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  1. I am advertising this for a friend. It starts on the button and runs really well. It is in good order, contact Brian on 01799 584448,  mobile07702710965 or email Greenblackbird@hotmail,com 10000 pounds or near offer. Essex area.


  2. I have seen these disc's on the rear between the support arms on the back, but mine came stored away on the front above the front axle. I soon realized they were for the feet of the support legs to use to increase the foot print on soft ground. My question is why the different shapes in each plate ?



  3. Thank you Keith, alway's nice to have photo's to look at and see what is missing from mine, and straight away, after being on top of mine this afternoon, I noticed the raised box on top is missing from mine, so it is interesting as to what it might be, so I can try and replicate it.



  4. Here are the photo's of the radar truck. Based on it being five tons, therefore I did not pay too much for it if it's 80 ponds a ton scrap.









  5. We have an auction near by and one of the items is a "radar truck' which to me, is a trailer towed behind a lorry. It has several window apertures which can be opened and supported on side plates I assume to prevent bullets entering the "truck' It would have had radar equipment in it in it's previous military life. My question is what is it worth ? the outside is in good working order, no rust and has all it's lights, the tow frame is complete. It will need 4 tyres as the one on it look original. Thanks in anticipation of the answers.

  6. DSC01120.thumb.JPG.740f47b367ec135985c6a32ee3702773.JPGThere are many job's restoring anything under the umbrella of restorations, but this has to be one of the most time filling moments of any restoration,undoing nuts and bolts that have become rock solid in their components. I had to use heat and a pair of mole grips to remove some of the 2BA bolts that hold the inner panel to the frame, and where I could not use mole grips to unscrew the broken off lengths of rusty bolt, I drilled very carefully and then re tapped them.

    However I was successful in every single one. Very happy to have completed that task.

    The next two photo's show the very sad bottom of the door that contains the lower hinge and limiter that allows the door to open only so far.. I have cut the whole section from the cross brace that the window runners go down too, right to the bottom of the door. I intend making a new section and re-welding it back in. So far only one countersunk screw has come undone out of a possible 6, so tomorrow i shall be fresh, and a second attempt at removing the remaining screws.DSC01124.thumb.JPG.a89f20b0a47a994fd2af539f8934dc56.JPG




  7. With the boards now dry, they are stored out of harms way for fitting in the summer.

    It is now time to make a start on repairing the doors. The first one off the lorry is the passenger one. I don't think this is any different from the drivers door. There appears to be signs of a repair in the past, so this will need to be taken into account as far as the repairs go.

    I removed the inner panel from the frame, and as I had no idea what was behind the metal section, I was loathed to use much heat to try and free up the Philips screws, so as you can imagine not one came undone, so I cut each one off and now I can see there is nothing that come to harm so heat might be used to undo the remaining threaded section. 

    The lower section of door that the lower hind is secured to, is very corroded, and will need to be removed carefully and a new section made and welded into place.






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  8. Just a little bit of rain has fallen just lately, so I have changed the course of work for the sake of sanity. The boards were cut and shaped back in the summer, so it is now a good time to cover them in something to preserve them for a good few years, I hope.

    They have been in my hot workshop for the last few months, so are a dry as they can be, and this showed up in the amount of preserver they soaked up, they were really hungry, and soon empty the brush of the contents, meaning a regular dip in the pot is necessary to cover the surface.

    My workshop is 12 feet across it's width, and 24 feet long, and with the boards laid out to work the preserver into them, take up nearly all the available space.

    Next job, that passenger side door. 




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  9. After 9 years of ownership, I have managed to get the lorry under cover away from the worst of the weather. The good thing about dutch barns is the vehicles have air around them to dry them off when they become condensated. Now I know it fit's, I have peace of mind knowing it has a home when it is eventually finished.


    The Governor.


  10. The Autumn is nearly upon us, so the window of opportunity to work on the Scammell when the weather and temperature is perfect to paint is fast running out.This means the lorry would be better parked under it's dutch barn, than left out in all weathers to deteriorate back to where I started.

    So a big effort to put all the air brake system back was made. It will be another day to start up the engine and test for leaks, but more important will be to move it under the cover.

    This does not mean that work will stop till next year, as I have thew two doors to repair which can be done in the workshop with a lovely wood burner to keep me warm.


    The Governor.







  11. It's not until I saw these photo's that I realized that working in the dark, or working underneath the lorry, that I should have taken a strong light with me to light up the area that I am working on to see that the paint has covered all area's.

    So guess what I am doing again tomorrow ?


    The frames that the air receivers are mounted on, had signs of rusting, so I have put a film of mastic, which is used in roofing situations. This I have allowed to set, before mounting the receivers on. Hope fully the two area's will not touch, or rub, and the paint will last a little longer.


    The Governor.






  12. Sorry to the moderators if this is in the wrong section.

    I am after the side plate that fits on the near side of the winch.

    If you have a spare you do not want can I purchase it from you. Thanks.

    I am going to the Dorset steam fair next week, so perhaps we can arrange to swap some of the folding stuff and items.

    Please send me a PM and we will discuss the arrangements. Kind regards,


    The Governor.

  13. Just in case you thought I was wasting time, going on holiday, you don't know me very well. I have managed to clean up the frame and get some paint on it, tomorrow is not looking very good to start off with, but maybe in the afternoon I can get the first of the final coat's applied.


    Oh, and two little soldiers who are going on staff training, to keep guard on Daddies little lorry when it is finished.


    The Governor.






  14. The longer of the two supports for the air tanks had cracked at the sharp bends, so I decided to remove all four for inspection. I found only one support to need a repair, which I duly did, and then made a start on painting, them ready for re assembly.

    When the weather finally improves for more that 1/2 an hour I shall start to clean up the lorry, but until then it is all inside work at present.


    The Governor.


  15. IIRC contract 3724 was the first one and had some features that were deleted from subsequent contracts such as the double skinned cab and different air brake reservoirs. The rear extension boxes were listed for the crew's personal effects and were sometimes copied and retro fitted to later models in service.



    I stand corrected, thank you.


    The Governor.

  16. The extension "chest's" were part of the lorries storage compartments. This lorry carried all it's equipment needed for recovery. The inventory is very long, but covers, tracks for putting around the rear wheels, snatch blocks, chains , and many more pieces of equipment,that even I do not know of.

    There is a picture taken from above which shows the area around the crane for the men to walk , and operate the crane which means that additional space was needed for the equipment, so extensions were placed either side of the spare wheel.


    The Governor.

  17. hiya just poped in to see how things are going . thought I might of seen you at the weekend , but looks like you were bizzy. I painted our showmans steam engine in craftmaster and its good paint . wont be long till iam back on the matador . keep up the good work . Doug

    Doug, 10 little reasons not to get out this year, have presented me with "confined to Barracks. Kind regards,


    The Governor.


  18. Max,

    As always, it is a pleasure to have joined this forum for the commardary amoungst the members on here. I have had people send parts to replace missing parts and refused to take anything for them, and I have now had two people identify this lorry and provided history, that only comes if you are in the right place at the right time.

    My email address is -: ruth521@btinternet.com

    I will be pleased to receive anything that will help me restore this old friend back to his serving days. Kind regards,


    The Governor.

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