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  1. johann morris

    morris C8

    I am just in the process of getting my next project ready to go in the workshop, so I thought that I would share some pictures before it is stripped down. I have had it for a couple of years but needed to get the HUP finished first and now seems about the right time to get the project started. Its a 1944 but with a steel rear body. At some time the rear body has been chopped and someone has repaired it and added a new floor. The engine is seized solid but its still a wonderful old vehicle and compared to the HUP, very complete. Jon
  2. Right,here we go again, restoration number two!! I was at a show a while back with the Militant Timber Tractor, and was asked,“Now you have finished this restoration, will you do another?” No chance says I, one is enough!! But then……well..?? I was reading the December Classic Truck Mag and spotted a for sale advert. Mk1 Militant with Atlas crane located in Kent. As I know these are a sought after beast, I thought I would have a look,take as few photos and post a thing on here for those who maybe interested. As it goes the motor in question is well shot. Not only has it had a hard life in the timber trade, it has been welland truly butchered, (Engine changed for the wrong one, knackered cab) and thoroughly beaten to death. That said,the Atlas crane is good, and it is still for sale if anyone wants it. To get to have a look at it, I had to walk past this barn. You know the feeling you get when the hairs stand up on the back of your neck,shivers down the spine etc. I got the whole works!! Clocked the Tanker straight away. ‘kin’el didn’t think any would still exist but I’m staring at one in this barn!! So I’m trying to look at the Atlas and seem interested, but I’m thinking TANKER!! Anyhow,I managed to discuss the Atlas with it’s seller, declined to make him an offerand walked back past the barn. The conversation went like this: “What’s the Tanker?” Trying to sound nonchalant, but the brain is screeming TANKER!! “Oh,That’s a Militant too” “Is it for sale?” (TANKER!! Deep Breathing) “Could be, want to make me an offer” “Does it Run?” (TANKER!! Sweating a bit) “It did when we parked it up 20 odd years ago” “Is that hoses I can see in that open pod?” (TANKER!! Panting now) "Yes, it is complete, straight from the Army sales” Anybody got a tissue? Story goes like this. He used to run buy ex Military stuff to export to Kenya and South Africa, but the company he exported to went bust, and he was left with several motors and no contract, so they got parked in this barn. Late eighties/early nineties, been there ever since. The tanker is straight out of the auctions, completely unmolested and to all intents and purposes ready to roll. Did think about it for a couple of days, and obviously had to get the vote of confidence from Der Oberfurher (Wife) which wasn’t easy but we are now full steam ahead. First move is to clear the crap that has been stacked up around it. This has allowed a full inspection of the potential. Biggest issue is the Mercedes that is now sitting on the radiator. It wasn’t actually touching it at first, but disturbing everything else allowed it to slip downfrom it’s perch and gently rest on the top of the rad cap. Everything seems to be well seized, took a good bit of fiddling just to get the drivers door open, but generous applications of WD40 on the handle finally got it moving and we were in. Cab is all there as described, but the first bit that grabs your attention is the steering wheel which has definitely seen better days. Not only that, it is the wrong type anyway. Good for a later Militant, but the early ones had a solid iron wheel, so that’s the first requirement. Any one got a steering wheel that is better than this?? Next move is to see if it will actually run. It still has the 4 six volt batteries it would have had while inservice, and after all this time they are probably a bit flat. Engine oil seems good, but someone has syphoned out the diesel tank. So tomorrows job, fresh batteries, fresh juice and see what happens. My bet is that being an old AEC it will do half a turn on the starter and fire into the gentle tickover that you would expect. I’ll let you know.
  3. Not a total restoration but an urgent tidy up before she falls apart, I had no intention of doing anymore than just routine maintance on the K5 as I have to many on going restorations but the cab got 'on the work' so had no choice.
  4. Like others I have been meaning to start a forum on a vehicle restoration but never sat down to do it. Now is the time to start and luckily I have taken lots of photos to remind me of progress. A lot of stuff you may have seen on similar forums but hopefully you can see what can be achieved by 2 novices at this restoration game. Myself (Phil) am in the Business Insurance game. Own an ex New Zealand (NZ) Army Series 2a Landrover and have always been interested in restoring a vehicle but never taken the plunge. Brett is a qualified diesel mechanic and runs his own contracting company. Owns a Daimler Ferret Scout Car and Jeep. Forgive us if we use the wrong technical terms. We have however come to grips cvrt’s vs tanks. Scorpions vs Scimitars with Scorpion turrets etc etc. Why a Scorpion? New Zealand operated 26 Scorpions from circa 1983 to 1996 replacing Ferret Scout cars and M41 tanks. The majority were sold off, I believe to Helston Gun Smiths in the UK, with others being scrapped and 2 remaining with the Army Museum in Waiouru. 1 is a static display and the other is in running order. The attraction therefore was to have a tracked armoured vehicle of a type used by the NZ Army. A Scorpion appealed because of – Light weight and ease of transportation Can be driven on public roads Can fit in a domestic garage (just) Parts are still available (hopefully) Local knowledge on restoration both here in NZ and overseas Meant to be easy to work on Affordability (hmmm time and money will fix most things) The search began with advertisements on Milweb and HMVF back in August 2015. From there and after some false starts a ex Belgium Scimitar with Scorpion turret was located and purchased. DATA PLATE: CVR(T) 30m/m Scimitar FV107 Mk1 65192 HULL NUMBER: BESCI 49 The timeline begins: September 2015 deposit paid November 2015 vehicle and spares relocated for shipping Shipped April 2016 arrived NZ June 2016 Pre Purchase pictures below
  5. Just managed to get this poor old thing in the shed. Seems much larger than I remember and will be a very long and slow project due to other distractions. However I'll start this thread as an incentive and baseline. Came with crates, boxes and multiple packets of spares - no idea what they are but will get a spare parts list and itemize them. Doesn't have a turret: Australian Army had 15 Saladins but put their turrets on APC's. Sold 6 hulls to NZ and those turrets found their way back onto hulls, but the others seem to have gone up in smoke, so a turret is on my wish list. At this stage I have little idea where to start and will be pestering the "I know I'm stupid" forum. However I'm starting with WD-40 to the hinges, then think I'll try getting the tin work off for tarting up that and the outside hull. Inside is a bit too much for me to tackle for a while. Re mechanicals, my plan is to start with the wheel bearings and brakes, once I figure out how to do it. Then probably need to remove the engine.... Anyway - I'll post again when I've made a bit of progress (don't hold your breath!). Also have a Saracen turret to fix up but that's much less daunting! James
  6. Hello All I acquired this Jago jeep 2 years ago from a guy in reading his intension for this jeep was to make it a willys replica but he had to sell due to moving and getting married etc so when i got it i was in 2 minds about what to do to it i was going to leave as is tidy up a bit put wiring harness in and use it then i was going to made it a replica jeep so i painted it with a brush with OD which took ages and turned out rubbish.So then i decided to do it properly. I hope you guys don't mind me posting about it on here and i hope you all follow me through the conversion of this jeep the other forum i'm on people seemed to lose intrest as soon as i wasn't uploading pics etc every week because of work etc my jeep is at work so i can't work on it at the weekend witch is a shame i work on it when i get time during work so i wont be uploading all the time these things take a lot of time and money you guys will understand AtB Dan check out my introduction to know a bit more about the jeeps history http://hmvf.co.uk/forumvb/showthread.php?50646-Hello-All i will upload pics of the jeep i started this 2 years ago so the pics i upload will be from when i started to where i am now
  7. Dodge'40-'45

    1938 dkw rt 100

    Hi all, Collected my latest project yesterday, it's a 1938 DKW Rt100 motorcycle. The 2-stroke engine has a capacity of 98cc which delivers an astonishing 3 HP. It has a 3 speed gearbox and can reach a speed of 65 km/h Max (= 41 MPH). It's not exactly a BMW R75 or a Zundapp KS750, nor does it run circles around a Harley Davidson...:-| But it does have a certain charm however, it was a very popular motorcycle. It was produced from 1935 untill early 1940. During that time 67 000 motorcycles were produced. Several motorcycles of this type were also used by the german forces. I'm planning on restoring it as a WH or LW motorcycle. It was also the motorcycle which provided the basis for the Royal Enfield Baby who's later offspring was the Flying Flea WD RE. The reason i bought it is because i am too young (19) to ride my BSA M20 and i need a motorcycle with a capacity less then 125cc to get my motorcycle license. The restoration will start once the Dodge VC3 is done. It just needs a fresh layer of paint and some minor details reworked. Wheels have been respoked and a fresh set of tyres mounted. Engine runs well. Will post some more pictures later. Regards, Niek
  8. Having lost the OT the rest of the family decided it might be a good idea - both for my sanity and their life expectancies - to put me on a new project... So after some thought revolving around the fact I like PW vehicles, the need for something that can be driven without recourse to transport bills with 3 zeros after the first figure and that I will comfortably fit the cab of I went to look at a Mk 1 Militant GS today - the knocker alternatively loved and cursed by my era. The one I looked at was a 1957 6x6 GS model - non winch - and was fairly well known on the scene up until 3 or 4 years ago. Indeed I remember talking with the owner at W&P back in 2007 -ish Sadly due to circumstances beyond control she has not been used for the last few yaers and the owner, very reluctantly, is selling to make sure she survives. An added plus is a comms body lashed in the back rigged for living in so no need to pack tentage for shows attended. An album of photos can be found here: http://s34.photobucket.com/user/ArtistsRifles/library/AEC%20Militant%20Mk%201/Project%20Vehicle Mechanically sound - starts, stops and drives well although 2 new batteries are needed - anyone know the type number of the 12v that fits in lieu of the twin 6v?? Bodily - looks worse than in it s as the paint is peeling off all over, However there are areas that need attention: Drivers side front drop gate Tailgate sections Cab areas Unusual roof - no weapons mount and taping?? Cab Interior Terminal silencer Lastly a little bit of video:
  9. Hi I have wanted to restore an MW for a long time, so I finally took the plunge an bought an MWC that needs a lot of tlc. I know that it will take me a few years to complete it....... She is now tucked up in where not far from where I live and will able to take bits back home to work on them. Cheers Richard
  10. This restoration blog may well qualify for a long service award but here goes. This story starts back in 1991 with the arrival of the remains of a Leyland Retriever from Sam Loptons yard near Leeds both the yard and Sam are now sadly long gone. The truck had been in the yard for nearly 30 years and before that had seen service with a Northern Showman gaining modifications to the cab in the shape of a coach built hard cab and the removal of the rear body. It would be an understatement to say that progress has been steady, this is a long term project that keeps being side lined while parts are sourced or other restorations take precedence. It’s probably true to say it will turn out to be a life times work. However, as the tortoise was apt to say ‘it’s the getting there that matters not how long it takes’. I hope you enjoy the following story as it unfolds it’s still a long way from finished. I’ll post a series of pictures and text to cover the previous 21 years and then I’ll add pictures and a bit of text from time to time as work progresses. First a bit of background history on this particular truck was part of contract V3929 placed on the 31 May 1940. This contract included 199 search light, 141 bridging, 6 derrick, 24 wireless workshop, 374 machinery workshop and 59 Royal Engineers workshop trucks, WD numbers 4409708 to 4410860. My truck has frame No WLW1 3/308739 so it fits neatly into the block of search light trucks however the 500 ordered has been crossed out and reduced to 199 while the order for machinery trucks has been altered to include another 200 units. All this is of academic interest except the result of this change would become evident as the restoration progressed. Search light units were fitted with large PTO generators this involved drilling the frame and additional outputs from the transfer box my truck has neither of these features. If you bear in mind the desperate situation which was moving into its last act on the other side of the Channel at the time of contract placement I think what may be happening is a attempt to make up for actual and projected losses from the BEF. This amounts to literally changing the contract requirements with a stroke of the pen or in this case pencil. As a result of this I elected to restore the truck as a machinery bodied variant. I thought I’d start off with a couple of factory pictures (credit to the IWM) showing what the machinery workshop Retriever should look like.
  11. After many months of searching I am now the proud owner of an MWD thanks to a chance encounter at the Dallas digout I now have this little beauty to keep me busy for a while. With the chassis No. MWD 294* looks like its a quite an early aero screen . Yes MW's can be grown in a greenhouse All strapped down and ready to roll 65 miles later and using my mate Neils Dodge to pull the old girl off the beaver tail Reg and the rivet All tucked up in new shed note clean carpet !! Very great thanks firstly to Shawn I hope you enjoy watching her restoration also to Reg and MF Freeman for use of the Beaver tail and my old mate Neil for helping unload and push her into the shed with the Dodge, more pics to follow
  12. I've brought two Second World War Loyd Carriers which were recovered from a live target range in Belgium in 2008. I was not envolved with the recovery of the wrecks but was given the details of the Military Scrap guy which had them by a friend of a friend who was searching for Universal Carrier spares for his ongoing restoration project. Thanks Rich. There are no photos in this first post, but as the wrecks are arriving in two weeks I thought I'd start the thread in earnest. The plan is to rebuild two vehicles but initially one will take precedence with the other acting as a parts source. Many parts will have to be re-manufactured, and as there is virtually no upper hull remaining, many drawings and information gathering missions will have to be undertaken. Both Vehicles are Mk2 Spec (as later type of brake back plates fitted), weather they are No1, No2 or No3 variants can't yet be established, engine inspection is required. My wife has christened one of them already: 'Little Tinker' I'll get one of the guys to add 'restoration' when it really has started! NB: See http://hmvf.co.uk/forumvb/showthread.php?19376-Loyd-Carrier for a first part of the tale!
  13. the time has come to give this old lady a new life
  14. Hi. I brought this Albion back in 1982 from Mains scrap yard in Oxfordshire. I later found out it is the only one left out of an order placed with Albion Motors for contract 294/V/ 5103 - F.B.E of 329. Lorry numbers started at L5332821 - L5333149 and the chassis numbers started from 52591J - 52561H, lorry number on this one is L5333042 and chassis number 52523K. Photos of the Albion after it had been moved from under the trees it had been parked under for quite a few years - the camera decided to play up for the first photo. Parked next to it was half a remains of another Albion F.B.E but this one had the back half of it cut off. On these remains I couldn't find any I.D for it, these photos were taken in 2011. Why did I buy it well it looked mean and nasty, I fell in love with it. We now come to 2014 and there she is on a farm Nr Wrexham looking very worse for wear having been stored out side for a few years. The cab had moss all over it and the chassis, birds nests under the engine covers and a very flexible steering wheel, if too much pressure put on it, it could of broke off in your hands. If no ones eyes have glazed over and interest will post more about the work carried out so far. P.B
  15. lssah2025

    1942 GMC Otter MK I

    Well I picked up the Falaise Otter MK I from James Gosling, due to him being so busy with all his other projects....so will try and start a thread here on some of the restoration work. The vehicle is still in the UK and will have most of the work done there.Currently she is in the shop and having the necessary welding done. She is getting a new nose cone, engine covers, all new wings (fenders), and all of the missing doors and visors, the hinges are being cast from the originals still left.The top impact on the armour will be 100% replaced, the side impact on the near side drivers compartment will get a field repair (weld and bolts).Will need a new engine, possible drive train, the brakes are off and will be rebuilt, the fuel tank is still with the vehicle but was blown out due to the fire, so have a template, I have a repro turret, that I will try to install with the proper seat, some of the interior bits have been made already, have a restored dash with gauges, will need to fabricate the engine cover and do a new floor, due to the previous one is rusted out, and also had some impact marks.Need to source a steering wheel to help it move in the shop, so if anyone has one... First set of pics is what she looked like at auction (she took a AT round into the offside drivers area, and also a arty round in the roof. The history of the vehicle is that this is actual wartime damage, and not from a firing range, hence it was written off and was in a farmers field for many years (Monsieur Leloup l allowed me (James) into the compound to view the Otters. Both are missing engines and gearboxes and the interiors have been stripped out. The far one has sustained some very serious battle damage, the whole roof is blown in and along the armour by the driver a large strip of armour has been pealed back where it was hit.
  16. after riding shot gun in a friends 980 and being given the opportunity to drive Adrian Mason's 980 at south cerney a couple of years ago, i knew one day i would acquire one of these mighty and historic trucks with waiting for the ideal candidate to turn up being the key factor. in late december 2016 i went to see a truck a friend had recently bought as a project vehicle and after viewing the truck and lengthy discussions an agreement was reached and the vehicle bought. collection followed on the 7th january 2017 in which the truck was transported the 50 or so miles back home. ounce home no time was wasted in getting the Harvey & Frost crane removed and got stuck into removing the ballest box. i already knew the truck had a lot of corrosion in the ballest box, chassis and cab but as the truck was 99% complete it was right up my street, as my job involves re building traction engines boilers. before that i was a john deere agri fitter so it is only wiring & body work that i am stumped with.
  17. It has only taken me 4 years to notice this forum, despite spending hours trawling through the internet looking for information, photos etc for Mk1 Militants. So now I am here I thought it would be a good idea to share my restoration with you guys. Having said that though, now I have seen the standard set by Simon Daymond on his motor, I know I still have a lot of work to do. Firstly, history. Why have a Militant anyway? Well, back in 2006 the wife suggested that I needed a hobby of some kind, as I was cluttering the house up at weekends and getting in the way. I've done some restoration work on cars before, I used to have a thing about the big sixties Fords Zephyr, Zodiac etc, but I fancied something different, not necessarily military, but bigger than normal. Looking around the net I stumbled accross the Milweb site and amonst all the other stuff a Mk1 Militant. Listed as "good runner in need of restoration". When I was a kid I always fancied a Matador, but I had driven Militants in the Army, passed my heavy goods licence in one many years ago. and well, there's just something about them........... The Militant in question was located in Norfolk, not too far away from Kent, so one sunday afternoon we went for a look. As you all know you cant just look, there was a test drive, lots of chatter and "when I" etc. The good lady said she liked the noise it made, something to do with the exhaust being held on with jubilee clips and blowing well, I think. Anyway there was haggling over the asking price, a brief handshake, coin of the realm changed hands and I became the proud owner of a big green pile of mainly rust, but a lot of potential. Knowing what I know now, the vendor did tell me some awful "porkies" about it. How it had been in the reserve and never been used, it had been parked up for years etc. Some confusion over its registration number and so on. I am not disappointed with it, nor do I wish to "Flame" the Geezer by suggesting that he ripped me off, I think he just didn't know, and made it up as he went along. Anyway, a fortnight later, I borrowed the wrecker from work and collected it. As we were loading, the seller expressed surprise that I wasn't going to drive it back to Kent, he would have travelled anywhere in it!! But, from my point of view, as most of the visible things such as lights etc didn't work, I didn't have much confidence in the rest like the brakes and the M25 and Dartford Tunnel seemed a bit much. Do excuse the view of my backside, sometimes you have to get down on your knees and pray for these things. The oil bath air cleaners complete with mounting brackets dropped off the back of the cab on the way home! Damn nearly s**t myself when it went, thought the whole thing had come adrift of the wrecker. Arrived at its new home without too much grief, and she settled in just down the road at my Uncles farm surrounded by several hundred best porkers in the sty next door. nice location but gets a bit ripe when the sun is on it. So What have I bought? Well, for those of you who like the detail here's as much as I have been able to find out; She is an early 6 x 6 gun tractor FV 11002 Chassis Number 0860 0211 from contract DO/6/VEH/15762/CB27A This is page one of the original sales order from ACV Ltd, further pages detail things like the type and serial number of the fuel pump etc Military registration number 01BP60. She served with the Royal Artillery and spent some of her time at Napier Barracks, Dortmund before joining the TAVR at Edinburgh on 2 June 1970. I found a copy of the movement order/Route card for the journey stuffed in the bottom of the passengers door pocket, along with an empty packet of Woodbines. This is page 1 of 4 showing details of the route, timings, fuel stops, ferries, all under the command of a Major NM Sharp RA. Sadly the gentleman concerned is now deceased. Demobbed in 1977 she passed to Angus County Council in Scotland. Registered as PSR 293R, she was painted yellow and converted into a snowplough. Sometime in the early eighties she came south to Twyford Logistics of Blackheath, London. who used her as a recovery vehicle and for winching duties on Dartford Marshes. According to the MD of Twyfords (Mr Twyford, himself) they passed it to David Crouch in 2000. David thought he remembered it when I spoke to him, but he could not be sure as he had seen so many over the years. After this it becomes a bit vague. At some point the rear wheel arches and the tipper style body were removed, and replaced with this nasty ballast type box made of plywood and old floor boards. The nice maroon paint was covered over in green using a big brush and no finesse. The guy I bought it from was a bit reluctant to reveal where he got it from, or how long he had owned it for. Somehow he had got a new "first use" registration number of 375 UXK and a new logbook on 15 April 2005. This has left me with a blank. DVLA wont give me any detail on PSR 293R because I do not own it. 375 UXK has no history because it was only registered in 2005!! Anybody able to help with this? I am quite confident they are one and the same vehicle. Under the green paint there is maroon, and under that patches of bright "snowplough" yellow. There was even the remains of the Twyford name in the roof. My intention is to restore it to good useable condition, but in civilian colours rather than to military spec, so perhaps in some respects I am on the wrong website? Right, first job, get rid of that awful floor board bed Easy when you can "Borrow" the right gear Doesn't look too bad underneath. The dismounted Aircleaners are on the floor behind the front wheel. At times like this you wonder where to start, or indeed if you should have bothered in the first place. The theory is; keep scraping the rusty bits off, and eventually you will come to good metal! So long as you keep all the bits in a big box in the shed, you should be OK I hope this has wetted your appetites, I will post more next time it is raining too much to be playing out
  18. Hi to members HMVF, start winter and I start full restoration my Bedford MWC, many years was in forest , rain, sushire, winter, summer not good... but still was MWC very complet, and missig parts have now from Beltring, and start work, finish in april 2010- try. Welcome contact with other owners MWC or MW. Tomas
  19. Hello All, Some months back I introduced myself and the Tilly that Hugh Davies had located for me, a rather battered relic, but due to its location has remained largely free of serious rust. Heres some new shots of it in my mates workshop. Our first step is to strip back to the "chassis", make it sound then on to the steering and suspension, so bits are progressively being sent off to the local sand blaster then being undercoated, plenty of "minion" work for an unskilled/inexperienced knucklehead like myself, leaving the more technically challenging work for my Mate /mentor/master John Neville. Unexpectedly an opportunity came up to acquire some more! through Hugh Davies and negotiations by John Neville, i met Lenny Watkins, who offered me two more, it was an all or nothing offer, as he said as soon as you see the good one you won't be able to leave it. Despite initial misgivings, I don't regret getting them both. Especially since much of the sheetmetal of the "rough" one is sadly as thin as egg shells and of little use. We may get an engine and lots of useful fittings out of it though. The Good one is, extremely complete, its not without issues but despite not being ran for 15-20 years with new points, goes! and moves under its own steam! :wow: Very exciting! My Wife has named it, rather appropriately, Matilda! Its not without its isues and may need the sacrifice of a morris 10m Since a feature on the first tilly was placed in Tilly Text, a chap called Andrew Curran in Perth, currently restoring a Austin Tilly offered me parts he rescued from a Morris Tilly in a garage due for demolition many years ago, which should be arriving tomorrow at my work. Exciting times! Chris Collins
  20. Hello, I will start this new thread on the restoration of my latest project. Collected the remains of this Morris c4 in Brittany France this week, the previous owner started to work on the Morris but lack off time and space put a halt on the project and offered it for sale. I still remember this truck from a advertisement in France in as found condition , but at that moment I was to match involved in my Bedford QL restoration. Now the C4 is in my workshop and looking out to a new life !:cheesy: Some information : Morris commercial 15cwt 4x2 C4/wt (wireless body) MCC cont.n° 23/6778 Chassis N° 2202 C4/WT 3357 Cat. ref. N° 337 ass found some years back And how it came to Belgium, on the trailer with a van full of parts . GUY
  21. A few weeks ago I decided that with a full time job that take 55-60 hours a week of my time, A wife and 3 kids (one of them is only 3 weeks old), and a 1944 Matador. My life needed another challenge. This has come in the form of an AEC O854 Coles airfield crane. I have alway promised myself that I would one day own one, So when one came up for sale I just had to make an offer on it. Unfortunately, this offer was accepted and now I'm the very proud owner of this. So its got the wrong cab, Has a blown second axle diff, has had a very bad air spring brake conversion and has a host of other issues, but its an original running AEC O854 Coles crane and I love it . The replacement cab is quite interesting as I have seen identical cabs on Matadors. If you search FlickR for Matadors, you can find 2 with this cab. I would be very interested to hear from anyone who can shed light on these replacement cabs as there must have been a few made. I do intend to try and buy a reasonable Chassis cab or timber Matador with a restorable cab to use for spare on this project. I you happen to have one that you will part with for a decent price them please let me know . The Crane power unit is also quite interesting. I understand that when these were built they were fitted with Ford V8 petrol engines. My one has had the front half of a Fordson Major tractor fitted to it. This is actually a good modification as it was popular to replace the V8 with the Ford 4D. I don’t really like the tractor radiator grill and bonnet much, so I will just fabricate a new enclosure that looks the part around the crane engine. It has been fitted very badly with air spring brakes. As I understand, all AEC O854s were built with vacuum over hydraulic brakes. So the chassis were only equipped with as small tyre inflator. Mine has had a diesel powered workshop compressor slung under the crane bed. I am not really sure what I'm going to do about this as I think it will be very difficult to find all the parts to refit the vac over hydraulic system, so I am thinking of just fitting the standard air AEC Matador front end brake system and the Militant system on the rear axles. I would also be happier with a full air system as my personal view is that it’s a safer brake system. I am very interest to hear other peoples thoughts on this as the brake system needs to be as safe as possible as there are some big hills around Stroud where I live. Dose anyone have experience of this conversion ? To date, I have got the main engine running and it has some oil pressure and sound nice, I will be changing the oil and sorting out some water leaks if i get some time this week. I have got the compressor going and I have managed to free off the Crane engine. I have ordered some parts that are missing from the crane engine and should be able to try and start that next week. I may have found a replacement 2nd axle diff as someone on the AEC Facebook page has told me that he has a rear O854 chassis in his yard. the output shaft has snapped off on the diff and I can only guess that the reason for this is the one of the back tyres is 13:50 x 20 compared with the other 3 that are 14:00x20. So if you happen to know of any of these Coles Cranes or O854s sat about somewhere that could provide me with some parts or happen to have a reasonably priced Matador with restorable cab that you can sell me then please get in contact with me. I am also looking for any manuals for the Coles Crane. I have a O854 and Matador manual already. As for the cranes history. So far I have got the logbook and the old logbook for registration number KYW 28. This states the chassis number as O854 1352. It was first registered 10-05-1950 to The Ministry of Supply. Its second registered keeper was The Department of Atomic Energy but i can't read the date. I am hoping that its wartime and was demobbed in 1950 and i will be applying for a copy of its build sheet as soon as i can get around to it. the last tax disc in the cab dates for October 1971. 44 years ago. I will keep you all posted on my progress. Dan
  22. http://mitchh14.moonfruit.com/'>http://mitchh14.moonfruit.com/ Hi everyone, and welcome to my tank build topic. unlike most other threads on this forum this one doesn't cover a restoration as such, but rather a ground up build. Back in 2012 myself (mitch) and my two friends Paul and Matt were discussing the costs of owning a tank. At the time I had two military vehicles (a 1963 munga and a 1958 simca unic) and knew from experience that it only gets more expensive when you add armour and tracks into the mix. Not to be put off we decided that if we couldn't afford a real one we would build our own. disussing our options we decided that whatever we built had to be be small enough to fit on a trailer while at the same time being full sized, feature as simple a shape as possible to fabricate with minimal tooling and have very few large castings, finally it had to be a tank that was widely used so as to give us multiple nationality and variant options. After so research we decided on the British Vickers 6ton tank, with our first tank being the late model Russian t26. Having reached a decision on what vehicle we wanted build we then set about the practical side of things. first job was to build our workshop. While I live on a farm, I don't actually own it and so access to buildings with mains electric wasn't on the cards. so we had to make do with what we were given. in this case a derelict wood shed that was far from the rest of the buildings and deeply overgrown. most of the summer of 2012 went into clearing about half an acre of scrub and brambles and then we set too rebuilding the shed, removing the old collapsed roof and replacing it with a much higher and more sturdy one, clearing the floor space and building a workbench. all this was finally finished in early 2013. http://mitchh14.moonfruit.com/
  23. my new project, many years ego, I wants buy series one, but very, very expensive vehicle... But last year , have luck, and buy Land Rover Minerva, series one for Belgium, I was very happy, all is steel, no aluminum, its good for my restoration. Rover need work, but start and running, have power, its strog engine! Project for hollyday in the summer. Tom
  24. Thought I'd post an update on my quad restoration - my last post was in April 2011!!! Progress has been glacial - too many projects and the real world encroaches too much. Crane has been removed - went to Rusty Trucks (Paul Brook who posts on forum) in part exchange for work on M38a1. I now have 3 vehicles on the road..... Hoping to have body panels and lockers sorted by end of summer - just need to work out how it all assembles. Thanks to the help of Frank Brown (of canvas fame!) the old girl (or beast as my wife calls her) cam back to life. Change of points and a clear out of the autovac and she was running. Amazing - after 40 years the engine ran without a cough. Hoping to crack on over the summer which I anticipate to be a glorious one. Will be looking for some 10.50x16 tyres which are as rare as...the originals are war time dated! Also looking for the rear pulley set up ( see attached scan) Thanks to everyone for advice/ help to date All the best
  25. hello all i maneged to find haw to send some photos with the help of JEREMY TOBIN thaks jeremy it is haw i bought it and a little bits off work done i appriciate all your comments and your expirense thank you any one have any parts for sale please tell me .
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