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  1. Rob, your interest in WW1 support items is in common with mine. Not much out there for restoration however. PM sent.
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    Another J Type on the way !

    Cracking of the chassis about the dumb irons is something I have not seen on any chassis in New Zealand. The nature of many colonial roars was tough going, with long stretches of mud and bog holes in wet weather. Chain and ropes about the wheels seem to be standard for rural work. With vehicles being towed out from muddy conditions one would expect to see damage as a result.
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    Santa's Sleigh questions

    I note it was last upgraded on 10/10/1950. It has got past the trend of renewing paperwork! It has been overlooked as " due for revision" "outdated" or otherwise seen as "not fit for purpose'" as so many officials want us to believe. Interesting word believe, in relation to Santa. Do I believe in Santa? I support the idea.
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    WW1 finds and discoveries

    Now to find the all the other bits for a Leyland.!
  5. Tatra . The Ultimate in off road transport.. Accepting these ones are prepared for such events, it is the original design of the suspension giving the wheels the ability to follow the terrain, that is the factor. Tatra is the third oldest Auto manufacturing company still operating under its original name. We have an earlier Tatra 148 here in our collection. Doug W
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    Another Thornycroft

    Is there a date for this book?
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    WW1 Dennis truck find

    One could make up a sprag but not have it operative.I know of one vehicle in NZ with a sprag welded in the raised position. Doug W
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    WW1 vehicle signage

    Have received my copies of the new book from Rod Dux and Mike Hibberd titled: British & Dominion Formation & Unit Vehicle signage 1914-18. The material presented is well documented, and presented. It follows the earlier publications from Rod in being precise and detailed. There was an earlier recent posting regarding this book, but I couldn't find it, hence the new topic. Doug
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    Lanchester Armoured Car

    What is the body made from on this ? What is the all up weight?
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    Rolls Royce Armoured Car

    My error in assuming these were a heavier tyre of the type used on a lorry. These 23 inch tyres therefore being like those on some vintage cars of the time. What is the ply rating on these tyres? Doug
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    Rolls Royce Armoured Car

    The tyre size you refer to as 23 inch. Is this a recent tyre size where the original size would have been 24 inch? 24 inch being a common size in the 1920's Trying to find 24 inch tyres that are usable is a problem for the restorations here. Doug
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    Another Thornycroft

    I have a marinised M4. It would be interesting to have a copy of the manual to compare particularly for the starting mechanism.. Mine has a chain drive fron the front pulley to shaft running along the top of the engine with a small crank handle then attached.Overall condition is not good.
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    RAF Leyland workshop lorry

    That upright support on the off side does appear in photos of some workshops as a mounting for a drill press. The body at Duxford has that wooden post and drill attached. The layout of workshops does appear to have varied according to use and the type of specialist repairs. Photos show some with an engine and generating plant and others with line shafting including drive with a flat belt of the lorry flywheel. Also here we must consider an evolution over time, where development steadily changed the design as required. Another possible use relates to the heavy roof beam with this being for lifting items. Again the specialist link arises as if for some work on items that could not be manually lifted to work on, ie. small field guns or mortar repairs. I ask if there are holes in the vertical boards indicating attachment of machinery, and also likewise holes along the roof beam from which a steel rail could have been suspended. Remember those rails about the butcher shops for hanging meat carcasses from. That brings in another option, could the beam be used for hanging carcasses of meat in transport? As for using a workshop type body , that what was available at the time and location. Farming and crop growing was an important part in activities back from the lines. My thoughts are that these workshops were widely varied for specialist use, with the different fields of engineering all being involved in keeping things going. Great to see this area of the supply line being restored. Doug
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    The aim is to reduce the inflammable air mixture in the tank . A CO2 fire extinguisher directed into the tank will replace the lighter oxygen, the heavier carbon dioxide remaining in the tank. Can do the same using nitrogen. Visit a tyre supplier and fill an old tube with nitrogen to flow into the tank. Needs a bit of fiddling with the valve to discharge. Doug W
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    I thought it was time to make this post, as Steve, Tim, and Tony are too modest to do it. Incredible is the only correct description of their accomplishment. It’s beyond any other words that I can come up with. Decades of searching, labor, scholarship, and perseverance. Congratulations gentlemen, you deserve the Nobel Prize of vehicle restoration. Thank you for many hours of entertainment. You bring much joy and happiness to many people following your exploits! Further to Eds comments; I too would like to say thanks to the Gosling family for their time they have put in, Not just to the restoration itself, but to the sharing of information and methodology used. It is the recording of the step by step processes as has been shown on these pages, that help those of us trying to undertake projects of a similar nature. Your willingness to share information and helpfulness to others is highly commended. Doug W