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  1. Hi all. Am wanting to have a play on getting my simca ready for a few days out and would like to give the lass a brake fluid change. Having a world of bother trying to find info on air over hydrolic brakes? They do work well at the mo but would like to make sure that no moisture has got in system. (Was told in can be an issue with them). Also would like to replace master cylinder seals if i can find any?(34mm bore) some of you may know the simca it was on ebay not long back and i lept at her. Has got a tdi 200 land rover lump with a 300 inlet and turbo married up to transit gearbox. Bit flat on bottom end but this will be going. Anyway any help, links or advice with braks would be appreciated
  2. New to the forum, recently bought a Matchless G3L (1947) with the view to get a feel and some knowledge of the G3L before looking again for a WD G3L, not long after unloading the 47 bike I got wind or a possible offer of a WD bike.... then as luck would have it while searching for parts etc on ebay, come across a classified for a WD G3L 1943, the deal was done in seconds and picked it up on Sunday. (just like buses once one comes along the rest follow) Still going over bike for what I need etc, I've a certificate to date it from the Matchless owners club, which I need to return as it has two digits the wrong way round, so the difference is around 4000 bikes, still puts in the 1943 year just unsure of the month. On the tool box cover the metal plate gives me a Chassis Contract No and Catalogue No, just wonder where to look to with this info ? and if its original to the bike.
  3. can anyone tell me about this please ?my partner found it in a bag of jewellery..........
  4. Hello Everyone! Firstly, let me apologise for registering purely to ask some questions! I'm currently studying some military vehicles as part of my course in engineering, and I'm after some information on one of them and was wondering if anyone here would be able to help me. As part of my course I have been examining the construction, performance and specs of a selection of vehicles. Most of these I have been readily able to find information about, with the exception of this: Embarrassingly I don't actually really know what it is! My Lecturer has told me it's a "Claymore Tactica" But I am struggling to find any information whatsoever about it, which leads me to think that it is infact something else. The closest match I've found is an Alvis Tactica, but while the cockpit looks similar, externally it's quite different. Can anyone here tell me what it actually is? And if so, when it would have seen service? I'd love to find some more information about it's specification too (Engine type and size etc). Many thanks! LB
  5. Hi all, got some questions to do with GMC workshop bodies, I have noticed there seems to be two types. One has six windows on each side, the two rear doors are different sizes and has a straight edge to the bottom sides from front to back above the twin rear wheels. The other only has three windows each side, the two rear doors are the same size, a more curved roof, a recess for the twin rear wheels. What is the intended use of both and as they are both the same size why two different body types ?
  6. The cubed one has just called. He's trying to get the SOE teams FH70 working in time for Overlord this weekend. He has this question- How do you engage drive to the main wheels on the FH70? Apparently the prop shaft turns but the wheels don't! Answers asap please 😍😍😍😍
  7. Can anyone give sizes of the spare wheel brackets for the Scammell Pioneer shown below? Length,width and depth and the distance the tyre should be away from the timber boards. Cheers Bryan
  8. This is on one of my original ww1 glass negs, any one ID it, you can see the left hand wheel is on the other side of the road and there is not a lot left. Could be a winch under it. Keith
  9. Hi all, I have just acquired a spare barrel box for a 40mm Bofors gun. (No spare barrel though just the box) and it weighs a ton !!!😳 The box is all steel construction with a wooden interior, metal handles and 2 x data plates but with no date or broad arrow. I have attached some pics of the box and data plate but unfortunately they will only upload upside down🤔 Can any one kindly tell me if this Spare barrel box is correct for British light anti aircraft units. I wish to stow it on my 1944 F60 LAAT. I have only seen British and Commonwealth Spare barrel boxes in black and white photographs and they appear to be all wooded construction with rope handles. Either way, once tidied up it will look the part with my light anti aircraft diarahma. Any further info will be much appreciated. Kind regards, Mark
  10. Hi, Anyone have photos, plans or ideas on type of recovery equipment that was used on a 1948 6X6 Thornycroft?
  11. It was brought to my attention that some of the photos shown in the Dennis restoration have disappeared. We get a message saying please update your account to enable third party hosting as can be seen here: http://hmvf.co.uk/forumvb/showthread.php?429-WW1-Dennis-truck-find/page124 It is required that an annual payment of $399 is made to pay for this. I have done some more research and found this: "Photobucket is cracking down on people embedding on third-party websites images it hosts, until now, for free. The photo-slinging internet elder now says that anyone who wants to use its service to display photos it hosts on other pages – such as signature banners in forum posts – will now need to open up their wallets and plop down $399.99 a year for a subscription plan. The new policy will be particularly annoying to longtime users who have relied on Photobucket's 14-year-old service to host the images they use to place images on forums or in blog posts. Cheaper plans, including the free account option, will no longer have an option to allow third-party hosting. The alert netizens now get from Photobucket for inlining images on third-party sites The change of heart was quietly introduced by Photobucket earlier this week as an update to its terms of service. On the one hand, it's reasonable for Photobucket to ask for some help in footing its bandwidth bills for serving up images for folks on other websites; on the other hand, it will break a lot of graphics posted on the 'net and inlined in forums and blogs. "Photobucket defines 3rd-party hosting as the action of embedding an image or photo onto another website," the updated T&Cs read. "For example, using the <img> tag to embed or display a JPEG image from your Photobucket account on another website such as a forum, Etsy, eBay auction listings, a blog, etc, is definitively 3rd-party hosting." " Strangely it has affected Dads photobucket but not mine yet. It will be a real shame if all the photos that I have uploaded on our restorations are going to disappear. Has anybody else come across this and is my understanding of this correct? Having done a Google search there does appear to be a lot of discussion on the subject so it appears that unless I pay the $399 annual fee all the photos will now go. A shame. I am feeling really quite annoyed, verging on miffed. Thanks Tim
  12. Hello any people know how is speedometre on a guy GS 1944? He is on the left of the steering wheel
  13. Someone on the forum was asking for some wartime RAF bomb trolley wheels & tires. I've got four NOS wheel rims, 3 x rims c/w tires & one tire for sale. I've also got several flaps. Cheers Stu
  14. just found this , pic is dated july 25 1982
  15. would anyone be able to help me in locating a Hawker Battery for my FFR Landrover, unable to afford new, so looking to buy a decent second hand battery. They seem a little bit like gold dust, I think I have been looking in the wrong places Any help greatly appreciated Steve
  16. Hi, I was driving my 1944 CMP LAAT home this afternoon from a bank holiday show in rather muddy water logged field. It had rained none stop all weekend. I fired the old girl up and selected 4 wheel drive. I drove across the boggy fields no problem taking it real easy. When I was out and clear from the mire and onto the hard Tarmac road , I tried to select 2 wheel drive for normal road use..... But the lever was really hard to select 2 wheel drive ..... I shunted forward slowly in first gear then tried again.... With a little less resistance I finally got her into 2 wheel drive and set off home. As I got up to 20 mph the Cab started bouncing. I pulled over to check if I had a flat tire , but all tyres were fine....... I set off sgain and the bouncing had eased off this time when I got to 20 mph but I noticed that my engine was working harder than usual and it was taking longer to reach cruising speed (35-40mph) :confused It felt like I was towing a trailer!........ I pulled over again to check if my hand break was released properly or if I had a sticking break drum on one of the wheels ?....... The hand break was free and the wheel hubs cool. I then tried pushing my lorry on the flat road but I could feel more resistance than normal ..... I tried to select 4 wheel drive again as I suspected that the transmission was to blame. The selector moved into 4 wheel drive but wanted to spring back hard into 2 wheel drive ..... After selecting 4 wheel drive I reversed back a couple of foot and forward a couple of foot. I then set off again in 2 wheel drive . It still felt like I was under powered and towing somthing ? I continued on and after a mile or so there was a loud bang and the lorry felt like she hopped or skipped :eek: Suddenly my power came back and I was up to crusing speed and all felt and sounded healthy again...... I got the lorry home safely. Can anyone one kindly tell me if this was a bad case of Transmission Wind up? ..... Has that loud bang caused any damage ? ..... And what can I do different next time to avoid axle/transmission wind up ? I really hope I haven't damaged the old girl !!!! I've only just got her back on her feet . Kind regards, Mark Towers
  17. I reckon this Ferret is trying to tell me something, or drive me mad! It's also distracting me from the Saladin. Recored the radiator to fix the water leak, and cleaned petrol tank and pipes to fix the fuel blockage - all good... But now noticed oil under the left rear wheel. This is an old problem that I thought was a bevel box seal, but on closer inspection the oil is coming out through the hull, not the wheel station, and just running along the floor. I can't see where the oil is coming from. Might be an oil tank connection so I plan to take that out and see if it's the culprit. However, knowing my luck it will be the sump, etc, in which case the engine will have to come out. Assuming that's the case, what's the best way to remove it? EMER's say take out engine and gearbox together but others have suggested unbolting the engine from the gearbox and just taking the engine out. If this is the case, I presume the gearbox should be disconnected leaving the fly wheel attached to the engine? There is a lifting bracket at the rear but can't see one at the front - perhaps the slots at the sides of the flywheel housing (picture above)? Any guidance will be appreciated! Thanks James
  18. I'm rebuilding the brakes on my BRDM-2 and I have stripped the master cylinder (and removed all the sludge...). I'll be sending the cylinder off to pastparts to get the pitting removed. In the meantime, can anyone explain exactly how the cylinder works. I assumed it would be just a piston in a cylinder with hole which is exposed when the piston is fully returned for the fluid to return to the reservoir. The BRDM cylinder is exactly like the diagram below, except it has a compressed air booster. So why are the recuperation holes in the piston there? Why is the fluid on both sides of the main seal (primary cup)? Both seals move with the piston, the secondary seal (A) is attached to the piston and the primary seal (B) is pressed against the piston by the spring. There's a one way valve at the left hand end of the spring. ASE 5:Brakes|Braking Systems|Braking system components|Master cylinder A) (blue seal) secondary cup B) (blue seal) primary cup C) (opening for brake fluid) compensating port D) (opening for brake fluid) inlet port E) (opening for brake fluid) recuperation small holes F) (grey rod) push rod or rod from brake pedal
  19. Hi all. Does anyone know the length of a Lanchester sling (Tip to tip of the fittings.) ? As far as I'm aware, they were cut down SMLE slings. Or, does anyone know where I can get a correct one? Thanks in advance.
  20. Hi, I'm considering restoring this 1940 dated MkII helmet that has been attacked with silver paint. I've photographed what appears to be the original paint in the interior, which is a yellowish/greenish brown colour. Could anyone confirm or deny my hypothesis that this is faded Khaki Green No.3 paint? I've read elsewhere that this is the sort of colour it goes when the green pigment fades. Thanks, Mark
  21. According to various sources, the Road Traffic Act applies when ever the public is present. Now in respect of military vehicles at a show, either in the arena or involved in a Battle Re-enactment, generally that means the public are excluded so I assume that the RTA doesn't apply. But does the RTA still apply when transitting to and from the arena or if the owners of MV's such as tracked armour that are not capable of ever being road legal, go for a circuit of the boundries in the evening as per the old W&P show? Are wives, girlfriends and kids of owners or a few hangers on from paying public, still classed as 'the public' or not just because its after the show has closed? What is the important issue with the RTA in such circumstances? Is it that all moving vehicles need to have insurance, tax, MOT and and be registered with the DVLA? Surely not if you own an Sdkfz ...whatever. So I'd be interested to know more.
  22. Hi, I was going to start this thread later but another thread I started on this vehicle's radio setup: http://hmvf.co.uk/forumvb/showthread.php?52339-Unusual-Land-Rover-radio-setup raised lots of questions veering ever so slightly off-topic, so I thought I'd strike whilst the iron is hot. I won the vehicle on an Ebay auction a couple of months ago, didn't pay a lot for it, and it was not sold as SAS. However it does have a lot of curious features: Winch bumper (believe Superwinch X6 is 12V). The winch is low profile and does not obstruct the radiator, important as the V8 engine is vulnerable to overheating. Holes for military bumperettes. Front bumper reinforced internally Bracket over winch bumper (bracket wrong size for ground anchor) Pair "U"-shape tow rings front and rear Flexible brake hoses front & rear protected with wire coils Suspension lifted? Gaitors over the chrome swivel balls (VIN apparently implies a civvie vehicle; more on this below) Military lights front & rear, incl. recessed headlamp panels V8 engine (serial 11D14325B - Range Rover Pulsair 9.35:1 compression ratio dated 1970-83, twin groove/belt with power steering fitted) Chunky angle bracket around rear steering arm fixed to back of diff LT77 or LT85 5 speed gearbox, believe the former. Black painted, but the army also had black LT85s Removable gearbox crossmember absent, so military chassis Fuel pump, fuel filter & some fuses easily accessible in engine bay Wash reservoir, heater matrix, brake servo, radiator expansion tank, hoses & radiator top camo sprayed Chequer plate wing tops screwed on + Tuaam box+transformer/spacer+aerial (VHF). Wing driver's side has vertical reinforcing stay: wing passenger side has remains of two straps on top and wear to paint but no stay. Military bonnet hooks The disruptive camoflage paint scheme is well designed: the wheel rims do not have contrasting colours and so do not flash and draw the eye when in motion; the front is asymetrical, left hand side to right hand side, ditto the rear; the sides are different but in both cases the dark grey disrupts the natural shadow of the cab area. Mud flaps painted. Traces of paint on front tyre passenger's side Rectangular section steel "rock sliders" Two single GPMG mounts. (The front one - not fitted in some photos - has a large spent case collector, presumably to prevent empty cases etc. from hitting the driver. The rear one has the traverse limited so you can't shoot the driver or front passenger. These limits are very precise, i.e. close) Coles sun compass on dash (rigid mount) Spot light driver's side bolted on (not usual army bracket) Remains of thin aluminium plate pop-rivetted in windscreen location passenger's side 24V battery warning light on dash (not unknown on 12V GS vehicles) MPH speedo Wiring a mess. Not sure if any dash lights work Convoy light + toggle switch + big red switch on centre console (latter disconnected: may have been engine starter as believe momentary action, or winch) Bendy map light Straps clip to eye bolts by dash as 'doors' (one strap each side). Front seat belts Gear lever modified Access hole cut in the gearbox tunnel to view the linkage / get LT77 gearbox to fit?? Sound matting Fire extinguisher in passenger footwell (only one check date - 1992) "Late type front seats" (driver's has some camo overspray on the frame) Welded cage between seats, believe for jerry can but may be used for man-pack radio? Two FFR cable boxes between front seats. Remains of something else in front (believe original Land Rover; maybe cubby box) Axe stowage on driver's side. Hi-Lift jack / sledge hammer - note wider strap - on passenger side Roll cage with cam net. Latter much finer than the usual big holes with scrim attached; more akin to sacking. Scrim sewn on. Grab handle(?) either side fixed to roll cage under camo net Plywood lined rear tub + fire extinguisher bracket. Former shows traces of yellow paint Two vertical SA80 mounts; one horizontal (1" further apart) Military 14v radio battery charging system on dexion racking with yellow cable running from battery box under passenger seat to distribution box(?) to 14V (NOT 24V) charging box to cab; canvas case for antennae Radio operator's/gunner's seat hooked over tub side. No seat belt Side whip anntena (not normal post mount as would obstruct rear GPMG / get shot off?). No transformer/spacer so HF Larkspur telescopic radio mast bolted along top of tailgate with fabric endcaps. May be used for bergen stowage and/or possibly deployed horizontally Jerry can stowage in tub (2 twin cages). 3 (believe there should be 4) tubs for the vehicle sides for more jerry cans (not fitted in photos). I think the shallow tub bolts to the seat box and rock slider below. Total capacity 8 jerry cans + 1 between the seats. Assuming 6 petrol + 2 water + manpack radio = 30 gallons + 10 gallon underseat tank. At 10 miles per gallon 400 miles: halve for cross-country = 200 miles, or 100 miles there and back - the same as the famous convoy op. No pointy 'cap' on hub of rear wheels, unlike front wheels Rear disc brakes as well as front (standard Defender fitment 1994+) Axle case breather rear axle (but not on front) Pioneer tools on military tailgate. (Two hinge marks+holes on right suggest a hardtop door was originally fitted. Also bracket for door retainer present) Two civvie foglights No reversing light NATO tow hitch rear + civvie caravan socket Military bumperettes The bonnet does not look original as no desert camo, no yellow paint (or any other colour) underneath, very poor condition inside, bonnet hooks have been moved so they mate with the catches on the wings, and no stowage discernible on top besides the spare wheel mount Holes etc, use unknown: Front bumper - 2 large close together (tow ball?), 3 small spaced along top (number plate?), 2 medium widely spaced apart Bracket over winch bumper has two holes enlarged. (Bracket wrong size for ground anchor) Wing just in front of spotlight - 1 large Wing passenger side has remains of two straps on top and wear to paint Seatbox passenger's side - 2 above known jerry can holder holes Box with wide strap above outside on passenger’s side - Hi-Lift jack or sledge hammer? Remains of thin aluminium plate pop-rivetted in windscreen location, passenger's side Dash top rail - 2 small pairs Big red switch on centre military console - may have been engine starter as believe momentary action, or winch. Toggle switch + 2 large holes in right hand panel Dash oval centre switch panel - 3 small holes along top + 1 large alongside, with holes in gearbox shroud below Steering column left hand side by stalk - 1 large (original lock? Probably normal as seen on another military landy) Welded cage between seats, believe for jerry can but may be used for man-pack radio Bulkhead ply lining - 4 spaced out in line + 3 close together below + 2 on right of gun bracket driver's side Tub floor parallel with bulkhead - 2 P-clip by radio seat Tub floor each side of GPMG mount - 4 in rectangular format I don't understand: Brake box VIN plate (with camo paint smears) suggests 1984 diesel vehicle with a serial number between MOD trials vehicles and first MOD production 90's (see VIN Reseach below), therefore unable to trace a military vehicle registration. Date first registered is April 1985 whereas military vehicles are usually first registered when they leave the MOD, not soon after they are manufactured. (VIN plate on seatbox missing. Plate welded over VIN location on chassis. Ringer?) Civilian(?) speakers in dash (no radio) Fat 2 spoke steering wheel (1991+ 48 spline), not older style 4 spoke with rectangular centre pad (1984 36 spline) - possibly related to fitting of power steering ("power-assisted worm-and-roller steering was optional") Poorly matched rear bumperettes. Holes from civvie 'grab handles' visible (grab handle holes often found on military vehicles). Civvie caravan socket with camo paint Paint layers: dark green, red, Airfield Yellow, OD, Airfield Yellow, sand, grey. Airfield Yellow tends to be on the outside and red inside. Some blue and white in places. More orangey sand colour underneath in places (e.g. tailgate and by spotlight). No ammo box stowage discernible Is it a civilian imitation or is it genuine SAS? I do not believe it is a Walter Mitty invention because it is 'sorted': V8 engine with disc brakes all round and power steering 12v motor with 12v winch and unusually 12v radio gear VHF aerial + HF aerial + telescopic mast There is only one TUAAM wing box whereas most vehicles (and copies) have two Front GPMG has a box to collect empty cases & links, preventing them from hitting the driver and cluttering up the cab Rear GPMG is not obstructed by the usual side aerial mast and vertical telescopic mast mounting I do not believe a SAS replica would be made and sold on like this: The builder would usually take pride in such a vehicle and want to show it off. However, some aspects like the paint preparation, rear bumperette fit and dash cut out for the front GPMG mount are crude whereas the traverse limits on the rear GPMG are very, very precise. The vehicle is purely functional Some modifications would never be seen - bumper reinforcing, brake hose reinforcing, bracket arround rear steering rod There are a lot of holes leftover from where kit has been removed. There would be little or no need to do this on a completed replica: the parts and often the gear are usually sold on with the vehicle. It is not as if some of the gear - axe, shovel, pickaxe shaft, tub fire extinguisher - is particularly valuable. And why replace the bonnet with a very rusty unoriginal one? 'Typical' SAS features are missing - steering/sump/diff guard, ammo box stowage especially between front seats, sand channel stowage, compass mast, raised gunner's seat. In particular the expanded steel mesh external jerry can stowage as per the photos of known Dinkies Atypical SAS features are present - axe stowage, rock sliders, gear box cutout, modified gear lever, radio mast on tailgate, bumper reinforcing, brake pipe reinforcing The camo net does not have the normal big holes but is very fine mesh Chassis VIN welded over whereas the rest of the chassis is not holed - why do this? (The welding looks old) If it is SAS then there are issues which need explaining: Weak LT77 gearbox used. (Ready access for repairs may explain why the gearbox crossmember has been removed.) An LT85 or LT95 box would have been stronger, but may have entailed different prop shafts, engine mounts and/or gearlever holes in the transmission tunnel - I do not know enough about this. The LT77 was fitted to V8 Range Rovers and non-V8 Land Rovers No steering or diff guards (weight? ran out of spares? delay access to weak gearbox? subsequently removed like the radios etc?) Old style Series IIa Pinkie GPMG mounts rather than modern 1980's DPV (ran out of spares?) Latest Land Rover spec seats and steering wheel Lack of discernible ammo stowage, especially in cab No raised seat box for front gunner (may not be expected as upper seat belt mount not raised either) SA80 weapon mounts (Dinkies were apparently used by B Squadron, HQ and maybe SAS reservists) An axe on desert ops!? External jerry can stowage above the rear wheels is solid not expanded steel mesh as shown on the 2-3 photos of known Dinkies (space taken up by axe & aerial etc? extended range not required for the famous convoy op?) Civvie dash speakers, caravan socket, VIN?, multiple paint colours underneath (RAF?) Research Notes - Time Line Emphasis added to highlight the contradictory accounts, even from people who were there! "Very shortly after A Squadron was committed, D Squadron also arrived and the amount of available equipment was further reduced. By The time a third SAS Squadron, B, got to the Gulf a week later, there was virtually nothing left. A plan that had been based around the use of one squadron was suddenly adapted to encompass three and a half squadrons (for the Territorial R - Reserve - Squadron had also been deployed), who were all trying to operate on one squadron's supply of equipment." Ghosts: The Illustrated Story of the SAS by Ken Connor p197 'There are,' Vince [Phillips, Bravo Two Zero] replied. 'Three of them [Dinkies]. Problem is that one of the other patrols has nabbed two already, and I doubt we can fit eight blokes plus kit into a three-quarter-size Landrover.' Soldier Five by Mike Coburn p 25 via Google Books "I know the SAS used 12v 90's "sourced" [stolen?] from the RAF" "The SAS converted ex RAF 90's due to a lack of DPV's available" http://hmvf.co.uk/forumvb/archive/index.php/t-25608.html "In what was to prove to be one of the most audacious plans in the Regiment's history, he decided to send ten 4-ton trucks, with six Land Rovers acting as escorts, some one hundred and fifty kilometres into enemy territory to bring us our essential supplies..." "Eye of the Storm" by Peter Ratcliffe p386 "The cavalry had arrived - a remarkable convoy consisting of ten 4-ton trucks, pinkies and motor cycle outriders." Source: C.Q.B. Close Quarter Battle by Mike Curtis p409 "With no escort, the four-tonners couldn't afford to get into a firefight." Sabre Squadron by Cameron Spence p334 VIN Research Breakdown of SALLDVAC7AA233767 VIN code: Europe, UK, Land Rover, 90/110, 92.3", "Truck Cab, Soft Top or Hard Top (Utility body)", 4 cyl diesel, RHD 5 speed, 1983-4, Solihull, serial No. 233797 Research from Geoff at FMW: "There were tri-service vehicles in KD (prototypes) but they have earlier chassis serial numbers. The first production military spec Nineties to enter service had VINs commencing around SALLDVAC261986 – much later in the sequence -and bore KE serials. Your chassis number is therefore between the prototypes and the first production batch. The RAF had a ‘specialist’ set of serials in AY but made no purchases of Nineties at the relevant time. Is this a military spec Ninety or a civil one? If it is civil then it would have had Asset Code 1621-3100 indicating a civil spec RHD Diesel Soft Top. The relevant vehicles are: 00 KD 34 and 00 KD 35, 18 KD 63 to 18 KD 65 I have not got the chassis number for the last three civil spec Nineties that but all five were for the Navy. Furthermore the first two were definitely a different chassis prefix and I suspect the last three were that prefix too as they were under the same contract." Squaring the Circle - a Possible History The vehicle was originally a civilian 'white fleet' spec RAF 90 hard top in dark green with white wheels, as photographed in Bob Morrison's book "Combat Land Rovers Portfolio No. 1" page 98 top plate (except for the tdi engine). During its time with the RAF it was repainted red, yellow & OD and acquired military lights. This would explain the green paint, white wheels, pointy caps missing off the rear wheel hubs, civvie 'grab handle' holes on the rear crossmember, dash speakers... The Gulf War starts. The SAS is desperately short of vehicles. The desert is very punishing on them so 'white fleet' type vehicles which have not been used & abused cross country are a tempting target. The RAF keeps quiet as it is highly embarrassing to have vehicles stolen from a war zone when sentries should be alert. The SAS and REME (unofficial moto 'adapt, improvise, overcome') raid the spares bin but there is not enough of everything to go round. Parts are fabricated and Land Rover help where they can by shipping goodies over. Modifications include the usual V8 engine for performance, parts compatibility and mechanical familiarity. The tell-tale VIN plates are dealt with. The result is the mysterious Dinky, a vehicle whose very existence is deliberately concealed in some first-hand accounts of the Gulf War. After the war the Dinkies are redundant. They lack the range, payload and equipment specification of proper Desert Patrol Vehicles and the weapons mounts are crude and obsolete. To those familiar with Land Rovers the differences are obvious; even more reason to be camera-shy. Never having officially acquired them, the SAS now has a problem: how to get rid of them? To remove all the parts would leave a body like a Swiss cheese. The RAF - who the SAS rely on for airlifts - would not be best pleased. They are quietly scrapped, but one sneaks away...
  23. I wonder, can anyone shed any light on this mobile searchlight truck. I assume it's in the Civil Defence with its civilian number plate? I'm not even sure what type of truck it is! The still is taken from an old home movie. http://www.macearchive.org/Archive/Title/collins-mansfield-at-war/MediaEntry/49861.html
  24. I'm looking for photographic reference for WWI Ambulances, especially the Ford Model T prior to 1920. I have a kit in mind for the conversion, it's the Academy 1914 Ford Model T. Can anyone point me in the right direction for reference books and drawings? ... or do any of the members here own such a vehicle which may be available for photography? Nick.
  25. Ok not for the faint hearted or those of a nervous disposition. I'm going to fit a Landrover 2.25 Petrol Series 3 (FFR ?) engine into my 1944 Morris C8 :thumbsup:
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