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Pete Ashby

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  1. Busy day today getting a couple of spray top coats onto the frame, front axle, road springs and some of the frame brackets. I'm using War Paint's G3 Khaki Green at 15% sheen single pack air dry enamel it matches the original factory colour on the engine bay bulkhead very closely except that is dead flat, it's a nice paint to apply and will take up to 20% thinners for spraying without pigment separation, the paint is a Xylene base but I use a single pack cellulose thinners to speed up air drying when spraying. A few photos: A couple of the frame Front road springs and pintle spring Rear road springs and pintle cast brackets Front axle beam Pete
  2. It looks to me as though there is a second tank at the front of the one on the rear. The RAOC base workshops (prior to the formation of REME) gained a reputation for unusual modifications during operations 'up the Blue' with the 8th Army. The tank that is fully visible would appear at first glance to be a standard 15cwt truck mounted unit mounted here transverse however on closer inspection it seems to not have the fixed brackets where filters and hand pumps would have been located. Interesting Pete
  3. Not seen either of these before thanks for posting, taken in Tunisia perhaps ? Pete
  4. Later production Leyland Retriever post mid 1940 but before 1941. As for the colour it's not an easy one to answer looking at the tone of the sky and the also the tyres on the vehicles it looks like the film used (may be Kodack if it's a US camera man) is more weighted to the blue end of the spectrum so any green hues will not reproduce accurately. The Leyland would have come off the production line in G3 having said that it does appear to be a similar shade to the jeep. Pete
  5. Interesting project always fancied one of these, looking forward to following this thread Pete
  6. Thanks for the info Rick Pete
  7. Well said Bob we are straying into dangerous waters with this turn in the thread. There is enough pain and angst in the UK over the whole sorry mess currently without letting it spill over onto this platform. Gentlemen I think we all respect your views but it may be safer and more harmonious for all of us to steer clear of getting in too deep here
  8. Has anybody used War Paints (Kerry Cheese) British G3 ? If you have can you post a photo that would give me a clue to the shade please and any comments regarding percent level of sheen and thinner used. Thanks Pete
  9. Thanks for the details Ron Pete
  10. Stand back there and form an orderly queue that man This is one of the great debates of the MV world along with what is the correct shade of early OD for US trucks and just what shade was Canadian G3 this is one that taxes me currently. As you have found out getting paint mixed from war time BS numbers often turns out to be not what you hope for. I have a similar issue with early G3 for a British truck and am also trying to match a shade for a Canadian version of G3 which if I compare remaining uncontaminated paint samples from both trucks they turn out to be significantly different canvassing other restores has produced a range of shades and tones all matched from original samples. Mike Starmer as you probably know is the accepted authority on paint colours and has published a number of very detailed pamphlets on the subject with colour chips. None of this has directly answered your question I'm afraid as there is no one stop shop for this and it would be interesting to hear others views and comments with attached photos with details of the paint codes and suppliers used and level of matt bearing in mind that colour reproduction on a computer screen is not always the best reference particularly with shades of green, brown,blue Pete
  11. Attention now turns to the road springs, the bushes have been measured and found to have virtually no ware so they are good to go again without any further work. The leaves are all good, if a bit grubby, there are no cracked or broken leaves and the rebound clips are all good so the decision has been taken not to disassemble completely but to de-grease then rotary wire wheel them as assembled units. As removed from the truck After de- greasing and rotary wire wheeling Nice detail revealed during cleaning the bottom leaf in each spring pack is stamped with the Dodge Brothers logo, part number and the manufacturing date in this case 15 May 1943 ( not sure how visible this is in the photo below) My usual painting regime followed for wire wheel cleaned steel components with a coat of dilute phosphoric acid followed by etch primer then a gloss sealing coat Pete
  12. Pleasantly warm in the spray shop for the last couple of days so I've taken advantage of the solar gain from the tin roof and got a gloss sealing coat on all the parts that were blast cleaned and primed the previous week. Pete
  13. You might try this company they have done some excellent work for me in the past http://www.undercovercovers.co.uk/# Pete
  14. That is a very fine truck indeed Wally congratulations Pete
  15. Most of the UK and European parts dealers have them or as has already been suggested e-bay or any of the vintage/classic car parts suppliers. Pete
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