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    Saracen crowd controller

    I fancy adding a “paddy pusher” to the front of my Saracen like the one below. Does anyone know the whereabouts of one?
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    Saracen crowd controller

    Well the bottom part is, but the top is thin metal
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    Saracen crowd controller

    Thanks Clive, Richard. I’m sure this will just stay on my interesting to have wish list. I’ve always thought that the reverse flow Saracen is extremely vulnerable with regard damage to its cowl. The slightest collision could well crumple it and compromise cooling. Nic
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    Saracen crowd controller

    Good points Robin
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    Ferret Mk 2/3 Restoration and paint sourcing

    Sounds like a hydraulic leak somewhere, perhaps wheel cylinder. Can you see any signs of weeping from wheels or brake lines?
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    Ferret Mk 2/3 Restoration and paint sourcing

    I agree, smooth hammerite gives a pretty good finish. I did my Saracen with it, I applied it with a small foam roller and the finish is as good as spray.
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    Saracen hill climbing

    Having reinstated my Saracen’s reverse flow cooling and replaced a worn out carb that caused plugs to foul I now have a Saracen that completes the relatively short journeys I ask of it (5-10 miles). However, when faced with a steep hill I need to drop it down to third and even then it it not brimming with power. On the flat I only drive it at around 30 mph as I’m generally on country roads, but even on the flat if I do give it more throttle it just feels down on power. My question is, is what I have described normal or should it have a bit more get up and go? Nic
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    Saracen hill climbing

    Good point, if that is the case I think I should be able to test for that by leaving my electric pump on. As the engine's demand for fuel increases so should the ticking of the pump (it's a double SU) so I guess a rapidly ticking pump would indicate that it is working hard and possibly not meeting demand.
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    Saracen hill climbing

    Interesting, I don't think I've got that problem as I've fitted an electric booster pump just before the filters. I think if there were pin holes I would hear it ticking away as it sucked air. I tend only to use the pump at start up but it might be worth switching it on when going up hills to see if that makes a difference.
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    Saracen hill climbing

    Hi Richard, I don’t think the brakes are binding and I suspect I probably have a tendency to change up too soon when going into 5th. I do wonder however what others experience when doing a (near) standing start at the bottom of a steep hill where you don’t really get the opportunity to wind her up.
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    Saracen hill climbing

    Richard Farrant has pointed out that mine being up armoured and with the large wheels will not be able to tackle hills in higher gears. What I’m not clear about is just how fast Saracens whizzed up hills, after all they’re pretty heavy and by modern standards don’t have that much power. Richard has also suggested advancing the ignition a bit so I’ll give that a go.
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    Saracen Hull Shock Coil ?

    Did NI Saracens have hull shock coils similar to those on the Ferret? I was under my Mk6 today greasing it up and saw a bracket holding an insulator with a wire coming from it that clearly went through a hole in the floor above and a chain that when untangled dropped down to ground level.
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    Saracen Hull Shock Coil ?

    Thanks Clive, I had clearly missed that post Nic
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    Humber Pig / Saracen ... vehicles of the Troubles.

    Hi Ted, I bought mine 4 years ago, so far no big problems and have really enjoyed owning it, I’m sure you will have great fun with it Nic
  15. Hi, this link does not seem to work. Nic
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    Cleaning spark plugs

    Just a comment on ultrasonic cleaners. I have a very small unit and it is pretty useless. This year I bought a good secondhand carb for the Saracen from Richard Banister, but on inspection it was still pretty gummed up inside. I sent it for professional ultrasonic cleaning, it came back looking absolutely new. However, that chap who di it said it had 8 hours in the ultrasonic bath, so I guess this form of cleaning whilst being good does take some time. Nic
  17. Hi Terry, can you describe what you have done on the Saracen Nic
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    Saracen brake bleeding

    Thanks both, most helpful and the idea of the piece of wood especially so as it becomes a one man job. Nic
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    Saracen brake bleeding

    Can anyone advise me on the procedure for bleeding Saracen brakes, i presume there is an order for bleeding. Also, is it the case that with the engine running you would just depress the brake pedal prior to opening a bleed nipple, i.e. No need to pump the brakes? thanks Nic
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    2 inch mortar Mk8

    Anyone got one for sale?
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    Saracen engine oil OMD 80X ?

    My Saracen needs a top up of engine oil prior to a run at the weekend. I only have some OMD 80X inherited with the vehicle. I understand this to be 10/30 high detergent engine oil. Assuming the engine currently has OMD 75 (SAE 30) oil is there any reason why I should not top up with this? It's the high detergent bit I'm not sure about.
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    Saracen engine oil OMD 80X ?

    OK, so 10/30 it is. Having googled the detergent/non detergent issue I read that an engine which has been run on non detergent oil and then changed to detergent oil may be asking for trouble. The issue being that all the 'crud' that has been bound to engine parts is released into circulation and may then cause trouble. I'm sure for top up purposes, due to the dilution factor using a detergent oil is OK, but it sounds like it might be prudent to use a low detergent oil. I wondered about this stuff for longer term use https://www.ryeoil.co.uk/shop/universal-tractor-oil/ they are just down the road from me.
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    Vehicle markings (Saracen)

    My Saracen is all ready for its outings to various shows this year, I've added various pieces of external kit appropriate to the vehicle but what it lacks are any sort of vehicle markings, because I don't know what they should be! I can see from its service record that whilst in NI my Saracen was used at different times by the the 9/12 Lancers and the 15/19 Hussars. It would be nice to reflect one or other of these on the vehicle, what would be appropriate?
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    Vehicle markings (Saracen)

    Thanks Clive, I was unable to obtain its history pre 70's so most of its history relates to NI and hence related markings for that period seem the most pertinent to use. It's use by the two regiments above were early/mid seventies, from your comments it perhaps would have had minimal markings then? Nic
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