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  1. I have just had a look through a book - Military LAND ROVER : Development and in Service. by Pat Ware , dated 2007. Study of photographs shows more unusual antenna etc. Pages 156-161 , The Laird (Anglesey) Ltd. Centaur (half-track) Land Rover, there is a photograph of a hardtop "communications vehicle" (obviously stretched) , one wingbox antenna & two roof mounted. The rear one seems to be this type of mount. I think this may have been a vehicle exported to Oman, the book does not state such - just reading between the lines. Centaur was - based on 1978/79 "Stage One" V8 , the British Army was involved but did not buy into the Centaur concept , by 1985 the project was dropped.. Total production only 7 or 8 vehicles , the last was based on Defender 110.
  2. The fact of a blanking plate on other wing , sort of indicates to me that a pair were fitted originally , that would be a serious bit of radio kit on receiving /transmit ends. I have assumed all base antenna/ aerial rubber mounts were manufactured by RACAL (I have a pair of No.31 Mk. 2 new & c/w BALUN still in RACAL box). Plessey must have had their own test vehicles - possibly they didn't wish to use any equipment made by commercial opposition ?.
  3. Thanks , I am aware you are better informed with radio matters than I. Civvy S2A wings - yes. However before Tr-Service vehicles, I am aware the RN & RAF did obtain Army FFR's & gave them another reg. mark. Also the RN did obtain true civvy models (often diesel) as did the RAF (on odd special occasions). My understanding is diesels used near weapons stores and radar , inc. USAF bases nominally under RAF . Due to the tidy blanking plate , I am thinking service vehicle, I know RACAL (radio manufacture) had 6 qty Wolf 90 for testing Clansman , so don't see why they did not have S2A & S3 earlier. There is a odd photograph around the internet possibly borrowed off the front of a book about the RAF police (also has a Bedford 3/4 ton) , unfortunately - it seems they cut a hole in the roof of the hood (centre of hoop at seat squab position) for their radio antenna , actually I have two Westminster (both marked Yeovilton RNAS). ======== winchman - check the base against :- 5" O.D. Holes on a 4.3/8" PCD Holes will be clearance for 6mm bolt clearance (Clansman) or 1/4" bolt clearance for Larkspur. I am quite certain it is Clansman era (introduction starting approx. 1978).
  4. Hi. It is a 'pineapple' - in fact I would say defo. a alternative to a 'base antenna mount' , however not like any I have known. I would say designed with reason, the holes and PCD (I will post up dims. later) are to match those on top of a Larkspur ATU wingbox, Clansman TUAAM wingbox or 'candlestick' (the pole thing used as a antenna mount on rear tub of Land Rovers , and in fact the sliders of a Lightweight "Unitary kit". The whip spring shock-absorber is similar to a accessory used in conj. with base antenna mounts. Of the several different manufacturers of radio equipment , they used similar terms but perhaps not always to same time-tine. I was recently amused to see on the rubber parts of 'base antenna mounts' (they went through several versions of Mk.) - I was not doing a 'time-line'- but determined the change from ' base AERIAL mount' to 'base ANTENNA mount' . IMHO this was a major strengthening to the mounting ring flange and was in the early stage of Clansman equipment. Strange as it may seem, and I need to guestimate here (1980 to 1990/95) I was a regular visitor to the extensive works of Plessey at Hebburn. I don't recall any military equipment. 3 or 4 regiments of Plessey , 1. manufacture of long insulators as used on National Grid pylons. 2. The larger works (I was not in all area) ISTR sheel metal for cabinets - probably for Telecoms. equipment. 3. I remember a small factory - remember the type of machinery , don't remember products. 4. A larger factory that was for semi-conductor products , early computer that probably included 'engine management' , I well remember picking up a (best described as - proper etched Vero board) , I asked - what are these (I had seen similar huge computer boards at another firms factories at Cramlington & near Edinburgh) , the reply was they are for the dash on cars "we do many makes" inc. VW and Mercedes. I then asked was the Mercedes a better quality - the reply was they used gold for connections on a Mercedes board but silver for all other car makers. Being a mind of useless info. - I remember that very well !
  5. I am not a MarconiSahib , it is obviously very military , I suspect it may have been used with a PYE Westminster or similar era set ?? called something 'Storno' ISTR If so - then I would be interested in purchase (I have a non-function PYE). IIRC normally local airfield communications , well at least the set I have has a Dyno tape RN Air Service base on..
  6. BGS , have a look here , early days of Blog tell of another in a museum. Unfortunately TrueS2 died last year and the project was not far off completion. TrueS2 always went the extra distance for quality of his projects. https://forum.emlra.org/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=11408&p=110505#p110055
  7. Regardless of statements in House of Parliament , IMHO probably the greatest 4x4 of all time.
  8. Leece-Neville (Prestolite) are the specialist in that sort of size.
  9. Find a local auto electrician - I suspect it is a standard frame , of-the-shelf Prestolite used on a bus or lorry.
  10. Some used to claim the coal originated from outcropping coal seams on the sea-bed. I don't recall observing coal being raked up from beaches around Hartlepool / Redcar after abt. late 1980's - so I suppose it came from colliery waste.
  11. Limited market for 'Toastie' era , if the main machines (starter motor & genny) are serviceable , you may wish to retain 24 volt (2 x 12 volt) batteries , dispose of the 24 volt genny loom etc. etc. for simplicity (24 volt starter motors are OK) , you could fit a cheap used 12 volt alternator at normal nearside location and a second additional 12 volt alternator on a high level bracket above. Lots of options , keep the CAV DZ dizzy but remove the anaconda flex shielded wires and silicone cement 12 volt std. civvy HT wire set to the cap to enable cheap 12 volt spark plugs to be used. A swop of a 25D or 45D Lucas dizzy (or Chinese contact set/electronic copy 45D) - is not quite so simple. At least the DZ is quality and all centrifugal advance so you don't need a vacuum pipe from carburettor. Dispose of the Ign coil and filter for standard 12 volt Ign. coil. You can for simplicity and at no £ cost maintain all 24 volt services as/is - inc. the main bulkhead harness. It is not just a matter of swopping out 24 volt bulbs. To go direction of a 12 volt civvy. spec. harness from AutoSparks along with all normal civvy spec. 12 volt stuff - that would be totally top $ to do the best of jobs , seems the base vehicle value does not warrant such investment. Several ways to go about this conversion, main objective normally is to get away from the normal 24v genny on to what is better understood , along with cheap £ common spark plugs.
  12. 1978 - I watched colliery waste being dozered into the sea at NCB Dawdon , Seaham - that must have kept the 'sea-coal traders' busy at Hartlepool. I suppose your photograph was taken near Blyth ? , so did the washed black gold return on the next high tide to Blyth ?
  13. Has anybody a recent page out of "Glass's Guide" for the AEC Matador ,,
  14. Good info. to know - ref. CES - I have often wondered , knew they were in MOD type packaging - I had pondered that they were intended for Civil Defence. A bit like the filters for IR switched FV headlamp units , never seen them go £ cheap - possibly there are Nissen huts on some isolated camp under care & maintenance - filled to the gunnels with them ? , then someday they will be dumped on the market.
  15. The two-pin plugs did go scarce and copy ones are shoddy fitting. You can get ;genuine; new Lucas ones now - the type with knurled nuts for securing the wires (probably manufactured by TVS-Lucas in India). ISTR these lamps could be had with same size two-pin but connections covered - similar to domestic 240 volt round pin. I would rather hide a quality waterproofed fitting , such as used in boat cockpit / ski-boat. The original red/black sockets are only good for period decoration. Land Rover bulkheads etc. not noted as good for preventing ingress of water LoL
  16. Defender / Tithonus may be different , up to Series 3 the inspection lamp line Ex-Works did not have fuse protection. They may be CES kit listed ? Sales pushed with the two words Land Rover , however I have never seen them listed as 'Optional Equipment' in Civilian catalogues. Can't say I have seen any specific mention in S3 Military User Instructions , would have to check S2A. They were Lucas & probably made over a 20 year period , IIRC some BIG cars were supplied new with them. The 'inspection lamp sockets' are "historic" , For punctures in the dark etc. You need such as a COAST rechargeable LED Head-Torch High 270 Lumens / Low 85 Lumens £20 would be very £ expensive. My son 2 was using one for mountain biking in the dark , then - it seems much more powerful & two X'mas ago he got me one (imported from China) . The elastic strap just says HEAD LAMP Can't find the box / instructions just now - I give to son to re-charge , it is USB port re-charching and with Lithium battery(s).. The better Inspection Lamps & Head Lamps now are COB (chip on board) , Son 2 says to me - There are Lumens and Chinese Lumens ! Interior map lamp & trailing lead / tent lamp - since late 1970's - I have made my own using projector lamp bulbs that were originally intended for Carl Schenck balancing machines. I have the proper Defender Hella 'military' map lamps , been intending to look into converting to LED.
  17. They have been on eBay for years , seen them on stalls at MV shows , yes same colour but often with rust spots bursting through. The card boxes they come in often show signs of damp storage. They used to be very common - £ has been climbing these last few years.. The dash panel sockets - the asbestos card insulator strip , I have had them crumble to dust in my fingers , make certain there is a in-line fuse ! I think I would just use No.1 Primer as finish colour is about right.
  18. Looks to me as if somebody has done a blast with soft media , then used a rattle-can of Hammerite NO. 1 Primer (pink) ,, has that cable grommet not been sprayed, photograph not great but cable seems begrimed with paint at odd spots. the lens looks a bit sus. with overspray but you would think it would have been removed , was it prior smeared with grease ?
  19. Possibly it would help , find the chassis No. better still the MOD - VRM if still plated , I think you will then be able to make some 'initial' RLC on-line searches £ free yourself. Or contact the RLC Museum , they may be able to turn out more than the Ruddington disposal date for catalogue. There is the odd specialist searcher who can do much / all of the above + additional. for a £ near to RLC search.
  20. I don't think Bakelite or Ebonite would be a suitable material for the application. I think it may be the hard form of Gutta Percha , I think it would be most suitable for vulcanization to natural rubber, to early for ersatz Buna. Apparently bricks of virgin Gutta Percha are still being washed up from a shipwreck off the South West ISTR.
  21. This is just a little complex , due to types of mix available The proper finish now is what is known as CARC , the previous IRR finish is no longer available. The paint of near correct colour is readily available , in differing quality - you don't need the CARC or IRR contents. You need - British Standard BS381 285 - NATO green
  22. So - you're keeping the Koken , Whitworth socketry bling for a better project ?
  23. You should be able to find photographs of Bedford 3 / 4 tonners cross-axled & lots of flex on the chassis & I suppose it must have returned to normal. However - I think this is much different and a 1" banana will have the truck crabbing down the road and this will not go unnoticed by followers.. I think you need to aim for perfection (it is the project foundation) - I don't know how much £ a carbon analysis would cost , knowing the 'chemical & physical' would greatly help , I would only be guessing at grade - they would aim for lowest acceptable on £ cost.. Probably at WW1 BS Spec's were not even available. I think they knew all about fully killed & semi-killed steels - empirical on deflection at centre span (and return) proof testing ?
  24. Quite true what you describe - certain there must be commercial vehicle versions, I would not say that the days of such as the Celette are obsolete (I believe they hired a hessian sack of the unique attachment points, these were often circular for original factory welding fixtures + gripper pads for sills , boot rear flange & engine/beam front X members - for each model of monocoque) Much was left to up to. hydraulic ram control using laser input against factory alignment data . It is about 20 years since I watched this at a firm at Durham that specialized in car body repairs (often what you would consider a write-off) - that business -I believe was financed by a pool of insurers to do this in-house. ------ For this project , if it were I - I would buy/borrow a heavy bearing press min. 20 tons and probably 30/40 tons better . Set up the 'longitudinals' on press table supporting ends on a pair of DIY trestles made from sleepers, fence-posts, whatever. Then quite simply straighten using the minimum of heat to just the flanges.
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