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  1. After a few people expressed some interest in seeing some progress on the restoration of my Matador, I thought I would at least put up a few pictures and a bit of info on the restoration. Having owned the vehicle for the last 4 years (with a friend), some good progress has been made on returning it to it's former glory, but there is still a long way to go. The Matador in question is a very early one, from the first contract, delivered in 1940, and was one of the 17 converted to petrol engine by AEC, supposedly before being put into service, and for use in Norway, although there don't appear to be any records of Matadors making it to Norway in 1940. So instead of the normal 7.7 litre diesel engine, it has a 7.4 litre A193 overhead cam petrol engine, complete with autovac on the front panel. In addition to the petrol mods, it is also completely 12v, rather than the normal split system on a standard Matador. It was released from the army in 1960 and disposed of from Bicester, to Cousens of Bexhill on sea, who specialise in recovery and crane hire, and are still trading. They had it between 12-14 years before disposing of it. The previous owner to me, purchased it around 1980 from someone who intended to convert it to a timber tractor, but didn't due to the petrol engine. He had it restored/repainted and registered for the first time. It got little use, and was laid up in 1991 in someones garden, from where we bought it. Here are a few pictures when I first saw it. Unfortunately, had it been covered up, it would have survived in a much better state. Despite all that, it is suprisingly original, and has had very little messing with, other than the crane on the back - more on that later. Nick
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    AEC Matador 853

    As Nick Johns mentioned, the initial 17 Matadors converted to petrol were for the Norwegian campaign, although the campaign was over very quickly, and I have never seen any evidence that any Matadors actually went to Norway. The other batch of 149 Matadors (I incorrectly said 147 earlier) must have been built for a different reason, and again I have no idea what that was - maybe a single fuel type was a factor for those ones? Attached is a picture of the A193 petrol engine, which I'm in the process of putting back together, after a period of inactivity with the restoration. Hopefully I can get it running again in the next few months. Nick
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    AEC Matador 853

    From what I can work out, there were 17 Matadors from the first contract (V3501) converted to Petrol, but this was done after they were build with diesel engines in, and they were spread over the first batch in a fairly random order. And then there were a further 147 from contract T9569, which I think were originally built with petrol engines rather than being converted. And obviously there were a lot of the 854 tankers that were built with petrol engines, although I don't know how many of them there were. I've been making progress again with my restoration over the last few months, so will post a few pictures shortly. Nick
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    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
  15. 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
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    matador restoration.

    It looks like one of these Doug - for starting in really cold conditions. This is the picture from the drivers handbook. Nick
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    AEC Matador 853

    Doug, Here is the drawing for the badge, as fitted to Matadors and Marshalls - they should be a matt brass finish. The chrome ones fitted to other AECs are also brass under the chrome. I guess it's easier to paint the radiator and badge in one go, without taking the badge off than it is to take it off! It's only the early ones that are supposed to have badges fitted, but I suppose the radiators got swapped around, so any of them could have ended up with a radiator with a badge on. If you look at the note on the drawing towards the bottom, it says that sheet steel, rejected by the canning industry would also be suitable if properly protected - I've never seen a steel AEC badge. Nick
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    matador restoration.

    This is the number painted on the sump of my Matador (it's the only number I've found painted on the engine), I don't know if it refers to the part number of the sump, as someone else suggested, as mine is fitted with an A193 petrol engine, and I don't have a parts manual that covers the engine, and the diesel engine sump is not the same. The engine colour is also light grey, as can be seen in the picture. Nick
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    matador restoration.

    Hi Doug, what numbers did you find on the sump - I found some numbers painted on the sump of mine when I cleaned all the grime and muck off it. I can't find anything they correlate to though. I'll try and find a picture. Nick
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    AEC Y Type restored

    Here are a couple of pictures of the engine in Sebs Y Type: Nick
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    AEC Matador 853

    Not immediately useful, but worth having, I managed to get a spare engine over the winter - it's basically a kit of parts, but will hopefully yields some useful bits. The most useful being a newly re-profiled cam shaft. The current cam shaft is severely warn towards the back of the engine, as it only appears to be lubricated from the front. AEC A193 petrol engine in kit form! Two spare blocks: Also included was a spare carb Spare magneto - this is an earlier type to the one fitted, but will be useful anyway. And spare autovac assembly I'll hopefully be able to make more progress over the next few months. Nick
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    AEC Matador 853

    Done a bit more over the winter, but after finishing painting the front of the chassis, the weather hasn't been that good for painting, so not a huge amount of visible progress. So here is a picture of the chassis, once the hubs were also painted. Radiator also coming along nicely - been pressure tested and had a long drill run down each of the tubes to make sure they are clear. Cleaning the sump has revealed a painted number on the bottom - not sure if it's the sump assembly number, as I don't have a parts manual for the petrol engine, and the petrol sump is different to the one fitted to the 7.7 diesel engine. Nick
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