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  1. 3 points
    Take a look here: https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1727&context=tsaconf Dunlop. Neoprene rubber substitute. 'Camouflarge cloth' ....secret. Air Ministry Ballon Section built them, so did Shepperton Studios. Search Google widely and deeply and ye shall reap 'facts'. My interest is Force R, who whilst they were the masters of deception in WW2, were at some point brought back into play for the Cold War ...... certainly in Tripolitania in 1955 and as an overtly Royal Engineer unit were based in at least one regiment's base at one time (Homs, 3RHA) to utilise a new unusualy large purpose built aircraft-type hanger ....on the edge of the parade square to house what is anyone's guess as I can't track much in the archives remotely from the lands unfit for human habitation. I was alerted to Force R by a Veteran of 3RHA who was there and he told me that the unit was based in their camp and that personnel of Force R were not allowed to mix with the troops stationed in Homs as 'their work was secret'. They dressed in quasi-military uniforms and were 'scruffy'! What I have found out officially is that Force R were indeed in Libya to build dummy V Force bomber diversionary airfields in the desert .... as the real RAF Idris was a known diversionary real airfield for when the 'balloon went up'. The thinking is the large hanger was for constructing/inflating dummy aircraft ... the hanger, even I can remember as a child there in 1959-61 was huge and most certainly was big enough to house a blow-up Vulcan or two! Whether there ever were inflatable British jet aircraft at that time, or after I know not. The hanger was not used for anything after 1957 when 3RHA departed, seemingly 'empty' during 6 and 2RTR's time in situ though no other Veteran could tell me what the hanger was used for even if they could remember it being there. So if you know anything about dummy airfields, inflatable aircraft and Cold War deception in Libya, do please sing out.
  2. 2 points
    The EMER for the Gun tank say 810 BHP at 2800 RPM and 1580 FtLbs torque at 2000 RPM. It is interesting that a Meteor has quite a lot of grunt at idling. The Conqueror ARV will neutral steer with the engine idling. The REME museum's Cent ARV has rubber pads on track and so will generally require a touch of throttle to neutral on tarmac. The cylinder heads on the M120 and the Meteorite are very different from a IVB with its more direct Merlin ancestry. As for he exhaust ports, they are different but I have no idea if they are better or not. John
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    Sye wotherloik, but ee probly duz morn anyuvver geezer to bring in the punterz to see arr clobber an genrilly popyoolaroiz arr obbee . Dunnee? Gits moi vote evree toim. Innit. Muss go; jus seen a genyoowine Waffen SS toasting fork...........ow much?!! Eeemussbeavinalarf!
  4. 2 points
    Ah, parts from Jean Duchamps' emporium for the restoration of ex-French Enfields !
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    You could try buying this book: http://www.bookworldws.co.uk/9011-tankograd-british-special-recce-p-3346.html others in the series are also good. Not sure why you need camo on your vehicle, with all those shiny bits etc?
  6. 2 points
    Well, it works! We have had some fun and games this morning but eventually, it went and I have some film files to post once I have worked out how to do them.. Idles nicely but dies when I try to open the throttle so I will need some advice about Solex carbs. More later! Steve
  7. 1 point
    Having gathered together sufficient parts to make a start over the last year, I am at last ready to commence the restoration of Thornycroft J type No. 2393 of 1915. This chassis was recovered from beneath an old chalet in Skegness and thus protected has survived in remarkably good order. It was discovered and recovered by Graham Hand and passed on to John Marshall, who began to add parts as they became available, but was concentrating on his front runner J type 2282 also of 1915. It is great to find a chassis, particularly one in good condition, but the icing on the cake would be an engine and I became aware of the existence of a collection of Thornycroft parts in Sydney Australia. These parts from various models had been rescued from an auction having failed to attract any bidders and I soon discovered the new owner, Ian Browning was willing to move them on, providing I took on the whole collection. This was more than I wanted, but I decided to go for it and with the blessing of the Australian Government, I made arrangements to export a container load of rusty metal from the other side of the world. Ian took on the job of packing and loading in temperatures of 40 degrees which can't have been pleasant ( Thanks mate !) and after a 3 month voyage I took delivery at Southampton. The haul included 2 chassis (one 'X' one 'J') two M4 engines, one fairly complete, the other less so and various other hard to find parts. The chassis were just post war with no numbers visible. After a hard life hauling loads on Australian roads they were put to work again as farm trailers and further abused until abandoned and rescued for preservation. I had little interest in the rare X type parts,( being a lighter weight export model) and after considerable wrangling managed to swap these and the tired J chassis for the current 1915 project. I now have temporary accommodation which is secure if a little draughty on the Ox/ Bucks border. Anyone with workshop space in this area and/or an interest in helping with this project please shout ! I am also seeking parts including a gearbox, water pump and Diff gear. Regards, Tomo .
  8. 1 point
    Belfast - Sydenham bypass (near the George Best City Airport)
  9. 1 point
    Hi Johnc61. I didn't put more photos on because it felt like hijacking Dans post. Like you, I'd love to see his progress. So please dan find 10 mins to post. My body tub is unchanged from that shown, whiter is no the best time to be outside fibre-glassing. However, I have completely over hauled the chassis, suspension, brakes and steering since I posted the photos. As I said in my earlier post. TIME the enemy of all good men.....say la vie.
  10. 1 point
    Evening all, Simon, Thanks for the offer when I get to that point and depending on which route I choose to go down if I need any photogrammetry I may take you up on the offer. In my spare time I decided to get the tow hitch made, it's position has a bearing on the tie bar that runs along the rear of the chassis so it needed making sooner rather than later. Jon
  11. 1 point
    It's project fear, innit ? The DVLA is part of it. Everyone one knows that everything is going to be just the same as before, only better. That's what 'taking back control' is all about.
  12. 1 point
    Well the bottom part is, but the top is thin metal
  13. 1 point
    Well, this weekend happened and I'm pleased to say we nailed it. Took 2 trips, yesterday, with the car delivering all the bits. Bit too much weight carrying both hubs and drums together. Early start this morning and cracked on, took all day but got the right result. Back plates and rear dirt seal first, and build from there. Son Stuart assisting, took a hub each and on we go Shoes next, then hub and drum Had a couple of minor issues, couple of blocked grease nipples, and one pair of shoes that just would not behave, but otherwise things went fairly well. Last job, wheels back on. We've still got to clean the rims, so they will have to come off again later. Haven't fitted the brake chambers or any of the linkage yet, either. I'm leaving them off for now to allow more room for chassis cleaning first. Just one downside! Having spent most of the day bent over in this sort of position, and lifting heavy drums and hubs, the old spine is protesting violently this evening. Don't know about "the joy of movement" the joy of sitting still is pretty good just now, along with some "medicine" to numb the pain.
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    But! Will you still be old ugly and going strong after 75 odd years? 😀 If you think any Dodge WC is ugly, there are opticians available.
  16. 1 point
    If I remember rightly OC600 was used in Centurion gearboxes, so I guess Hutch 3674 is a young whippersnapper with experience of more modern vehicles. Great work on this old girl, so good luck with it. Steve.
  17. 1 point
    Lot of hard work to get it fixed, hope it works after all that effort. OC-600 is just a heavy gear oil. The OC bit stands for Oil Compounded. You don't need to be looking for anything too fancy, a straight forward 75W-80 will do the job. Your local commercial motor factors should have something in stock
  18. 1 point
    Has anyone else seen this? https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/e10-petrol-consumer-protection-and-fuel-pump-labelling From the FBHVC: "Dear Enthusiast, The Department of Transport has issued a consultation document on the subject of introducing higher levels of ethanol in petrol. Many older vehicles are likely to suffer damage and possibly dangerous fuel leaks if the E10 grade of petrol is used without modification to their fuel systems. For the purposes of this consultation the Government is focussing on vehicles more than 25 years old. Whilst wishing to introduce the higher ethanol level E10 grade of fuel, the Government are guaranteeing a 'protection grade' of petrol at the E5 grade that is equivalent to the currently available 95 RON petrol. However this guarantee will only last until 2020 when further consultation will take place. It is likely that on the introduction of E10 at the 95 RON level, the currently available 'Super' grades with an octane level of 97 RON or higher, will cease to be available. The Federation has designed a survey on petrol useage in older vehicles which will provide valuable evidence in the consultation response. Please complete the survey and help the Federation preserve our right to use 'Yesterday's Vehicles on Tomorrow's Roads'. The survey can be accessed by clicking this link. Ethanol Survey. If you wish to read the consultation document it can be found by following this link Department for Transport consultation. Please encourage your friends and fellow enthusiasts to complete the survey, just forward this email and they will be able to follow the survey link. The survey will close on 31 August 2018 in order to collate the results for the Federation's response to the consultation. A copy of the response will be made available on the Federation's website. Thank you for supporting the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs and helping to keep historic vehicles on the road. Paul Chasney Director - Research" The survey is here: https://paulc1.typeform.com/to/Bt7HKS Andy
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  20. 1 point
    I’ve spoken to my mate who repairs and refurbs burners and stoves. hes asked me to pass on his info if needed Steve Darby grizzly.darbs@btinternet.com or message him on 07771521115 paul
  21. 1 point
    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
  22. 1 point
    I've been doing some research and this CAV of Tim's is definitely one of the 325 from the canceled French contract that were supplied to Great Britain. I've calculated it's tank census number. These were never used as front line machines by British forces and Tim has agreed to let me mark it as 'Anti Aircraft Command' ......Stencils ordered. I think the red patch with bow and arrow is very appropriate!! .
  23. 1 point
    always amazed me on the news footage, the guys are on one side saying there's a tunnel on this side, but quite clearly seen on the opposite side are several concrete vent shafts that obviously served underground areas of some sort. I know where I'd be digging.....
  24. 1 point
    I have managed to do a bit today and have fitted the patch to the sump. It started out as a bit of 20swg copper from the drawer suitably annealed. Then a bit of tapping around using the bossing mallet and a panel beaters hammer, annealing between each go. I annealed it about twelve times altogether. I drilled and tapped the casting for 2BA. The casting is horrible in this area, full of porosity and only 1/8" thick. Then just screwed it down. I shall seal it with modern silicone instant gasket which I think is forgivable in this case but that will have to wait until I get down to Devon again. Wing mirrors next. It never had any but I have tried driving without and it is scary as hell! They will go on the cab frame under the wing nuts. Steve
  25. 1 point
    I see Terry and Drew every couple of weeks or so so I can also assist..........
  26. 1 point
    Realise I haven’t posted for a bit. So a quick update.... Trial fitting of cab Refurbing the radiator Making loads of bits Bonnet repair hinge Hoop sticks Trying to work out how to make sharp radius bends and tilt brackets (see photo below). I don’t suppose that anyone has any spare of these (I believe they are the same on morris’s) Repairing front panel more work on the engine Also making the drivers adjustable seat, the one on the left I borrowed from Pete Marshall as a pattern Still looking for the pumps and filters
  27. 1 point
    Hello fellow shielder owner. I have a drivers manual on its way to me, should take a week or so. when it arrives i will let you know and email a copy. In exchange will you then send me a copy of the technical description as i do not have one ? Regards Dale
  28. 1 point
    There is a lot of contention over this topic. I would suggest contacting the oil manufacturer and asking them whether it is suitable.
  29. 1 point
    All that carnage just from a loose grub screw. I feel for you, mate. It might be easier to remove the ball end of that joint from the drag link, and leave the other end stuck in the drop arm. They are spring loaded and adjustable, slacken the adjustment right off and the ball slides out of the end. Alternatively, remove the drop arm from the steering box. It fits on a tapered spline, bit of gentle heat and four penny one with a big hammer should crack it off. That would give you less weight to lift getting the actual box off.
  30. 1 point
    Well I had a chat with the examiner and he didn't 'think' a small mini digger was suitable. So I will be using the Abbot. Regarding rear visibility, he just wants to see me use mirrors and common sense combined with a slow and careful manoeuvering. I did explain that I would normally always have a commander in the turret to check behind and for traffic that's too close when out on the road.
  31. 1 point
    Not been mentioned so far is that traditional military cross ply tyres such as 11.00-20 are 100% profile so the overall diameter is 20" (the hole) + 11" + 11" (the extra radius of the hight of the tyre twice) = 42" An 11.00R20 is probably 80% profile (may be almost anything though, and should be marked) and that will be 20" + 8.8" + 8.8" = 37.6" diameter which is a bit different ! This results in a 13.82" difference in circumference or how far you go for one turn of the wheel. As your vehicle has four wheel drive you must have the same size wheels on all four corners or bad things will happen to the transmission. It is a bit hard to see how issues like speed rating and adhesion qualities are relevant to this application but not destroying prop shafts or diffs is in my opinion David
  32. 1 point
    From memory it's just a flat disc. T484 , but I think the revised part number is 57 0484. It slides behind this retaining plate. Ron
  33. 1 point
    The paint colour in NATO Green BS381C shade 285. You should have no problem buying it online. Try Trade Paints, Marcus Glenn, eBay or get it mixed at your local supplier.
  34. 1 point
    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
  35. 1 point
    Well that's bad luck and good luck, isn't it? Bad luck it didn't work first time, and good luck that nothing got ruined. I'm not seeing anything on there that won't respond to a re-size, clean, and polish, but maybe some of this rings might not be safe to re-use?
  36. 1 point
    It seems such a shame that a bullion millionaire has to stoop to such things to earn a crust.
  37. 1 point
    Ah, mudsurfing, the sport of Champions...
  38. 1 point
    A while back my students reverse engineered a magneto coupling used on early Wisconsin engines. Here is a rendering of the assembly. The disk is leather. The splined hub is keyed to the input shaft the eared coupling is keyed onto the magneto. I am not sure if this would help but its an alternative. We have a set of shop drawings and a set of patterns as well. Best regards, Terry
  39. 1 point
    Although the Thorny couldn't make it to Brighton we went down to see everything coming in. An incredibly hot day so thousands of people descended onto the town. Trains all cancelled so everyone came by bus or car. The traffic was very bad and with the judging time expiring at 14:00 i think more than half of the vehicles had not arrived. Of the WW1 vehicles entered two Y Types withdrew, the LGOC and FWD broke down on the way. Pierce Arrow made good time followed by Grahams Y and the Hallford. Star of the show was for me which Liberty B which looked great and on occasion towed the Saurer and the FWD up a hill. A grand day out and nice to meet so many friends.
  40. 1 point
    oh yes I think you told me that before...
  41. 1 point
    I'll enjoy watching this restoration. This superb Dodge was at the Dieppe commemorations last summer
  42. 1 point
    Adrian, thanks mate I may well have a question or two on the Breech ring and Block, but what you gave me on the Mantlet allowed me to do finish up the following. It's not 100% complete just yet, there are a few details that need adding, including the counter-bore that you mentioned earlier, and the position of the aperture for the MG cradle needs to be adjusted, but if you spot any glaring errors do say so ;-)
  43. 1 point
    Hello again. Well for many years it was configured as a wrecker and lived at a Mushroom farm in Dunblane with four jeeps ( I can't stand the things - Mushrooms, not jeeps ). It was bought and driven home to Plean by the new owner, but eventually developed a knock on the number six rear big end bearing - oil circulation or failing water distribution tube maybe? Of course nobody had a clue where to get long block Canadian Dodge engine spares in those days, so the owner just pulled the wrecked bearing, sized the crank, which was damaged but not that badly, and got a new set of big end shells from Glacier locally. I think when they were still loose on that crank journal he ground the face of that one cap slightly to take out the slop, so when you strip it you should do a particular check on the number 6 big end bearing journal, then bolt the bearing cap to the con rod and see how oval it is. I think he ground about 10 or 15 thou off the face of the cap which you may well be able to recover if you know to look for it. Apart from that it was fine, and I think it went to Durham when it left Stirling area. Ten of the twelve new big end shells were in the glovebox when it left. Solid truck, indoor stored all its days when it was in Scotland.
  44. 1 point
    Good luck with the project.
  45. 1 point
    Started reading this thread in a moment of idleness, back in January. WW1 trucks aren't really my thing, and I just thought it was something to read on a wet day. But it sucks you in, and becomes very addictive. I've learnt so much new stuff, and been reminded of all the things I'd forgotten from metalwork class in school. Milling, turning , casting, forging absolutely fascinating. Still haven't quite got my head around the pattern making for castings, I'll have to read some of that again, and I'd never heard of metal spinning until I saw it here I have to join the rest of the forum in taking my hat off to you guys, the standards of work and attention to detail is above and beyond most of us. And you are still maintaining those standards even though time is getting tight for your self imposed deadline of the London to Brighton this year.. True restoration work, makes me feel I'm just bodging up the old Tanker. I've been rushing to read up the last few pages and catch up to the grand start up today. Very best of luck with it, the whole world is waiting to hear it burst into life.
  46. 1 point
    Search BS381 241 and you will see a number of sites that sell the dark green paint. This site also gives the make up the paint:- http://www.e-paint.co.uk/
  47. 1 point
    You might be able to find something if you look into colours scale modelers use and convert that to RAL?
  48. 1 point
    In a search for a humber box for quite a while i found this one by pure luck in the north of Sweden 2 years ago. The oldest known Humber box number 65 build. Deposited paid will collect soon when the snow has gone. Lots of work to do to it but overall complete missing some details has not been running for some years.
  49. 1 point
    Greetings Tankers! It’s March, that means we have 243 days before November! Time flies when you’re having fun. We’ve been very busy and productive the past few weeks, working on all sorts of subprojects within Project38. So let’s get you all caught up! Events and PR Members of the team went down to Fort Mifflin to help the 193rd Rifles to clear up the hidden gun batteries south of the fort. A lot of work got done and we met with some amazing folks. Everyone was excited about the project, and in the evening we spent time talking with the 193rd and crew in the barracks talking about different aspects of the project. Thanks Don and John for your enthusiasm and support, and if you ever need a hand down there call us up! (full album of pictures here) About half of the work crew that weekend. We had just come off clearing brush and are tired, but happy with the work that got done. Schedule of Events We have received word that we will have a table/display at the Army Heritage Days at the United States Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC). The coordinators there were happy to host us and we’re excited to be a part of their event! Look for us there, May 19 and 20. The event will host hundreds of living history impressions and reenactors and always is an impressive display. We will also have a table at the Memorial Day Weekend event at the Allentown fairgrounds. All weekend long from the 25th to the 28th we will be there networking and spreading the word. We’re in contact with 6 other events this summer to possibly attend with a booth/display. If you know of an event we should go to, let us know! Our Schedule has the events that we plan on attending. BUILD UPDATES! Ah but this is what you’re really here for isn’t it? How much closer are we to the final engineering product? Much closer! Turret: Work on the turret has been steady and encouraging. While some parts have been difficult to accurately dimension, overall I think the faithfulness to the original is pretty close. While none of the internal parts are made up, what you see below is an accurate 3D representation of the externals of the turret. Many details are still missing,but overall we’re making good headway. If you spot any glaring inaccuracies let us know. We’ve also neared completion on the turret drive. A few details to be worked out but as it stands, the turret will turn 4 degrees per turn of the handle. The design allows for the drive to disconnect from the turret ring to freely rotate the turret if need be. This mechanism will allow a disconnect from the drive with the switch of a lever operating above. Of course, it wasn’t always easy. Learning the 3D modelling is fun, but every now and again we run into problems. Often we turn to Beckett, the lead engineer, to help solve them. Shoutout to him for having the patience to put up with the rest of us. After a seriously long day, Beckett troubleshoots a part in Solidworks on Tristan’s computer. I’m still not quite sure what he did but he fixed the problem. Armor Plates Armor plates have come a long way! While the internal framing is not yet created, having the armor plates will allow us to do so easily and quickly. See below what the hulking Panzer looks like stripped of anything useful! Even this image is already outdated, with rivet holes having been added to the engine hatches and rear topside as of this writing. Beckett has done an amazing job with the armor plates, going so far as to reach out overseas for the dimensions of the curve on the front plate. 10/10 Of course, even now the above image is outdated. Here we see Beckett working on the drivers viewports. With the classroom empty, we’ve taken over the front speakers and put on our own music. Not that Beckett knows. I wonder what he’s jammin to. Running Gear Because of the large amount of calculations and bearing requirements of the running gear, what we have to show isn’t so much on paper as it is in design. We’ve received help from a kind fellow overseas who gave us detailed images of the swingarms and suspension collars. Many thanks to you sir! Two different sources gave us images of the suspension and running gear, many thanks to you both! This is what keeps it a Grassroots Tank Project, we couldn’t do it without you! If you have any images of the tank or its parts, let us know! We do also have a 3D file of the roadwheels, as you’ll see below. It’s beginning to look sort of actually like a maybe tank? Final Drive The calculations for the final drive are nearing completion, but as with any engineering project, the closer we get to completion the more there is to do. Nate and Beckett working on linkages for the steering mechanism and final drive. It’s on the same board as some notes from class, but the show must go on. AS IT STANDS: Below is the whole shebang as we have it. We’re working on a 3D viewer to put on the website but are having trouble with it, we’ll let you know when it’s up. Goofy looking without the fenders, tracks, and everything else that we’re missing. Still, it’s beginning to look a bit like a tank! Other News Seth is working on finding land for us to put this whole project on. He’s agreed to head up that entire wing of the project, allowing us to focus on the tank itself. A huge thank you to Seth, and welcome to the team! We’re 1 step closer to a steel and iron foundry willing to help us with steel and iron castings. Details to come as we get them. Over on the Test and Test2 pages you can see us mucking about with 3D viewer plugins. Still having trouble with creating a .mtl file that shows up nicely. I like the first viewer’s smoothness but the second has the color better matched to the .mtl files. Well that’s something I’ll have to mess around with for a while. All in all, we’ve made a lot of progress, connections, and friends. We look forward to moving forward on the project, stay tuned for the next update! -T.ankmann
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    This Danish made jack has similarities, they have made jacks since 1946 so it could be a 1950's / 60's one; http://www.compac.dk/en/products/jacks-4-20-ton/high-lift-jacks-5-10-tons/8t-hc-detail
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