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  1. NickAbbott

    Great Dorset Steam Fair WW1 Convoy

    Excellent set of pictures, and a really good day. Spotted myself quite a few of them! Here are a few pictures I took once we had arrived at the Great Dorset Steam Fair site. Nick
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    WW1 exhibits /events for 2018

    Unfortunately we had already arranged a pub trip in the AEC Y-type, which clashed with this procession of WW1 vehicles, so here is a photo of the Y-type, along with 3 steam engines, in Chester Le Street, parked up outside the pub! Nick
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    AEC O854 Coles Crane

    Again, according to the manual, the rear track of the O854 is 6' 1" so a couple of inches wider - but the difference between the two types would be down to the semi-floating/fully floating rear axles being slightly different. Nick
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    AEC O854 Coles Crane

    The standard Matador track is 6' 3 1/8", according to the manual, and the back is 5' 10 3/4" - will have a look at the 6 wheeler manual and see if they are the same - the front should be the same, but not sure about the back. Nick
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    AEC O854 Coles Crane

    These pictures of any use? Nick
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    WW1 exhibits /events for 2018

    HCVS London to Brighton run on 6th May has the following info from the entry form: "With 2018 being the closing year of the First World War commemorations across Britain, as previously announced, our 2018 Special Class will be for any members’ commercial vehicles built up to and including 1918. Whilst we are hoping to receive keen interest from the owners of WWI military vehicles from across the spectrum of Services and types, we welcome members non-military entries of any type built before 1919." Nick
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    ID brass plate from truck ?

    I have one of those filters fitted to my early Matador aswell - pictures show it without the felt inside. Nick
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    AEC Matador 853

    Not really got any updates that are worthy of posting pictures - lots of little bits have been cleaned up and painted, but restoration has slowed down quite considerably over the last year, mainly due to family commitments. Hopefully be able to start progressing again in the new year. Nick
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    AEC Militant Tyre pressures

    This is what the Manual says - tippers and tankers are different though. Nick
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    New project - Mk 1 Knocker 6x6

    This is what it tells you to check the value. Nick
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    New project - Mk 1 Knocker 6x6

    I also have a few Militant manuals, and each one has a different diagram in for the air brake system! Is this the component that you are looking at? If it is, the drivers handbook has a procedure to check it's operating correctly - it's main use seems to be connected with the operation of the trailer brake lines. Nick
  12. I sent them an email about the event - never got any response! Nick
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    AEC trucks to identify

    Here are a few comparison pictures for you - they show the cab and controls of an AEC Y type, and the Tylor engine, which has the inlet and outlet manifolds on different sides, and an AEC engine as fitted to an AEC S type, from the early 1920s - this looks to be very similar to the one shown fitted to the chassis. I suspect the engineless chassis is definately a Y type, but not sure about the other one. I would recommend the "AEC Vehicles - origins to 1929 by Brian Thackray" book, as there is a lot of useful info in there. Nick
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    matador restoration.

    This is what it should have, according to a document I have. Nick
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    New WW1 movies

    This had been "weathered" for a film role - I think it looks really effective. Just dirty water apparently. Nick