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  1. Looks like an RAF Nubian fire tender and I have a feeling that the B80 engine is an early BSF one. Yes you can renew the HT cables from within their shrouds, problem is the old cable tend to go gummy and stick a bit. Replace with copper core 7mm HT lead. regards, Richard
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    Diamond T identity help

    According to Bart Vanderveen's original bible of WW2 vehicles, the Canadian army acquired more than 1100 special long wheelbase (201 ins.) model 975 chassis/cabs for mounting revolving cranes and other special bodies on. I can see 'USA' painted on the crane cab, but in Bart's book there are no Diamond T cranes listed under US vehicles. I would say the one in the photo is a 975.
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    Crossley IGL 3

    Hi Mike, Have you seen this > https://www.bigtyres.co.uk/9-00-20-12-ply-malhotra-military-m-88-bar-grip-tt.html
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    AEC Militant MKI (Update)

    OC600 is a normal straight gear oil with SAE 140 viscosity. Used a lot in older British vehicles for axles, gearboxes and steering boxes
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    Spotted today....

    This could be a regular thread of what has been seen on the road, or in the air even. To kick off, going to work today along the A2070 towards Romney Marsh, I passed under a bridge and going over it was a 1950's Czech Praga 6x6 with radio type body, not seen it in the area before. Then this afternoon whist in my workshop, I heard the unmistakeable sound of Merlins, nearly fell out of the lorry I was working in, got out of the door to see three P51 Mustangs in formation passing over low. A fair bet that one of them was from the next village. Then my brother rang me and as he was speaking he suddenly said that a Mustang and a B25 Mitchell were passing overhead following the M20 North. Sounds like the place to be this weekend is Duxford.
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    The HM Dockyard at Chatham had closed before the Gulf War, so he probably meant the Falklands War !
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    FMW company was formed around 1970, so very doubtful it would have been used in WW2.
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    Bedford 28HP engine problem

    Good one!
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    Bedford 28HP engine problem

    Sorry, saw you mentioned cover plate after I posted. When re-using bearing shells it is a good idea to check the bearing clearance as it is not really possible to ascertain how much a shell bearing has worn without using something like Plastigage, which gives a good idea of any problems. Measuring the journals with a micrometer to check for ovality is wise to. I am currently rebuilding a 28hp engine from a MW, this engine was rebuilt by Vauxhall Motors in 1954 and was well overdue for a rebuild.
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    Bedford 28HP engine problem

    If the locking screw for the oil pump (below the one for the distibutor) is fitted correctly then the pump should be fully engaged with the distributor gear. One thing to check is the cover plate over the oil strainer, just in front of the distributor, this needs to be air tight else the pump will be trying to draw air in. Assume you have the correct size bearing shells for the size of crank journals? Also, could be an issue with the oil pressure relief valve in the pump. Did you remember to fit the oil feed pipe to the rockers? Richard
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    Armoured hoses ?

    Hi Graeme, Sent you a PM. regards, Richard
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    Armoured hoses ?

    David, Not Austin. AU stands for Automotive Products Ltd., of which Lockheed was part of the company. regards, Richard
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    Morris C8

    Sorry Simon, got confused there, thought I was replying to a C8 owner! Time to switch off I think 😉
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    1944 Morris C8 Truck, 15-cwt., 4X4 GS

    Hi Marc, Your Contract No is S 23/6450, listed as a 4x4 GS, Census numbers Z5809758 to Z5813757 regards, Richard
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    Morris C8

    Simon, What you need is a Makers parts list for your particular Contract No. This would confirm its original spec.
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    Morris C8

    Simon, I did think that but look at the makers serial number plate, that is actually stamped 'GB' as well. Compare it with Marc's plate which is 'GS', although his is a different Contract number.
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    Morris C8

    I have just looked at the Contracts list that was used by Chilwell and your vehicle Contract number shows up as S7447 and Cat. Ref. No. 341 and is described as 'Truck 15cwt, 4x4 Fitted for Winch.' I wonder if this has any bearing on the 'GB' stamp, Breakdown maybe? The red/yellow/blue sign you found is REME, and this sort of links up with that theory. It could have been rebuilt in later years for Wireless use. Have you looked under the chassis to see if it has a winch? Been thinking about the above and as the Contract list I am using has been transcribed from an original (a Groucho publication), there could be an error where the vehicle description has been missread. I now think that it possibly was 'FFW', which means 'Fitted for Wireless' as I have not come across a C8GS with a winch before.
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    RAF Airfield Follow Me Vehicles in WW2 ?

    Looks like a Humber Snipe Utility
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    FV series Locks and Keys

    I have to say that working for the army in their vehicle workshops for 22 years, I never came across a vehicle with a FV type switchbox that had a key barrel fitted. This includes AEC Knockers, Scammell Explorers Ferrets, Saracens, etc. No Champs they had all gone by that time. regards, Richard
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    Trying to identify a part

    It is an armature for a CAV starter motor. Details: Starter No.2, Mk1A/1 (CAV type MS624/1) fitted to Scammell Explorer, Contract No’s 7443 and 7915 Albion lorry 10 ton 6x4. Contract No’s 9788 and 15128 Hope this is of interest! regards Richard
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    right hand drive jeep

    Hi Nick, A RHD conversion I once observed in Australia, did not have the relay arm on the axle, it was a similar set up to a Land Rover, mounted on chassis cross member, so did away with the inherrent problem of jeeps pulling to one side on braking.
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    right hand drive jeep

    You will find quite few WW2 jeeps in Australia that were converted to RH drive due to difficulties in registering LH drive. Situation is more relaxed now but still a few around with RHD. i have never studied the technical issues involved though.
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    Rerubbering engine mounts

    Hi Chris, Sending you a PM regards, Richard
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    Interesting Vehicles at Chiffins

    Hi Mike, I am only going on what Roger Jones told me when he drove Swampy after its restoration in Aldershot workshops, that it did not go more than about 18mph. Is it possible it was only the differential that had been changed (not the whole bogie assembly)? Only remember what they said at the time.
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    Interesting Vehicles at Chiffins

    He may have driven a R100 with the wrong axle fitted. It could be it had a tank transporter axle fitted as the REME Museum had a Pioneer recovery which only did about 18 mph, think it was "Swampy", which came back from Belize for restoration. Quite possible that it was the only axle available when they changed it at some point in its earlier life.