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  1. Grasshopper

    H license

    Given that some people passed their Cat H test on private land, I'd have though that the vehicle type is not an issue.
  2. I spy early type rubber tyred rear idlers... I hope they hold up as theyre not as easy to replace as road wheels!
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    CVRT Generator problem

    That lamp is something to do with the split charge system (radio batteries). It's an odd lamp too if you ever need to replace it.
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    (Ferret) fuel tank woes

    I've had POR15 in my MUTT for 11 years now. I can see in the tank and the covering still appears fine. Having done the same in a Ferret tank, the best way I found to coat the tank was to roll it around a field for a while! Also had some stands set up to drain the excess afterwards.
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    is this a prime mover

    We do manufacture power transformers of all sizes in the UK. We also export them - its a global market.
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    is this a prime mover

    I believe that one or some of the Trojan chassis were originally Alvis Unipower prototypes (formerly Scammell) http://tractors.wikia.com/wiki/Alvis-Unipower
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    (Ferret) fuel tank woes

    I found rolling the tank around a field for 20 minutes seemed to give it a good coating. Did the same for the degreasing prior to coating - good exercise! Our tank was so bad it had to have the back side cut out to have the interior shot blasted.
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    Stolly without a brolly (or anything else to protect it)

    There are stollys about in the UK which have had disconnects fitted, but what and how I have no idea!
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    Head Gasket K9

    I wouldn't have thought you'd need a hoist to get the head off. I use to work on vintage busses (and the odd vintage truck) and never needed a hoist to get a head off. Lift the head up a bit at one end and pack it out with card or timber, repeat at the other end and so forth until it is high enough to lift off. May be a 2 person job.
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    My MUTT had POR15 added in the fuel tank when restored some 12-13 years ago, and it's still lovely and clean and leak free. A good product (I have no link to the manufacturer nor am I affiliated with any distributors of said product). I've since used it in a Ferret fuel tank and would not hesitate to use it again.
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    Question AEC Militant MKI

    From experience, ball joints go with an alarming bang! I worked on a lot of AEC busses and we had a big wind-on ball joint splitter for those.
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    War & Peace Revival - 2018

    I read somewhere that at it's peak W&P had somewhere near 4000 vehicles exhibited.
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    Scorpion V5C

    Bob, PM sent.
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    Someone got a bargain there.
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    CVRT break downs

    Had an engine expire due to low oil pressure, but on that occasion we took the precaution of having it followed with a recovery truck due to it being a first proper road run. Then discovered the low oil warning lamp had been removed from the vehicle dash... Also had a coolant hose split, fortunately not far from a show site. Cooled down, repaired filled and bled up the system. Also had brake pad, handbrake, brake cylinder, coil and road wheel issues but on show sites. Also had an HT lead ceramic end crack.
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    7.50 x 20 Tyres for sale

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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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    CVRT Carburetor data

    Does anybody here have the float height settings for a CVRT carb? I have the J60 EMERs which are very useful, but they don't seem to contain this particular bit of information.I thought I'd better check it on the carb rebuild I'm about to undertake. Thanks in advance, Vince
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    Cvrt and heat

    It really isn't easy to judge engine speed with all the other noise going on. Being a shorty, I can keep a good eye on the RPM gauge in the dash without too much hassle. On the odd time I was hatch ornament in our Spartan, I could see the RPMs the other driver was achieving (sensible ones) and hear the exhaust (which you can't from the drivers position) and found the exhaust note quite alarming!
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    Saracen hill climbing

    On our M55 the electric pump we fitted aided start up, but restricted fuel flow when power was required. We switched back to the mechanical pump and the issue went away.
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    Discussion on the bling ferret

    Whatever did become of that Ferret (aside being put up for sale at silly prices on multiple occasions)?
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    Antar towing a rocket???

    Having watched the Honest John video, it seems a lot of work to fire 1 missile! I count 3 specialist trucks (albeit based on common mechanical components), a specialist trailer and then M151 and M35 vehicles for command/control and troop transport. Can't help thinking a medievil catapult and a dustbin full of flaming grease may have been easier...
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    Antar towing a rocket???

    Our M55 in happier times. Interestingly I have seen a picture of one of these trucks with a matching trailer which has the same size load bed!
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    Antar towing a rocket???

    Having driven an International Harvester M55 (with Continental 6602 Gasoline engine) on more occasions than I'd care to, they do sound like a heard of aircraft when driving through built up areas. I also noted that the exhaust is just at the right height for smoking out posers in soft top BMWs at traffic lights.... as for brakes and turning circle, the less said the better! Although specified for carrying Honest John resupply loads, our one never had the Honest John mounting frames installed. The firepower museum also had one that was fitted with the tie downs.
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    Jaguar J60 carb diagram

    Resurrecting an old thread again, does anybody have details on setting the float height on a CVRT carb? I'm contemplating building up a good one using a rebuild kit and it would be good to be able to check that the float heights are correct. Doing this on my MUTT made a big difference to how it runs! And yes I still seem to be taking Spartans to bits as suggested further up the thread...getting there slowly!