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  1. Berlin Brigade Challengers

    From an article about an email from the ICRC, who govern the use of the red cross: So general first aid kits are white cross on green, because -- strictly speaking -- it's not legal for them to be a red cross. There's a lot of stuff knocking around that does have a red cross on it, though, and it's pretty much impossible for the ICRC to police every single occurrence of it.
  2. That seems pretty reasonable, and it's a good solution to the problem!
  3. Indicator switch fitted, but not yet wired, since I forgot just how easily the outer part of the column rotates; might have to come up with some other solution for mounting the indicator switch where I want it to be. I'll burn that bridge when I get to it. I also managed to put last weekend, and this bank holiday Monday, to good use; extracting the wheel cylinder from the front, and temporarily reassembling everything on that corner so I could pinch my axle stand for doing the rears. First little job of the day, separate the drum from the hub, to make it easier to work on the hub. I believe the marketing phrase to use here is "* Some sequences shortened." Plenty of use of the 2-1/2 lb hammer involved shifting that. Drum stowed in a side-locker, along with the others. All going according to plan so far. Some finagling with sockets, and spanners, and a little use of the small hammer of precision adjustment managed to extract the banjo bolt feed into the brake cylinder; and that funny valve-looking thing... Turns out to be just some sort of offset adaptor to go from the 1/2-20 flexible line, to the banjo bolt. And it has a hollow socket type of arrangement that sits over one of the studs holding the brake cylinder on. Anyway, moving on... bits 'fell off'. Once again taking some persuading to do so. It's almost like these parts haven't been removed in quite some time! The whole arrangement sits like so: No pictures of the rest of the day, but it was mostly slinging the hub back on and refitting the bearing lock-nuts, then hefting the wheel and spacer into place; so I could take the jack and stand out from under the front, lift the rear, and remove those wheels. And around rolled the bank holiday Monday, whereupon I didn't get a great deal of pictures, but there wasn't much to take a picture of; other than my frustrated tongue-stuck-out-in-concentration expression while I tried to juggle the expander and brake cylinder together on the axle, and hold them against spring pressure, while trying to rotate the bolt (it was originally a pair of studs with nuts, but I figured bolts would be easier. More fool me.) with a spare finger. ...Obviously, I was already short of hands enough as it was, so there are no pictures of my expression. Which is probably for the best. However, I did get this nice snap of the results of a few hours' progress in the morning. Some cleaning of the axle required! :wow: Then I went to re-fit the offside wheels to do the little jackstand shuffle across to the nearside and repeat the process; and broke my shovel trying to lift the outer wheel on. :mad: However, someone was smiling on me (for some reason. Maybe because they were laughing so hard at me hitting myself in the face with the handle of the shovel as it snapped off? :undecided: ), because there turned out to be a length of beat up aluminium tube laying around that was the perfect size to hammer over the socket on the shovel. It's now a lightweight racing shovel. The other side was very much like the first, but the other way around. Also, since I had discovered that I didn't need to take the hub off to fit the expander, I didn't jack it anywhere near as high, so I should have a lot less trouble refitting the wheels. Of course, now I've said that... :blush:
  4. More little bits and pieces Some indicators, for one. Waiting on the switch, which hopefully might be delivered some time tomorrow. Keen-eyed viewers may also notice the front hub is mostly off (Just clamped by the brake shoes on the inside of the drum); this is to extract the front brake cylinder, which is turning into a little more of an ordeal than first expected. There's a strange valve type of thing on the port, that appears to also be fastened to one of the mounting bolts for the cylinder and is restricting access just a little. I'll have to get some pictures of it next time I'm down at the yard. While I'm in there, I'm also going to change the hub seal and clean out the marmite that may have at one point been grease. Yuck! Then I can put the hub, spacer, and wheel back on... so I can retrieve my axle stand and go fit the rear brake cylinders, which paves the way for some fluid plumbing.
  5. Maybe three, at most, in short stints of plodding about the industrial estate. Pretty sure the fuel usage is measured in gallons per mile, too. :-D
  6. New project - Mk 1 Knocker 6x6

    Screw-in exhaust-port filters are pretty common pneumatic parts. If those ports are BSP, then http://www.accltd.com/products.asp?recnumber=4506 might be a good starting place, perhaps? (Or your preferred local hose & fittings trade counter. )
  7. Mk1 Militant Tanker

    Nice bit of out of the box thinking, getting that curvature just right like that!
  8. I took advantage of the nice weather this afternoon to get some more little bits and pieces done. For starters, I evicted the brake master cylinder from my toolbox locker and mounted that back on the chassis; it's still got all its protective blanks and cap on, and is filled up with fluid to hopefully absorb any moisture that might end up inside (It should reduce the likelihood of water building up at low-spots, and I can flush that fluid out as needed.) Depending on how my brake re-fit goes, I might end up fitting the brake servo without the air assist, just to provide the linkages to give me at least manual brakes. (Since it should only be one air-line, and the mounting bolts, to take it back off when I figure out how I'm attacking the assist valve.) I won't really need to fit it until I get the rear brake cylinders on and that rear circuit piped up, though. I've also been doing a bunch of measuring of fittings and pipe (It appears that it's pretty much all 1/2-20UNF and 5/16" pipe.) for new brake lines; as well as stripping out old brake and air lines. Not much that leads to many pretty pictures, unfortunately; though I have discovered that the thread on the air lines is mildly interesting. It appears to be a BSC thread: 7/8-26 with a 60° thread angle. Not sure that information is really useful to anyone, but there we go. Also, I certainly won't be winning any competitions for speed on getting this thing done.
  9. Trying it without plugins is definitely a good idea! Unfortunately, a completely bare browser doesn't help either. I get the same downloads page, sans a clickable link; and if I dig out the link and follow it manually, I still get the same "Your download was successful" page without having anything downloaded. Worth a try, though... And just confuses me even more; since the site must work, because other people are using it and presumably managing to get their chassis number research results downloaded. (Does seem to be only the chassis number wotsits; I've successfully managed to download contract record pages before.) EDITx2: More thinking... Maybe this just means they haven't found a record for it yet?
  10. The scene of today's antics. :-D (Welder has a length of light chain wrapped through the handle, and a cable-tie to lock the chain off. I really need to get myself some longer welding leads than the ones that came with it...) Edit: When I said antics, I meant it! :-D I didn't get any pictures of the original brackets, or how they were welded. But here's a nice close in shot of where one used to be, now with the lump of weld ground off. New brackets stuck on slightly lower down on the jib. The new location protects the lights a bit better, since they're now sat behind the top section of the jib, and the brackets themselves help shield the lights a little from the rear, just in case. The original ones were mounted on top of that double-thickness flange in the foreground. (Thankfully, they were easy enough to remove, because they were only welded on one side. Sufficient enough for a light-bracket, though, but I like to overbuild a little...) Not the prettiest weld I've ever done, but not too shabby for being done while standing on the A-frame. It's still more than enough for a light-bracket. It should be able to withstand some abuse... :-D A productive-enough couple of hours, all in all.
  11. I have NoScript, but it's set to allow everything from the rlc archive (and anything that page needs to load); same with adblock, it's set to be completely off on that site just in case it's blocking something. I get no notifications of a pop-up being blocked, either. t'is a proper headscratcher.
  12. Well, I've tried a few different ways now, and I'm going to have to admit I'm defeated, and ask to see if I can figure out what I'm doing wrong. I have made chassis-number research requests on the RLC Archive, and these are listed in my downloads section; but under the "download" heading on the list, there is nothing to click. Looking at the page source for that section, there is a link there, but the link text is all spaces. (So there's nothing visible to click.) If I follow that link, I get a page that says my download was successful, but... nothing actually downloads. I've tried it in Firefox, Chrome, Edge, IE7, and IE8; on both Windows and Linux, and it doesn't seem to have made a difference either way. Beginning to feel like a bit of a buffoon by now... :mad:
  13. Time for another little twitch of life, I think. Honestly, I've not gotten a great deal done; but little bits, here and there. I've made up some brackets to hold lights (tail, brake, and indicator) at the top of the jib. In that vein, the old smashed lights and brackets have been removed; and I've run the cabling for both those lights, and the O/S light cluster. (Plus, bulbs have been fitted!) Since it was also buried in the yard behind a(nother ) crippled wagon, I also went and hunted down a generator so I can run power-tools and my little welder (Which it does; I can't go for crazy power, but I'm not exactly welding massive steel plates together...) since I wouldn't be able to move it over to the workshop. Naturally, three days after I get the genny, the wagon blocking me in... gets dragged into the workshop to have the transporter gear stripped from it. Typical! Still, here's hoping that I should be able to get more done, with power available over on the far side of the compound. I've measured up -- yet again -- for steel to start on putting metal back into the cab, so I should start getting material midweek, funds permitting.
  14. Michigan 175

    Found it. That certainly could've ended with an unintended bath.
  15. The 110.

    Congrats! ...so, when are you starting the rebuild on the next one? :-D