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    Another J Type on the way !

    Chassis now with Carey at A&C Soda Blasters, near Waddesden. He will blast with glass and spray with high zinc 2 k primer.
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    Another J Type on the way !

    Thanks Doug, its good to know that problems with some of the earlier models were overcome. It seems to have been common practice to rivet plates over the cracks and carry on on all makes and in all locations.
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    Another J Type on the way !

    Interesting thought Sir, the tow hooks are clearly not in line as constructed. However, I have not yet seen any evidence, photographic or otherwise of the movement of these hooks in service and it could be that the longer replacement dumb irons from Thornycroft cured the problem, together with the replacement bolts and tubular supports mentioned above. These tow hooks were a universal fitting on subsidy vehicles and all makes had them in the same position, without it seems, suffering similar problems to the same degree. I wonder if some of the early chassis may have been formed too cold, setting up stresses, which later turned into cracks, with the horrendous conditions of service they had to endure ? What ever the cause, we have found the metal welds very nicely and following the recent acquisition of a (near) set of the correct style Government stamps, it will now be possible, I hope, to solve the problem. Tomo. I am reminded that there is a problem with towing these vehicles due to the worm drive diff. and that half shafts should always be removed before doing so.
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    Another J Type on the way !

    Yes, and the letters O and I ? It is interesting to see how the crack has followed the line of the lettering. I am plotting a fix for this which will involve another visit from Stan the Man. Watch this space.
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    WW1 Peerless lorry restoration

    And most importantly all the bits are there ?
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    Another J Type on the way !

    I have consulted "Auriga" on the subject and he seems to indicate problems with the early arrangements. Book of the Thornycroft p66 In earlier vehicles with short dumb irons, we frequently found it necessary to replace the two through rivets by bolts, with tubular distance pieces between the frame flanges, thus enabling them to be screwed up hard. In later vehicles an improved pattern of long dumb iron was fitted by the makers and this gave no trouble. Many horses pass this way ! Tomo
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    Another J Type on the way !

    Good point Sir, but all makes of lorries had to negotiate the same roads and this problem seems to be most prevalent on Thornycrofts ? Also, didn't vehicles travel on the right in ww1 France ?
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    Another J Type on the way !

    As David pointed out above, cracked front chassis members were not uncommon on J types. So was this due to a manufacturing fault, a material failure, or was it simply due to stress from vibration of the solid mounted engine ? Construction or use? Any metallurgists in the house ? Tomo
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    Another J Type on the way !

    Hello David, Yes, I understand this was a recognised fault on J types and a specially extended internal reinforcing piece was developed along with tubular supports for the bolts. I have one of each type of support, the offside being unaltered, but it also had a small crack, now welded. Tomo
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    Another J Type on the way !

    I couldn't resist poking about on the engine and the oil pump was soon removed for inspection. It was choked with red dust and I took it home for a more intimate examination. I have previously read that these pumps were die cast aluminium, but this one is very definitely a heavily tinned and leaded gunmetal and the gear shafts run directly in this with no bushes. Having said this, the wear is now such that bushes will be a necessity before any more pumping occurs. There is also considerable wear on the drive pin which is pretty standard for the V2 pump I believe.
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    Another J Type on the way !

    The most delicate operation involved the front chassis member where a nasty crack had appeared right through the treasured chassis no. and down the side causing the complete separation of the end of the plate. This part is not under stress and is held by the front bolt, and the later added internal reinforcing piece, so we decided to weld the outside only to preserve the number. Note the three figure engine No. from 1915.( lovely !)
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    Another J Type on the way !

    With the help of Shaun ( Prague1996 ) I now have all my eggs in one basket and the engine and parts are eyeing up their new chassis. A very successful mission albeit requiring some improvised unloading techniques, and a rather late finish ! The chassis has had some attention prior to blasting, having suffered butchery in the past in order to accommodate a wooden hut. There were also several cracks to repair and I have used up a lot of favours from my old mate Stan Lewenden, Welding Wizard and Ace Fabricator. The following pics will hopefully illustrate progress, but I apologise in advance for the quality as they were all taken in poor light on my phone.
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    WW1 finds and discoveries

    In your shed Doug ?
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    Palladium engines were apparently Continentals from America although Dorman was also offered as an alternative.
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    Hi Duncan, Found a nice pic of the works lorry at Putney