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Richard Farrant

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  1. Detergent oil keeps impurities in suspension so that when passing through the filter they leave the muck behind. It is the older type straight engine oils that leave the sludge in the bottom of the sump. You never know what oil a previous owner has been using. regards, Richard
  2. The were jeep body kits coming in from the Philipines about 40 years ago with no real details to them, nothing to make them recognisable as Willys or Ford and no one seemed bothered then, just get it on and use it. I remember a friend buying one at that time. Could be one of them.
  3. Hi Richard, The Dingo did run on pneumatic runflat tyres originally, same type of tyre as a Ferret in construction. Later on another version of the tyre was introduced that did away with having a tube as the casing was much thicker and with a bead spacer there was still a cavity inside to give the tyre some absorbance. They are often described as 'solid', this is a misnomer. I fitted some truck tyres of the correct size to one on instructions from a customer and they performed perfectly on the road and despite having road tread pattern I could not get it stuck in mud. I note that this vehicle was recently sold and described as having a good ride. regards, Richard
  4. That small plate was used by Workshops when the cylinder was rebored, either on overhaul or repair. It helped when having to order piston or rings the next time it needed attention.
  5. Hi Andy, I know this is 'off topic', but as you mentioned it .... Dalesman motorcycle ..... I owned one, a trials bike, it was only a couple of years old when I bought it and it had been ridden in the Scottish Six Day Trial by the previous owner. Just worked out that I bought it 50 years ago 🤔
  6. Have you tried Ian Wonnacot at Classic Spares bear Exeter? He specialises in brake cylinders
  7. I have a feeling Girling and Lockheed transverse cylinders might be inter-changeable by the flange size, but you will need to check the threads. I recollect having to do this on an early 50's Dennis fire engine many years ago.
  8. Hi, The original fitment was Lockheed, according to my Lockheed book. The cylinders were handed and part numbers were 15490 and 15491, it lists them as fitted to War Office vehicles, 1939 to 1943, assume yours would be 30/100hp Tractor WD. Girling did produce similar cylinders, but you would need to check the threads on pull rod, both male and female as I have found some with UNF and also BSF.
  9. Yes little aluminium cylinders, the grey knob is pushed down to puncture them
  10. Grey capped thing is the Start Pilot device. Never had need to use it in our part of the world. Bedford MK had them as well.
  11. Yes yes! those damned boots, they were a heavy yellow plastic material and a devil to get on. One of my first jobs on a Muir Hill to renew them.
  12. Hi Rob, I think we are on the same wavelength, Mk1 and 2 with crab steering option and Mk3 without. Regarding the transmission, yes Allison. I think the Clark box I changed was on a Hydra Husky crane which sheared its drive in the box. I remember having to overhaul two Muir Hills that had just returned from an exercise in Gambia, they had not been cleaned and everything was covered in bright red African soil. One required a replacement hydraulic pump, no easy task to get to it over the engine and down under the boom. Once you were in there it was difficult to get out again! Simon, Regarding rear ballast they usually operated with either the Massey back-acter or a Boughton,winch and spade, then you had a good counterbalance for working the front end.
  13. I will have to search for my course notes but think the crab steering was on the Mk2, yours maybe a Mk3. My recollection was that could angledoze with the 4 in 1 bucket opened up. Got me thinking now why I have a Clark manual, it came with a new transmission I fitted on something.
  14. The early models of the A5000 in army service did have crab steer facility. I did a lot of work on these tractors in REME workshop. I am pretty sure the transmission is a Clark and not Allison. Seem to think I may have a manual on the Clark transmission. Did a course on repairing these at the RE School of Military Engineering around 1980
  15. Hi Hamble, About 5 years ago while in Australia, I was asked to view the estate of a deceased collector and there was a British WW1 GS Wagon there. Sadly I do not have a photo of the data plate now, but the makers initials were GRC&W Co Ltd, which was the Gloucester Railway Carriage & Wagon Co. Ltd. regards, Richard
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