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  1. Available on fleebay, if you want a nostalgic moment
  2. I would guess they probably have changed it a bit, with modern materials and production techniques. But even the part number embossed in the side of the seal was the same.
  3. Once off the vehicle and with all supporting brackets removed, both arches are very wobbly and every attempt to move them causes more bits to break or fall off. Best bet I thought would be to build some kind of frame to hold them in shape so I can at least transport them home without causing any more damage than necessary. Off to Wickes then for some cheap stud timber and a big box of screws and I managed to knock this up Tied down with blue string, not brilliant but enough to get them home. Far to big to fit in the car, but managed to blag a van from work one evening to do the honours. Next job, build a proper frame to the correct shape to hold the thing in place while it gets worked on. More timber. Fitted the mounting brackets back on the tanker, and clamped bits of wood in place so I could get the right angles etc. Front and rear bits are angled at 114 degrees to the top, except the near side rear at the moment which has suffered a driver error at some point and is well twisted. Back home for more carpentry Rather pleased with it given some of my previous experiences with wooden things. It is all square and the end angles are right too. Mounted on casters for ease of moving about. Arch is quite stable once sat on the frame, and we are ready to start the repairs. Went for the top first, tackle a nice flat bit before having a go at a more difficult corner. Started well enough, chop out rusty bit, measure up, make repair patch, complete with rolled wired edge and weld in Looking good so far. Patch No2 is a bit bigger, had difficulty finding good metal to weld to. Ended up with a much bigger patch than I was expecting. Anyway, press on. Many clamps and straight edges, careful working, etc and...….. It all goes horribly wrong. Terrible heat distortion, patch all twisted, a right B***s up. Polite words failed and there was much questioning of abilities/sanity and so on. I'm going to try a bit of localised heat shrinking to see if I can get it down a bit, but I've got a feeling it is going to get cut out and start again. On the plus side it is a good deal stronger now than when it was rusted through. Moved on to this corner. Major bad bit here, accident damage that has had a big lump of pigeon sh*t weld thrown at it, then a good deal of rust and finally it has split apart again. Complicated patch required here. Wired edge, then curved front and finally the 114 degree corner. Started with a cardboard template, moved up to thinner gauge scrap metal and finally after many attempts to get the corner mitre right the finished patch. Seen here getting a trial fitting over the top of the damaged corner. Much careful checking and re checking of measurements, cut out the offending piece and weld in the new bit. Much checking of angle, heat, and every thing else and it went in quite well. Best part of a days work, but slowly, slowly, catchy monkey they say, or some thing like that, turtle always beats rabbit etc The battery sitting on top helps to stop the whole thing resonating like a bell when you are grinding the surplus weld off. Trying to keep the noise down a bit so as not to upset the neighbours too much. Did need a tiny smear of filler to cover a few grinder marks, but overall couldn't ask for a better job. Can't see the join and all that. Took the thing off the frame to paint the under side and was surprised how much stronger and more stable it is now, even with that bent plate on the top. Start on the accident damage next, or maybe the other corner. Was hoping to get to a few shows this summer with her, but these arches are going to take a lot of hours work to get right so I can't see her being ready, but then again, on the plus side, due to the "virus" most of this years shows have already been cancelled, so I wont be missing anything. Not all bad, then?
  4. Something to brighten your corona gloom, a bit more tankering progress. Pulled a tank drain valve off to find out why they wouldn't open Strip down and clean up and find out how it works, or rather why is doesn't work. Problem is the thick rubber diaphragm that does the actual sealing. It has perished and swollen up so much that it doesn't matter how far you open the tap it wont let any fuel through. Anyway thorough clean off of the many layers of paint revealed the makers name. Saunders England cast in big letters across the top. Quick check on the internet to find out they are still in business, and it is actually Saunders of Cwmbran in Wales just to be picky. More interesting bit is, this is what they call their A type valve. They have been making it since the 1920's and haven't yet felt the need to change or redesign it. Replacement diaphragms are available off the shelf. £25 a go mind, plus VAT and carriage and I need 5 of them. Might have to hang on a couple of weeks before ordering them. On a somewhat cheaper note, moved on to the jerry can holders. There's 2 mounted on the off side of the tank, each holding 2 cans. Acquired the necessary cans a couple of years back, so time to look at the holders. One just needed a de-rust and fresh paint, the other needed a bit more effort. The flap for holding the jerry can in was quite badly rusted. Easiest solution, make a new flap Quick bit of folding and bending, new strip of Balata riveted on and we are in business Fits nicely. I do like a nice easy result. However. I do enjoy the occasional challenge to keep the little grey cells up and running, and the rear wheel arches are proving to be quite that. Removed them off the wagon a few months back, and not only are they very flimsy and completely rusted through in places, there is also a fair bit of old accident damage, that has been none too carefully repaired, presumably by some REME Craftsman with limited time and even more limited kit. Best answer I thought was to get them to the home workshop somehow where I can "do" with the right tools in slow time and get a decent job done.
  5. She has a CAV Minimec unit. Turns out that my Guv'nor at work did his apprenticeship on these same pumps as they were fitted to a lot of buses of that period. He has all the knowledge and specialist tools to give it a complete going over. Once we are past the current virus situation he's going to do the business on it for me.
  6. Didn't realise how old this thread was until I started reading it. Anyway I have just changed over my Militant insurance to Adrian Flux and they are offering me recovery for both timber tractor and tanker at £95. Has anybody experience of their recovery, is it any good? Nothing worse than thinking you have good cover only to find when you need it that it's not up to the job and you are left in the doggy do
  7. Will be going down that road shortly. I want to fit a filter/separater into the system like I fitted to the timber tractor. It is astounding how much dirt that colllects even when you only use "clean" diesel from reputable garages. Early Militants like mine don't have any kind of filter between tank and lift pump. It's asking for trouble really
  8. Had a few weekends recently where either bad weather or family commitments has prevented Tanker progress. However, been full on yesterday and today. Managed to get a bit of workshop space, and made the most of it. Full service done on Saturday, oils changed, complete grease up, brake adjustment etc,etc. Good days effort. Got the drain tap open on the rear most tank to drain it out. Got about 50 ltrs of kerosene (Donated to the workshop space heater). Took ages as it would only dribble. The taps on the other tanks appear to open but nothing comes out, so more effort required to get them drained. Back in again this morning (Sunday) to put primer paint on the tank. Masked up and ready Stand back and watch our Stuart having his first go at spraying. Weren't too bad either, got a good covering, and only a couple of runs. 2 hours work and 5 ltrs of paint later and we're all done. Looks even better outside in the daylight. Drive back to the yard was good too. Feels like she enjoyed a good servicing, even got a handbrake that works now too. Still got a bit of an issue with it not ticking over, though. Sometimes it will idle nicely, then all of a sudden it will start hunting, then stall. Other times it just stops as soon as you take your foot off the throttle. The fuel pump rack seems to be free enough, so further investigation required. Any advice or suggestions welcome.
  9. Do you intend putting her back in green, or your own colours? Either way do post a couple of pictures
  10. Saw This at a Bus and Coach Auction in Sussex, today. Formerly 66 GT 58 Not bad condition, starts and runs well, all works and most of the tools and kit is still on board. I did have a couple of bids on it, but price went over my available budget. Finally went for £6500 on the hammer, but with buyers premium and VAT to go on top of that. Total cost to it's new owner is about £8500. Hope it's gone to a good home
  11. Like Ploughman, as a former RE I too have had experience of "The Beast" as it was generally known. Training mines were lumps of concrete, with the fuse holder fixed into the top. If I remember the training right, the fuses were 2 stage. Meaning they had to be hit twice before detonation. I guess that would make them reasonably safe from an accidental strike by the grader blade
  12. I think the NIMBY type objectors are being really narrow minded about the whole thing. Blocking the road for a big delivery isn't going to happen very often, and, if they are expecting that many visitors, they must think it is going to be successful, which defeats their argument that no one will be interested in a load of old vehicles Once you get it open (thinking positively here) I will certainly visit. I'll bring the wife, and she'll want to visit the Jane Austin Museum that is just round the corner from you. So then, we'll need to overnight in a local hostelery, and eat and drink while we are there. It's all money coming into the area. Bit of extra traffic is a small price to pay. I'll promise not to park near their driveway!
  13. Like you, Richard, I'm trying to get the grey cells working, but it has been a good many years. As I recall the Mk1 &2 had the crab steer facility, with a 3 way change valve between the drivers feet. You had to pull the handle up to unlock it then turn to select, push back down to lock. Mk3 only had 2 and 4 steer with the lever change shown in the picture above. Allinson transmission, definitely not Clarke
  14. Part two. To clean round the back of the tank, the rear walkway, ladder and fire extinguisher holders had to come off. But given the state of them there was work to be done here too Back in the home workshop, the ladder got first attention, not only is it bent halfway up, the bottom end is rotten So cut it all out, get some new tube and weld in. refit all the brackets and paint up Fire ex holders were a bit more involved Broken clamps and not a lot of base left. First attempt didn't go well, tried welding in new side pieces, but it wouldn't stand up straight Good thing about working with steel is, if you make a pigs of something, you can just grind it off and start again. Try doing that with a piece of wood!! Second go, make a new base first then weld top half to it Proof of the pudding, Try a fire extinguisher in it Sorted. Same again for the second one, then paint up In the queue for the next round of DBG Up to date now with todays efforts. Team game, fitting the spare wheel carrier back on Base plates on to the chassis first, bit awkward getting nuts on behind those air valves. Side frames next, heavy and difficult to line up. you would like to stand on the cover plate in the middle but it's only tin sheet and certainly wont take a thirteen stone bloke standing on it. Son Stuart here trying to line up the last bolt hole Top frame next, holds it all straight while you tighten everything up. Main arm goes on last. Far too heavy to lift and hold up while fitting, but easy with an engine crane Needed a couple of swipes with a big hammer to slot it in, but once in place all was good Fit and adjust the brake mechanism and the winding rope Then see if it rolls up like it should. Got the rope twisted the first time, but a quick adjustment sorted it and up it went. Job done. Well nearly, got a couple more bracing struts to fit as we ran out of bolts. Bit of paint to touch up, and lastly clean and paint the spare wheel itself. Clocks ticking if we are to make it to the AEC Rally at the end of May and there is still a ton of stuff to do. We'll see how it goes/
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