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  1. Don't you think Jeeps are are bit like an itch they never seem to go away?. So that's how GPW frame number 14768 DoD 2nd week of April 1942 turned up in the workshop a couple of years ago, on inspection the overall condition was not bad with a lot of early features still in place. The usual post war British service mods were still in evidence and a rebuild plate giving the post war army reg number 24-YH-46 in place on the frame. The body was very good, unfortunately not the original script but a very early composite ACM2 body number 2958 produced in the 1st week of Jan 1944 which was interesting in its own right. The usual problems were evident in and around the tank well and front foot wells other wise not too bad. So this was the starting point, these photos were taken when I picked the jeep up as you can see at face value not too bad.
  2. Hi I have just purchased a very sorry looking AMX13. It will need total restoration as has been sat outside for over 20 years (!) Everything is knackered.. It's also been badly vandalised ;-( Ok do you or anyone else you know, have any AMX parts to help out - or some leads on parts! I think I'm going to need; Engine (take out one minimum) Possibly gearbox Turret as it has a post war incorrect one.. (very long story that involves it being used in filming in the 80's) Drivers seat, wiring loom etc etc etc Any help gratefully accepted - any leads to some key items at a good price will result in reward! Beer or beer tokens.. I know you will ask for pictures - they will be forth coming - when I retrieve them from my broken I-phone (screen is cracked from dropping hot weld on it!) For now here's a picture of my latest resto project - an AML90 - that should keep you happy for now.. Anyone notice a french theme here?? Thanks Baz (Bristol)
  3. Hi I am in need of a chaffee, amx or ebr turret, Condition is irrelevant. A very tall order I know - but any leads to confirmed available turrets very welcome. Thanks for your help ebarrimore@hotmail.com
  4. My latest purchase arived today. A 1940 BSA M20. Dont know a lot about old bikes really but it has had the engine re-built but the timing needs to be set up and the carb fitted aswel as a few other jobs. It is missing the speedo and bracket and i am not sure what else. Does anyone know if any history can be found on the bikes service at all? I believe it was registered in Holland after the war but other than that i do not know. Any help would be appreciated
  5. Well the work has now commenced on the full rebuild of a Dodge Half Ton Command Car. All the fuel lines, brake lines, engine, and other removable items have been stripped. The Body has been lifted from the chassis and the running gear also removed from the chassis. The chassis has been mounted in a Turn Table which I had fabricated by R.H.Barrell Engineering Ltd, and they have made a fantastic job to. The turn table made it a lot easier to blast and prime the chassis, and it will make it a lot easier for repair work, Its also designed to take adjustable rails so I can bolt on the bodt for repairs.. I have also had all of the brake cylinders and master cylinder relined by Past Parts. I have got most of the replacement parts now in stock, so the rebuild should move along a quite a nice pace. Although I still have the chevrolet C60s on the go but its a stop due to waiting for parts. Here are a few pictures of state of play on the C.Car and its arrival. Howard.
  6. This time last year we were just starting out on restoring the Bedford MW. Having built a new body out of wood, and enjoyed learning the new skills and challenge, we started looking for the next project. I've always liked the Mutt, and built 3 1/35 scale Mutts when I was younger. I saw some for sale in Malta and decided it was worth a look. Looking on the intenet showed that most parts were easy to source. For some reason I decided not to bother going to look, but bought one based on a few emailed photos. I think this was probably a bad idea, as I was quite upset with myself when it arrived. I had a choice of 4 and on reflection I probably bought the worst one! Shipping from Malta was very quick and there were no problems. I collected it in late October. First view of the vehicle after the trip from Malta... The body is very very bad. I suspect this may be the most worst Mutt anyone has tried to restore. It has a lot of bodged repairs. The Maltese don't seem to know what they were doing, in a lot of places they have cut a new piece of steel and patched it in with filler. On top of this, everything was loose and all split pins had been replaced with bent nails! Spot the bent nail... In order to stop myself feeling too depressed I decided to crack on with the project. About 3 hours after unloading the Mutt I had the engine out. Mechanically they are very simple, and well thought out. Going... Going... Gone! With the engine out, we lifted the vehicle up to get a proper look at the underside. It's not a pretty sight! It has rusted in all the usual places, with the usual Maltese repairs. The front floors seem to have been replaced about 3 times! The support structures have been removed and replaced with box section. The vehicle has certainly led a hard life in Malta. When it arrived all 4 drive shafts were removed. It turns out the front ones were removed from several of the Mutts in Malta, but the rear ones seem to have been removed for another reason.... Rear Diff bracket repair - Maltese stylee! After removing the diff I discovered there are no teeth left on the pinion! (Not got a photo of this yet) This explains the lack of rear drive shafts as the diff was locked solid. I suspect it has been run with no oil in it. We carried on stripping down the body, removing the wiring, pipes and anything which would un-bolt. The front axle assy came off easily, just 6 bolts hold it in place. Front axle unit The rear axle arms have been disassembled and are now ready for blast. Rear axle arm Currently the body is on its side in the garage. I am cutting out as much rust and filler as I can before sending it off for blasting. I have bought a large under body kit, which should take care of most of the damage, and a pair of front floors. Next on the shopping list are 2 new sides and a new rear panel, some front wing repair panels and a few other bits and pieces. I don't have a spot welder and I am only just learning how to mig weld, so this is going to be another steep learning curve! A couple of new bits in place to see where they will go... When not working on the vehicle I have been doing a bit of research. All data plates had been removed, except the BUDD plate under the bonnet. This is a useful plate to have though... From this plate I have been able to discover that this is a Ford M151A2. It was built in March 1971. I even have a US Army number for it. This is the first bit of positive news as it means eventually it should be tax exempt. There are various numbers under the paint on the front bumper, under the Maltese green, so I may be able to find out even more about it. This Mutt probably spent most of it's life in storage at the US Army base at Burton Wood. When this was closed in the early 90s a large number of Mutts were still in storage. These were given away to other armies, lots went to Mexico but a batch was sent to Malta. I'm pretty sure this is how mine came to be in Malta, which is why it survives and is un-cut like so many M151s. It's a shame the Maltese didn't look after it, and from the looks of it decided to park it in the sea! That's it for part one. I'll post more photos as I get work carried out. Hopefully it'll be ready for blasting fairly soon, then the real work can begin.... Chris
  7. The incredible iconic StuG ausf D restoration is nearly complete. Restorer is the talented Jon Phillips , who is also known for a number of replica vehicles. A fantastic vehicle lovingly restored on a very tight budget. The running , completed vehicle will be on display and in action at this years YWE show. See the restoration on Jons FaceBook page. https://www.facebook.com/StugIIIAusfDRestoration/?fref=ts and view the video that gives the history of this particular vehicle. [/
  8. Hi All Have Just found an Austin Champ, well two really but the second one is a parts only donor.The truck I am going to restore is complete though has been stood for 15 plus years, it also comes with a narrow track trailer. Having restored mainly WWII vehicles in the past so this is going to be something different !!!. Am looking forward to getting them all moved to the workshop so that I can see what I am up against, I have around 1.5 tonnes of spares to sort through as well, which I hope will help fund this project, hopefully I will get it to Evesham next June for the Champ Camp. Watch this space :nut:. Jeremy Tobin.
  9. My Royal Enfield WD. CO. 350 ohv nearing completion, now complete and running fine, its first outing was to the Guernsey Celebrations.
  10. Hi All, Now that the DKW is done and running well, i went out to find myself another project. Recently i found a BMW R35, 350cc OHV motorbike . Like most period BMW motorcycles it is driven by a drive shaft instead of a chain. It has had a previous restoration on which they used some post war parts (headlight, front brake drum,...). Engine doesn't currently run, will try to start it later. First need to check the Bosch Dynamo and SUM carburetor. It has quite some play on the rear wheel, I guess the bearings might be worn. Headlight stays have been mounted incorrect. It's original color would have been black with white lining, but i plan to restore it as a Wehrmacht (heer) dispatch rider's bike.
  11. Evening all Have been meaning to start this thread for a while, but have only just got round to it. Hopefully it will be of some use to those of you who contemplating this job in the near future. Basically, I have used my Sabre, 04 FD 34, as a bit of a hack for the last 3 or 4 years. When I bought it it needed a new main brake m/c, new rubber donuts on the drive shaft, and a new starter motor. Other than that I havent done much to it, largely because I have more than enough stuff waiting its turn so wanted to keep at least one vehicle complete and running! Since I first drove it I think I've known that it was, well rather gutless, struggling to hit 30 even on the flat. So, having acquired a small stock of recon J60's last summer, I decided to take the plunge. A compression test showing all the cylinders at between 85 and 110 psi confirmed that this engine was terminally tired. First some pics of the general condition and state of the engine bay once the decking was removed. I did this with an engine crane and a mate. It is perfectly possible for two people to remove the decking by hand, but my back isn't what it used to be so I decided to play it safe. The condition is pretty typical for an unrestored vehicle that has been 'well used'..
  12. evening every one this is not a full on in depth restoration thread but more of the occasional post as things happen. i have been fortunate to be able to give Andy a hand with his Comet which is good for both of us as i get the opportunity to learn about both the Comet and what it takes to restore a derelict tank to full working order. plus it has got Andy motivated and excited again which has been proven with the endless large grins and smiles over the weekend:D. starting off saturday morning by removing the mud guards and getting the periscopes un bolted we soon followed with the removal of all the top guide rollers from the side of the hull and started the lengthy task of removing the counter sunk bolts which hold the 5 sections of armour plating. by 10:30 saturday night we had 3 sections of armour plate of and thinking about sunday. today we had the rear section of armour of the right side and by 6 pm had the same 4 sections removed from the other side and to are surprise every bolt was oiled and came out fairly easily bar 1 which resisted so we had to burn the head off. some of the flush counter sunk bolts had to be warmed up but came out no probs. pics from today: saturdays progress with mud guards and the added on steel plates removed, periscopes un bolted and the 3 armour plates removed. sunday morning ready to start again next job is to un seize the front right idler arm and remove the left arm so the final armour plates can be removed. then will be ready to remove all the suspension ready for shot blasting and painting. cheers sam
  13. Here are a few details about the M4 HSTs I have recently brought from the USA. The yellow one as you can see has been modified by a construction company, the ammunition box is missing and they have cut out the rear panel and also removed the winch. Having said that it is in very good condition and quite complete The other two are very complete and original but not in such good condition.My intention is to bring in two more and from the five vehicles make three perfectly restored examples.I will Keep one and sell the other two. On the yellow one you will see grousers were fitted to aid traction in soft ground, they were a bit of a pain to remove as I could not use too much heat because of the rubber tracks. Fortunatly all but a couple of the many data plates are still on the tractors which is nice as it gives the vehicle number and the date of manufacture on the plate. Something else I noticed on one of the HSTs is a toothed metal strip bolted to the lower front panel, I also have one on the transmission cover of my Sherman. I have heard that when tracked vehicles were being shipped over to the UK to aid moving them around on the docks ropes were fastened to the steering tillers and then taken outside the sealed (for shipping ) vehicle and tied off on this toothed metal bar.On shermans the ropes came through the 30cal bow gun mount , not sure where they would have exited on the HST.The toothed bar has been nicknamed "the comb" by some people. Another strange thing I noticed one one of the HSTs the road wheels have grooved tyres I have not seen this before, they are all dated 1942 or 43.Perhaps someone can shed some light on this. There is more I can tell you if there is any interest. jim.
  14. After some thought while restoring my halftrack, I decided to put a more modern engine in it. When I bought it it came with a Ford industrial engine which I believe there was a company in the 60's making this conversion. So what engine do I put in it? I have a friend who works at first bus and he managed to get me a Cummins 6BT that had just come out of a bus. The next task I had was to fit the halftrack gearbox to the Cummins engine. A few people suggested find the proper bell housing for the engine to suit the gearbox but I had other ideas. I work as a design and development engineer, doing 2D and 3D design as well as good old fashion manual turning, milling ect and love a good project so why not make a adaptor plate to join the halftrack gearbox the the Cummins engine? How hard can it be...? The first thing to do was find some material, luckily I had a piece of 3/4" thick plate I have had kicking about for years thinking one day it will come in handy. We flame cut it leaving about 1/4" on both the OD and ID. The next minor problem I had was it wouldn't fit on our lathe at work, so how do I overcome it? The solution, use a rotary table on the milling machine and to do this I had the make a fixture to be able to hold the plate.
  15. Hi all, currently i'm working on a CVRT and would like to share some pictures of the restoration. Main goal is to get it running again. It was a diesel version the gearbox was removed, since diesel gearboxes are rare. This year when I could buy a petrol gearbox and jaguar engine from Vince I decided to convert it back. When finished plan is to have it as my wedding car in middle August next year, so fingers crossed Lights worked with the batteries that were still in
  16. After my introduction, here my futur project when it will be complet. For the moment i search two headlights, support for the second tank and the tank, the front bumper thanks. Now more photo of this vehicle.
  17. This is my restoration 13AY57. (Truck.Utility.Medium.ffr.soft-top.with winch.24v.4x4.landrover-127) Rapier Day one. 13AY57 new home (my workshop) if you can help i need photos or hand books about the inside of the back. this was a radio truck (FFR) would like to fit this out but need info on this. found on a farm, been unloved for some time but run and drives. most of the parts are with the unit apart from winch and soft top/sticks. Dont know if this cabtop was put on by the mod or not. in this photo you can see the cut down of the tub. hope to sort this but why did the mod do this ? what was it for ? day 2 the nuts and bolts bit V8 out at last all looks sound, no bad rust. lots more to do. sand blaster out next !
  18. Hi folks. Hope I dont bore you all to death with Airportable restoration. First a pic as found a few weeks ago. Sun. 24th. Oct. it was delievered to me. At the first inspection I knew that a bit of chassis welding, rear cross member required. Wrong :cry:. After a propper inspection at home, soon became clear that it was far worse than I first thought. But all along I have wanted to rebuild a Airportable on a galv. chassis so I would have it for ever, and this one being a 12v knew it would be a better bet regards ignition part costs and a little easyier to maintain. Very surprised how easy and quick we (good mates turned up to give a hand) got it stripped, so far have cut three bolts only, on the exhaust. Bulk head, top vent rail found to be in first class condition. Costed up a new galv. chassis £1267.82 (including del., may be able to reduce by £100 if collected, may get3% discount for being in landi. club, know mon.) A few pics. so far.
  19. I had a day without an MV, didnt like it, collected the new project today. My love for Jeeps has been in the closet for a while now. But now its out there!
  20. Well, I guess this is as good a time to start the trials and tribulations diary of this vehicle. First of all, at the moment we do not know the Canadian Forces Registration number of the vehicle at this time. Contrary to what has so far been documented, this one does not have the numbers stamped onto the flat spot in front of the right hand antennae mounting point. What we do know is that the vehicle looks so far to have sent some time in Western Canada as there is a Road Runner marking on the right side of the hull. Over the drivers hatch is a mish mash of many names which just cant be made out clearly. It has the remains of call sign 31 on the right side and an armoured recce tac sign front left From this we really believe that it was a Lord Stathconas vehicle at the end of its service life. The vehicle was bought nearly two years ago from the US of A along with another and was supposedly a runner in a very rough definition of that phrase. I have spent the past two years shuttling it around at work keeping it under cover and dry. The other is going to be traded and that is a long process that is underway. Last night we moved it one more time, into our main workshops. The we in this is myself and my friend Gerry Foster who is my mechanical brains and professional mechanic by day, whereas I am "Ferret specific" knowledge and owner. Between the two of us we make a good team. I am very much aware of my skills limitations and I am very much respectful of other peoples time and Gerry is a paid asset in the work that is going on. I don't want this to take forever to restore and two people make things go exponentially faster and I am happy to pay him to help because of the results we get. The first task was to run the engine up and prove that indeed it does run. We have in the past weeks turned it over by hand and checked the fluids and had a damned good look around. The previous owner has performed a bodge to supply fuel and we used that set up with a 12 volt pump to supply fuel from a temporary can. We had taken the carb off the other vehicle last week as we had some issues and after making a paper gasket for that last night and fitting the carb we then primed the fuel system after having fitted a pair of new batteries. I got into the hull and sat on the loose seat and turned the ignition on, gauges came to life and the lights glowed, brilliant! With fire extinguishers at the ready, as anything could happen, I cranked it over. To our utter disbelief it fired up instantly on the first crank and ran quite nicely thank you very much! Runner confirmed! We let it run for a couple of minutes and then shut it down. As the rest of the drive train is in a bit of a mess, we knew that was as far as we would be going before tear down. And that is where we went afterwards. There isn't much interior tin work fitted inside the vehicle, just a matter of moving the electrics out of the way on the left side. The fuel tank came out and was drained of the raunchiest rank smelling old fuel you have ever seen or smelled. For giggles we pulled one of the banjo bolt off the bottom of the tank and sure enough it was plugged solid. We know that extensions need to be fitted before going back together. That is now ready to go out to be washed and cleaned. There isn't much of an interior so we went at disconnecting as much as we could and are within about an hour of being able to hoist the pack out which will happen next week. Then it will go onto a stand I made a few years ago for tear down and splitting of the engine and mechanicals. Regards Robin
  21. Hello all, We are doing a full strip restoratoration on our Mk 6 Saracen, and upon removing the rear add-on plates on the doors, we have found in white block letters, on both doors, the word "WATERED" Its white, approx 4 inches high Ideas? Many Thanks Nick, The Cold War Collection Ottawa, Canada
  22. The truck is now under cover and the restoration has begun. The remains of the body have been photographed and dismantled to improve access to the chassis. The heads have been removed from the engine and I was pleased to find that the bores are in good condition so the engine looks to be viable. This is very important as I want to get it running before the engine is removed to shotblast the chassis. The restoration will be slow at first as I have several other big projects to complete before this can take priority but I hope to work on it properly over the winter. - MG
  23. It's been a long journey, but it's nearly there....well, the restoration side of things not the ownership. I bought the old girl/boy (unsure yet what it is) back in July 2013 on whim. I had said to myself that I would not return to the MV scene as I had experienced some less than nice people, which had changed my mind on the whole movement. Thankfully I can say the company I now keep if far superior and my faith has been restored in the movement. Anyhow, I had seen one of these lumbering old machines and I wanted one. Green machines never leave you, it's always there and you'll not change that even if you want to! Here are a few pictures of the ongoing restoration and how the vehicle currently sit. Awaiting DVLA documents. First two pictures are copied from Sirhc's webpage from his visit. I hope he doesn't mind. He saw my future vehicle at Withams Unfortunately the previous owner had sold all of the hard to find parts before I got my hands on it. Bas***D!
  24. This explains why Lucas electrical parts found in many older military vehicles have a mind of their own:- http://www.mez.co.uk/lucas.html Diana
  25. Well now that I've finished the rebuild of my series 3 (link to its own rebuild thread on another forum here http://www.landyzone.co.uk/lz/f6/1976-series-3-rebuild-202564.html ), its now time to be looking at my brothers 90. Its a 1986 (I think IIRC) FFR with all the gear stripped out. Has a bit of history as this went out in the first gulf war apparantly, underneath the green you can still see the sand coloured paint. Bulkhead needs some work (door pillars are pretty shot) and footwells need replacing but all in all its not too bad. Plan is to swap the rear axle to the spare discovery one we have to make it discs all round. The engine in it is a 12J 2.5N/A diesel (same as mine), no plans yet for an upgrade. Right time for some pictures The rotten pillar Doors also need a bit of work doing to them The interior Aftermarket ignition barrel which needs replacing First thing was to take off the spare wheel, this reveals quite a bit of the sand paint
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