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Pete Ashby

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About Pete Ashby

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  • Birthday 01/01/1901

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  1. I'd suggest you go to the WW2 British Army Jeep Research Group on Face Book most British operated jeep owners are there and it's the place to go for a huge data base on post war YH numbers. You may even be lucky and find a photo of your truck in the comprehensive photo files Pete
  2. I suspect the problem is that instead of the IWM being a place for serious academic research staffed by people who have an understanding for the subject the whole enterprise has been turned into a money making theme park with the major objective of getting foot fall through the door and royalties off the repetitively used media sign of the times I'm afrid everything has to be self supporting and show a profit even national history. Pete
  3. Possibly an exhaust valve not seating properly or sticking in the guide, One crude check is to use a strip of paper held at the tail pipe while on tick over, it should stream out evenly. If it repeatedly sucks back to the pipe and then blows out again it can indicate an exhaust valve issue which could be seat, valve, guide or spring related or a combination of all those things, did I mention it was crude test ? Pete
  4. I was very fortunate some time ago to have the opportunity to purchase a set of blank pressings produced by Richard Taylor. The pressings have to be worked up from the blanks and then modified to fit the specific area under repair. the first two photos are from Richard's post, I forgot to take photos as I worked up my pressings so I include them here to show the work required. These are my pressings drain and drain channel at the bottom of the photo and the seal channel and the repair to the top of the scuttle at the top Without these pressings making a good workable repair would be very hard indeed the seal panel and the drain channel have to be welded together to form one unit before welding into the scuttle. Here it is tacked into position Pete
  5. After a couple of weeks in the molasses tub the vent parts were fished out washed off and given the standard treatment the lid will need a touch of spray filler to finish it off, the glove box hinge has also crept into the act in this photo Meanwhile it was out with the slitting wheel take a deep breath and bash on.......... no turning back now This photo shows all that remained of the seal trough and drain, ah well there we are then. Pete
  6. Effort over the last couple of weeks has focused on the scuttle vent, the vent lid and operating gear fortunately were in not too bad a condition the seal channel, the drain and surrounding area was just toast. So first job was to remove the lid and operating gear View under the dash complete with original return spring which is nice Lid and operating arm removed Lid, operating lever and hinge bracket disassembled ready to go into the molasses bath for a couple of weeks 4 Pete
  7. Very nice car Lenny it's good to see young guys getting involved welcome to HMVF Pete
  8. Looking up the census number on the door gives the following information: Bedford QL 3 ton General Service (that's the rear body style so used for any form of goods haulage) this truck became the British Armies standard general service load carrier during WW2. Census numbers for this this contract ( that's the batch of trucks delivered on a particular contract) L6124332 to 6128331 Contract number for this particular batch of Bedford QL 3 ton GS trucks is S7918 About the photo: As Richard notes above the truck is a late war production 1944/45 but the photo will have been taken prior to 1949 as the numbering system changed at this time. The white bar above the unit identification located next to the radiator in the photo may indicate Corps troops so possibly Royal Army Service Corps or Royal Army Ordnance Corps for example. Pete
  9. I've been using Warpaint G3 15% for the past year on a couple of projects both spray and brush for closed areas and Iv'e found it very good to work with it thins well and holds the heavy pigments without splitting. Pete
  10. Excellent photo of the Churchill and your carrier looks fair decent as well Tom , I agree the Churchill photo looks to be untouched but a word of warning is perhaps in order, when using period color photos as tonal matches it's worth remembering that different manufactures of film used different emulsions and dyes in the film to replicate the colours. It was also highly dependent on the skill of the printer before automated colour balanced printing machines came into being, I seem to remember war time Kodak film was very reactive in the red and blue spectrum for example. Out of interest is that War Paints G3 you are using on the carrier? Pete
  11. An awful lot of band width has been burnt up on this subject on virtually every military vehicle forum on the web. Everybody has a an opinion and a very few will claim to have definitive proof so that researching the subject can be like trying to knit fog. My advice for what's it's worth is to start your research with these two publications: British Army Colours & Disruptive Camouflage in the United Kingdom, France and NW Europe 1936-1945 by Mike Starmer available from the author at mike starmer@hotmail.com And: Tilly colours by Mike Shackleton and Mike Starmer published by Trackpad publishing (no ISBN No) In the muddy waters that accompany the discussion on shade,pattern and colour these two publications may help to add a little clarity or at least a starting point. Pete
  12. Thank's yes it was certainly 'tricky' I used several other descriptors for it while doing the the job, if it had just been in the horizontal and vertical plane it would have been fairly straightforward however as the upward curve begins so the whole molding starts to lean back into the scuttle something like 15 to 20 degrees from the vertical following the pressing for the door post. The difficult bit was trying to form a series of bends and depressions two of which form 90' bends into three orientations while not introducing distortion, needless to say the first attempt ended in the scrap pile Pete
  13. A bit of an update regarding work on the scuttle in the last set of photos I posted I'd started to repair the RH side screen recess after a couple of false starts it's now complete. originally the whole panel was stamped out in one hit probably hot and by a break press. As I don't have such luxuries I ended up making the repair patch out of 4 separate pieces welded together and then ground to shape. It looks a fairly simple repair however the indented pressing has to curve upwards and also lay back following the contour of the scuttle to get an idea how it all worked I made a pattern out of some very thin steel cut out of a biscuit tin it was thin enough, 0.8mm to let me to shape it easily but stiff enough the hold the form once made So this is how it looked when I started this section That's what is going on here Here is the first section in place, welds ground down and awaiting the addition of the curved section, the trial pattern is on the scuttle The finished 18 gauge section welded in and ground back, some lead work will finish this off after blast cleaning Next job is to tackle the the vent and drain............ some serious tea drinking needed here I think Pete
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