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  1. Grasshopper

    what do you use to cover your vehicle ?

    I looked at getting a replacement cover, but it was about a 3-4 month lead time and almost 65-70% the cost of a new complete shelter. Now our 2 covers have given out completely, the frames would have to be dismantled to fit new covers now so the vehicles have just gone back to being sheeted up. We also put storm straps over the top (proved invaluable!) but these caused the sheet to wear through in a couple of places.
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    what do you use to cover your vehicle ?

    Got about 5 years out of our Machine Mart tent before the covers disintegrated.
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Pyramid nosing (which I didn't know the name of) is used extensively on ex London Transport busses (think RT, RF vintage).
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    CVRT Coolant?

    We had the issue of coolant hoses leaking in the cold on a fleet of new diesel trains in 2004. We had to change the type of clamp and the applied torque was critical. I have a friend with a vintage bus who had the same issue, and up-rating the hoses for silicone and more modern clamps (in place of jubilee clips) have cured his issues.
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    7.50 x 20 Tyres for sale

    On behalf of my father, I have been asked to advertise that he has (6x) new 7.50 x 20 bar grip tyres for sale, with new tubes and flaps. Price is £100 each, located near Ashford.
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    Mk1 Ferret

    Steve, I would offer to buy it back at what you paid me for it, but I think you'd tell me where to go...
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    Oil on steering and main brake rotors

    Our Spartan issue came to a head following loading onto a transporter truck. The steering was fine when I loaded up, then she got rained on and when I unloaded (I think there was a period of storage between these events), the steering was gone! I assume the water level in the gearbox compartment caused the steering brakes to become contaminated due to the angles the vehicle achieved on the loading ramps. That and being the oil/water being thrown around by the rotating cooling fan and brake disks. Anyway that led to the eventual discovery of the final drive being the issue.
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    Oil on steering and main brake rotors

    Could be the seal in the final drive output (quill) shaft. I've had that on a Sultan we once had and we removed the final drive to renew the seal. Although heavy, it's not too bad a job to do. We walked the final drive out on to some timber packing, pulled the shaft, old seal off, then refitted it all. Including breaking the track, about 3 hours work. We also had a leak on our Spartan final drive, and this turned out to be the ring of bolts around the outside (which should have been lock wired) were all loose! I'd suggest a good clean up and then try and identify where the leaks are originating from.
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    CVRT - Start after Storage - Question

    I can't say I know of any CVRT owner who turns there engines over by hand. Regular start ups help obviously. I do know of one CVRW Fox that possibly has a stuck valve but that's after about 10 years of inactivity, the outcome would be the same for most old vehicles though! There is certainly nothing about that in the CVRT manuals.
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    CVRT - Start after Storage - Question

    It makes sense, as J60s in storage to sometimes suffer stuck valves (I used to turn our spare engines but didn't for a period and now they have stuck). It is possible to turn the engine over in situe using the fan, trouble is by turning the engine over you can still damage a valve if it is stuck. I can honestly say that having been involved with 1x CVRT for almost 10 years, and during that period she has sat in damp environments for very long periods unused, we have not had any issues with sticking valves in the installed engine. The spare engines are in a container and have stuck. Perhaps having the exhaust system and vehicle intake system have helped on the vehicle engine, where the stored ones don't have these so do? Vince
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Like some others here, I am not a welder but when I was on the tools I seemed to have a knack for brazing to the point where I could produce neater brazed joints than some of my welder colleagues. Couldn't gas weld though! Its all about the molten pool and dabbing the rod in it. I repaired many a vintage exhaust system with braze.
  12. Good work Phil. I've only carried out this process on a seized Striker commanders cupola, so am aware how tricky it can be. The bearing rollers were so bad that I ended up placing them in a bucket with an oil/derv mix and spinning them around for a good while with an electric paint mixer to try and get the rust off! Vince
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    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.
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    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!
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    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.