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  1. July 28th 2020 Faith the Dodge has been patiently sleeping this year. Every event I was booked in for this year has cancelled due to the virus. We had the Jeeps on the drive for VE Day and have been on a few Jeep drives and photoshoots around the local area, but that's it for events. Despite the loss events, Faith, our Flying Control Dodge is still amazing, especially for a 76 year old vehicle running on 6 volts. This became apparent today, with a visit to check on the Dodge. From my logs, it appears I last put some petrol in late June 2019. The last event for the Dodge was in September and then it was shut away in the container for the winter. The engine was run and warmed through on December 24th 2019 and then the battery removed for the winter. In March, two days before lockdown, I put the Dodge on axle stands to take the weight off the tyres, but it was still without a battery, so wasn't run. Today, after 7 months of inactivity, and 13 months since any fresh fuel was added, I went to try and give it a run. With such old petrol, I had my doubts. Water and oil checked, fuel pump hand primed and then I turned the engine over a few seconds with the ignition off, to pump some oil around. The 6 volt starter seemed to turn so slow compared to the 24 volt Hotchkiss Jeep on Sunday!! After the oil prime, the choke and hand throttle were set, then I pressed the starter again for a few seconds to spin the engine over and then turned the ignition on. VROOOM! Off it went to a fast idle. Oil pressure 50PSI, idling smoothly, temperature slowly came up - fantastic! The clutch was released to spin the wheels, gearbox and differential over, brakes and steering exercised and lights checked. Everything was fine. So everything was shut down, battery removed again, clutch chocked in the released position and Faith left to sleep for a few more months. I might be tempted to go for a short drive in the Autumn before the real cold of the winter comes. It was a tad dark in the container and my torch has vanished somewhere, but thankfully I could use the torch on my phone to see to fit and remove the battery.
  2. Chester-le-Street - July 26th We had another run out yesterday, back in the original US, Flying Control markings, but without the chequered roof.
  3. @steviem Yes, you want to carry easy to fit spares. Plugs, coil, fan belt, condensors ( a few, as new ones aren't always reliable ), points ( I fitted electronic ignition to mine, but have points as spares ). I also carry a fuel pump diaphragm kit in case that spits. Grease, oil and water ( 1 ltr ) and lots of tools. I followed a wartime Canadian Army modification and made a read seat locker which keeps the tools secure and stops them sliding around.
  4. For longer trips, I stick the Jeep on a flatbed trailer and tow it. Particularly with my daughter at school, I can have it all loaded and ready to go as soon as she gets out at 3:15. Otherwise, it can take too long to get places by the time she's out and then head off in the Jeep at 40mph.
  5. @steviem It was probably from my home in Washington to Breighton aerodrome near Selby. 100 and something miles and around three hours of bum numbing driving! Found it difficult to get out at the other end!! No problems on the long journey except discomfort! I broke down once coming back from there due to a coil failure as I didn't have 24 volt spare with me. I got to within 11 miles of home. If I'd let it cool, I could have probably driven back, but just called for recovery instead as I was also towing my trailer and didn't want to risk stopping in a bad spot. I took my Dodge from home to the Yorkshire Wartime Water Experience in 2012 and that ended up a 5 hour journey. That was really too far without power steering/brakes and double de-clutching around all the side roads to avoid the fast routes.
  6. After leaving Souter, we followed the coast road North West, passed Marsden to South Shields, stopping at a couple of car parks on the way. The first has Tynemouth Priory in the far distance, so we continued all the way to the mouth of the River Tyne for a closer picture ( see below ). In that picture, on the left is Herd Groyne Lighthouse. On the beach between the Jeep and this light house is the third of the former military sites on our tour. Not really visible in my photo, but clearly seen on recent Google Earth images, is a sea plane ramp. In 1916, a sea plane base was built here for the operation of sea planes and flying boats. It also served as a refuelling station between bases in Lincolnshire and Scotland. The station occupied 21 acres and included five Type F seaplane sheds each 200 x 100 feet. The station was active from April 1916 until 1919. We left South Shields heading South East again along the coast road, stopping briefly at the grassland at Horsley Hill before continuing to Whitburn and turning West through Boldon, passing close to the former Boldon Camp on our way home. We clocked up a little over 35 miles on a very pleasant evening drive.
  7. We turned off the main road to the light house car park, then back along this side road to towards another car park, as there were some nice grassed and wooded areas for more photos along that road. Wifey and child went for another short walk while I was taking pictures.
  8. From there we turned around again and once more headed North. Back through Seaburn, through Whitburn where we passed the old military shooting range. I fired a .303 rifle here back in the early 1980's when in the Air Cadets. The mounds of earth at the end of each range are still there, but the range buildings and stores were demolished for houses around 2015. Just North of Whiteburn is Souter Light House and that was our next stop.
  9. We drove on towards the coast, meeting the coast road at Whitburn, before turning South to Seaburn for sausage and chips! It took a while to find a parking spot, unfortunately having to turn around North again and park on the landward side of the road. We stopped there for our takaway before continuing North to turn around and this time parked on the seaward side of the road. Wifey and child went off to the beach to do a gymnastic photoshoot at the waters edge while I stayed in the Jeep, starting to read a book about the air battle over Ceylon.
  10. Coastal Drive for Tea - July 12th Sunday 12th was looking to be a nice evening so we decided to head to the coast for tea. If you're going cruising on the sea front, you might as well pose and what better way than in a Jeep! For this trip, we switched from an RAF medical Jeep to a USAAF one. The trip took us passed some old military sites too, the first being RAF Usworth, built in 1916, as we headed East from Washington. Here's the route from Washington, thanks to Google Earth Usworth started life as a Royal Flying Corps aerodrome, then became a WW2 Sector Station and finally Sunderland Airport, before being demolished to make way for a car factory ( the large white area lower centre ). Even the Grade 2 listed Lamella hangar was torn down. We continued through Boldon and stopped just East of Cleadon for a few pictures.
  11. OK, so 13 years have gone by and I think I've tracked down the TV show I was thinking about at the start of the thread. The time of broadcast, plot and characters all seem familiar. It was ( HMS ) Thundercloud, a Yorkshire Television production, shown in 1979. It was filmed at a real Royal Naval Land Station, HMS Forest Moor - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Forest_Moor A few details can be found here - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0395904/ and a little here - https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/thundercloud/
  12. Cleadon BBQ Drive - June 20th With the lockdown restrictions easing, allowing family bubbles, we took a drive over to visit the "outlaws". Well, if we were going to need to drive to get there, we might as well drive in something fun - so took a Jeep. Only about an 18 mile round trip, but a nice afternoon for the top down. Lynne took the first picture as I'm rarely in any myself! We also had another markings change for today, going RAF medical this time. "Jessie" has several different dresses to wear, depending on the occasion!
  13. 6 Year Anniversary On June 19th 2014, my Ford GPW made its first public outing to St Gregory's RC Primary School 1940's Day. Many of the school children had made the effort to dress the part in 1940's style clothing. The weather was warm and sunny, and there was a great turn out of parents and family. There was a great deal of interest in the stereoscope from the children, fascinated by the 3D image it produced from the two target photos.
  14. @Brian Woodall It would appear that the William Carr you found isn't related to me. I had an email back from Canada saying that the family moved to Aberdeen between 1913 and 1915, based on the birth registration certificates of two of his children. Prior to moving to Scotland, he'd lived in Wallsend. William may or may not have been involved in the shooting competition. Considering the Bell medal we have remained in our family and was found with a number of my granddad's WW1 medals and artifacts, I think it is more likely that it was won by my Granddad Joseph.
  15. I don't know of a Peter Carr, in our family tree, but that doesn't mean there wasn't one. As for William, I don't have enough information about him to say whether it was or wasn't him. His grand-daughter now lives in Canada, so perhaps she may know a little more about his life at this time. What is a little odd is why the medal came down my side of the family. Perhaps Joseph and William took part, but you haven't got any documentation or his participation in the 16,000 winners names you have collected. We may never know the full story, but I'll gather up all the information in this thread and drop an email to Canada to see if any of it ties up with history his grand-daughter has found. If you come across anything else, I'd love to know, but what you have shared so far have been fascinating. Thank you.
  16. Washington Two Jeeps Tour - May 31st We took both Jeeps out on May 31st for a local drive and photoshoot. Here's one of the pictures, but a full report can be found on my other Jeep thread by following the link below this picture.
  17. Location 12 The last stop was at a park near Washington Old Hall and village. The Sun was setting and temperature dropping fast, so we skipped the last planned stop at Princess Anne Park and headed for home. While we were still missing the many events that have already been cancelled this year, it had been a very enjoyable three hours of family Jeeping fun. We now have three small Go-Pro type action cameras, one of which was a freebie, so we also shot some video from both Jeeps while out. We didn't shoot the who three hours out but I'll post it up once complete.
  18. Location 11 From there, four roundabouts along the road brought us to the Washington Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. We're members there, but haven't been able to visit due to the lockdown. They've just announced they will open again on June 10th by pre-arrangement to control numbers. During our Jeep visit, the car park was locked up, so our pictures were near the entrance - also on the Coast to Coast cycle route.
  19. Location 10 Only a couple of hundred yards further along the road was another car park at Cox Green, near to the foot bridge over the river. This one was on the Coast to Coast cycle route.
  20. Location 9 Off on the road again through Fatfield and on towards Cox Green where there were two more car parks to visit, both further North East along the river. The first was at St James Steel Park, with the sun setting through the trees.
  21. Location 8 Turning around and heading back along the lane again, put us on the right side of the road to pull over for a stop beside the river. Unfortunately the river was very low since it is tidal, so it wasn't as visible as I had hoped.
  22. Location 7 After Penshaw, we headed back over Fatfield bridge and North East along the North bank of the river, to the car park near the old railway viaduct. Had it been Winter, we would have probably see the viaduct through the trees. While there is a track big enough for the Jeeps beyond the car park, leading to the viaduct, it is for pedestrians and cyclists only.
  23. Location 6 Stopping near the garden centre, it gave us a better view of Penshaw Monument than the parking at the other end of the parking lane, partially blocked by large bushes along the fence line. Unfortunately the sun was behind the monument and Jeeps for the photos. Once again, shooting in RAW format saved the day.
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