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  1. The joys of motoring without a Haynes manual LoL In 1967 I fitted a A Series engine out of a Minor 1000 into a split-screen Minor , well I did when I returned to the scrap-yard to purchase a few extra items , forget exactly - was it front engine mountings or radiator mountings (probably along with a radiator). .
  2. Nice - very, probably not a alternative to a Defender ,used to be manufactured near Thirsk ISTR but since Y2K on a farm near Hexham , production problem there.
  3. There is a load of £rap talked about British MOD contracts for such as the Wolf XD being too small to interest manufacturers. When there was a need (Balkans deep mud ISTR) for military ambulances , then the Pinzgauer was actually manufactured in the UK along with more GS models and IIRC 6 wheeled versions (and many will still be in service). Possibly the Pinz style would meet what the Defender XD offered. This avenue will still be open as well as Jim Ratcliffe's Grenadier ProjeKt
  4. END of line , because it is a monocoque , therefore much more car and less truck. Possibly Land Rover Co. should have taken the bit more than loose change £ that ISTR Ratcliffe had offered for design rights and existing tooling , it may not all come to an end when his total DIY ProjeKt Grenadier arrives , now that the badge name verging on cult status is now meaningless for ex-works new.
  5. It may have been useless for its intended purpose , however I have always liked the slab sided appearance and would love to own one - the Standard Beaverette.
  6. Land Rover Classic , have announced completion of restoration of 'prepro' No.7 quite an achievment in total. I suppose the time will arrive when LRC will cease to function as the supply of raw material will dry up (they only use original (repaired) chassis frames it seems). My £ is that LRC will soon fold as it has served it's company political purpose (continuous manufacture/remanufacture) at Solihull / West Midlands - birth of the new Defender will probably bring about the death. Possibly not as they have arranged for new re-manufacture of some components such as speedo heads & authentic pattern early steel wheel rims. However I recall about 1995 that Land Rover was to take a interest in reintroduction of historical parts from franchise dealers (somewhere I have filed a flier a partsman handed me) , mooted similar since - however s.f.a.
  7. In terms of TUL/TUM XD , the MOD had a excellent package , also the "Supplementary" (Optionals) were all well designed for the basic vehicle upgrades etc. - also allowing selection for the Contract(s) build spec. The XD and Tithonus (extended life LOL) are in fleet decline due to demob. Arguably the ;green' fleet replacement is already late - hard to imagine just what it is to be ?
  8. Will try Silverline brushes , good to have a review as I would never have touched them. My local Ironmongers that once sold only good brands used by tradesmen of all types - seems to be now dedicated to Silverline & most of their stuff is £rap. Although I have had some good service out of their very £ cheap wood augers that have a hex. shank , however they do just hold in a Stanley brace.
  9. Twisted knot wire brushes of a good brand are marked with max. rpm , and you need to be near that . You will probably find for the dia. & mounting thread size that the speed is rated for angle grinders - so a drill is quite useless. The biggest I use is with a Makita 5" angle grinder with back handle for better control. Small - 4" or 4.5 angle grinder for smaller brushes. For the Makita 5" the brush must be abt. 3.5" to 4" dia. Normally obtained from Cromwell tools - however press on too much & they shed wires. Actually - I don't rate them to well, I need to try others for less £ off eBay. Heavy rust , mechanically cleaning - I sometimes use a needle scaler or a range of cold chisels for heavy scaling & then use carbide tip scrapers , drag scrapers I find effective BUT slowish , but sometimes I use Sandvik engineers type. Depending on rust LoL , I find a RUPES Electric Palm Sander (made in Italy & very powerful) with a 40 grit white production paper very effective - then go finer as required. Undercoat , go with the top-coat makers suggestion. DBG (Deep Bronze Green) I normally use a undercoat a shade or two lighter - that is to see where I am spraying TC better, sometimes mixed near to DBG. For NATO Green a dark grey undercoat may be better. Undercoats are funny - brown tends to be the suggested for yellow top-coat. Coach Paint is a bit too oldish, tends to be better with high varnish content. You will be at maximum "base matting" , you may get near to matt , more probably satin - ideal you need a full lusterless. I would use a PU (polurathane) reinforced alkyd - known as FLEET ENAMEL , not so common now. alternatively a MACHINERY ENAMEL (when through dry it is oil and fuel resistant) (Coach Finish is not so good). Tractol (machinery enamel) and Tekaloid (coach finish) are now both made by the same firm, the resins and recipe will be sort of similar. Whatever - I would keep of paint where the suggested thinners is white spirit, you need something a bit hotter - xylene based (more automotive). Both these paints will easy brush or spray. I find FLEET good on big vertical surfaces such as caravans , using the proper undercoat. Dust on top coat , leave 15min to tack then give a double-header or two single passes . All of these more traditional paints , if you want a gloss , then you should easy get a good 'gloss from the gun' . For this with cellulose you need a premium primer (supergloss primer) , celle - the secret is in the thinners, the days of flatting & compounding are long gone. Coach finish (brushing) you can use the even hotter celle thinner in small quantity , otherwise a bit of xylene. Well thinned - white spirit or best turpentine.
  10. Well , I live in Weirddale so only have to go over the tops of the Browney & Deerness valleys. I had better get a £14.50 1 year OAP ticket for unlimited , as only attended once and that was the summer of 1970 ,,
  11. AEC Matador ,, as a kid I used to watch my old mans cousin haul fresh felled timber, logged to abt. 8/10ft. Often beech abt. 3 ft to 4ft in dia. Half the time the front wheels must have been 6ft off the ground and that was on rough terrain.
  12. NB. Transport items (Cultural Goods) over 50 years of age. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/export-art-antiques-and-cultural-goods-special-rules
  13. Much is up in the air until the BREXIT situation dust settles , presently - export to within the EU would apply. It could be that the hulk has National Historical Significance , therefore a Open General Export License (OGEL) may be required - full export or even a temporary 'loan' .. The new 'owners' may be in a race to get it across the English Channel.
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