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  1. Check out Matilda Diaries - a series of videos chronicling the ongoing restoration of our Matilda II. Throughout the course of this series we aim to cover some of the questions and challenges involved with the project overall as well as the nitty gritty of dismantling and reassembling a 70 year old vehicle.
  2. Hi all, it might be quite late to start a restoration blog but here it goes anyway. This is a 1940 Dodge VC3 4x4, one of 816 Ordered by the US army. The model is basically a civillian 1939 pick up which Dodge changed for military service. Changes include: A front Axle, Brushguard, military rear / front bumpers... It's from this series the WC 1/2 ton were created and later the 3/4 tons. Some remained in service untill the end of the war. However they never saw any action in Europe. During paint removal, we discovered it's original registration number. Unfortunately, we didn't find any other markings. We did however find advertesing on the doors of a Sheet metal and roofing contractor in Pennsylvania. we believe this company was the first post-service time owner. Now, the company is run by the grandson of the person which owned the VC3. He couldn't help me with any pictures, but he did tell me there was a big depot of the 109th reserve (During WW2 and before WW2 the 109th Field artillery), about 5 miles from where the company is. I suspect the Dodge came from this depot, i cannot prove it though. 3 years ago we started a frame off restoration. The frame was solid, it got reinforced during it's servicetime in the army (all VC's got the frame reinforcement ).
  3. Hello, with this thread I send some information about the restoration of my bedford QL. This truck was original a QLR, yes with a radio box on the chassis but lost his rear section after its military service. The plan is to put a general service (QLD) rear section on the chassis but this will be for the future, first start with the cabin and engine as this last one is solid blockt.
  4. I will upload up until the current work after work, been working on this for 2 years now without any experience in restoration and coming from an I.T background, quite happy with how this is going
  5. Hi all Heres some photos of the Land Rover lightweight 24V FFR me and the father in law (Forum user 55HG89) are restoring to her former glory. She used to look like this We started work in October 2010 when the new chassis arrived, the chassis she was on is fairly solid at the front but the rear cross member has had it. We started in October 2010 when the new chassis arrived. From there we moved onto the suspension and axels, we managed to get hold of a BNIB front axel We then too the engine out and prepped it for painting In the fetching Sky blue colour Then onto the gearbox, which was absolutely caked in the usual sort of substances that accumulate on a 20+ year old vehicle When cleaning it we found some disturbing metal shards in its oil! We were going to get if overhauled anyway so off it went to a mate of our who just happens to be a Land Rover gear box specialist with 20 years of experience. Turned out it was one of the clips on the 3/4 synchro and there was no other damage, bit of a result that! here it is after a professional rebuild
  6. The Project Well it looks like I've been outed on a couple of threads, so here we go with an FV4101 Charioteer restoration I actually bought her unseen when Lance had to sell up, taking a bit of a risk in doing so. The priority of getting married that month saw me unable to visit, and a very understanding other half said "go for it". It still hasn't really sunk in. :wow: I plucked up the courage to visit when I got back from honeymoon, wondering if I was looking at trying to recoup the pennies through scrap and sparing or whether I had a viable project. Luckily I have a reasonably good hull and a large collection of bits that Lance and Rick had managed to strip and/or collect together. Why a Charioteer? Normally I'd be all over the prospect of doing a wartime spec Cromwell, but this is an unusual beast. It's a) one of the Charioteers that was sold onward and modified by the Jordanians, seeing action in the Jordanian-Israeli conflict, and b) it's an early Charioteer with no fume extractor fitted to the gun. This makes her a bit of a rarity. Given the number of Charioteers out there, and with none apparently restored into running condition, I just can't bring myself to destroy a bit of history. We're both preserving the modifications and restoring her as a Charioteer. This includes the weird and wonderfuls that were done to her during the conflict. What's the plan? The plan is 1) Get the mechanicals sorted and get her driving, including restoration of the hull so they don't have to come out again. This should see her trundling around. 2) Overhaul the suspension and re-rubber the wheels. 3) Restore the turret and detail the vehicle. Sounds easy doesn't it? :nut: Luckily, professional Cromwell-wrangler Rick has agreed to carry on doing the major works, as he's both done it before on his own Cromwell and has the space and help to run though it. The history A decent collection of the work has already been done when Lance was intending her to be a Cromwell. You can see some of her history in the old thread here - http://hmvf.co.uk/forumvb/showthread.php?43059-MK-IV-Cromwell. I'm not continuing that thread as when we looked at it, it was going to get *really* confusing now that she's going to remain a Charioteer. Whats next? I'm obviously now after a completely different collection of bits and information, so chirp up if you've got any. :thumbsup:
  7. Picked up a Humber heavy utility the other day and had it delivered yesterday. Work starts in earnest on Thursday, but weather is going to slow the strip down as we're putting it into the garage as we strip it. There are a few areas of worry. I'm one of them as this is my first proper restoration. The cosmetics aren't a worry and the chassis is good. Then engine, gearbox, trans box and clutch are all perfectly serviceable although we're missing a carb and a master cylinder (although could be in the mountain of parts that came with it). The woodwork is going to be the horror. It's a 1945 with spring and shock suspension and a sliding metal roof. All the seats, instruments and blackout curtains are in it.
  8. Current status of Restoration... ...Turn Yer Sound Up !! Something went wrong... Blog ... http://alvissabre.blogspot.co.uk
  9. Bought these 2 Tillys about 3-4 years ago & put them into storage but now the Humber is on the road I thought I would make a start.
  10. So this is not a restoration as it were more restorative to working condition. A while ago this vehicle was being run up and it "caught fire" is how my co-worker shouted down the phone at me. I deeply suspect that what actually happened is that the gearbox was not put back to neutral and it was started in first gear and left to run for about 25 minutes or so like that and took out the seal of the fluid flyheel after over heating it. there is a puddle of very clean oil on the floor of the hull. There was a lot of what appeared to be be an oily smoke in the vehicle at the time of the event. We have been ever so busy and are just now getting around to even looking at the problem. We winched it up onto our tilting trailer of death (as we call it) and brought it from our storage location back to our main workshops. We will only get a few hours a week to putter away at this as we are well busy as it is. I am going to check the level in the fluid flywheel right away once the turret comes off and the decks come off. I intend to pull the whole pack out anyway before we split it. Too much of an opportunity to have a thorough clean up and check of brakes etc. Any comments welcome Robin
  11. A few years back I picked up 3 British WW2 10cwt trailers, a Mk1 GS, MK2 GS & a Mortar & ammunition trailer all in the same weekend. Well yesterday I sold the Mk 1 GS & the Mortar & Ammunition trailer is in storage but as I'm off work with a back injury & cant get over to my workshop and progress with other restorations I decided to dig out the MK2 GS at Jane's house & make a start on it. :cool2:
  12. GENTLEMEN, I'm looking into making repro's of the rotating OBSERVER SEAT for the Daimler Dingo. I also assume they are the same for the Ford Lynx Scoutcar. I've taken measurement of a original seat. At this moment I'm trying to source the right materials to reproduce the original seat as close as possible. My plan is to reproduce one seat for my own Daimler Dingo, and make a "kit" for other repro-seats of pre-cut parts (TAMIYA style). So it can be shipped and stored easy, and you can save costs by welding it yourselve together. There is NO obligation to order right now, but I'm just looking how to make this project as economical as possible. So IF you got an interest, please react and then I've got idea of the scale. I can't say anything about the costs, but material prices are the most easy thing to calculate. The costs for milling the notches are more difficult to calculate, also the costs for lasercutting the base and bending the seat-frame. If you wish, you can follow the progress of this project on the public DAIMLER SCOUT CAR SOCIETY on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/4370...37556/?fref=ts The leather seats will be a different project, updates for this follow ASAP. Alternative you can contact me via email : naaficook@hotmail.com (Mods : if listed in the wrong thread, please feel free to move this)
  13. It's about time that I started a blog about my Albion. I have been a bit apathetic about it for a year or so now.so, have given myself a metaphorical kick up the backside to get started on the restoration again. So, hopefully with a bit of encouragement, I'll be able to get some work done every week and, post the results on here. It will also keep Will happy as he tells me there is not enough Albion content on the site. He is probably correct. These first pictures are when I first went to view the Albion near Berwick on Tweed.
  14. A few years back I bought a BSA Para bike which was all original but in a poor state so I had everything shot blasted & then painted in Brown (right or wrong ?) to match the 1942 RAF AM Air Ministry light which I have fitted to it because 3 of my vehicles are RAF. Its stood in my spare room for years but I might get round to assembling it while I'm off :-D
  15. [ATTACH=CONFIG]122167[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]122168[/AT TACH] Fordson drawbar ive recently made,wanted it to look heavy duty for towing trolleys & fuel bowsers.
  16. Hi All Gone into the deep end and decided to buy this Morris C9/B. This one is fairly complete although rough, it has all the jacks and most of the panels to make a pattern from. A Bofors gun was also included in the sale (no photos as of yet). This is not the one that was on Milweb although I did try to purchase that one to attempt to make one out of two (the Milweb one was arguably better) but someone beat me to it! More information to come, for now any hints, tips or details would be greatly appreciated. Currently working on getting it and the Bofors home.
  17. Back in 2000, I bought this vehicle in Germany and have been restoring it a little at a time. It was delivered to Vehicle Coy 151, Lippstadt, Germany on 13 September 1952. I am trying to find any information about the use of this vehicle and possibly who the vehicle was assigned to.
  18. Well here is a pic of the WC53 In question. This truck is being restored to sell, so anyone interested please pm me.
  19. Hello, here is a message from Mayor Javier Busconi in Uruguay : "The M3A1 that we start to restore belongs to the 4th. Cavalry Mechanized Regiment in Montevideo Uruguay. In an old picture (2008) it looks pretty well painted in a Uruguayan Cav. traditional cammo, but it is only an external make up. Right know the Stuart looks abandoned whit a lot of dirt and rust. On Friday we start with the dismounting of the turret and other components, tomorrow I’m planning to remove the engine (Continental W670) and start to make a list of missing parts. I hope next week we can start to sand blast the full turret and work in all the components in the basket. I look for you help because I know that during all this presses I’m going to have a lot of dubs that requires the knowledge and expertise from professionals and enthusiasts on this kind of old tanks. The Uruguayan Army Number of the Stuart is E-3045, but may be some pictures are better. I know is a hard project but the Uruguayan Army used the M3A1 till 1996 so it means that is easy to find some parts around. What I really want is your help with some technical details, so we can give to our M3 the right historical grade that it deserve. "
  20. Bedford QLR as found in 2005 by one of our North Oxfordshire MVT members in a field nr Bicester Oxfordshire. A few years later she ended up in a scrap yard where I found her and now in the process of being restored back to a QLD. Lots of photos to follow in the next few months/years of the restoration.
  21. At long last my RS was delivered yesterday. It has been offered on eBay but didn't sell, so a deal was done, and after being messed around by several hauliers it finally made it home. It it has been converted to a timber tractor, with jib and a garwood winch, chain driven off the transfer box. Sadly both the contract and chassis plates are missing, but there are some clues to a military past, layers of deep bronze green paint, a painted bridge plate on the cab, and fire extinguisher bracket on the drivers seat base. It has a civilian type cab, and a Perkins 6 cyl Diesel engine The cab is really bad, so will probably be replaced, but the rest looks good. Any hints, tips or clues on its history would be most welcome! sorry the photos are upside down, sending this from my phone... Richard
  22. My first restoration piece has just arrived from California, USA. It is a 3rd contract Welbike built in 1942/43. Only around 3,500 of these bikes were ever made. As you can see the wheels need changing and several other bits done. Its not a hard restoration but its my first.
  23. My Blog Updated http://alvissabre.blogspot.co.uk/
  24. Hello all does any one has a self starter for sale or a hand starter any condision or any parts for the cs8 thx
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