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    Sittingbourne Kent
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    Project Engineer for Bus Company

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  1. Made it there this year, and a fine day out was had too. Have to say it was a bit cold, but dry and reasonably bright. Good number of MV's on show, and not all of them were Land Rovers. Museum is incredible even if you are only vaguely interested in transport and racing. Hats off to the organisers, and thanks for putting it all together
  2. Welcome aboard, nice choice of project, looks like you have a lot of work ahead of you. Please keep the blog going and the pictures coming, we love them all
  3. Biggest disadvantage of having to keep your MV out doors is you are governed by the weather for any work doing. This weekend has definitely been a case of rain stopped play. Damp and miserable on both Saturday and today. So, it is good to have a wet weather programme up your sleeve for such occasions. Progress can still be made in the home workshop. Spare wheel carrier has been an on going project for a while now, bit here, bit there, so on with the next bit. Main frame was in reasonable condition, all be it well rusty, and this was cleaned up and painted some time ago. The side panels are the last bit to do. It was blatently obvious when they were removed from the tanker that they were definitely BER as the Army calls it. Beyond Economic Repair. Even more so once removed from the frame. Only answer replace with new. The two new panels have been in stock for a while now, cut by a colleague at the local engineering firm. Their guillotine does a much better straight line cut than I can do with my grinder. So this weekend was a prime opportunity to crack on and get them finished. Weld new panel on to the angle iron frame, then have a trial fit to see if the necessary holes line up. Finally, clean up the scabby welding, apply the usual coatings of primer and we are ready for the next round of DBG prior to refitting Second job. There should be 2 storage bins that fit behind the seats in the cab. Useful bins, but they do make access to the batteries difficult, and I understand it was the habit of many units to remove them. Both trays were missing from the Tanker, but the empty mounting bolt holes were evident Apparently they consist of a metal frame with a wooden box sitting in it. A few people remember the trays, but no one I've spoke to can ever remember seeing the wooden crates being used. The parts book lists them as Tray times 2, and Crate times 2. Both listed as local manufacture, with no dimensions or clues to their make up. My Timber Tractor had the trays fitted, but I removed the passengers side one to provide space for the all important beer cooler, and the drivers side was heavily modified to become a battery box, so no help there. On a recent trip to the North, I called in on my friend and fellow forum member Simon Daymond, while there I took many photos and measurements of one of his collection of Militants that still has trays fitted. Easy to see from these pictures why they get dumped in favour of getting to the batteries. Anyway, working from these pictures and the various measurements I've managed to put these together. I think I've used a slightly thinner gauge of steel than the original, but they seem strong enough. Bit of carpentry coming up next for the 2 crates. No real idea of what they should look like, but then, if nobody can remember seeing any in service, they can't tell me I've done them wrong. However, we are out with the Timber Tractor this coming weekend on the Sprat and Winkle Run, Sevenoaks to Hastings. So the crates will have to wait for the next rainy day
  4. Started the marathon tank cleaning operation today. Started with the off side. First up remove the hose pods from the back end of the tank. Bit of a voyage of discovery this as we haven't even opened the end caps yet. I know there is hoses in one of the left hand pods as the cover is bent and you can see in. Large quantities of WD 40 and a bit of heat on a couple of the bolts and the contents are revealed. A lot of spiders who weren't impressed at being disturbed, and a pair of hoses. Removing the actual pods took a little bit of thought. As usual there was no one about when you could do with another pair of hands. Fortunately I used to be a Boy Scout, so out with a bit if string, tie pods together, and lower down the side to the floor Once on the deck, the tubes were separated from the end caps, which, incidently are made of solid brass. Tubes are plain steel and the ends haven't fared too well. Then fire up the sander and the wire brushes Six finger numbing hours, and half a box of 40 grit discs, later and the off side looks like this, then half a tin of Bondaprimer goes on in 2 coats to keep any further tin worm at bay One days work and half a side is done, a good few days still to come And we are 4 hoses to the good, 3 have end caps as well
  5. Some of us will need a reminder on here, by then. Would like to be there this year
  6. Absolutely. Had hoped to do it this year, but Tanker wasn't ready. Hoping to get a Militant convoy
  7. Yellow looks stunning, but DBG still takes it. We'll blow them away at Newark next year
  8. Gotta wear shades for that one. Looks magnificent, mate. Black bumper to follow? Will set it off nicely. Definitely one for next years calendar
  9. Selection of photos of the other goings on recently, as well as painting the cab. First off Diesel Security. I have this paranoia that some nefarious little Creature will stuff something in the tank while I am at a show. I have heard several stories of this happening to people with disasterous results on the way home. This is the original design with fairly easy access to the filler And this is the modified version. I adjusted the door ages ago, but have now extended the front plate, so only way to get to the filler is to open the locker door. Now it's painted green, it looks original too. Wont stop the determined diesel thief, but does make it a good deal less accessible. Had to manufacture a mounting plate for the rear number plate, as the original had long since rotted away First off, make a plywood template, and cut out the tin plate to fit Cut wire and fit to inside of folded edge Tap over to roll in and paint in primer Cut out hole for light unit and have a trial fit of number plate. Obviously this is the Military reg and for show use only. Civilian number plate for traveling home just fits over the top. Note the wing nuts holding it in place Close up of wingnut fitting. Last bit, fit light unit and paint DBG. Speaking of DBG, checked out the cab this morning, still looks impressive, paint has hardened off well, but I don't like the rust marks in the front bumper so I think that will get a bit of reworking. But not this weekend. I didn't fancy getting into too much work today as I'm away on holiday for the next two weeks, so just had a bit of a trial on cleaning the tank, see what works best. Used a mixture of sanding discs and wire cup brush on the grinder. Having been extolling the virtues of Silverline brushes on another thread, I can't say the same for their sanding discs. I started using 80 grit, but the abrasive bit separates from the velcrove backing, before it has sanded very much. Quick visit to local paint shop and picked up some 40 grit mirka discs which worked much better. Still took a couple of hours to get this it cleaned off. Couple of coats of Bondaprimer finished the job. Took most of the day to get this far, and that tank is going to take some time to get it all cleaned off. Nice job for the coming winter months
  10. Gotta have a bit of faith in your own abilities. Not sure about the double stack of batteries, though, you might have trouble clamping them down
  11. Few pics of her unmasked. Well pleased with the job
  12. Did get a couple of runs in awkward places, and a little overspray on a bit, but they will polish out. It was one of my better jobs
  13. Looking good, surprising how much a clean up and fresh coat of paint can transform something
  14. Couldn't have got a better one, perfect temperature too. Being sunday there weren't any buses or people coming in or out to stir up any dust.
  15. Hands up who wants to see a Tanker in Deep Bronze Green? Been a heck of a lot of work over the last couple of weekends, flatting off the primer and touching up the odd dink and chip that has occurred during fitting. Started early this morning with final DA-ing of the last bits Then dust off, wash off and tack rag all round. before masking up The patient is prepared Got to start somewhere, actually I started on the roof, but this was the most difficult bit, especially with the second coat, trying to spray one side without sticking to the other side. There was also a bit of laying down on the job too Have I missed anywhere? Nearside finished View from the top Offside looking very shiny. Paint is still quite wet at the time of the photo, but it was still shining after we had packed up. Appears to be drying nicely. Can't wait until tomorrow to unmask it and see how it looks once it is properly dried. Well pleased with the days efforts. Spare wheel carrier can go back on now, along with the tool bin that is currently underneath the thing. Start work on the tank after that
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