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About mtskull

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  1. WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    For what it is worth, my gut feeling is fuel starvation. Could the problem be something as simple as incorrect float level? You mention that there is a way to hold the float down; I would suggest holding it down slightly until the engine note changes as the mixture richens, then begin to open the throttle.
  2. Birmabright (New old stock)

    It might be of use to the chaps rebuilding Donald Campbell's Bluebird hydroplane, as it was originally skinned with the stuff. Google "Bluebird Project".
  3. Not exactly playing Devil's advocate myself but, having spent many years in the motor trade (a long time ago) and having recently become involved with the maintenance of some heavy-ish preserved vehicles, I am of the opinion that no vehicle used on the road should be exempt from MOT testing unless it is operated by an organisation with the capability and responsibility to subject it to a stringent routine maintenance schedule, e.g. The MoD and emergency services. A case recently came to my attention, of a preserved vehicle from the 1950's which is MOT exempt and in use on the road. One day, the owner complained that the brakes were poor. To cut a long story short, it transpired that the front brakes were not working at all (cylinders all seized), the rear brake cylinders were working (but leaking) and one rear hub oil seal had failed, allowing oil to contaminate the linings on that side. So, only one wheel with effective braking on a vehicle which weighs over eight tons and is capable of over 60mph. How long the vehicle had been used on the road in that condition is anybody's guess but my point is that a rolling road check as part of an MOT test would have flagged up these issues long before the vehicle became the deathtrap that it was. Yes, I know that you all maintain your vehicles to an impeccable standard but there are also people with older vehicles who will do the minimum that they can get away with. The requirement for an annual MOT test raises the standard of that minimum and, let's face it, is a relatively inexpensive way of obtaining a pretty comprehensive roadworthiness check for your own peace of mind.
  4. WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    That oil fill tube is a work of art! It speaks volumes about the high standards that you set yourselves, that you consider it to have been "done wrong". Fingers crossed that you meet your deadline....
  5. AEC O854 Coles Crane

    Apologies for raking up the past; I have come late to this thread. Would that Class 50 be "Thunderer" by any chance?
  6. WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    I have just been comparing the latest photos with the "as found" photos from the first post in this thread. Very impressive indeed, especially for an "entry level" restoration! I can't wait to see a video of it running.
  7. 1914 Dennis Lorry

    In some ways the absence of a chassis number makes things easier, as does the fact that the manufacturer no longer exists. I enquired about registering a 1934 BMW motorcycle and was told categorically by the DVLA that they would not accept evidence from the appropriate club; only an extract from the manufacturer's production records would do. BMW will provide this information but require proof of ownership in the form of....... a registration document!
  8. Towing when under SORN

    Be all that as it may and whatever actually proves to be definitive, don't forget that it will be the police and/or the DVLA who decide whether to prosecute you if you get caught, so best to go with their advice unless you want to be the person who actually tests this in a court of law. Even if decided in your favour, the cost of hiring a flatbed would seem like small change compared to a court case.... I'm with "MatchFuzee" on this one.
  9. WW1 finds and discoveries

    Although it can be helpful, I would be wary of basing identification primarily on a detail such as a headlamp protector, as this sort of equipment might well have been subject to addition or modification in the field. Fundamental details, such as chassis, axles and drive train are a more reliable means of identification; looking at these, I would say that the overturned lorry in the photo is certainly not the same model as the Opel in the museum. Can we be sure that the overturned lorry is actually of German origin? -it is not beyond the bounds of possibility that it is a captured allied vehicle.
  10. WW1 finds and discoveries

    As I understand it, the Daimler 3 tonner (the German equivalent of Britain's "subsidy" lorries), had chain drive. Some heavier models had cardan shaft drive.
  11. WW1 finds and discoveries

    That poster is fascinating and doesn't pull its punches: "Cut down (literally "reaped") by a machine gun that they are unable to see" "You can save the French soldiers" "The machine gun that our soldiers did not see, killed them when they attacked. Give them the eyes to see and our cannons will destroy it" "Here the naked eye sees nothing, the binoculars observe the machine gun" "The battlefield seems empty but the enemy is everywhere, crouched in the gulleys or hidden in the woods, always ready to be unleashed and give a hail (literally "hurricane") of fire".
  12. WW1 finds and discoveries

    If that is a jack, then the extending piece appears to be bearing on the chassis dumb iron, which would make sense as it would tend to assist the righting action.
  13. RN beach group D-Day

    Don't know if it helps but it looks to me as if there is a hinge in the middle of the disk which would enable half of it to be flipped over, thus changing the colour of the disk, perhaps as a signal or an aide memoire to a crucial part of a checklist?
  14. WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    That is good news! This has been such a fascinating thread to follow that I will almost be sorry when the Thornycroft is completed. The restoration of your Peerless is eagerly awaited!
  15. Knox-Martin Tractors

    Something very interesting behind the Knox, too: Would that be the Maudslay?