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About Cel

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    Staff Sergeant
  • Birthday 03/15/1974

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    Belgium, near Maastricht
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    Tractors, stationary engines, plant and all kinds of old iron
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    Facility manager

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  1. Cel

    WW1 Dennis truck find

    Good job Steve! You won't hurt your arm anymore with this arrangement. I would bet it starts on the first compression if you prime it. Regards Marcel
  2. Cel

    CAN any one ID this . WW1

    He passed away a few years ago, and nobody seems to know what is going to happen with the collection. He had a small but very nice brewery transport museum and visited with us a couple times.
  3. Cel

    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Starting when shut down with a charge: my son loved to do this when he was a little boy (he is now 13). It also shows the advantage of an impulse magneto. Regards, Marcel
  4. Cel

    WW1 finds and discoveries

    My mistake - Benz of course
  5. Cel

    WW1 finds and discoveries

    A good friends of mine has found this hay press which has been mounted on a WW1 Daimler Gaggenau chassis. It is a very neat piece of machinery, if all goes well we will be baling this weekend. Regards Marcel
  6. Cel

    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Hi Steve, I think an impulse is the way to go. If you prime the engine you don't have to swing it around anymore. A couple of quarter turn pulls will suffice. Regards, Marcel
  7. Cel

    Dewald chain drive truck

    Dewald supplied trucks to the french government during the war, but also in the years after they had substantial contracts for military use and from building contractors. As the article in CU says, they must have been prisoner of their own concept and when the time came to modernize they missed the boat. Charles Dewald is considered as the inventor of the hydraulic tipper. If you look up his name in google patents you'll find a patent of a hydraulic ram, US 1.237.309, where oil is supplied through hollow journals. This is obviously done in order to avoid the use of a hose, which back then could not withstand the high pressure. The hydraulic system of my truck has disappeared but you can steel see the holes where the ram was fitted and the pto on the gearbox. Marcel
  8. Cel

    Old Photo

    The first picture is also in the french book 'les camions de la victoire'. It is a Peugeot, not sure about the model - probably a 1525, like the one parked in front of it. They were called 'camion-bazar', most if not all of these were built on Peugeot chassis according to the writer. 1923 seems a bit late indeed. Marcel
  9. Cel

    Dewald chain drive truck

    This is how it stood in January, as a result of a flooding of the Seine river.
  10. Cel

    Dewald chain drive truck

    I don't know the exact year, but should be about 1920-25. It was originally on wooden wheels with solids, there is one other survivor known, at the Fondation Berliet in Lyon. It is really in a very good condition.
  11. I thought I'd post this while waiting for an update on the Thornycroft test drive. We finally picked up our new restoration project, a Dewald KL truck. It has been modified with tyres in 1941 and is in quite good condition. Here are a few pictures, will post more next week. Regards Marcel
  12. Cel

    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    I am sure it will do, good luck tomorrow and have fun!
  13. Cel

    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

  14. Cel

    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Hi Steve and family! As many others have said already and will say: well done! It is quite an achievement to bring a 100 year engine back to life. If it is only the valve timing that needs to be adjusted, well that is a minor thing compared to the other work you have done. I would say too that the valve timing is a bit far off, especially on the inlet side. My guess is to advance the inlet by 24° and the outlet by 12° and see what happens. Inlet open at TDC is way too late. An impulse magneto will definitely help, not sure if you need a choke though when everything is adjusted as it should. Is there a way to prime the engine? You are quite right about the modern fuels. I had to change the nozzle on the Peugeot from 145 to 125 because it smoked too much. Best regards Marcel
  15. Cel

    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    It is amazing what can be achieved using modern techniques! That spider will fit better than new I am sure. I have used my old Halifax slotter and horizontal milling machine a couple of times to make internal and external splines, not quite as precise as wire eroding but it does the job for what I need it. Wonderful job on the Thorny, not long now before it will move under its own power! Regards Marcel