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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
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    A great line up of rebuilds. The gun poking out on the left has not had any mention over the years. Is this a secret project you have tucked away?
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    Another Thornycroft

    Excellent research material. I wonder how much of these vehicles were of donated items considering the range of makes. Particular the cars and lighter vehicles that became ambulances etc. We can only wait and hope more lists like this surface.
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    Errol, Can you photograph that chassis number again shown where on the chassis rail it is. That gearbox could be a replacement box, or the use of old stock hence the earlier date. Doug W
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    Welcome to the solid rubber tyre group. Can you check about the chassis for other ID plates. The Diff and front axle should have then ( unless removed) Also on the front wheel bearing caps should be a series of numbers and the letters AEC stamped. On the plate you have photographed, the top line is series no., the centre section is part no. ( which in your case is blank) and the lower line is date. Trying to collate the AEC chassis I have seen ( In NZ) and from any publications of the time, it does appear the date sequence at times was in a code of letters and numerals. The other problem occurring is the use of spare parts from another AEC and as a result dating sequences don't match. Lets compare those other data plate numbers and see how they relate. Doug W
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    1911 Dennis Fire Engine 3035

    David your points regards emotional links in restoration as so true. It's the physical effort with different attempts at solving problems , the second and later attempts, the research and the time occupied that give that feeling of endorsement for me. That link to it's earlier use is so important. To me a rat rod is a recent creation object extending a persons realm of fantasy! Park it in the middle of the paddock, set fire to it and then use the vintage fire engines to on display in a role they were designed for. Harsh words towards non historic items. Doug W
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    1911 Dennis Fire Engine 3035

    One other aspect in considering restoration formats is how many others are the same. If set out in a display line say twenty Dennis Fire Engines all look the same. The industrial pump will probably be plainer and of a different colour scheme, and the agricultural pump would show as receiving less cosmetic attention. If people walked down such a row of engines on display, it is interesting note the length of time each engine receives. The multitude of red and brass gain passing glances, while the odd or different one tends to receive a longer look. These comments reflect my own observations at events, where the line up of identical display items can be any of vintage type. Some people prefer to restore an item to be the same as others, while some will take a different approach. Doug W.