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    Morris C8

    Nice find!
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    Coker 10.50x16 track grip tyres

    Are these tyres road legal? speaking to a gentleman in Canada who informs me that if they are the one manufactured in the USA they are not DOT approved and therefore not road legal. Is this the case for the UK? Jon
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    morris C8

    I am just in the process of getting my next project ready to go in the workshop, so I thought that I would share some pictures before it is stripped down. I have had it for a couple of years but needed to get the HUP finished first and now seems about the right time to get the project started. Its a 1944 but with a steel rear body. At some time the rear body has been chopped and someone has repaired it and added a new floor. The engine is seized solid but its still a wonderful old vehicle and compared to the HUP, very complete. Jon
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    morris C8

    Monday evening we managed to get it back on four wheels.
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    morris C8

    Evening All, Chassis and axles in green, ready for re assembly. I have decided to do something that i have never done before and that is to reuse some of the old nuts and bolts. I Lot of the 3/8" and bigger bolts are in such good condition it seems a shame to scrap them, so I am cleaning, re threading, dipping them in rust killer and the dipping them in a thin 2k black mix. it does require some planning, as it has to be done about 12 hours before use but I think its well worth the trouble. I cleaned the gearbox today ready for painting and found that the original colour was in actual fact brown, so I am now in two minds as to what colour to paint it. Jon
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    Bedford QL 6pdr portee

    A couple of years ago I bought this rather sad looking Bedford QL and believe me, sad would be an understatement. At first I couldn't establish what version of QL it had started life as but after a session with the cutting torch and 9" grinder, I at last found the chassis number. It was manufactured in 1944 as a QLD and has since been used, abused and comprehensively destroyed. What to do with it was the question, really it was only any good for spares but the fact that it was road registered gave it some brownie points. After a long hard think, actually not long or hard, I have decided to recreate a 1941 QL 6pdr portee. I am not likely to start in the next 18 months, so I am looking for information, plans pictures, dimensions or even the whereabouts of "Mary". I have already bought a lot of the required replacement automotive components and if in doubt, an Airfix 1:35 scale model but actually dimensions would be very welcome for either the QL or the 6pdr. I did try contacting the Royal Artillery museum in Woolwich, London before it closed but they had already closed their library. Any information would be good, I always live in hope. Thanks, Jonathan
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    Bedford QL 6pdr portee

    So a phone call and a possible trip down to the shopland collection is in order. Anyone know how helpful they are? Jon
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    Bedford QL 6pdr portee

    Thanks Wally, I really appreciate the assistance. I am off to the Tank Museum later in August, so a phone call might be a good idea. I understood that the information that I require would have been held by the Royal artillery but if your information came from the Tank Museum then that sounds good to me. Thanks, Jon
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    morris C8

    Evening All, Things are proceeding spiffingly well, the chassis is stripped, pressure washed and ready for paint prepping. While I was stripping the components off of the chassis, I found several areas where the original paint had been left untouched and from what I can see it appears a lot more olive green than the bs381 298 that I have been supplied. There are a couple of areas that needed to be repaired but all in all it is in very good condition. Driver /passenger compartment painted and ready for re assembly. Hopefully by the end of next week I will start reassembling the chassis, axles etc. Jon
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    morris C8

    Prague, I am glad that you like it. I am on a mission at the moment and have given myself until the end of September to have the chassis and front cab complete and reassembled, then as time allows over the winter, I can sort the engine and rear body. That's the plan...……………….. Jon .
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    morris C8

    First batch of components drying in the heat. Jon
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    Morris c8 wiring

    Hello, I am currently planning to make a new wiring loom for my Morris C8 and although my copy of the maintenance manual has a wiring diagram with the relevant wire numbers, there is no associated wire number to colour reference list, does anyone have this information that they are willing to share with me? please. Jon
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    morris C8

    And the Lee Enfield fits. Even poor old Monty looks board.
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    morris C8

    Morning All, I decided that I would repair the tilt sticks before disassembling it all and am I ever glad that I did. To do it I had to take the windscreen apart and found that it had been welded shut and is in pretty poor shape. The tilt frame locations, either side of the windscreen frame, had been repaired but at different levels which put the frame on askew. The observation hatch was a bit of a problem as I didn't have any dimensions. As I told my poor wife, it would appear that this is a very rare vehicle, in fact probably the only one in existence or the level of support within this community is unbelievably poor, as no one could be bothered to get tape measure out but no real concern, I got there on my own. I really don't understand the attitude, I had the same when rebuilding the HUP, I know that there are vehicles out there, I know that the owners read this and other forums, so why not help, is it really that hard or is information power and if you divulge such information then I will be as clever as you? Forget it, Rant over. One interesting discovery, to me anyway, is that the anti vibration pads for the radiator and the rear of the driver / passenger compartment are made of a fibrous material which appears to be felt, I had assumed that it would have been rubber. Jon
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    Morris c8 wiring

    I think that you are right and I am going to use a colour coding, in fact I have been a very lazy boy and ordered one from Auto sparks. Jon
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    morris C8

    As usual tide and time wait for no man. All the tin work, from the bumper back to the bulkhead behind the drivers seat, has been repaired or remade and test assembled. Tomorrow I am going to repair the frame for the canvas tilt over the front cab, although looking at the state of it, remanufacture would be more appropriate. If there is anyone reading this who has a C8 with the observation ring above the passengers seat, could you please measure it for me. I need the inside diameter, outside diameter and the height of the inner vertical, in fact any dimensions that you could give me would be appreciated. It was only when I was repairing the passengers side mudguard, that I realised that the mudguards are in fact different and I assume, either from different models of the Morris or one of them is from a different vehicle, although I have no idea what vehicle that would be. Thanks, Jon
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    morris C8

    Some confusion I fear. The part that I was referring to, was this component, that attaches to the very bottom of the rad cover. Jon
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    Morris c8 wiring

    Thanks for all the reply's, after more investigation almost all of the wires are just back with no colour under the outer wrapping, so that leaves me with in a dilemma as to which course to take but I am minded to replace the wiring with a colour coded system, I will have to have think on it for a while. Richard, I have taken a copy of the document many thanks. David, thanks for asking the question reference the data plates, I will carrying on searching and Match, thanks for the link I have sent them an email. Wally, That's an interesting document I have printed it out so that I can have a read of it tonight. Regards, Jon
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    Morris c8 wiring

    Morning and thanks for the responses, Super6, Thanks for the link, I have seen the Auto electrics loom and its very tempting, not correct in my case but tempting. David, I have had a quick search but can't find any sign of that wiring diagram plate, I will have another attempt but if you have a contact, that would be very useful and I would be very grateful. Mark, I will match it up with any colours that I can find on my loom and see where it leads. Every wire in the existing looms is black, if you carefully strip some of the cables, there is a colour underneath but that's not the case on every wire. I am thinking, that to make fault finding easy, some sort of obvious colour system would be better than none. Thanks for the help everyone, Jon
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    morris C8

    One rad cover panel repaired, not the easiest of jobs but interesting all the same. Now don't be shy but I need some help, PLEASE. There is a small panel that bolts to the bottom of the rad cover but what is its function and more importantly does anyone have a picture of what it should look like without the rust. Thanks in advance. Jon
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    morris C8

    Another couple of panels completed and now on to the rad cover. jon
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    morris C8

    Evening All, I have had quite a busy week really. All the cab panels have been repaired and reassembled to ensure that everything fits together, before they are disassembled for prepping and painting. I took delivery of five 900x16 tyres, inner tubes and flaps, which only cost me £690, its the cheapest that I could find. The rear wheel cylinders turned up from the states, the flexy brake hoses were delivered all the way from Argentina, all 3 for £29 all in, I found some tread edge from R H Brindle and a new master cylinder was delivered, again from the states. Jon
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    morris C8

    David, Believe me it wouldn't have come off without it and then, when I had eventually removed the head, all the head bolts came out with no fuss. There is a lot of the tin work that is in really good condition the rest is terrible, anyway I have made a start on the drivers compartment and both sides are finished. Jon
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    New toy

    Very nice, Have you got any pictures of it before you started? Here's mine April 1950. I played in it as a small child in 1969 ish when it was a wreck on a hill near Ludlow and continued to visit it, as it declined, until 1995 when the farmer decided that he was going to scrap it and it came to live with me. Jon
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    morris C8

    The old girls been sitting there patiently awaiting some attention since i last posted. The engine is now in peices and i know whats got to be done there, everything. The cylinder head took 2 weeks to remove and eventually gave up and come off without damage, by using a sissor lift type thing and the vehicles weight. I have had the top off of the gearbox and freed up the reverse gear that was stuck and now it all works as it should do. I have now turned my attention to the drivers, passengers compartment, I forgot to take pictures of the driver side before I started but as you can see from the passengers side it needs a lot of work. There are a lot of panels that are in really good condition and only need preparing before spraying, other however, are knackered. Its my intention, to leave as much of the original metal as is sensible and to patch rather than make every new panel but some panels will have to be renewed. I have also made a start getting the brake components, the rear wheel cylinders were easy to get hold of but the fronts are causing some frustration. The rubber brake pipes are on order, the next part to find is a new master cylinder. Jon
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