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Jessie The Jeep

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About Jessie The Jeep

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  • Birthday January 1

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  • Location
    100th Bomb Group HQ
  • Interests
    Aviation, MV's, Photography, Model Railroading, Astronomy - oh, and I don't do 'friends lists'!
  • Occupation
    Model Maker
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  1. My Flying Control Jeep

    Once everyone arrived, there were around sixty vehicles parked up including two motorbikes and two folding para-bikes. It had been a misty start to the day, but got out quite bright at times and wasn't cold. People started drifting away from mid afternoon, and with a long drive ahead of us, me in particular, we set off North around 3pm. I got home about 5:15pm using just under a full tank of fuel on the 160 mile round trip. Further pictures can be found here - http://www.sacarr.co.uk/mymvs/events/2018/crankup.htm
  2. My Flying Control Jeep

    Yorkshire MVT Crank Up - April 15th The season begins! Because it was the first big run out for "Jessie" since all the ignition work, I decided against travelling on my own to Tadcaster for the big convoy to the Castle, and instead decided to meet up with some friends near Croft and travel with them. It was an early start, leaving Washington at 07:40hrs to meet up with the rest of the northern contingent a little before 9am. Two vehicles joined me there and we then continued south to Northallerton where our despatch rider joined our little convoy. Because I had a Sat-Nav, they stuck me at the front of our little convoy, so my dashcam didn't get much to look at. We made good progress, maintaining a fairly steady 45mph, and getting to the castle about 10:15. Some vehicles had already arrived, but the Tadcaster convoy didn't get there until nearer 11am.
  3. 1945 Willys Jeep

    The first looked to have a non-wartime transmission and other non-original features which is probably why the price is lower than expected.
  4. My Flying Control Jeep

    With three vehicles to look after, it seems like there's always something that needs tinkering with!
  5. My Flying Control Jeep

    April 10th - Rear View Mirror With the first event of the season only five days away, there was one more small job I discovered needed attention. Over the winter, my suction rear view mirror lost its suck and refused to stick to the Jeep screen. I didn't want to spend on a new one and didn't want a permanent fixture, so set about adapting the broken one. I cut the sucker off and made a steel bracket that slotted behind existing bolts in the screen, left over from the French electric wipers. The bracket had a slot cut in the centre that would allow the mirror arm to slot into place when required.
  6. My Flying Control Jeep

    April 9th - Test Drive With a big drive to York on the 15th, I wanted to have a bit of a start/stop test drive and also monitor the battery charging under normal driving conditions. I had a few jobs to do, including dropping in at the dodge yard for a new key and filling up the Jeep with fuel. Since it was still school holidays, took my little mechanic in the back seat to monitor the voltage gauge. The voltage was fairly consistent and within a sensible range - unlike before the regulator was adjusted. It was a nine mile round trip with several stops along the way where the engine was shut down. The engine restarted without any problems, so I'm happy that I've finally laid the starting troubles to rest. It was a chilly start to the morning, but got out to be a pleasant warm Spring day.
  7. Croft Nostalgia - Croft Circuit, near Darlington

    http://www.croftcircuit.co.uk/racing/nostalgia The event, now in its nineth year, is acknowledged as one of the best events in the north of England, with a mix of exhilarating Motor Sport, Military vehicle displays with living history encampments, Classic vehicles from the 1930’s to the 1970’s and barnstorming flying displays from period aircraft. We encourage members of the public to enter into the spirit of the event and don some period clothing and have some fun at the festival. The friendly atmosphere at Croft Circuit allows you to get close to the race cars in the paddock areas. Military vehicles of all sizes are a must for a photo opportunity and parade laps of the circuit on Sunday morning by Classic cars, Military vehicles and motorcycles, there is something for the whole family. With cream teas available and a Pimms bar, you can sit back and soak up the atmosphere from times gone by. There are flying displays planned again for this year with one or two extra special aircraft a possibility subject to availability, more information will be published once confirmation is received. Trade stalls will be selling a variety of products from vintage clothing and military kit to fashionable accessories and a period hair style makeover. The weekend’s entertainment in the marquee will be hosted by Colin Bourdiec ‘AKA’ George Formby who will serenade you with classics like When I m Cleaning Windows and also has a WW2 ENSA routine that will take you back to the 1940’s. You can also dance along to classic tunes courtesy of the harmony trio 'The Daisy Belles' and a live band in the marquee during both days.
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    http://yorkshireairmuseum.org/event/against-the-odds-raf-at-war-weekend/ Join us for this year’s Against The Odds weekend and experience life at RAF Elvington during World War Two. Our re-enactors will be here to explain what life was like here for serving Halifax Bomber air crews as they fought to liberate occupied Europe. Joining us will be wonderful re-enactors who will be with us all weekend to explain the different roles played by men and women during World War Two including: Aircrew re-enactors who will present briefings from original WW2 bombing raids. Crews in full, original WW2 flying attire alongside Halifax Friday the 13th. The Museum’s Halifax bomber, Friday the 13th will be outside in the sunshine for everyone to see up close and enjoy great photographs of this unique aircraft. The Seatones will be with us once again providing music throughout the weekend. Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast – aircraft and times to be confirmed.
  9. Yorkshire MVT Crank Up - York Castle

    YMVT Crank Up @ York Castle Museum - Chris Smythe - 07920 116136
  10. My Flying Control Jeep

    After a few days away in London, I tried the Jeep with another cold start. All was well, firing up straight away. Following the fitting of the new batteries and adjusting the voltage regulator, I decided a way of monitoring the charge voltage was needed. There wasn't anywhere an analogue voltmeter would fit, and I couldn't find a small unit in the correct voltage scale. That left a digital voltmeter. I didn't want the modern readout visible, so fitted the meter into the base of the radio tray and made a small metal flap to hide it. It runs from the same power supply that feeds the 24v to 12v converter hidden in the dummy radio.
  11. 1944 Flying Control Dodge WC51 - The Story So Far

    It's been all quiet on the Dodge front for a while now while most of my attention has been focused on one of my Jeeps, doing some bodywork repairs and overhauling the starting and ignition system. However with the season getting closer, I popped over to check on the Dodge today. There wasn't much fuel in the Dodge, so I wasn't planning on running it. I'll take a jerrycan over next trip. After a delay getting into the yard, following a change of padlock, I opened up the container and removed the Dodge battery to bring home. I wanted to add some acid tablets to the cells and give it a good charge before it is next out. I may try and bring it out after the Easter weekend if the weather dries up. So far, Spring in the North East has been somewhat damp.
  12. My Flying Control Jeep

    The canvas slots down between the Jeep roof canvas and the STOP/GO light box, with the dowel preventing it from falling straight through. The loose end then hangs down over the open rear window. It rolls up and is stored behind the rear seat when not needed.
  13. My Flying Control Jeep

    Another job I've been wanting to do for ages is a rain cover for the rear window. I often seem to end up parked with the back of the Jeep facing into wind on days when it then starts raining after I arrive. The sides and doors keep the worst of the weather out, but the back seat often gets wet. However, this job has been on hold as I lost the canvas I was going to use. That was found in my workshop yesterday while looking for something unrelated. The attachment is very simple. The end of the canvas was wrapped around some 3/8 dowel and was glued and stapled. The canvas was waterproofed with some tent sealer.
  14. My Flying Control Jeep

    March 29th - Ignition Problems Fixed The ballast resistors arrived in the post about 11:30 today. I was keen to see if that really was the root cause of the starting problems. During my other checks, the plugs were also quite sooty, suggesting the faulty ballast resistor has been limiting the output of the coil and so not burning the fuel mix properly. The Jeep has also felt down on power for some time, which backs this up. So after I made some spade terminals, it was bolted to the firewall and connected up. The engine was primed, the starter button pressed and in less than a second, the engine fired into life. I stopped it shortly after and performed another two cold starts, both ok. I then took the Jeep for a drive for a few miles to warm the engine up and when I got back, did a hot start which also worked without problems. The school run followed, again without problems until I came to put the Jeep away. That start was a bit more difficult, but may have just been flooded. It started a minute later.
  15. My Flying Control Jeep

    March 26th - Ignition Problems - Finally A Cause? Over the last few days, I've continued to test start the Jeep. Some days it started first go on the button, other times it turned over but just wouldn't fire. There was obviously an intermittent fault somewhere in the ignition system, but there weren't many places left to look. I had a gut feeling and checked the ballast resistor with my multi-meter. No problems when previously checked, but this time it varied from resistance to open circuit. I did a brief test by using a jumper wire to bypass the resistor and the Jeep burst straight into life. Switched straight off, I then unbolted the resistor from the firewall to take a closer look. It was fractured, and sometimes made contact while other times it didn't. I'm wondering whether the load when working, warmed and expanded the metal slightly, ensuring good contact, but when I switched off and it cooled and contracted, broke the circuit causing the starting problems. Anyway, two replacements have been ordered.