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  1. I came across this story today about a Mack and a Mathis truck discovered back in 2001 in a warehouse in the centre of Marseille. http://www.forum-auto.com/automobiles-mythiques-exception/voitures-anciennes/sujet390721-1925.htm Did anyone on here heard about these trucks before? They were in a splendid original condition, and I do hope they haven not been painted since. All the best for 2018! Marcel
  2. Hanging the welder vertically from the ceiling also helps, easier though if you have a separate wire feeder
  3. The hub caps have 'HN' casted in. I am fairly sure the axles are from low loaders used in the port of Antwerp by a company named 'Hessenatie' but cannot find any pictures. More pics and details in a couple of weeks!
  4. Here's an article on the Cambrai tank: http://www.20minutes.fr/lille/2109211-20170725-cambrai-dernier-voyage-char-britannique-1917-unique-europe Regards Marcel
  5. Friend at the sale reports: Renault EG: 75K Renault lorry: 16,5K FWD: 16K Plus buyers premium I guess. All to same buyer in France. Regards Marcel
  6. The suspension is visible in one of the pictures but I think they wanted to keep the floor as low as possible. I also seem to recall that the front axle is not original, but they made really neat front wheels. Marcel
  7. Very nice and interesting thread to follow. Also I like the balance steam engine in the background! Marcel
  8. What a great job on the fuel tank so far, I am sure the result will be more than perfect! I was lucky with the tank on the Peugeot as it was in a fair condition. I only had to seal it with a high quality two component sealer which seems to hold up fine. Regards Marcel
  9. I have been told to put the sheet into the rollers diagonally along both diagonals before rolling the final curve, this would break the straight ends. Haven't tried it yet but it makes sense to me. Regards Marcel
  10. The chap was from our village and probably in Belgian army service, but not sure about the lorry.
  11. another Commercar regards Marcel
  12. Ouch! The crankshaft looks repairable if it can be straightened. The repair we had done on the Peugeot still holds out well. Regards Marcel
  13. This may not be WW1 related. I have a Belgian built engine of the make Wafflard that I am taking apart to get it running again. The carburetor is a Claudel-Hobson, it appears that this type was also used on the ABC flat twin engines. However this one is marked 'made in Belgium'. The magneto has round bar magnets and is stamped 'W^D' and 'BX4', so I think it is British. If anyone can tell me more about the carburetor and magneto I can possibly put a year on the engine. Thank you Marcel
  14. Good to see that the Dennis performed well! Beautiful pictures also, I like the dragline! Marcel
  15. Yes that is our Peugeot but unfortunately we will not take part in this super event. However we were very interested to do so when they announced it some two years ago hence the picture on the website. Marcel
  16. Tim, this is the same as the one in the first two pictures of your post #15. Glad to see they did not use it for parts. The crane has been used to load sugar beets. I would not mind restoring it, including the crane, I need another project! Regards Marcel
  17. I would guess brake linings as we know them did not exist back then. Our Peugeot had cast iron linings rivetted to the shoes. If the retaining rings were too tight in the gudgeon pin slots they would be under a constant oscillating pressure because the pin is floating axially and thus will move as well in a radial direction. I think they should sprung in so that more oil can pass through the holes and give a bit of extra lubrication to the little end? You can make the circular if you split them with a sharp chisel and file the ends in order to give room for expansion. Then heat them to dull red and they will keep the shape. I have made piston rings for a stationary engine and they seem to work well. Good work you are doing there! Marcel
  18. What a fantastic truck! Here it is in its previous life across the pond. I like the low loader as well.
  19. Excellent work Steve! My brother, who is a gunsmith (in the UK), uses silver steel quite often to fabricate his special cutters although these are a lot smaller than the size you made. When he was still at school, a long time ago, he bought a bunch of silver steel round stock, from 3mm up to 10mm and ever since made most of the tools he needed himself. I got a Ridgid temperature gun as a present from a good friend last year, it has come into use regularly since I have it. But I must admit that the old school method is way more interesting and gives more satisfaction! Regards Marcel
  20. Well spotted Steve! I already thought it would not take long before they were recognised. Here is a picture of the center. Best regards Marcel
  21. Passed by this flower cart in France today, it has really nice wheels! Marcel
  22. Same picture in b/w is in the museum at Ieper. I took a picture of the description that goes with it. Marcel
  23. Here is a link to a site that is mainly about stationary engines and tractors, but they posted a couple nice series of pictures about the production of war equipment during WW1. http://mototracteurs.forumactif.com/t18520p60-les-usines Marcel
  24. Cel

    WW1 Peugeot

    Here is a picture of the Peugeot, not finished yet but running very well. I fitted a 145 nozzle in the carb (instead of the 125) and it runs a lot better now. Choke can be released after 1-2 mins running. Although the magneto has no impulse the engine starts very well. I am thinking of keeping a second mag with it just in case, and am looking for one with impulse coupling. I now have to give it two swings, I am quite sure that with impulse it will start 'quart de tour' (1/4 swing) as they say in France. A new cone for the fuel tap was made, as the old one protruded at the end so no way to keep it closed with the spring. A good friend found an acetylene generator which will be fitted next. When I look at the pictures of trucks that have such a generator fitted, there is often a small device fitted next to the generator with two connections. Is it perhaps some sort of water lock? Regards Marcel
  25. Here is a picture of a soldier of our village, I don't know where it was taken. Are there any Commercars of this type in preservation? Marcel
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