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    These might be worth a try Bob https://burlen.co.uk/ Pete
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    Dodge T110L

    The engine looks very tidy Kevin nice work, keep the updates coming Pete
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    Finding the history of my Bedford MWD

    Hello Alan, it is not an easy task to identify a vehicles war time history unless you can uncover the remains of an original Div or unit sign by carefully sanding down to the wartime paint always assuming it has not been stripped back to bare metal at some point in it's life as a great number have been. Post the Z number and the frame number here and perhaps some of the Bedford guys on the forum may be able to give you a little more information with regard to build date and contract number. Pete
  4. This restoration blog may well qualify for a long service award but here goes. This story starts back in 1991 with the arrival of the remains of a Leyland Retriever from Sam Loptons yard near Leeds both the yard and Sam are now sadly long gone. The truck had been in the yard for nearly 30 years and before that had seen service with a Northern Showman gaining modifications to the cab in the shape of a coach built hard cab and the removal of the rear body. It would be an understatement to say that progress has been steady, this is a long term project that keeps being side lined while parts are sourced or other restorations take precedence. It’s probably true to say it will turn out to be a life times work. However, as the tortoise was apt to say ‘it’s the getting there that matters not how long it takes’. I hope you enjoy the following story as it unfolds it’s still a long way from finished. I’ll post a series of pictures and text to cover the previous 21 years and then I’ll add pictures and a bit of text from time to time as work progresses. First a bit of background history on this particular truck was part of contract V3929 placed on the 31 May 1940. This contract included 199 search light, 141 bridging, 6 derrick, 24 wireless workshop, 374 machinery workshop and 59 Royal Engineers workshop trucks, WD numbers 4409708 to 4410860. My truck has frame No WLW1 3/308739 so it fits neatly into the block of search light trucks however the 500 ordered has been crossed out and reduced to 199 while the order for machinery trucks has been altered to include another 200 units. All this is of academic interest except the result of this change would become evident as the restoration progressed. Search light units were fitted with large PTO generators this involved drilling the frame and additional outputs from the transfer box my truck has neither of these features. If you bear in mind the desperate situation which was moving into its last act on the other side of the Channel at the time of contract placement I think what may be happening is a attempt to make up for actual and projected losses from the BEF. This amounts to literally changing the contract requirements with a stroke of the pen or in this case pencil. As a result of this I elected to restore the truck as a machinery bodied variant. I thought I’d start off with a couple of factory pictures (credit to the IWM) showing what the machinery workshop Retriever should look like.
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    Leyland Retriever

    The temperature has not been too conducive to working in an unheated workshop recently however some progress has been made. The rear axle the differential worm and wheel assembly has been lifted out and put aside for checking and cleaning, meanwhile the case and axle tubes have been cleaned ready for painting once the weather improves I’m working on one side at a time so the next set of photos show the right hand axle hub and back plate wheel bearings and races are in excellent condition as are the leather grease seals so these will be cleaned and reused. Hub cleaned and etched painted right hand wheel nuts sorted out awaiting cleaning painting and thread chasing It’s the small parts that take the time in any restoration project here are the brake shoe adjuster and bisector unit that h ave to be cleaned, disassembled, checked, greased with a smear of copper grease and then reassembled # Here's the same bisector unit cleaned and stripped ready for reassembly. . Leyland made a large amount of fittings in house including nuts, bolts and spring washers all made out of high grade steel and stamped Leyland Motors with the specific part number for the application. Where ever possible these fixings are being cleaned and the threads chased with a BSF die or tap and a dab of thread cutting paste then reused. Cleaning nuts and bolts is a mind numbing job so this is the tumbler I made out of some scrap laying around in the barn and a coffee tin donated by my son ( I drink tea) . I use it for cleaning nut's, bolts and washers using sharp sand while I get on with something more interesting. Pete
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    Binned stores tricks

    These are off the web note the source credits on the photos Pete
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    solex help

    Try these guys they do spares for various vintage carbs including Solex http://zenithcarb.co.uk/ Pete
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    British WWII Camoflage Scheme

    Like many things in life there is not a definitive answer to your question it really depends on number of factors, the first and probably the most critical is when was your Pioneer built ? as this will determine what the specification for the factory finish would have been which may sound not a very useful way of answering your question however bear with me. Front line units engaged in the second front were issued with a lot of new vehicles and your are correct that by this stage of the war they would be coming out of the factories in Olive Drab British standard camouflage colour No 15 (not quite the same shade as US olive drab) and for the most part would not have have had a camouflaged over pattern applied. However second line and support units used vehicles that had been on muster for perhaps a couple of years and unless they had been into workshops for a full rebuild as specified by ACI.533 dated 12 April 1944 it is unlikely that they were repainted so it is more than likely to have seen trucks in G3 Khaki green with Nobel's Dark Tarmac No4 disruptive patterns in the pattern now commonly called 'Micky Mouse' . There is now another "but I'm afraid" and it's this since 30th May 1942 (ACI 1160) the basic colour for both A and B vehicles will be 'Brown' SCC No2 disruptive patterning would be SCC No 4 until stocks were exhausted then No 1A (very dark brown) would be used instead and once again if these vehicles had not been through workshops they would not have been repainted. All this is a long winded way of saying basically the choice is yours go on the web and look up Mike Starmer his book on 'British Army and Disruptive Camouflage in the UK, France and NW Europe' is the accepted authoritative volume on the subject with colour chips of all the colours used appended in the back Pete
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    1940 Bedford MWD

    Thanks for sharing the photos lovely restoration, good to see another early MW restored Pete
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    Jeep transfer case SOLD

    PM sent Pete
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    Jeep transfer case SOLD

    Ford GPW transfer case no sheared bolts threads are all good, all mounting lugs in perfect condition, I have left it unpainted so that you can see there are no cracks in the case. Ford cases do not come up very often this side of the pond so save yourself a fortune in shipping and import tax, ideal for a factory restoration GPW or will of course fit an MB should you wish £100.00 I can take to Malvern on the 18th or will courier at cost + packing Pete
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    Jeep transfer case SOLD

    West Wales Llandysul I can post by courier if that would be easier for you and unless you live west of Swansea I think it will be much cheaper. If you are interested I'll get a price including p&p in the morning, .I can take payment by Paypal or cheque or choice Pete
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    Jeep transfer case SOLD

    Yes still on the shelf here Pete
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    GMC 6x6 some questions

    You may find this publication will supply the answers for you, 'The GMC Truck in US Service Historical Reference' author David Doyle ISBN 9780897477246. This is the definitive work on the subject and can be obtained from the usual web sales outlets, put the title into your search engine and shop around second hand copies are now available. Pete
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    GMC 6x6 some questions

    As others have said the 6x4 353 was rated at 5 US tons for use on metaled surfaces, it also differed from the 6x6 variant by having only a single speed transfer case the low range being blanked off. The 6x4 was quickly listed as limited standard by the US Ordnance department and most of the 23.5 thousand produced went to Lend Lease contracts a large proportion going to Russia . Pete
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    Bedford MW fuel taps

    Try Paul Beck www.vintagecarparts.co.uk or any of the other vintage car or motor cycle part suppliers on the web Pete
  17. Clip posted by Jordan Baker on MLU Forum for those of us with Tankers here on HMVF it's worth a look Pete https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/1060015406
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    Fuel Stabillizer

    I used this https://www.frost.co.uk/millers-vsp-e-power-plus-250ml.html last winter during a 4 month lay up with only 50 miles covered by way of short road runs once a month to turn the oil round with 5 gallons of fuel in the tank. I used to use for a number of years Castrol Valve Master and this was intended to combat valve issues associated with unleaded fuel this is no longer produced and is not readily available except at eye watering prices from what I suspect are withdrawn stocks. My comments should not be seen as an endorsement other than to say that during the period I used the Millers product I saw no evidence of fuel fouling and the truck started when required and functioned without issue I would not pretend this is a definitive test in any shape or form. Some time ago when I tried to find definitive answers to the long term effects of high ethanol fuels I found a lot of smoke and mirrors, conflicting and miss information on subject coming out of the web from all branches of the vintage vehicle scene. Some would have you believe that the stuff will turn to jelly in the tank in three weeks while others claim their fuel delivery systems have all but melted over time, still others had no physical ill effects except that apparently the engine just would not start after over winter lay ups. You will have seen already I suspect that various manufactures will quote a range of protective properties for their individual products ranging from the barely credible to plausible....... none of the above has really answered your question, I'm afraid the best I can suggest is do some web reading but exercise caution with interpreting the results and also bear in mind that manufactures want you to buy their particular brand of liquid gold. Pete
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    morris C8

    Nice work Jon the truck is really starting to come together, what I know about Morris's can be written on a very small business card but I have seen a number of first class restorations by people who do know there stuff and they seem to paint their engines a mid green shade rather like the old 'A' series engines in Minors and early Minis see photo below Pete
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    Spotted today....

    I thought it was I remember it well sat in the bush, during one of my regular parts hunting trips it was pulled up just short of the weigh bridge while I was looking round (like you I'd never been able to see it properly before), Raymond came out of the office and said "it's no good wishing boy it's been sold to a bloke up north he's picking it up next week" and then the legendary and oft repeated statement followed " just wants a battery and a drop a petrol and she'll be good to go" . I can remember looking at the remains of the civi hard cab hanging off it and still draped in most of the bush and thinking that even for Raymond that was a little optimistic. I didn't know who had bought it until I saw your Before and After slot in WT some years later. From a thorn bush and the oil soaked mud of the yard in Oxfordshire all the way to Japan via the USA 34 years later quite a journey it may be the most traveled CS8 in history....... pleased to see it's still being looked after. Pete
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    Spotted today....

    Is that the one that originally came out of Mains Bob ?? Pete
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    collecting militaria, what's the next big thing?

    That is a very real problem Clive relevant both in the workplace and in outside activities I've just had my boiler serviced recently by a small family run local firm and the owner was saying he has exactly the same problems when he takes on school leaves they just can't handle tools and he has to start from scratch with them. For nearly two generations we have turned out school leaves who have not had the opportunity to do hands on workshop practice. For those of us who went to Technical Secondary schools prior to this we did focused courses and sat national exams at O level in wood work, metal work and technical drawing as a standard part of the curriculum, the work shop training included operating lathes, mills and basic welding brazing and soldering skills in the metal shop in wood working we operated planners, lathes, handled all forms of chisels and cutting knives, saws and learnt to keep your fingers out of the way, all of those things taught exactly the aptitudes you list above.. Most of this now would not happen either as result of safety concerns or through lack of funding. The world has changed and maybe the likes of us who restore and collect old machines have not changed with it so perhaps the next collecting boom will be collecting Old Farts like me and putting them on display in hermetically sealed glass cases displayed in authentic stained overalls and greasy hands clutching a tea mug in one hand and fist full if Whitworth spanners in the other while reading an engineering drawing exhibited as a stuffed curio from a by gone age........"mummy did they really get that dirty??".. Grumpy of Wales
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    collecting militaria, what's the next big thing?

    You make some very pertinent observations here it's not an easy call and can be an uncomfortable truth. I guess for all of us of a certain age although we were not old enough to fight in the war we grew up with the effect it had on our parents and on the shadow it cast on our up bringing so to us it was a very real and tangible thing ranging from family conversations , war films that proliferated on big and small screens and of course not forgetting our comics plastic guns daggers, bayonets and hand grenades all openly on show in every toy shop and branch of Wollies in the country and yet we didn't feel the need to do it for real. Odd to reflect on that last point now in this world of Political Correctness where real knife crime and real shootings are at an all time high....... Perhaps collecting old video games will be the thing to get into as it will be such a scary wild world outside of those tightly drawn blinds and curtains in the next generations air tight Eco houses Take no notice it's just me.... it's getting dark outside already and it's raining and I've got my pre- Christmas grump on as usual so my wife tells me Pete
  24. Perhaps talk to these guys the company has been around for a long time, I've never used them but they might be worth a try http://www.vintagewingsandrads.co.uk/pages/home.html Pete
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    Crossley IGL 3

    Many thanks Mike for that full explanation with the bonus of photos, much appreciated I'll dig the spare out from under the bench and see about changing it over. regards Pete