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About Duncan76

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    Oakham, Rutland
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    Teacher, Army Reservist
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    http://pgw326.blogspot.co.uk/
  1. Sadly the time has come to part with 01GN39. Built in 1977 and entering MOD service in 1978 it was released from service in 1999 after an uneventful life, mostly at Sennybridge. I bought it from Blanchards in 2007, registered it and put it back on the road, making me the first civilian owner. However, it just doesn't get the use it should these days so needs a caring new home; it's on 52,500 miles. Being one of the much rarer S3 109 ambulances (less than 200 made) all the camper stuff is removable and I have all the ambulance gear to go back in. It is very original. What else has been done? Roof vents replaced with Dutch galvanised versions, Turner Stage 1 head fitted, gearbox rebuilt, Fairey Overdrive fitted, Avon Rangemaster 7.50 tyres, chassis waxoyled when I bought it, new NOS Smiths heater motor fitted last year. It is currently SORNd, MOT until Mar 2017 so can be driven away. Selection of spares available by separate negotiation. £4,000 ono.
  2. New project - Mk 1 Knocker 6x6

    Even though my Bedford RL green goddess will sit happily at 40-45 mph, I agree with the idea of 'the more visible you are, the better'! Most drivers these days - cucooned in their shells, insulated from the world around them - just don't expect vehicles to be plodding along lane one of duel carriageways at 40..... Mine had rear chevron marker plates fitted in service - for Op Fresco in 02/03- and I replaced these as the old ones were faded. I also bought a magnetic LED yellow beacon - no wiring needed. Not great during the day but much better at night or dawn / dusk. I also have LED bulbs in the front and rear side lights which I use as 'running lights' night and day. Duncan.
  3. AFS Commer Q4 Hose Layer

    Well, after a hiatus of a few months.... Okay, nearly a year.... More progress!! In the interim, the carb has been refitted after refurbishment and the engine timing has now been sorted as per the workshop manual which is fiddly but accurate! But, it still won't really run properly but conversion to electronic ignition in due course might help this! The fuel tank has also been removed for sand blasting. Much electrical work done so now it has working indicators, headlights, fog and reverse lights. Most pleasing - yet probably least important - was getting the interior light and roof-mounted flashing ambers going again. With the headlining reoved the 'new' interior light was fitted and that also enabled us to find the ends of the wires for the ambers that had been cut. With it all back together and new wires and a new switch, it all worked! More details with pictures here: http://commerq4.blogspot.co.uk/ Duncan.
  4. DUKW at Withams

    If you follow the RLC Museum's Facebook feed, their DUKW has already arrived and has been displayed! https://www.facebook.com/RoyalLogisticCorpsMuseum/photos/pb.164993333400.-2207520000.1442695604./10152996254618401/?type=3&theater
  5. Commer Q4 chassis number

    Thanks Ron. The latest build date for these Q4s was 1955 as there is a photo in the Rootes Commercials book showing the last Mark 3 Superpoise Q4 rolling off the production line in 1955 - a PDF copy is attached.Rootes Commercials - Henshaw - Nostalgia Road.pdf The AFS contract details for the Q4s, an MoS contract, are on page 49 of The Green Machine, a great book which lists all the AFS vehicles made with much more info besides. This page gives the contract number, date (April 1954), and the chassis number range - they were built in 1954 and 1955. The AFS didn't have any Q4 vehicles prior to this, although the military did. If he is selling, always interested! They are pretty rare now and there may well be others in the growing AFS scene who might be interested, especially if it's in anything close to original condition. Whats the registration mark? Mine, along with many other AFS Q4s, seem to have been stored and registered in 1964 en masse. Some were given B registration marks, others like mine have much earlier marks. Duncan. Rootes Commercials - Henshaw - Nostalgia Road.pdf
  6. Commer Q4 chassis number

    Hi Ron - ...ah, that old chestnut... I had my AFS Q4 inspected last year so the DVLA could add the build date to the V5. They were built in the early-mid 1950s, but mine wasn't registered by the AFS until Jan 1964, so it was tax free but not MOT exempt, even though it was allocated and still has a much earlier registration number - 519 ELM. It depends whether it's ex-military or ex-AFS I think. As has been said by Richard, the military parts list says that it's on a plate on the near side close to the spare wheel carrier. If it is a military version, winner! The AFS versions never had a spare wheel carrier because of the coach built lockers under the body, consequently the AFS parts list says that in addition to the plate under the bonnet, "It is also stamped on the top flange of the N.S. (L.H.) chassis sidemember at the rear spring front bracket location.". Surely that's where the body sits - see below?! :undecided: I did ask a chap on eBay who was selling an ex-AFS Q4 that had no body on it had he come across the chassis number, and he said that 'yes' he had and - guess what - "Near-side chassis rail just above some rivets, about 12'' behind the rear wall of the cab." That's where the military parts list says it is.... But, as I said, if is has got an AFS body - good luck - because you won't be able to access it as the gap between the lockers and chassis rail is non-existant! I looked on an early 1960s civvy Commer at Welland a couple of weeks ago, and that had it stamped clearly on the back of the middle of the rearmost cross member, so might be worth a look there. Failing that, the data plate under the bonnet on the driver's side might be the only way... If it's AFS, these never had Ministry of Supply plates fitted, even though they were supplied via an MoS contract in 1954. Hope that helps a bit... Duncan.
  7. Bedford RL saved from the scrapman

    Good Work! AFS = Auxiliary Fire Service, nothing to do with the Army, who only drove green goddess in later years. No record of the current registration in The Green Machine (the AFS oracle) so it has certainly been re-registered at some stage. Shame the body is missing, amazing how a few years outdoors can destroy them and let the rot set in! Be good to see how it develops - good luck! Cheers, Duncan.
  8. AFS Commer Q4 Hose Layer

    The hose was a bit of a fluke, someone on the green goddess forum RSOLES popped up and said that he had three lengths! The collecting heads were easier - I already had one on the goddess (even though they never carried them) and the other two came from the same chap that sold me the first one. Good luck with the QX! The brakes I have had lined in stainless steel by past parts - all the wheel cylinders and the master cylinders. Expensive but it means they won't now rust and seize up when it's left standing. The petrol carrier has had the same treatment too. They were done by Past Parts in Bury St Edmonds in Suffolk. If you haven't got one, a parts list and / or workshop manual is invaluable. It can be surprising as I found that the oil filter on the Q4 is the same as an early series 2 Land Rover, and widely available. Cheers, Duncan.
  9. AFS Commer Q4 Hose Layer

    I realised today that I hadn't updated the thread since the brakes were rebuilt back in October. There were a few issues along the way, however, after some fiddling it all went back together well enough with the resleeved cylinders and new rear oil seals. Nice to see it back its own wheels again! It was also a great opportunity to change the coolant, which was a good, rusty colour - it took several flushes for it to clear! I also managed to empty the car which was the temporary storage area for the canvas 6" hose that I bought and also the three collecting heads - as a hose layer, it would have been full of hose and would have carried three collecting hears along with connectors and some 90 degree bends. These latter bits are rocking horse poo now so the hunt continues!
  10. RL what to look for?

    Things to look for - cab rot is the worst. Once the tin worm has struck, it can be expensive to sort although spare panels are still quite freely available. Most of the rest is pretty bomb-proof. If it's ex AFS rather than military, the rear body will be wooden so if it's not been painted and/or kept outside, that might be rotten and need sorting. Insurance - I pay about £90 per annum for insurance through Premium Choice and I pay about £60 on top for recovery with Autohome. Duncan.
  11. Bedford RL passengers in rear?

    In the latter days of the Bedford MKs (I think around the time of the deep refurbishment programme), they did introduce a new centre mounted seating system with individual seat with built in roll cage and multi-point harness in order to carry troops, and these were the only seats that you could use carrying troops. The new MANs have a similar system; the Bedford seating systems did come up for sale from time to time at WSV but I haven't seen them for a while. Just found this weblink to the manufacturer where they say they have made seats for the MANs as well as the older Bedford / Leyland DAF 4t fleet: http://www.revolve.co.uk/Products/Enhanced-Seating-Systems Duncan.
  12. Leyland Hippo in Scrap Yard

    Richard - I came across another Hippo at a show I took my goddess to here in the East Midlands last year or the year before and on reading its potted history and chatting to the owner was staggered that, in line woth what you said, it was issued from TMP to 156 Tpt Regt RCT (a TA tpt regt) for an exercise in about 1980 / 1981!
  13. I love Flux! This mixed messages thing is one of the reasons why I moved my insurance (in addition to them ramping up the cost of insurance each year for no apparent reason leaving me to shop around and call them back to price match....). When I bought my green goddess I asked them did they cover vehicles that size and they were adamant that they didn't do anything over 3.5 tonnes! I checked with them twice, same answer. So I have been happily insured through Premium Choice for the last 4 years, and the RL petrol carrier is now covered through them too. I pay extra for recovery which is provided by Autohome, costs about £60 and is up to 7.5 tonnes. Duncan.
  14. Hurrah! Just received the new V5 today for 519 ELM - with the addition of a note on the front saying that it was declared manufactured in 1955. A slight false start earlier in the week as the first V5 that they sent had the date of manufacture set as 'unknown'. However, a quick call beck to DVLA sorted that and another was issued. So it can now be taxed as Historic and is officially MOT exempt without the need for the plating and testing certificate. Many thanks again to MVT and also DVLA.
  15. AFS Commer Q4 Hose Layer

    Good news! After a couple of weeks of activity, I have been successful in adding the year of manufacture to 519 ELM's DVLA record. Previously, only the date of registration was entered - Jan 1964 - when it officially entered Home Office service. However, the Q4s were built for the AFS in 1954-55 to a contract set by the Ministry of Supply in April 1954. Initially, the DVLA refused to accept the year of registration as 'proof' that it could be taxed as a Historic vehicle - even though that goes against their own advice in INF34 - inisisting that the date of manufacture was the key date. Indeed, the chap I dealt with at DVLA through the MVT apologised for this, saying that the date of registration should have been enough to make it Historic! Whatever, the MVT were superb in getting the date verification inspection done very quickly and efficiently - 5 days from the call to set up the inspection to me receiving the certificate. To be fair, DVLA were also very efficient too, and within 3 days of posting of the certificate, V5 and cover letter, I had a call to check to see whether I was happy with the note they were going to put on the front of the V5! The V5 arrived - with the special note saying that the manufacture date was 'unknown' - however, another call generated another that correctly gives the date of manufacture as 1955 making it Historic (when I get it taxed) and MOT exempt. Many thanks to the MVT and the DVLA.
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