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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. Have you got a body for the Matador, or perhaps a lead on one? Alternatively, is your current plan to build it from scratch. There seem to be a lot of metal fittings in that body.
  6. Does anybody know how to integrate a Lucas RB340 voltage regulator into the electrics of a Bedford MW? What terminals on the RB box need to be connected to what wires in an original pattern MW loom? (I have gone for standard MW wiring) I have built a RB340 regulator into the shell of the original MWR Lucas Type 142/1 box and now need to connect the new regulator internally to the terminals of the original box. I could and can wait for my auto electrician to advise, but I would like to at least try and get the control box buttoned up and painted if at all possible Terminals on the RB340 are Earth, Dynamo, Warning Light, Dynamo Field, Battery Pos which is linked to Output to Fuse Box. Any assistance from Bedford electrics experts would be welcomed. thanks
  7. MWR fitments need clarifying for posterity if nothing else... Engine generator uses type 142 on the engine bulkhead Auxiliary (battery charging) dynamo uses type 141/2 in the rear body
  8. You can buy laser cut steel discs on eBay and then easily make your own support legs with steel tube
  9. Airborne trailers are often seen in use by RAF Mountain Rescue teams, but I have never seen a picture of the wooden bodied GS type in RAF Service.
  10. The type 47A-29 switchboard for lights and ignition was used in many softskin vehicles such as Bedfords, Fordsons, Humbers, Morris Commercial etc. Professionally produced waterslide transfers to replace the original silkscreened lettering on these instrument panel units which tends to wear off with use and can cost an arm and a leg to have replaced. . Photo shows transfers applied to restored unit. Each set includes the option for either CAV logo or CAV in capital letters as shown. Cost £6.50 with additional sets sent at the same time for £5.00
  11. Isn’t it more likely to be a conversion of the obsolete Morris C8/MG 2pdr Anti tank gun portee?
  12. That Visual Control Room is a post war addition to the tower. The original VCR would have been a square glass box like that at East Kirkby
  13. simon king

    DO 17 raising

    You can’t save everything, but if you think that the money and manpower spent so far could have better helped to put some wings on the Hampden, Brigand, Wallace and Southampton fuselages, or contributed towards the (admittedly private) Whitley and Stirling projects, then yes why spend so much on the recovery and attempted stabilisation of flaking and fizzing aluminium.
  14. Wonder how they’re going to use the Apache.........
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