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  1. Austin K9 body in Cambridgeshire on eBay - item No. 372401864367. 99p start.
  2. Not quite. All the New Range transceivers were designated as Wireless Sets originally, e.g. Wireless Set C42. The change to using the term Radio didn't happen until 1960 as part of NATO standardisation. The WS C42 became Transmitter-Receiver C42 No. 1 and the complete installation (set and ancilliaries) became Station, Radio C42. In fact that happened in 1956 with the introduction of the range of fitting kits to add a Station Radio to a vehicle. The suitable vehicles from the standardised CT range to have a fitting kit installed were already designated FFW, having had basics like bigger generator, control panel, additional batteries and power take-off etc built in during manufacture. Once the fitting kits had been added (by REME workshops) the vehicle obviously had to have a different title to denote this change - hence the new title FFR. FFW = Basic electrical kit installed at the factory. FFR = Radio fitting kit(s) added to an FFW vehicle.
  3. One on the RR Services stand at Beltring at £50.
  4. At the risk of dampening the enthusiasm a bit, you should be aware that an Amateur Foundation licence does NOT allow the holder to use ex-military radio. See: http://licensing.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/spectrum/amateur-radio/guidance-for-licensees/Amateur_Radio_Licence_Guidance_for_licensees.pdf. Particularly paragraphs 2.69 and 2.70. To legally operate ex-military radio kit on the amateur bands you require an Intermediate or Full licence.
  5. Buried at the back of my mind is that a "breakaway" cable arrangement that applies the trailer brakes if a separation occurs is required on trailers with over-run brakes manufactured after 1956. Naturally, I can't remember where I found that bit of information!
  6. Your set is a post-war rebuild done in 1959 so it will have been reduced to components then re-built without the B set section, rather than the B set being removed from a working set which was also done starting in 1956. A new front panel has been fitted which is why the apertures for the B set bits are filled in. So for an authentic display item, that particular set shouldn't have the B set parts. The A and B set Pye plugs look virtually the same but are in fact different - the A set ones have brown "Paxolin" insulators, the B set ones have a clear plastic insulator to reduce the losses at the VHF frequency used. Andy
  7. Spotted in the 'Bay - obviously from a vehicle in British service, but what? Item No. 22044778298 with more pics.
  8. If the number 1305 is stamped on the chassis member then your Champ is almost certainly NOT 13 BE 05. Here's why: The chassis' were numbered by the manufacturer (sometimes called the "Dumb Iron" number) when they were built and supplied to Austin for vehicle assembly, but this number was never used by Austin or the army to identify the vehicle. On the assembly track the vehicle was allocated a vehicle number prefixed by WN1 (for the army contract spec vehicles) e.g. WN1 - 1234. The vehicle registration number contained the numerical part so in this example the registration would then be 12 BE 34. Simply because parts were manufactured and vehicles built around the same time, there is a VERY loose correlation between the number of the chassis taken off the pile at the factory and the vehicle number they gave it but they are NOT the same! Without the VIN plates from the scuttle it is not possible to positively identify the vehicle unless someone has recorded it somewhere. The best you can say is that it is an early production cargo version possibly from early 1953. Someone started to compile a file of chassis to vehicle numbers a few years ago. However you do know the engine number and 50527 suggests it was originally fitted in a Champ around vehicle No. 3000 but it may well have been swapped between vehicles over the last 60-odd years of course. The Austin Champ Owners Club may be able to help from their records of the original build cards. And it’s not a Jeep, it’s a Champ!
  9. Might be an idea to understand the difference between Silicon and Silicone as well. Sand in the brakes will break them.
  10. If the vehicle really is 1305 then it was built as a Cargo version, not FFW. The FFW versions didn't start until vehicle No. 8277. However, the OP confuses Champ and Jeep, and with Champs the chassis number (found stamped on the chassis dumb iron) is different to the vehicle number which is on the VIN plate on the scuttle. More information needed.
  11. The figure of 38Ah is irrelevant now. It refers to the storage capacity of a particular dimension battery in 1950 and modern technology and manufacture has more than doubled that. Your purchasing choice really depends on what your battery securing arrangements are, If you have the original cargo version carriers, the nearest modern battery type is 072 which just need a half inch or so of wood packing inside the clamps for a snug fit. If you also have the original style steel battery tray, they will fit into the spaces. If you don't have the orginal type fittings then the physical size isn't so critical. Type 072 are usually about 70Ah these days so more than ample for a Champ. CCA figures are not too important either since when in a 24v arrangement, the starting current is about half of the 12v case. Andy 58 BE 88
  12. Except that it was Jack Profumo and the famous quote was from Mandy Rice-Davis.
  13. I didn't see them either. Or hear anybody licensed on site despite spending four days monitoring and putting out calls on 3615 and 51.70. Zilch responses. No inter-G on 40m but I did manage a presence on the VMARS 80m USB net using a 1/4 wave vertical on a 8m mast. Johnsons had the usual pile of redundant Clansman and it was amusing to see the "ambitious" prices being asked for rusty WS19s. There were a couple of Larkspur set carriers at a reasonable price for sale in Kitcheners Field but not much else of that era around.
  14. Definitely Champ. FV15242 is Wheel, steering, 17 inch complete, and comprises: FV15243 Wheel (not provisioned separately) FV15235 Bolt, clamping, steering wheel FV15237 Ring, spring, steering wheel, outer FV15227 Nut, wing, UNF, 3/8 in x 24 tpi FV207085 Pin, locking, steering wheel FV15242 was re-coded as NSN 2530-99-848-1924 They were plentiful once upon a time at Jackson's in Misson but hard to find new now. They have a habit of the plastic rim breaking as drivers swing on them when climbing in or out.
  15. The Champ speedo cable is 102 inches long according to the spares list so that one would be a bit short, and every Champ cable I've ever seen has a black covering, so probably not Champ.
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