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  1. Hi I didn’t take it as criticism and nether was my post a criticism of the OY but an observation of its service mods. Like you my interest is British and I include Commonwealth as amongst others I help rebuild and look after is a CMP C-15A which still has its 40’s mod plate riveted onto the back of the engine cover in the cab. I am always open to persuasion and happy to learn something new and have been since first working to install equipment into military vehicles as an apprentice in the early sixties and been working on restoring conserving ex-military vehicles ever since. Its great you get to know nice people.
  2. That's great reff the side covers and that's how I would keep it if I was lucky enough to own it. The rear body how was it modified purely out of interest
  3. Not sure you understood my previous post as intended which was not a criticism, yes vehicle of this age would most likely go through a rebuild program as denoted unusually on the rebuild plate riveted to the frame. My view is it’s up to the owner how they portray their vehicle, what if any genuine service history it may have is explained. Most importantly I think is the owner happy with their vehicle and its historical representation. While I have as yet not owned an OY I have for some time looked after a few owned several QL’s a Dingo an Austin K-6 K-9 and K-3 a Scammell SV/S and numerous others. I have been doing this a long-time and on occasions been asked to judge comment and write leaving others to make their own minds up. As for a vehicle being 70, 80-years old and not undergone some form of restorative work is unlikely. As for the OY in the photo above from what I can see it looks good and one I’d make a point of taking a photo of should I come across it at a show, by the way I found a box of two new old stock sling plates.
  4. Prices on Milweb in my opinion are at best optimistic - but if you the buyer and the seller are happy with what you pay then the price is just right. Regards working on 432's easy if its engine related just lift it out, you only need a crane, lifting frame and straps at least 3-friends deep pockets and you are good to go. If you find it hard unrewarding work why own one
  5. The one above may be on singles and it may be 1940 production while its engine side panels are post 42 singles all round I understand came in end of 40 early 41 for OY's while OW's kept 32x6 single fronts 34x7 twin rear's
  6. I had several Ex-Dutch Munga's all were fitted from new with towing pintles - from memory there are two types of pintal cast and pressed steel suitable for towing Jeep/Landrover trailer types
  7. My father like many others drove and fought from Egypt west to Sicily via Tunis and all points in between with little knowledge of speeches made other than the one telling them they would disengage and return to RN-control before returning home in preparation for a European invasion
  8. I'm sure my late father would be pleased to know that as he along with others had been dropped off at night along the coast as part of a diversionary ploy
  9. West German government's contribution to British involvement in Germany was by way of providing vehicles and equipment possibly the trailer is such a piece of equipment
  10. An eye watering amount + fuel + pocket monies + food allowance + some pic's of some of the vehicle we took to a show out of our own pocket
  11. Congratulations on the OY a good choice of vehicle. Finding a definitive history of your OY will be something of a challenge if it has a brass plate on the chassis (LH-side) that may give you its post-war registration and census number. If you have that then you may be able to trace its wartime service history there are often people on here who can point you in the right direction. There is a good chance your vehicle will at some point been rebuilt usually in the early fifties. If as you say your vehicle is a 1940 production and it hasn’t had a cab transplant then the instrument layout on the dashboard is likely to be from the left to right. Oil and Water temperature gauge with an Oil pressure light above next to the Speedometer/Mileage meter next a Bakelite switch cluster comprising ignition switch and ignition warning light with main light switch below and to the right of that an Ammeter. A simplified instrument layout came about around Chassis number 43522 sometime in 1941 or so the book say’s. Any marking the vehicle may have worn might be revealed under the layers of paint so be careful when removing the paint on the doors bonnet and wings. Along with the OY Bedford produced a very similar looking vehicle almost indistinguishable the OW-S or L short or long wheelbase. Same front end cab and wheelbase externally the difference was wheel types and twin rear wheels with a 5-ton payload against the OY’s 3-ton. The engine was also slightly different valve stem dimensions carburettor brakes hubs and front axle all slightly different. The OW was primarily for civilian operators and the M of S the RAF used OWLD 4x2 5-ton General Service, OWL 4x2 5-ton Tender Pantechnicon OWST 4x2 5-ton Tipper in significant quantities alongside OY’s
  12. Hi I would be cautious about taking one sources as a definitive when gauging the age of an ex-military vehicle. While Vauxhall/Bedford gives the number of OY-type chassis produced in 1940 just over 14.000 units while the late Bart H. Vanderveen’s book Kaleidoscope of Bedford and Vauxhall Military Vehicles gives the first contract as V.3603. In the Chilwell Allocation by Central Census “B” Vehicles W.D. Numbers that contract number appears 9-times with a total number of allocations in the region of 4.750-vehicles total. Without spending hours over the computer looking into the Army contracts awarded that leaves a little over nine and a half thousand chassis unaccounted for.
  13. Bedford Vehicles supplied to the Government list the first Bedford OY chassis as starting at OY-21839 to OY-36100 for 1940 production
  14. Reff vehicles loan for film and TV work, it depends on who the company borrowing the vehicle is. A friend' has loan several of his lorries over the years without regret and received a reasonable sum for it. I suspect it's all in the small print but some people have had an experience while others loan a vehicle for bragging rights just to say its been in this or that for free, personal choice.
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