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  1. Sorry, I meant cutting the Moke off the rust....... yes, the owner said “just a couple of holes”, which just kept getting bigger and bigger. Wow, that was a job and a half!
  2. Totally agree, definitely face the valves and lap them in while they’re out. sorry, i forgot that bit. Been a long day cutting rust out of a mini moke and my brain is shutting down!
  3. Hi, I have just done all the valves on a civilian 1949 230 cubic inch dodge engine. It is basically the same as the military engine and so can confirm that to take the valves out, you don’t have to take the engine out. One thing I will tell you is, ignore all the shortcuts mentioning hammers and wd40 etc. Take all the valves out, exhaust and inlet, and clean all of them off. Start by draining all the coolant because when you get the manifolds off, the coolant will leak out. Then take the cylinder head off and also get the exhaust and the manifold off. Watch out for the hidden center bolts in the manifolds, just under the carb. Then cover the holes which are between the cam followers, and make sure the floor is clean under the vehicle, then just compress the each valve with a compressing tool, and get the collets off. The main faff is actually removing the springs, but if you are reasonably certain that they’re not the cause of the sticking, then Leave them there. Get a reamer of the appropriate diameter, and ream the valve guides yo clean them up. Clean the valves, check for trueness, and then pop everything back in. When they’re all back in then you have to set the gaps. If the military dodges are the same, there will be a panel in the body directly opposite the valves which can be removed so that you can do the gaps. The 49 coronet has an access panel which is removed by taking off a few self tapping bolts to make life easier.
  4. You’re doing exceptional work, especially given the lack of covered workshop facilities. Would this manual be of any help? http://www.bristolkandl.co.uk/cd.htm
  5. https://www.mmoc.org.uk/Messageboard/viewtopic.php?t=56620
  6. They do indeed say british military in arabic. The numbers are the arabic version of the british numbers.
  7. Hi Rupert. I managed to decipher the arabic script on the numberplates in your pics. It reads “ al jaish al britani” ( الجيش البريطاني) which translates to “the british military”, so not quite a literal translation of “war department”. I can just about read standard arabic script, but there are so many ways of writing in arabic that it takes me a while to make sense of what I’m seeing a lot of the time. Number plates are the worst because they squeeze in so much into a given space and there are no abbreviations in arabic! Hope this helps.
  8. I agree super6, thanks for that one. Any ideas on the original vehicle in the newspaper article and the ones I first posted (which i think are all the same make?)
  9. In fact, could this be the “Krupp” in question? I don’t recognise the badge either! The Borgward badge is similar, but I leave this to the experts now. https://www.gettyimages.ae/detail/news-photo/american-red-cross-clubmobile-girls-in-a-captured-german-news-photo/78603194 The caption obviously has a mistake, because unless I missed it somewhere, the d day landings were after 1942! “American Red Cross Clubmobile girls in a captured German vehicle in France during World War II. circa 1942. They are serving with the 36th Infantry Division. From left to right, they are Dorothy Boschen, Virginia Spetz, Jane Cook and Meredythe Gardiner. (Photo by FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)”
  10. I tend to agree that the Krupp is not in the pictures. Looking for “American Red Cross tea wagons”, I stumbled on the Daughters of the Revolution website and found a couple of pictures of mobile blood units, which show vehicles similar to the one in the newspaper article above, one of which has a clear Minnesota registration. So i guess the vehicle in the picture is american, but what is it? https://www.dar.org/national-society/celebrate-125/committed-service-dar-and-american-red-cross
  11. There’s a picture which turned up on google search by a David Busfield on Flickr. The caption states - A British Army Saracen APC in the Wading Tank test facility at Chertsey 1954 A press photo of a 6x6 Alvis Saracen Armoured Personnel Carrier going through the wading tank at the Fighting Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (FVRDE) Chertsey, Surrey in September 1954. Not quite what you said about the sea, but still, must have been interesting for the driver!
  12. I don’t think the Saracens were ever used seriously in Malta, but DERR deployed to Libya on training during their tour, and I’m sure I’ve seen pics of saracens there. Come to think of it, wasn’t there a thread started by a user who went by the name of Bluebelle, which had loads of pictures of saracens out in Libya. It could be that the same saracens used there are the ones seen in the pics I posted. I must have a trawl through that thread and see if there is an overlap. Bum. Just been on the Libya Tripolitania thread, and most of the pictures posted by bluebelle are gone. I’m sure there were a number of Saracens shown, with a possible tally with some of the numbers seen in the third picture in this thread. Not the DERR but same time period- https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098725
  13. Here is some info on chassis number locations - https://cj3b.info/SerialNos/SerialNosFrame.html I hope this helps. In my experience, the actual stampings on american vehicles are usually quite hard to find, as mentioned in the article. Am just wrapping up the recommissioning of a 1949 D30 Dodge Coronet, and the numbers were a devil to find. Luckily I was cleaning the chassis off anyway but until I had taken all the paint off, the numbers were totally invisible! By the way, it’s still a nice vehicle, and I hope you enjoy it!
  14. I just noticed that the Humber Pig was signed out to 1 DERR, as was the Land Rover in the last picture. They were the resident british battalion in 1963. Also, looking at the Humber Pig background, this was not at Takali, but most probably at St Patrick's barracks, where the "farmer's boys" were stationed.
  15. I was browsing through the IWM archives and stumbled upon these. Not many registration numbers visible, just one partial for a Humber ___K08, and Saracen 83BA31, __BA09, 82BA85, 82BA87 and Land Rover 04DM24 . Still, thought it might be of interest. The depot still exists, although in much modified form. Although captioned as Takali, the area is in Attard, 2 miles south of Takali. Anyone with a better zoom can possibly drag up some more Humber registrations https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098903 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098903 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098877 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098900 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098733
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