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    Thornycroft Victory Parade 1918

    Further research by Hampshire Museums Trust has produced more details of this event. Local Basingstoke photographer Terry Hunt, was responsible for the pictures, taken a week after the Armistice on 16/11/1918-( 100 years ago tomorrow.) The parade stretched for over a mile and half the floats were presented by works departments from Thornycroft's. Following the Parade a bonfire was held with cannons being discharged and effigies burnt, this being attended by 7,000 people. Quite a party !
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    Another J Type on the way !

    Here's a pic of the inlet side of this M4 engine which shows some interesting features. Although it was supplied after the war it still has the early type oil pump with a priming tank and a cast iron inlet manifold. ( Most being cast in aluminium at this stage.) This perhaps infers the using up of older parts post war. The radiator however is a later design and is mounted lower in the chassis which will make it and the header pipe redundant for 2393. The engine appears to be pretty sound, but needs to be in a better environment before stripping down and examining it's internal state. Some movement on this is expected soon. the chassis is back to it's underpants, awaiting the tender attentions of a Blaster Man and some rapid paintwork before winter gets stuck in. Tomo
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    New book on WW1 Vehicle Signage

    That's ntlworld I think you'll find.
  4. They seem to be popping up out of the swamps on a regular basis. Still armed and dangerous !
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    Thornycroft Victory Parade 1918

    Quite likely I would think. Some of the works departments have definitely overdone the float decoration !
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    WW1 vehicle signage

    Quite agree with Doug, an excellent book, packed with rare information on a much neglected subject, original thread here ; http://hmvf.co.uk/topic/39212-new-book-on-ww1-vehicle-signage/ Tomo
  7. Having gathered together sufficient parts to make a start over the last year, I am at last ready to commence the restoration of Thornycroft J type No. 2393 of 1915. This chassis was recovered from beneath an old chalet in Skegness and thus protected has survived in remarkably good order. It was discovered and recovered by Graham Hand and passed on to John Marshall, who began to add parts as they became available, but was concentrating on his front runner J type 2282 also of 1915. It is great to find a chassis, particularly one in good condition, but the icing on the cake would be an engine and I became aware of the existence of a collection of Thornycroft parts in Sydney Australia. These parts from various models had been rescued from an auction having failed to attract any bidders and I soon discovered the new owner, Ian Browning was willing to move them on, providing I took on the whole collection. This was more than I wanted, but I decided to go for it and with the blessing of the Australian Government, I made arrangements to export a container load of rusty metal from the other side of the world. Ian took on the job of packing and loading in temperatures of 40 degrees which can't have been pleasant ( Thanks mate !) and after a 3 month voyage I took delivery at Southampton. The haul included 2 chassis (one 'X' one 'J') two M4 engines, one fairly complete, the other less so and various other hard to find parts. The chassis were just post war with no numbers visible. After a hard life hauling loads on Australian roads they were put to work again as farm trailers and further abused until abandoned and rescued for preservation. I had little interest in the rare X type parts,( being a lighter weight export model) and after considerable wrangling managed to swap these and the tired J chassis for the current 1915 project. I now have temporary accommodation which is secure if a little draughty on the Ox/ Bucks border. Anyone with workshop space in this area and/or an interest in helping with this project please shout ! I am also seeking parts including a gearbox, water pump and Diff gear. Regards, Tomo .
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    WW1 Dennis truck find

    Steve, please see my recent thread; Thornycroft Victory Parade, which shows clearly that sprags were fitted right to the last of the wartime models at least. Their use was not officially banned until 1921 (along with frost spikes on steam rollers,) after the advent of tarmac surfacing. Tomo.
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    WW1 Dennis truck find

    Hi Steve, An interesting attachment and very handy on a downhill gradient. What was the plan for scotching on an uphill section ? Edit.( Ok, I see the chain is removable.) While on the subject, will you be fitting the sprag poles to the Thornycroft and how were they operated, was there a control in the cab? Tomo
  10. Terrific, cheers.
  11. How can I contact you ??????
  12. Ok Gavin, Please give me a bell. Cheers, Tomo.
  13. Yes please Gavin. I would like to buy the extinguisher. Please see my private messages. Tomo.