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Gordon_M last won the day on June 18 2018

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  1. I'd be happy to call them Ford 1.5 ton 4 x2 with Montpelier bodies. Note that the original image, and the high level image in the DoR, both show the ambulance-style ventilator bolted to the rear side of the body - presumably one on each side. The reason that the bodies are contractor-built is worth repeating; the major US manufacturers did not have their own COE cabs before about 1940. 1940-onwards Dodge and Ford ( presumably others too ... ) had realised how big the market for COEs was and engineered their own cabs. I have always assumed that the contractors like Montpelier and Metropolitan not only built the bodies but had to rework steering and controls to suit too, which wouldn't have been that easy. I remember the early GMC searchlight 6x6 trucks had completely different manifold and carburettor setups, for example.
  2. Great, and that means I guessed rightly that Peerless Trading had their sticky paws in this too, as they surely would not have been a British thread originally. 😁
  3. I hereby name this Tappet thread BO, British Obscure, as suggested by Doug. 😏
  4. Well I'm out of immediate ideas for this. You have looked at American threads, but you can match neither the pitch nor the diameter. You have looked at Metric threads, and can match the diameter and approximate the pitch ( binding after 3/8" ) I can only suspect the hidden hands of Peerless Trading here, like the water pump. Is it some antique British thread, like a BA variation or something for Wheeltappers & Shunters? ( gives age away )
  5. Ta. It does explain why there were so many threads used on our WW2 trucks that are non-standard today too. I can't find anything US with a .3032" thread OD though.
  6. Apologies in advance for the pickiness, but they would just be National Extra Fine as the "Unified" didn't get added till nearly 1950.
  7. I'm sure you will get a pile of replies, with dates, but as I understand it, right at the start of the war, British vehicles had what was effectively an ordinary civilian registration, and some had army registrations as well. Shortly after that they dropped the civilian reg and just used the army one, but note that the 2/2/2 system is MUCH later, although some vehicles that stayed in service, like DUKWs, had a USA number first, then a wartime British army registration, then got renumbered in the 2/2/2 system when that was introduced.
  8. I'm not a hose expert ( Hoseman, where are you ? ) but there's only a couple of possibilities. Either you have too big a size difference between the OD of your connection and the ID of the hose, or your hose is too hard / rigid. I suppose it could be a combination of both. A thinner, softer hose would be the easiest fix. After all, I expect the pressure in the system to be just the hydrostatic head and a couple of PSI. I'd guess you are using industrial strength hose that would pressure test to hundreds of PSI and is probably twice as thick as it needs to be. Ask everybody else with similar vehicles what they are using?
  9. Leaking radiator. hose connection, or over-filled?
  10. That's a hundred years of mouse right there, but they made trucks to last in those days. Got an overall image of it please, just to see progress?
  11. Put a socket on the 3/4 drive, and put it on a reluctant wheel nut. Put a brace bar in the bit that sticks out the side, so it locks against the next wheel stud, or the ground. Put a ratchet drive or a breaker bar in the half inch drive, and wind it. Hey Presto, the multiplied torque output will easily break the reluctant wheel stud.
  12. He has had the distributor out and put it back without doing a by-the-book line up.
  13. Thank you. I had found the top four but missed the last one, which looks promising. Anything you can find out I'd be much obliged. Gordon
  14. I've recently been made aware of a relative, William McCracken, described as a Sapper, who died sometime between mid 1916 and the end of WW1. He was likely to have been serving in a Scottish regiment as he came from the Glasgow area. How / where can I find out more without signing up to expensive sites please?
  15. Technically I believe this started as a pre-WW2 Warner electric brake coupler socket, but it was universally used on US vehicles as a standard trailer socket from WW2 though to Korea
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