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    Schutzenpanzer Marder 1

    I got all excited and through you had bought one or had one for sale. 😞 Interesting article and thanks for the link. Regards Doug
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Steve - I think in time you will agree that to have persevered with the Brighton run would have been a bad decision. The 3 of you were under the pump in order to make that event and pure and simple, the truck wasn't going to make it. Driving these old things on modern roads is stressful and having an untested vehicle with as it turned out a major issue would have just ruined the whole experience, probably with it marooned by the side of the road with a seized engine. In my opinion all 3 of you man'ed up and made the no-go decision which was a much harder thing to do than heading off down the road. In aviation it goes by a number of names, but is a well know trap for those who fixate on the goal to the exclusion of perspective. It is a difficult thing to resist. See graphic. Now you have no schedule, can get that engine running sweetly and can enjoy the rest of the restoration, other than the wings (mudguards) installation that is. Regards Doug (Aussie one)
  3. I am seriously considering giving my subscription to the W&P site the flick due to their blatant spamming of my inbox. I subscribed back in the Rex days when the newsletter was informative and interesting, now it is just blatant advertising for the various booking forms thinly disguised with the words Christmas or New Year. It is painfully obvious that it is now all about profit and not about community spirit as with Rex. So far I have received the following: Christmas greetings 7 x 2 = 14 New Year 1 x 2 = 2 (no doubt another 6 x 2 to follow) Why they think doubling up on every message is going to endear themselves to me is a mystery. There is a difference between advertising and spam and they are far over the line into spamming. Is it making me want to go there = NO? Is it REALLY annoying me = YES!!!! Regards Doug
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    W & P Blatant Spamming

    Just received an email about a special event at the show for Light weight Landies. That came with the obligatory "buy tickets" message, but perhaps they are finally starting to see the light and realise that there is such a thing as content marketing.
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    W & P Blatant Spamming

    Today's offering in stereo is 1) Buy a jacket 2) Buy tickets. Not a word about the attractions at the show, the attendees, the interesting vehicles, the flea market, public transport connections and so on. Rex please un-retire!
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    W & P Blatant Spamming

    Well, they are at it again. Duplicate blatant spamming. No real content, just pushing for advertising or/and fill in this form and pay money. Where is the information about what is on, the number of vendors (of MV parts, not carnival dross), the number of MVs registered etc? Larry, as tempting as unsubscribing is, curiosity has got the better of me for the moment as I wait to see if they can actually say something interesting amongst all the bumpf. Be nice to unsubscribe to mono, but would probably mean I would be totally unsubscribed. Oh for the days of the Rex emails, with genuine and interesting content..... Regards Doug
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Steve - I like your welding jig, simple, practical and logical. Richard, Flanders and Andy - were you talking timber I would have expected such replies. But cast iron??? No wonder it has taken the Goslings unaware being that they are metal workers. As it would have 99.5% of the rest of those who read this adventure. However, it does suggest that as the pistons have not been "left outside" and that being closed up in the engine, then the scenario may exist that they have yet to warp to their final dimensions? (Which could also account for the ring seizures?) If they had not finished their aging process, then the Goslings may very well find that they are now distorted and will complicate any corrective machining? Does this mean that the pistons need to be left to their own devices for a few months before any attempt to correct them is made? Regards Doug (Aussie one)
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    another Diamond T 980 restoration

    Hello Sam. Was worth asking in case there was something peculiar about the bogie spring arrangement that made it different from regular eliptical springs and meant they had to face only one direction. Regards Doug
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    another Diamond T 980 restoration

    Hello. Back when you were doing the springs, I notice you took care to preserve some yellow paint on one end. Would I be correct in thinking that the springs are only allowed to be installed facing a certain direction? If so, why is this? Regards Doug
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Flandersflyer. A lot of common sense in your suggestion. One wrinkle I can see is that they made their pistons round, but previous comments say they should be oval. Does that matter on such an ancient engine? Is it just a case of proportional expansion or do they have to factor in the need for "ovality"? Doug G. Australia
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Steve I would suggest that a pull down is the only real option. Persevering given the behaviour of the engine will probably not see any improvement and at best can only "make metal" as whatever is binding has to be scraped away and will then end up in the oil. We are not talking shoes "wearing them in" so that they become more supple. If the pistons are too large then I tend to think they will scour badly, if they leave material behind on the cylinder walls this is not healthy for the rings, possibly resulting in a broken ring. IIRC this vehicle has no oil filter, so that means the metal shavings will then circulate in your engine. Not a desirable scenario. Sorry, but hoping it will "wear in" is being confused here with "bedding in". Regards Doug
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Steve Just be wary that you are not being given a message by the vehicle that you are "pushing it" by trying to make your deadline. There seems to be multiple issues happening there. Would not like to hear that it gave endless trouble on the event or that you broke down part way there. Would it be more prudent to take one of the other vehicles and stop stressing the 3 of you? Regards Doug
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    JAGUAR J60 CARB, cold start

    The best place to buy diaphragm rubber is "Fitch the Rubber Man" in Adelaide, South Australia. They are a specialist and can source some very obscure products. They mail world wide. They keep a few thicknesses on hand and I have personally seen 1m wide rolls of it! Nobody else even comes close to their prices, way way cheaper than ebay.
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Asciidv I would be really surprised if there was an issue. Being that both end fittings were turned. The only out of balance I could imagine would be a seam on the inside of the tube. Time will tell.
  15. Phil. Thanks for the info. Doing a bit of a web search onwards from the address you supplied reveals that felt isn't just felt apparently. There is wool/blend or polyester to decide as well a grade (density). I would assume the original was wool, but polyester may have its advantages as it would be less likely to retain moisture than wool. Always learning. Thanks Doug
  16. Robin - please let me know if you find out, I have the same problem. Regards Doug
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Well, that makes it official, the Gosling clan just qualified as HMV royalty. ;-) London to a brick (or is that Brighton?) you would never have predicted when you started posting to this forum that your quiet restoration efforts would grow to become something avidly watched by people all over the world. Or that the Thorny restoration would prove more popular than the Dennis. I wonder which is the bigger surprise? Carry on chaps, the end is in sight, time to start planning the next restoration.
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Match it is a symptom of old age, resistance to new things, be they good or bad.
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Steve. Pyramid is a possible guess given the shape. But "nosing" has to be industry jargon and very unlikely that even with the wealth of knowledge on this forum, anyone would have come up with that term. "Banding", "trim", "grip" maybe, but "nosing", nope, just too obscure. I am also very surprised the product still exists a hundred years later, who would that predicted that? The weirdness, seemingly impossible finds and coincidences in our MV hobby never cease to amaze me. eg. I was talking to a bloke today at the local rubbish dump and he was telling me how he has collected the saddle and accoutrements (sp?) for a light horse soldier. The one thing he had not been able to find despite a long hard search was a mess tin. I said to him that I would be of no help as I would not know one if it fell on my foot. "Well actually one nearly did, you would have walked right by it at that garage sale we were both at 3 weeks ago, I was standing there looking at all the junk and realised at my feet was one in good condition and got it for a couple of bucks". It is amazing what is still out there, as you have shown many times with your finds. Regards Doug
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Steve. See attached photo please. What is the purpose of the dingle dangle? Something to do with damping vibration perhaps, but it seems too small? Regards Doug
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Andy. Ah, I see. The British polycarbonate equivalent to double glazing. Makes sense given your climate. Steve. In Oz, the old fibreglass skylight material was lucky to see more than 15 years due to our high UV index. If it wasn't that, the birds pecked holes in it to steal the fibres to make nests. 30 years is a very good life span for that type of product. Regards Doug
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Steve, great to see you are making the desired progress. The translucent roof in the first photo caught my eye, in Oz we are used to seeing corrugated profile in polycarbonate products for strength, but that roof is flat. What is the material? Would it not have to be quite thick and thus expensive in order to withstand rain, hail and its own weight? You are very naughty using that drill press without the permission card being signed!
  23. Bob FV 432 pattern, single casting in L and R versions.
  24. I am told someone was advertising these on ebay.co.uk some time back. Does anyone know who that person is and their contact details please? Thanks Doug
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Steve Excellent attention to detail for a temporary fitting. In your photo of the Carlton Lorry (IIRC) the cup looks to be copper rather than brass? On the far side, there appears to be 2 "fingers" clipped over the edge of the cup or lid? Regards Doug
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