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  1. Most interested to read about this again - my step-grandfather had served on the Iolaire prior to that disaster. He had been a "Ganges Boy" and had enlisted in 1885 and left the RN in 1909 when he was discharged to the Royal Fleet Reserve. Was called back in August 1914 and served on different Auxiliary Patrol ships of the same squadron based in Stornaway - the Iolaire being one of them. He was at sea on HMT Calliope II, a converted Trawler which had been armed with a 1 pdr gun and which was sunk after collision with the SS Dane in March 1916 off the Butt of Lewis - some of the crew were lost but my Grandfather survived and returned home to Falmouth in "borrowed clothes" - never mentioning what had happened. It was when researching family history that this full story was revealed and when it then tied up with "family legend" about the sinking that had never been fully talked about.
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Boxing Day was a very appropriate time to start work on the tool box. This goes at the rear of the lorry underneath the body. As we were in a bit of a hurry to get the lorry finished we left this until last. It has become quite apparent that making the toolbox first before putting on the body would have been the easiest option as it has become quite awkward to do. The aim is to now cut the wood to size, drill the holes, test fit, remove, paint then reassemble. It is proving to be a lengthy process so far.
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    WW1 Peerless lorry restoration

    Yes, it is very unusual. Two springs coiled within each other. In good enough condition for us to use (after a clean up). The water pump is not the factory supplied one but made by Peerless trading in the UK as a replacement and of a slightly different design. No gland on it which is quite unusual. I imagine that it will leak a great deal. We took it apart to see what it was like inside. Had to get the bolts very hot to make them let go but it all came apart and seems to be in good condition, which is a relief.
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    WW1 Peerless lorry restoration

    A question for Steve I think. It should be noted that in between buying the Thornycroft and restoring it we also restored two Autocars, one Jeep, the FWD and the Dennis so it had been waiting its turn long enough and needed to be done. I think that it is common belief that we should never have touched the Thornycroft because there was not enough of it there to make a viable restoration. We have been very lucky and we have some very helpful and generous friends.
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    WW1 Peerless lorry restoration

    More straight forward - I do hope so. We have most of the bits, but strangely things are missing which should be there. I think the Peerless was parked up outside about 70 years ago. It changed hands about 30 years ago and a lot of parts on it were moved to a better chassis which was "cosmetically" restored. We bought several chassis as you know and we have lost track of what we have so we need to do some more work on sorting through what we do have. I think some parts may have been lost by the previous owner. Saying that we have remarkably found a lot of original parts for the Peerless that we had to make for the previous restorations. So, for example we have an original NOS fuel tank and a really good radiator. Probably the most difficult part will be the engine. Not sure about the gearbox, that might be ok. As we plan to restore two Peerless consecutively I hope that we can use the best parts for the first one and maybe we will turn up some other parts for the second one while we are doing the first. It is all very exciting.
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    We refitted the Thornycroft fuel tank after the rebuild, fitted the petrol tap, changed the jet on the carb and fitted instruction plate. A few less parts on the floor to trip over.
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    WW1 Peerless lorry restoration

    That maybe why the squirrel died? For most people Christmas is a time to eat and drink too much and then sit on the sofa and watch TV. Personally, we would prefer to spend the whole time in the shed. Doing that and squeezing in family meals can be a bit tricky. However, the aim was this Christmas to prepare the engine for removal. With the bonnet off the next step was to remove manifolds, exhaust, starting handle, water pump, scuttle and anything else that we could get off. With three of us on it the day went quite well.
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    WW1 Peerless lorry restoration

    and finally: Loads of goodies.
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    WW1 Peerless lorry restoration

    And these too!
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    WW1 Peerless lorry restoration

    As the Thornycroft is more or less finished we are turning our attention this Christmas to the Peerless. When we moved the Peerless into its current location we dumped some of the smaller parts we had into some wooden boxes balanced on the back and they have been there for about 25 years. As we had not looked into those boxes for such a long time we thought that we would take everything out and see what we have. It was nice to find all sorts of goodies. Not so nice to find a recently dead (well, about 3 week dead) squirrel and some mice. Here are a few of the things we uncovered.
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    Great stuff and good luck with it!
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    WW1 finds and discoveries

    That is a great find - amazing that these things still turn up!
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    WW1 Peerless lorry restoration

    I know a certain someone who's going to be glued to this 😜😜😜😜😜 Very pleased to read that and I do hope that your Dad is keeping well! This is all going to bring back memories for him! Tony
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    That is Lovely!