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  1. rampant rivet

    Bedford MWD restoration

    Hey Scott Great to meet you too glad you like the old girl 😁 journey home was easier with less traffic no probs with the truck though will change the oil and filter now it's done about 150 miles . J.
  2. rampant rivet

    Bedford MWD restoration

    Just back from Wartime in the Vale, great wkend met friends old and new, 90 mile odd mile round trip and no problems There were three Aero screen early Bedfords there which was great as in previous years there were none in attendance.
  3. rampant rivet

    Bedford MWD restoration

    More fettling and have moved the truck to my parents place to help with the running in process Truck has now done 50 odd miles and is really starting to settle down and run sweet and I must admit I'm really enjoying driving the old thing as long as it doesn't rain ! 🙃
  4. rampant rivet

    Bedford MWD restoration

    Thanks for the info Maurice will cut them to size on my next visit to the truck.
  5. rampant rivet

    Bedford MWD restoration

    Busy day in the sunshine getting those hoops sorted. Quick redesign with the angle grinder and the U clips are ready for welding. After welding the corner and getting them to fit over the sideboard next job was to tack weld the clips to the tubes in the correct position then take them off and weld down each side tidy up the welds and paint. fitting those clips really made a difference, good solid and upright, canvas next. Canvas fits a lot better now. Next job will be to sort the rear lights, the set I made to hook onto the taiboard are now covered by the rear canvas that hangs down below the foot holds so am experimenting with magnetic ones. Or I prefer the second pos as the lights are higher and are more in your eye line God knows if they will stay where put, will give them a try, I don't want to have modern lights fitted permanently if pos but I do want to be safe. Last job was red nuts Think the reds a bit too bright will see what it looks like when dry.
  6. rampant rivet

    Bedford MWD restoration

    Thanks for the pic Maurice, I can see how they work now, how long are the sides of the U 75mm or 100mm ? Thanks again J.
  7. rampant rivet

    Bedford MWD restoration

    Hi Danny Looks like both these trucks have "new" owners post Dunkirk, both sets of hoops look ersatz to me, I'm restoring my MW as used by the British Army so would like to get it as accurate as pos . Nice pics though, don't think I've seen the second one before. J.
  8. rampant rivet

    Bedford MWD restoration

    Thanks for the info Maurice could you take some pictures please ? Or post a sketch to show how they made.
  9. rampant rivet

    Bedford MWD restoration

    Jus Picked these up from my mate Pete the blacksmith 😁 Will fettle these up and get them attached to the down tubes on Saturday 😁
  10. rampant rivet

    Bedford MWD restoration

    Hers a pic of the front off side corner of my rear body as found Not sure there would have been a pair originally.
  11. rampant rivet

    Bedford MWD restoration

    By the time I left t'shed the canvas had shrunk by over 1/2" after two good soakings from the hosepipe, have left it to dry uncovered in't shed 😎
  12. rampant rivet

    Bedford MWD restoration

    Just about to head down t'shed with a hosepipe in the van to give it a bit of a soaking 😎
  13. rampant rivet

    Bedford MWD restoration

    Hi Danny Yes I'll have the angle irons made this week but cannnot weld them to the upright tubes until the canvas has shrunk at the moment I can adjust the height up or down to suit, I hope the angle irons will help keep the tubes upright. J.
  14. rampant rivet

    Bedford MWD restoration

    Yes Frank allows an extra % to allow for shrinkage as per the original factory drawings, the problem is that the front and rear hoops are not exactly upright so allow for the sagging, will have to remedy this by possibly fitting hooks to tubes over the top of the side boards, but can only do that after I finalise the height of the bow hoops after the canvas has shrunk, or fit horizontal tubes to hold the tubes upright and rigid.
  15. rampant rivet

    Bedford MWD restoration

    Another busy day down t'shed having missed last wkend mooting about the Beaulieu autojumble finding lots of goodies. Used a dwell meter to check the dizzy, all seems ok plus double checked the timing and stuck a vacuum gauge on the inlet manifold again and all seems good. Then pulled the truck out after it had stopped raining and got stuck into fitting the bow hoops. Having no real idea how the new canvas would sit on the rear body I left the uprights long and used blocks of wood or clamps to set their positions roughly. Little bit saggy but some adjustments will sort it. Need to stop the canvas pulling the front and rear hoops towards each other and hopefully remove some of the sag. More to do next visit 😁 must thank Frank Brown for a superb job on the canvas 😁
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