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Adam Elsdon

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  1. I should really check my postings more often, I have only just found this while doing a bit more research. cheers Clive much appreciated for the information, it all adds to the picture.
  2. I dont see the problem with that type of vehicle, if the displayed vehicle was actually used by the military. BRIXMIS used Opel Senators and a variety of low key vehicles while "spying" on East German activities, and I drove an LDV minibus at Brize Norton on "Guard Commander" duties, fun at 2 AM seeing how fast I could change guard shifts!! holds more interest to me than line after line of jeeps.
  3. Yes I know, how exciting!!:yay::yay: I wasn't near a TV or Radio or even the same day when I eventually found out that Will and Kate had a male screaming poo machine....however now that we have been whipped into a frenzy by the "W and K" (is it me or does that look rude) royal baby circus media hype, now is a great time to come up with alternative Royal names! I'll start the ball rolling with "Dick" so when he makes it to the throne he can be "King Dick" like the lovely brand of 3/4" drive sockets I own!! Your turn!
  4. More photographs of Maudslay's in RFC Service here at the Maudslay thread: http://hmvf.co.uk/forumvb/showthread.php?35070-Maudslay-Subsidy-Lorry/page2
  5. Some more "in service" pictures of Maudslay's, these mainly show the people who worked with them, rather than the lorry, but they are no less fantastic for it, they really show the people behind the scenes. The first two are RFC/RAF, the last two are of vehicles used by the Army Supply Corps for the Ministry of Munitions. . This may be of interest, (I am sure somebody will put me right) but it would appear that Maudslay had two models of truck in service during WW1, the last picture shows a vehicle that looks smaller and with a different radiator, which looks very much like the Australian museum bus, mentioned earlier in this post.
  6. Im researching Maudslay stuff for Coventry Transport Museums Maudslay at the moment, and have this photo of a Maudslay, with a pair of posing bikers buggering up the shot! (Bloke on right bike has Marlon Brandos look, also on a Triumph but about 40 years earlier) Anyway I digress, it gives a reasonably clear shot of the top of the front hook, which looks very much like the Bartle produced item, although the headlamps and radiator protection have a different ironwork arrangement. I have put another photo of a Maudslay in the Coventry Transport Museum restoration thread, and will update on any other info I find about it.
  7. I have been doing some research on the history of this particular vehicle on behalf of Chris at CTM, and I will post a bit more about it, once I have exhausted all of my leads that I am currently working on. So far the info that has came to light, indicates it was in use with the RFC at Montrose Air Station in North East Scotland the UK's first operational Air Base, certainly the largest military motorised transport user in the region, and a stones throw from where the vehicle was then used in its "Civilian" guise until it eventually found its way to the museum. Here is a photo that I obtained from the RAF Museum showing another Maudslay in service, although not dated, going by the faded RAF painted onto the rear body, I would put it sometime after April 1918.
  8. I have just bought a Duffle Coat made by Montgomery of England at TK Maxx for £75 and its a very good replica of their original duffles made for the WD and issued to the Royal Navy and other services in WW1 and WW2. It has the correct brass buttons in the hood to adjust the size (Big enough to wear over a peak cap) twisted hemp rope loops and wooden toggles, adjusters on the cuffs, and more importantly, it doesn't have some ghastly tartan lining, its left unlined as original, and it is amazingly warm, excellent thing to wear in an open vehicle. I've barely taken mine off in 3 weeks If you arent sure what they look like, see the pics, id put a link to Original Montgomery, but they have bugger all that looks like it on the website!:-
  9. Screwfix, Aluminium heat resistant paint, painted the inside of the Pig I had with it using a decent brush, looks just like the service equivalent, ages well and doesnt use exotic thinners, drying time isn't rocket quick like hammerite, so gives you time to work with it, dont jump in and drive straight away though, give it plenty of time to cure hard or your clothes land up silver!
  10. With some of the idiotic messages i have been getting, i would far rather keep it than sell it to someone that wants it as a field thrash toy, we shall see! Did get someone send me a message,not about buying, but saying he has a couple of pigs, i sent him this way, said he was going to join.
  11. A mates MK1 Ferret was running fine then started to cut out once warm or under load, it was left at my house for a while, so i went through the electrics first, checked sparks, gaps, plugs, tested the condenser with a megger and it was still a problem, then went through the fuel system, checked the floats in the carb, the carb banjo filter, the fuel filter in the vehicle etc, all appeared clean, but it wasnt running right. In the end we disconnected the pipe from the side of fuel filter housing, and the carb banjo union, and blew it out with an air line, and a rather enormous quantity of dirt and sand came blasting out, although none of this was apparent at either end at the filters, it was quite heavy gritty sand, and we think it was accumulating at a bend in the pipe, or at the fuel pump and was restricting it, as soon as the engine died, it was running back into the fuel pipe waiting for the next run. Well worth blowing through just to make sure it is all clear. The Ferret ran sweet as a nut after that, probably due in part to all of its full service checks!
  12. 30KG of that must have been water inside the engine block and cylinders!
  13. There was a French truck went off the road at Mt Igman while i was there, 14 french troops died. I didnt write anything off personally, but was involved with getting an armoured Humvee rear end shot up heading back into Sarajevo from Kiseljak, some creative road block avoidance was required after dark, and the Serbs didnt like it! i remember been impressed with the way the truck managed the craters in the road at high speed!!
  14. "Two men went to war" Is just fantastic, done on a budget but very entertaining and very British ! nglorious Bastards" I wasted part of my life watching this cack, and the budget must have been epic and it turns out it was a remake, of an apparently rubbish original.
  15. How about using this free service, http://www.immobilise.com/about.html and get everybody with a deac to register it, basically it is a property register, if your property has a serial number that can be checked, it can be put onto the database, if the Police are notified of the theft, let them know it has been registered, if it turns up it can be checked against the database and it will be returned to the owner. This could be a good way to make an organised attempt at maintaining a record of deactivated weapons without getting bogged down in a morass of unnecessary red tape, and if you sell them on, you can log in and change the details. The database can be checked for a small fee to check that the item belongs to the seller, and photos plus a description can be added if required. Could go a long way to appease the scaremongers if the hobby takes the issue by the horns before somebody in government does it..... PM if you want more info
  16. Just out of interest who did you get the insurance and breakdown cover with?
  17. If you walked down a street in any town in the land, with for example a deactivated Lee Enfield rifle, or Webley revolver (Outside of a special event) you can expect to have the Police Armed Response types on you in a very short time, getting very shouty! Until the weapon has been examined to confirm its status, how is an officer supposed to know its not real.
  18. I can see the interest in collecting deactivated weapons, however if you publicly show them, you should be treating them as if they were live weapons, might sound a bit extreme, but imagine the alternative, if some idiots turned up in a town/airport, wherever toting numerous AK47's. Don't be surprised if our hobby disappears overnight!<br><br>Sorry to hear about the theft, i hope the weapons are retrieved soon.<br>What is the investigating officers position on posting the pictures within this forum, as an aid to identifying persons to help with enquiries? its a good chance the people responsible have been on the MV circuit previously.
  19. I can see the interest in collecting deactivated weapons, however if you publicly show them, you should be treating them as if they were live weapons, might sound a bit extreme, but imagine the alternative, if some idiots turned up in a town/airport, wherever toting numerous AK47's. Don't be surprised if our hobby disappears overnight!. Sorry to hear about the theft, i hope the weapons are retrieved soon. What is the investigating officers position on posting the pictures within this forum, as an aid to identifying persons to help with enquiries? its a good chance the people responsible have been scoping out the MV circuit previously.
  20. Oil can smell a bit petrolly, especially if it has only been started and ran for a short while, as unburnt fuel while on choke gets past the rings, however if the pump diaphragm is goosed, petrol will get into the engine block, if you want to try and fire that mix up, it could get interesting in a loud and hot way. You may want to drain it out and stick some cheap no brand 20-50 oil in until you get it running right, then drop it out and put in the right stuff, it will give the engine a flush out, and it wont go bang!
  21. It starts alot better, but that maybe due to the fact the original plugs werent up to much (They were the type with the tiny side electrode and looked like they had seen some miles) i have them gapped as per the book, what i have noticed is, they are less likely to foul up at idling when the engine isnt up to temp, and less likely miss, before i changed them, you would get the odd miss during idling, these have cured that. As for power and smoothness, not exactly noticeable but in the words of a large supermarket chain "every little helps!"
  22. LOL! Probably done us all a favour by bombing it, attended a conference during the winter in Blackpool, what a rough dismal place its become! Are they the "Illinois Nazis" of Blues Brothers fame?
  23. I have had the Lodge SRL14L (Land Rover part RTC4732) plugs in my pig for a while, a vast improvement on the old champions with the tiny side electrode.
  24. FBVHC are carrying out a survey on how the classic vehicle movement use maintain and contribute towards the economy, and how it is a business in its own right, They want solid information to base any argument against changes in legislation that would predjudice our enjoyment of classic vehicles. They are hosting a survey on their website at the following link, it is open until the end of July, so please pass the message on, outside the MV world if required. http://fbhvc.co.uk/2011/05/24/2011-survey-now-underway-2/ While its easy to bemoan such initiatives, this one is backed by a central federation and headed by lord montagu. It only takes a few minutes to complete (Unless you own a fleet!! so that seems to be half of the forum then!)
  25. Peterborough! yep its still not here, the low loader trailer went U/S and they have transferred it to another trailer back in the yard, so i am due to get it sometime this week coming!!
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