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  1. I saw one of these on a pad in Singapore at a barracks we were staying at during an exercise. Hangers behind supposedly held other armour but we didn't get to see any of that.
  2. Thanks for the info , Ill make some inquiries
  3. What information do you have on the workshop servicing trailer No3?

    Is there a CES or manual around for it?

    1. Richard Farrant

      Richard Farrant


      I am afraid I cannot find anything on these trailers. Postwar ones were fitted out with Tecalamit lubricating equipment, not sure if WW2 ones were likewise.

      regards, Richard

    2. The Bedford Boys

      The Bedford Boys

      Thanks for the info, much appreciated

  4. I see a picture of a lubrication trailer.Workshop Servicing No3 Do you still have it around or have contact with new owner? I have one the same here in New Zealand but it's missing a lot of the internals like pipework, compressor, tank and engine. I would like to see lots of photos of the interior so I can make out what all the parts are, what type of engine runs what type of compressor , how the pipework was fitted and terminated. My trailer had one hose rack, some grease pots, a lubrication chart file holder and a handle that allows operator to move trailer by hand but very little left of internal details
  5. Thanks Tony, I'll look into it, but would be nice to talk to someone who has one.
  6. Thanks for that, but this is a totally different beastie
  7. Known as a speedway burner or (Chuffer) this unit is used to boil water for ablutions or kitchens and was in service with the New Zealand Army in the 1980 and 90s. I have no information on this unit apart from the following: Unit main body is dug into the ground up to half the units height. Fuel tank is filled with 60 % diesel and 40 % kerosene and fits to main body via a flat iron spigot Spigot also hold a conical hat with a hole in the centre for fuel pipe to go through, hat prevents rain water going into fuel combustion chamber A 20 litre Stainless steel bucket is filled with water and placed in the large hole in the main body stove pipes are fitted opposite the fuel chamber and reach to approximately 2 metres in height, may also have conical cover fitted for bad weather. To light unit, tie a rag on to a piece of wire and soak with fuel, light it and hang it in the top of the chimney, light a second one and place it down the combustion chamber Open filler cap or vent bung on top of fuel tank, ensure copper fuel pipe id directed over splash plate in combustion chamber. Open fuel tap until fuel drizzles onto flaming rag, withdraw rag when flame is self sustaining, reduce fuel until a dripping is enough to keep unit in operation When water is boiling or hot enough for use, ladel water out of bucket, do not remove bucket from main body, top up bucket as water is taken out and this will maintain heat well enough while fuel is burning. To extinguish burner, turn fuel tap off, close vent bung or lid and remove fuel tank. Fire will continue to burn in main body until used up Safety: Do not look down combustion chamber when lighting unit (eye brows go missing) Do not leave fuel tank on unit when not in use, any fuel leak will fill main body with fuel and fumes (and when lit will launch water bucket skywards) Do not use petrol as a fuel as it is too hot Do not remove bucket and carry it around as it will be covered in soot, use a ladel to remove and refill water Clean all components weekly to remove soot layer and make unit more efficient Ensure lid is kept on water bucket to prevent fuel, dust and soot getting in the water Stove pipes and main body will be hot! Questions I have are: Does anyone know where these units were made Are they British or US design Who else used them Does anyone have any parts for them , stove pipes, buckets, lids, caps, fuel tanks
  8. Does anyone have multiple photos of a soyer stove and dimensions and sketches that would aid in building one. I know we used them in New Zealand but have never seen one in the flesh as it were, I also believe we built a home grown version the outer casing being similar to a large dairy can. From what I have seen on the internet the stove is a solid fuel burning weatherproof unit that has a removable pot. What I don't know is if once the pot is removed is the fire open to the top or is there a second skin keeping the the fire and smoke contained and directed to the smoke stack?
  9. Thanks so much for the detailed photos, its a great help, Ill pass them on Hopefully he will post some photos of resto as it happens
  10. Hey there, a friend of mine is restoring a commer Q4 with workshop body (see photo of type) We would like some photos or details of the mounting between body and chassis. As the bodies of these Commers were transferred to RL Bedfords here in NZ in the sixties and the commers put out to pasture we have no intact survivors to check against. Other details such as spare tyre location and any other facts about stowage beneath the body would be good and photos are always great. I am hoping this beast still lives somewhere in the UK as it is exactly like the one we have here. Ours is an electrical repair wagon from what we can make of it. Any detail or help is appreciated Regards Steve
  11. Hi All, I'm in need of a set of handlebars for a James ML, as well as the gearchange mechanism for the side of the fuel tank, carburettor and mudguards. Any leads appreciated. Cheers, Alex
  12. The carrier is an Aussie built LP 2pdr Attack carrier. It's driven in the normal manner as with any LP Carrier. They moved the engine to beside the driver to make room for the 2pdr. The gearchange is a bit different, being behind your left shoulder, meaning you had to reach across your self with your right arm and change gears above your shoulder. Cheers, Alex
  13. Aussie and Kiwi track is wider between the horns than English/ Canadian Carrier track. Aussie/kiwi track is similar to Vickers Light Tank I believe. Not all Local Pattern track was lead plug, it can be rivetted too. There's a bloke here in NZ who is casting new Local Pattern track, in the early stages of testing it I'm told. I dont know why someone hasn't done the same with English/Canadian track?
  14. I have a 1967 S2a LWB Landrover, it was built as a Military Plant repair vehicle and contained a Tooley welder run off the centre PTO and sat between the front seats. It also had a 400 cycle diesel generator sitting in the bed of the vehicle which could be unloaded using a small davit mounted by the RH rear bumper, tools operated by the generator consisted of a grindstone type grinder, rock breaker, 1/4 inch drill, 1/2inch drill, knibblers, sheet metal shears, circular saw and rattle gun, stowage was set up on the wheel wells for the tool boxes. Does anyone have any information on these particular landrovers? There were three in service in New Zealand until the 1980s when the Stage One V8 landrovers came into service. Two are under restoration with the third in a fire engine museum in the South Island. Does anyone have any information on the Tooley Welder or Engineering Company?
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