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  1. Glad to hear it's still on, my ferry over from Ireland is already booked. Camping with friends travelling up from Kent but I'll be in my civvy 110, would need a mortgage to bring the 101 over! I'll lose the 110 in the car park during the day obviously. Look forward to doing a quality check on the beer!
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    Several of us got deer ticks at a BOAR event in Belgium a few years ago and it was me that had the one that I couldn't get at, could feel it but not see it! I had the embarrassment of it being dug out by Major Tom using Swiss Army knife while I was lying on a camp bed and surrounded by other group members laughing at my expense. They cement themselves in so if you're not careful you can leave bits behind, hence the digging with the knife. The amount of alcohol consumed at the event acted as a painkiller and antibiotic! They are truly revolting little barstwards, another member took great delight with holding a lighter under any she spotted hanging off the long grass.
  3. We only rolled out the data cable once on the group's launcher, never did it again!! We also only deployed the launcher and Blindfire for shows and in the sunshine as well and never in a hurry! As the one who did the most towing it was usually me that checked everything was put back together properly. I think it's 4 years or so since any of it's been out, suspect we've lost the knack of doing it now. I think the holes in the side of the reload trailer are for strapping the missile tubes down when there isn't a full load on board.
  4. Jerrycans with petrol always make a bit nervous! I keep 10-15 litres in one of the five on the 101 and trailer but never more. I have vague memories of someone saying you should earth a jerrycan on the body before you open it as static could be a problem as you touch the neck off the filler. Can anyone verify this?
  5. I was given an envelope of photos by BAe of a development of the Rapier trailer. Just posted some on the 101 and EMLRA forum, thought they would be of interest here as well. There's around 20 photos but I've scanned 6, the rest are all similar. They show what a new out of the box trailer looked like and it's one being kitted out to recover Rapier B1 generators, basically anything gloss green or yellow isn't standard. I don't know whether BAe were doing it for their own internal use or if it was for the MOD, whatever, it's typically over engineered! The photos were taken in 1981 and they refer to it as a FAST Trailer.
  6. There was an An Slua Muiri re-union at Camden Fort at the weekend, I couldn't make it but a mate of mine had a chat with them. Turns out the Naval Service had four Champs, no further details though.
  7. The MMVG used to put acres of net up, in the end we only did it for three day shows, something like 200ft x 100 ft. The secret was to lay it flat on the ground, nail one or two edges down and then work it up in the air with loads of poles and mushrooms with the whole lot tensioned along the raised front edge. Most of the tent city then went underneath and nothing hidden, except from the air! Think the last the whole lot was up was 2007.
  8. That's probably 1 tonne at shortest reach, may be less that 400 at full stretch. According to "In National Service" the dry weight is just shy of 460kg. I'd be looking at a minimum of a 2t crane, check out the likes of Machine Mart, you should find load charts there.
  9. Minor update, that style of plate came in in 1969 although it's a 62/63 Dublin registration.
  10. I bow to your superior knowledge, couldn't find any pics of a civvy champ to check! Whatever, it's certainly very shiny, may have been bought and done up for ceremonial use? The army have done something similar recently, have a couple of Td5 110s bulled up for towing hearse gun carriages, using a Nissan Patrol or Mitsubishi Pajero just wouldn't look right! Unfortunately the book on Irish Army vehicles doesn't cover the Naval Service.
  11. Hi Tony, all fine here,attending lots of shows and getting well known in Land Rover circles here! Spent the weekend eating drinking and sleeping in the casemates in the background of the photo. Been thinking about the picture, style of number plate makes it a 70s picture and I think it's a rare civvy Champ, there's an Austin badge on the edge of the bonnet, Rubbolite indicators and an AA badge! Whether it was borrowed for someone's send off or was in service is a different matter, the army bought civvy Land Rovers and militarised them.
  12. I was at Fort Camden in Crosshaven near Cork at the weekend and came across a picture of a Champ in use by An Slua Muiri (Naval Reserve) who used the fort up to the 80s. The fort has been opened to the public this year but there's lot's of work to done yet.http://www.rescuecamden.ie/ I didn't know there were any in Irish service and not seen any mention elsewhere but I found a copy of the picture on An Slua Muiri archive site. The registration is a Dublin one. Been right through the archive and can't find any more.
  13. Cheers Clive, I think he's now worked out there's a problem with the generator itself. If I hear any more from him I'll let you know, may be looking for a genny at Dunsfold, I'm over for the weekend.
  14. Friend has had the Mk 4 generator panel on his FFR burn out. Before he fits a replacement he wants to know are they prone to this or will it have been triggered by a generator problem? I pointed him to Clive's articles on the subject and I think he's intending to sign up here but any additional advice would begood
  15. It's not 101, they were prefixed 956 and ABRO wouldn't be re-coning them in 93. The bellhousing looks too long as well. Only thing I can find is an old post on Landyzone where someone was asking about a 17C LT95 in a 110 built on a military chassis assumed to be Shorland. http://www.landyzone.co.uk/lz/f31/lt95-gearbox-info-19748.html ABRO wouldn't have been doing boxes for the RUC made variations on armoured 110s would they?
  16. It's an M548 Tracked Cargo Carrier that's fallen off. Our group were at Sphinx Battery's reunions in 2003 and 2004 in Crewe with Rapier kit. They asked the army if they could send a unit, they couldn't but told them to contact the MMVG!
  17. The Salisbury back axle was an option on the LWB IIA from 1971 and was standard on ALL Series III 109s (except One Ton which had ENVs). If it was an '81 109 with a Rover axle it wasn't built like that. Daz, nothing to afraid of with the modern Land Rover, I have a Td5 110 and it's no harder to maintain and as reliable as an old one (ie has all the same foibles and faults!). To talk to the ECUs get yourself a Nanocom Evolution or Bearmach Hawkeye, both work on D2.
  18. Hope your back is sorted, 101s and bad backs don't go together.
  19. "try the sender and gauge" They are both capillary units on a 101 if original, no electrics involved and are more accurate. Oil cooler won't have much of an effect on the temp overall unless very hot.
  20. Your're getting the reverse of the normal overheating problem which probably rules out the radiator. Could be the viscous fan not working at idle but a possibility is the vanes badly worn in the water pump, shifts water when revved but not shifting enough at idle.
  21. 101 wiring is no different to series LR wiring but everything is more exposed to damp, dirt and prying fingers of those that don't know what they are doing! The fuse box is inaccessible and is a constant source of bad connections. It's scary that so much of it is unfused, I intend to put a new fusebox in mine and reckon on needing 12-14 fuses. I've already fitted relays to the lights, decent halogen bulbs will overload the switches.
  22. Yes it did, got fed up with looking up wire codes and the numbered items! It's common for the flasher unit to go especially if it's been mounted upside down and it fills with water. Check the hazard switch for dirty teminals first by pulling the two halves apart. If it is flasher unit, they are a Hella 6 pin unit, think there's a 12V on ebay at the mo, if you need 24V, I can lay my hands on one here. Alternatively, fit a standard 5 pin flasher can, it's what I did to that FFR by making up a set of fly leads to the plug. and connecting the LGK and LGG wires together on the 30b terminal, the rest of the terminals are the same as the 6pin. The hazard diagram on the Lightweight site expalins it very well.
  23. The wires on the IR relay are doing nothing, the brown/pink goes to the 6 way switch and the pair of browns are permanantly live (and unfused!) and come from fuse box and go to where the switch was. Behind where the switch was you'll see two blue wires connected and possibly some unused ones, they just removed the switch and joined the wires (something any sensible owner would do anyway as the switch lets all the smoke out if you play with it!) Just been working on an 82ish 109FFR which doesn't have IR, no relay but the wiring loom is still the same with a bundle of redundant wires floating around behind the aux panel! I've attached the 101 colour wiring diagram if you don't already have one (it doesn't show the fog light circuit though). This site has some brilliant colour circuits which, although Lightweight specific, are relavant to any military series 2A/3Land Rover as wiring colours, relays etc are standard. http://www.land-rover-lightweight.co.uk/LRL%20K.html 101 Wiring diag.pdf
  24. They were added when the truck was bodied as a Rapier tractor, by the time they were converted they had become a legal requirement. You'll find your infra-red system was removed at the same time.
  25. You can change a N/A/TD/Tdi pump without disturbing the timing belt but you need the full timing kit to do it. IMHO you may as well change the timing belt anyway and you can do that without any timing tools, just a couple of (I think) 9.5mm drill bits, look on any LR forum and you'll find plenty of posts on how to do it without timing tools inc the easy way to undo the crankshaft pulley bolt. When you get the pump off, take to an independent diesel specialist (nothing DIY in there) as they will mostly be ex CAV/Bosch, be cheaper and may repair rather than sell you a replacement.
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