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Tom M

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About Tom M

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    Wiltshire
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    British Airborne
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    Chartered Engineer

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  1. Does anyone have any recommendations for breakdown cover? I am thinking that I can lessen the feeling of anxiety I get whenever my Jeep engine falters, or refuses to start by getting breakdown cover, and I may actually start to use it more. Up to now I’ve always been able to repair stuff on the roadside, but I don’t think my luck will last forever, and that’s probably also making me reluctant to take it very far. I generally drive a Jeep & trailer, but also want to take my Carrier out on the occasional organised road run around Salisbury Plain (weighs less than 3.5t, but can’t really class it as a car!). Does anyone have any experience of provider’s reactions to military vehicles, good or bad before I go with the RAC or AA? Many thanks.
  2. No connection to the seller, but just found a company in the UK who have NOS Sherman battery master switches, for anyone that needs one. The company is ‘the green spark plug company’, look under the battery switch section.
  3. Tom M

    Triumph 5SW

    Hello Ron, the 5SW looks great. Your work spurred me into finishing my WD/CO. Have you replated the handlebar controls? If so who did you use? I’ve struggled to find someone who can recreate that wartime finish. Keep up the good work.
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    1941 Royal Enfield WD/C

    Hi, I made the loom up for my WD/C from the wiring diagram using standard black cable. I think you can buy the coloured sleeves which went on the end of the cables as per the original looms. I don't know who supplies them though. I did originally buy a loom from a supplier, but the wires were all bright colours and didn't look right.
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    my jeep at last

    Hello Mark, Welcome to Military Vehicle ownership. I hope you enjoy your Jeep. I own a ‘44 Willy’s MB. Do your research on parts suppliers before investing too much money in spares. There are plenty of suppliers out there, but not all parts are the best quality. Find yourself a trusted supplier and develop a relationship with them, as they’re an excellent source of valuable advice as well. I personally use Dallas Autos as they are reasonably local to me. They can be a bit more expensive than other suppliers I hear, but the the parts are always good quality and they have helped me out with advice several times. They once drove out 40 mins from their workshop, when I broke down in my old TR6 after visiting them, and even picked me up a coil from a local parts place on the way. Where are you based and who did you serve with?
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    Universal Carrier Canvas Cover

    Thanks gents, I am assuming it is a very basic rectangular tarp for covering the vehicle when it was sat on the tank park. Does anyone have a picture of an original so I can see the number and position of the eyelets?
  7. I am about to receive my '42 Mk1* Carrier. There are a couple of really good wartime British Pathe instructional videos on youtube, which seem to show the Mk1 Carrier with a canvas cover, stowed on the back left corner, as well as a Camouflage Net. Can anyone confirm if the Mk1 carrier came with a canvas cover as part of its CES, and if so what dimensions the cover is? Does anyone know where I can get a reproduction cover? Many thanks,
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    Jeep carburettor problems

    Thanks for all the advice guys. After going through through the manual and rebuild instructions again, I realised that (as Phil.c says) I hadn't set the meter rod correctly. I had just refitted it without setting it at all - one of the down sides of working on ones Jeep until the early hours of the morning for three nights in a row! After setting it correctly it started on the button and ran perfectly. I have just spent a weekend on Salisbury Plain and it didn't break down! It was difficult to start, but I am guessing this is probably down to me not getting the choke settings correct, and either flooding or running the battery down from frequent starting.
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    Jeep carburettor problems

    Thank you Pete, I hadn't considered it that it might be something after the carb. I will check the manifold tonight. I've checked the pump, and fuel filter and all seems ok.
  10. Can anyone give me some advice on a Jeep fuelling problem? I decided to rebuild my '44 Willys MB carb this week, as I suspected fuel starvation; I took the Jeep out a few weeks ago in the really cold weather and it kept cutting out at idle, but would start again with some throttle and choke, eventually I got home and it stalled and wouldn't start again. I got it to start a few weeks later, but it would only run with the choke and would cut out really easily when the throttle was opened. I have just rebuilt the carb using a kit I had from Dallas Autos, and put it back on the engine, but it was difficult to start and still won't run without choke, even when warm . If I open the throttle it dies straight away. It sounds like a fuel blockage, but I don't know where to start. Does anyone have any ideas on the likes culprit? I don't want to have to strip the carb down completely all over again if I don't have to, as I don't have a lot of time. I am trying to get the Jeep ready for an event on Salisbury plain this weekend and it is refusing to cooperate! Any advice greatly appreciated.
  11. Thanks gents, The seller is now sorting out insurance from the shipping agent. The Carrier should arrive in April. Just my tracked vehicle licence to do now.
  12. Tom M

    B Card Translation

    Hi, The first line is the Aschurch Vehicle depot where all incoming vehicles are receipted and inspected by the MOD when they are delivered. Not sure what the second line is, The third line looks like the struck off records line when the vehicle was disposed of. Hope this helps.
  13. Thanks Mike, I will google it and see what comes up.
  14. Hello, I am seeking advice about insuring a vehicle during transit; I am about to ship a Universal Carrier to the UK from New Zealand. I think I read on the forum somewhere that one should insure the vehicle during shipping in case it is lost at sea (We lost a prototype MBT in work recently when the cargo bay it was on was flooded by ship's Captain to prevent the ship capsizing!). Does anyone have any experience or advice. Is this insurance necessary, or is it provided by the shipping agent? If it is required can anyone advise where to get it. My normal insurance broker didn't have a clue. Many thanks.
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    Horsa glider items

    I would be interested to know where the gliders were pushed off, as I live near the end of the Lyneham airfield and rent a few acres on the outskirts of the airfield. By coincidence I have an original airborne Jeep in my garage as well.
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