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  1. AEC Militant is roughly the same size as a Hippo, and has the same 1400 tyres. Handbook for the Militant shows two sets of pressures for normal road use. For the short wheel base gun tractor: 47 psi Front, 67 Rear For the long wheelbase cargo: 50 Front and 95 Rear. I find with my Timber Tractor, that when she is first run out at the beginning of the year, after being parked up all winter, the ride is very hard and bouncy. But after a good soaking of the leaf springs in WD 40 or similiar, plus couple of hundred miles or so of driving to shows etc in the spring, she calms down and becomes a bit more respectable. Took the Tanker out for its first test run recently and that was quite a hard ride. I'm expecting that to improve the more use it gets. So your Hippo may be the same, suspension has got to get broken in so to speak. As for tyres getting warm, it doesn't really happen. 1400 tyre is a big lump of rubber to get any heat into as it dissipates out too quickly.
  2. Looking beautiful in the DBG. Please excuse my ignorance, but what are the front markings, 163 and XII
  3. You would have thought it would be, being fuel related, but no, all standard chassis earth. However, handbook states electric to be isolated when loading or discharging fuel.
  4. Militant electrics are very simple compared to modern motors, but do shout up if you need advice.
  5. Thanks guys, well pleased with it, and yes still grinning. Have 10 ltrs of the green stuff stock piled so that's pretty much the next job. Cab first and on from there. Still got half a million other small bits to fit back too, like wipers, door handles and so on, but all in good time. Not sure on the TAC signs yet, plan is to do it as it would have been when in Scotland with 225 Sqn, which still needs a bit more research yet to get the right ones. I assume they would have been painted on back then, rather than modern vinyl stickers.
  6. Started out on Friday evening over a beer or two writing a list of jobs that must be completed prior to going out for a road test. It went on for 2 pages, some major tasks like wiring up the rear lights, and a lot of smaller but just as essential jobs like checking the wheel nut tightness. Up at the crack of sparrows on Saturday, armed with the list and lots of enthusiasm, and promptly fell at the first fence by leaving a tray headlamp mounting bolts behind. Nevermind, I can come back to that later, and ploughed on with the rest of the list. Rear lights on, wired in and tested. Brake light switch took a bit of fiddling to get right. It is a simple pull switch activated by a spring attached to the off side rear brake actuator rod. Spring too tight and lights stay on, spring too slack and no lights unless foot hard down on the pedal. Front bumper back on, dashboard finished and secured down, drivers seat finally fitted, I'd been stalling that to give myself more space to do dashboard and other "in cab" bits. Wheel nuts torqued up, and tyre pressures checked. They were a bit down, but, surprisingly enough, it has been over 3 years since we last pumped them up to move the old girl out of the barn. Mid afternoon saw me rushing back home to collect the missing bolts. Last job on the list, after all else done is fit headlamps. Should have been simple, except you can't get your hand in behind the front bumper to put the bolts through. So, undo front bumper. Fortunately I didn't need to take it right off, and was able to slide it to one side. All extra hassle, on a very hot day, but got a result in the end. Sunday morning, all hands on deck. Son Stuart delivered Timber Tractor, bought that up for an HCVS do at South Godstone last night. Other son Philip on camera duty. Quick first parade, and last check over. And a quick photo of both together Please excuse the cheap plastic bus mirrors on the tanker, but they are better than nothing, and I have yet to acquire the right ones. Last nervous fag and we are off. Nine and a half miles covered, with no maior issues. Couple of small things to attend to, brakes will need further adjustment once they have bedded in a bit more, and the clutch travel is right at the top, which could be adjustment required or it could be worn out. I have got a fresh clutch plate if it needs it, but I don't fancy using it just yet. That said she drives beautifully, and is so quiet with the cargo exhaust on, you can even have a reasonable conversation with the passenger without yelling. Very different from the other one. That is a raucous little go kart by comparison, very bouncy and a bit boy racer!! You can chuck it about through corners and have a lot of fun in it. Tanker is far more sedate, a steadier more polite mode of travel. That said it is by no means slow (well not for a Militant) pulls very well. Easily kept up the 30mph up the hill. The longer wheelbase and additional weight make it a lot smoother ride, seems to just sit nicely on the road. Gearbox on the Timber Tractor is very tight and unforgiving, miss a gear and you are doomed, Tanker is sweet, almost syncro, lever just glides through the ratios. Steering is lighter too, which must be down to not having a driven front axle. Certainly a different drive, but all positive. Well pleased with the days efforts, but I think it will be a while before we hit the road again, loads more bits to fit, and the small matter of a lot of DBG to go on
  7. You don't like hanging around!! Very fast work. Is that 2 pack? Looks very shiney What's the Dawson motor behind yours? looks interesting
  8. Haven't done an oil change on the tanker, yet, but the timber tractor has has several. I just use the stuff we have here in the bus workshop, mainly 'cos it's free. We use a standard long drain detergent one for engines and 80/90 in manual gearboxes. That seems to do quite well. Been giving it a change every 2 years or so
  9. Was getting some ear ache from a colleague the other day for not posting the latest goings on with the tanker, but to be honest I haven't had much time to do a lot recently. Had a few family commitments and, of course, it's show season with the timber tractor, so available weekends have been a bit sparse. That said I have managed a bit of progress. Cab ceiling and storage trays all fitted in, then spent most of a whole day with a kiddies paint brush painting all the rivet heads green. Fitted the passengers seat, but I'm going to have a re-think with it. It's very low down and not that comfortable. I added an additional bit of frame to the timber tractor, to raise the seat up and move it back, so I think more of the same here. Might not be original, but don't want to arrive at a show feeling crippled by a duff travelling position. Front bumper has been cleaned off and given a good coating of primer and stonechip ready for a top coat of DBG New headlights ready to fit, Chrystal Halogen 100watt jobs. Again not exactly original, but nice beam pattern, far better than the vague glow you got from the old ones. At least I'll be able to see where I'm going. Test fitting of the new rear lights, so that I could measure and cut the correct cable length to the rear junction box inside the chassis. Most time consuming job here was running the new front to rear loom along the chassis. A 24ft length that is clipped on every 12 to 14 inches with a brass 'P' clip along with all the brake pipes and other bits. A right ball ache of a job. Spot the 2 different shades of deep bronze green on the lights and the chassis. Allegedly they are the same colour, mixed to british standard etc, just different suppliers. Not even close to matching really. Shall have to be careful when it comes to the final top coat, otherwise it will look like a patch work quilt. Plan now is to fit up all the lights and the bumper, then take her for a little run out to see how she goes. But that wont be for a few weeks yet, next 2 week end are at shows with the other one. Only got one pair of hands!!
  10. These days you would have taken photos on your smart phone, and wrote the details on your tablet etc. Back then a pocket calculator was a luxury. We've come a long way
  11. Good thing is, she made the trip, and the road run without any problems. Not bad for her first real long run out. Just get some more padding on the jockey seat
  12. I need a spring clip similar to this one. Anybody know if they have a specific name for them, and more importantly, anyone know where I might get one from. Needs to be 10mm (3/8") diameter. Fits inside the door lock on my Tanker Thanks in advance for any ideas
  13. Odd size that one. BS only use 55' UNF etc is 60', and on a Leyland you would think BS. That said, it is far too fine in TPI for BSF or BSP, and Whitworth is way too big. Zeus tables are pretty comphrensive and they don't list anything like it.
  14. Things have been a bit chaotic over the last few weekends, what with the Timber Tractor spitting a push rod out etc, so tanker work has been a bit limited. However got back on the plot this last week and got quite a bit done. First job was to finish the rear brakes by fitting the remaining linkages and getting them adjusted up. Heavy work, jacking wheels up and down and so on, but we now have a full set of stopping power, and a fully functioning handbrake. No more need for blocks under the wheels. Next up, Hip Pads for the cupola. Made them a while back, but needed to adjust the method of securing the plastic dustbin lid. When I first fitted the thing in the first instance, I used rubber bonnet catches Does a nice job of holding it on, until you want to fit the upholstery There isn't room for both, so had to go to plan B and bodge it up Very Heath Robinson, but it will be OK until something better turns up. Homemade pads look good though. Been doing a load of miscellaneous small bits in the evenings lately getting stuff ready for a session of green painting. That happened on Saturday, with Headlights, convoy and number plate lights, pile of little brackets and bits and lastly the rear light mounts all getting a coat of DBG Cleaned up and de rusted, lights repaired or replaced, and new reflectors Convoy light and plate. Tanker has 2 convoy type lights, the other one is for the number plate and I managed to acquire a second one last week, along with a few other small bits that needed replacing, so we are all good in the lighting department. Hopefully this weekend will see the cab ceiling panels fitted and all these freshly painted lights going on.
  15. AEC Militants had Record No3 vices fitted. Same sort of time period as the RL so maybe the same. Plenty of good second hand ones available on fleebay etc
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