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  1. I can only help with cleaning canvas part of your question. In the past I have placed it on the ground, used detergent and a pressure washer (not too close) and given it a good going over. Providing the canvas isn't rotten this works a treat. Then use Fabsil or, as many others and myself have in the past, brick sealant! Sounds crazy but dries clean and waterproof. Hope that's of some help.
  2. Hi everyone, I was wondering if some people could offer some advice? I am pondering the tentative steps into WW2 Armour and wanted some pointers on what to look out for in regards to purchasing a Daimler Dingo. I have often admired this little wheeled vehicle and think it would fit the bill for me. As it can be transported with a trailer and wouldn't take up too much space in the workshop. What are they like to own, drive and service? Are the parts a major issue, or are there a few dealers with bits in abundance? Any tips would be appreciated, also any pointers as to who may have one, ideally for restoration available early next year would be brilliant. Thanks in advance Paul
  3. I have also read on several websites and associated news that the Pretender will also be made a facility in Slovakia as well. Just another unnecessary SUV.
  4. Richard has seen my mistake there! And corrected me. Oopps
  5. It is on it's way to a French museum so it would seem. As it was a target for training for Dunkirk (not D-Day) it is being incorporated into a display of that period.
  6. I guess British. Morris Quad and limber will be mine one day. Or a Humber Pig again. But the standoff armour with a turret. 9 tonnes of unnecessary and poor handling, but if you have owned one you'll know why.
  7. Found these buried in my garden in West Germany. I'm not sure what they are but thought I would put them on here before they go on ebay. They look quite old, really not my style, but someone might like them. They're too flashy for me. Appears to be odd stone inlays with what I presume is gold-look plastic. Slots together okay after I pressure washed it. 5 large panels all in all. Furniture is a separate sale on Ebay. Offers. Paul
  8. The condition of any items left underground in a tunnel for 75+ years would make identification of most things difficult. I'd wager that such items as the amber room exist, but in a private collection somewhere. Having worked in archaeology a good while, the condition of items found in tunnels would be awful. But, it is exciting and I think we all like the 'unknown' aspect of hidden treasures and booby traps! I certainly do. It has fuelled my battlefield archaeology research and fieldwork for many a year. Alas I have only encountered unexploded ordnance and a few artefacts; but if I find the amber room I'll post an update ha
  9. http://www.milweb.net/webvert/a4154/96770 Nice example, lots if new parts. Make me an offer. Located in Germany 07913190788 UK number Or sussexpillbox@gmail.com Thanks Paul
  10. Having attended Militracks and Ciney this yest, it's clear how good shows actually can be. WP has the potential but it feels as if "that'll do" attitude prevails as they know it will bring in the bucks. The ideas above are great. Encourage with incentives armour collections to come, maybe museums and well. Green only areas. Choreographed battles that make sense. Strict camping display policy. More stalls, less fun fair, expand! Some great ideas. Maybe a HMVF show?
  11. If it isn't repaired it will probably stay with me and be painted and used to store wine!
  12. Funny enough, you guess correct! Exactly why I would like to save it if I can. Let's hope local German engineering is up to the task! As I don't think posting it to the UK is viable, it would be a few stamps at least. So fingers crossed HMVF for the No.1 block saving extravaganza. Do I start a crowd funding page and patrion thing, isn't that what the kids do nowadays?
  13. I should have taken pictures.. they were adamant the series 3 was kitted with bowman. Well, bowman stickers. The fuel lockers were a lovely addition being a sheet of steel riveted on. It was a beautiful machine. A good friend of mine who contributes on here a lot once said: The more aerials a vehicle has the less chance there is it has a radio. Always loved that quote! I hope he remembers saying it too. Ha *added: I have never understood what's wrong with having a GS Land Rover?
  14. The pistons are 0.40. It seems via websites selling spares fot similar engines of Dodges that 0.60 is the biggest they do. So it's looking unlikely I would guess. Shame, but I shall investigate further with a machine shop if I can.
  15. Thanks Chris. Any idea with the valve guides? As the cast part is broken. I have tried my TM manuals but nothing is really mentioned with tolerance for skimming and new pistons.
  16. Hi all. I have never had to undertake a rebore or skim of the block. So can advice be offered? I have a Dodge T112 block as pictured. How much can be skimmed or has this pitting on the block face too far gone? Furthermore, how much is too much in the bores? Lastly, the valve insert into the block on the upper face has partially cracked in one or two valve ports and broken a piece in another. Is this repairable or game over? Many thanks Paul https://ibb.co/gF0zDGW https://ibb.co/z7vsjVL https://ibb.co/fHPNtQb https://ibb.co/N9s0Yj1
  17. Apologies Bob. I did run off on a tangent, but actually edited and removed it, somehow it didn't save. We all have view and yes, this is not the place for that. Sorry to offend.
  18. Unfortunately there are permanent and temporary export licences. If you have, for example, a military land rover, to go to France you are legally required to have a temporary export licence. Many I am sure do not know, but it may risk vehcile loss or many tears if enforced. For me to take a vehicle on a temporary basis to Germany I needed a licence. Also for the trailer as that's of military origin. So, in theory if this was actually enforced, as I'm sure it will be more, it could in theory stop vehciles without correct paperwork. http://www.milweb.net/features/military_vehicle_export_licence.ph As for being ruled by one Brussels government, it isn't quite like that, even now each country has their own rules for vehicle movements, not one enforced rule. See above.
  19. I had to get an export licence just to take vehicles out of the UK! That's before all this nonsense starts, so if that is the same for any vehicle of military origin or use it will likely be the same entering, as the current ruling would be lost. So I would guess vehicles would also be hugely difficult to get into the country for the show.
  20. I do miss catching up with friends, but that's about it. The same gripes will always be there, as the organiser doesn't really have to listen; until it's too late. Now living on the mainland there are far better shows for spares for vehicles (Ciney, etc). I suspect Brexit will bring import licences for vehicles, which take time to apply for. Also, as Enigma mentioned, traders may well not risk the booking of crossings in advance because of the uncertainty. I wonder how much that will effect WP. As if you removed 20% of EU attendance it would be very sparsely attended. I also wonder how that would effect spares for military vehciles, as if you take WW2 American stock vehcile spares they all originate in the USA, or France and Netherlands. It's food for thought.
  21. One deciding factor which will be a huge issue for WP, without sounding political (let's not turn this into views of such choices, just the realistic outcome): Brexit. Next year may see a huge lack of anything from mainland Europe. Traders, vehicles, spares, all may have very real issues coming. More so with import/export licensing possibly handled in a new format, hindering movement. I'll be interested to see how that effects things.
  22. I have a Dodge wc54 ambulance if you're interested? https://ibb.co/0KGhDMt https://ibb.co/VHByYkC Cant seem to insert pictures, so used a free host as above. It's 1944, very clean. Recent restoration and heading on Milweb this week.
  23. I guess any show has a bad egg. Even Normandy 2019 was dampened for me a touch by camping near some people who assumed a WW2 event means you can wear desert 95s and drive a fictional 109 Land Rover WMIK fantasy piece and a GS Land Rover with more aerials that GCHQ and less radios than an indigenous tribe in the Congo, vocally despise "foreigners", in France and get upset why their Land Rovers cannot participate in a WW2 vehicle run? Reminds me of the caravans and best of Ford Van's displays at modern war and peace. I brought a military radio to display, and two RVs and a caravan! I digress, but rules are rules. No Tax/MOT/insurance no movements on site! Simple as that. Enforce it, or potentially lose it all, that includes the show.
  24. I have used a copper washer, as I could not source a dowty seal fast. Appears to have done the trick, but I'm waiting 24 hours before I proceed. Just to make sure it's not weeping. Thanks for advice. I guess it's pretty obvious really, but when a unit comes with a union installed right from new, you dont expect to have to remove it and put a washer in!
  25. Good idea! I guess that wasn't in my chain of thought, mostly as it wasn't supplied with the unit I guess!
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