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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. Zero-Five-Two

    Mk1 Militant Tanker

    Did I say that? OK, well, maybe next weekend then!! Didn't get much done at all last week, something else always seemed to get in the way. Still, managed to get stuck into it yesterday and today. All four hubs cleaned and painted, ready to refit. Moved on to sorting out the 2 leaking hub seals. Militants don't have a seal as such, in the sense of a rubber ring affair, they have what is called a packless gland. A metal bellows that uses spring pressure to form a metal to metal seal. Any damage or scratches to the 2 mating surfaces and hub oil just pours out. Packless gland on the right, with the brass mating face upwards. Hub plate, (the other half of the seal) on the left. Spot the damage at 12 o'clock on the hub plate. Having lashed out £50 odd on 2 new glands, I was a bit peeved to say the least when I found this. A new gland isn't going to help that. Part of the cleaning process, is to polish the mating surfaces with fine wet and dry, so nothing to lose but see if it will polish out. Started with 180 grit and worked up Gland getting the works, using a bit of plywood as a flat surface Finished with 1200, and finally cornflakes packet and brasso Rather pleased with the result on the hub plate. Hopefully it will do the job. Still got a whole load of nuts, bolts, clips and things to clean up before actually fitting, but otherwise we are ready to go, next weekend?
  2. Zero-Five-Two

    Mk1 Militant Tanker

    After the stripping the brakes, next up, the hubs. 2 of which have been leaking badly, and a pair of NOS gland seals have already been picked up from an AEC supplier on fleebay. End cover comes off to reveal a very large four and a half inch A/F nut (that's 115mm for you modern types) holding it all together. Not exactly Snap-on! Still haven't got round to buying a proper socket, yet. Made this for the Timber Tractor years ago, and it works so don't fix what ain't broke. You just beat it with a sledge hammer. Stripped out and wrapped up to protect axle ends, while the rest gets the treatment at home Hung each one on a wire to keep all the spacers in order All the old oil and muck has now been washed off, bearings and spacers are all stacked awaiting polishing, hubs awaiting de-rust and respray. Hopefully that will happen during the evenings this week ready for refit next weekend
  3. Zero-Five-Two

    Mk1 Militant Tanker

    You can power it down, by engaging reverse gear instead of first, but you are straining against the brake which probably doesn't do it too much good. So long as there is some weight on the hook, like when lowering the jib, carefully releasing the brake is the way to go.
  4. Zero-Five-Two

    Mk1 Militant Tanker

    Sorry about the unavailability, I didn't upload it properly. Bit of a technophobe sometimes
  5. Zero-Five-Two

    Mk1 Militant Tanker

    A short while back we fitted the top half of the cab back on. Took about 4 hours in all, and the whole lot got shot on video. It's taken a while but I've managed to edit out all the standing around, arm waving and shouting at each other and got it down to 15 min of action. Hopefully this is the link to the youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mit4QEZtc3I
  6. Zero-Five-Two

    Mk1 Militant Tanker

    Absolutely! It's the old cart before the horse thing, and has been for the past year. Spare wheel came off to get to the back of the cab in the first place. Back of the cab needed to be done before the top half of the cab went back on, and so on. No point in painting just the back of the cab, better to do the whole thing at the same time, hence the radiator and oil cooler sorting so it can all get top coat at once. There is a sort of a plan, honestly!
  7. Zero-Five-Two

    Breakdown cover recommendations

    I use a gang called Autohome, costs £110 per year for my Militant. Thankfully I've never had to call them out, but I know a couple of people that have, and they appear to be very good. When I signed up with them, there were very specific questions about the type of vehicle, size and weight etc, including any regularly towed trailers. Worth giving them a call for a price. 0800 371280
  8. Zero-Five-Two

    Mk1 Militant Tanker

    Fortunately the good wife is quite supportive and like everyone else is looking forward to that first run out video. Hopefully that is not too far off now, things are coming together quite well. So long as we don't get too many bad weather days in this and next month, another six weeks or so and we'll be on it.
  9. Zero-Five-Two

    Mk1 Militant Tanker

    Happy New Year to all our readers, hope 2019 will be good to you. Time to catch up with the Christmas tankering. Brake linkage is all finished, cleaned, freed, repaired as necessary and then given the repaint treatment. Ready to fit back on when the time comes. Moved on to the spare wheel carrier bits that have been lounging behind the shed since the cab top moved out. Most of it started like this. Complete, just badly corroded and in need of cleaning and repainting. Several hours of wire brush in the grinder, then paint shop washing line and we get to this Brake drums got a coat of green at the same time. More bits ready to go back on. Quick question for those with significant others. Could you get away with putting truck parts on the posh oak dining table? Answer, only nice clean ones, and after asking very nicely. Cupola hip pads being retrimmed Had to borrow her sewing machine too! There may be a substantial price to be paid for this, later. Anyway, had some cloth left over from the seat recovering, so thought I'd have a go at retrimming the Hip Pads. Original ones looked like this, but were so rotten...…... They just fell apart like this. So, bit of guesswork with the calculations, bit of string as a compass to draw the curves, cut out and sew together. First attempt went into the bin, but a few adjustments and the mark 2 version looks quite tidy. First one off the press, and 2 more to do. I think they'll do nicely
  10. Zero-Five-Two

    Painting, Spraying or Brushing

    A general discussion at the bar the other night, which is better? Brushing or Spraying. I wondered what forum members preferred. For myself I use a mixture of both depending on what is being painted Tankers engine cover here, needs that mirror like finish. So max effort in the prep, spraying all the way, flatting between coats and so on. Bits of the spare wheel carrier here, big lumps of iron, roughly welded together, and now quite heavily pock marked by rust to boot. The overall finish will never be anywhere near as smooth and shiny as the engine cover, and wouldn't look right if it was, anyway. For me brushing is by far the best option, on this. You can really scrub the paint into the corners and pock marks, ensuring good covering for rust protection for the future. The final DBG gloss coat will be sprayed, mainly because I've been using 2 pack and brushing that just makes a mess. But the next coat of primer will most likely be brushed like the red oxide. So do other members have a preference/opinion?
  11. Zero-Five-Two

    Smith's LT11 all terrain crane

    I was about to say the Royal Engineers had them too, but looking at my photo, the Engineers version is much bigger. Seen here with a Hydra Husky, Coles 315 and a cherry picker Cab might be the same, but crane half is a different story. I couldn't tell you anything about them, never worked on them. I would think the Clayton air brake system, would likely be similar to the Militant, and should be fairly easily repaired
  12. Zero-Five-Two


    Welcome aboard, Rich. Look forward to hearing more about this crane of yours
  13. Zero-Five-Two

    Mk1 Militant Tanker

    Successful couple of days Every thing stripped down, all linkage joints undone and freed off. Then cleaned and stacked ready for painting. Drums have a coat of hammerite already. Rest will get done one evening during the week Did have a close call with the wire wheel at one point, it had me glove off
  14. Zero-Five-Two

    AEC Militant MKI Update

    Which EMER are you reading? Is that the Tech Manual that was on fleebay a few weeks back? If your front screens need new edge seals, I've just got a near enough equivalent for the Tanker from seals direct (www. etc) Their part number OWS778
  15. They look like standard bus and coach emergency door handle fittings. You should be able to find that sort of thing at any bus breakers. You could even try your local bus company, most will have an old scrapper at the bottom of the yard that is being stripped, might only cost you a donation to their tea fund Try Trevor Wigley (Barnsley) 01226 723147 (Biggest Bus Breakers in the UK) If you want new, try Carlyle Bus Parts 0121 524 1200 Or PSV Transport Systems 01992 479950