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  1. Right now I am having a total sense of humour failure - not over the AEC but over the ongoing saga of the accident thats crippled us financially. Been 14 months now. The other party apparently is rather well off and is f*ck*ng the insurance about with false claims that then have to be investigated so we're waiting for a court date - which, of course, keeps getting put off.... I've just written to my insurers expaining the financial woes its causing us and pointing out that, as the fault was the other parties, we want the costs for all our financial stress and losses added to the claim as well as all the court costs. Let see if that wipes the smile off his face. Since the 15 Oct last year I think I've been able to get over to the AEC just twice - firstly due to no vehicle then due to fuel costs. I've got the bank manager on my back more or less constantly now and it is pretty definite that if I can't get the claim sorted by the end of Q1 next year the AEC, the UAZ and the car will all be up for sale.
  2. Thanks Mick - will give them a tryl Comptons have not replied to me so....
  3. Went to Wickes on Sunday and got hold of one of their "heavy duty" 8m x 5m tarp sheets - and then popped up to the Militant on Monday to get it lashedover the hole in the roof on the basis that if the weather changes theres no point getting whats in the load bed damaged. Theory was good - practice turned out to be rather different. We lashed the sheet onto the tie-down rings one side temporarily then attached the rope to one of the corners, other end to an object of weight (I think it used to be a fuel tank bracket) and lobbed that over the roof, repeating for the other corner. First thing we noticed was the speed at which the eyelets ripped out of the sheet where it was lashed to the tie downs with only the weight of the sheet on them then as we went to tie the other side down the wind gusted a bit - which was accompanied by a loud ripping sound. That marked the end of one tarp sheet!! So we pulled the remains off , rolled them up and headed back home. Wickes refunded the cost of the sheet today so not unhappy other than the hole in the roof is still there but I've emailed Comptons to see if they can supply either a replacement MK/MJ top sheet or, better, a set of proper Militant ones. In the mean time the old, rotted hemp has been temporarily replaced by polypropylene along one side and the back - hopefully that might help stop the roof getting worse. First time the wife had seen the old girl.. Interesting reactions - esp. when she had to climb up the ladder to see what the interior of the back was like. 🙂 Just for the record the time stamps on the dashcam files were: REC_2018_07_02_13_39_51_F.mp4 when we left the Militant REC_2018_07_02_15_28_28_F.mp4 when we got home - lapsed time of approx 1 hr 50 mins rounded to the nearest min.
  4. For the impeller shaft - if you have a good local machine shop is it worth enquiring if they can restore the corroded section of the shaft back to OE dimensions. Maybe a coat of spray weld then truned back to OE dims???
  5. Nothing yet Robin. This is the mail sent - it may take a few days for a firm to reply to a private individual I guess.
  6. Ah yes - the subject of many interesting talks between myself and DVLA's "suits" back when they yanked my HGV's due to the onset of epilepsy - usually ran along the lines of: "We can't let something like you loose on the road with a 7 tonne vehicle, let alone a 40 tonne artic". "Why not - you've given me a driving license?" "You might have a fit an a car will just bounce off whereas a goods vehicle will do serious damage" "Fair enough - you do realize I still have my "H" license though?" "So what - you can't do much with that" "Welllll - it lets me drive a Main Battle Tank on the roads which not only weighs around half as much again at least as the 40 tonne artic but in the circumstances you describe will do a LOT more damage. Have a nice day!" Before anyone jumps on me - I do appreciate why the HGV's and PSV were taken & support the logic fully - but I also get VERY narky when chinless wonders start refering to me as a "something" and not a "someone"!!
  7. Can't beat the German who hauled back and punched the side of the OT90 at W&P one year. His daughter later told us he was looking for the thin sheet steel plate that German law requires the armour to be cut out and welded in to allow them to shoot the driver.....
  8. Did wonder about that as there is a lack of side hatches - however the ad clearly states BTR-80!! If it is a BTR-6- then the power plantS are 2 × GAZ-40P 6-cylinder petrol engines generating 90 hp each - and which are a pig to synchronise apparently.
  9. Many thanks - just emailed them to see if they either have the details for the MJ/MK top - or better still the original sheets for a Mk 1. 🙂
  10. Thanks Mike. Thats the oveerall plan so I have a spare but might have to do that anyways. Annoying thing is that will mean stripping off the entire front end of the load bed whilst its done but a standard tarp might be able to cover it over. I need to replace all the tie-down ropes with synthetic so a good reason to crack on with that 🙂
  11. I like the descripton for the MTLB: The BTR is the better proposition I think for those interested. The aerials on top indicate it might have been either a comms relay or command & control type in which case getting hold of all the radio kit will be a long and time (and ££'s) consuming job. Sounds like it could be got running easily enough and a few weekends with a needle gun and paintbrush would tidy up the outside nicely so it looked presentable. Not enough shots of the interior to see how that is and whats needed to complete it (other than the radios). Sad thing is - unlike a SKOT-64 - the BTR is still over the 2.55m limit. 🙁
  12. Looking for a good condition Mk/MJ roof panel to replace the torn one covering the front half of my Militants load bed.
  13. Thats good news. Should be able to get them running OK then. Still a shed load of work to get them presentable and neither will be road legal due to the width issues - the BTR would be a unique sight at shows though.
  14. That - as the saying goes - is the $64,000,000 question! BTR-80 should have a KamAZ diesel -type 7403, 10.85 litres developing 260 hp MTLB should have a YaMZ 238, V-8 diesel developing 240 hp, capacities vary between 14.5 to 24.5 litres depending on derivative
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