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About mike30841

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  • Birthday 01/08/1959

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  • Location
    Bingley, West Yorkshire
  • Interests
    Classic vehicles, model railways
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    Work in the insurance industry
  1. Insuring Carrier during shipping

    What you need is a marine transit or marine cargo policy - a decent commercial broker should be able to sort you one out - try googling "marine transit insurance". Hope you manage to sort out some suitable cover. Cheers, Mike.
  2. WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Don't know if this is any help? I once watched large diameter copper pipe for steam locomotive injectors being formed at my local preserved railway. Their technique was to pack the pipe with sand, clamp one end firmly and heat the area where the bend is to be formed to a cherry red colour, then bend freehand before allowing it to cool. it would probably be possible to bend around a former of suitable material. I don't know if this was a one off or whether it is the usual method, but it certainly seemed to work. Mike
  3. Sankey Wheels

    Hi all, I am in the process of having manufactured some of the studs and nuts that hold together the halves of the two-part Sankey wheels as fitted to most British vehicles of WW2 period ( I believe the studs and nuts are the same on the 16" and 20" rims). I don't yet have any idea of price, but wondered if anybody else needs any of these to replace the odd stud which is missing or damaged? Please let me know as soon as possible if you are interested, so that I can work out how many to get made. May I also wish everybody a happy and prosperous new year. Mike.
  4. Bedford QLT rear seat material and colour

    You are almost certainly correct in stating that vinyl was not available at that time. The coverings on the body I saw were, as I said in my first post, some type of leathercloth ( the trade name "Rexine" springs to mind but I am not certain if this is correct), which pre-dates the plastics era. I very much doubt if this can still be obtained, so a modern vinyl type of product would probably be the nearest equivalent.
  5. Bedford QLT rear seat material and colour

    Have managed to find a rather poor picture, which shows that the covering is very dark, either black or a very dark green. Certainly, in your picture the covering looks very dark and has a fair sheen, so it doesn't look like canvas. Possibly the ones with canvas seats have had them re-covered at some point, either in service or subsequent civilian ownership, or maybe when they were built the factory used whatever they could get hold of. It does seem odd that they may not have been canvas when every other contemporary vehicle I can think of had canvas seat covers - I doubt if anybody knows the reason after all these years. Personally I would probably go with black vinyl or similar, but I am no expert, and have only had the chance to inspect the one example.
  6. Bedford QLT rear seat material and colour

    I looked over the remains of a QLT body a couple of years ago. As far as I could see the seats appeared to have the remains of a black leathercloth type of covering, which would tie in with your picture. Mike.
  7. It is clearly nonsense to state that these are private events. The organisers are inviting the public, for a fee, to attend their show. Are you suggesting that the public should be excluded from such events? Even at a strictly private event, it would be extremely foolhardy, and of doubtful legality, to drive a vehicle anywhere where other people are present, whilst uninsured. If I were to do so and knock you down, causing injury, I am sure you would be screaming for compensation before you hit the ground. Where would that leave you if you were unable to walk or work again, and I had no insurance? It is surely a matter of common sense to have the appropriate insurance before you drive a vehicle anywhere. Thankfully, accidents at shows are extremely rare, but I am aware of an incident at a Landrover show a few years ago when an exhibitor reversed over, and killed, a young child.
  8. 35 years in the insurance industry. As an aside, don't all responsible show organisers insist that show entrants must have suitable third party insurance, and hold appropriate licence to drive the vehicle entered in the show? Certainly, all the entry forms I have ever filled in require this. In any case, just suppose you did drive an uninsured vehicle around a showground, and you injured or killed someone with it - how would you feel? More to the point, how would you pay any legitimate claim against you? Claims for serious injury or death can run to many hundreds of thousands, in rare cases even millions, of pounds. Very few, if any, of us, have pockets that deep.
  9. For the purposes of the road traffic act, a road is defined as any place to which the public have access. This would include private car parks, showgrounds - even a private field if, for example, there is a footpath running through it.
  10. As wierd one

    Try putting your old plugs back in and see if that cures it. Mike.
  11. Bedford MW

    That is interesting, because the one thing I haven't tried is taking the thermostat out and running without. Might give it a go and see what difference it makes - incidentally, I did fit a new thermostat when the engine was rebuilt. Mike.
  12. Bedford MW

    Hi Dave, I have had this problem with my OX as long as I have owned it. Before I had the engine rebuilt, foam came out of the radiator cap. Since the rebuild coolant comes out. I have never managed to find the cause, despite an engine rebuild, replacement (pressure tested) head, radiator re-cored, filler neck spring reinstated and neck set up as per manual. I try to keep the coolant level just above the tubes and try to put up with it, but you can guarantee when coolant does spray out, it goes all over the windscreen! With vacuum wipers, this is more than a minor inconvenience. Regards, Mike.
  13. Solex Carburetor - Bedford QL

    Hi Mark, The carb on the QL has fixed jets, so the only setting up you need to do is the idle mixture and tickover speed - even the governor is pre-set. If the engine ran ok on your old carb it should run fine if you re-fit it. If you fit the new one, just set the idle mixture by trial and error then adjust the tickover and away you go. Regards, Mike.
  14. Help with Lwt Land Rover Gear Box problem?

    If the noise isn't present under load, it doesn't sound like a problem with the engine or gearbox - you can verify this by going through the gears with the transfer box in neutral. If the noise isn't present, it suggests that the problem is in the drive train. There are so many joints in the drive train that it could simply be wear in some or all of them having a cumulative effect. Whilst you have power on, any slack is taken up, but as soon as you press the clutch, the wheels are driving the prop shafts and gears etc, and the clunk you describe is the backlash being taken up. As FV102 suggested, go through the drive train methodically, checking for wear in splines, ujs, drive flanges etc, you problem is likely to be in one or more of these. Best of luck locating the problem. Mike.
  15. Wanted - Bedford QL bearings

    Hi Mark, Have you tried Pete Gaine - he might have some. Failing that, you could try Gosnays Engineering or F W Thornton, they both have large stocks of old engine parts, but they tend to be very pricey! Regards, Mike.