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  1. It's a great feeling when they burst into life like that! It looks really good and I'll add a second belt in the same way that you have. Richard
  2. Looks lovely as ever. Just a word of warning about the fan and fan belt. We tried to attend a Poppy Day event but broke down on the way there as the fan belt shredded. It turns out that the alignment between the engine, gearbox pulley and fan pulley is critical as if it is out the belt can creep and self destruct. When I refit the new one I'm going to use an incinometer to make sure it's spot on! Richard
  3. I worked on a government site near Heathrow and all our buildings had 2 letter codes. ZA,DA,HA, etc. The letters bore no relationship to their use and didn't seem to be based on any grid so we never knew how they were labelled. They had certainly been there for some time as the site was in use during the war
  4. Hi Try Graham at PTS Norfolk http://www.ptsnorfolk.co.uk/index.php/12/536262/ Good bloke - always happy to help
  5. Hi The RBJ plugs are avaialable from Ellison Electronics (tel 01277 626300) Their reference is SBMS3106E2219P. It's a 14 pin connector but not all the pins are used. Richard
  6. That's really looking good. This winter's job here is to clean and refurbish the turret internals and I'd like that to involve taking the tube and breech out as you have done. Is it possible to do without removing the turret? It's an offence here to reactivate a deactivated firearm so I won't be drilling the plug out but it's interesting to see how it can be done. Any tips that would help Quick picture of mine at the Rememberance Day collection in Plymouth
  7. Hi Robin There are two stubs on the radiator that fit into the trunnions. They are hollow but there are two elongated slots cut into them which, when the radator is lying flat, line up with the input/output of the trunnions. This allows water circulation through the radiator. I've run the engine with the radiator up whilst checking the gearbox compartment but no more than a fast idle and not for long. No problems so far Richard
  8. Hi Phil It took me about four years to find the wing mirror brackets! I have dimensions if it helps Richard
  9. There's quite a lot of WW2 history in the area as troops trained and embarked in the area. There are concrete landing craft at Braunton Burrows which the US troops used to practice embarkation and disembarkation. Slapton Sands in south Devon was the site of the disaster of Exercise Tiger when 750 US servicemen died during a training exercise. There is the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry Museum in Bodmin (and a steam railway) and private museums at Cobbaton and Davidstowe. Hope this helps Richard
  10. Thanks Chris For some reason I thought that it went out when the engine revs increased. Brain Fade! Richard
  11. Hi I've recently removed the bulkhead on the Scorpion and when it was reinstalled the generator light on the master switch unit does not go out. The light on driver's instrument panel does and the relay that cuts in at the beginning in the control box on the bulkhead can be heard. I don't think that I have disturbed anything and all the plugs appear to be correctly connected. Is there a way that I can put a multimeter anywhere to establish charging or does anyone have any ideas why the problem has arisen? Many thanks Richard
  12. Hi Phil I recognise the brake pipework! We did the same and remade them from copper rather than the steel originals. All much better now. Your gearbox bay is immaculate Best wishes Richard
  13. Setting off tomorrow from Cornwall. I've always enjoyed the show at both locations. It's a chance to meet friends, poke around stalls and see stuff that I wouldn't see otherwise. I usually come back with things I didn't know I needed and ideas for jobs to do over the winter. Paid in to a group toilet hire so that nightmare is sorted!
  14. Hi I’m having a problem stopping oil leaking from the joints on the steering and main brake pipes where they pass through the bottom bulkhead into the gearbox area. what type of flare should I put on the pipe and is there anything special or difficult about this joint? many thanks Richard
  15. 5.4m mast - quite common on eBay https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CLANSMAN-MILITARY-5-4mt-LIGHTWEIGHT-PORTABLE-MAST-KIT-COMPLETE/312098445755?epid=1988287007&hash=item48aa8459bb:g:CRUAAOSwD0lUeg5H
  16. Apologies all - didn't mean to give it a thumbs down. Now removed
  17. Apologies - you haven't upset me.  Didn't realise I'd pressed any buttons.

  18. Hi I have a friend who is restoring an ex Belgian Scorpion. He wants to fit a Clansman harness instead of the Belgian one and needs the pin diagram for the RBJ. It looks as if the 14 pin plugs both into and from the RBJ are dedicated to the Comms but obviously the Clansman cable to the Driver and from the Gunner are 12 core. Has anyone anything that can shed some light on this? Thanks Richard
  19. The "real" designation is the Reynolds Boughton Rapid Intervention Vehicle (RIV). Looks like they had a 6 litre V8. There seem to be groups preserving them as fire engines. Might be worth a google
  20. I have no connection to this or the seller. I came across this on the local Facebook marketplace https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2062664980631221
  21. Thanks Andy Testing them with a selection of bolts points towards M6. Cheers Richard
  22. As far as I know Scottish registrations under the old system used to have S as the designated letter. (*SA,*SB etc.) However, and this is where it gets muddy, DVLA also use S designated registrations as age related plates for vehicles prior to 1964 when the suffixes were introduced. You might have a situation where *SJ is a registration that was initially allocated to Bute but which is now being used as an age related plate for a vehicle registered in Bude! Here are a couple of random pictures showing vehicles that have been issued age related Scottish numbers. Hope this helps Richard
  23. Hi Just looking for confirmation that the antenna base bolts (those which pass all the way through to the vehicle mount) are M6. I need to drill out some broken studs in the fixed antenna mount on the turret of a Scorpion and want to make sure that I rethread them to the correct size/pitch. Many thanks Richard
  24. The toilets were unacceptable - no one should be faced with the sights that greeted you in the portables. My gripe was that arriving at 21:00 on the Wednesday after a 250 mile trip I met one of the biggest jobsworths on the site. First words "were no wristband no entry" I had a printed ticket with the truck registration on it - personal id if needed but that didn't mean anything to her. She seemed to be enjoying it and was quite proud of the fact that she had already turned away a family who had travelled from Norway. Surely there has to be some acknowledgement that people travel long distances to get there and that they cannot always plan their arrival times to suit. Keep the ticket and have a quarantine area to stop in if they are paranoid about freeloaders but why not keep the check in open for longer? It wasn't the best start to what was otherwise an enjoyable show
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