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  1. Hello! A bit of a long shot but I am looking for a good condition tailgate for my 1945 Bedford QLW tipper. Hopefully, there's one out there somewhere...
  2. Good thinking - I'll check it out.......... I have attached a couple of pictures in case anyone out there can say with complete certainty "aha, thats definitely a 1937 Phillips Thingumyjig Mk2 as shown by the depth of the patina on the cotter pins which, of course, any fool knows..........." Wishful thinking perhaps but I'd really like this to work out
  3. Morning All, The fact that I'm writing this at 0352 just goes to show how serious this is - I can't sleep dammit!! Incoherent thought No1 - I can't find anywhere on the Forum devoted to push bikes so unless I'm being really dense this seems like a considerable ommission - our local club show has a section and, indeed, an annual prize for the best military pushbike. A simple military vehicle but an effective one - just ask the Japanese. Incoherent thought No 2 - as my grandfather served in the Home Guard in WW2, I've long had a fancy for restoring a wartime or better yet pre-war push bike to represent one used by the HG - a few ebay sourced bits and pieces and bingo - an interesting MV that I can also use to get me around Beltring next year. To that end, what I think is a suitable machine came into my possession yesterday but there is little or no information anywhere on t'internet to help me date it - I would be really grateful if anyone could point me in the right direction - its a Phillips (unfortunately not the military spec model - that would be a great find) - I can post a pic with a more fulsome description later depending on response. Right, thats off my chest now, I'm off back to bed:yawn:
  4. I've just discovered a huge roll of webbing belt about 8" wide in the shed at my mothers, it may well have been picked up by my father at a farm sale donkeys years ago as it looks like it might have been from an agricultural thresher drive. As I can cut it into the requisite width and length, I think I'll try a little experiment.............
  5. Good advice, guys -thank you - I'm inclined to go with the "if it aint broke dont fix it" for the time being and I know what to do if I get any problems!
  6. I've only just spotted this whilst breakfast browsing and it rang a bell that might be helpful. There are a number of Saracens and one Saladin on a firing range close to where I live. They are in various states of repair due to their use as hard targets for a good few years but some are in reasonable nick (particularly the Saladin) - although access is restricted to the site for obvious reasons, I do work there so could pop out and have a look for you - whereabouts on the vehicle are the plates in question located?
  7. As part of my restoration and overhaul of my 44 GMC, I am debating whether or not to give the cooling system a full flush with an additive to give it a good clean out. I've never had any problems with the cooling system in the three years that I have had the truck and I've been assured that the rusty looking water that courses through the system isn't anything to be alarmed about. However, I would like the peace of mind that all the fluids are tip-top but I've heard a couple of horror stories about people flushing their systems only to find that the core of the radiator has been wrecked in the process - I suppose this would suggest that it was on its last legs anyway but I'd appreciate any advice - should I do it at all, what additive if any should I use etc etc. Thanks in anticipation
  8. With a bit of luck and a following wind, I will have all of the front panels on my 44 GMC CCKW shot blasted and painted in the next couple of weeks ( with the exception of the step throughs which will need some welding in the traditional floor level place. Next job is reassembly and I would be really grateful if someone could point me in the direction of anti squeak strip as the stuff that came off when I took the cab to bits was well past it and crumbled to dust in my hand. Standing by............
  9. Thanks to everyone who responded to the initial question and subsequent tangents - great fun and a number of leads to follow up. I'll let you all know how I get on in due course.... Doesn't work really cut into your day ? I've got all sorts of other posts I can put up so in the wors of Arnie -"I ll be back" Riverman
  10. I have had a look for the book but the usual internet sources have come up blank. Les - I think you are right and I'll put it down as one of my shopping challenges for Beltring this year. Not that I need any encouragement to haunt the bookstands! I have been really encouraged by the support from forum members about finishing my GMC in Polish markings so that is what I am going to do. There is still some research to do (Sikorski Institute etc) and I'll get on with that. The Holy Grail of a clear picture of an open cab 353 with divisional and unit markings is out there somewhere..........
  11. Hi Panelvan, This seems to have started something - would you post the titles, author etc of the books that you refer to so I can see if I can find them for my own research?
  12. Les - thank you very much for posting the pictures - I haven't seen any of these before and they are an enormous help - I'm more convinced than ever that this is how I want to finish my GMC off at the end of the day. I have found some design of ETO unit markings on the web so should be able to scale them up to use as a template. the open cab evidence is still a bit elusive although I cant imagine that they weren't used in some form by the Poles. Just because there aint a photo doesn't mean it didnt happen! I have been beating myself up a little on the historic accuracy thing but I've come to the view that it is questionable as to what is "accurate" anyway. Although my truck is a Series 5 it has an early brush guard and a 3 spoke bakelite wheel, french parts, norwegian parts etc etc. Probably not as it rolled off the production line for sure but all part of the history of the vehicle. I apologise to the purists for the heresy but thats my view and its my knuckle skin on the sharp edges!! I am also very much of the view that the Polish contribution to WW2 has been greatly overlooked and this is a small gesture to help redress the balance. My family connection helps with this opinion too!! This is great stuff and please keep the suggestions and pictures coming, theres just the small matter of actually restoring the vehicle to tackle before the paint job. As a wise man once said "a good paint job doesnt get you home" See you down the road riverman
  13. Good Morning Folks, I wasn't sure how this was going to work never having joined a forum of any sort before but the welcome I,ve received has been great - Thanks to all of you. Hanno - I've have placed you now, I remember those evenings well and its good to make contact again. I always enjoy Beltring mainly because at the end of a 12 hour journey from Northumberland in father-in-laws Matador there is little else to do but wander military vehicles, speak to old (and new) friends and liberate cash on GMC related treasures - got a perfect NOS exhaust manifold for £30 last year - Happy Days! Still looking for that elusive Polish GMC evidence though....
  14. Thanks for the friendly welcome, I think I'm going to like it here....:cool2: (I,ve just found out what to do with the smiley things, can you tell!) I'll give serious consideration to the restoration blog idea, sounds like the sort of thing my shrink would approve off and it'll give folk a laugh if nowt else! I'm well into tearing the cab down so I cant start blogging at the beginning but one fact of interest is that, under layers of Norwegian, French, American and bodgers bonnet paint I did find the original numbers which I'll post when I get round to it - I was really chuffed although thinking about it, the bonnet may not correspond to the rest of the vehicle (the brash guard isnt right for the 1944 model as it has the GMC logo) However it was a small triumph
  15. Hello Forum Folk, Ummm, this is a bit daunting really, its a bit like that bit in a job application where you have to tell the prospective employer how great you are and why they should give you the job. I suppose that i could start with the line "Hello my name is Duncan and I'm a greenmachineaholic" My name is Duncan and I live in Rothbury, Northumberland and I have made it relatively intact to my 41st year. I work as an environmental specialist for an MoD contractor covering all of the Defence Training Estates in the UK which gives me access to some of the best countryside in the UK and, of course, lots of well shot up military vehicles (and some not so badly shot up) A perfect mix of business and pleasure. Although I have always had a great interest in military history particularly WW1 and WW2 and a strong military background (Grandad WW1 veteran of the Black Watch, Uncle was in the Free Polish and fought in the ETO) I only got into the mv scene in 2001 under the influence of my father in law who is a veteran of such things. A number of trips to Beltring and other shows both here and on the continent conviced me I had to have a vehicle of my own. Long story short, I started off looking for a motorbike and ended up with a GMC CCKW 353 A2. I ran it as a rolling restoration for a couple of years but its now hunkered down in a friends grain store where I have started the full scale restoration. I hope to be finished and ready to show next season. Ultimately, I'd like to get the restoration to a stage where the truck can be pulled apart so it can be loaded (or fake loaded) into a Dakota as originally intended but thats a long way off. I had a days leave yesterday and spent it on the truck and learnt a valuable lesson - there is a correct order for taking things to bits and a wrong way to do it - I did it the wrong way and spend all afternoon taking a side panel off - if only I'd consulted the manual I'd have known that its easy if you take the back of first!!! First of many mistakes but thats why I bought a semi-wreck in the first place - I want to learn and I guess this is the best way. Not that I'm above cheating and consulting the oracle that is HMVF when I get stuck - its just common sense to ask the person that knows the answers. Anyway, I'm really looking forward to being part of the forum and I might just find evidence of that open cab Polish GMC one of these days.... see you down the road Riverman
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