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  1. Hi everybody, my name is Charley, I'm currently restoring an AEC Matador for the company I work for. The business was started 60 years ago this coming November with an AEC Matador converted into a Timber Tractor and it is now one of the largest mining equipment repair facilities in Australia. To celebrate their 60th birthday they came to me last October and asked if I would be interested in building a replica of the machine that started it all. I couldn't say yes fast enough. They had an engine on the shelf that was rebuilt twenty years ago and never started, so the first step was to see if it would run, a bit of fuel and some oil and the engine fired right up, at that was that, the project was given the go ahead. Here is a photo of the truck the day I started, yep, that's all of it, I just finished cutting off a massive chunk of steel used as some kind of hitch.
  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. I bought this little boy 9 years ago, we nicked named him "Sissy" because of it's registration plate, but really it is a brute of a lorry, pulling many tons of trailer, and 6 other explorers and militants in the show ring with ease. However it is also capable of showing another side of it character, by how easy and with full control it slowly inches up to trailers and lorries before it is connected up to them. When we bought this lorry, it had had a heavy general overhaul, so a repaint is all that we need to do, but you know where this is going.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Having spent a many hours taking inspiration for other peoples restoration blogs i thought i was time to start my own having spent the 10 months prior to going to Normandy for the 2014 70th anniversary on the excellent tour organized by the MVT restoring my Bedford MWR the full story of which is told here , http://www.yorkshiremvt.co.uk/articles/bedford_mwr/bedford_mwr.htm on the yorkshire mvt web site it would have been nice to do a restoration blog at the time but i had my hands full just finishing the truck on time i new when the truck was first put back on the road that there was still a lot more work to do but when i started looking at other trucks i began to realize just how much work there was still to do ,this blog will cover the work to complete the truck to as it would have been when first put into service in 1942 .The most major job for this winter will be the installation of all the MWR specific parts in the rear of the truck the fittings in the back are left side large tin box with canvas cover running nearly the full length of the rear body this box would have carried the various radio aerials ,wood cupboard with door to rear carried parts for the vehicle, behind which is wood box with a drop front to carry a spare radio set , in front of this is the charging control box for the PTO driven generator and the mounting to carry the no 5 generator control panel which is used to charge the radio battery's either from the PTO driven generator or the little chore horse generator which is stored in the box fitted in place of the cab step on the drivers side ,mounted either side of the radio operators table are clamps to hold the radio battery's and down the right hand side are a second spare radio box and either another long steel box for radio aerials or third drop front box similar to the spare radio box and at the rear end with the doors to the tail board another wood cupboard , fitted down the center are the seats for the wireless operator and two radio decoders ? as you can see from the other photos with a full crew of five there was not lot of room left for the crews equipment and personal stuff which why all MWRs had the spare wheel on the back and a roof rack nicky
  7. 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. 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
  9. Okay, not too sure where to start with this restoration project as I've only been working on it since Christmas. I guess a good place to start is where I came in: I've been a member of the Duxford Aviation Society Military Vehicle Wing for nearly a year, and got involved with the cent just after Christmas. At that point the engine was being fitted back into the bay. I think that took about 2 weeks (bearing in mind it was only being worked on on Tuesday's). Well, the engine was dropped in, plumbed in and fuel added and we tried to get her to run....... ..... Nothing. The question was asked "was the engine tested before it was put in?" answer "She used to run". Anyway, myself and a friend carried out a compression loss test and found leaks past pretty much all the valves and into the crankcase. We then looked at the ignition and found it was about 50 degrees advanced. A bore scope in A6 cylinder showed what looked like rag protruding from the inlet valves. At this point the decision was made to remove both banks and see exactly what was wrong. At this point I want to stress that the museum want this to be a useable tank. So far we have re-faced the valves and seats in A bank, honed the bores, and counted the amount of o rings and seals that will be needed to rebuild the engine. I've got a few photos at home that I'll put on later with some specifics about the engine and how we approached it.
  10. Hello everybody I am new to all this so bare with me, I am a 21 year old from the west Midlands and have recently wanted a classic truck to restore I have already restored a couple of my own 50's 60's and 80's cars converting an Austin A30 into a oval track race car, but that's enough about cars I wanted I classic truck was looking into the Bedford TK and KM models was ringing a few people and buying magazines then I bought December's Issue of Vintage and classic commercials and on the front page was a dark red militant. I'm pretty sure he's on the page with the MK1 tanker ? Rob ? I saw that and read the whole section and just felt right looking at it and I said to myself that is just awesome, I'd love one of them and surely enough I scoured the internet and found a militant in my price range (I didn't have a big budget) it was advertised on this site not long ago. So I viewed it fell in love then agreed to collect her. Picked her up last Saturday and am currently nibbling away fixing little things whilst trying to keep the missus happy as she knows only too well how much time I spend I'm the garage on a project till its done. Any advice on parts or people to talk to would be great. Thanks for reading. Andy
  11. Finally retrieved the Wot6 from Manchester yesterday, after many phone calls and confusion with haulage firms I decided to run our own lorry up to Manchester to collect it. after a 15 mile detour around Manchester due to road works we got it loaded with the help of the tractor and set off for the 200 odd mile trip back to Rattlesden. The truck now sits in a shed on the airfield awaiting restoration, first job is to remove the cab and find a suitable engine as it does not currently have one. The plan is to hopefully find a 4.2 litre toyota landcruiser engine as it could considerably hurt my bank balance running it with the v8 in it, although it is very tempting!! Right thats all for now and here are a few pics of it, and thanks to Rik for putting up with the hassle of the lorries and helping load it!!
  12. Dear all, Allready long time guesst on this forum, watching how other people doing nice restorations. But would like to share my restoration on my first car. The car I own is a: Land-Rover 109' SIII Diesel Made for the Dutch military. End of last year I bought her, verry happy! Always been a huge fan of the lovely British Land-Rover and finally own one. The Dutch army owned Land-Rovers in a few different designs. The moment I bought my Land-Rover I didn't know much about the type of cars the army owned. Did some research on the internet and found out mine was a bit different. The car I own is a : ''Commando & scout car'' Only 250 were made in this version. This is how she should look like: Quite impressive. And this how my car looked like the moment I went visiting it before buying: Quite different he, But if you compare the bonnet brackets and brackets on the rear-tub you see some agreements. My goal is to bring her back to the original state! So complete with gun pedestal, aerial, spare wheel carrier, etc. etc. At he moment I'm stripping the front. Need to replace al the fluids, filters and lots more. So she isn't pretty anymore:blush: Lot's of grease, oil, tectyl and rust. Ok here pictures! This is her home for this winter, nice and dry! Removed the first wing. New rear leaf springs. Because one top leaf was broken. Both wings removed. Grille pannel removed. Not bad for a almost 40 year old lady:) Inside, still looking 'fresh' My MAG pedestal, very lucky with it, these things are so rare. Also did manage to find a original spare wheel carrier. Ok guys, hope you like it and do understand my texting. I'm for The Netherlands, so my English isn't always 100% faultless I guess. Sorry for that. If you have anny questions, feel free to comment! All the best, Jan
  13. My Austin Tilly in Normandy celebration was wery good for drive, but before Port eBessin have problém with engine , now home see, one bearing is out, need set new part no . IG 691 -.040 bearings, upper and lower halves, thanks for help!
  14. This trailer is just about to get 'weighed in' can you identify it and is it worth saving ?
  15. I am rebuilding a 1944 Bedford OYD and so far have got most of the back half done. I have removed the tipping gear and welded the rear chassis back on and replaced a missing cross member where the ram was mounted. I have had to replace the axil casting as some one had hammed the right hand threads so the hub nuts would not remove! the body had been extended by 2ft using a section from another body. my next job is to strip the cab and engine off and see what I find. peter
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. Just a quick note that all images posted on this thread by me are my property and are copywrite and must not be reproduced elsewhere by any means. 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
  21. Inspired by GWTs excellent blog, I thought I would start one on my Sherman.Some of you will have seen it about and may be interested in seeing the full restoration story. My Sherman, M4A4 serial number 5271, was built in September 1942 by Chrysler at the Detroit Tank Arsenal. It was the 467th built out of a total production run of 7499 M4A4s. Issued to the US Army with Reg. No. USA W-3057081, it was transfered to the British Army and given a census number of T-146309.In British use, it was known as a Sherman V. I will tell more of its history later, not that I know much, but eventually it ended up on Salisbury Plain, along with about 25 other M4A4s and other assorted vehicles to be used as survey targets for the Royal Artillery. This is how she was when I first saw her. More parts were removed before I got her but she was substantially complete. This picture was taken on June 6th 1991, the day I collected her. In the intervening years, she had lost a track, some wheels, bogies an idler and various smaller parts. The loading was performed with a Cat and this did some damage to the engine when the corner of the blade went through the open rear doors. It was not easy to load with only a few wheels on but it went fairly smoothly and we were soon on our way home. BTW, that's not me in the picture! Apart from a puncture from a shell fragment, we had a good run back. In my yard.
  22. After a few people expressed some interest in seeing some progress on the restoration of my Matador, I thought I would at least put up a few pictures and a bit of info on the restoration. Having owned the vehicle for the last 4 years (with a friend), some good progress has been made on returning it to it's former glory, but there is still a long way to go. The Matador in question is a very early one, from the first contract, delivered in 1940, and was one of the 17 converted to petrol engine by AEC, supposedly before being put into service, and for use in Norway, although there don't appear to be any records of Matadors making it to Norway in 1940. So instead of the normal 7.7 litre diesel engine, it has a 7.4 litre A193 overhead cam petrol engine, complete with autovac on the front panel. In addition to the petrol mods, it is also completely 12v, rather than the normal split system on a standard Matador. It was released from the army in 1960 and disposed of from Bicester, to Cousens of Bexhill on sea, who specialise in recovery and crane hire, and are still trading. They had it between 12-14 years before disposing of it. The previous owner to me, purchased it around 1980 from someone who intended to convert it to a timber tractor, but didn't due to the petrol engine. He had it restored/repainted and registered for the first time. It got little use, and was laid up in 1991 in someones garden, from where we bought it. Here are a few pictures when I first saw it. Unfortunately, had it been covered up, it would have survived in a much better state. Despite all that, it is suprisingly original, and has had very little messing with, other than the crane on the back - more on that later. Nick
  23. as there's at least 2 others on here I thought I'd thought i'd better share mine a bit more on here lol :-) owned it since about 2001, it was on the road but had a mixed bag of front seats up front along with a large square heater thats kicked out loads of heat (everyone who sat in the front soon fell asleep lol) bench seats in the rear, G90 tyres on the rear and something else, cant remember what on the front and a xcl for the spare all on standard l/r rims and a civvy spec canvas, apart from a coat of Nato green paint on the outside (inside was still orginal but really worn and dirty DBG) and tracking down the radio fittings for the rear it was kept like this and taken to Duxford and the London to Brighton run that year, as and when I could i set about finding and fitting the correct parts like the ffr canvas, rifle brackets and clips, jerry can holder etc, after a blown tyre I managed to et hold of some 7.50 Goodyear extragrips which later where transfered to split rims after i was able to track some down, had them shot blasted and repainted, in about 2004 I took it off the road when I decided to do some major work on it, firstly was changing the gearbox for one from ebay as the orginal was rattling everywhere and jumping out of 2nd and 3rd (still got it to rebuild one day) cylinder head was replaced with a unleaded one, did hope to have the orginal one reused but had a crack in it, front swivel housings rebuilt and front and rear axle cleaned up and repainted, also been tracking down larkspur radio sets for the rear, only got half a C13 set and man pack A41 so far, gave the exterior a new coat of Nato green and added a few markings I had seen on pics of Rover 8's (including my old sqn tac plate, 63 sqn RAF Regt) ant the interior (not quite right as it turned out :-( ) DBG, the electrics did work but the rear had been bodged horriedly with trailer loom so left it until i took a chance on a 24 volt series 2 loom that came up on ebay, had a look at it and reckon it should fit, I say should as it's currently in the hands of a auto electrician to fit (proper old school electrician whos quite keen to get it done too) not many pics I'm afraid of the work but a few at least
  24. 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!
  25. 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.
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