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    New project - Mk 1 Knocker 6x6

    Not so amusing as how they established the £cost of a new Eastenders TV set (a real and full exhibited MV museum would be far cheaper), I must add - I have never watched such productions , so must be totally uncultivated.
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    RAF Airfield Follow Me Vehicles in WW2 ?

    Yes - I would agree the Tilley bonnet & hood roof canvas are it seems a different colour , as the WAAF uniform is not middle-east / warm climate , then I assume this paint can't be sand colour therefor most probably yellow. Looking with my x5 glass , above the drivers position the tilt toof canvas , the paint seems to be flaking off - again - I would expect that if the dressing has not washed off and the duck weathered. The S1 Land Rover photograph is very interesting and good that 49AA79 can be dated (later my 1/4 ton book by Warehouse Publications should reveal) & for w.b. - it seems not as shorty as a 80".
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    RAF Airfield Follow Me Vehicles in WW2 ?

    If ever a example is needed how basic history can be lost after 75 years , then this topic is proof. I can't comment more - can any more be gleaned from this Tilly photograph , location date , wing markings ? Again it may be just highway control , no follow me on the rear. I do know public highways were used for access to / from aircraft dispersal sites , so would expect the full role.. If it was not 'follow me' , then this is another uncertain role. BUMP.
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    FV series Locks and Keys

    FV possibly does originate for WD , Ex-MOD vehicles always seemed to me to have a restricted number of key Nos. to aid problems with lost keys. Remember the days garages had boards on walls with all the common 'pre-cuts' + blanks for cutting on-the-job ? I am certain I have come across FV keys for plain classic cars , so did a search - FV101 to FV225 , so seems there was a call and still is. https://www.key2code.co.uk/classic-car-keys.html#/
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    Unknown early chassis

    £21,000 - asking , IMHO well OTT The solid tyres do seem WW1 era. lorry. Don't forget that a carriage as old as this probably has timber solebars etc. etc. The coachwork original timber , well molested - what state is the remainder. At the age - I doubt it will be a bit late for Rentokill I would far rather buy £21,000 of Nissen type sheets ! What value a lorry frame & possibly a pair of axles & frame ?
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    Straightening out bend in cast alluminium

    That pm.com has a few good points , inc. the use of a IR heat temp. detection gun. Better than the older soap trick that may be iffy ? , the point being is that to succeed without damage - you need to enlarge the 'grain size' to max. within the heat affected zone of the torch (I think I would be using a 12mm propane nozzle and plumbers soldering mats to envelope . The nearer to the melting point - the bigger the grain and therefore the less risk. From the application , vibration stress over many years and possibility of a knock on what is 'decoration' with a purpose, LM6 is what I would guess at / select , I do have a materials book going back to my 1960's studies and it has always stood me in good stead - I need to find it. Still good to use in. conj. with the internet. So as not to have a rax-up - I don't think I would dare approach within 100C of the guestimate melting point.
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    Straightening out bend in cast alluminium

    Look at the evidence , impact it did not fracture . Therefore IMHO it is a grade of 'malleable' aluminium - someting like LM6 . The problem is now localised stress that will need relieving with a low temp flame - then I would follow the already suggested method of timber blocks and G clamps. Due to the value and potential firther £ loss - I would suggest you spend some time with the forming blocks , a series such that the re-alignment is gradually progressive.
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    Austin Champ

    In my youth I had a Champ for a very short period , unfortunately I could not afford the petrol as my only road going vehicle. I have always appreciated that the WD were trying to give the best quality vehicle as as Jeep replacement. The cruciform chassis and body design - superb, gearbox & questions in H of P - all arguable. Obviously past / present owners opinions will differ. The sound on bar-grips is truly unforgetable , I love the finalized body design but would not wish a tail-gate version or the 'value engineered' civvy version. All I can say is I was offered a Champ that had to be sold (I was viewing a property in 1986) . Dry barn stored , low mileage genuine , mint rexine upholstery, duck-boards hardly worn - £2000 asking but it would have robbed me of a needed £2000 cash input to next property. Abt. 1998 I became aware of one VGC (not quite as good) stored under dust in a contractors garage, I believe it will still be there unmoved. I would love to get into negotiations £ - but I have no idea of the ball-park.
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    New Use for a Land Rover

    Probably drove it up mountains & charged premium £ to grockles
  10. People seem to have forgotton a 'motor spirit' Discol (from the Scottish business - Distillers Co. Ltd who manufactured alcohol potal and industrial from grain). It was high octane and needed no lead. I recall it sold at the pumps into the 1970's as "Cleveland Discol" where it was blended 50:50 with petrol (IIRC petrol being a 'motor spirit' trade name originating from Carless Capel & Leonard , a follow up from their 'Launch Spirit' ). It seems Cleveland was bought oil by Esso (Exxon - one of the seven sisters) and sales of Discol terminated. It seems to me there are other ways of obtaining a suitable spirit for petrol engines that does not go in the ethanol direction. However , I am a retired engineer , my younger son is the chemist ,,
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    Lwt Land Rover Fuel Tank

    Adhesive makers etc. often have a disclaimer on their user instructions. However , from a first emergency repair = coin bonded with Araldite, I have used the original 'slow-setting' for Rover 'aux' petrol tank repairs Araldite (Araldite "Precision" - I think it is still called + the equiv. by Evo-Stik (Control) that is repositionable for 2 hours. Some of the chemical metals are fuel resistant too , but I can't see them having any advantage for a small repair / reinforcement like this. I would just tip the tank on end and pool some Araldite over the corroded area & 1/4" of surrounding sound area, wait abt. 1.1/2 hours until it is tacky and try and add a bit more freshish mix (so it does not run, probably 1 hour old ) then try and create a blob over the original application to get a bit of thickness or try the coin trick. btw. Clean / degrease with meths first (100% alcohol & dries fast)
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    RAF Airfield Follow Me Vehicles in WW2 ?

    On that score - Prestwick would need to be investigated , however it was probably not directly under RAF control - owners / contractors to the RAF = Scottish Aviation. Of greater need would be the Satellites used for aircraft storage and used by ferry pilots, again not directly under RAF control - Beaverbrook's MAP had ownership. Often just a single grass strip , aircraft hidden under trees & nets.
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    RAF Airfield Follow Me Vehicles in WW2 ?

    RAF during WW2 did in fact 'taxi' under prop. aircraft on public highways to what are at best described as "scatter fields". Obviously they would have used escort / control vehicles.
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    RAF Airfield Follow Me Vehicles in WW2 ?

    The photograph well substantiated to me, although a bit subjective , despite no photograph actually showing "Follow-me" . The fact of a group photograph of 'Flying Control staff' posed alongside their equipment, caravan and Tilly. However I do think this Follow-me Tilly is a rare example and probably to meet a local need. The book page - far better evidence. However my RAF interest is field (concrete) fortifications and any landing field buildings. Of particular interest are Satellite and ELG's in Northern England and Southern Scotland - very little remaining and hardly documented , what is - often not accurate. RAF vehicles - just my general interest in British military. Several weeks ago , I made a "field" inspection and was very fortunate to interview and question the land owner , bit of a recalcitrant (in her 80's , so young girl during WW2). However I received much first hand info. that goes against what is stated on the internet and within books. I had the wrong approach , however new info. to be given to somebody who has a superior interview technique, so he starts with a better lead-in.
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    Lwt Land Rover Fuel Tank

    These aux. top-fill tanks normally hole at the floor due to corrosion trapped between the cradle, sometimes at front/rear ends due to corrosion from trapped mud near mountings. A visual through the filler hole and you can see the start of perforation (leak location), best to get your hand in and feel for roughness - of a pin-prick. I suppose just coat the bottom half of tank internally is sufficient. I have had most problems with early construction tanks with cracked top solder seam. Bakers fluid + plumbers reel solder, you need lots of torch heat & be fast with it , any delay and you heat & move the lap seam under.