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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. If you click on this link it should take you to some more photos of it, including another one of it as a house: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=XK+548&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwiQsYSP3sPqAhUJUhoKHbTGA-sQ2-cCegQIABAA&oq=XK+548&gs_lcp=CgNpbWcQDDoECAAQGDoCCABQ7u4HWKb9B2CgnAhoAXAAeACAAX6IAe8CkgEDMi4ymAEAoAEBqgELZ3dzLXdpei1pbWc&sclient=img&ei=6-sIX9CPOomkabSNj9gO&bih=741&biw=1600 I think it sold in 1975 and it was restored by Simons father. I am not sure how long it took but he is obviously a very capable engineer and it comes out to events quite regularly.
  2. Thanks. It was a remarkable journey. The MVPA recreated it with modern and a WW1 Dodge which i understand completed the trip without ay problems.
  3. I know some of the history. Here is a good image of it in its previous incarnation.
  4. The tyres on the one dismounted wooden wheel are shot so Steve cut it back to the metal band and then used an angle grinder to cut through that. The tyre just pings off and we parked that for disposal and the wheel for the next step of restoration.
  5. Dad is always looking for things to do so Steve and I pulled the California rad out from the shed and looked it over. We knew it had been patched before so we had a look at that and the damage seemed worse than we remembered. We are undecided as to the best course of action so may swap over the top tank with the WD marked one that we have. The gills had taken a few knocks so we need to sort those out. We gave the rad a pressure wash and then parked that up for later on.
  6. We need to get the rear wheels sorted and the pair we want to use are on the other Peerless so we had to swap them over with the metal wheels we have in stock. First task was to move all the stuff which was stored on and around the Peerless and tow it out into the open to make room. These wheels are very heavy and we used the engine hoist to secure them. The first one came off really easily which surprised us all and the metal wheel went on without any problem. The other side was a different story and after most of the day gone we had to give up and put the Peerless away again and Steve will come back with his hydraulic press and see if he can adapt that with a Jim Crow and see if that will make any difference.
  7. The next task was the front axle, but the U Bolts we had (even the best set) we decided were too far gone to use so we have parked the axle for now and will get a set of bolts made.
  8. A bit more progress over the weekend. The Peerless is fighting back again so we didn’t get as far forwards as we would have liked. The first task was to put the back axle on, using the engine hoist to life it into position. Unfortunately it didn’t seem to fit and then we realised that there should be a mounting plate on top and rubber block underneath. Looking in the spare parts drawer Steve pulled out an axle with the remains of springs still attached. Taking an angle grinder to that he soon produced a very tired but serviceable pair which he now fitted to the axle. A few hours later on while rummaging in the spare parts box for something else Dad found a much better set which were cleaned up and fitted to the axle. This looks a lot better but we could not do the axle up tight as we required a deep socket which we did not have.
  9. Hi Al Sorry for the slow reply. I have been distracted by other trucks. I had heard that there was a Riker over there but it had been "crushed", I think was the words used. How much actually have you got and what do you need. As you know these things are quite rare but occasionally turn up in the strangest of places. I have been talking to Bridgeport and they have scanned some documents for us and have been incredibly helpful. The British army always referred to them as Locomobiles (even after they had changed to Riker) and the US Army always as Rikers. Ideally, what would you like to restore yours as?
  10. Started on the Rear Brake linings. The steel "arc" which goes between the lining and the Brake Shoe is described in the Parts Book as the "Hub Brake Shoe Liner". Each of the linings is riveted to one of these and then later that riveted assembly will be bolted to its appropriate Brake Shoe with Csk Screws which are to be deeply countersunk in the lining. The first step today was to line up the linings on the liners in their correct places - so that they can be drilled through and held temporarily in place with nuts and bolts. Those will be replaced individually, one at a time with countersunk copper lining rivets later.
  11. Getting in and out of the back of these old trucks is not as easy as it looks. For that reason many photographs show a ladder (sometimes improvised) lent up against the back. Workshop trucks were issued with two ladders. We decided to get an old length of wooden ladder for easy access to the Thornycroft. It had been used previously for decorating purposes and was splattered in paint. I was going to give it a coat of paint but was told that I should not do that as ladders were not supposed to be painted as it would prevent any damage to the ladder from being spotted which might result in a possible accident. Any thoughts anybody?
  12. All the Brake Band Linings have now been received, cut to size and radiused and ready to fit. On the previous lorries on which we fitted new linings, the linings were rivetted directly to the Shoes but this arrangement is slightly different from that where the linings are first of all rivetted to a 3/16" thick steel arc and then in turn the lining with the steel arc are held in place on the shoes with 3/8" Csk steel screws, slot nutted on the inside. Temporary nut and bolts will be used to hold the lining to the steel arc prior to final orthodox copper riveting of those two parts together..
  13. That's the first of the two Caps - now finish the second one!
  14. Started the final machining up the first of the two Radiator Filler Caps
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