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Nick Johns

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  1. There is an update added to the first post at top of this page
  2. The Train robbers used an Austin Loadstar, not a Bedford RL, and they had Ser.1 & 2 Landrovers,
  3. no clutch brake , just good old crash gearbox, ..GMC's have a nice gearbox to use compared to some others of the period, just practise take gear changes slow to start with
  4. A friend of mine owned this Champ HVN 974D way back in early 1970's
  5. Fordson WOT 1 Fire tender http://vehicles.firemuseum.uk/project/wot1/
  6. That is an 18" DUKW wheel
  7. The annual Well attended 100+ Military vehicle Day at the Famous Brooklands Museum, Surrey, Sunday 17th November https://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/whats-on/military-vehicles-day FREE entry for pre booked MV's, the Booking in form below, ...entries in by 3rd November https://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/application/files/6815/7080/9035/MV_Day_2019_vehicles_invitation__entry_form.pdf
  8. Interesting reading about the history of Fersfield airfield, secret missions evolved from there, including the ill fated remote control flying bomb missions https://aviationtrails.wordpress.com/2015/09/13/raf-fersfield-where-history-was-made-and-lost/
  9. Ah..but todays Urban warrior 4x4 driver has the shopping delivered
  10. The new Slovakian "Defender 90" made its debut this w/e at the Goodwood revival, its actually over 100" wb,...Looking at it alas its just another SUV posemobile, its more of a "Pretender", ..Its Not a Defender replacment vehicle for work use, Price wise it starts at about £40k almost Twice the Price of a 4x4 Ford Ranger/Mitsubiski pick up ! ...the body style is much like a swb Toyota RAV 4, or an overgrown new Mini Clubman, the 90 has 3 doors it can squeeze in 6 persons, be a bit cosy together for 6 adults..and that then leaves only enough room at the back for the Harrods picnic hamper too, No luggage space with back seats in use,..Lots of posh trim and plastic interior, for more room there is the 110, 5 door version, all round independent suspension, the Defender range is ONLY Available as an Automatic Transmission, there Is No Manual gearbox option ! and it is full of electronics, ..35 ECU's to go wrong, even the foldaway towbar is electrically operated, ...and you Cannot take the roof off this Alluminium monocoque bodyshell either or drill holes in it to fit a NATO hitch
  11. No, vehicles with a Military registration number Post War did not have road tax discs
  12. If the bike was sold in 1947 and then Civilian registered it would have been issued with a road tax disc,
  13. Annual well attended usually 100+ Military Vehicles Day at the Historic Home of Aviation & Motorsport, Brooklands Museum, Surrey, Sunday 17th November. https://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/whats-on/military-vehicles-day FREE entry for pre booked MV'S, booking in form below, ..to be in by Nov. 3rd https://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/application/files/6815/7080/9035/MV_Day_2019_vehicles_invitation__entry_form.pdf
  14. Recent photo of the restored K6 Gantry truck at the REME Museum,
  15. After the Beverley museum closed, the K6 was moved to the REME Museum, this photo was taken years ago at the reserve collection at Bordon, ... there were apparently two K6's there, both were restored and one is now on display at the Museum which has now moved to Lyneham in Wiltshire https://www.rememuseum.org.uk/
  16. The well known former range wreck Churchill tank that was buried, then unearthed, since lain abandoned covered in undergrowth for years up on the South Downs has now been recovered by two Foden wreckers, ..it is apparently going to a museum to be put on display, don't know where yet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Oja9nopz48&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR33go42sktDkoqJLfYgDt5rE2d857ftHTeUU3cmAmS7RWsc9x-Q8e3xo4o Info below about the history of this Churchill tank https://www.tracesofwar.com/sights/77185/Remains-Churchill-MK2-Tank.htm
  17. your fire extinguisher is similar size to type fitted to Jeep, but the style of the Ford printed on label I'm guessing it to be Post war 1950's for a Ford car/truck?, ...see link below to G503 Jeep Extinguishers, early Slat grill MB's extinguishers were originally mounted on the right side footwell, but after the glovebox was introduced in '42 the extinguisher mount was moved across to the drivers left side footwell beside the clutch pedal, ...new repro mounting brackets are available, ...a google search shows more info/pics http://jeepdraw.com/G503_Fire_Extinguishers.html
  18. I recently did an online DVLA check on various large, over 3.5t post 1960's MV's seen at shows, they had all recently been taxed with no recorded MOT, quite a few vehicles the V5 information showed no recorded revenue weight,... a search of 5 post 1960 Militants checked had recorded weight at 21000kg but had all been taxed recently by DVLA with No recorded MOT !
  19. 10 cwt. British Army 6 stud trailer wheel
  20. Simon King is correct, alas the rescued glass Visual Control room is listed as a Post War addition, possibly from 1951 http://www.controltowers.co.uk/T-V/Tarrant_Rushton.htm
  21. Amazing find, the Control Tower from Tarrant Rushton WW2 D Day airfield found recently in a Dorset scrapyard, it will be on display at the Great Dorset steam fair, August Bank holiday : UPDATE... Alas the rescued Glass Visual control room is not from the WW2 period, but apparently was a Post War addition, possibly from 1951, see pic in link below, http://www.controltowers.co.uk/T-V/Tarrant_Rushton.htm
  22. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1960s-W-D-Army-Recovery-Trailer/362698287282?hash=item547280a8b2:g:Vb4AAOSwiHBdJ4jA
  23. Another very dubious bitza Jeep with toyota engine/gear box and strange chassis number that the MVT have verified as 1942, ...the front axle looks like it may be the only apparent ww2 part
  24. MB/GPW Jeeps are one size fits all, as you say apart from cutting a notch into the wheelbox to move the seat back there is no other way to improve driving position, I have owned Jeeps that the driving position was different it was because the backrest of the seat was bent back a bit that gave bit more room, perhaps try some spacer washers under the two front mounts that would tilt the seat back a bit, thin backrest padding too. The later CJ Jeeps had a notch pressed into the dashboard to raise the angle of the steering column
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