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  1. Minesweeper


    That is Lovely!
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    1914 Dennis Lorry

    It is looking a real treat! Tony
  3. Minesweeper

    WW1 Peerless lorry restoration

    We have discussed dipping steel in Molasses and how it successfully cleans up rusty steel - and we have now seen the results of this for ourselves - quite amazing and pleasing! Two very sad looking P and H Acetylene Headlamps came with the Head Light Brackets and they are quite rusty with some bits of them beyond repair. They have been stripped down and the outside rusty case of one - which is just steel - has now been left soaking in a Molasses solution as well. We already have two good concave original P an H reflectors and with some of the newly arrived parts, some that we already have in stock and with other bits given to us, we have enough to make up two sound Head Lamps. The reflectors are contained within beautifully made steel cases - shaped around the back of the concave mirror in a fitted convex form to match the back shape of the reflector and then with a steel flange folded around the front edge of the reflector glass and then around the back edge of the back steel case. This holds the Reflector firmly. On the back of the case are fitted four steel lugs which are used to fasten the reflector to the outside case. On one mirror, the lugs are riveted to the case and on another they are soft soldered. Now to come to my question - and maybe a chemist will be able to answer if no one else has considered trying this or had any experience of it - can I dip the steel encompassed reflectors as they are, still in their steel soldered cases with a silvered back to the glass, in the molasses solution, just to get the rust off the steel - without damaging the Reflectors - especially the silvering? Tony
  4. Minesweeper

    WW1 Peerless lorry restoration

    This stuff that I bought from Amazon is for Horses - I wonder what the difference is? Tony
  5. Minesweeper

    WW1 Peerless lorry restoration

    I thought that we are going to need a lot of this stuff so I bought14Kg from Amazon for £22.85 - delivered. The cheapest way that I could find for buying it at the time. Tony
  6. Minesweeper

    WW1 Peerless lorry restoration

    The Headlamps are P & H - (Powell and Hanmer). The two common makes of these WW1 Headlamps seem to be either Miller or P &H. Tony
  7. Minesweeper

    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    It was a great day and a lot of fun. We had planned and hoped to take the Thorny but that did not work out because of the further teething problems. Second choice would have been the Dennis but that is now living at Steve's place in Leicestershire - so the dear old faithful Autocar saved the day! It has not been out for a couple of years but started very easily and we were away! I guess the only disadvantage with it was that there is no proper weather protection so we had to cope with the few showers that came along. Reception from the public along the way was tremendous and the crowds in Blandford were amazing. Two onlookers said to me that it brought tears to their eyes - the whole scene was truly wonderfully set with the foot soldiers marching ahead of the convoy in the towns and villages - and on occasion singing the First World War songs that are so well known. I am afraid that other traffic on occasions came to a halt - but that really was only because the traffic coming towards us stopped to watch us pass by and thus held up the following traffic. Hundreds of photos taken. Probably never to be repeated but an occasion for us to remember for a long time. Tony
  8. Minesweeper

    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    That was a good find! The correct one that we have on the Dennis was made by Radmore - and branded "Radwell" - and we have never seen another. I have left a continuing Search for another one under either of those two names for some considerable time on EBay but nothing has turned up. Hence Steve's thoughts of just copying the original for the Thorny. Tony
  9. Minesweeper

    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    We shall see - but Steve has matched the existing holes in your Dad's Scuttle so I am quite sure that it will be right! Tony
  10. Minesweeper

    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    We are going to be in trouble here for going off topic - but very briefly, it did not have a stripe and was painted the standard "black and green" cam pattern when I bought it. It spent most of its service life with 16 Sqn Wildenrath as a "Tracker Radar Towing Rapier Rover" - Service No. 73KB70 Tony
  11. Minesweeper

    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Stupidity! Not 1963 - should have said 1983! Tony
  12. Minesweeper

    Unique German WW I tank restoration

    A wonderful job!
  13. Minesweeper

    1914 Dennis Lorry

    Many congratulations on your Award, Ben! Superb work and very well deserved! Tony
  14. Minesweeper

    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    I think that the final paragraph in your last posting is exactly right, Barry, but Steve will have the final say when he comes back on line! When he left Devon yesterday, we agreed that the Pistons had been machined parallel initially with a 0.005 clearance. We shall have the bores honed out by a further 0.003. The pistons will be stepped to a clearance of 0.017 above the top ring and 0.012 between the rings. At least, that is what we talked about yesterday - but that may change! Tony
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Steve just telephoned me to say that his Computer "died" today - he has just been out to buy a new one but he will not be operational with it for a couple of days. He very much wants to reply to the comments made today and yesterday and will do so as soon as he can! Tony