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  1. So cleared the rotten bed off and started on the driver side boards With the bed removed I noticed pre-drilled holes on second crossmember, would this be standard so the chassis can be used for mortar or GS trailers? Also, you'll notice on the third cross member two huge coach bolts.. a bit random, I assume these were repairs I had spotted the white X number before but only when I was working on getting the coach bolts out did I notice some yellow, looks like B 5?? The tongue of the tongue and groove is remarkably well d, lasted 70+ years!
  2. Joes Motor Pool has studs as individual or packs of 8, they press in and tighten up so no bother if you are missing any As phil.c says, be wary as older rims can be off kilter so may need repairing or lots of balancing that doesn't look that great, outer rims are generally worse as they hit the curb first! Also, they do sometimes rust through at the air hole so watch out for that, but from the pictures, they look ok in that area I ended up buying about 8 to make 4 good wheels and an "only use in emergency" spare
  3. Both support legs are present, one has a domed top end, the other open, I have seen both in the manuals and on restored examples, so plan to unseize the rear one and just try to straighten them up
  4. Most, if not all the wood is rotted through, but what I did find are the drilled holes down each sides for attaching, either the mortar kit or bomb stowage, some of these are open, straight through, some seem to be filled, this could be muck and dirt over time or were filled unless needed, again, anyone know what the score is here?
  5. Front (tail)gate is in working order, be it, with the majority of the wood, is rotten through, what I did notice is the latch pins differ, one has the twisted "jack chain" and a D ring that fits well against the sides, the other, more regular chain with a circular ring holding on the peg, this could be original, but I would guess one has been changed at some point. Any trailer owners know which is correct?
  6. Electrics, I've not decided yet what to do about the lights, I understand that these were produced without lights, but were moded either in the field or post war. So, do I leave it "light less" or restore the later mod? What I believe to be the original mod or post war junction box, switch are convoy light are all present, though a bit worse for wear, I believe the latter is the Lucas type rather than the more common Butler, but unfortunately, the stop/tail light did not make it but the attachment point is there I don't have the 3 mystery attachments on mine Hitch is the early block type that Ian recovered separately, definitely looks the part. Note the hole in the draw bar for the lighting cable.
  7. Hi Richard, thanks for this, not that I doubt you for a second, but I'd be interested how to work this out? Thanks
  8. I'll have a look later today or tonight, but no problem, yes
  9. I've been looking for a British trailer for my 43 MB for a year or so was happy to take delivery of one a week or so ago Some of you may recognise it from Ian L's posts from when he recovered the trailer a few years ago, Ian kindly sold it on to me... It is, I believe, a 10 CWT Mortar trailer, it still has its original tag and a faint outline of white lettering on the front right panel, indicating that it is X5441349 built as a Mortar trailer but, probably post war, converted to a GS trailer having the rear tailboard and electrics fitted. Not sure which maker, so if anyone can help with that, I'd appreciate it The tailboard is missing which isn't an issue as I plan to take it back to wartime configuration, and, you may notice, most of the wood has rotted out so will be brushing up on my carpentry skills! Building a patio and working full time during lock down so it will be slow progress, but will post updates as I can A request though please? Does anyone have a copy of the maintenance manual that they could copy/share with me please? email a scan or if you have a spare one I could borrow/purchase, please drop me a PM, it would be much appreciated?
  10. Re the yellow gas paint, I remember this lot being found and sold off on ebay Also, assuming these are all from the same unit, the variance in styles of stars, circles and numbers...! https://jalopnik.com/germans-discover-military-jeep-hoods-used-to-repair-a-c-1831021112
  11. Managed to find some more bunting later on, but I parked my Jeep out for the day. Had a load of people pull over to chat... at a distance..!
  12. I joined (regulars) in Sep 81 and remember while still in training coming in one night to see this all over the news A few days after the invasion, we were all marched down to the stores to hand in "essential war winning equipment" - a pair of shoes, flasher mack and jap hat...! go figure?? There is great audio book narrated by Max Hastings and (I think) Simon Jenkins, great to listen to on long journeys..
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