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  1. simon king

    1944 leather jerkin

    Wasnt urine used in the process as well?
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    1944 leather jerkin

    I used Connolly Hide Care Cream on my jerkin which was unused/unissued but dried from years in storage. Connolly leather used in Rolls Royces so I assumed it was good stuff and it certainly fed and softened the leather. As ever test on small patch first though.
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    Morris C8

    See this thread http://hmvf.co.uk/topic/7180-humber-8cwt-pu/ Although this is an 8cwt FFW, i think the same principle was intended for the Morris and Bedford 15cwt FFWs. Canvas tilt and frame is removed from truck, extension legs are added to the elongated front and rear frames and the additional canvas aprons are attached to the bottom of the tilt. Pegs are used to secure aprons to the ground. The bottom of the apron may be cuffed for stones etc. to further secure the bottom edge. The metal channels attached to the frames rest on the body top edge and also hold the frames in place four-square when used as a stand-alone shelter.
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    Morris C8

    Not mine Richard, enough on with my MWR!.....and there are about 7 different editions of the parts list for the MW.
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    Morris C8

    A 15cwt FFW will need some factory fitment of gearbox PTO, auxiliary dynamo, shielded ignition suppression and bond straps etc so in retrospect i guess the factory would need to designate the chassis differently. Odd that they just didn’t designate it as C8FFW or C8R though.
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    Morris C8

    The differences between the two dataplates (note position of WD on the bottom line and the depth of the full stop pressing) and the style of pressed lettering (cf Dymo tape) suggest these are created individually or in batches on an Addressograph type machine. Perhaps the GB instead of GS is a simple typographical error, in much the same way as somebody stamped MWQ on a Bedford chassis instead of ???. 75 years later such errors assume far greater significance than ever anticipated.
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    Morris C8

    I think 3 might be the mount for the charging board which switched power from the auxiliary generator or chorehorse generator to the banks of batteries. 4 could be the trunking protecting the cables running from the auxiliary generator under the floor to the big control box seen in earlier pictures.(That in turn feeds the charging board) 5 could be the mount for the CAV ammeter associated with the control box. 1 could be part of the cover for the charging board or control box. 10 could be part of the clamping system used to secure the radio table to the floor..
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    Morris C8

    Pretty sure that no 9 are the four bars that hold the four wooden 100-125 Ah battery boxes into their frames. If the Morris mirrors MWR practice, there should be four frames with eight long threaded rods to which are welded large wing nuts. These screw down onto those bars to hold the batteries in place.
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    Morris C8

    Thanks for these photos. It certainly gives credence to the theory as I don’t think the foot is a part for the antenna. Would it be possible to let us have some dimensions for those three canvas extension aprons. This might give us a clue to the original length of the tube extensions
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    Morris C8

    David, is there a way of securing the tilt frame in a raised position on the truck as you suggest. The 3 planks attached to the tilt frame just rest on the top of the original body. There is no other attachment. Also the windows in the canvas only work if you think of it as a separate tent as they are behind the lockers otherwise. Similarly the canvas blinds are on the inside, suggesting easy access from the inside. Just not possible with the lockers in place. The radio installation, with the No23 carrier that just clips onto the table, is specifically designed to be removed from the back of the truck if required, and the attached diagram shows it being used away from the truck. That’s why the 300w Chorehorse genny is carried to allow the installation to be used without access to the vehicle auxiliary dynamo. The charging board is attached with wing nuts to allow it to be easily removed for remote use. Having said all this, I suspect the feeling was that it was a lot of faffing around for little benefit and the option was rarely used
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    Morris C8

    Hi Sigve Do you have the original canvas tilt for the truck? Do those three canvas extension pieces attach to the bottom of it by any chance? If so you may have proved something that I have been wondering about for a while - that on the 15cwt FFW like the MWR and your museums Morris, it was possible to take the tilt frame off the truck to use as a separate radio tent. That is why the tilt frame is extended front and back. Once on the ground, the trucks canvas would not be long enough so the three additional sections were intended to be attached to the bottom of the trucks canvas to fully enclose the tent. Were there any extension pieces for the four legs as well? The two circles are intended to close off the speaking tubes when used as a tent. As with the MWR, the planks attached to the tilt frames are only intended to provide stability when the frame is being used away from the vehicle as a separate tent
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    RAF vehicle camouflage

    If it was a purely domestic vehicle, used for delivering the post or running stores around the station, would they even bother to repaint to match the current regulations. The van is unlikely to be in a "combat" situation and all the regulations seem to state that vehicles should only be repainted into a new scheme when the vehicle needed to be repainted. As a station runabout it might not have had a lot of hammer and the paint never deteriorated to the point where it needed another coat. It is possible that it was requisitioned in early 1940 or was delivered to an post Dunkirk contract where anything with wheels was welcome so it might have been refinished or finished in blue-grey/black wings or KG3/black wings. Just a thought
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    RAF Leyland workshop lorry

    The narrow gauge War Department Light Railway workshop trains are well illustrated in WDLR Album by Roy Link. They seem to be built onto the standard D Class bogie wagon chassis and are therefore longer than the IWM example. Could be the source of the idea that it was once a railway wagon, although it would have had to be cut down.
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    I have a similar original repair on my jeep block under the distributor boss to repair frost damage. There’s a lot more screws around the perimeter of the applied patch though.
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    Bedford OYC Water Carrier - Preserved Example?

    The OYC was a Bedford OY 3 ton chassis and cab bodied by external suppliers. In the case of a tanker likely to have been Butterfields or Thompson’s. There seem to be quite a few in preservation if google images is to be believed