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david56

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About david56

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  • Birthday 11/18/1956

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    West London
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    Anything mechanical
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    Hydroseeder!
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  1. It is so sad to see Witham’s on-line auctions. Gone is the interesting stuff. I have bought a few HGV trucks over the years and been very happy with them. Now since loosing the MOD contract the stuff they put on the web site is crap. Old chain saws, lots of Chinese generators. Brightwells have a few snatch land rovers and some 90’s with incredibly low mileages but that’s it where is the heavy stuff going? what also happened to the “Lots of assorted spare parts” I suppose that the truth is now a days Military equipment is leased and at the end of its life it disappears. Contrast this with the Eastern European and Russian stuff of which there seems to be tons available. Though nowadays There isn’t much available that is complete I want to replace my old DAF with a GAZ 66 but I can’t find one that is complete and running. That isn’t in Siberia and won’t cost three times more than it’s worth to get customs and transport clearance I feel that civilian access to old heavy MV’s is probably drawing to a close. I have been looking at ex Local Authority gritters and snow ploughs as a route to 4x4 and 6x6 chassis cabs. It’s a mine field too. Also the new MOT rules are a further constriction as well as the 10 year rule on tyres. Im sad because as a lad I bought all my cars from Ruddington auctions including a run of Austin 1800 ex staff cars they were dead cheap and very well looked after. Now I use 4x4 trucks for my business but new iveco/ unimogs are well beyond reach. I suppose it’s a sign of the times. in sadness David
  2. Hi, you also need to find your nearest HGV mot station in order to fill in the form. I would check on the waiting list, they can be quite long. You could find a commercial vehicle garage who can do a pre MOT so you get an idea what is needed. David.
  3. Anybody interested https://www.brightwellslive.com/lot/details/410781
  4. Does anybody Saxon armoured vehicle. That they could measure the wheel stud centres, diameter, width and offset for me please. I want to buy some wheels that came off a Saxon and was hoping they might fit my truck. David.
  5. https://whitelabel-2.globalauctionplatform.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/wca/catalogue-id-witham1-10000/lot-f4c424c0-f62b-43cc-9499-aa39010b65e6 these are the tyres.
  6. Hi. I have been considering changing the tyres on my truck. On Ebay there is a set of wheels and tyres I am keen to try They are fitted with “Run Flat Inserts” what are these? do they effect the maximum speed when used on the road is there any downside to using them Are all ten stud wheels interchangeable. Many thanks David.
  7. I spoke to the DVSA and I came away with the understanding that anybody can fill in the form and declare tachograph exemption but it is for the officer at the side of the road and any subsequent court proceedings that will decide it. So yes at the time of registration and MOT exemption can be claimed but this does not mean that the vehicle is exempt. After all if you have a tachograph why not use it. Unless you are a lorry driver. Also if, as I do, you disconnect the battery for long periods then I was told to put in the backing plastic and two discs.
  8. Ian, on the VTG1 it asks for the test centre and date and time. Did you leave this blank? Or had you sorted out the test before do I understand the GVW is less than the actual weight or is the 23,000kg some sort of calculated theoretical weight for brake testing david
  9. Thanks so much for your story it has been very useful and certainly focuses the mind. I am sure there are lots of problems around the lack of use of brakes It takes months to get a test date. But it seems like retests are much easier. Am I right ? in the MOT manual it talks about wheels that lock during the brake test. They seem to want to add weights so that the weight goes up to between 50& 65% of the gross weight. Unless the truck has fitted plant. Then they might use a tapley deaccelerometer Did they add weights to your AEC. David.
  10. It’s a thought but I have discovered that the dodge RB44 used the same headlights so I am looking at that. The best permanent solution is probably to change the lights for Land Rover ones a little bit of fabrication and a few hours with the angle grinder should do it. I am very nervous of the HGV MOT testers.
  11. david56

    RB44

    Oh dear I don’t understand how or why Facebook functions. I’m not old just ignorant. I will get the grandchildren to have a go for me. thanks.
  12. david56

    RB44

    Anybody know anybody who has a RB44 that they are breaking for spares? or folk who have and sell RB44 spares.
  13. This LGV mot is much more serious, and expensive than the car one. I have just had my Renault Maxter pre MOTed and it has thrown up a whole load of things I never expected to be a problem Most are easy to fix , missing rear marker lights, spare wheel (which affects the side bars) , a missing exhaust bracket, an air leak from the drivers seat and the spray suppression mud guards are not widenough Others not so easy an air leak from the brake master cylinder and most problematical of all it has a left hand drive headlight. I cannot find a right hand drive one. I have tried Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, India to no avail. I don’t know what to do next. My thoughts are re fabricating the front bumper so as to fit Military 24v Landrover lights. Should look ok. Or cutting the end off the bumpers and welding in the ends from something much younger probably a DAF with a steel bumper. Hey ho when I do sort out all this then at lest it will be done for good. David. Ps anybody got a 10 stud wheel and legal tyre size not important they could sell me.
  14. david56

    Ferret

    There is a non running Daimler ferret in Brightwells Leominster classic auction. Looks like quite a lot of bits missing from engine and transmission. https://www.brightwells.com/classic-motoring/leominster-classic-vintage/leominster-classic-vintage-6th-march-2019/leominster-catalogue-6th-march/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=sharpspring&sslid=MzUwMDMzMjAxNzexAAA&sseid=MzQzMjQwtzQwMQEA&jobid=42e40a86-baba-4464-a899-119e0339816e also some very nice looking land rovers in their weekly auction. https://www.brightwells.com/4x4s-cars-vans/4x4-car-van-leisure-auctions/5th-march-4x4-car-van-auction/catalogue/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=sharpspring&sslid=MzG1NDYzNDOzNDQyAQA&sseid=MzQzMjQyNzQ1NQMA&jobid=6b9535b4-3882-4979-88e2-7cfb6f9794df And an ex Malaysian military Land Rover too.
  15. I am attempting to MOT my Renault Maxter as we speak. As far as I can see it is in the original condition but there is plenty of things that were missing when new that it now needs. Like marker lights on the rear and three point seat belts. Also the spray suppression on the rear wheels is not wide enough. The biggie is at some point the passenger head light was replaced with one from a Left Hand drive truck. The correct one is now unobtainable not new or second hand. Buying it could have been a massive mistake. I understand that the DAFs did not conform to the regulations when they were new and now need quite a lot of work to get them through the MOT. Older vehicles might be easier.
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