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  1. simon king

    Finding the history of my Bedford MWD

    I know of at least 3 MWs currently being restored in SCC2😉
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    10cwt GS questions

    Thanks Peter. That’s useful. I don’t think these GS trailers had any lighting at all when first built so there were variations, not only in how and where the lights were fitted but also how the trailer lights were connected to the towing vehicle. Some seemed to have the cable coming out through a hole drilled in the plate at the front of the drawbar. These then had “park socket” for the cable on the side of the drawbar. In others the trailer cabling seemed to start at a female connector half way down the drawbar and it was linked to the towing vehicle by a separate cable with male connectors at either end. I guess fitters just drew what parts they needed from stores.
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    10cwt GS questions

    Be interested to see how the convoy light was originally fitted , Pete. I used the middle of those three tabs for which nobody seems to know the original purpose but I have no idea if that is correct or not
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    10cwt GS questions

    Hi Pete, The angle may be part of the T plate mount, although originally mine was just flat bar welded to the rear face of the corner post. Different manufacturers may have done it differently though. The two tabs are for the two handbrake return speings as Hoseman says
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    Water tankers in Normandy IWM film

    Interesting to see the cast iron sectional water tank, more often seen next to a railway line to fill up steam engines
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    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