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  1. Post 1997 Licence

    Sorry, but you're going to have to pass the relevant tests to drive big armour on the road. If you don't, your insurance will be invalid as you won't be holding the relevant licence.
  2. Down-sizing starter battery?

    We had a CVRT that came with a pair of the smallest possible civilian batteries on it, and they were fine for our use including re-commissioning the vehicle (multiple starts) and electrical fault finding (powered up but not running). They were still on the vehicle when we sold it a couple of years later. I think one of the reasons for the large military batteries is due to them being required for powering radios and also standardisation. You'll find the same batteries on most 24V ex-MOD vehicles from Land Rovers to lorries and AFVs, so they need the capacity to be able to power the largest. Personally i'd fit the largest you can fit or afford. Just ensure they are properly secured and that the terminals are the same type. I've seen vehicles with round post cable clamps on flat post batteries!
  3. AEC Militant MK 3 Gallery

    Not uncommon in the UK for councils (in ye olde days) to own ex-military vehicles for use as breakdown trucks, gritters and all sorts of modified uses. I believe that John used to drive Odd Job for the council, and drove Mk3s in his military days.
  4. Leyland Hippo

    Old, slow (compared to anything modern), heavy steering (compared to anything modern), difficult to manoeuvre, poor/non-existent parts support, expensive mostly unavailable tyres...what's not to like?! You can put a decent camping/living set up in the back though. Regards, Former AEC Matador (x3) owner!
  5. Ferret Fuel Pump Woes

    I've found some fuel pumps on old petrol vehicles like to have the valves wet before they'll work properly. I get very bored of the taste of petrol...
  6. (Ferret) fuel tank woes

    Our sender unit un-seized after a god soaking and some careful cleaning and moving about (they're quite delicate). Not that it made much difference to the accuracy of the gauge.... There is aright up on the banjo bolt modification here, about 3/4 of the way down the page - http://www.ferret-fv701.co.uk/useful_info.htm Vince
  7. (Ferret) fuel tank woes

    You could still smell the tar from our tank some weeks after we drained it, and that was outdoors! Glad i wore gloves and managed not to get too much on my overalls, which also stank for weeks despite various soakings and washings...
  8. (Ferret) fuel tank woes

    Here's a couple of pictures of what the inside of our fuel tank looked like.
  9. Morris Quad - Mk-2 early

    Steady on Will, that could almost be counted as progress! Vince
  10. (Ferret) fuel tank woes

    I had to remove the fuel tank on a Ferret we had - wasn't too bad to do in the end, certainly helps to have someone outside the vehicle to pass you tools! Ours was such a state it had to be cut open and shot blasted. I then coated it with POR15 (which comes with a cleaning solution) to prevent future issues. Unfortunately there is no easy way to clean the tank out. What you can do is remove and clean up the banjo bolts in the bottom of the tank sides, which can be accessed through the belly plates. They are known to accumulate crud, and can be modified to pick up fuel at a slightly higher level by the addition of a short length of pipe. This helps prevent some of the tank crud being sucked into the fuel lines.
  11. Ferret modernization project

    Having played with CVRTs for a few years people said to me "you would be alright in the event of an emergency with that", but in actual fact I can't think of anything worse than an old armoured vehicle! As soon as something breaks, or you run out of fuel or have to leave the vehicle, you're stuffed! My vehicle of choice for an emergency situation would be something common and easy to find parts for, but just my opinion... The Ferret will still have the bevel boxes which like to run out of oil, regardless of what you do with engine, transmission and brakes. Also be minded that while disc brakes may be possible to retrofit, you'll need some form of hand brake on the vehicle. Good luck with your project though, Ferrets are great fun.
  12. WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    It's not so much the fuel that you need to worry about, as previously said it's the condensation and water content of the fuel that is the issue. I know with my MUTT tank the tank the decision was made to line it as it had been repaired and was a bit thin in places. Our CVRT has an old (unlined) Bedford lorry tank installed, and that is forever putting rust into the fuel filter.
  13. WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    If lining a tank, I can recommend POR15. It was used to line my M151A2 tank in 2007/8, and is still performing as per manufacturers intention (the filler neck is large enough and the tank small enough to see a good deal of the interior).
  14. Bedford oveheating

    Already ot tat problem here at work (on the railways), and its being overcome. Lots of OEM bespoke control gear being replaced with off-the-shelf items and proprietary software. A quick search on ebay and you can get computers to read most vehicle ECUs. I've also seen some firms advertising reverse-engineered ECUs for some vehicles. As time and technology move on, the skill set adapts. I think in future it will be more difficult getting a mechanical in-line fuel pump caliberated than an ECU rebuilt.
  15. Cvrt starter problem

    Is there sufficient battery voltage? The pinion will engage but the motor not turn if the voltage is low. Also check that the engine turns by hand (before you start pulling things to pieces) as it may have hydraulicly or mechanically locked.