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    Austin K9 Wireless House Body

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    WW2 Willys Jeep

    The "Malt" plate short for La Maltournee, is attached to French MilitaryJeeps that had undergone a full rebuild at the French Military vehicle workshop, La Maltournee, where they were then went back into service mostly issued with a new Military ID & chassis number,.. the Malt number, usually 5 numbers is a works number and from that can work out the the date of the rebuild, ..
  3. http://www.dynamoregulators.com/index.php
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    Optima batteries

    I have an Optima battery on my old diesel Opel Kadett, it was fitted by previous owner, so no idea of its age, I've owned the car for over 7 years, so battery must be at least 10 years old, the car lives outside, often left for weeks and the Optima still keeps its charge, even in frosty winter conditions it always starts the diesel, ..also had an Optima on a Bedford TK 330 Diesel, surprising for a small battery the Optima always started it
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    Jeep, new wiring looms

    No they are black tape wrapped , use the blackout wires for the rear indicator circuit, I don’t think Jeep wiring looms were ever fabric covered.?
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    Army / SAS Range Rover's

    I have seen several sold some years ago in the days of MOD auctions, a Landrover dealer I worked for bought a rolled one, a classic blue 4 door fitted with full roll cage it was repaired and used to be often shown
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    Austin Champ

    the Austin Champ owners club....http://www.austinchampownersclub.com/
  8. 7/8th July, .Capel, Between Dorking and Horsham on A24, It has grown into an excellent show, Tanks on site and an RAF Chinook helicopter will be landing too, ...info and online entry form on the website https://www.capel-military-vehicle-show.com
  9. 3 Ward LaFrance M1A1 Wreckers at Capel !
  10. A Turbo is never enough............
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    GPW radiator needs fixing

    A bit further away...Mr Bryan does a lot of Jeep and other vintage radiators, Bryan & Son in Tunbridge Wells, .....has no website but a google search will find his phone no. and address.
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    WC51 Brake issue

    second that, take the flexible hose off and check it, or if it looks old just replace it anyway
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    Capel Military vehicle Show 7/8th July

    Annual Capel Military Vehicle show, Capel, A24 Surrey/Sussex between Dorking and Horsham, Lots of Tanks/armour, and an RAF Chinook helicopter will be landing on the site Online entry form/info....https://www.capel-military-vehicle-show.com/
  14. reminder to get your MV free entries in
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    what year is the Zil ? recent changes to truck test exemptions mean if its made after 1960 it will need a truck test to go on the road, the Zil 131 cargo truck is listed as 6700 kg unladen weight,
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    Antar towing a rocket???

    You tube video of the Honest John Missile and vehicles used to carry and launch it,..as stationed at Church Crookham barracks, except they would have had British Army markings no stars
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    LGV mot ??

    To repeat my previous post.!....No the 1943 Chev wrecker does Not need testing as its a "Pre 1960 Historic goods vehicle over 3.5ton" and is still Exempt mot and lgv licence ..."Provided its used unladen, it is allowed to tow an unladen trailer."...... No change.......... Breakdown/Wrecker trucks, ..Other than pre 1960,.. are now no longer exempt and will have to be tested which is the start of this thread regarding the AEC Militant wrecker, friend has a 1965 French Army Berliet TBC wrecker, now off the road untill clarification re. testing The New changes to truck test exemption regs. Only affects commercial vehicles made After 1960 over 3.5ton , owners have previously been able to Self Claim a test exemption using form V112G, this has now been ammended by DVSA as some of the categories were being exploited as "loopholes" to claim test exemption by commercial truck operators who were found to be running badly maintained dangerous trucks with no testing, The new 40 Year old VHI, "Vehicles of Historic Interest" category, the MOT exemption Only applies to vehicles up to 3.5 ton, for cars, light trucks, vans and some passenger buses, ..,,Not large goods vehicles, so now a lot of post 1960 historic hgv's will be off the road !!
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    1942 Ford Jeep

    .....looks nice...but new repro or hotchkiss body tub
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    LGV mot ??

    The change Only effects Post 1960 made goods vehicles over 3.5ton.. No change for the existing Pre 1960 goods commercial vehicles over 3.5ton are still exempt test and hgv licence if used unladen
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    Antar towing a rocket???

    Thanks Wally, I think this explains the mystery vehicle with a rocket, the RA regt. with the Honest John missile launchers based at Haig Lines, Church Crookham, seeing. a large M series truck with a missile on the back going out on the road on manouveres would attract attention, mistaken for an Antar, few would have realised back then it was actually American, ...a friend owns one of the extra long wheel base M series missile carriers
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    Antar towing a rocket???

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    BSA Parabike Wingnut (and other parts)

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    Antar towing a rocket???

    I too lived near Aldershot and back then the only Antar tank transporters operating in the Aldershot area were transporting tanks along the A325/A30 between the Long valley tank testing area on the Fleet road near to Tweseledown and the FVRDE site at Longcross nr Chertsey. . Church Crookham has narrow roads and weak bridges, not really suitable for vehicles the size of an Antar. The Thornycroft Antar was actually designed and built for the oil exploration industry for use in deserts transporting pipelines and equipment, ..Not rockets !, ..when the political situation abroad changed the Antar order was cancelled it left a lot of unsold Antars which were then converted to tank transporters sold to the British Army, first ones were ballast body drawbar tractors then later semi trailer tractors
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    LGV mot ??

    VOSA, now DVSA are responsible for goods vehicle testing, the change will now leave a lot of vehicles off the road unable to re tax them without a test certificate,