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    Tauranga, New Zealand
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  1. The Australian carrier is entirely different from any of the riveted carriers and no use to you if you are building a copy of a U.K. carrier.
  2. Bob there are a total of only 3 real Bren Carriers left on the globe. There are two (of the six) built in the U.K in 1938 that came to N.Z. in 1939. HMH243 and HMH244 survive. I have rebuilt one of the 40 Bren carriers built by NZ railways in 1941. All 3 are MkI Brens. No MkIIs survive. There is in England a Scout carrier. that was in Australia (70 years) It is the sole surviving Scout. These are all "runners".
  3. It's to make up for the ones we cant see anymore that people had linked into Photobucket:-( Sorry, I only had a smart answer, not the one you wanted.
  4. Hi Grease monkey. Going back to your post no.12, you mention a "rubber ring" (this is a Wagner Lockheed system- google it) I will give you a few hints as there are many slightly differing kits for 1 1/4" master cylinders. The rubber ring is the first thing that goes down the hole. It sits against the end of the cylinder. Then the residual line pressure valve goes in(a metal disc thing with holes in the bulged center) The convex part goes inside the spring. This valve holds fluid in the line. It has a rubber flap valve inside it. Fluid goes out through it, but the whole valve lifts off the rubber seal to return to the cylinder(fluid pressure pushes the valve off the seal) This means that you don't need to push the pedal far, before the brakes are on. This also helps to keep the seals of the wheel cylinders against the bores, which in turn helps to stop them leaking when parked up for a while. On the piston at the rear is the secondary cup. This is the one you stretch onto the piston. At the front of the piston is the primary cup. This is a solid cup (no hole) with flutes at the back edge. Between the primary cup and the piston is a brass ring. Sometimes this brass ring is bonded to the back of the cup. Sometimes there is instead, a metal star arrangement riveted to the piston. These primary cups are sold in various lengths. Let's assemble the M/cyl (going through in order) rubber seal, valve, spring, primary cup, brass ring, piston assy, and the last two items, the big washer, followed by the circlip. (assemble using brake fluid as lube) It is important to check that when it is all assembled (at rest) that the lips (front edge) of the cups, are to the rear of the two little holes (front is usually called the "primary" port, and the rear, the "transfer" port) you see when looking into the reservoir. You can check this with a very fine wire or something similar, being very careful not to damage the cups. With good light, you can see the cups go past the holes. This must happen. The "Free board" adjustment of the pedal is there to aid this requirement. (the rod adjustment) It also allows for chassis flex etc. There is a screw to set the pedal height,(do this first) The usual high standards of cleanliness and care need to be exercised.
  5. It must be either a MkI OR a MkII as the construction between them is a little different.
  6. The 3 photos show 2 different guns. Which is the Hotchkiss, or are they both?
  7. I guess I'm a bit late with the answer, but in your first post, the picture is of a Bren, in the second post, the photos show Scouts.
  8. Around the planet there are non of the Cavalry carriers, MG carriers, or AOP MkI's left. However there are 2 Bren carriers (both in N.Z.) and an AOP MkII (in Australia) Of note is that there is one Scout carrier left, which has just arrived back in the U.K. after 70 years away. I wont say any more on this as it is the owners story to tell.
  9. Here's what your looking for Rick.
  10. I've driven it too. Maybe you are right about it being Motats. Come to think of it Brett and Susan's has a dent in the side. The only other one that I know of (Dave Dawsons then Mike Dawsons's) is now the property of Mike Antonivich.
  11. Adrian, When we get down to detail, the front armour on carriers went up from 10mm to something around 11.3mm. this may have been the result of progress. The floor in a carrier is 3mm the sides 8mm etc etc. I enjoy your input. Thanks.
  12. I Took the photo, at Tank day October last year. The Loyd belongs to Brett and Susan Hopkins from Hamilton New Zealand.
  13. Alastair all your Ford componentry is put together with National fine,( and coarse) (UNF, UNC), as is the case with the Bren and universal carriers- The ford components are unf/unc, the rest is BSF. Incidentally the plate steel in the carriers, is metric (dont know about the Loyd)
  14. Steve, They were governed by way of a rev limiting governor built into the carb.( or with a separate one between the carb and manifold in later carriers) While trying not to offend anyone, I'd say the resistance was to do with the British way thinking. Everything was under powered then,and they were making do as with everything else, at the time. Having stepped up to the 85 hp. from 60 hp. the bureaucratic mind wasn't ready to make another step up. The engines had their work cut out, with 4 ton plus, no wonder they were lucky to get 3000 miles out of them.
  15. Steve, I.ve never heard of them having gearbox problems. They're a standard Ford 4 speed box. Incidentally the cluster gear (countershaft) 1st, 2nd,3rd gear (mainshaft) and the reverse idler, as well as other parts are common also to the New process gearboxes found in the 1/2, 3/4, and 1 1/2 ton Dodge trucks
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