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  1. Thanks for that. The red and black sockets came from Paul Beck Vintage Car Spares in Malvern. They are reproduction items.
  2. Another step forward. Windscreen back on.
  3. Hi Jim are you using standard gaskets or the copper sandwich ones available from Norman Aish? If the standard ones, are you sure that they are orientated the correct way as apparently you can put them on the wrong way - leading to a leaky join between the head and manifold. simon
  4. No....that post war body has been transferred from a trailer chassis on to the back of the CMP chassis. It is therefore non-original..
  5. I am sure that Trading Standards at Hull City Council also be very interested to hear of your experience with this firm. Somebody I know had similar problems with this same company a few years ago. He got the item eventually but I seem to recall him waiting years rather than months for the said item. It became a standard greeting to ask him if he had received his item yet.......
  6. Thanks Adrian, was interested to see how this progressed. I guess that’s the answer.
  7. Any progress you can report on this detailed restoration?
  8. Those were the Genmarc bodies. The firm’s name was a contraction of General Marcos. I guess their primary intended use was for jeepney taxis.
  9. Thanks Richard, that's useful, just got to get my frames repaired now
  10. Richard, I was thinking of putting a thin spacer under the central post so that it would be possible to remove the binnacle without undoing the central post. It is still retained by the 4 c/s screws across the top, even if it is not trapped by the L-bracket at the bottom of the post. Do you think it’s workable?
  11. John, If that part number on the drop arm is 1031864, which it appears to be on my tablet, then that is the drop arm used for the first 4000 Bedford MWs suggesting that the column might be from an aeroscreen MW
  12. Recent little projects have included refurbishment of the previously gutted MWR-specific CAV control box to maintain the original outwards appearance whilst adding a modern unit within the shell linked to the original connections and a rework of the manifolds to reinstate the heat control valve, replacing the two nuts and bolts through the holes in the sides of the manifold.
  13. Been a while since I posted on here, but progress continues, even if life tends to throw a few curved balls at me along the way. Progress (woodwork by me, metalwork generally by others) has included Completion of 19 Set installation repair of the three original lockers build of a new offside rear locker to match nearside locker build of two new metal bins of the correct size build of three battery frames to match the one original build of two operators seats to match one original build of new frame and cover for charging panel strip down of cab, and repairs as necessary - all holes drilled and dowelled build of new gutter panel obtained/made correct Bedford pattern seats and mounts including adjuster mechanism repair of battery box refurb of instrument binacle, including commissioning transfers for CAV switchboard repair of generator footstep box repairs to radiator panel repairs to radiator shroud repairs to front wings build of new can carrier stripdown of engine compartment -where work continues Some photos of progress
  14. With my luck you wouldn’t want to! The jeep will be refinished as M1501912 the next time around in case by some chance we ever attend the same show.....although would anybody actually notice?
  15. Pete, I feel some empathy as we both ended up with a Jeep carrying the same British census number, you by research and me by choosing a number at random, based on the age of the vehicle. As you say always two ways to skin a cat. The jeep was a ground up restoration from a bare chassis, but my Bedford, because of its distant and open fronted, rough floored, location has to be a bit by bit restoration. Much as I’d like to strip it to a bare frame, it isn’t practical. The result will be the same... I hope.....but will take longer. Flexibility and the ability to develop alternative plans are therefore always helpful as well. The Christmas cracker joke metaphor.....”how do you eat an elephant.....one bite as a time” also pertains. I also treat individual parts, such as the manifolds or areas such as the driver’s cab or the engine compartment as an individual restoration project to be completed before moving on to the next sub project. Some of the smaller sub projects can be brought home to work on. On long projects, it gives you a psychological boost to complete sub projects rather than feeling the whole thing stretching into infinity. Just the views of another old fart to be used or ignored as appropriate.
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