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    Some nice J type pics

    Had these sent from Adam Brown recently. All are of the same well used vehicle, ( note bent brush bar ) in service at the end of the War. The group of veteran ( Survivors?) are all wearing Boer war medal ribbons and are a mixture of ASC and RA personnel. Service chevrons indicate a date not before 1918. Sadly there are no other details or location recorded. The name LENA appears on the top radiator tank, the WD No. 51517 on the bonnet side and a GR logo on the cab side. I suspect the pictures may have been taken in Germany post war. Anyone care to comment further?
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    Errol

    Hi Errol, Nice find, I'm sure you will find AEC experts to help identify your remains. In the meantime I will chuck in my two pennyworth, which is the brush bar and towing hooks mark this out as ex military and WW1 era. Magneto is in the standard position by the sound of it. Can you post more pics of the engine please?. Regards Tomo.
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Hi Steve, Looking at your pics above, your front mudguards appear to follow the radius of the wheels. From the original pictures this was not the case and there should be a straighter section at the rear. This only applies to the fronts, and the rears are as shown. I am unable to illustrate this atm. but you might want to have another look before finishing the brackets ? Tomo
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Thanks Mike, I spotted these but the 19 tooth section needs a split clamp arrangement to attach to the shaft. I don't think there is enough meat on the casting to provide this ? Tomo
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    On the subject of starting aids, I recently swooped on an original impulse coupling, still attached to a Simms SR4 X on eBay. The asking price was horrendous but after some serious haggling (and no other bids !) I managed to cop the lot for a realistic sum. Unfortunately, the mag armature has 'semi toasted' sometime in the past and the bearings are completely knackered but there are many good parts to be harvested. The prize find is the impulse unit, marked 'Type X' and apparently in good working order. I will add some pics. One puzzling thing is the apparent lack of any means of lubrication for this item. Later versions show an oiling tower with a sprung lid, but there is nothing on this one. I am now looking for a 19/20 tooth Simms rubber vernier coupling and a 19 tooth backing plate with clamp, to complete the ensemble. All this is required for a new Thornycroft J Type project, recently acquired from Australia of which more later. Tomo
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    WW1 finds and discoveries

    I would guess that's from a towed trailer. It has the standard subsidy wheel bearings which were common to all makes in ww1. Not sure about the maker though.
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    WW1 finds and discoveries

    Can you show hubs and axle ?
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Standard block is Helvetica medium or Gill sans.
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Steve, Here is some good Solex info, it's for 30 MOV but basically the same. Hope it helps.http://www.vintage-car-profiles.com/fail/solex-1/
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    SUCK- SQUEEZE- BANG- BLOW (Repeat.) Good luck guys. Regards, Tomo
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    I was curious about this but discovered by chance a comment from Richard Pesket in the Dennis thread. Apparently, modern fuel being more volatile, does not need or take kindly to preheating. I am now enlightened. I have also seen a couple of pictures showing an earlier style of cowling, which is more rounded and possibly more correct for a ww1 vehicle. Tomo
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Hi Steve, At first glance this rather unnatractive cowling appears to be a simple heat shield, but the union fitted to the two studs suggests more pipework is required and that the original purpose was to supply warm air to the carb to pre heat the fuel ? Although obviously useless for starting, this arrangement may have helped prevent carb icing whilst the engine was running. If this is the case, it will also need a large hole between the studs. Just to show I am paying attention ! Regards,Tomo
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Looks like butterfly emerging from chrysalis !
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    Another Thornycroft

    Hello Ben, That is part of an interesting document, which I think may be the post war vehicle census that someone on here was searching for. Do you have the rest of it ? Kempton Park was filled with ex military vehicles in various states of repair and this was brought to an end by the direct intervention of King George V, who let it be known that he wished to see the resumption of horse racing there after the war. Vehicles on home service continued to carry civilian registration No's, but all operating overseas were issued with WD bonnet No's from late 1914. These were initially given out to units in blocks, with instructions as to size and placement. All previous registrations were to be removed. New vehicles were given WD No's at the point of issue. There was some considerable shuffling of vehicles between units, in an attempt to homoginise vehicle types and vehicles sent for heavy repair were not returned to their original units, but held in a pool and issued as required. Occasionally vehicle No's and types were recorded in ASC war diaries, but this is the exception rather than the rule. Regards, Tomo
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    Another Thornycroft

    Look closely for traces of service colour paint.
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