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  1. Look for me in the Living History field Paul - will be with the Red Alliance guys (Cold War Soviets) - hopefully with the UAZ down there. 🙂 For permanent relocation to Germany I'd suggest getting hold of either a German member of the forum or contacting the German authorities directly as the rules for residence are, I believe, different to those for visiting vehicles
  2. AFAIK Paul the only thing you might need is a SPIRE license for the temporary export of ex-Military equipment. I know of nothing that says Sankeys, NATO hitches etc are any sort of problem in Europe. Indeed I took my S3 over a year or so ago with NATO hitches front and rear and had no problems. The general rule is if its OK in the country of origin then, temporarily, its OK in countries you visit. If you moved out there then the story might be different. The break away cable is needed - simple, just chain the Sankey to the vehicle. Or fit an eye bolt in lieu of one of the hitch bolts if the 110 hasn't got a loop on the bottom of the plate and uses a chain on that. The idea is to stop the trailer running away if the trailer comes off the hitch - but remember that the NATO hitch has a positive mechanical lock in the form of a pin through the fixed and moving jaws once coupled up, unlike the standard 52mm ball notmally used on civvy vehicles. Convoy lights are irrelevant because you would never make the mistake of turning the 6-way switch the wrong way, would you??
  3. Having lost the OT the rest of the family decided it might be a good idea - both for my sanity and their life expectancies - to put me on a new project... So after some thought revolving around the fact I like PW vehicles, the need for something that can be driven without recourse to transport bills with 3 zeros after the first figure and that I will comfortably fit the cab of I went to look at a Mk 1 Militant GS today - the knocker alternatively loved and cursed by my era. The one I looked at was a 1957 6x6 GS model - non winch - and was fairly well known on the scene up until 3 or 4 years ago. Indeed I remember talking with the owner at W&P back in 2007 -ish Sadly due to circumstances beyond control she has not been used for the last few yaers and the owner, very reluctantly, is selling to make sure she survives. An added plus is a comms body lashed in the back rigged for living in so no need to pack tentage for shows attended. An album of photos can be found here: http://s34.photobucket.com/user/ArtistsRifles/library/AEC%20Militant%20Mk%201/Project%20Vehicle Mechanically sound - starts, stops and drives well although 2 new batteries are needed - anyone know the type number of the 12v that fits in lieu of the twin 6v?? Bodily - looks worse than in it s as the paint is peeling off all over, However there are areas that need attention: Drivers side front drop gate Tailgate sections Cab areas Unusual roof - no weapons mount and taping?? Cab Interior Terminal silencer Lastly a little bit of video:
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    New project - Mk 1 Knocker 6x6

    Well - thought an update might be in order after so long!! Insurance paid out part of the money - I am still owed £400 from the excess but that won't come back until the claim is finally settled. Right now the last I heard from my insurers was the Audi driver is lying his little arse off saying I drove onto the roundabaout and straight into him. So this looks like it will be going to court. Anyways - replaced the RangeRover with a Saab 9-5 as I needed something reliable with a big boot. Cue cynical laughter as the throttle body on the Saab promptly started acting up meaning its prone to cutting out without warning..... Gives an added spice to journeys... On the plus side I've landed a part time job that pays some money working as an assistant armourer for a firm that supplies weapons to re-enactor, film sets etc. The money is useful but it means working weekends so I've not been able to get over to work on the Militant. Right now the FFR Landrover is full of both the tools and equipment I was using plus the jerry can racks + related bits that need refitting so I think I need to go up to the old girl during the week - which I must be honest is a right PITA as no one else will be there and working at heights is a bit nervy alone. Oh well - such is life. I also need to get the A/A mount up there somehow - its a bit big for the Saab I think so perhaps emptying the FFR out might cope? Our neighbours from overseas in the pyjamas, skull caps and beards are moaning to the council about the MV's in the front garden and the various bits - the A/Amount, Sankey trailer etc -as they find them "offensive". We've had a tidy up and told the council in no uncertain term the vehicles are all taxed, tested where applicable, insured and roadworthy so if they have a problem with them - take it up with DVLA. And anymore complaints and I'll bring 11 tons of AEC back and park it in the drive!! So now we have an uneasy truce. The daughter Mk1 is getting married in 2 years time and when she does we will be looking to move out of London.
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    Mk1 Militant Tanker

    Looking good Rob - nice to see the progress after time away. 🙂 Been grounded myself after first losing my car to a twat in an Audi last Oct - court case against him pending still - then having the throttle body on the replacement Saab go.... Got that sorted then found some work (that actually pays money!!) as an assistant armourer at weekends so I've not been over to my old girl since last Oct. Got the jerry can carriers to go back on and the support struts for the rear most nudguard on the passenger side. Looks like I may have to be going over week days in future which is a PITA as no one else will be there.
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    New project - Mk 1 Knocker 6x6

    Beginning to think I am jinxed right now. Couple of days after picking up the replacement the "check engine" light came on the dash. Plugging a code reader in comes back with a P1260 error which on a Saab is the throttle body. So now I have to fix that - which is about £300......... Got the jerry can carriers here all ready to go back on and need to get the tool box on the other side off for the same treatment. Also need to get air in the drivers side front tyre. But until this issue is sorted I ain't going anywhere. Can't even use the FFR or UAZ as nether of them are running either. Only consolation is the weather has been too crappy to work outdoors.....
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    BMP-1 track type and dimensions

    Yes - OT90 track is identical as it is, to all intents, a BMP-1 hull.
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    Wanted Militant Wiper Switch

    Good find Now - if some one could find a cab roof somewhere that's not full of holes.....
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    Wanted Militant Wiper Switch

    Just a thought - is it the same as used on the Stalwart's air-operated wipers? If so try a call to Bannisters to see if he has one in his stocks or Nick Mead who had half a dozen being cannibalized for spares last I was there.
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    Photobucket issues

    Looks like the bean counters at PhotoBucket have done the math - belatedly - and worked out they are losing far more than they are going to gouge on the new rates. So I got an e-mail from them yesterday with a "special offer" - their Premium service at $99 a year that allows for: Store up to 300,000 Photos Unlimited 3rd Party Hosting (Non-commercial)* Unlimited Forum Embedding Unlimited Sharing Link is at http://photobucket.com/p500/?hotlinkfix=1516928810657 - apparently it expires in 7 days from 26th January 2018....
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    Photobucket.......

    If anyone is having issues getting libraries downloaded prior to closing accounts ( I see the "Download Library" option has been removed from the options on the main website) I found this way of doing it. It's time consuming but does work. First off you need a mobile phone with enough room to store at least the largest the library and a USB cable that will connect the phone to a PC. Having WiFi will save you a fortune on data charges too.. * Fully charge the phone and hook it up to the PC via a USB cable. *Open up Explorer or File manager and connect to the phone as a drive. Navigate to the pictures folder on your phone. * Open up the Photobucket app on the phone. * Go into your Libraries, open a Library and at top right you see three vertical dots. Tap on that and "Download Library" is an option. * Tap on that menu item and the system will down load the library to your phone in a folder named "photobucket_<library_name>". * Check the number of files in the library on Photobucket and make sure it matches the number of downloaded files. I found anything over 200 files in a library might need the download function run more than once to get them all. * Using file manger or Explorer move that directory onto your preferred storage space. * Repeat for every single library you have. You can stack up to half a dozen to download in succession. Note that if you have any sub-libraries these need to be down loaded as separate libraries - the system will not bring them down with the top level library.. And that is it!! Its taken me most of the day to get all mine down and I had to pause between libraries at one point to recharge the phone.
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    24v Landie refusing to start

    On to of all the other rap right now - the Landrover is refusing to start!! I had to replace the head gasket after the Peterborough show and, in the process of reassembly, lost one of the domed nuts that holds the rocker cover on. Couldn't find it anywhere till I started rotating the engine by hand to do the tappets. It had dropped into #3 cylinder exhaust port. So took the manifolds off again and hooked it out. Re-ran the compression tests again - 150 psi on all 4 cylinders - just to make sure all was well then continued reassembly. Had a bit of a hiatus after the events of Oct 15th so its only the last couple of days that I've got the will to go back and finish. Completed reassembly on Sat morning, went to start it - and nothing. Zilch. Nada. It just spun over with no sign of firing. I checked and made sure all was connected up as it should be - it was - then checked I had 24 volts going into the filter/dropper unit. There was - but still nothing. Hooked out #1 plug - earthed it, spun her over and - no spark!! At this point I gave up as it was one short step from picking up a large hammer and going berserk.... Yesterday I got the lead out of the coil and checked the voltage there - 24v... Not right, should only be 12v so obviously an issue with the filter/dropper box. Refitted the coil lead and spun it over again - and it tried to catch Just the once and then just kept spinning again. I found that if I removed and refitted the lead from the dropper to the coil then tried to start it would do the same. So possibly more than one problem has surfaced at the same time. First step is to get 12v coming out of the filter/dropper. Does anyone know if they can be rebuilt using components from somewhere like Maplins - and if so - which is the most likely component to have failed to give 24v straight through rather than dropping it down to 12v?? Once this is sorted I can look at the coil and condenser.
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    24v Landie refusing to start

    Many thanks Clive - I hoped you would pick up on this one.
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    New project - Mk 1 Knocker 6x6

    Alas the deal is now done - although I am STILL waiting for the cheque!! Think I will be changing insurers as soon as this mess is sorted out. Can't do a thing until they send it as things to date have wiped me financially. And although they say they are pressing for 100% libility from the other party I do not think that will be a quick resolution. The other moron is saying I drove onto the roundabout without topping and straight into him and even though the photographic evidence of the damage plus my route home proves him a liar we all know what lawyers are like for wrangling over details.
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    New project - Mk 1 Knocker 6x6

    I know we are waaay off-topic here - but.... latest status is they offered £2130 for the Range Rover based on current available prices for a '98 HSE. The fact the interior had been upgraded to a Vogue spec was not relevant - or allowed to be relevant - so after they dock the £400 excess I am left with £1730. I need transport so had to accept the offer - I found an '07 Saab 9-5 Aero estate with a similar size load carrying capacity and put a deposit on it. Another story involved there for another time - but one thus far in my favour. . I've had Saab's in the past and they are extremely reliable so as soon as they issue the settlement payment I will at least be able to get back over the Militant and get on with the work. Good news is they have told me they are pressing for 100% responsibility from the other party based on the statement, sketches of the incident scene and photographs provided. Once that settles, hopefully in my favour I get the £400 excess back.
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    New project - Mk 1 Knocker 6x6

    Got legal protection on the policy so that's covered. Insurers have said they "most likely" will go 50/50 on the blame as there were no witnesses and its his word vs. mine. My reply to that was if they do then they both render the Highway Code not worth the paper its printed on but also the laws of physics as the front of my car is manifestly ripped off. if I had hit the other driver as he is claiming then the front of my vehicle would be crushed in - so would the side of his vehicle and its unlikely his front seat passenger would have escaped without serious and life changing injuries. I was doing maybe 20 mph at the time and he overtook me before trying to cut across in front of me to get to his exit so he had to be doing in excess of 30 mph and either was too stupid to work out he couldn't do it or too arrogant. Take your pick. I also distinctly heard one of his passengers complaining the other one would miss his train so the reason for the speed and the stupidity is pretty obvious. Just got to sit back and wait now. sent the form back the other day together with the signed statement that I am full prepared to stand up in court and recite the same series of events. I will just be glad when all this shit is sorted and I can get back to talking about how the Militant is getting on.
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    New project - Mk 1 Knocker 6x6

    Yep - Sankey on the back of a Ka is a non starter :-) Seriously though - used to work for the blue oval and vehicles in the Ka (Sub-B) class do not mix well with tow bars. We do have a standard car trailer here but a lot of stuff gets left in the boot of the car - left in a trailer it would be gone within 24 hours. Only yesterday I walked a pair of Est European types out of the drive at the point of a Nagant + bayonet because they were trying to nick the remains of a Landrover 2.25 lump sat beside the garage. And yes - we are actively now looking at moving out of the London zone.
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    New project - Mk 1 Knocker 6x6

    Well - all work on the Militant is now on indefinite hold as I have no way of getting there with all the tools etc. Insurers want to go 50/50 on blame and I am refusing, sticking to my guns that in no way was I to blame. Other party is now claiming for injuries - which hopefully means he's shot himself in the foot as I positively heard him tell the police on the phone immediately after the event that no one was hurt. Now got to sit back and wait until the insurers and lawyers finish fighting. Appreciate the offer on the Ka sir - but what I lug up to the Militant every week would fill a Ka with some left over. I have specific needs, capacity wise at least, for a vehicle which includes being able to get either a Soviet tent or a 9x9 in the back together with all necessary kit for Living History.
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    Range Rover advice please

    If jacking up - don't forget to open the tailgate and put the hazards on - stops the height sensors getting screwed up apparently.
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    New project - Mk 1 Knocker 6x6

    You should see what done underneath as regards the supporting bracketry. Insurers are picking it up tomorrow.
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    New project - Mk 1 Knocker 6x6

    Another day - good news - and not so good news. Good news is we had a lovely bright day so the top coat was applied to the front bumper (1 coat so far) the faces of the door inner panels and the affected areas at the rear to allow the carriers to be re-attached. Two coats in each area so by the time a week has passed that should be nicely hardened ready to take the carriers The not so good news is as of now I have no idea when I am going to be able to get back over there Heading home on the Sat evening I had an idiot in a Audi decide he wasn't waiting for a Range Rover and tried overtaking me then cutting in front to take hi exit. And misjudged it. End result being the drivers side of the bumper was ripped off, wing f*cked and possibly the steering. Spoke to my insurers and they wrote it off without even looking at it. From what I know of insurance practices the payout will be the bare minimum of what the market price range is - and then the insurers are taking £400 off that for the excess. If I'm lucky I might end up with around £500 for a car I could have sold privately for about £2,000 - and I have NO idea when they will payout so I am grounded until I can find something to replace it.
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    Pictures not showing

    Images are showing now attached to the end of the posts - but not in-line - still getting a message like: attachment.php?attachmentid=129463&src=1 Not a major issue as the images CAN be seen at the end of the post but it does disrupt the flow.
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    Nice collection of Tracked AFV's up for auction

    Time to start wishing the lottery fairy would smile upon me.....
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    Pictures not showing

    Noticed this looking back through the Albion thread in the Restorations section. The image name appears in Green test which appears to be a hyperlink but if you click on it you just get a black screen.
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    New project - Mk 1 Knocker 6x6

    So - progress again..... The jerry can and oil can carriers plus brackets and support struts are all now finished with two coats of Deep Bronze Green and are ready to go back on. Couldn't do anything last weekend as I was replacing the head gasket on the Landie - again!. However this week saw the structure where the carriers mount and the read mudguard cleaned off and given a coat of primer ready for a coat of Deep Bronze Green next week. Week after they will get the second coat and then the carriers can go back on and I have the joy of getting the tool box off the other side to do the same job on Lastly the spare wheel carrier was freed off and the spare wound down to check it. Tyre was as flat as a pancake so I need to get an airline made up with a PCL fitting one end and a clip on valve fitting the other so the tyres can be inflated single handed.
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