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    Thanks Tapper, it feels very close and yet there are still several major hurdles to negotiate but that's all part of the challenge. Time for an update me thinks. I have finished the engine cover although I have cheated and used 1.6mm steel sheet for the covers to save weight. Around the opening of this cover there is a radiused section, best shown in this picture. Also there is a 15mm gap right around the covers, too big a gap to be just clearance. I had assumed that it was a rain water channel but the more I studied the pictures I realised that the reason for the large gap and the radiused section was to allow air into the engine bay around the sides of the covers but I assume, not allow splinters to enter. On the original tank the two covers were not locked together, the lower over had no locking mechanism being held in place by it's own weight and the top cover having a locking mechanism. In my tank the covers lock together, as the lower door is not heavy enough stay in place on it's own. The radio operators escape hatch mow has it's latch and handle. Next to the radio operators chair there is a wall which is part of the engine bay bulkhead which for some reason is cut across at about 45 degrees Most probably to give access to the engine bay from inside the tank. Most of the pictures that I can find show this as being a bolted in section apart from one that shows it as having a hinged access door. I decided that as my ignition coil and amplifier are situated in this area a hinged cover would be a very good idea. When I made the radiator hinged cover, I made it as a two piece assembly. Once the hull top was in place it became obvious that it wouldn't close and should have been made in three sections. The only thing that then concerned me, was would it block the radio operators escape hatch. Once I had altered it, it became obvious that it tucks away nicely out of the way. The radio aerial on the panzer 2 is raised from inside the tank using this device. The handle is rotated up to raise that aerial and rotated down to lower it. The end of the handle is sprung so that when it is in the raised position it locks it's self in position, to lower the aerial you pull the end of the handle out and rotate it down. The unit to the right of the main unit contained a rotary coupling for the cable from the aerial to the radio apparatus. The shaft going between the rotating unit and the aerial outside the tank would have been in two parts and insulated so that the operator didn't get a shock when he touch the handle. In mine the shaft is in one piece. The radio mast was attached to the shaft via a coupling. This is the one on the Panzer ii in Bovington. And mine. When the mast is in the down position, it lays in a wooded tray that is bolted to the track guard. Sorry that it was such a long update, I get carried away or as my darling wife says, I should be carried away. Jon
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    Thats a neat piece of metalwork, from experience getting the shape/contour of window or screen recesses is quite tricky. I had to fabricate a complete rear screen recess on one of our lorries, it took a lot of patience and in the end a few attempts!
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    Barry, my Modified stoves all have that burner
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    Now you’ve practised on your own body you can sort mine out Duncan!!!😂😂😂😂👍
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    Certainly looks the part, bit of inventing sometimes does a better job
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    Thanks for the info, all help is appreciated 👍 However.... I may have solved the problem, while rained off site today I came up with a cunning plan🙄 or did I !! The old seal was well passed repair. After a quick rummage through the parts bin and salvaged a couple of parts from the original seal I ended up with these. The original seal was a D type double seal , internal seal to retain oil and external to prevent water and dirt ingress ( info and picture courtesy of oil seals uk ) Stripped the internals out and grind the edge off the seal , used one of the leather seals as a spacer and insert 2 Land Rover series hub seals bedded into silicone, refit the original outer casing and locking ring. New double seal created and gearbox back together 🤞it’s got 2 choices
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    A quote [ a man who never makes any failures never makes any successes either ] very true
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    I've always had good results from https://www.acorn-ind.co.uk/ and https://www.vintagebearings.co.uk/ If the leather is just a flat piece of leather contact these guys https://www.par-group.co.uk/ they cut out new leather seals for my Scammells back hub seals.
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    Dad is always looking for things to do so Steve and I pulled the California rad out from the shed and looked it over. We knew it had been patched before so we had a look at that and the damage seemed worse than we remembered. We are undecided as to the best course of action so may swap over the top tank with the WD marked one that we have. The gills had taken a few knocks so we need to sort those out. We gave the rad a pressure wash and then parked that up for later on.
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    The next task was the front axle, but the U Bolts we had (even the best set) we decided were too far gone to use so we have parked the axle for now and will get a set of bolts made.
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    A bit of an update regarding work on the scuttle in the last set of photos I posted I'd started to repair the RH side screen recess after a couple of false starts it's now complete. originally the whole panel was stamped out in one hit probably hot and by a break press. As I don't have such luxuries I ended up making the repair patch out of 4 separate pieces welded together and then ground to shape. It looks a fairly simple repair however the indented pressing has to curve upwards and also lay back following the contour of the scuttle to get an idea how it all worked I made a pattern out of some very thin steel cut out of a biscuit tin it was thin enough, 0.8mm to let me to shape it easily but stiff enough the hold the form once made So this is how it looked when I started this section That's what is going on here Here is the first section in place, welds ground down and awaiting the addition of the curved section, the trial pattern is on the scuttle The finished 18 gauge section welded in and ground back, some lead work will finish this off after blast cleaning Next job is to tackle the the vent and drain............ some serious tea drinking needed here I think Pete
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    Sorry no idea, the above picture was given to me by a friend. There is another picture found on this forum of the Tilling's chassis and a little of the removed body in the background, as before location unknown.
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    I have started a new thread for some background information and photographs of work in WW II and later on the Haifa to Baghdad Military Road by 75 CRE (Works) RE MEF First some background about a good friend of mine of 50 years, and who was there and took the photographs. In September 1939 he was in Palestine on school holidays visiting his parents, which he did every two years (his father was a Royal Engineer during WWI in Palestine, and later appointed the Chief Engineer for Palestine Railways, his mother was a nurse in QAIMNS during WW1 more about these two later). As all civilian transport back to the UK had been cancelled due to start of WW II, he reported to a British Army Base at Sarafend to see if he could join up, but only given a medical because there was no enrolling procedure for British subjects in Palestine at that time. His visa did not allow him to work in Palestine, and British dependants had to leave Palestine via ship to South Africa. (His mother left for South Africa on a troop ship but it was torpedoed in the Mediterranean sea(more about this later). But with some string pulling he was allowed to work as a civilian on the Haifa Baghdad military road construction, but only on the section in Iraq which was a neutral country at the time. Bearing in mind he was 16/17, and was working and living with RE soldiers (all in civilian clothing due to Iraq neutrality, and all former Iraq Petroleum (IPC) employees) in Iraq, with his father remaining in Palestine & mother en route to South Africa. Eventually in Aug 1940 at Sarafend, he was appointed Surveyor/Road Foreman Iraq & Trans Jordan with 75 CRE (Works) RE MEF working as a civilian. In October 1942 he was "absorbed" into the British Army, traveled to Sarafend, and onwards to Moascar, Egypt for a two month wait for his army service number to come through from the UK, and was then transferred back to 75 CRE (Works) RE MEF to his old job on the Haifa to Baghdad Military Road, but now officially a Sapper. On 9 August 1943 he was transferred to Kent Troops RE (Demolitions) at Athlit? Palestine, and then 18 November 1943 seconded to the IPC to demolish an oil pipe line that was 100's km in length until June 1944. July 1944 he was transferred to the TA (Reserve) but working for IPC until Oct 1946, and then a full time employee of IPC. His first task working full time for IPC was to repair the oil pipe line he had blown up whilst with 75 CRE Royal Engineers. He was good at demolition, so it took two years to repair. So he left UK for Palestine 1939 for a school holiday, and did not see the UK again for 7 years! He worked for IPC on the oil pipe lines and pumping stations until 1960. He met his wife, a ballet dancer with the Hungarian State Opera at a reception arranged by King Faisal II at the Royal palace in Baghdad. The opera was touring through the Middle East on their way to Australia, they married in Baghdad early 1950's. They remained friends with the King and family, taking the Kings children on trips to the desert. But the King was executed in 1958. When the political situation in Iraq worsened, after 1958, they did not feel safe, and left for the UK 1960. Bit of a boys own action man in his day, but never talked about it much, which was a shame really. On return to UK he and and his wife never really adjusted to life in the UK, it was all a bit tame and lacking excitement. He was always a desert man, and he said a cup of tea never tasted right unless it had some sand in it. They purchased a Austin A40 in the 1950's and and they both made several trips from Iraq to UK via Hungary and return, and also to North Africa. I hope you enjoy the photo's and I look forward to comments and questions. Sapper, 78 CRE (Works) RE, MEF taken in 1944 Capt Squires, & Staff Sgt Maclean and driver with Chevrolet Utility at HBR Camp G.E.1 on the Trans Jordan Iraq border August 1940. Caterpillar Grader on auto patrol at work on the Haifa Baghdad military road being operated by 75 CRE (Works) RE 1940. The engine on this grader did not work, it was towed via a cable by any available heavy vehicle. More photos to follow. B series
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    The photos of the body way back behind the butchers shop
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    Thanks Gents! Guess what I have just found 😃.......NOS front brake cable
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    Yes you can try to claim a refund, but you have to give your reason for requesting it. I've claimed mine : )
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    Bonjour, Je suis un petit nouveau sur le forum, j'habite la région Lorraine en France et je suis un fier possesseur d'une Austin Champ avec set C12 et d'une Daimler Ferret MK1/2 que je restaure. I am a newcomer to the forum, I live in Lorraine in France and I am a proud owner of an Austin Champ with set C12 and a Daimler Ferret MK1 / 2 which I am restoring. J ai trouvé ce forum très riche en information et en partage d'astuce entre propriétaire. I found this forum very rich in information and sharing of tips between owners.
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    Et encore bien d'autre jouet pour grand garçon adulte dont je ferai des photos ultérieurement Aro M461, Unimog,..... And many other toys for big adult boys which I will take pictures of later,Aro M461, Unimog, ........ Sinon tous les véhicules fonctionnent correctement, Otherwise all vehicles are working properly, pour l'Austin j'ai déjà refait la mécanique et les freins son neuf avec du liquide au silicone. for the Austin I have already redone the mechanics and the brakes its new with silicone liquid. Je rénoverai la carrosserie plus tard car maintenant je préfère jouer avec le Daimler Ferret. I will renovate the body later because now I prefer to play with the Daimler Ferret. Pour Le Daimler Ferret je fais me contenter de le compléter au niveau radio puisqu'il n'y a que les intercoms non ANR For Le Daimler Ferret I am content to complete it on the radio level since there are only non-ANR intercoms
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    I would expect them to be CAV which at some stage was bought out by Lucas but maintained it's identity as the supplier for commercial vehicles. This in the era when they had the 'ears' same as acetylene lamps and could thus be retrofitted.
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    Been digging through some old photos today and thought I would share these with you
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    The driver's floor is now in and most of the controls are done or just need a bit of finishing. There are still 6 holes to drill but I will do them once the body is off and I can turn it over. The floor will then be removed to blast and paint. I found out that the clutch linkages are different to other Loyd's to avoid the PTO and belts driving the dynamos. Peter.
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    Looking very good, thats some really good attention to detail with the metalwork.
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    So we are coming to the end of this topic with photos focused on the Haifa Baghdad Military road because we have moved through WWII and into post war civilian vehicles. But we have not mentioned motorcycles so here a couple of photographs. Matchless 350cc in stuck Wadi After the war it became possible to obtain personnel goods, so my friend purchased an Indian Chief, mainly chosen because his mother owned and rode an Indian motorcycle during WWI in Syria and Iraq. Pictured on the K3 road Iraq. 6 October 1949.
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    AEC 6x6 25 Ton truck with trailer on it's side at K2 Iraq 1947. AEC 6x6, 25 Ton truck on its side K2 to K3 road Iraq, 1947
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    OK, if you felt a little cheated by the last post, this one has more substance to it. General topic: getting stuff off the floor and back on the lorry. I needed a small quantity of 5/16" BSF single chamfer nuts. There's a bag of them on the kitchen table in Bristol, but they're not much use to me there. Strangely, in my haste to get back before the lock-down all those weeks ago, they were not top of my list. I don't currently have access to a lathe either. I remembered that I had a quantity of BS 190 1/4" Whitworth nuts, so set about drilling and re-tapping them 5/16" BSF. Nut suspended on 1/4"Whit tap and clamped in the vice. Drilled 17/64" Tap started in the chuck of the drill Finished off by hand. Fruits of my labours: six done, two left to do. This allowed me to fit the foot-board brackets. (sorry for the poor quality of this photograph) Next up was the radiator. Last week I had taken the air line too it and blown out forty years accumulated dust and cobwebs from the core. Next I gave the tube fins a good daub off phosphate conversion coating. This weekend I masked the radiator with tape and newspaper before giving the core two good coats of matt black paint. Once dry and the masking removed, the radiator was lifted onto a table placed in front of the lorry, then from the table onto the mounts. These were lined with 1/16" thick rubber sheeting (perished) so two new linings were cut and fitted prior to mounting the radiator. With the radiator in place, it was now time for the bull bar and headlamp brackets to be re-fitted. Parts laid out ready Bull-bar and brackets fitted (with a little help from David, who also helped lift the radiator) Some of Trojan's rather beautiful new 1/2"BSF bar-turned bolts Next the front bonnet support was lifted into place. and in a small departure from originality was fitted with countersunk screws, nuts and spring washers; originally, this was riveted. The "spare" hole takes the last bifurcated copper rivet for securing the end of the felt. Felt pegged out of the way while the screws gt painted up to black. She's starting to look like her old self again now...
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    Yesterday morning we had a drive down to Somerset; setting off early to avoid the queue of caravans heading south now they are allowed to stay over night. We spent five hours picking through piles of cart and carriage ironwork in an attempt to find all the remaining parts from the long dismantled Lyons tea van. It was moderately successful as we came back with a boot full of iron for this and some other projects. Am I a rustaholic, or do I just think I am? Anyway, it is not a complete set so I will continue to build my blacksmiths shop. During the week I drilled the two halves of the header tank pattern so I could fit the alignment dowels. This morning I marked the location for the filler and drilled a 20mm hole to locate the 3D printed filler neck and core print. After the filler neck halves were glued and screwed in place a bit of filler was used to blend them in and cover the screw heads before I gave them a coat of bondaprimer.
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    Being a Design Engineer by trade and everything now done on a computer, you have to take your hat off to those Engineers back then. Those drawings are so important to be kept, such a good source of information for future generations and restorers.
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    IPC Road foreman Hamad Muslat, with his Caterpillar D8 dozer at Wadi Ba'eer 1947.
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    Thank you, Ted. That solves some of the mysteries. Some additional, visual info: 1. Early version, 1000 gal of fuel with PTO-driven pump. Hoses probably stored in the storage boxes at the sides, entire length of bowser. https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205210397 Peek inside (no motor for pumps, as they were PTO-driven). Note rectangular door: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205219422 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205449968 2. Mid-production version, 950 gal of fuel, two Zwicky pumps and their engine (3hp Bradford or P5XC Stuart-Turner) accessible through left-side access door. https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205212464 Pumping control valves, suction valve and filter through right-hand access door. https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205188486 Fuel hoses in the lockers in the back of the vehicle. Note door in an irregular pentagon shape. Photo found on Internet many years ago, the website no longer exists and I can't find any other versions online now. If anyone has a credit for this one, let me know. 3 - Mid-production version, 850 gal of fuel and 100 gal of oil. Same as above, but with additional longitudinal container at the top of the vehicle for oil hoses. Additional walkways above access doors at left. Small fragment of a photo from 'Spitfire IX & XVI of Polish Airmen' by Wojtek Matusiak, p.79 (heartily recommended). Same door shape, access door at left for engine and pumps. Additional walkway above (to facilitate reaching the container above). And a small fragment of photo from the same book, page 78. No doubt additional container was for oil hoses: 4. Late-production version, 850 gal of fuel and 100 gal of oil (post-war classification: 16A/699). Two Zwicky pumps and their engine (P5XC Stuart-Turner) at the back of vehicle accessible through full-height doors. 2 longitudinal containers at the top of the vehicle - left for oil hoses, right for fuel hoses. Note full-height doors and manual pump for oil on nearside walkway. Here is one refuelling Meteors: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205211784 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205211783 PBO on the door probably means it contains jet-fuel (does it have anything to do with adding PbO2 to the fuel?) 5. Unfortunately I only have the museum photos. Cosford example is this version. 6. Same as above, but this time Duxford has this version. 7. There are photos of 3-boom AVTUR examples in 'Machinery of Conflict, British Military Trucks of WWII' on pp.37-38. However, the middle one is not used. I guess it might be either unused or removed. 8. I haven't seen a photo of this one so far. 9. Photos can be found in 'Bedford to Berlin and Beyond' by Robert Coates on pp.55-56, although author doesn't clearly identify it as water bowser, it definitely is one, with simple manhole on the top for gravity filling, 2 valves in front of the rear axle (one each side) and only an auxilary motopump placed in the rear storage box. 10. Yes, it seems there existed boomless AVTUR versions, one can be found in 'RAF Ground Support Equipment Since 1918' by F.J. Adkin on p.90 I have some questions, maybe someone will know the answer: a) For version 1 - does anyone know how these storage boxes were opened? I suppose similar as in the RAF fuel trailers, but that's just a guess. b) Manual oil pum used in versions 3 and 4 - I believe the ref. no. was A.P.4268A - does anyone know how it worked? I suppose the crew didn't operate it from the walkway, but put it on the ground before starting the tiresome, manual work. c) Does anyone has any photos of version 5 in actual use by RAF?
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    Hi Ted, In answer to your quote above, I had to smile as Bedford used to put in there adverts many years ago, "good for a 50% overload". !!!
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    Will the bus be restored? I ask as I really like it as it is. It’s got a patina that has that ‘been there, done that and now I’m chillin look’.
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    1953, runing condition, only 800 miles, fewer rust, good tracks, changed oil etc. Location Lithuania, EU. Please no time waisters and only serious enqueries. Appreciate everyone's opinions, but lets stick to the topic.
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    S/Sgt Downs of 75 CRE(Works) RE MEF), driving his Caterpillar Auto Patrol Grader between H3 and Rutbah, Iraq, 1941.
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    Hi I am still here... Finally got up to the "shed" , first time since lockdown begun... Truck still there, but a few spiders had decided to take up residence.. Today the floor pan I made a little while ago , got fitted Another installment next week ....
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    Well, the first armoured cars by Alvis-Staussler Ltd were built in 1937.
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    Well that's a good start. A rolling chassis will turn up somewhere having been a farm trailer or similar. Then you need a transmission and diff. The rest is make-able. Easy ! Good luck, David
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    Maybe 1000gal is just a rounding? Anyway I've seen mention of 1000gal only with the earliest version of Bedfords, but these also could have been actually 950 gal. Here is the listing of the Bedford tanker versions I've found so far: 1. Early version, 1000 (or 950 in reality?) gal of fuel with PTO-driven pump. Pump at the back of vehicle accessible through rectangle doors. Hose storage lockers at the sides, entire length of bowser. 2. Mid-production version, 950 gal of fuel, two Zwicky pumps and their engine (3hp Bradford or P5XC Stuart-Turner) accessible through left-side access door. Pumping control valves, suction valve and filter through right-hang access door. Fuel hoses in the lockers in the back of the vehicle. 3. Mid-production version, 850 gal of fuel and 100 gal of oil. Same as above, but with additional longitudinal container at the top of the vehicle for oil hoses. Manual pump for oil. 4. Late-production version, 850 gal of fuel and 100 gal of oil (post-war classification: 16A/699). Two Zwicky pumps and their engine (P5XC Stuart-Turner) at the back of vehicle accessible through full-height doors. 2 longitudinal containers at the top of the vehicle - left for oil hoses, right for fuel hoses. Manual pump for oil. 5. Similar to above (850/100), but with 3 booms and fuel and oil pumped through engine-driven pumps. Left and right outer booms for fuel, middle one for oil (post-war classification: 16A/700) 6. Same as above, but with oil tank not used (only 850 gal of fuel) and middle boom removed/not mounted (only 2 booms for fuel left). 7. 850 gal AVTUR version for jet fuel with some additional cylindrical elements (with fuel pipes going through them before reaching booms) behind the cabin. Some kind of filters? I've seen versions with both 2 and 3 booms, but never seen the middle (oil) boom in use, so I presume even if present it wasn't used (post-war classification: 16A/1297 defines it as 850gal AVTUR tanker, no mention of oil) 8. 950 gal version with PTO-driven pump (post-war classification: 16A/1393) - never seen one like that, but I presume it might be the same as version 1 (or maybe early version 2 also had a PTO-driven pump). I don't know. 9. Water tanker. Filling and emptying by gravity. Filling through a top manhole with a domed cover and emptying being through 2in. valves, one fitted either side. I've seen 2 factory photos, but not in actual RAF use so far. The one in the photo is version 4. Michal
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    Stone crusher with drag line behind on the HBR. AEC Tipper, Army Fordson W.O.T. 2, 15 Cwt, and an ex RAF Brockhouse Bowser, 450 gal with Zwicky pumping equipment coming off the old Euphrates ferry, Iraq.
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    Caption reads: This is S/Sgt Alec Downs (75 CRE(Works) MEF), dog Pippy, on the bonnet of my Chevrolet pick up HBR 12, at HBR quarters, Zerka, 1942. Caption reads: My driver Abu Khalil and self with my Chevrolet pick up HBR 12, on the HBR between Zerka and Mafraq, Trans Jordan, November 1942.
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    Here is a DeHavilland DH98A Rapide that had a forced landing in the Iraq desert. Overland recovery was performed using this AEC tractor and semi trailer, with the arab driver in photo.
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    The Hop Farm, showground site for the W&P show, which is still closed since lockdown has just ammended its events webpage and has Deleted All forthcoming outdoor events including W&P show, the first shows to be held there are planned for Oct/Nov 2020
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    This line was a line of "lines" all lined up.
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    I guess there are those who have taken on a project but never completed it and got too old to start work but lived in hope of being able to do so and kept it till they died, after which the family saw the project as a pile of junk and parted with it for a few hundred pounds to 'We buy any MV' or the local scrap dealer. Similarly there will be regulars on the show scene with viable vehicles but as they grow older they just cannot be bothered to go to the likes of WPR, so their MV gets out less and less, until some minor inconvenience like a flat tire or battery means the MV gets left in the garage, slowly getting less roadworthy. Such owners are never going to sell their pride and joy. However what happens next depends on whether their family appreciate the MVs worth, after the owner has 'gone'. Its a depressing thought that we don't own our MVs so much as keep them for the next generation!
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    Managed to attach it....
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    Started on the Rear Brake linings. The steel "arc" which goes between the lining and the Brake Shoe is described in the Parts Book as the "Hub Brake Shoe Liner". Each of the linings is riveted to one of these and then later that riveted assembly will be bolted to its appropriate Brake Shoe with Csk Screws which are to be deeply countersunk in the lining. The first step today was to line up the linings on the liners in their correct places - so that they can be drilled through and held temporarily in place with nuts and bolts. Those will be replaced individually, one at a time with countersunk copper lining rivets later.
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    A 1930's Marmon Herrington tractor unit supply truck on the Wadi Rueshid Bridge near HBR H4 station, 1940.
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    Forum members seem quite interested in this information and photos, and you like a lot of detail and background so I will take more time and add more information, I don't mind doing it if the interest is there. I will start a new thread and load them slowly unless anyone objects. This Chevrolet pick up (6 cylinder) was used by several members of the RE unit including my friend, loaded with fuel, food, water, weapons and several spare tyres on a 700 km drive to escape to Haifa during the Iraq rebellion 2nd May 1941.
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    They say all good things come to an end, and so has 10 weeks of furlough and good Tanker work. Got a call from the Gov'nor last Saturday asking me if I would mind awfully going back to work. I did protest saying I had essential Tanker work to do, and thought he might understand as he owns a vintage Maltese bus that used to be a Bedford QL. But no, he was insistent that I was needed, so it's back to the Monday to Friday grindstone. Wasn't too bad, there was a small glimmer of hope, first job was to replace a brake chamber on a double decker. I restore knackered buses as the day job. For those that don't know, a bus brake chamber looks like this Inside is a very sexy return spring, that just happens to be the exact size of the one required for my fuel valve Absolute perfect fit. It's made of slightly thicker wire than the original, and a little bit stronger, but that just shuts the valve tighter. Bit of a joke really, all the phone calls and emails the other week trying to find one and getting quoted silly money to get one made, and all the time our works scrap bin is full of them at nil cost! Despite being reduced to only Tankering in the evenings now, I've still achieved quite a bit this week, and money saving seems to be the theme. Was sorting out the fittings for the rear wheel arches a couple of weeks back including the rear and side reflectors. Having painted the mounting brackets, I fitted the orange side reflectors These are readily available from most of the Military parts suppliers and on fleebay, all brand new about a fiver each. But, if you want red ones for rearward facing, then that's a different question. Rocking horse poo is easier to find. Green Machine have some available £54 a pair. Think they are having a laugh at that price, but I suppose it's supply and demand where else are you going to buy some, they seem to be the only ones available. Solution, get a couple of cheap reflectors of the right size off fleebay for £2.98, and fit them into orange reflector cases. Hardest bit is grinding the remains of the orange bit out with a Dremel. Think they'll do nicely. Diesel tank has been centre stage this weekend. Having been leak tested for 48 hours without so much as a damp patch, set about getting some fresh paint on it Usual red oxide first Filler primer and flatting off And finally Shiney DBG. The support strings do leave marks, but they will be underneath the mounting straps, and wont be seen. Biggest problem now is where to store it so it doesn't get scratched prior to fitting back on the Tanker.
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    Thanks Cel 2018 we didn’t quite manage to get the injector sorted and tested in time but was ready for last year which we treated her gently as we had a lot of new bearings and gears bedding in and on the last day towed some logs IMG_2610.MOV IMG_2610.MOV
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