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  1. There was a restored one on milweb for sale recently and there is a project on there at the moment.. I would recommend joining the Diamond T group on Facebook as there are a large number of owners and enthusiasts on there. Regards Ed
  2. Apologies for this being the NI site but it's the first one that comes up. Look at the bullet points. https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/driving-larger-goods-vehicles-lgv-car-driving-licence If you don't feel like reading it all: goods vehicles manufactured before 1 January 1960, used unladen and not drawing a laden trailer We have previously checked and it does cover ballast tractors etc... So yes you are legal to drive the Ferret on a post 97 licence. If you want complete confirmation you can write to the DVSA and get them to clarify in writing. HTH Ed
  3. Short answer is yes. There is a licence exemption for vehicles built before 1960. Legal to drive at any weight so long as it is not carrying a load. Bit difficult to carry a load on a Ferret so you should be okay. Ed
  4. Over 7.5 tonnes running weight. GVW or ULW don't matter so long as the actual weight is under 7.5 tonnes. Assuming you have the older style licence. If you have one of the newer type then it is up to 3.5 tonnes. Or there is the pre 1960 exemption if used unladen. I think Mk1 Militant's are pre 1960 but the Mk3 Militant's are post 1960. In which case you will need an HGV class 2 licence. Ed
  5. Hi, PM worked perfectly. Thanks Ed
  6. If you hover over my name it should come up with an option of message. Click on that and you should be able to send me a pm. If that doesn't work I'll work out something else. Cheers Ed
  7. Can you pm me his e-mail address? I'm not after another one at the moment but have had plenty of people asking where to find a Pioneer. Shipping would be high but it is a very nice and original one. Ed
  8. Have you got front wings for your Pioneer? If not you might want to find some front wings that are close enough and then get brackets made to suit. Genuine Pioneer ones are difficult/impossible to find and normally need to be made. R100's are very nice and that one in particular is superb. How much was he after for it? Daft thing is I spent ages trying to find one with nothing coming up and then eventually got it about 5 years ago. In the last 2 years there have been about 5 for sale!
  9. Baskets do occasionally turn up. The front wing brackets are harder to find. They are fairly straightforward to make. I've got a pair that have been fabricated. I'll dig out some photos to show how they go together. I'm sure between the different pioneer owners we can figure out dimensions etc... for the bits you need. Then just need to find somebody who is reasonable at fabrication. I know of a guy on the Isle of Wight who does some very good car repairs and I think he does a reasonable amount of fabrication. He's currently restoring a friends Morris Marina estate. I'll make some enquires if you are interested in his details? Ed
  10. Hi, Sounds interesting with the made up body. The mechanics are the important bit. Most of the rest is fairly straightforward. Contract number S3164 was ordered 20/4/1943. Probably delivered sometime in 1944..
  11. Hi, Good to hear that you have found one. Have you got any photos of the one you have bought? Interested to see what spec it is currently in. Also have you got the chassis number? Ed
  12. Hi, First of all good choice. Whereabouts in the country are you? I'm in Gloucestershire and there are a few Pioneers in the area if you need advice or would like to look at one. There are a couple of Scammell groups on Facebook that are well worth joining. A friend got a Pioneer SV2/S via a wanted ad on one of them about a month ago. Ed
  13. On something like a Landrover in 4x4 it is down to how long and how many curves you drive round whilst in 4x4. My Unipower is permanent four wheel drive with no centre diff. On the road no issues as left and right corners seem to cancel out any wind up. The times I do notice it are tight manoeuvring on hard surfaces. On those occasions she will skip a wheel when the wind up gets too much. Disconcerting the first time she did it but used to it now. On grass or any form of loose surface no issue. It would be nice to have a centre diff to remove the stress and friction but it's the way it was built and everything is massively overbuilt on it. Ed
  14. Sounds like Nick Steggel on his way down to GDSF. Regards Ed
  15. I can echo a lot of the comments above. We have recently been interviewing for a graduate engineer position at work. The majority have done well in the talking about they have done section. But we have been very disappointed when it comes to the practical test we give them. It is assemble one of our products using two cutaway drawings. The lack of logic and some of the things people have done has left us very concerned. We have had a couple who did very well. But the majority really struggled with what we have previously regarded as a straight forward test. On the other hand I know of a number of people in their twenties in the local area who are taking an interest in military vehicles and classic vehicles. In the last year we have had a couple of Matadors, an Explorer and a Pioneer being bought by people in this age category. Some of those vehicles ranging from basket cases up to those that need recommisioning. As the facebook, google side of things takes over I think we will find more people turning to things like military vehicles as a contrast. Ed
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