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  1. Tony Lawrence

    REME Lightweight Electrical Repair trailer

    With the advent of good weather the restoration has come on in leaps and bounds - photographs are the best to show progress. I have kept the original wood even though it is not in the best condition (but it is imperial measurements). One interesting thing is the use of Phillips screws. One or two could be put down to later replacements but the main box is completely constructed using these screws as are many of the other wood units (such as the rear tool drawer) and footman loops attached to wood. The other puzzle is the electrics. There is an obvious line of cable clips taking the main trailer cable to the rear of the trailer and a set of double size clips from the rear to the convoy light underneath. Logic says that the main cable goes to the rear and a small Lucas junction box fixed to a plate on the rear chassis member. From this a cable returns to the convoy light but why have a junction box. There is no apparent set of holes that would fit a rear light or trailer plug as on other trailers or any type of switch. All these parts are listed in the parts list for this type of trailer but there appears to be nowhere where they were fitted. Any ideas?
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    Tony Lawrence

    Can anybody identify this light fitting - it looks like a motorcycle tail light or an instrument illuminating light. The characters on the side are FV14933 Dropbox.exe
  3. Tony Lawrence

    Other uses for tanks

    I came across this link on another forum but on this snowy day it made for some interest. http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=265109 I wonder how many are still around
  4. I would have thought this was an exercise behind the front line - nobody appears to be fitted out for combat. As this appears to be Sicily or Middle East it still does not answer the question about use in Northern Europe but whether the paras used them in Palestine after the war?
  5. The following link finally shows that all these trailers were actually put to use by the airborne forces. In it I think there is a binned stores trailer, machinery trailer, circular saw, generator and a compressor trailer but different to my one, plus a possible welding trailer out of shot. All pulled by jeeps. I think it is in Sicily - ignore the first minute or so. https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/1060044244 There is another short film that can be accessed from this link as well
  6. Tony Lawrence

    REME Lightweight Electrical Repair trailer

    Parts sandblasted and now am waiting for decent weather to take it outside to spray. The main chassis appears to be in good condition and all I have to do is remove the tow hitch to dismantle it to free it up. The valve grinder is in pieces to be gradually cleaned and re-assembled. It is a restoration job in it's own right,
  7. Interesting in that the trailer appears to have a solid tray inbetween the side boxes. The Murex trailer is open underneath the engine - I do not know about the generator trailers. As we appear to be updating this thread, John and I have decided to leave our Murex welding trailer as we purchased it apart from fitting two new tyres and a new exhaust. The reason for this is that it started on the second crank of the handle and works perfectly. We gave a demonstration last year at the Capel show and it was on view at Combined Ops. It seems a pity to mess about with it trying to turn it back to the airborne version. I am still trying to get the compressor trailer running - the timing is perfect apparently but there seems to be no compression despite newly ground valves and seats, skimmed head and new head gasket. It makes one lose the will to live!
  8. Tony Lawrence

    Dorking covenanter recovery

    Having chosen the coldest day of the year Rick successfully loaded the Covenanter and set off for home at about 5.30pm. It is almost a year since the first reconnaissance to Denbies. I was there for a couple of hours watching but had to go back to work for a couple of hours, returning just before his departure. Now the hard work will begin.
  9. Tony Lawrence

    REME Lightweight Electrical Repair trailer

    When in doubt go to the records at Deepcut - I now have the key card for my Orme Evans "trailer. 1/2 ton Lt.Wt. Electric repair. 2WH" Also, guess what? On the same key card are the records for the Dashwood trailers of the same designation. I believe a pint is in order!!
  10. Tony Lawrence

    REME Lightweight Electrical Repair trailer

    First of all, when was bronze green introduced? If my trailer is anything to go by it was after 1945 (dates on vices). Would it have been repainted during it's 1961 re-build? Secondly all the WD numbers were allocated in blocks so on second thoughts the order may be irrelevant and dependent on time of manufacture and use of the allocation by the manufacturer. Thirdly, the plate holes match up exactly to those on the trailer - I do not know if the holes on the trailer match up to the Dashwood plate. No doubt somebody out there will have an answer.
  11. Tony Lawrence

    10cwt mortar trailer.

    Interesting, another mortar trailer with front and rear dropdown panels and the rare box-type tow hitch (upside down). As I noted many moons ago in the Mortar trailer thread these hitches seem to go with the double (or at least the rear) drop down panels. Somebody else buy it please!!
  12. Tony Lawrence

    REME Lightweight Electrical Repair trailer

    Out of the blue I was given by the previous owner the missing manufacturers plate and army re-build plate for the trailer. This promptly opened up a can of worms as we had previously thought that these rare trailers were from a batch of 300 manufactured by Dashwood - in the Chilwell list of B vehicle numbers this manufacturer is the only one shown specifically manufacturing these trailers and given their very low survival rate this is logical. However the plate I was given is an Orme Evans plate with a WD number (X 6150842 ) and contract number 23/7945. The WD number is lower than John Corden's Dashwood manufactured trailer or the REME museums machinery trailer (also Dashwood) The contract number relates to "Trailer 10 cwt 2wh Various types" and is referred to in the various ID lists as covering the following trailers...Lightweight electrical repair, lightweight machinery, lightweight type 'Z', lightweight compressor, lightweight circular saw, lightweight electric welding, lightweight generator 5 KW, lightweight G.S. No. 1 Mk.2, lightweight store and No. 1 Mk.2, lightweight water, 100 gallon. i.e most of the lightweight trailers. So it begs the question as to why (and how) Orme Evans managed to manufacture such a wide variety of trailers. Granted certain components were the same throughout the range but the basic chassis were very different. Brockhouse manufactured a few 10cwt trailers, Dashwood only the electrical repair trailer, Reliance only some GS trailers, Reynolds several different types and finally SS Cars who only manufactured GS No. 1 trailers. Logically it should have been easier to allow each manufacturer to produce certain types to make for more efficiency. All this means really is that an unknown number of Lightweight electrical repair trailers were produced and that the first were probably produced by Orme Evans with Dashwood producing a later batch but why there were so few survivors is anybodies guess unless it was because unlike a trailer that can carry something such as a mortar trailer or GS trailer there is absolutely no other use for them and so they were dumped or scrapped. Also my trailer probably dates from 1945 as this date was stamped on the jaws of all four vices that were on the worktop and the rebuild plate dates from 1961 so they were still being used then. Sorry for the ramblings but it is too cold to go into the garage!!
  13. Tony Lawrence

    Dorking covenanter recovery

    Or John Corden but I am not sure if his Canadian C60 wrecker is man for the job. if he does not pick up this thread I will be seeing him in the pub this evening.
  14. Tony Lawrence

    Dorking covenanter recovery

    Try Mike Gilman (Tootallmike) who is also on this forum
  15. Tony Lawrence

    Dorking covenanter recovery

    Hi Rick, What day are you coming? Tony
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