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Pete Ashby

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  1. The tyre removal is now complete I had to admit defeat with the two original tyres and take them to a local tyre fitter who specializes in agricultural and plant tyres, even then they didn't give up with out a fight. On stripping out the inner tubes it was found that these were also original Canadian manufacture and in perfect condition with no repairs so it's more than likely that it was the first time the tyres had been removed from the rims in over 75 years. One of the original rear tyres The inner tube from it The removal of the tyres marks a turning point in this project now it's about cleaning stripping measuring for ware and then reassemble and painting. So this the first bit of positive progress everything up to now has been about taking things apart. I decided I would not media blast the front axle or the trucks road springs I am not a fan of blasting media getting near machined parts like king pin bushes, stub axles or spring leaves. First job was to tackle the front axle beam and stub axles so it was de-grease using a commercial cleaner then pressure wash,when clean check all parts for ware or cracks, while the axle was still on the truck I had tested the king pins for ware and found them to be in good condition so it was out with the rotary wire brush on grinder and the drill for the tight corners, an hours work on the front axle and it cleaned up well. Axle beam and tie rod before de-greasing and cleaning sub axles are wrapped and taped up to prevent damage. After cleaning and an hour with the rotary wire brush A coat of rust converter was applied and then after 24hrs a coat of etch primer First steps the road to completion for this particular project but I'm pleased with the outcome next there is a whole mass of frame brackets, rear axle, drums and the frame awaiting a visit from the media blaster. By the end of the summer I hope to have the frame painted and reassembled with the axles fitted then over the winter period I can look at the engine, gearbox and back axle. Pete
  2. A few photos for Bob Carriere, the hubs and drums are produced by Budd and take 900 x 16 CMP Kelsey rims flat based rims for "British tyres" Front hub and drum Rear hub and drum Pete
  3. Thank you all Chaps for your inputs useful suggestions one and all I'll see about getting a blank made up at 16 TPI with a 55' pitch and see how it fits Pete
  4. No new fangled north American thread forms on the Retriever it's mostly BSF of a very high grade steel and a smaller quantity of Whitworth all bolts have Ley Ltd stamped on the head real quality build. Do I take it Richard your money would be on a 55' pitch? the TPI I'm fairly confident about. You can't beat a BSF or Whitworth thread no matter how long it's been sitting around they always come undone with only a little application of heat. Pete
  5. Certainly is an odd size Rob, having failed to find anything like it in my copy of Zeus tables I turned to my battered copy of the 13th Edition of the Machinery's Handbook (not an easy read at the best of times) the nearest I can come up with is some unusual American thread forms which does not seem very likely and as you note for the common UNF would be 60'. To be fair I am measuring the pitch only with a set of thread gauges and not by the recommend 3 wire method ( don't go there never did understand this properly) however the 55' 16 TPI gauge seems to be the best fit. Confused of West Wales.
  6. I am looking for help to identify a thread type on the Leyland Retriever main output shaft from the transfer case the thread appears to be 16 TPI @ 55' RH thread OD 31.75mm ( 1 1/4" ) the nut would be a 6 slotted hex @ 52.07 mm ( 2 3/64" ) a/c flats, 15mm total ht including 8mm deep slots. The parts list is not helpful as it lists the nut but just says "special thread" I'm guessing this would be to fit a 1 1/4" W or 1 3/8" BSF spanner Any ideas ? Thanks Pete
  7. Cracking idea with the baking tins. I think the use of household utensils is vastly under rated , I wouldn't have thought of filling them with foam nice one, stored that idea away for a rainy day. regards Pete
  8. Today has been all about splitting rims and removing tires, overall not as bad as some I've done where Iv'e had to cut the tire off the rim in fact I hardly broke a sweat it was a cold North wind mind. Bob, these look like standard 900 x 16 Kesley rims, until they have been blast cleaned I won't know for sure One down three to go Outside face Inside face After a bit of exercise with the tire lever, wooden wedges and hammer Job done time for a now repeat 3 times. Pete
  9. Time for an update on the D15T . The aim for this sub project is to get the frame, associated brackets rear axle case, front axle beam, brake drums and wheels blast cleaned primed and ready for reassembly. So the first step was to move the frame out of the workshop and round to the barn ready for the blast cleaner to come and do his stuff here it is strapped onto my WW2 Canadian 8cwt trailer it has the reversible hitch and the CMP Ford master cylinder to activate the over run brakes , this is another project in the waiting room, the frame and running gear are good but the steel body has been added at some later date the original was wooden at the moment it does stealing service carrying fire wood in from the fields and other fetch and carry jobs around the place . Next job was to ready the rear axle for blast cleaning, I am not going to blast the springs I know some people do but I prefer to clean them using the wire wheel on the angle grinder. Photo showing the location and orientation of the shock absorber mount on the rear axle The nuts on the U bolts needed a bit of the hot spanner and impact gun to get them moving once all off the nuts were put back on a full nut depth and the U bolts drifted out using a brass drift and hammer Pete
  10. Enjoying following this thread very much, some really interesting restoration work going on, particularly like the fabrication keep the updates and photos coming Pete
  11. Follow this link to see another one that featured in the restoration forum
  12. Your welcome Stuart the unions may well be a British standard pipe thread no longer in use however they should be able to cut the tails that the unions are attached to out of the old flexi pipe and re-swage them into modern pipe. You may find they will not be prepared to offer a guarantee on integrity and workmanship but make it clear you accept responsibility for the reuse of old parts. Pete
  13. Put 'hydraulic hose repair Bristol' into google Stuart, I just did and came up with at least three possible places very near to you. I would suggest you take the old hose with you as they may need to reuse the end couplings. Pete
  14. Sold elsewhere I'm rationalizing some of my uniform collection as I'm running out of space to store things so I'm offering this matched pair of 1944 dated Canadian Royal Artillery Battle dress blouse and trousers, I bought these about 20 years ago from a house clearance sale these are not reproduction items or a post war Dutch military copy. Battle dress blouse Condition: The jacket is perfect and appears to be unworn, I believe the flashes and rank are originals and contemporary to the uniform there is no moth at all anywhere on the jacket all metal buttons and clips are in place and in perfect condition. Trousers: Condition: The trousers have side and hip pockets but do not have the bottom leg straps or the first aid leg pouch, they do not appear to have been altered so may possibly be Officer issue ?. All metal buttons are in place and in perfect condition. There are unfortunately two month pin holes circled in red in the photo these are very small and could be mended easily with a needle and thread otherwise the trousers are in unworn condition These are a collectors item and are being sold as such I will take offers over £200.00 +p&p with insurance on posting . Pete
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