering the call of nature, preparing meals, all in the original manner. I hope to release a book detailing the vehicle, accompanied by a series of living history photo shoots, detailing the life of a R.A driver during the second world war. My Matador, 7837, will be named after my great-great-auntie Marg (b. 1928). Not only does this name suit the Matador, it brings the Matador full circle, tying her into a large part of my families wartime history. Both my great-great-aunties went on to marry ex-servicemen. Their older brothers also served, in both the army and air force. In northwest Europe, Italy, India and Burma (large family). Upon restoration, a sign writer will be commissioned to paint 7837's name above the cab, using Marg's own handwriting (photographed) for the design. It was common for Matador, particularly in northwest Europe to be named after places they'd served or after their crews female acquaintances. Pictured, my great-great-aunties Marg (right) and Doris (b. 1927). Photo circa 1942 and December 2018.
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    Can't seem to post the image but here is a Labrador with a spade:- https://www.google.com/search?q=labrador+with+a+spade&client=ms-android-huawei&prmd=ivsn&sxsrf=ACYBGNTv1chBHG1-wKIk0vZdVeevy9DZLw:1575580537969&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjK_p7ytp_mAhWHQEEAHRQ9D0wQ_AUoAXoECA0QAQ&cshid=1575580576534&biw=360&bih=631#imgrc=5OX_n67BJpiSIM
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    More 'fettling' with th cab... Still loads to do .....
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    Pete, I feel some empathy as we both ended up with a Jeep carrying the same British census number, you by research and me by choosing a number at random, based on the age of the vehicle. As you say always two ways to skin a cat. The jeep was a ground up restoration from a bare chassis, but my Bedford, because of its distant and open fronted, rough floored, location has to be a bit by bit restoration. Much as I’d like to strip it to a bare frame, it isn’t practical. The result will be the same... I hope.....but will take longer. Flexibility and the ability to develop alternative plans are therefore always helpful as well. The Christmas cracker joke metaphor.....”how do you eat an elephant.....one bite as a time” also pertains. I also treat individual parts, such as the manifolds or areas such as the driver’s cab or the engine compartment as an individual restoration project to be completed before moving on to the next sub project. Some of the smaller sub projects can be brought home to work on. On long projects, it gives you a psychological boost to complete sub projects rather than feeling the whole thing stretching into infinity. Just the views of another old fart to be used or ignored as appropriate.
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    I think we looked at the same post. 😃 Size: Length 24.7" Breadth 15.25" Depth 10.125" Empty Weight 11 lb. 8 oz. Used for: 3-in. Q.F. howitzer Smoke Number Packed: 12 Gross weight: 144 lbs 4.5-in. B.L. gun Cordite W- 1st Charge Number Packed: 6 Gross weight: 57 lbs 4.5-in. B.L. gun Cordite W- 2nd and 3rd Charges Number Packed: 6 Gross weight: 90 lbs 5.5-in. B.L. gun 3rd and 4th charge Number Packed: 6 Gross weight: 88 lbs 6-in. 26-cwt. B.L. howitzer 4-lb. 6-oz. 4-dr charge Number Packed: 10 Gross weight: 80 lbs M.L. 8-in. projector, Generators Smoke, No. 23 Number Packed: 12 Gross weight: 100 lbs
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    A left hand side wheel is turning anticlockwise, so with left hand thread wheel nuts tend not to unwind if the wheel loosens. A lot of this is to do with conical wheels nuts and the wheel shuffling if not fully tightened. Obviously same for right hand side with right hand threaded nuts. With the advent of flange type wheel nuts on modern trucks they have returned to all right hand threaded on most trucks. If you towed a vehicle backwards, you have an even chance of loosing a wheel on either side (if not fitted securely).
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    My name is Robert and I live in south Warwickshire. I have a small collection of military vehicles including a Morris CS8 and 2 Abbots, and I enjoy the hands on part of MV ownership.
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    Bit of progress on the Scammell. We're well on with the wooden lockers and have ordered the last of the timber to do the tops. Installed the radiator and test fitted the bonnet to check fit up. Have installed the cab panels for the last time, securing them with all new BA screws and sealing the joins with Tiger seal. I need a new piece that runs along the bottom of the tilting pane on the windscreen before i can fit it, and i have that with an engineering firm to see if they can reproduce that section. As soon as the windscreen is done we can lift the cab off and paint it. But i don't want to paint in this cold weather, it might have to wait till next year but its a shame as we could have started on fitting it out, electrics etc. Richard
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    Been busy working on a 3D recording project and the 1940s pillboxes make a great test subject. Its a bit techie, but does have a lovely 3D model and ortho photo (be sure to zoom in) of a pillbox sunk into a Bronze Age barrow: Pillbox in a Bronze Age barrow The location of this pillbox is on a pretty flat plateau. The barrow, rising up all of a couple of metres at most, provided some banked earth protection.
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    Makes sense that there'd be a pickup difference between the two. Might have to track those bits down, if I don't want it to end up dinging it again. Anyway, rod bearings look pretty much brand-new. Rod journals look great, too. Some unusual pistons. There are two types of piston in this engine, one type stamped 'B' in the crown, the other stamped 'Y' and looks pretty snazzy: (For some reason, I struggled to get a decent picture of the pistons at all; this one has a torch shining up under the piston skirt, to show the interesting cuts and whatnot. The 'B' type piston has fewer cuts/slots in the skirt, and (I think) a heavier skirt overall. I'll try and get better pictures after I've given them a proper cleaning. (Also, unsurprisingly, there were a few stuck rings.) Also, as for the bores, it's No.4 with the vertical scoring. Does seem like it should hone out okay, though it's a bit beyond a quick DIY hone. I'll give the place work uses a ring and see what they say.
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    the studs I removed and the finished engine
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    I got the clutch relined by Dinah at Prestige Clutches. She did a brilliant job re-lining the friction plate and clutch brake and also supplied new springs and the four springs that hold the clutch release bearing. I made new pivot pins for the fingers and release blocks and had them hardened. I also put the clutch shaft and clutch brake drum in the lathe and gave the drum a skim so that i have a decent true surface to run the DTI on when i come to align the engine and gearbox.
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    The gun barrel holding up the barn roof was pretty cool.
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    I will put up with it and more to get the moments like Freddie at the Menin Gate or Ian packing a parachute. Look through the froth.
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    There are several things not right with the bike. As has been said the handlebars are postwar, engine not correct but not insurmountable. Ian you frame number almost looks like they have stamped the eights upside down, which at the time they wouldn't worry about that. According to records I have it was a 1943 machine. My own bike is a 1944 machine.
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    We are on with a Humber at the moment - and although Cumbria is a distance it would be well worth while coming up to have a look, photograph and measure up of the one here. The woodwork is tricky but not impossible and we have also fabricated most of the brackets that you will need so can give you some good pointers. There are also tons of pics here: http://s484.photobucket.com/user/RustyTrucks/library/#/user/RustyTrucks/library/Humber%20Heavy%20Utility?sort=3&page=1&_suid=138246807705205652437064224249
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