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  1. Illustration from Munitions of War, BSA /Daimler war record. Chapter the 105 hp tractor and tanks , plenty of illustrations., my copy is too tight to scan., available on ABE books but expensive but a very interesting book. Richard Peskett.
  2. Original image of a 'Heavy Aviation' on offer at Antwerp probably around 1920 . Interesting that Dunlop tyres had been fitted by then, no doubt plenty of 'new' surplus available at the time . Richard Peskett.
  3. Further to previous herewith illustration from Old Motor magazine, it is tightly bound so unfortunately the scan is not that good. Richard Peskett.
  4. I have quite a large collection of post WW1 advertising regarding war surplus trucks, anyhow all I have to hand is as follows:- Only small mention so they must have been few and far between , nothing so graphic as the Daimler advertisement . Old Motor magazine Vol. 8, issue 1 , January 1974 has an article about Bill Bouts and has an illustration of one on aerodrome construction work at Bicester 1916. Richard Peskett.
  5. Thanks for the interest . I do not think its a steam vehicle , the controls and generally it looks very i.c. engine orientated etc., , the annotation was on the card when I bought it, also I think Purrey only built steam vehicles. NAG is close but I am not convinced ! . Whilst on the subject of round/circular radiators here are two more - The latter is annotated as being in the Caucasus , unfortunately the radiator badges are obscured on both vehicles, nevertheless pioneering stuff. The former is possibly in Bulgaria. Richard Peskett.
  6. Two 'new' images recently acquired at present defying positive identification. Assumed to be French army ownership. Richard Peskett.
  7. Daimler and Benz amalgamated in 1926 to trade as Daimler-Benz., the word 'Mercedes' is a registered trade mark. Richard Peskett.
  8. Steve - I to have wondered for many years why this BS is metric and the origins, probably the first metric BS , only took another 50 odd years to catch up !. A possible origin is that pioneer Michelin were making vehicle tyres from 1891 and these would have been metric, document herewith . Probably the first large user of solid tyres 1905/8 would have been the London bus operators, with almost 900 vehicles on the road at the end of 1907, 90% plus of these would have been of continental origin ( Milnes Daimler, De Dion, Bussing/Straker ), maybe this is a pointer. Another interesting reference is that this map published 1947 is using the spelling 'tire'. Richard.
  9. Another picture of interest, a French 'school' , includes a US built Killen Strait tractor, the French must have thought it worth a try. Alongside are what appear to be Wolverhampton built Stars , with the long bonnet they should have been interesting to drive, a good collection of vehicles !. Richard Peskett.
  10. My Oxford dictionary tells me that 'tire' is the US spelling, Commercial Motor magazine seem to consistently spell the word with an 'i' despite their advertisers using a 'y' at that time . Motor Traction seem to always have spelt it with a 'y', Another earlier anomaly was that the 'Automotor Journal' up to at least 1907 spelt lorry 'lurry' as did some manufactures. Richard Peskett.
  11. Further to previous correspondence , the following 1915 BS hopefully will explain some of the sizes and reasons. The main difference of principal with the American sizes is that irrespective of width the o.d. when new is the same, e.g. the 30" rim all widths are 36" o.d. ( 1/2" steel plus 2 1/2" rubber) , with British tyres the o.d. varies according to width within the rim diameter . Another curious listing by Dunlop was the 881mm X 14" , Thornycroft 'J' rears. Most listings have 3 dimensions - 36" x 6" for 30" for example. Richard Peskett.
  12. Strictly not WW1 or of military origin, this 1906 Aries 2 ton lorry has recently 'surfaced' in France , dry stored ,complete and original, one family ownership since 1948. Reputed to have been last used to distribute food during WW1 at Auxerre. Richard Peskett.
  13. Richard

    I have been researching the history of 'Service colour'. While it is mentioned in many documents, it is difficult to find surviving examples of it. I understand from an article by Bill Ward in Tankette 51/5 that you restored 'the AA lorry at the IWM'. Presumably this is the Thornycroft at Duxford. Bill said that you found some original paint on that lorry and matched it to create the paint for the restoration. Can you confirm that and can you tell me if it is possible to get hold of a sample of that paint.

    Thank you in anticipation.

    Andrew Foulkes

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      Richard Peskett

      Andrew ,

      Yes, this is correct. I think it was back in 1987 we restored the IWM Thornycroft J mobile anti aircraft  gun now at Duxford,. When dismantling e found original paint under  lamp brackets etc. At the time we used ICI coach finish paint, they matched the colour for us but would only supply in gloss plus matting agent  which we had to mix in. We have held this colour ever since and loaned it out on  various occasions !. Last job we used it on was the 'Battle Bus' for London Transport Museum in 2014..

      Always we have added the matting agent to get the right finish.

      But having said all of this  I am sure there were many variations of this colour originally , I am sure nobody  worried too much about the finishing shade . Somewhere we have the mixing instructions and ingredients for the similar US army colour.

      W have some ready mixed  in stock , I am sure we can always paint out some for you.  Have a look at the LTM web site. Let me know  what you would like .

      Kind regards,



  14. I quite agree with you Sean, Lacre's interest in municipal vehicles etc., the additions could well be to do with that aspect. Unfortunately its one of the few chassis makes I have little on. Richard Peskett.
  15. A chance purchase at the recent Beaulieu autojumble may cause some head scratching ! . Taken in a assembly workshop with lots of fitters benches in background ( plus 2 solid tyre front wheels). Conventional four spoke steering wheel, ignition switch, fuel tank, cone clutch and track rod behind axle. Unusual points - channel section chassis with angle iron added underneath, oddly appears to reduced in depth under scuttle area , large attached dumb irons at extreme front, what appears to be a reduction box added worked from lever left of centre, large central clutch pedal below steering column, possibly chain drive, reasonable sure its English, both gear and brake levers are very similar ( eg no clasp on brake lever , therefore not a Subsidy design),there are some design similarities to Albion but I am sure it not is. Unfortunately both the plate on the scuttle and name on pedals ( Lalys ??) cannot be read. If it was a conversion for railway use the steering would not be connected . The more you look the more unusual it is !. Richard Peskett.
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