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    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.
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    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
  3. Right,here we go again, restoration number two!! I was at a show a while back with the Militant Timber Tractor, and was asked,“Now you have finished this restoration, will you do another?” No chance says I, one is enough!! But then……well..?? I was reading the December Classic Truck Mag and spotted a for sale advert. Mk1 Militant with Atlas crane located in Kent. As I know these are a sought after beast, I thought I would have a look,take as few photos and post a thing on here for those who maybe interested. As it goes the motor in question is well shot. Not only has it had a hard life in the timber trade, it has been welland truly butchered, (Engine changed for the wrong one, knackered cab) and thoroughly beaten to death. That said,the Atlas crane is good, and it is still for sale if anyone wants it. To get to have a look at it, I had to walk past this barn. You know the feeling you get when the hairs stand up on the back of your neck,shivers down the spine etc. I got the whole works!! Clocked the Tanker straight away. ‘kin’el didn’t think any would still exist but I’m staring at one in this barn!! So I’m trying to look at the Atlas and seem interested, but I’m thinking TANKER!! Anyhow,I managed to discuss the Atlas with it’s seller, declined to make him an offerand walked back past the barn. The conversation went like this: “What’s the Tanker?” Trying to sound nonchalant, but the brain is screeming TANKER!! “Oh,That’s a Militant too” “Is it for sale?” (TANKER!! Deep Breathing) “Could be, want to make me an offer” “Does it Run?” (TANKER!! Sweating a bit) “It did when we parked it up 20 odd years ago” “Is that hoses I can see in that open pod?” (TANKER!! Panting now) "Yes, it is complete, straight from the Army sales” Anybody got a tissue? Story goes like this. He used to run buy ex Military stuff to export to Kenya and South Africa, but the company he exported to went bust, and he was left with several motors and no contract, so they got parked in this barn. Late eighties/early nineties, been there ever since. The tanker is straight out of the auctions, completely unmolested and to all intents and purposes ready to roll. Did think about it for a couple of days, and obviously had to get the vote of confidence from Der Oberfurher (Wife) which wasn’t easy but we are now full steam ahead. First move is to clear the crap that has been stacked up around it. This has allowed a full inspection of the potential. Biggest issue is the Mercedes that is now sitting on the radiator. It wasn’t actually touching it at first, but disturbing everything else allowed it to slip downfrom it’s perch and gently rest on the top of the rad cap. Everything seems to be well seized, took a good bit of fiddling just to get the drivers door open, but generous applications of WD40 on the handle finally got it moving and we were in. Cab is all there as described, but the first bit that grabs your attention is the steering wheel which has definitely seen better days. Not only that, it is the wrong type anyway. Good for a later Militant, but the early ones had a solid iron wheel, so that’s the first requirement. Any one got a steering wheel that is better than this?? Next move is to see if it will actually run. It still has the 4 six volt batteries it would have had while inservice, and after all this time they are probably a bit flat. Engine oil seems good, but someone has syphoned out the diesel tank. So tomorrows job, fresh batteries, fresh juice and see what happens. My bet is that being an old AEC it will do half a turn on the starter and fire into the gentle tickover that you would expect. I’ll let you know.
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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.
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    Mk1 Militant Tanker

    Might not have been on the tarmac yet, was new March '73
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    Mk1 Militant Tanker

    There was a lot of other words too, at the time, mostly unprintable short ones.
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    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
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    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.
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    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
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    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
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    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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    Movie editing

    Not so much stupid, but I know I am a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to computers, most of it goes well over my head. The new forum layout really confused me for a long while, and I still have trouble making some of it work I've just done a nice recording on my phone of the tanker, now I need to edit it and publish it on You Tube etc.but as my new laptop runs Windows 10, when I had only just got to grips with XP. The Movie Maker program I was using doesn't go so I need an alternative. Tried downloading a couple, but couldn't get to grips with either of them. Anybody, got any recommendations as to a decent free downloadable movie editing program that a thicket like me should be able to use
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    Mk1 Militant Tanker

    Thanks guys, but have found a place up north to do a rebuild they specialise in old AEC stuff, reckon they have parts on the shelf, so it's on it's way to them
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    Mk1 Militant Tanker

    Oops!! Didn't do it intentionally, Hopefully a mod will sort it out
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    Mk1 Militant Tanker

    Time for another progress report, after the fiasco of leaving various bits of kit at home the other week , I had another go at setting up the electrics and running the engine, last Saturday. Bit more success this time, wiring diagrams in hand I plugged everything in as per my notes etc from when I took it apart. Switched on the ignition and nothing happened. Right back in the begining when I found the thing in the barn and hooked up a pair of batteries, only the near side front side light worked, and I got the same result this time, except there isn't a side light fitted just now. Clearly there is something was not plugged in right then, and it's not right now. After major reshuffle of connections in the main junction box, using a test light and voltmeter to check things and we get some where. Pull the start lever and.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JdFxetfojQ&feature=youtu.be Sounds lovely, Iveco Cargo silencer really does the job, and no other nasty rattles or knocking. Unfortunately, what you don't see in the vid is the shower of antifreeze that is being blown about by the fan. The water pump pours out coolant the moment the engine turns over. So bit of a crisis there, but well pleased with the rest of it. A minor issue, it doesn't want to idle, soon as you take your foot of the gas it slows down and dies, so bit of adjustment needed there. Priority repair, of course, is the water pump. Pig of a job to remove, as well as being heavy, you have to remove the thermostat housing, and jack the radiator forward to get enough room to extract it. Once out, back home for stripping and finding out the problem You don't see too many repairable water pumps these days, most are throw away jobs. Front half looks OK, bearings are clean and grease seal is intact But with the impeller removed and the centre shaft extracted, the problem is very obvious. The dirty, rusty bit on the right hand end should be clean and shiney, and sits in a brass bush with a rubber seal on the end. Brass bush is well torn up and the rubber seal has long since passed on. So we are looking at pump repair or replacement. Fortunately there seems to be plenty of firms round and about advertising vintage pump repairs etc, so will be phoning round tomorrow. Back in the home workshop, been carrying on with the blast skirt. Lower half is now complete, painted in Bondaprimer, and awaiting fitment to the top bit. All progress is good progress
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    Fowler Traction Engines WW1

    45 Squadron Royal Engineers was formed for exactly this. They became known as the Steam Sappers, using a mixture of engines from various manufacturers including Fowler. If you bung "Steam Sappers" into your search engine you'll find loads of info and pics
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    Militant battery cables

    Cable distributed by Connect Workshop Consumables. Part No. 30064 You can look it up on their website and find a local supplier to you. Hope this helps
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    Militant battery cables

    I picked up a roll of suitable stuff a few weeks back, from my local motor factors, for doing my tanker, I'll look up the size and part number this evening for you
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    Lifting the spare wheel on and off

    Absolutely, all Mk1 Militants had them except those fitted with the Atlas crane. Obviously crane ones didn't need them. I think some Leyland or Albion Military stuff had them too. These days they are as available as a bucket of rocking horse poo. Friend of mine is looking for one for his Militant, took me 5 years to find one for mine as it was missing when I bought the truck.
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    Lifting the spare wheel on and off

    My Militant is 1954 so quite old technology. There is a basic frame that bolts to the chassis Then the carrier itself pivots from the bottom of the frame In this picture you can see the cable that is used to wind the wheel up and down. On the other side of that carrier arm is a small spool that the cable winds onto, and a drum type brake with 2 fixed shoes in it that provides a bit of drag to stop the wheel from free spinning. It wouldn't take too much welding to construct something out of big box section, and an old mini wheel hub to provide the drum brake and cable spool
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    Lifting the spare wheel on and off

    This is how the AEC Militant works, you might be able to make up something similar
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    Mk1 Militant Tanker

    Set off this morning with great expectations for a good days progress, unfortunately I failed to take half the kit I needed, and it turned into a complete disaster. Plan 1, Fit the modified downpipe and exhaust silencer in a better place so that it misses the off side tyre. This would need the mounting brackets modifying and welding, only I left the welding helmet behind, so ended up with this Exhaust fits nicely, but mounting brackets leave a bit to be desired. It does give me the correct dimensions for making the new brackets, but...... Plan 2 Connect up sufficient electrics to be able to start the thing and check leaks, oil pressure, charging and so on. Got up early this morning, printed wiring diagrams off the computer and promptly left them at home. Got this far with hooking things up and decided it might be safer to stop guessing They might only be small batteries, but 24 volts in the wrong place will do untold damage. Looking like I'd wasted a good day, I packed up and went home. Can't just stop though, so cracked on with the blast skirt. At least there was a bit of success here, new centre section made up, wired edge and sides folded round. What you can't see is the two earlier attempts that are now residing in the scrap bin. So it still wasn't that good. There was one other glimmer of hope in the gloom New dashboard looks the mutts, even if it isn't connected to anything. Never mind there's always next weekend!!
  23. That pressure gauge has cleaned up well, nice job
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    Mk1 Militant Tanker

    Indeed June has started quite well for Tanker work. Reconditioned front brakes fitted up this weekend. N/S with all new bits Looks so much better than this before view of the off side Hub and drum on the off side, cleaned and painted. fresh grease in the bearings and all adjusted as per the manual. Cleaned up the inside of the wheels before refitting, they'll need further work in good time but it is an improvement. Chamber and adjuster rods fitted, there is still another 4 holes of adjustment available, further evidence of the condition of the shoes. Replacement hoses are yet to be fitted, and the whole set up will have to wait a while for testing, as there is still much to do before building up air pressure. Only one downside with the whole day, I forgot to take a wheel nut socket with me and ended up fitting the wheels with an adjustable spanner. Hard work and not particularly tight. Just as well they are going to be coming off again soon
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    Mk1 Militant Tanker

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