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Grasshopper

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  1. Not a very good picture, but this shows the location of the idle screw when mounted to an engine:
  2. I've managed to adjust ours through the engine hatches before now, it's not too difficult.
  3. i stripped and rebuilt a Striker cupola bearing - there really are A LOT of bearing rollers in there! I needed to get a bit creative and find a mechanised method of cleaning up the rollers as doing each one individually was not really viable - I found the most effective way was dumping all the rollers in a bucket of diesel with a handful of sand and stirring the whole lot with a paint stirrer attached to drill. After about twenty minutes most of the rust was removed from them, then I washed them all and carefully re-assembled the bearing.
  4. Do they still do the Mercedes off-road course for the smaller MVs? May have to take the MUTT this year.
  5. I had heard some years back that the MOD wanted to order another batch of Wolfs but LR declined. I don't think the Defender line was that profitable given that they were largely hand-built and production/sales number were comparatively low (IMO) compared to other manufacturers production figures. At the end of the day they are a commercial business, and if a product isn't profitable then produce it? 36,169 was the most Defenders produced in a year. As a comparison, 4 million Toyota Land Cruisers had been built up to 1990 https://blog.toyota.co.uk/history-of-the-toyota-land-cruiser-heavy-and-light-duty-models-2. Economy of scale innit?
  6. My bad, another British Bike was certainly in a state of disassembly at the Steam show.
  7. The was the one I was watching being disassembled while watching the Pig show then!
  8. I've used this company in the past for Matador and bus springs https://www.paddingtonmotorspringsltd.co.uk/
  9. I don't believe that it is a requirement (under the new owner) to have a marshal in front of tracked vehicles.
  10. Had many issues with an M55 truck hydrovac unit leaking and that was all OEM parts - Dowty seals did the trick in the end.
  11. Given the re-positioned public entrance this year, it makes more sense than having it in the Americas field like last year...
  12. Recently had an older chap (over 6ft 2) sit in my M151A2 which has greater leg room than a Jeep due to the lack of chassis. Unfortunately he found he was unable to operate the clutch pedal due to his girth preventing his leg from coming up far enough!
  13. Being a parent I take a caravan as W&P now coincides with summer holidays. If it's wet or too hot my child will happily do stuff in the caravan without me being pestered all day! Sorry if it spoils the atmosphere, but it makes things more bearable than if I were spending a week in a tent with the same child...
  14. Give the MC seals in hydraulic oil oil for a good while, and get them warm too (i put them in a sealed jar of oil on a radiator) as it makes them more supple. The big seals are a heck of a job to get over, good to have a spare kit just in case one tears.
  15. The owner must be on something if they're expecting that much. There are plenty of preserved railways which have scores of unrestored carriages! Most in this state go for a token amount of money as they will sit awaiting their turn in the restoration queue.
  16. In the past, I've had to double-clip soft silicone hoses where vehicle-side pipes have been pitted. Seemed to do the trick, although probably not the aesthetic you want on this vehicle.
  17. I found on the foot air valve that there are 2x wire gauze filters which can be completely blocked up with rust. Worth checking them out.
  18. From memory we hoarded a bunch of NOS Chieftain hoses (years ago) as they had the same ends, and had a couple re-made into the length we required.
  19. Pedal to the floor is normal for full air brakes, whether the pedal operates the brakes are moving is another thing! I had the pedal on one of mine fail while shunting, something inside stuck and it ran away backwards down a small hill in a field. It is normal for there to be no feedback through the pedal itself. I understand most Matadors were full air, with a smaller number being air/hydraulic brakes.
  20. While a tyre can visibly have good treads and no cracking visible, no telling what the state of the tyre structure is.
  21. There have been a few cases in the PSV world of accidents being caused by the failure of old tyres (a quick internet search will show this), I recall (but can't find a link to at the moment) a vintage car which had 20 year old tyres on and one failed causing the death of the owner.
  22. When I was in the vintage bus restoration game, the worst words I would dread from an owner was "It hasn't done many miles since last years MOT".... First thing we'd then do was strip the wheels and drums off and un-seize all the brake shoe pivots and then go from there. The telltale for the state of the brake system on a Routmaster was if the handbrake came up a lot more than 3 clicks, then it hadn't had any maintenance.
  23. All you need to do is remove the seat back and the height bungees at the rear, remove the two nuts at the front of the sliders (in the drivers comp.) and pull the sliders off the studs, then operate the seat height adjuster which withdraws the locking bolts from the height adjuster bar. Then its a wiggle and a waggle to get it out.
  24. Could also be stuck thermostat or a blocked radiator.
  25. I sold my M1009 to a forum member at the northern tip of the Uk as it was being problematic to park in my road (due to width and living in a Cul-de-sac). Not long after that I moved to a house with a driveway, so wish I could have kept it! Would love an M1009 or Dodge equivalent at some point. Would be tempted to drop a Cummins B Series in one too.
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