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  1. Latest purchases, 1943 BMB and 1944 ROC. Few dents and no holes that I know of. The vintage over-paints preserve the metal, opposed to cans left in their original single coat.
  2. Not in the photographs I have, most are stacked on horizontal ground.
  3. Apparently not Citroman, common to see them stacked on the ground in original photographs. Give them a brush over before loading, the hessian "grumet" (spelling?) protects the soft metal drive bands on the shells in transit.
  4. Of course Ashley! Here's my young family of Jerries, 1944 BMB, 1943 AMC, 1944 W&W. Few dents and no holes as yet. Certainly need a few for 7837's 7.7 Litre engine, especially towing a combined eighteen tons. Extra cans can be seen on the roof in wartime film and photographs.
  5. I don't think so Citroman. I've been around deactivated firearms, inert munitions, imitation firearms and imitation munitions many years, I rarely hear of problems. Towing a 5.5" Medium Gun around, it's obvious to all but the totally blind. Some dopey member of the public catching a glimpse of something gun or munition like in the back of a Fiat Punto is another thing. Driving an eighteen ton combination around in public, you'd be surprised how many people think you're the M.O.D. Other's will think "Ah, there's a piece of WW2 artillery.". Long as what you're carrying is legal and kept covered and out of view, there's no problem transporting this kind of thing. Johann, whole thread is dedicated to the vehicle restoration. In my opinion, the Jerry cans and charge boxes are part of the vehicle. She won't run without diesel and without a cargo she's without purpose. The goal to drive her on a living history tour of Europe, through the back roads of France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria and Italy, down to Rome. Visiting battlefields, cemeteries, museums and other places of interest. Living from the Matador as in 1944/45. Carrying out maintenance with the period toolkit, washing, sleeping, cooking, defecating, doing laundry, all in the period way and at 20-25mph all the way to Rome. The long way around.
  6. Latest purchase, a C224 charge box. The C224 carried the 3rd and 4th charges for the B.L. 5.5" Medium Gun. The eventual goal is a full (dummy) cargo of 5.5" projectiles and charges. All real look and weight, in the region of four tons! Also pictured, a fully loaded Su-Coe, almost identical to how a fully laden Matador would have looked.
  7. My latest purchase, bought locally. War Department, 1944 dated. High Octane tag. No obvious dents or holes. Nightmare to restore. Industrial strength chemical bath to strip back to bare steel inside and out before refinishing in the correct fuel and rust resistant enamel? May be worth calling a decent Jerry can manufacturer to ask for advice. They will all carry the correct Diesel tag.
  8. Just in, Koken tools! Just received several hundred pounds worth of Koken socketry and tools, made in Japan. The historic Birmingham manufacturer King Dick doesn't produce the six point Whitworth socketry, only twelve point (which aren't as good). So I've chosen the Japanese manufacturer Koken to supply my socketry in Whitworth sizes. Reportedly high quality with a price tag to match! I have received the following tools: Reversible ratchet - 3/8 drive with 3/8 drive six point sockets: 1/8W, 3/16W, 1/4W, 5/16W, 3/8W, 7/16W, 1/2W, 9/16 Plus 3/8 drive sliding T-bar. Reversible ratchet 1/2 drive with 1/2 drive six point sockets: 3/16W, 1/4W, 5/16W, 3/8W, 7/16, 1/2W, 9/16W, 5/8W Plus 3/8 and 1/2 drive extension bars in the following lengths: 50mm, 75mm, 125mm, 150mm, 250mm Also 1/4 drive tools, 1/4 drive BA sockets, hammers, rules, engineering books and forty-four piece hollow ground screwdriver set. Lots more to purchase, jacks, compressor, 3/4 drive tools, vapour blasting machine, paint system.
  9. I try to achieve something every day, in whichever form. Be it research, searching, buying, strip down etc Found her a replacement winch plate this week.
  10. Found her a replacement governor and charging valve. Plus a second charging valve, tyre inflator, emergency valve and bracket.
  11. Evening chaps, in search of four NOS 14.00 X 20 Dunlop Trakgrip tyres in well stored condition.
  12. Thank you for your comments. Finding parts is a labour of love! Here's something I posted on my Facebook page a while back. She Vowed to Thee Her Country in times of war, with a faithful service spanning twenty-one years. In retirement she worked in bus recovery and farming, eventually laid up and forgotten she stood motionless through winter's storms and summer's blazing heat. Twenty years passed her by as she sunk ever deeper into mother natures grasp, Her Pride was Suffering. Then, at the grand old age of seventy-four, she was awoken from her ever deepening sleep and once again felt the ground move beneath her. Her elation was short lived as her rescuer began breaking her for parts. Then, one overcast February day she was met by the man who'd save her. Her new rescuer did everything he could to prevent further breakup, and succeeded. Fates plans for her untimely demise, would have to wait. Her new owner vowed to restore her with a love that never falters. With every passing day her shining bounds increase. Built to aid in the taking of lives, she'll become a living memorial to those who served and her ways will be those of gentleness and all her paths of peace. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el38Xr2l9UE
  13. A recent pick up. A near mint example of the Pyrene fire extinguisher bracket used in second world war British vehicles. Not an easy model to find, the post-war American version is common. This was mounted on the drivers door post in my Matador, 7837. Though I have seen them mounted in other locations.
  14. The "Lamp, Convoy" had the designation B-WD-AF1 (There was a Lucas alternative.) which stood for Butlers, War Department, Axle Flood 1. The "AF" stands for Axle Flood. Operated by a Bakelite change over switch mounted to the rear cross-member, which alternated the circuit between the Axle Flood and Tail. The switch marked "Tail" on the C.A.V control box (in the cab) had to switched on for the circuit to be live. Having the change over switch to the right would illuminate the tail lamp, having the switch to the left would illuminate the axle flood lamp.
  15. A few more "before" shots. She hadn't changed much since disposal in 1965, just some additional wiring and paint (outside only). Note the casting date on the rear spring hanger, 8th April 1944. Also photographed, the original Axle Flood paint on the rear differential casing and she's only done 6275 miles!
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