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  1. Yes I agree trackers do work and they track vehicles BUT they in no way deter anyone who wants to steal a vehicle in deed I know of lots of vehicles that have been damaged purely to find the tracker for its sim card( the ones that advertise a tracker is fitted). Trackers do not deter thieves in fact on a simple vehicle like a jeep they use it to advantage once found it is thrown into the back of a passing tipper etc. And a point I must stress is so your vehicle has been stolen you know where it is what do you do next. answers on a post card please. A simple fact is people who steal vehicles for their scrap value have them cut up within hours. those that are been stolen for ringing and onward sale are dumped somewhere out of the way and left to see if they are collected or put in containers or steel clad sheds. Thjs may surprise a lot of people but if your vehicle goes missing and you know where it is if you report it to the police majority of the forces merely issue a crime number and tell you to inform your insurance company. Its the same as making of off with out paying at a petrol forecourt no longer a police matter because it knackers up their crimes solved satistics
  2. how does smart water work it is no better or worse than those micro dot things/writing post code with an ultra violet pen on your computer or putting your name on school sports clothes/gear. It don't deter any one . Plus it pre presumes someone is can be bothered to check for markers if its ever found. Just don't let it go in the first place
  3. Fact niche market out of the ordinary vehicles greatest number of reported claims for fire and theft is after prices have soared then started to plummet again. Goes against the grain for serious thieves
  4. made my thoughts on trackers as a theft deterrent known before. Useless and if it does disappear and you think you know where it is don't expect police will give chase with blues and twos and get it back for you. The bad boys love them they can get about £400 of free calls out of the sim cards before they are barred. Physically stopping theft in the first place is the only deterrent. Also don't get two paranoid about losing them apart from landrovers serious thieves have no interest in the military vehicles scene.
  5. Type in Minimec injector pump on your search engine you will get a wealth of info and videos illustrating the 3 things I have pointed out and save a fortune for what is a very simple fault and once very common problem. It was only condensation and lack of use that caused it
  6. One other suggestion if that's electric solenoid on pump maybe it should have a wire to it on truck engines there was a button there with a convoluted rubber cover on it that you pressed in for excess fuel for cold starting it used to flick out when the engine revved. Ops Richard and I must have been typing at same time
  7. Looking at the above photo the stop control is not connected have you been stopping it by hand. the stop control is pointing in right direction to start. The speed control cable looks all wrong to get any revs on if it did start. Eg all travel gone on cable with arm in tick over position. On the side of the pump is plate with two bolts on. If you take this of you will see all the gubbins in side I bet it will be gummed up with rust caused by condensation from being stood a quick a quick spray with freeing oil or diesel and a poke or two with a screw driver and it will free off. this is not the rack but the mechanism that allows the the stop to override the throttle. You can still start it with plate off to see if you have cured the problem. It was a very common problem with those minmec pumps
  8. if you going to west Africa don't carry coals to Newcastle that's where the bulk of the boxes ended up and they will have the knowledge to repair them and cheaper than you could get done at home
  9. I have no direct dealings with the MK box but knowing Bedford it will be a turner box and built to a budget with absolutely nothing sophisticated in it eg standard bearings off the shelf parts. all the Bedford parts are still well supported. Whats wrong with it I know bits will cost to ship but the box will be like original citron CVs designed to be repaired by the average peasant farmer. I would guess unless its split open it will be down to a broken circlip or shattered bearing
  10. I have no knowledge of the preservation of tracked vehicles but I have a little knowledge of how the scrap yards work. the person scrapping these vehicles will have been paid for clearing these vehicles of the range. therefore they will be looking at what they get scrap value as clear profit. They will have entered into an agreement to sell for scrap only. If they are offered money for parts etc they have to factor in is it worth the risk of loosing future deals for the sake of what after all a good steady income. A couple of idler wheels for readies maybe a truck load No way. They only way you will beat the system is to get on the preferred buyer list and beat the other bidders. One consolation it puts up the price for any remaining every time one is cut up. One other thing to factor in is there is no value/worth in sentimentality only value in turn over profit
  11. Don't know the vehicle or pump but get it of somebody some where will make it good for you
  12. I guess its all down to budget and what you value your own time at. Call in mobile blaster to work for day and a half clean off and spray good coat under coat £500 spend 300 plus hrs with what ever tools available get truly sick and depressed doing it I don't know but will say been there done that both ways
  13. wont work on real long lengths but have had good success simply rolling back and forth between two lengths of chipboard works on small dia copper piping sounds crazy but have a play with 30 amp fuse wire and a ruler and hard work top start at right angles and work round
  14. to be fair out side the uk nobody gives a toss when you hire a car if you have a licence or not as long as buy the minimum insurance they have done there bit. Also and I know this strange in the UK if you have never held a licence you cannot be banned from driving only from holding a licence advice from barrack room lawyers required here
  15. seriously before you start doing anything drastic take air cleaner pipe of and give it a blast see if it makes a difference. we had an Iveco cement mixer last year dealer maintained symptoms smoking gutless burning oil fortune spent on injectors pump. We got job because driver refused to drive back to base as actually cutting out. Our driver was getting it ready for suspend towing and asked driver to start up to speed up air build up. Noticed pipe from air cleaner to inlet manifold collapsing took out filter driver said it had never ever gone so well .
  16. My dad leant me the money to buy a Morris MRA1 offf Mr Houseman £50 cracked block but had recondition engine in the back of it very early 70s it never made it back to our yard Dad sold it again for tenner profit I ended up with a well used one Harvey Frost hand wind on it from local scrap dealer £35
  17. time does take a toll on the old girls but we all forget is how things have advanced. What I would have a look at if you havnt already is the aircleaner that used to hold them back. Really bung up quickly if stood about getting damp then used when dusty
  18. Back to you original question No as far as I am aware have no knowledge of the 680 been subject to been porous in fact the opposite it had a very good reputation. I guess if you can make good with a repair you would be very unlucky to have problems again.
  19. I have also just out of shear bloody-mindedness come off the phone to an old gentleman who looked after a fleet of Scanias who told me it used to happen to about 1 in 10 of their trucks. there was no rhyme or reason it just happened. He was told the same as me cutting oil in coolant put extra earthstraps on and change fanbelts. He said within three months of taking deliver a new truck he could tell if it was going to have problems just by its appearance around engine and anything aluminium anywhere on truck Another question was the engine being used to drive a generator??
  20. just done a real quick search because I know I aint dreaming this up Engine destruction due to excessive voltage in engine's coolantIt has become apparent that many preventive engine failures, due to problems noted in the cooling system. Problems caused by an electrical current passing through the coolant from an electrical ground problem and generation of static electricity elsewhere on the equipment. This can destroy an engine in 24.000 miles regardless of the cooling system maintenance. The only way it can be stopped is to correct the electrical problem causing the current. The enclosed maintenance tests were developed with the help of fleet maintenance superintendents, port engineers, and several people workings in equipment maintenance. To correct this potential for engine destruction we recommend it be incorporated in any preventive maintenance program. Examples of problems noted in the field that led to this test procedure are enclosed for your convenience. Engine damage from an electrical current will be illustrated by pitted liners, all coolers, radiators, extreme aluminum corrosion, and abnormal water pump and head gasket failure. Aluminum corrosion, products will stop the flow of coolant through the oil cooler causing severe ring and bearing wear due to improperly cooled engine oil. Copper will plate out onto the iron components causing iron destruction. One may also notice abnormal rusting of cabs and other sections of equipment. Field Problems That Led To This Test Procedure 1. Copper injector shells in a truck engine were being destroyed in 3D days because a broken cab ground strap allowed the electrical current to ground through the coolant. 2. A twelve cylinder marine engine was destroyed by liner pitting. As indicated by our laboratory testing of the coolant, the overhauled engine was again damaged. The starter, which was starting the engine with no apparent problem to the operator, was causing a 12 volt current to ground through the coolant. Pitting destroyed engine blocks in a large towboat. The pitting was, caused by an electrical current due to two defective electrical switches on the after cooler systems and one switch on the air conditioning unit in the captain's cabin. 4. The aluminum top tanks of truck radiators were pitting on a new fleet of trucks equipped with rubber air bag suspension an the rear ends. The rear ends were generating a current, which passed up the drive shaft to the cooling system. Grounding the rear ends and transmissions stopped the problem before the engines were destroyed. 5. A large fleet of trucks made up of half tankers and half flatbeds, using the same brand of engines and trucks, lost sixty engines in one year. Fifty-four engines failed in the flatbeds while only six engines failed in the tankers. Tankers have a bonded ground system while flatbeds do not. The nine to one ratio indicates the potential for damage. 6. A truck hauling plastic pipe was losing the engine every 100,000 miles. The operator noted the load was glowing because of static electricity due to air brushing down the open-ended pipes. The operator covered the pipe with a tarp and the engine lasted over 300,000 miles, 7. Newer model electronic controlled engines, head gaskets, water pumps, radiators, oil cooler, and transmissions were being damaged. Capacitors in the computers were allowing a stored electrical current to enter the coolant when the engines where turned off or starting after a period when the engine was in not in use. The electrical current has been present even with the batteries removed from the unit. 8. Grounding systems with the computer grounded direct to the batteries are beginning to be used by several manufacturers. Contact your manufacturer service-engineering department if a current is noted.
  21. I don't know on the Scania that was what I told by an old boy who worked for the dealer he said it was some sort of static build up erosion caused by the material used in the belts. On the Renault it was one of two we built both brand new chassis. We kept one and sold one the one we kept just seemed to decide to self destruct. every where aluminium and steel touched on the engine started swelling turning to powder. I suggested what I had been told the belt was changed and it never got any worse. I Don't know
  22. In 2007 we bought a brand new Renault 10 ton crew cab truck and fitted brand new slide bed aluminium from the US. within months of buying the whole tuck seemed to be turning to powder. any where aluminium was touching steel it was swelling and starting to corrode I suggested swapping fanbelts and adding cutting oil to coolant it never got any worse so what the actual problem is I don't Know
  23. Shouts to me the block has been subject to some sort of electrolysation being used as a stationary engine. Very early Scania engines where subject to same problems (and used same block built under licence) the advice then was to add cutting oil to coolant but if you have that corrosion probably the block is to far gone. I had on of the first 110 scania in England as a wrecker and it developed a hole in block along side no 5 cylinder it looked like it had been drilled. the Scania agent said it was down to static electricity and and advised different fan belts cutting oil in water and putting earth leads all over engine
  24. I would suggest until somebody comes up with some other advise to go with wheels level with Chassis rails. then adjust body clearance to fuel tank to look right. I doubt fuel tank was not standard. Then adjust final ride height at rear by adjusting rear wheels to simulate smaller radius at bottom eg filling flat or sinking into diorama
  25. come across this problem a lot using truck manufacturers body builders drawings bulk of vehicles have chassis level with top of tyres when unladed. BUT this is not tyres diameter from floor on 22.5 inch tyre it is usually diameter less 1.5 inch on military vehicle it can be 3inch less. The tyres bulge out at bottom. what is so critical ?. I am currently trying to build a slidebed vehicle that can carry a high roof artic unit and keep under 4 meters for Europe I am working to millimetres on full sized trucks . Guess you are model builder
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