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About Zero-Five-Two

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  • Birthday 02/21/1960

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    Sittingbourne Kent
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    My AEC Militant Mk1
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    Project Engineer for Bus Company

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  1. Certainly looks the part, bit of inventing sometimes does a better job
  2. Welcome aboard, Winston. Do you have any photos of the pink ferret?
  3. That's the used look. The washer in the centre gets fitted between the 2 nuts, then the edges are bent round to touch the flat of the nut. Stops it coming undone. The chop mark in the right hand nut is where some one has used a chiesel to get it undone, rather than a socket, and the scoring on the other nut is most likely from manufacture
  4. I bet the driver was in "silent sixth" on the way down and the trailer overtook. I also remember a similar incident at Ripon around 1980. There was a sharp right turn on the road up to Claro Barracks. The Barford made the turn, but the Muirhill A5000 on the tilt trailer didn't. I believe the back axle of the "Molly" remained chained to the trailer, but the rest rolled off into the sports field. Was one of 15 Sqn, I think
  5. I bet you just stood them back up and off they went again. BTW. What's the little breaker machine called, I remember them, but can't recall the name
  6. All the British Army ones were badged Aveling Barford, and were known throughout the Royal Engineers simply as "Barfords". The R.E. did use skip extensions or Greedy Boards as they were called. These were fitted to vehicles designated for airfield repair squadrons. Very nice trucks, well built and reliable, pleasure to drive and work on.
  7. Thanks for posting the picture, unfortunately not it does not include my Father, but definitely a proud bunch of guys. I would hazard a guess he must have known some of them, having been there at the same time.
  8. They say all good things come to an end, and so has 10 weeks of furlough and good Tanker work. Got a call from the Gov'nor last Saturday asking me if I would mind awfully going back to work. I did protest saying I had essential Tanker work to do, and thought he might understand as he owns a vintage Maltese bus that used to be a Bedford QL. But no, he was insistent that I was needed, so it's back to the Monday to Friday grindstone. Wasn't too bad, there was a small glimmer of hope, first job was to replace a brake chamber on a double decker. I restore knackered buses as the day job. For those that don't know, a bus brake chamber looks like this Inside is a very sexy return spring, that just happens to be the exact size of the one required for my fuel valve Absolute perfect fit. It's made of slightly thicker wire than the original, and a little bit stronger, but that just shuts the valve tighter. Bit of a joke really, all the phone calls and emails the other week trying to find one and getting quoted silly money to get one made, and all the time our works scrap bin is full of them at nil cost! Despite being reduced to only Tankering in the evenings now, I've still achieved quite a bit this week, and money saving seems to be the theme. Was sorting out the fittings for the rear wheel arches a couple of weeks back including the rear and side reflectors. Having painted the mounting brackets, I fitted the orange side reflectors These are readily available from most of the Military parts suppliers and on fleebay, all brand new about a fiver each. But, if you want red ones for rearward facing, then that's a different question. Rocking horse poo is easier to find. Green Machine have some available £54 a pair. Think they are having a laugh at that price, but I suppose it's supply and demand where else are you going to buy some, they seem to be the only ones available. Solution, get a couple of cheap reflectors of the right size off fleebay for £2.98, and fit them into orange reflector cases. Hardest bit is grinding the remains of the orange bit out with a Dremel. Think they'll do nicely. Diesel tank has been centre stage this weekend. Having been leak tested for 48 hours without so much as a damp patch, set about getting some fresh paint on it Usual red oxide first Filler primer and flatting off And finally Shiney DBG. The support strings do leave marks, but they will be underneath the mounting straps, and wont be seen. Biggest problem now is where to store it so it doesn't get scratched prior to fitting back on the Tanker.
  9. Guessed you would have done something with it. I've been using some stuff called Neutrarust 661 lately, seems to be pretty good too
  10. Cracking bit of work there, especially the home made bending jig. As you say never throw anything out, it might be useful later. Not trying to pick holes, here, but a sensible question. Did you attempt to treat the rust on the inside of this panel? And if so, how?
  11. Welcome aboard. Dreams are made by finds like that. You'll find alsorts of advice and knowledge on here. And we all love loads of photos
  12. Definitely. Looking inside tank it doesn't appear too bad, but given repairs etc it would be prudent to do something. Investigating slosh sealents and rust converters just now
  13. Quick update on the tank Two patches welded on today, haven't done any cutting out of rust, smoothing off etc, just welded a patch on big enough to cover the rusty area. This side of the tank faces the chassis and you won't see it. Main concern is to stop any leaks. At the time of writing, it has been sitting on these tressles for about 3 hours. Patches downwards and about 4 gallon of diesel inside. No sign of any leaks so far, so reasonably confident the welding is good. Intend leaving it over night to make sure. If it's all good finish cleaning off the old paint, then on with the new
  14. Any one who has seen the Tanker thread lately will have read the bit about visiting the other woman for diesel distribution, and as I said there, haven't been near the old girl for ages what with the restrictions etc and concentrating on the Tankers restoration. Feeling guilty about neglect and so on, thought I'd best give her a bit of love too. So spent a day giving her a once over, oil, water, tyre pressures etc, and planned a run out for the not too distant future. A good many months ago now, had a discussion with the Guv' nor at work about moving a container office in the bus yard where the Tanker is kept Wants to be moved along the concrete slab up towards the fence. Rather than pay some one to come in and do it, suggestion was it could be done with the Militant. Just put the winch rope through the fence and pull. So, plan was hatched. Good run out for the truck it's about 50 miles each way, shift the container, thereby earning a few brownie points, and use the bus washing kit while we are there. Nice early start yesterday, and stop for a breakfast bite on the way Took a few shunts to get in the right place for a straight pull Hook a couple of chains and the winch rope on, engage gear and pull Job done. No effort at all, truck didn't even notice there was a weight hooked on the winch rope, despite the container being stuffed to the gunnels with all sorts of kit. Finished off with a good shampoo and pressure wash. She looks much better for it too, but I think she could do with a respray at some point. The red is fading badly with living out side all the time, and there is a few places where a bit of rust is bubbling up. Perhaps it's just as well having no shows this year, we wouldn't have looked our best. It'll have to be done before next years show season.
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