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  1. Zero-Five-Two

    RAF Militant.....or not?

    I've only just noticed, there's no spare wheel carrier behind the cab, and the air filter boxes have been modified to sit on the cab roof
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    RAF Militant.....or not?

    I believe this is the RAF Gelsenkirchen Beast being mentioned earlier on. Seen here at a show on the old Kemble airfield, Gloucestershire 2010 or 11. Belonged to a Jasper Waite at the time. Used to be a battery charging unit when in service, but converted to show accommodation now. It's quite neat how the sides pull out to extend the body width.
  3. Zero-Five-Two

    Bedford MWD restoration

    Good find with the handbook, secret is never stop looking, you never know when something will turn up.
  4. Zero-Five-Two

    Mk1 Militant Tanker

    Here we go, then, the latest goings on in Tanker world. Been fitting up the inside of the cab, prior to fitting the top half. Started with the side panels Near Side complete with screenwash bottle holder, Machete holder, Driver Handbook Pocket and fresh air vent. Off Side with air vent and screws waiting for the indicator switch unit to go in. Just got to go round with a small brush now painting the rivet tops, and touching up the scratches. Flush with that success, moved onto the actual engine covers. Back end first, went on easy enough. Failed slightly with the repair of the rectangular panel, cut the slot in the bottom left a bit too long, should have a third bolt in it, but I can re-visit that later. Front end was a different story Starts well enough on the nearside, corner panel bolts through the front panel and the radiator shroud. Well pleased the holes lined up as the shroud had a major repair on that side. But it quickly descended into rubbish with the top and the off side. The lower panel in the corner goes on last, I eventually discovered, after you fit the top. Oh and by the way, the top bolts on behind the radiator shroud, so you should fit the off side before you do the near side, otherwise you can't get the bolts through. After you've done all that you find that the dashboard frame you took off because you were sick of banging your head on it has to go on before any panels. Finally after about 6 hours of doing the panel hokey cokey it looks like this Overal pleased with it. Still got a couple of bits to finish, like the belata strips under the main cover, and this There is a spring clip that hooks the top to the side inspection panel. Now, I haven't moved either mounting both are riveted on. Both panels are in the right place, but..... The timber tractor ones line up so the spring is vertical, and I would've thought these would be the same. I guess not. Any one able to shed any light on it? Second opinions welcome. Lastly, the sharp eyed reader will have noticed there is a small triangular panel missing from near the left hand wheel arch. So is the one on the right hand side too. Don't know how but they slipped through the painting process. Got as far as priming but never got top coat. Mixing a job lot of paint just for 2 little triangles seemed a waste, so did the inside of the doors as well.
  5. Zero-Five-Two

    It's here! (Bedford RL)

    Glad to see I'm not the only one with tape measure issues. Still, easily sorted with a bit of extra grinding. Those DAF air tanks look the business, tidy installation too.
  6. Zero-Five-Two

    Question AEC Militant MKI

    All that carnage just from a loose grub screw. I feel for you, mate. It might be easier to remove the ball end of that joint from the drag link, and leave the other end stuck in the drop arm. They are spring loaded and adjustable, slacken the adjustment right off and the ball slides out of the end. Alternatively, remove the drop arm from the steering box. It fits on a tapered spline, bit of gentle heat and four penny one with a big hammer should crack it off. That would give you less weight to lift getting the actual box off.
  7. Zero-Five-Two

    Mk1 Militant Tanker

    Bit more on the 45 year old spare tyre. Side wall is quite clearly marked with yellow chalk for 225 Sqn RCT Confirmation that the information on the B veh record card is correct. Most of her life was spent in Edinburgh with The Queens own Lowland Yeomanry. Maybe this is why the cab was so badly rusted, too many wet Scottish winters
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    Mk1 Militant Tanker

    Another good days progress while the sun shines, fortunately it has cooled down a bit from earlier in the week, so much more pleasant working conditions. Remains of the spare wheel carrier came off quite easily, couple of the bolts were a bit stubborn, due to rusting away, but the grinder soon sorted them out. That's now back at home pending de-rust and repair. I think a pair of new side panels will be in order, but the angle iron looks like it will clean up OK. Now, I can finally get to the back panel and finish off the bottom half of the cab. Best do the front of the pump locker while I'm here too. There's no major rust damage on either part, so a couple of hours on the sander and wire brush and it was ready for fresh paint. Good old Bondaprimer on first. Only takes about 10 minutes to dry in this weather, just enough time for a fag and a coffee Followed by a good thick layer of desert yellow primer. Question is now, do I top coat the bottom half, then fit the top, or should I fit the top and paint it all in one go? Decisions....... Got a couple of weeks to think about that, as we're off to a couple of shows with the other truck first.
  9. Zero-Five-Two

    Mk1 Militant Tanker

    Might not have been on the tarmac yet, was new March '73
  10. Zero-Five-Two

    Mk1 Militant Tanker

    There was a lot of other words too, at the time, mostly unprintable short ones.
  11. Zero-Five-Two

    Question AEC Militant MKI

    Looking in the parts book, there is not a lot in the steering box to get upset, just a worm on the end of the column, and a follower. I think your problem is most likely at the top of the column. 1. Take steering wheel off. Centre nut is captive, as you undo it, it jacks the wheel off. 2. The cap on the top of the column itself unscrews, the little nut on the side that looks a bit like a grease nipple is a locking bolt which needs removing first. 3. Under here is various seals and bearings, and a locking nut that holds the whole thing together. I reckon this nut has come undone, allowing the centre to wind itself out as you turn the wheel. Parts book shows a locking pin holding this nut in place, so would guess that this has been sheared off. Do you have a parts list? Mine has a good exploded view of the whole thing. I could copy it for you if you need it
  12. Zero-Five-Two

    Mk1 Militant Tanker

    Well, what a days work!! Had big plans for Saturday, early start, hit the ground running etc. Set myself a big target, and hit it square on with all guns blazing. There was a small set back, but I suppose for every ying there has to be a yang, but we'll talk about that later. First job, the blast skirt. Measured it, made it, tested it, scrapped it, re-made it, finally got it to the final fitting. One of those jobs that really requires three blokes, two to hold it and a third to fit the bolts. However, when I went to the can of fresh blokes it was empty, so you have to invent. Luckily I now have a good pile of blocks of wood, courtesy Tony Banner, (thanks Tony) lift one side and block up, lift the other side and block that, and so on until high enough to bolt in. Line edges up and rivet into final location. Stand back and take photo First job done. Well pleased, considering it is a completely new piece, with rolled wire edges and central hinge and all that.. Tony passed by, and enquired how it was going. I felt the need to demonstrate the hinge and retaining brackets. Looks like this Idea is you can lift it up for maintenance purposes, over a pit or similar. Dead proud of it I was, and left it in this position while I got on with the next target. Can't blame Tony, but I left it in the up position, which turned out to be a bit of an error. Next up fix the air leak on the foot brake valve, then tighten the wheelnuts (having got a wheelnut socket with me, this time) and jack it back down to ground level. All done with out too much fuss, and on to the next. Fit the reconditioned water pump, refill the cooling system and test for leaks. At the same time, re-connect the wiring loom and test that too. Good news here, not so much as a damp patch around the pump, so thanks again to SP Water pumps for a quality repair. As for the rest of the electrics, result here too. Dashboard all lights up, and works as it should. Dynamo charges, lights, temperature gauge all function as well. Oil pressure light still refuses to behave, so bad connection somewhere to sort, or sender unit is defunct. She still wont build up any air pressure either, so I must've got a pipe on wrong somewhere that is allowing a leak. You can hear the compressor pumping away like mad, but nothing appears in the air tanks. So two jobs here to look into. Nevermind, I was on a roll with the day, so cracked on with the plan. The main aim of the year so far has been to get to a point where the spare wheel could be moved to get to the back of the cab . It's now July, so seven months in and we are finally here. Start up and engage gears to move forward. Works too!! Only about ten foot, but under its own power. Moved up just enough to be able to open the spare wheel in between the two containers. Now comes the yang!! Unroll the spare wheel. Should be a brake on it to stop it rolling away on its own. Brake doesn't work and wheel runs down at ever increasing speed. There's no way I'm going to stand underneath the thing to try and stop it, just had to let it go. Remember the blast skirt?? Note to operator, do not open spare wheel when skirt is in the up position, cos it does this Talk about an O.F. moment. After all the work making the new skirt, and getting it to look perfect, and I do this! Peeved or what? Hopefully it will straighten out without too much trouble. Anyway spare wheel off and carrier lifted off Just got to strip out the rest of the frame to get to the back of the cab. As for the carrier.... Herself says it can't stay on the patio, so best get on with that too.
  13. Zero-Five-Two

    Mk1 Militant Tanker

    Ten out of ten for the water pump gang, arrived this morning, as promised. Looks like a new. Just got to wait til the weekend to get it fitted and try it out
  14. Zero-Five-Two

    Mk1 Militant Tanker

    Good weekends work in the sunshine, bit sweaty with the coverals on, though. Finally got to the bottom of my issues with the blast skirt. There was a tiny bit in the centre that was catching on the engine sump plug, and causing the whole thing to distort. Trimmed it off to give a bit more clearance and every thing lines up One final test fit of the top half and then set about joining the bottom on. Finished article looks like this Considerably better than what came off New one actually works like it is supposed to as well. Bottom half hinges up 90° for maintenance or extra ground clearance. Hot weather is great for painting, dries almost instantly. Sealed inside edge with Hammerite stonechip Ten minutes later it is dry enough to turn over and primer the outside. Nice thick coating of hi-build stuff ready to be flatted down for the top coat once it is fitted back on. Finally, good news about the water pump. Last week I sent it to SP Water pumps in Warrington, Cheshire. Their website gave it all the spiel about doing vintage stuff, and when I phoned them they reckoned they would have parts on the shelf, even for a 60 odd year old item. Got a call back on Friday, pump all done, they did have replacement seals etc. Only £195 and I should have it back on Monday. Excellent service. They say they can also do Bedford and Austin/Morris stuff too, and sixty years old is nothing to what they can do So the old Tanker could be up and running again by the end of the week, and I can get on with the last bit at the back of the cab
  15. Zero-Five-Two

    Looking for dark green vehicle seat vynil

    Just had the seats in my Tanker done Vinyl came from www.martrim.co.uk £12 per metre of 54" wide stuff. My trimmer used just over 2 metres for these
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