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  1. It's second only to one which was on eBay a few months back - my all time favourite! It had a large sign over the windscreen "LAD Armourer" and it was covered with every piece of REME recovery kit you could imagine. It had a cab top with grilles over all the windows and, because of the weight of the snatch blocks on the bonnet, a patent screw assisted mechanism for raising the bonnet with a large handle at the front - just beside the enormous vice. And, funnily enough, that was a good lightweight underneath as well. I kept a photo of it, but, for some reason it won't download. 10 68
  2. I was told in school woodworking classes that wooden tools and handles should never be painted or covered with anything which prevented them from breathing. Painted wood dries out and loses its flexibility and so is more prone to cracking or snapping. The best treatment for wood is something like linseed oil. Certainly in the Sappers after coming back off exercise wooden tools had the mud washed and brushed off them, they were then allowed to dry naturally before being given a good rub with a rag or cotton waste dipped in linseed oil. Rather like the traditional treatment for cricket bats. We didn't have any wooden ladders, so I can't speak for them - but we were always a bit sniffy about units which painted their shovel handles green! 10 68
  3. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/military-infrared-headlight-covers-land-rover-101/274378984760?hash=item3fe2430d38:g:5yoAAOSwelheznhn This chap reckons they're worth £600 a pair - and he'll still expect you to pay £2 for P&P!
  4. Yep, really nice and, as Ferg and Terry said, good to see one in post-war British colours. 10 68
  5. Post-war registration number for an RN-owned trailer. May well have been issued to an RM commando. Many RM vehicles had RN registrations. In fact, I think I have seen a picture in a book somewhere of a similar trailer being towed behind a Series 1 Land Rover with RN markings. 10 68
  6. You're right - but that applies from each April. So it won't change to 1 Jan 1981 until April 2002. But... and this is the more important point: it looks as though you are quite right regarding not requiring an MoT and, for that I sincerely apologise and thank you. Because, it seems there is a form V112 on which you can declare that the vehicle doesn't require an MoT when applying to register the vehicle as historic. I had previously read the guidance notes but clearly badly as under category "r" (perhaps I didn't read that far) it includes: "(GB only) A vehicle other than a public service vehicle registered or manufactured 40 years ago and which has not been substantially changed in the last 30 years." So, that means that, if you take your V5 and a V112 to a post office which deals with VED, with a cover note or insurance certificate they will send it all off for you and you're good to go. You may even use your vehicle prior to receipt of confirmation from the DVLA. I shall try this next week and see how I get on! Thank you again.
  7. You are confusing the issue. As I said, a vehicle can be registered as a vehicle of historic interest from the 1st of April following the year in which it reaches 40. As any vehicle being so registered requires a current valid MoT on the date the application is made, then the date of MoT renewal thereafter is completely irrelevant as, once the vehicle is VHI, it will no longer require an MoT. But, if the MoT runs out prior to the application being made, then the vehicle cannot be registered as a VHI and a new MoT must be obtained. I am in that position myself as I cannot get an MoT at the moment. 10 68
  8. Yep! Those were the days - fuel coupons tax-free from the pay office. But redeemable only at certain garages - Esso and BP until the 90s as I remember and only for use in Germany. So the last BP filling station on the autobahn home was at Wankum, close to the border at Venlo. Fill up there, a couple of jerricans as well - refill the tanks before the ferry and ditch the can (borrowed, as you say, from the MT park) as the ferry operators objected to them (full or otherwise). Of course, there was a bit of planning involved as the coupons were only sold in multiples of 10 litres - so you only filled your tank in multiples of 10 litres! By contrast, the Americans sold their coupons in little books which contained a variety of coupons: some for 10l, some for 5 and a few for one litre. Rather more convenient. Enough reminiscing. Happy Easter to one and all - keep safe.
  9. I don't remember units ever bothering to paint their jerricans. They were in whatever colour they left the factory. The colour would depend on their age - which is easy to tell as they all have a year of manufacture stamped on them. Looking at your picture, though, is the left hand one actually a British military jerrican? With that "20l" marking and the milky green paint, it looks more like a civilian one you'd pick up in Halfords. I may be wrong, but check that it has the broad arrow on it. But, some post-war British military jerricans were painted deep bronze green up until the 70s while more recent ones tended to be a matt olive drab. If they're a bit scruffy then leave them that way as that reflects how they usually were in service - they led quite a hard life being bashed around and scraped against each other and the sides of vehicles. Old BAOR hands may well remember seeing small numbers of them abandoned beside the E34 at Zeebrugge or Calais - can anyone remember, or guess, why?
  10. The centaur with VII underneath may be 7 Air Defence Group RA. Years ago it would have been the insignia of 7th AGRA, but that was disbanded well before that piece of paper was printed. Why the badge of the Coldstream Guards (reversed) is on there as well, though, is mysterious. 125 Field Company, may be a REME sub-unit. F Company should be Scots Guards - with the RLC (Logistic with no "s") AOS sign having been added by the RLC cooks, perhaps, and B Company - well could be anything, as you say - most non-mounted units will have a B company of some sort. But, sadly, I'm not certain of any of them - others may be able to give more certain answers. 10 68
  11. Quite by chance, and topically, I came across this last week - being used as a bookmark! Clearly it's been around for quite a while.
  12. Not unless they make a further change to the interim rules. As things stand, vehicles making the transition to vehicle of historic interest require a valid MoT in order to complete the paperwork. I have fallen into the same pit. My Lightweight is currently on SORN and I was going to get an MoT in this last fortnight in order for it to have a current one for registering it as a VHI which, as a 1979 model it was entitled to be from 1st April. Unfortunately, I missed the boat- my local MoT centres are not accepting non-vital vehicles (which mine clearly isn't) for the forseeable future. So, it'll have to wait, which will be a shame as I'll miss the good weather. But, as we aren't allowed to make non-essential journeys anyway, I suppose nothing has been lost. But, as I understand things, exemptions come on 1 April each year, not 1 January - hence my 1979 model only becoming eligible on 1 April this year. 1068
  13. I agree - one thing which caught my eye was the number of Centurions maintained in war stocks as late as they were. I wonder when they finally went. I'm always interested in lists of equipment held. When I was in the Sappers in about 1982, among the ubiquitous Mk 1 Millies we had a single Leyland Martian GS. No idea why, we just did. It wasn't particularly reliable and wasn't used a great deal - I think it towed the servicing trailer, but as that was always VOR (usually lacking a test certificate for the compressor tank - because other bits missing precluded its being sent for testing), it didn't get out much. As I recall, the servicing trailer was the only piece of kit in the troop which never worked while I was there (closely followed by the Mk5 Coles cranes which spent so long going through the REME system having the safe load indicator certified that it came out of 37 Rhine Workshops was it(?) and went straight back in again!) The Hydra Husky could be a bit of a pain for the same reason - and they added a boom extension sensor for checking as well! After that the least reliable was the LMD. Muir Hills were generally pretty good as were the Allises - which were also more popular than the Terex. The Barford was also thought more highly of than the Haulamatic with its heated rear loadbed which precluded stowing a lot of stuff in it for deployments. Hey ho - happy days!
  14. Great find, Bryan. Thanks for the link. Fascinating - like you found old units - a number of them actually! But, my goodness, where did it all go? Seemed so solid at the time and that it would last forever.
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