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Richard Farrant

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  1. The Stalwart would have been coming to the Corowa Swim-In this week, it has attended several times during the last few years and we were saddened by the news. Our thoughts are with the driver and his family. regards Richard
  2. As Iain says, this is a Perentie that belongs to friends in Australia. Shipping a vehicle into Australia is fraught with problems, not just cleanliness but all items of asbestos have to be removed and certified otherwise you are in for big problems and costs.
  3. I thought the rack system on the 8x4 Foden was called Ampliroll or similar, and made by Boughtons.
  4. A photo from Corowa today (Tuesday), a LARC V, GPA and Weasel waiting the signal to launch in the water. This is the Murray river. There are more amphibs arriving this week.
  5. Hi Iain, I thought you would appreciate the photo. I am at the event this week and a lot of Perenties, 4x4 and 6x6 of all variations here. regards, Richard
  6. Due to no internet connection this photo was not today, but last Friday. Spotted on Holbrook to Culcairn road ........... actually I was driving it and stopped for a brief rest on way to the Corowa Swim-In & Military Vehicle Gathering...... a Perentie FFR
  7. Hi 10 68, Apologies to Ruxy, I was replying on my phone and did not realise I had addressed the wrong person. Latterly it was actually South East District, but the old code, EC02 which I think may have dated back to WW2 was used right up until the workshop closed. Looks like several forum members had jogged around the workshop area! Only bit remaining is the end of B Shops which is now part of the TA Centre. Sorry we have deviated off the subject again !
  8. Ruxy a correction, it was Rowcroft Barracks, which was 44 District Workshop REME at that time.
  9. The Mk1 with the petrol engine ran very hot and would have vapour locking issues. I know from experience the exhaust manifolds suffered badly with the heat., this was when they were in-service.
  10. Hi Andrew, All the mudflaps on Dingos that I have come across are double thickness canvas with a steel strip sewn in the bottom, something like 1" x 1/8" steel. I would doubt rubber was used, unless any of the first ones of around 1939 era had them.
  11. Nothing is easy to access in a Fox engine bay, without removing rear armour and aux. drive. When we originally had them, the distributors were still conventional contact breakers and they needed regular adjusting due the the rotation being opposite to what the distributor was designed for.
  12. Doug, To access the mixture screws on the carb you do not need to remove the engine bulkhead which is alongside the driver.
  13. Doubt it would float the lid is not watertight. Looks more like a locker fitted under truck bodies.
  14. Hi David, The MK did not have spring brakes, they were air over hydraulic, so you could drive out of the workshop on the handbrake as I recall as it lessened complaints about the fumes. There was a small number of new Bedfords, which could have been MK (or possibly MJ) what were modified at the direction of REME at Woolwich were trialed with the lower oil control rings removed from the pistons. The vehicles were to be monitored for oil consumption, etc and after a given mileage had them replaced. I did some of these ring removals. I cannot remember too many details now but sure it was before the early 1980's. Richard
  15. Hi Tadeo, As Peter says, the number is on the passenger side of the chassis adjacent to the step brackets. regards, Richard
  16. ................................ and Continental tyres will deflate at the same time
  17. The engine modification numbers relate to the very early life of the Fox, two of the Mods are to replace parts on the carburettor. This was in answer to a problem where every vehicle was suffering failure of 2nd gear! There was a flat spot in the carb and this was most noticeable when moving off and the drivers answer was to push the gear change pedal down and rev the engine, then up on the pedal, hence why the 2nd gear band in the gearbox was failing. They tried several things but never cured it until nearly at the end of their service life a major modification to the cab took place and this cured the problem, all to do with too much fuel delivered from the accelerator pumps and a new carb base was introduced. The Mod. no.14 was to do with engine ignition timing. regards, Richard
  18. If my memory serves me correctly, the FMW tugs that the army had, the engines were converted/prepared by Hendy, who I think were Ford dealers from Southampton area, which figures as FMW were in Dorset. We had to service them, but I cannot recollect any major work needed on them.
  19. Those numbers relate to EMER Modification Instructions which were done on engine overhaul. That record paper is for the engine only. Most Fox’s would have had several engines in their service life.
  20. Yes, I recognise this model of FMW, the army base I worked on had several from new. I well remember they had a Start Pilot pump and reservoir in the cab and there was no way the wretched Ford diesel would start, hot or cold without a pump of ether, they were all like that from new.. Used for collecting the rubbish and scrap metal in our workshops, and the Ordnance Depot used them for towing warehouse trailers around. regards, Richard
  21. Hi Rob, I have recently been making a wiring harness for an old British armoured vehicle and used yellow heatshrink sleeving, found a fine point permanent marker pen called a Sharpie. You can easily write on the sleeving before heating and when it shrinks down it looks like original, and very professional !! regards, Richard
  22. It looks like a type used on an indirect injection engine, such as a Perkins P3, P4, etc.
  23. Martin, The Lockheed cylinder numbers are: RH side (Drivers) 12859 LH side (Passenger) 12858
  24. Agreed, I have a number from my shooting days, but looking at the letters, I don't think these are from a rifle club. My impression is " L Company, G...... I...... P....... Volunteers", possibly a volunteer unit from WW1 era?
  25. At the REME Workshops where I worked they made their own plates same as most vehicles use, perspex type with numbers and letters applied from the rear.. So if you used this type on an army vehicle of 70's to 90's era it would not be wrong. There would have been literally 100's made over the years there.
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