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    Oxfordshire mostly
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    WW1 mechanical transport. Also modern vehicles this being anything made from 1919 to 1945.
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    Civil servant - real job. Writer - fun job.

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  1. And while we are on the subject of lamp brackets, we are undecided which lamps to put on the Peerless. We have a nice set of Miller headlamps and either P&H, Adlakes or King of the road side. Looking at this photo of the Peerless recovery truck which we intend to recreate, I dont recognise either the headlamps or the side. The side looks a little like an Adlake but is not. Any thoughts anybody please?
  2. The front springs have gone off for a rebuild and should be ready in a month or so. Dad is continuing to work with the shackle pins, shackles and nuts for both axles which are now nearly ready. He has dug out the head lamp brackets which now need a good clean. He has also pulled out the spring U bolts some of which are looking rather tired. However, I think we have some in stock so we just need to dig out some better ones.
  3. Here is an original A Type body plate built by International Harvester but fitted to a B Type body on an FWD Model B.
  4. We probably wont disassemble them. I dont think there is a need to. We did it previously on another truck and painted all the leaves, but the paint got squeezed out and it looked a mess. We have not lubricated the leaves either. I dont think there is a need. No hard and fast rules of course. With the chassis being prepared for blasting Dad made up some wooden plugs to protect parts we really dont want sand in. While talking to the sand blaster he had two more shackles blasted. A bit worn but better than the others.
  5. Here is another. Ordnance 5 ton artillery tractor. Armour by Diebold. Running gear by Reo.
  6. Three more from our 1918 US FWD Model B truck. The FWD data plate and the Ordnance plate are from the scuttle. The Ordnance plate was only fitted to US Army vehicles. The British FWD did not have them. A replica of an original body plate made International Harvester. This was fitted to the outer front panel of the body. Interestingly, the original one this was copied from was a B Type body but the plate states it is an A Type. A mistake in selecting the correct plate or just out of B Plates when they stamped the number?
  7. A great idea. Here are a couple. One of mine and a friends. I know nothing else about them.
  8. Always planning a few steps ahead we will be looking at getting it on to wheels this year (soon I hope). It was time to rummage around in the stores for a pair of axles. They were rather buried in other stuff so it took some effort to find them. The first back axle we picked out had the bearing surfaces protected but everything else was rather corroded and would take some time to disassemble. Time is always against us so we rummaged around until we found a second back axle in much better condition and completely disassembled already. The front axle we elected still has the wheel hubs in place but is quite corroded. A bit of work will be required to bring that one back to life.
  9. The machining of the replacement bronze bush for the front spring shackle and pressed in successfully. The other corresponding front shackle pin bush is sound and does not need replacing. Dad test fitted both front spring shackles to the chassis and all satisfactory but still has to drill through the new replacement bush to accommodate the Greaser,
  10. Dad chopped up the old tyres and bands today for recycling. Interesting to see that on the insides of the bands was some writing (tyre size). I dont remember seeing anything like that on any previous bands.
  11. Yes, you are quite right. They still wash up.
  12. A Genie! Gosh that made me laugh. Nothing quite so exciting really. Here is a picture of the store room.
  13. Now that the Thornycroft has gone, one of the aims for this Christmas was to straighten the Peerless chassis. It was well jammed in behind the FWD so we had to get that out of the way first. Although it is very rarely used I am pleased to report it started on almost the first swing. We then had to move all of the junk that has built up around it and then with an engine hoist controlling the lift we gently dropped it to the floor. We then rearranged the strop on the chassis and moved the Peerless across the floor, brought the FWD back in and then eyed up the chassis. Straightening the chassis - tricky or difficult. What do you think?
  14. From its new home we put the canvas up and then took it out for a drive. It went very well and we managed to stop for a few photos. We then tucked it away in a shed tall enough so we dont have to take the canvas down. A very successful day.
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