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  1. Spotted these yesterday at the Monastero Santa Maria dell'Albaneta, close to Monte Cassino. I suspect that these are US military surplus repurposed as farm vehicles rather than survivors of the battle but if anybody on here can add any more information, I would be interested to know.
  2. Spotted this tank yesterday, placed as a memorial in Cassino. I’m not a Sherman expert but something makes me think that it isn’t a genuine relic from the battles of Cassino. Can anybody more knowledgeable shed light on this?
  3. More than two years after this topic first piqued my interest, I’m off to Italy tomorrow for two weeks, including three days in Cassino, during which I hope to investigate further and hopefully stand on the same spot from which the original photo was taken. I’ll report back in due course....
  4. I (respectfully) beg to differ. Why use a mixture of standard and Roman numerals to refer to a date? Look closely and you will see that the numbers refer to inches: 21” x 14”. Simon Brown is correct, this is the usual way to mark the diameter and pitch of a propeller.
  5. I forgot to mention, when I drove past a couple of weeks ago there was also a very tidy Bedford QL in a yard a mile further up the road. It wasn’t there today though.
  6. I spotted what I believe to be an AEC Militant in a yard by the side of the road in Ingleton, North Yorkshire yesterday. Sorry, didn’t get a photo as I was riding past on a motorcycle but it is located on the left of the A65 (as you head NW), just before the Co-op filling station. I believe the business is called “Brian’s used Tractors” and pretty much everything there appears to be for sale, so maybe worth a call if you fancy saving it. I wasn’t able to assess condition but the cab roof is definitely missing.
  7. mtskull

    DO 17 raising

    The point is that the existing partial examples of the Hampden, Brigand, Wallace etc. are not under threat; whatever components they lack can be added in the future as and when resources permit, whereas the Dornier would not have had a future if it had been left where it was. At risk of repetition, this is the last example of a highly historically significant type. That is what justifies the effort and expense of its recovery and conservation.
  8. mtskull

    DO 17 raising

    It is the only example of the Do 17 known to exist. Of course it was (and is) a worthwhile project.
  9. Here is the very first part of Rule 185: ”Give priority to traffic approaching from your right unless directed otherwise by signs, road markings or traffic lights”. In the case you mention, the “boy racers” would be not necessarily be contravening Rule 185 but they would certainly be contravening the part of Rule 167 which states: ”Do not overtake where you might come into conflict with other road users”, particularly the example: “when you would force another road user to swerve or slow down”.
  10. There is no previous repair or patch, what you can see towards the middle of the photo is some tape covering the drain plug hole. The damage is confined to a handful of pinholes within the rusty strip (the way the tank was mounted couldn't have been better designed to trap water). I have since cleaned it up with a wire brush and it isn't actually too bad, so I am optimistic. I won't be soldering for a few weeks though, as the tank is currently standing on its end.in a molasses bath to remove all the remaining rust. Andy
  11. Thanks Jon. Being a dab hand with the MIG, this would normally have been my first thought (once the issue of purging had been overcome).l In this case the complication is the proximity of the damaged area to the riveted and soldered end seam; in order to weld to clean metal it would first be necessary to drill out a large number of rivets, unsolder the seam, take the tank end out and then remove all traces of solder adjacent to the area that's going to be patched. After patching, rivet the end back in and re-solder, then repeat the operation at the other end..... As it looks as if am going to be sealing with solder come what may, I think I'll give all the drilling, cutting, welding and riveting a miss. In the end, if for some reason a soldered repair isn't successful, then I'll be no worse off than I am now and it will be time to let the professionals look at it. Andy
  12. Hi Thanks again for all your suggestions, in the light of which I have been having a rethink.... I have been fortunate in finding somebody local with experience of petrol tank repair and, although he is no longer in the business of repairing them, he did offer to purge the tank for me. After steam cleaning at 155 degrees C for 45 minutes there was no hint of petrol vapour present and he proved the process by dropping a burning rag into the tank (while I stood a long way away). With that part of the process out of the way, I am inclined to try Rick's suggestion of running solder into the pinholes, of which there are only 2 or 3 at each end of the tank. There is a lot of work to do elsewhere on the vehicle before the tank needs to go back on, so before we get to the soldering stage each end of the tank is going to spend a few weeks in turn immersed in molasses solution to get rid of all the rust. My logic is that there is nothing at stake except the cost of a little solder and flux and, if my soldering efforts turn out to be unsuccessful, we can still revert to plan A and call upon the professionals. Andy
  13. I'm with you on that one. I'm certainly not brave enough to apply heat from a blow lamp on to a petrol tank. The problem is, it isn't just a matter of filling one hole; the corroded areas are full of pinholes and deep pitting. (How to get that clean enough to solder?) . Also, the corrosion extends to the seam, so it would be more a matter of: purge tank, drill out rivets, unsolder seam, cut out corroded area, weld in new piece (to galvanised metal), re-rivet seam, re-solder seam. I'll leave all that to the professionals (if I can find any). Andy
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