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  1. PB1954RNS

    Albion BY5 F.B.E

    Not tried that route at all - will give it a go, also will try to expand trying Fab / stair making companies for off cuts. If no luck will have to buy a 3 meter strip as I want to finish off this out standing job. P.B
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    Albion BY5 F.B.E

    Hi . It's been a long time since an up date but with the lorry parked outside and battling rain and snow it's not been very good to work on it. I did manage to get underneath it and drain out the middle axle and found a sticky brown tar fell out of the axle and into the bucket. I left this to slowly drain out for a couple of days and then left it for another day just to be sure. The rear axle as you might know, the rear diff was taken out in the scrap yard and this included the axle drain plug. Having checked the web sites for a foundry, there was one not far from where I lived, so the plan was to use the original one to cast another one off and get it machined. As you can see from the photos not a great success but took it over to a machine shop and see what they could do with it - nothing - it was cast to size and below and ended up as a £20 paperweight. Plan B just have one machined out of bar instead. The cost was £60 but did a good job and they got the threads correct which are 1-3/16" BSF. Checked to find a tap to clean up the threads but not able to find one , so cleaned up the threads with a wire brush and with the threads coated in grease slowly wound the plug it in , stopping after a full turn and wound it out checking the threads for any damage. But slowly but sure it to the top, it was then removed so that I could clean out the axle of rust. I did clean out about a pound of rust and to make sure it was clean, I removed the oil filler and found this was solid with rust. This and the filler lid have been cleaned up and given a coat of Red Oxide and will be ready for a white undercoat. When replaced the axle will be filled with oil to protect the half shafts as they are not doing any thing but turning in the oil. Right, on other blogs, it has been brought up about pyramid nosing - I'm looking for 2 foot of 35 mm x 5 mm. I can only buy it in 3 meter length which is too much for the job I want it for. So would any one have a spare piece that they no longer require and can I buy it from you. I have tried fab workshops - they don't know what it is or can not help. Cheers. Paul Burns.
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    Albion BY5 F.B.E

    Hi. Just a quick update for the start of the new year. I spent some time between Christmas and New Year hiding from the surplus turkey and Christmas pudding in the shed making up the steel latches for the side locker. This is one of those small jobs that has been on the 'To Do' list for some time now and with the weather working against me to work on the Albion outside this was a good time to make them up.. Also cutting out the leather parts for making up the gaiters for the axles putting them into store ready to when they are need to be fitted.. Also many thanks to mark for letting have a spare switch box, this will be fitted as soon as the weather changes. I have double checked the wiring and all the electrical boxes and switches for any loose or dirty connections. I hope by fitting the new box this will cure the lack of supply to the coil and lights. Paul Burns.
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    Albion BY5 F.B.E

    Hi.I have put a wanted ad on this site to see if any one can help me out with a C.A.V 12 volt switch box to replace the one on the Albion that has suffered water damage due to being stored outside for a few years. I have put a photo of a switch box as shown in the workshop manual, if any one can help with any of the parts as shown in the diagram then please let me know as they would be most welcome. They can be big or small and if I can make one good one out of spare parts all the better. Just to wish all vehicle restorers seasons greetings . Cheers. Paul Buirns
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    Wanted C.A.V Switch Box.

    Wanted to replace the switch box on the Albion BY5 instrument panel. Mine has suffered water damage over the years it was stored outside and I would like to replace it. It is model C.A.V 12Volt type 47A -29 and I have seen one on Ebay for £170 - well out of my budget. So can any one help me with a complete switch box or parts to make up a good one. Thanks. Paul Burns.
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    Albion BY5 F.B.E

    Hi Pete. Many thanks for your help and advice about the wiring, to be honest I want to sort out both issues,. to get the engine running and to sort out the electrical problems at the same time. I'm away for a few days but when back I want to go over and check all the connections as the first stage and then move on to the next one. I do need to get a replacement switch box as this will put my mind at rest, at the moment it's like a itch you cannot scratch and will feel better about it with a replacement. Thanks for the info on post war switch box and will keep a check on ebay and will put a wanted ad on this site. Cheers. Paul Burns.
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    Albion BY5 F.B.E

    Hi. Just a catch up on the wiring situation on the lorry. After doing some domestic jobs around the house I did manage to get out and start to check the wiring with the multimeter. I did find two circuits that were dead - A) Wire from the Ignition Coil back to the Switch Box. B) From the Fuse Box up to the Switch Box which controls the lights. So its going to be the case of checking the wiring that I removed when I took the Switch Box out and check to see that it has been wired up correctly., or to what I think could be the real cause of the problem is the water damage that I found when taking it apart. I shall have another go and try to clean it up again. I don't know if there are any companies who can service the Switch Box out there, if any one knows of a company then please let me know . The other alternative is to try and find another one in a better condition, but so far have not seen one for 12 volt system. The Fuse Box is the original one and has the wire fuse on a type of card that fits into spring clamps and I want to get some spare fuses, any help welcome - I'm away for a couple of days and will post a photo of the type needed. Cheers. Paul Burns.
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    Albion BY5 F.B.E

    Hi Andy. No worries about the book many thanks for letting know about it and it is sat in my collection of books about Albion BY lorries. I'm hoping to get it moving around again in the summer subject to fixing some large and extra large problems!. The main problem is the weather as I have to work outside on it. The equipment is slowly being replaced as I find it and I still have to call in to the R.E Museum to measure up the boat. Main spending is the last two new tyres as the costs for the tyres, flaps and inner tubes cost just under £600, so hitting EBay to sell off bits and bobs. I have managed to grease up the wire lifting cables as the cables are a bit dry, after a few windings up and down are well covered. Still trying to sort out the wiring problem and get the engine running again. Will update as I sort things out. Paul Burns.
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    Albion BY5 F.B.E

    Hi. Not been able to do much due to weather - cold or wet. When it has been able to work on the lorry , I have been checking over wires that I did disconnect and cleaning up the faces of of the connectors. The one main problem and I have always had doubts over is the switch box on the instrument panel, this did have water in it during its time outside. I did strip it down and clean it up , replaced the ignition spindle in the ON/OFF switch, but feel that this might be a problem and need replacing subject to getting a replacement. Being mechanically minded and not being electrically up to scratch - I having a few trial runs with the meter before diving in to start and check the circuits . History Note. The half Albion at the start of this blog still in the scrap yard , I have the details of it. L5333019 , Chassis No 52521F, Reg No 18YX62 and sold from C.V.D Ashchurch on 09/09/59. Will keep you informed as I progress. Cheers. Paul Burns.
  10. A PHOTO COPY of the Maintenance Manual and Instruction Book for the following models - Tractor 4X4 F.A C/8 - Mark 2 and Mark 3, Chassis 30- cwt. 4x4 C9/B. Lorry 30, cwt. 4x4 A.T Portee C/8. Mark 2 and Mark 3. Tractor 4x4 A.T. C/8 Mark 2 and Mark 3. Tractor 4x4 A.T. C8/P.. This book was brought back in 1981 when I had a Quad Mark 2 and a Mark 3, but these were sold on but always thought I would find another one and restore it. But now having the Albion BY5 to restore - one is enough and so the book is being sold to raise funds for the Albion. I'm looking for £35 and £5 P+P and will be sent marked to be signed for . Paul Burns.
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    Albion BY5 F.B.E

    Hi. Many thanks for your reply - on checking the wiring around the control board there is a combination of old and new wiring installed. Will check it all over again and have now ordered a multimeter to try and get this problem sorted. Many Thanks P.B
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    Albion BY5 F.B.E

    Hi. As requested the wiring diagram for the Albion in two parts. The lorry has stood outside for many a good few years, so I don't know if the weather has corroded any of the wiring or terminals. Any thoughts or suggestions welcome. Cheers. P.B
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    Albion BY5 F.B.E

    Hi. It's on my list to get a multimeter and will be checking out various web sites to get one. As for the problem well it's from the control board upwards, I have taken the cover off to check the wiring but all seems okay. Could something electrical in the control board be stuck, burnt out or just being very awkward.. I want to try and get this out before buying a new control board, it could something so simple......... PB.
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    Albion BY5 F.B.E

    Hi. Time for a update on the old girl. Things have been a bit slow due to the weather as I keep the lorry outside under sheets and as the season has changed, I have set up a programme of mechanical jobs to pass the winter away. First of all I have now got the vehicle Army Reg from the R.L.C Archive and it's 18YX66 and was sold off on the 25/08/59 and is marked as C.V.D Ashchurch. Next tyres, These are the new tyres but only one fitted but you can see that they have a larger diameter but still the same size. The old tyre is going to be fitted on the spare tyre stand on the other side of the body work, still need two more tyres to finish. Also the brackets for the leather gaiters are now fitted and checking the others will need to make a full set for the remaining axles. And talking about axles still looking for the rear axle drain plug - 1-1/8" BSF thread, any one got a spare one doing nothing and want to find a good home - them please let me know. If I cannot get one then I shall have to have one made up. I brought some leather off Ebay and also the hole punch and eyelet punch as well. I wanted to touch up the paint work on the wheel - please don't try this at home - And 3/4's of a can of green paint is now sat on my garden. I was lying on my back to check and fit the original leather gaiter and I found some thing stuck in my back, quick push with the arm problem gone. Then came the smell of paint - another can on order. One of the winter jobs is to try and get the engine running, there is a new battery as the old one was passed it's working life date. When connected the stater motor will spin but from the fuse box/ control board to the instrument panel is dead. I have checked the fuses and cleaned them up but still the same . There isn't any of the lights working or any discharge on the ammeter - it's like a blockage on the cable that's stopping it from working. Well fellow restorers any ideas as to what the problem could be any views welcome. P.B
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    Universal Carriers blueprints/ books etc

    Hi. Don't know if this is any good to you not being 100% on carriers, but the National Archives have a hull drawing of a Bren Carrier No2, MK 1/L and MK 2/L. Classed as a large drawing Record No WO 194/154 and dated Dec 1938. Any help. P.B