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  1. Dear All, As far as I can see this is a really dumb design of tank transporter developed to meet equally foolish civilian heavy haulage regulations.. No doubt the prevailing regulations provide for low axle weights and a wide spread. It would be fine for wide open roads of Australia or North America but absolutely hopeless in many parts of the world. What happens if in a tactical situation you need to reverse and turn around? John
  2. Bob, Thank you for the photo. I take it that is the rear view of the limber. Is the ammunition stowage on or in the quad for individual rounds as with the limber or is it specially designed to take ammunition boxes? John
  3. Bob, Just what I wanted. Make sure that you have the right export licence as the OGEL might not cover this vehicle. I am sure that you know what you are doing! John
  4. Dear All, A Morris Quad is designed to tow a limber which in turn tows the 25 pounder. Does the limber have special holders for each round of ammunition or does it just conveniently hold ammo boxes containing rounds? More important is the same question in respect of the Quad itself. Does the quad have a winch? Any pics of ammunition holders in the Quad would be very helpful. The information is important and I need it in my professional capacity. John
  5. Dear All, I have acquired an old Hyster S40C forklift fitted with a Continental LPG engine and Monotrol gear-box.. I have now got it running. I need a repair and operating manual. (I have the engine manual available). I know that they can be downloaded of the internet but many of the sites appear to be dodgy, ie they are "free" which is always a bit worrying.. Which is a reliable site for downloading manuals even if they have to be paid for? Alternatively, does anyone have a manual for sale or copying (even if it is a similar machine)? Finally, does anyone know if the transmission oil level should be checked with engine running? John
  6. Dear All, Does anyone have a wiring diagram for a Scammell EKA recovery vehicle? I am particularly interested in the front and rear lights. John
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    The EMER for the Gun tank say 810 BHP at 2800 RPM and 1580 FtLbs torque at 2000 RPM. It is interesting that a Meteor has quite a lot of grunt at idling. The Conqueror ARV will neutral steer with the engine idling. The REME museum's Cent ARV has rubber pads on track and so will generally require a touch of throttle to neutral on tarmac. The cylinder heads on the M120 and the Meteorite are very different from a IVB with its more direct Merlin ancestry. As for he exhaust ports, they are different but I have no idea if they are better or not. John
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    Dear All, Here are some photos of the Conqueror ARV: These were running around Slab Common a few years ago This was doing work on the rear spade at Bordon in the museum. The frame in front is the Antar's winch / fifth wheel sub-frame, This was testing the winch. I have never seen a photo of a Conqueror's spade embedded into the ground. This arrangement will resist a pull of 135 tons. This is the engine when I thought that all I had to do was replace some inlet valve oil seals. This shows rust damage due to not running the engine. This is a look into the ECU box that controls the electronic fuel injection. It controls 24 Rover V8 injectors. There have been several iterations of this ECU. This is the rig for lifting the cylinder block off the pistons and crank case. The long studs attached to the cylinder head ensure that the block is lifted up square. The engine is rotated and fixed 30 degrees from horizontal to allow for a vertical lift. When I found that the crank had to come out I then had to make a rig to rotate the engine 360 degrees. LOL. Nearly off! Two of the end, or corner, studs were broken off. The plan is to drill and tap the remains of the stud. The drill jig is ensuring that the stud is drilled absolutely central and vertical. I now have to strip down a scrap IVB to get a better bottom end. Unfortunately I will not be able to start this work until December.
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    B81/8B2 Engine distributor required

    Bill, If you did not want to use screened AFV / aircraft sparking plugs you could use a military distributor and take the ordinary leads out of the distributor cap. It may be that you want the engine to look completely like a civvy B81 which we would all understand. The Dennis F8 fire appliance had a B80 or B81 engine. (I don't know which) But it might have had a civvy type distributor, so the fire engine community may be able to help. If you wanted best performance, reliability and efficiency, go electronic! However, you might have originality and appearance issues. There are several specialists in this area. Jolly Engineering is often mentioned on this forum. If you wanted to chat about the problem my mobile is 07528 263 926 John
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    Defence Service Eye Spacing

    Dear All, You cannot make a better claim than "I designed it"! However, I don't think that memory is serving David very well. IMHO the last British heavy military vehicle not to fitted with Defence Eyes were the Leyland Martian and the AEC Militant Mk 1 and II. In the case of the latter it had lifting eyes only. If you tried to tow or winch on them they simply tore away because the fasteners taking the load were simply too few and to small. In the case of the Foden 16 tonne 8 X 4 and 6 X 6 range, they would simply not pass the recovery assessment tests at FVRDE Chertsey if they were not fitted with Defence Eyes. How would you recover a loaded 8 wheel tanker if you could not use holleybones connected to the Defence Eyes. The design and tolerances of the range of Defence Eyes is carefully arranged so that it is easy to connect up a tow, esp with the Holleybone system. An oddity is the Bedford TM 8 tonne. The largest shackle that will fit in its eyes is a 6 ton bow shackle. Thus the largest winch pull that can be applied is 12 tons. However, it is easy get an estimated pull (EP) of much more than that. The eyes should have been the next size up to take the 20 ton bow as in the case of the 14 tonne 6 X 6 Bedford TM. I hope that someone can come up with the STANAG of Def Stan. I do have a catalogue of recovery equipment for ref. John
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    Power steering

    Dave, Had a Diamond T model 981 with a Leyland Albion 900 diesel engine. I think that there are three options. 1. Overhaul the king pins and make sure that everything is perfect especially any thrust bearings that take the weight. Make sure that any weight or ballast in the ballast box is positioned so that it is al least neutral and not imposing any more weight on front axle. In 240 Sqn when I was a a young soldier if we on ly had two pallets of simulated ammo to carry we put them against the REAR tailgate. Who needs power steering! 2. All the advice above about power steer rams is good. However, the unit must come from a heavy vehicle and not an S type Bedford. One off a MkIII Militant or the same unit would be good. Contemporary sales literature can be helpful. You will obviously have to be careful about steering travel. This would be a good option as it would all look the same but be a bit easier to drive. 3. Fit a modern integral power steering from a modern vehicle.. There is a snag and that is that you will not be able to steer it at all if the engine stops turning. You would be able to 'dead steer' and the steering would be much more precise. John
  12. Tamber, You have tried as hard as you can to recover the one that you have. I have got on that works if you would like to have it. John.
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    Dear All, I have been diverted onto other tasks but hope to get back onto the Conq engine next week. I will see if I can get the crankshaft and bearings out of the scrap and very seized IVB engine. Rick, All I wanted to do was the inlet valve oil seals! However, it is very interesting work, especially making the necessary special tools. It can take 3 hours to make a tool and then 3 minutes to use it. The engine has got to be put back together with all faults rectified. I could not live with myself if I did not get the job done. My hope is to have it ground running by Christmas. On the other hand if the economics staked up it might enable me to get the Conq running again sooner which would enable me, when at Lyneham, to address matters such as the track slack adjusters. (Why a proper tankie has never taken the mick out of me on that account I know not!). Could you PM me further details! Chris, The original fuel injection pump was mechanical and it would indeed have been the seals that let the fuel into the engine oil sump. With hindsight, it might have been easier to develop the necessary special tools and test equipment to overhaul the pump. However, the modern electronic fuel injection system has such huge advantages that I have persisted with it. Particular advantages are starting, cold running and fuel efficiency. Unfortunately, I cannot download the pics from my camera because I have lost the USB lead and my new laptop won't take the SD card. John
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    leyland drops gearbox problems

    Max, I have the SEME (REME) precis on the ZF box fitted to the DROPS. H L Smith Transmissions know all about them. We do need to know the nature of the problem!. In service, the have done pretty well.. John
  15. Oh and the Recovery equipment is probably Reynolds BOUGHTON. Slewing crane. 15 to 20 ton winch.