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    A Genie! Gosh that made me laugh. Nothing quite so exciting really. Here is a picture of the store room.
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    Sorry, I was not responding to any implied criticism, just my frustration at Photobucket black mailing me. I have just updated page one of the Thornycroft and nearly finished the Peerless thread. There are about a further 4,650 photos for me to replace, so I better get back to it then. Interestingly, these threads still attract a great deal of interest and it would be a shame to loose it all. Very sadly, a great deal of other threads and photos will have been lost. Anyway, normal services will be resumed as soon as possible. .
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    Hi Ian, They look great, I like the toothed ring for the ABS sensor on the wheel in the middle of the picture 😁. David
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    I'm not taking any chances, being an auto electrician I have self insulated. Joking aside I have come out of retirement to drive artics for a supermarket company. We are gradually getting back to normal as suppliers have in many cases ramped production up by 50% and we are working round the clock but there are still plenty of retards abusing the system by stockpiling perishable food which will have rotted long before it gets used.
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    This is the curse of restoration when "flying" somewhat blind. i.e., without good source-drawings or photos to study. I found when I did my TE, I did many things twice. And there was no common-cause. Sometimes poor machining on my part, or the job did not look right; or, as we discovered later, it was to foul some as-not-yet-thought-about part. My solution, as with all conundrums of this type, lies with Doctor Shepherd & Dr Neame's patent problem-solving elixir - to wit, Masterbrew.
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    I'm convinced that a trip to 'the stores' actually involves rubbing a lamp to summon a genie with access to a seemingly inexhaustible supply of obscure 100+ year old lorry parts... 😂
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    Evening All, I thought that I would do a pre-Christmas update. I have been concentrating on the wiring, a bit odd you may think as there are more pressing jobs with the drive etc but I needed something that wasn't complicated and that I could dip in and out of. I am glad that I did, as there were a lot of holes to drill, clips to make and trunking to run and head scratching to do. There is a section of flexible trunking that runs in front of the driver, around the peddle area. I had thought that it was part of the wiring but I am now not so sure, as I have identified the wiring route and it doesn't use that section of trunking. However I have used it to run the gearbox kickdown switch wiring in, as it runs in the adjacent area. The wiring is now complete and tested but I have made use of a lot more flexible trunking than the original. All the wires in the original appear to be black, I have used colour coded wires but where they can be seen I have jointed onto black extensions. I have left the wires long enough so that they can be pulled out of the end of the trunking so that the various colours can be identified as they join the black ends. The interior of the hull contains light sockets for the magnetic work light as well as adjustable station lights. So far, I have been able to identify the location of two sockets, one by the driver and one in the turret and two station lights, one in the turret and one by the radio operators position. I would have expected to find three of each so I will keep on looking. Work light location next to the driver I posted a question on another forum with refence to the station lights and amazingly one of the various styles is still produced, but for an automotive application. I had to make the work light sockets. The sockets are standard DIN sockets pressed into the housing but the spade connections had to be altered. In situ with the work light plugged in.
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    I recently had some time to spare at work, so I thought I'd run AP2515A Vol.III, Mechanical Transport Vehicles Complete, dated May 1946 through the scanner. It essentially lists all of the MT vehicles, trailers and associated bodies, in use with the RAF at the time. Interestingly, some of the chassis/complete vehicles have the contract numbers listed and for many of those the chassis number ranges covered by each contract are included. Also included at the end is the first amendment list, from January 1947. If it's of interest, we also have the second edition of May '52 and the fifth edition from April '64 Apologies if there is a better place to put this. AP2515A 1946.pdf
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    Looking good, Duncan. I don't know how many of the original coach fittings you have, but there has been a nice 20's period Disturnal & Co. catalogue on ebay for a while. The price is a bit a rich, but I reckon the drawings of the items are a lot older than the catalogue date. I find these types of items interesting in that they give clues as to what things should look like. It does not seem to be a sensible time to be spending cash, though! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1929-MOTOR-OMNIBUS-BODY-FITTINGS-CATALOGUE-R-DISTURNAL-CO-WEDNESBURY-STAFFS/202932784464?hash=item2f3fbc8d50:g:~EwAAOSw5-hcAxu5 Dave (S&F)
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    A little off topic, but once this is done, whats next?
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    Hi, I've always loved these waggons. It was at Steam Fairs (Husband's Bosworth) in the 1970's that I first saw these and traction engines etc. alongside my first military vehicles in preservation, so it all has a lot to answer for (-: Wilkins is a Mr. William Owen Wilkins, and this is his only Patented device, so I don't think that the “Wilkins Patent Unloading Gear” refers to anything else. I have attached the Patent below. Wilkins GB108393A.pdf The Patent was still very new ( Applied for Sept 1916, Granted August 1917), so perhaps the waggon was ordered with the intention of fitting this great new innovation, and it was subsequently discovered it was not robust enough for field use, so a tipping body was substituted instead? (Or, indeed, someone figured out a tipping body would be a lot cheaper!) Best Regards, Adrian
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    I might have been wrong with this as it seems some 1945 MB's were already fitted with sprocket gear blocks too!
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    Hi Tomo. Yes, we had the same problem! However, I made a pattern for the pivot point and also for the brake lever. John has them both at the moment so they are available for you to use. The pivot point casting, I tapped in the back rather than putting the bolts right through as they wouldn't have left room for the nut. Quality of my pattern making I am afraid! All went together OK in the end but a real pain to assemble with the seat on! Have fun! Steve
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    British 6 pounder 7 cwt anti-tank gun for sale in complete and good condition. Dutch old spec deactivation easily reversible into a blank firer! These guns very rarely come up for sale and hardly ever in such a complete condition plus also including loads of extremely rare CES and spares. A very desirable gun to hitch to your Loyd or Universal Carrier! Comes with loads of very rare accessories and many spare parts not sold seperately unless gun sells without these. Please don't ask for any of the CES or parts. Have a look at the photos and get an idea of what is included. Mind you these are not all the parts I have but give a very good idea of what's there. No-tyre kickers or photo collectors please. Let's not waste each others time unless you are very serious and able to pay cash. No trades or part exchanges considered. In the likely case of a sale abroad a Dutch export license is required and will be handled by seller. Import license into buyers country, if needed, is up to buyer to obtain. Offers over € 35.000 considered. This would be for the whole package! Carrier not included!
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    So, to quote Maria Von Trapp “Lets start at the very beginning”: Foden 7536 was dispatched from Foden’s Elworth works in Sandbach, Cheshire on 17th October 1917, and supplied new to the War Department. To quote the build sheet it was painted “Khaki”. The body 12 ‘ long x 6’ 6” wide (inside) fixed sides which are 2’ deep. Tailpiece 2’ deep hinged from top of side boards. Sides lined with sheet iron. Platform arranged to suit Wilkins Patent Unloading Gear So, in Foden Talk this wagon was built as a rear tipping wagon, the “Wilkins Patent Unloading Gear” was the tipping mechanism for the body, which consists of a pulley, driven by flat belt from the wagon’s flywheel sited on the cab, this then drives a shaft with a worm, which inturn drives a gear which takes the drive through the rear of the cab and onto a set of bevel gears, these drive a shaft which goes across the “front” of the rear part of the chassis and then drives further sets of bevel gears which turns two large screw threads, on which two nuts run which lifts the body - but more about that another time! I have a copy of the build sheet which I will try to scan and post, but it is not the clearest. For the wagons “War Service” I assume it was used on road repair and construction. I have just brought a copy of Tim Gosling’s excellent book “British Military Trucks of World War One” and if you haven’t a copy I can’t recommend it highly enough! This is the part of the Foden’s life that I would like to research more. Following the war it was sold to Devon County Council, where it joined their “Northern Division” and was based in Barnstaple. I believe it was sold to them in 1920 and registered “ T - 8750 “ it remained in their ownership until 1950. Interestingly in 1937 Foden’s supplies a set of Pickering Governors, modifies safety valve plate and pulley for the crankshaft and I assume it was then used to drive a stone crusher. I know that in the later stages of it’s career with Devon CC it was used to provide steam to a rock drill, used in the quarry to drill into the stone before explosive charges were set as part of the quarrying process. One detail which I am not sure about, is wether or not the crank / part of the crank has been replaced, my Foden has roller bearing eccentrics fitted, this wasn’t standard on the earlier Fodens, so I can only assume that this is a later fitment - again further investigation work is required !!! At some point the tipping body was removed and a simple flat bed installed, and the rock drill was carried on the rear body. In 1950 Mr Shambrook for Newton Tracy brought the wagon (for £18 apparently) who kept it until the early 1960’s when it was sold to Paul Corin in Cornwall. He built the current body, repainted the Foden into a maroon and red livery and then sold the wagon, via the auctioneers “Sotheby’s” and the wagon was shipped to America where it joined the collection of the Upjohn Corporation of Kalamazoo - where it stayed until it was brought back to the UK in 1991 by John Collins of Northampton. It changed hands again in 1994, moving to Kent, firstly with Tony Slingsby in Hythe, then in 2000 to Colin Wheeler of Dartford - Colin did a lot of work on the wagon including repainting it into its Devon CC livery - of which more another time! Finally I was lucky enough to be offered the Foden and brought it on 17th October 2017 ... 100 years to the day that it left Foden’s works! how do you do captions for photos? 1. Black and White Foden on the day of Sotheby’s auction 1962 2. Maroon Foden at Chatham Dockyard 2012 3. Green The day I took ownership!
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    G'day lads. Not millitary but old and interesting are this pair of derelict trucks dad and I brought home. The Hallford is reasonably complete, but has some engine problems. The Lacre 5 tonner has a few issues with the transaxle casing, plus the engine is a bit rough. More photos etc on the Solid Tyred Trucks group on FB.
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    Nice find! They will come back OK with a bit of persistence. Looking forward to following the story! Steve 🙂
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    I have received an email from "Pentecost" regarding the manual that I am preparing on IBMU repairs. This is well underway but has been slowed down by my work on the Clansman PSU50A repair document. Members interested in this and the PRC320 can search the http//sars.club website (The Southdown Amateur Radio Society). The document "Clansman PSU50A repair guide" will probably come up in search engines as will the "Clansman PRC320 RT320 repair and servicing" These abridged articles will give members an overview of common problems and suggestions for suitable repair solutions. The IBMU document should be completed in the near future and will probably be published on the SARS site in the first instance. Barry G8DXU
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    Nice to see some more british stuff being rescued. Good work 👍 All the best, Richard
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    😄 you can always dug out the floor...
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    Tomo, great to see you've found some project time to work on the J Type.....we can't have those Gosling boys stealing all the limelight! 😉 Keep up the great work.
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    Have you seen the Black prince series of books, if you like technical details I would recommend them. https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=p+m+knight&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss_1 Jon
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    LOL, i don't doubt it for one second. Short of pictures of a grand-dad driving it home from the beach probably impossible to prove as well
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    Evening All, I thought that it was about time that I updated this thread, I have been making steady progress but I am not sure in which direction, sometimes it feels like it's sideways. I decided that I wanted to get the gearbox working so that I could connect the drive chain up and check my theories but I am a bit fed up with doing temporary works and then having to go back and do it properly, it feels like I am doing the job twice. Although the whole vehicle will have to be disassembled for painting I have decided to finish any areas that I feel confident will not have to be reengineered. I have spent hours studying photos trying to make sense of items and their position within the hull, interesting but some times frustrating. To the right of the driver there are two control panels, a larger one that I have shown before and that has now been bolted in place and a smaller one bolted to the side of the hull. The small panel, contains a water temperature gauge, oil pressure gauge and the light switch. I will paint the bevels black when everything when I do the finish painting. The throttle needed connecting up to the engine and as you can see from the pictures above, it runs just below the main control panel, through conduit and through the engine bulkhead to the throttle body. You can see the conduit in the picture below, it is bolted to the top of the gearbox, eventually, when I have recreated a dummy box in mine. I have installed a battery isolator switch and routed the wires as per the original vehicle. The wiring duct from the engine bay to the front of the tank caused me some sleepless nights, I couldn't quite make any sense of the information that I had, until I found a picture from a unmolested interior and then all became clear. The wiring runs along the side of the petrol tank in the 50mm x 25mm box, then down at a very un-Germanic angle, under the smaller control panel and into a connection box. Sorting out what the connection box looked like took some research time but I found it in the end. Last item for tonight, is the tool box below the small control panel, it slides over a bracket that bolts to the side of the hull. You can also see where the electrical junction box is situated. That's all for now folks, Jon
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    I have been researching London buses in WWI for many years and have written a book on it. I live in Colchester just a short way from you. I have seen your Daimler lorry at the Chalk Valley show. I would love to come and see it. I have drawings of the chassis and many photos of the Daimlers in service and the markings used. The Daimler buses were used by the Royal Marine Transport Company at Antwerp and then they were transferred to the army as the 16th Auxiliary Omnibus Company which used the Britannia penny badge which is incorrectly used in the Airfix kit of the B-type. Further detail in my book Ole Bill - London buses in the First World War. I gave a copy to Colchester Library so it should be easy to get it to read. The London Transport Museum has restored a B-type bus and has some of the moquette material to cover the lower deck seats. They would also have templates for the upper deck seats? Try writing to Chris Nix at the LTM.
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    Dear All, Years ago there was a 'scandal' in a newspaper that the MOD was, apparently, paying something like £5 for an ordinary light bulb. They even showed the packaging with the price and the D of Q. Of course, the D of Q was something like 24! John
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    Ian, From the Runway Edge Lighting Regulation 3515 (9) there appears to be a maximum but no minimum spacing, so I wonder if the WW2 spacing was the same, especially as the decoy airfield spacing was 100 metres, although in WW2, I would have expected measurements to be in yards not metres. Part of the Runway Edge Lighting Regulation 3515 (9) Be uniformly spaced in rows at intervals of not more than 60 metres for an instrument runway, and not more than 100 metres for a non-instrument runway.
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    An "Airman of the day" using them:- https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/99/a2909199.shtml The Gooseneck Flare was so called because of the long-necked spout on the container that resembled a large watering can. The main body contained paraffin, or other flammable liquid with a wick travelling up the spout and extending by a small amount. The Gooseneck Flare would be positioned with the spout pointing downwind to prevent flaring when it was alight. It produced a bright light that was extremely difficult to extinguish in the event of enemy aircraft approaching the airfield. The Gooseneck Flares were positioned at intervals along both edges of the runway being used at night to assist the pilots in taking off and landing their aeroplane. On the end of the spout there was a metal hinged flap that could be used to cover the wick to extinguish the flame when no longer requird. When not in use the Gooseneck Flare would be stored in the Night Flying Equipment Building. Copied from:- https://www.rafharrowbeer-dartmoor.org.uk/fp.php?id=1173
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    I agree it is a matter of proportion, but someone else may read the post and think it is OK to dump an IBC full down the drain. Great work on the trucks they will look factory fresh when you are finished.
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    Like this '32 BB but with a different cab configuration
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    The one at the front centre could possibly be an early thirties Ford, maybe a BB, the bigger version of this;
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    My clutch plates were fine despite the vehicle being left outside under a tarpaulin for over a year, but I've been told that a suitable lever through the bellhousing inspection access works wonders if needed. Andy
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    David Rossington has been in touch. He was the guy who found and recovered this engine near Tumut, NSW in 1996. He researched the history with the Thornycroft register and found the following details; Engine M4/ 7328 fitted to 'X' Type 8586. Erection commenced 28 Sept 1920 and delivered to A. Hatrick, ( NZ.) 29 Oct. 1920. ( Hatricks' were Thornycroft agents for NZ and Aus. before 1921, when Thornycroft Australia was created to handle Aus. exports.) David has kindly sent pics of the remains of this vehicle as found in 1996 and I will attempt to post them here. There are some mysteries with this engine which we will explore later.
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    Hope your still on the forum Dan. I love to see progress on your jeep. After months of sitting forlorn on the engine stand I finally got round to stripping the old paint off, cleaning, repaint and reinstall the engine. Now resplendent in GPW grey, with genuine Willys cooling fan, it looks the Dogs. Gearbox will have to wait to rejoin the engine in the chassis as the clutch friction plate thickness it was below the min 3mm. Why i didn't check this earlier.....? So now waiting for a new one to arrive before bolting on the gearbox. I'l post some picture when I've got it all connected up. Like Dan I want the rear of the jeep to look as good as the front, so I've opted to bin the escort fuel tank mounted behind the rear axle so the axle is visible. I'm now pondering what structural additions are needed if I remove the centre section of the rear cross member so as not to affect rear spring hanger integrity.
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    Belzona is excellent, and used in heavy industry. MoD use it and I have used it successfully in all sorts of applications. regards Richard
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    Well there's an offer that beats trailering it to Bournemouth. Ron
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    Ian, never had this issue with my 16H.......I also run the clutch dry with modern bonded friction linings and 4 instead of 5.......... As mentioned, I would suspect the clutch bearing or possibly the basket......another possibility would be if it was slack on the shaft....... I'm on the north edge of Newbury so not a million miles away from Abingdon and willing to drop over and have a look......I have a lot of NOS 16H stuff plus decent used spares so substitution of parts may be an idea......? I'm also around most of the week as retired..........
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    I would want to pull the whole clutch off and start from basics. What is your location for moving the bike? Ron
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    Leaking hose connections. Cannot sort them even with modern clips! We have, at least, put gaskets and sealant under everything this time so it can't run into the sump like before. Any thoughts on what to do about the hoses? Is there a recommended goo we could use? I have never had much luck in keeping fluids in any of my toys. It seems to be a knack I have yet to master! Steve
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    Still planned for this year. https://rove.me/to/england/peasholm-park-naval-battles
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    Yes, this point had been bugging me too. Turns out there is a good reason. 4-stroke radials have an odd number to keep an every-other-piston firing order for smooth running. The 4 and 8 cylinder torpedo motors in this thread are 2-stroke diesel engines and have twice the number of power strokes per crankshaft revolution when compared to their 4-stroke cousins. More here at Wikipedia. Personally, I think an open pipe 8 cylinder 2-stroke compression ignition engine is going to sound awesome on full chat. The neighbours might not agree mind.
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    I remember the Fantics, I always wanted one of those choppers but I couldn't get my Dad to feel the same way so I bought a second-hand Garelli Tiger Cross from Jim Lomas Motorcycles (Wymondham) instead. The thing was gutless so I took it back to their mechanic Charlie Fry and he cut the exhaust in half, modified it and welded it back together again, it was a Fizzie beater from that day, nothing could touch it. One of my mates at the time had a SS50 and I remember he was always lagging behind, what's your take on the Hondas performance? The Garelli lasted me till I was 17, I think I have a Polaroid of it somewhere. Nice looking Fantics Ian. Steve
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