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  1. Hi Phil, Welcome to the forum, even though it is your second post. Great to see another Humber FV1600 and Champ have been saved. Would like to know chassis numbers for the pair when you have time. Stay safe , Best wishes, Mike.
  2. Hi Bill, Welcome to the forum. Possible suggestion would be to contact the Mack Trucks Historical Museum in the U.S. by email. They offer a research service. Doug Maney is the Museum Curator, BUT not at the moment as they are in complete lock-down over there, no phones/email are being answered. Have a look at the site though until things go back to ‘normal’ whenever that may be. Good luck, Mike.
  3. Hi John, I don’t think my praise will affect him. I have had the pleasure of seeing his work on the T ‘in the flesh’ and I am “stunned”. For me, it takes restoration of an ancient beautiful truck into a different world and I am impressed, s*d it, praise indeed where praise is due. Crack on and finish it, young man (before you become an old man). Watch your head though when you drive it around your field again! Cheers, John, Best wishes, Sam, Mike.
  4. Sam, Just one word...stunning! Three years well spent, Stay well, Best wishes, Mike
  5. Hi Kyle, I think that you may find that we are talking about the same vehicle as it was listed in their manifest a couple of years ago and I see from the new video that they have a possible replacement as they still have two. ( I am guessing, but this may be 37 RNM retrieved from Mains Yard ten years or so ago, but this is a guess!) Thanks for posting their new RAFFFM video, Richard, I haven't seen the new place yet, only having visited their old base at RAF Scampton on two occasions. Again, good luck with the restoration. Mike.
  6. Hi Great vehicle. You say it is the oldest, do you have chassis or service number, please? I would expect you know that your first port of call is the very helpful team at the RAF Fire-fighting Museum, now in Normanby Enterprise Park, Scunthorpe. They have two of these Mark 5s there, 43 AF 31 and 38 AF 36 which they are restoring. The Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade also run “Lady Eleanor”, a fully working example of the Mk5. Probably a very bad time to mention it, but the Museum is in desperate need of funds to keep their 36 fire appliances together, currently they have a great location, but only with the very kind help of North Lincolnshire Council who see the value in the project. Have to agree with MIKES on the style and functionality comment, trucks in those days were just so much more interesting. Watch out for a feature on British Airport Fire Appliances coming up in Heritage Commercial Vehicles Magazine sometime after the June issue. Good luck, Mike.
  7. Hi Tom, First, welcome to the friendliest MV forum on the internet. Hope you enjoy all the posts on here. It is a great gesture that you are planning for your Dad, the T is one of the most beautiful trucks ever made. Perhaps you could tell the forum members where you are in the country as it could make a big difference to one of the many DT owners helping you out on this request. There are quite a few experts, both in the north and the south of the country. To make the post even more interesting, perhaps you can let us know where and when your Dad served with the TA and does he remember a particular DT that he used to drive. Regards, Mike.
  8. ...and there were large signs on every gate prohibiting all photography. My calculator was a piece of paper and a pencil...still is! Bw, Mike.
  9. Lucky chap, new engine, new cab, wow. Can't tell you any more than just guesswork, if there is yellow paint, probably used as a snowplough, then pensioned-off due to it being too slow or the winter-work went out to sub- contractors with faster more modern kit. Bought up by travellers who were often very skilled mechanics and would do an engine /gearbox swop outside in the forest in the middle of winter if necessary. The picture you launched of it carrying Q520 AFG from a Ken Rimell article in CVC many years ago and your other traveller shots would strengthen that argument. You would have enjoyed a Ruddington auction. At that one, sadly the last, before private auctions took over, there was 2,302 very interesting vehicles of all shapes and sizes.
  10. Hey, Andy, I have a good memory, but it was 36 years ago. However the Militant before that one 33 BM 80, I marked as a swb, so would guess yours was a standard lwb, only comment I made was an asterisk denoting it was in great condition and "open back, no tilt" and it was described as ditto against the main heading AEC truck (Diesel) 10 tons 6 x 4 which was printed against its sister 25 BR 75, the vehicles were lying on Parks 2 and 3 at Ruddington. Pretty sure it wasn't yellow on that day. Bw, Mike..
  11. Hi Andy, I think the vote would be 99% green as generally you tend to find yellow paint over the green when they have been used as Council snowplough/gritters as many were. Bw, Mike.
  12. Yes Andy, Probably climbed in the cab, but didn't write the mileage down. However a note against it said it didn't have a top on it, whether that was just no canvas or hoops too, not sure. Best wishes, go for it, Mike
  13. Hi Andy, I have had a quick look through the posts, but don't think you have the disposal details of your great Militant. It was sold at Ruddington at their last sale. 26 BR 34 was sold as Lot 1925, sale 179 on the 17th of June 1983, probably just before lunch! It was one of a host of Militants sold on the day, most appeared to have between 33 and 40,000 miles registered according to notes I made on the day. Good luck with the restoration. Mike.
  14. Welcome too from another Northumbrian ex-pat. Yes, Richard, I think the initials DT might just fit as there aren't many people in Northumbria with two (or more) Matadors and then there was that fine Diamond T . Good luck with the Bedford QL tipper, a great choice of project. Numbers and pictures when you have time, please. Best wishes, Mike.
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