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David Herbert

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  • Birthday 04/02/1954

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    Ayrshire, Scotland. previously Suffolk
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    Heavy armour, plant, narrow gauge railways.
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    Retired engineer / odd job man

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  1. I used to buy bearings regularly for my business and EVERY time I would be quoted a price four times what I paid last time. When challenged they would ask me what I paid last time and without argument would more or less match it. Certainly it seemed that at that time there was a huge discount to be had and list prices were inflated to allow for it. A crazy way to do business ! David
  2. That is a good find ! My MW has a dipstick made of a sort of fibre board, dark grey and completely proof against petrol. Were there two types or was mine home made long ago ? David
  3. I suspect that there are many more failures of relatively new tires, simply because there are many more of them. Does this mean that all tires should be banned ? Also most preserved vehicles do not travel very quickly and anyone that can't control a blowout at those speeds really should consider whether they aught to be driving. Just my knee jerk reaction.... David
  4. I find it astonishing that these kind of parts are still out there to be found, so long after they were of any real commercial use. My first MV was a Bedford MWR which I acquired in 1970 and at that time there were almost no new spares available because the enthusiast infrastructure did not really exist. On the other hand there were lots of reasonably good trucks in scrapyards that weren't particularly rusty but had no use so they got scrapped. David
  5. Hi Glenn, A good thing with Clansman is that all cables that look the same are the same. If they have matching plugs on each end then both ends are wired the same so pin 1 goes to pin 1 etc. So all 12 pin cables are interchangeable except for length. The original cables supplied with the vehicle specific installation kit were each numbered in a series that was special to that kit and were labelled at each end with what they plugged into but were often replaced with non-vehicle specific cables that happened to be the right length or a bit longer. Unfortunately the 'CES: installation kit, electronic equipment, Clansman basic harness' for each vehicle gives a full list of components with NATO stock numbers but not lengths of the cables. Most of these lists are available quite easily (Ebay) David
  6. I don't recognize any part of the part number but I wonder if it is a bearing cap from a paddle wheel of a ship. There were plenty of paddle steamers in British service in WW2 and those in military service would have needed parts backup. I am not thinking of the bearings for the wheel itself which would have been much bigger but those of the actual paddles which are pivoted to the paddle wheel to give a feathering action as the wheel turns. The cap would have been retaining a split bronze bearing which was almost expendable because of the harsh conditions and difficulty of lubrication. David PS, Sorry I didn't read Graem's last post properly. I still think it is a bearing cap but some sort of asphalt mixing plant does sound possible.
  7. I strongly favour the Clansman ANR system (Active Noise Reduction). The boxes have gold coloured fronts, though for some reason not the 'Driver's Box' (which is labelled ANR if it is). Tanks are much noisier than say Ferrets and the ANR system really works. I don't believe there is an ANR headset/throat mic combination but there is, as Gordonb said, an ANR headset with no mic which are cheap and easy to find and could be used with a hand held mic, plugged into the other hole of the crew box. That would make the commander a bit less obviously modern than the standard boom mic. David
  8. I think not steam powered. If it were, the actual steam engine would usually have been in unit with the differential and gearbox, with the cylinders running fore and aft and the crankshaft cross-ways, thus simplifying the gearing. There were steam wagons made with the engine mounted cross-ways but then it was amid-ships as the space at the front was occupied by the boiler. In this vehicle there is a conventional diff / gearbox / chaindrives with a propeller shaft visible from the engine at the front, under the seat. Also a steam engine would not have a filler cap on the condenser (radiator) as that is supplied with exhaust steam at the top which condenses and is pumped out of the bottom and should be almost empty of liquid. I do think it looks rather wonderful though. David
  9. Referring to the number of leaves on the Pz2 suspensions, It is not impossible that the middle wheel stations have more but thinner leaves to give a softer ride but the end stations have fewer, thicker leaves to give more resistance to pitching which is always a problem for smaller tracked vehicles. Being German it is quite possible that they are each optimized (ie. different) to get the best possible ride, regardless of production and maintenance complications. It is also possible that that particular vehicle has been repaired with a rather random selection of whatever versions of the springs were available at the time. I would make them all the same ans see how it sits when complete. David
  10. Excellent idea John. Placing the FV434 fuel pump in the 100gallon tank was never going to make for easy maintenance of the pick up filter which seems to need it due to algae growth in the tank, presumably caused by condensation. At least on a FV432 it is in a separate collector tank which is accessible and can be isolated easily. David
  11. Hi Keith, Welcome to the forum. If you have any photos from back then we would be very pleased to see them. David
  12. What great photos, thank you for posting Ted David
  13. You can see the edge of the counterweight - an area about 3" wide parallel to the weld. The angled face is at exactly the right angle to reflect the sky but it does obscure the nose of the aircraft in the background which is 'cut off' at just the same angle as the lower edge of the counterweight of the M10 in the next listing. David
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