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  1. Looks good to me, better than I would have done. Metal loaded epoxy a good idea too as both it runs better and is more robust than Plastic Padding type fillers yet soon goes hard enough to handle. You ought to be able to form and glue a rib on to mate with the largest keyway to prevent reverse insertion.
  2. As a stop-gap if you can find a couple of contact sockets that fit the pins you could solder wires to them then mould around with araldite, plastic padding or similar. By coating the chassis part with silicon grease / lubricant first it will, or at least should !, not stick to the body. Then should you source a connector nothing has been damaged.
  3. The French have already acquired more than enough of the traditional UK motor industry already first what once was Hillman, Humber, Commer etc then recently Vauxhall. As to JLR back in time the Land Rover was the work horse vehicle and when introduced the Range Rover for the country gentleman and lady. For economy of scale logical to have within reason a common mechanical platform but with the focus on a work horse vehicle at a competitive price for both the retail and military markets. The low sales of the old Defender are quoted but how price competitive was it?
  4. Your DBG cab paint really does look good. Having to do it outside too - you were so lucky with both the weather and not being disturbed until touch / debris proof dry.
  5. While is is clear you enjoy the restoration and equally your complete vehicles don't want to be used too often perhaps you should enjoy the end result of your labour a little more often ?
  6. I did too not least it was one of the cheaper models. Most iconic to me though was the DUKW. Occasionally we went past MOD Ashchurch where in the 70's if not later some were outside and visible. In the same era was the one, or were there more?, at Eastbourne.
  7. You must be pleased with that run after so much work to get this far.
  8. Blimey I didn't think anything could be that bad. I don't suppose you noticed if they were marked as type approved, although if they were was any testing actually done ? I recall a test comparing Chinese etc tyres to a premium brand. At just 30mph there was a significant shortfall in the stopping distance. Wanli was one of the worst. At the time National Tyres supplied these as their budget range.
  9. I wonder how the degradation of cheap Chinese etc ' Ditchfinders ' compares to the major brands and their second line brands often made in the same plants. Equally for the vehicles listed when in regular use even on trailers do tyres normally last 10 years ? Someone I used to work with had both tyres of their caravan blow on the motorway during the same ~ 150 mile trip. While outside this consultation for cars the issue is spacesavers spares as they can not be used like years ago when normal practice was as the first pair needed replacing just a matching tyre to the spare purchased and the best old tyre kept as the spare then the spare replaced with a newer tyre each time a pair was purchased. For vehicles discussed here if applied it will be hard given both the cost and availability of a new set of tyres.
  10. Are the terminals OK ? If so maybe better to solder new wires to the existing ones and cover with, ideally coloured, heatshrink sleeving than try and dismantle ?
  11. http://www.mapleleafup.net/forums/showthread.php?t=29650
  12. I do too along with your reports / reviews after each event.
  13. OT but I am impressed with the load pulled by the rail wheeled Land Rover. I would have expected traction / adhesion to be a limitation. While a narrow contact area I would have expected those with road wheels and tyres plus guide wheels to have better traction.
  14. Given the temperature the resistance wire will melt at I doubt a 10degC rise ambient temperature would have been significant. The combination of higher voltage plus the running time is far more likely. As to the RAC I wonder how often they deal with vehicles with traditional ignition and so don't think to check for what were once common failures.
  15. Say 'Holocaust' alone to most people and the majority response would be to link it to the Nazi concentration camps. However you proposed 'Nuclear Holocaust'. Nagasaka and Hiroshima are the only two nuclear bombs dropped in warfare hence the potential link. While clarified by ' a history of the cold war period ' some might misinterpret that or have already stopped reading. I think your choice of 'Iron Curtain Museum...A History of life during the Cold War' is good.
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