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    Kent, England
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    Vehicle Restorer
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  1. Richard Farrant

    Power steering

    Mike, I cannot remember posting that, but think it may have been from a Bedford manual, possibly for the S-type. For use on a Diamond T I would think a Bedford or Ford ram would not be heavy enough. I am sure I have seen a simiar set up on a military AEC chassis. I cannot recollect if it was on the Mk3 Militant recovery or the AEC Dumptruk (also known as Aveling Barford 690). regards, Richard
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    RAF Militant.....or not?

    Hi Ted, This could be going back to 25-30 years ago. I do recollect having to get in one as it had been parked on an area where we tested winches and I had to get in through the roof hatch. The doors looked normal (as your photo) until you opened them! The front of the one in your photo looks too 'normal AEC', I thought these ones were a bit more rugged armour look, but still recall the British Leyland badge and I'm sure a Mammoth Major one. Mind can play tricks though! It is not a vehicle that you find many pictures of. Regarding RAF Explorers, some were transfered into army service and I recall at least one having a new BT registration on transfer. You could always tell an RAF one as the inside of the cab was painted Eau-de-Nil colour. regards Richard
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    RAF Militant.....or not?

    Hi Dave, You are bang on about the nuclear transporters being Mammoth Majors, they were Ergo' cabs which were then armoured. I recall them being Leyland badged and not AEC, so that would date them. I witnessed them being dismantled and cut up.
  4. Richard Farrant

    Paint Colour - 2 Gallon POW tins

    I have a new old stock water can which is green with ‘Water’ and Vocabulary number stencilled on the side. Definitely original paint.
  5. Richard Farrant

    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Chris, That sounds like it! Bloody good stuff, it worked very well and extremely strong bond.
  6. Richard Farrant

    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    i am not sure of the number off the top of my head, but think it also had a name, could have been Multibond. Apparantly it was used by truck manufacturers to bond body panels on cabs.
  7. Richard Farrant

    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    I have used a Loctite adhesive that worked even if there was a trace of oil or grease ( the Loctite rep told me this and his demonstration sold it to me). It consisted of the adhesive in a tube and a small aerosol which was the activator. It was an excellent permanent joint.
  8. Richard Farrant

    Martian FV1119 Recovery Aux-box

    Depending on what the casing looks like from the inside, it might be possible to cut the boss back to below the crack and rethread. A machine shop job as I explained because face of boss has to be true to the thread in order to seal the banjo.
  9. Richard Farrant

    Martian FV1119 Recovery Aux-box

    Hi Sam, I assume it is the thread for the banjo bolt. The port is long enough that I should think it could be possible to machine off to the bottom of the damaged thread and re-threaded. You will need to strip the casting off the transfer box and get it to a machine shop because the port will need to be faced off dead square to the threaded hole so that the banjo seals against the sealing washers. regards, Richard
  10. Richard Farrant

    leyland drops gearbox problems

    Back in 1991 when I was on the REME course for Leyland DROPS, diagnosis and repairs, one whole week out of the three was on diagnostics of the ZF auto box. Not something you can fiddle with unless you have knowledge of them. A run down on your problems in detail might allow someone to help you work it out.
  11. Richard Farrant

    (Ferret) fuel tank woes

    Peter, Check the threads per inch on the bolt, should be 19 for 3/8" BSP. Here is a good source for taps and dies: https://www.tracytools.com/taps-and-dies/BSP-taps-dies/3-8-x-19-tpi-bsp
  12. Richard Farrant

    Liberation of Rome, June 1944

    To the left, cab nearly out of frame is a British 3 tonner, could be a QL, it appears to be green.
  13. Richard Farrant

    RAF Airfield Follow Me Vehicles in WW2 ?

    The old Fordson WOT1 or Crossley crash tender would likely beat the Morris to the crash scene!
  14. Richard Farrant

    1947 Harley Davidson WLA

    1947 does not sound right for a 42WLA, looking at the engine number it is more likely a late 1943 build. There are no frame numbers on them originally, the number stamped on the frame has had to be done for DVLA requirements.
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    RAF Airfield Follow Me Vehicles in WW2 ?

    In the book, 'Wheels of the RAF', there is a photo of the RAF airfield at Khartoum, which it says was taken in late 40's, it is noted and clearly visible in the photo of a jeep with a large board on the rear stating 'STOP' and 'FOLLOW ME'. It is an Air Ministry photo, no. R1316. OK, not wartime, but very close.
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