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  1. john1950

    Royal Navy harbour taxi?

    You probably will have to go bilge diving to find numbers on the keel. There will be some information deep down. Major bulkheads may reveal some information. Boat/shipbuilders, always leave there footprint. Its partly pride in their work. I think early pinnace power after steam was Perkins S6 and Thornycroft db2.
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    Royal Navy harbour taxi?

    It may just be me but just the hull construction does not look Thornycroft.. There were traditional boat builders building work boats for both harbour transport and warships, when these warships were disposed of the workboats were sometimes used on harbour duties. It will have an interesting history.
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    Royal Navy harbour taxi?

    Just a cursory look but it does not look like Thornycroft work. Possibly Mitchell, IoW.or Laurence, Leith. Good luck with your project.
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    What a convoy Steam power and Fire Engines. Was your promotion because your welding is improving?
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Even welding new aluminium in workshop conditions is not for the faint hearted.
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    Mosquito Refuelling

    I am not even sure that they are spats we can see and not the tail cone of another Mossie.
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    Mosquito Refuelling

    In the Google shot it should be in plain view slightly left of the tail of TK 620. TK 620 seems to have been in service until 1957 when it is listed as SS 22-2-57.
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    Mosquito Refuelling

    Where is the third aircraft?
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    Mosquito Refuelling

    I would contest the findings. Number of aerials on the wing in each picture, Fuel tanker type and fueling position.
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    Mosquito Refuelling

    Google is one aid, sometimes it is not about the answer it is about the journey. Other information and reminiscences are sometimes priceless, its about being involved.
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    Mosquito Refuelling

    From the interpritation of many clues by many different brains will come the answer.
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    Mosquito Refuelling

    Have you tried squadron records
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    What goes here ?

    Any more pictures, we are greedy.
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    Mosquito Refuelling

    Can you get the serial number off the rear fuselage of the mosquito. That should open the door to a lot more intormation. Unit markings on the Matt may help
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    Manifold identification

    No part numbers at all on them
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    Range Rover advice please

    Do you mean the cv joint has come off the end of the drive shaft?
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    11.00-20 tyre choice

    With tyres the only constant is the wheel size, internal diameter. Overall diameter depends on the tyre makers original design use, type of compound, and tread pattern. Off Hyway, Mixed use, On Hyway, Long Haul or Urban. Steer, Drive,or Lift Axle.Then you get into Pneumatic Specialist Pneumatic, or Solid. I once drove a rig on the docks with a mix of Pneumatic, Pneumatic with tyre fill and Solid on different wheel stations.
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    11.00-20 tyre choice

    If it has an R in the description that means they are Radial ply construction. Radial and Cross ply constructed tyres should not be mixed on the same axle. They have different Rolling and adhesion characteristics, also different speed and weight carrying abilityes. Radial and Cross ply have different bead shapes but generally they are interchangable on tubeless and split rim wheels, the internal finnish of the tyre is smoother on a tube type tyre. With split rim wheels it is esential to make sure the locking rim grips its position on the wheel and they are both clean before starting the assembly procedure. If possible use a cage when inflating
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    11.00-20 tyre choice

    As long as tyres are equal size accross the axle should be O.K. Sounds as though the ones you have on at the moment are miss matched It depends on the width of the wheel as to weather the tyre /wheel fit is correct. A 20 inch wheel rim will fit all of the tyre sizes you have mentioned, but a 10.00 x20 will have a different bead fit to a 12.00x20 on the same wheel centre, giving the inflated tyre a different profile. Also a different load/ speed rating.
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    Question AEC Militant MKI

    Sounds like a thrust bearing failure in the steering box. I do not think Mk1s have power steering.
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    ‘Mollie’ Bedford MJ expedition trucks

    All I can give is moral support but best of luck in your endevours
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    ‘Mollie’ Bedford MJ expedition trucks

    What a shame. Its possible to get the crank out I think but it will difficult supporting the rear of the block in situ with no bell housing. I cannot remember how much room there is at the front. Have you got any help?
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    Caunter-camouflaged gem at the YWE

    This is an open ended debate, It goes back to the old question of what constitutes a restoration. A sensus number is a clue in the mosaic of the full picture. At sometime in service I have no doubt that a vehicle like that will have existed. I am just pleased a vehicle in that condition is around now to be talked about. As old spec paints become unobtainable and colour matches become more difficult we may just have to say they did their best. No more Lead in paint or plastic, No Asbestos, I used to be involved with a project to collect cenespheres from a power station lagooon and they went to manufacture high quality insulation material. It is a hobby and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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    Caunter-camouflaged gem at the YWE

    I do not think it matters either way, the fact is there is now a vehicle that has been preserved in pristine condition. Peoples circumstances change over time. Some hand painted lines can always be introduced. Some ordinary people can paint straight lines without any aids. Just enjoy the vehicle, whatever the price is I would bet It does not cover the full cost of restoration, if all of the time and materials workshop costs as well as buying the vehicle in the first place were properly included.
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    Obituary

    There are fewer of the few left now with the death being announced of Squadron Leader Geoffery Wellum D.F.C. aged 96. He apparently was the youngest pilot to fly in the Battle of Britain. Condolence to his family and thanks to him for being there R.I.P.
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