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About pc1959

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  1. If I recall correctly (and a quick google says yes) Ford Escort rally cars often used a 12v starter with 24v to spin the engine really fast. This probably shortened the life of the starter a bit but, hopefully, it's only getting intermittent use and should get plenty of time to cool down.
  2. In the late 90's I worked for Lucas at what used to be Simms Group R&D in Park Royal, the spring starters used to turn up (out of forgotten cupboards) every so often but I was never allowed to play with them as the H&S police would destroy them ASAP. They were still being fitted for cold weather applications where a dead battery meant you froze or the polar bears got you. There is still some gold in them thar cupboards as a six cylinder Simms magneto turned up recently. It was being used to spark up the gas welding kit, itself a casualty of H&S.
  3. Yes John, that picture is a great help, thank you very much. Paul
  4. I wonder if anyone can help me. Some time (2 years!) ago I stripped down the CAV control box from my Matador as it was in very poor condition and incomplete. It's ready to go back together and I now have a couple of problems: I took many photos as I dismantled it but I was burgled and the PC with the pics was stolen The wiring was chopped about in it's time as a bus recovery truck The metal cover on the front of the box is missing With the aid of the manual, wiring diagram and some pictures from threads on this site I have got it about 80% complete but the wiring of the internal bus-bars from the main isolating switch to the upper board with the light switches and connector strips is not shown on these. Does anyone have a control box that I could measure and photograph? Preferably off the vehicle so I could look at the back where the bus-bars (actually thick solid copper wires) live. I'm in South London and sometimes East Sussex. If anybody has a Matador control box or the metal cover for sale I'd be interested as well. Thanks Paul
  5. That's a great video! Seeing the theory put into practise is a great motivator to have a go myself when I get going on my Matador. Paul
  6. To find what the values are you could attach a variable resistance (Volume pot from some bit of scrap electronics) across the sender wires and twiddle it to see the guage move. When the needle lines up with Empty or Full measure the resistance with your multimeter. I measured the sender from a Cortina some time ago and the values are: Empty 80 Ohms Full 10 Ohms Good Luck
  7. With hindsight I think I was lucky with the DVLA, the whole process from walking in the door to walking out with the new tax disc took 20 min. It was in the last days of local offices so I could explain what I wanted and fix any mistakes on the forms instantly, I'm sure it's a bit more involved now. Good luck with the tanker.
  8. I was able to register my Matador on the strength of a letter from the BCVM. I did not come with a V5, the reg no was already on the DLVLA system but the replacement V5 had it registered as a recovery vehicle first registered in 1960 Turning up at the DVLA office with the letter resulted in a V5 with: "Was registered and/or used declared manufactured 1943" in the Notes Date of first Reg: 1960 Body Type: Breakdown Truck Taxation Class: Historic Vehicle Which all seems OK to me
  9. Could I get the price of Lot 22, the Federal aircraft tractor? I really liked the look of it but good sense prevailed.:undecided:
  10. I thought the stuff had been banned as it's a precursor to RDX which is a naughty bad plastic explosive? (A level chemistry was very interesting in the late 70's) I'm rather surprised to see the MOD flogging it off by the bucket load in these troubled times.
  11. Norbury Tank Man and his Abbot blazed a trail of destruction through South West London in the 90's and everybody turned a blind eye (too much paperwork). I recall the cops always stopped him getting into Parliament Square when parliament was sitting though.
  12. I bought rubber hose and ferrules from a truck air brake bit distributor and the spiral wire 'armour' from Pirtek. I think I posted a picture of my efforts a while ago, can't find it now :-(
  13. It's Quatermass and the Pit Episode 1, a bomb disposal team arrive in an Austin Champ and a truck I don't recognise (Humber FV1600?) Here's a link to it: I'm watching the whole series, they don't make upper lips that stiff any more !
  14. Here's one for £495.....http://www.usedplantandmachinery.co.uk/everything.html
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