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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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    That is a shame, but I suppose if it is nice that week I could park my Land Rover in the field, throw some dust over it, throw some straw over myself & get my wife to come along & ask me silly questions?
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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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    Dunkirk 80 years ago ww2. This week i will add some of my original Dunkirk photos.
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    It was also a nice surprise for the wife 🤨
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    Interesting that we were told by the folk that used my particular MV in the Normandy campaign was that the first thing they did was to paint out the bonnet star! Seems some thought the emblem was too good a target, which is kind of contrary to the scurrilous saying of those days that if the Germans flew over, the Allies ducked; if the British flew over, the Germans ducked; and if the Yanks flew over, everyone ducked!
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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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    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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    Lunch time break there numerous trials reports on land rovers and l could spend lots of time posting them but this l promise is the last only because the museum had one of the prototype FC 101 and POWERED TRAILERs
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    Because you know it's there! 🙂
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    PUT THE TURRET ON! PUT THE TURRET ON! PUT THE TURRET ON!!! just for a minute! Please! Please Please!!!! John
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    I phoned the W&P Office a few days ago, suprising someone answered, even more of a surprise it was Anne Bertrand the Co-Owner of W&P revival show, we spoke at length and found Her charming and very helpfull. we discussed the possible show cancellation situation and She told me they are waiting for Government decision that if social distance restrictions need to continue into/beyond July then they would Not be allowed to open the show, they are Insured against such eventualities, but cast doubt if they would get fully compensated, but Ann Assured me Everyone who has paid Will be Refunded anyway....I even spoke to John Allinson too, so rather than speculate, just pick up the phone and speak to the show owners yourself, ..not many events you can ever do that to. --------------------------- ......The very successfull Capel Military Vehicle Show nr. Dorking Surrey July 5/6th has been Postponed untill September........
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    Can't believe it's taken so long to update my progress. Poor weather and work stopped play. However, lockdown has its advantages. Managed to paint and fit front wings, grab handles, grill, steering. Painted willys windscreen. Started modifying bonnet to accept willys hinge. Its finally starting to like a vehicle.
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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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    Great looking vehicle, very imposing.
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    The special water dispenser 1974-77
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    The packing goes on wether every thing will get sorted out it looks unlikely so the un sorted boxes will just have to go as is
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    CLIVE here are a couple of photos from the new box l see there is/are some photographs of red shoes there are dozens and dozens of photographs to sift through as well as files as l said l was only expecting one box not two
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    I have just started unpacking my latest two boxes from my friend and they are giving me some surprises one is a folder of pictures of the mock up model vehicles as some of you will already know that these things were made at MVEE others were made by specialist model makers
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    Happy VE Day
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    I am sorry about this but its to big a size to fit on a A4 scanner so this is the best l can do this is one for MR C ELLIOTT
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    Richard l recall this event as it was covered in the press two new items out of my new boxes
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    finished off the front axle today
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    The hp quoted for each engine is a factor of bore and stroke and not how much power they put out. That figure is BHP. Reading about the War Department subsidy trials in Commercial Motor what comes out is that most of the lorries were up and down in their performance. Some days one model or other would be a dud and after some night time tuning would be matching the others the following day. The other thing that came to light was gear ratios for hill climbing - so on some hills one make was the leader but on a steeper or less steep hill another make would be in the lead.
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    Wonderful the way things work out - a great story and very pleasing - everybody is a winner! Thank you. Tony
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    Hi, Here is a link to Youtube of WW1 military vehicles, predominantly used by Australian soldiers, there are WW2 vehicles as well but the early photos are of special interest.. This was put together by Jenny Fawbert for Anzac Day as all the ceremonies were cancelled as it is tradition for military vehicles to take part in the marches to carry Veterans. This year, military vehicle owners across Australia put the vehicles in the driveway at home with flags and displays.
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    You might be able to get "lamp oil" which might even be better. https://www.robertdyas.co.uk/clear-lamp-oil-1-litre And I would expect barbecue lighter fluid to work. Possibly even white spirit. In order of preference for fire breathing: lamp oil, paraffin, barbecue fluid, white spirit. (Just don't swallow any of them).
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    Thanks for the thought mtskull, it's something that I have never paid much attention to, how it works is a mystery and for others to decide but I suppose, as in real life, it depends on how your face fits. As for fizzers, I have no idea what that means. Jon
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    Mention was made that not many class 'B' Liberty lorries found their way back here which I agree with but I have found an advt. claiming to be offering 600 of them !. This advert seems to be offering a good strong truck for reasonable money but by this time (1923) I think supply had well outstripped demand. Richard Peskett.
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    I'm still looking for these for my MWC.... Nice to see one that has been taken apart, is there any chance you could post a few photos of the internals as I could never work out (from the sectional view) how it actually works as there appears to be no path between the inlet and outlet. Cheers Richard
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    The glass for the 52mm gauges measures 48mm diameter. https://www.merlinmotorsport.co.uk/p/smiths-spare-glass-lens-for-classic-gauges-cb-glass?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=ShoppingUK&utm_campaign=ShoppingUK&vat=on&currency=GBP&gclid=CjwKCAjwp-X0BRAFEiwAheRui7YdnJA0kTJ72s13Kk7icliA5XAO_inEkLkUbXn6HnQd0g9etsBv7hoCwF8QAvD_BwE
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    Jeep lights are usually sealed beam lights, so buying new bulbs ( the whole glass and reflector ) will sort out the broken glass, rusty terminals and will give you a freshly silvered reflector. The metal bowl could be cleaned up with wire wool and wet and dry paper, unless it is so far gone it needs replacing. A whole new wiring harness is an easy way to sort the electrics. They come marked and colour coded and while mine was around £200 back in 2013, it is worth the time and effort saved in trying to make a new harness.
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    Today I’ve been making some bits. Some original and some not. here’s a side light bracket I was missing. and then with the replica for the near side. i was also missing a fuel filler which was looking hard to get hold of at the moment and with the test drive up the yard I thought was needed, so I knocked this up! It’s nothing like the original but will do the job all the same! Before. After.
  38. 1 point
    What we do to pass the time at the moment, 🙄
  39. 1 point
    The general wisdom amongst those that know about these things is that gear boxes are best not stored under water. Nor so engines. Having recovered the remains of my lorry three weeks ago (as documented in a previous thrilling instalment), it has not stopped raining since. My big shed has water coming out of the ground and flooding the yard area in front. Thus, it seemed prudent to make the most of break in the weather and before pub-time move the gear box and the remains of engines into the other shed that serves as our m/c shop. The gearbox outer casing does not look too bad, but the support arms are rusted pretty severely. The first job is going to be to get the gearbox covers off and see what sort problems lay in store for us. The logic being, that if things are not too bad we can button it up with some protective lube oil spread about, and not spend too much time worrying about it until we need it. Alternatively, if things look grim we can add it to the plan to get it sorted and schedule it in accordingly There is not a lot of room to manoeuvre the forklift inside the workshop, as my bearded assistant pointed out; we have run out of shed! I have, more or less the remains of about 1.5 engines, although engine(s) would be a generous description. The plan-of-the-day was simply to get everything in the shed and thus in the dry. One of the engines still had a cylinder (head) attached and so this had to come off before it came inside. We assumed this would be a simple case of unbolting and lifting the head. Leaving aside forty odd years of corrosion it should still have moved reasonably easily but was stuck fast. After some head-scratching we reckoned the cam-followers are pressed into the alu crank housing causing the assembly to be stuck fast. A spin over and some love applied with a punch and a copper hammer and the cam followers shifted enough to allow the head to move, and eventually off completely. In the case of this engine unit, the followers appear to be pressed into the alu with clearance in the cylinder. I am not convinced this is the case with the other unit I have. You can see the state of the unit from photos. And with the thought of warm bar maids and cold beers calling, we completed this week’s adventures. Diesel has been liberally applied to all nuts that will be coming off soon. I am reluctant to use my usual technique of heat due to the proximity of alu, but we may have to revisit that in some cases. Finally, thanks to Doc for your PM and outstanding contact which I think will help this project considerably. S&F
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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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    Evening All, I decided to add some detail to the front of the hull while I was waiting for the vacuum components to arrive, the small maintenance hatch doesn't open, it's just there for show. The brackets either side. are to wrap a tow steel rope around. The locking mechanism seems overly complex to my mind but it was interesting to construct. My version. On the top of the hatch there's a square socket so that one can open the hatch from the outside, I used an old 3/8" drive socket and brazed it onto the end of the main shaft. A bit of a short update but that's all I have had time to achieve lately. Jon
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    It's not your fault Lex! I've been here many times before.....and far worse! But at my age I wouldn't want to take them on again. I've still got the same perseverance and determination. But while the mind is willing, sometimes the body is a bit weak.😉 Ron
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    There is a link there, it would cost a lot of LSD to fit LSD's to WW2 vehicles !!! 😎
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    During our holiday we spent a day in Winchester looking through the Thornycroft records (the glamorous assistant is very good to me). I thought this table of valve settings might help a few people out so have included it here. Here is a general arrangement drawing of the T4 engine I need for this project (just in case somebody has one under their bench and does not know what it is). And another drawing showing the magneto cabling arrangements. The switch was mounted in the centre of the dash, just below the oil flow indicator (has anyone got a photo showing the detail of these?). There were also drawings of all the gaskets and various other minor parts but we did not find any drawings of the more major components (pistons, cylinders, crank, crankcase etc.)
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    Most of the UK and European parts dealers have them or as has already been suggested e-bay or any of the vintage/classic car parts suppliers. Pete
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    Alternatively, you could make something up using Belleville washers or even laminate some 1/4" rubber and flat steel washers. It only needs to take the shock out of the system. If you use rubber, make sure the rubber washers are smaller in diameter than the steel in order to allow somewhere for the rubber to go under load. We were fortunate in that we had two drag links (both of which were scrap) and in each case, one spring had survived. Steve
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    Looks good @Samro nice to see an intact Triad 32 😜
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    Last year I acquired a spare engine It is from a much later 4x4 truck but the blocks piston , con rods and crankshaft are the same. Today I made a start on stripping it down . It always amazes me that even when parts look completely rusted together how easily nuts and bolts can come undone . When I I try to do the same with modern nuts and bolts it usually ends having to resort to cutting them off .I can only assume that the steel used is of a different quality . Hope fully the con rods will be better than the ones in my other engine
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