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  1. I've been looking for a British trailer for my 43 MB for a year or so was happy to take delivery of one a week or so ago Some of you may recognise it from Ian L's posts from when he recovered the trailer a few years ago, Ian kindly sold it on to me... It is, I believe, a 10 CWT Mortar trailer, it still has its original tag and a faint outline of white lettering on the front right panel, indicating that it is X5441349 built as a Mortar trailer but, probably post war, converted to a GS trailer having the rear tailboard and electrics fitted. Not sure which maker, so if anyone can help with that, I'd appreciate it The tailboard is missing which isn't an issue as I plan to take it back to wartime configuration, and, you may notice, most of the wood has rotted out so will be brushing up on my carpentry skills! Building a patio and working full time during lock down so it will be slow progress, but will post updates as I can A request though please? Does anyone have a copy of the maintenance manual that they could copy/share with me please? email a scan or if you have a spare one I could borrow/purchase, please drop me a PM, it would be much appreciated?
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  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Well i sold my beloved Jeep after 13 years of fun and have bought a new toy to restore (once the bedford is done!) Picked up the Morris today, it was well and truly buried at the far end of a 60ft garage in Portsmouth with 15 years of hoarded junk piled high around it! The guy i bought it from has had about 20 years but it has not seen daylight since entering the garage. Its plate indicates that it was built in March 1945, its armour had been cut in the past probably when it was demob'd but has mostly been repaired quite well, all the hatches and doors have been made new (long time ago) and one side door is the original. lots of work to be done, the biggest job will be making the turret and the cooling fan drives. my plan is to strip the brakes out so its easier to move then start collecting parts and pictures ready to start the work next summer, unless i get to excited!
  6. 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.
  7. This trailer is just about to get 'weighed in' can you identify it and is it worth saving ?
  8. Here are a few photo's of my OY truck currently under renovation. Taken as it arrived home, no brakes so had to pull it carefully into the shed. Up on blocks with the drums off to repair brakes. Wooden box, I think the early ones were all wood so this is possibly the origional, now mounted on a tipper frame. Inside the cab, needs a good tidy up and passengers seat. If anyone has or knows of one please let me know. Does anyone know what the number means in the last photo. Any info welcomed.
  9. Figured it was about time I put a few photos on here of what I have done, which quite frankly is not a lot!! Mainly been taking bits off and cleaning/repairing as and when weather allows. Bonnet assembly, OS doors, radiator and air cleaners and other odd bits and bobs. Was quite surprised on the number of coats of paint that I took off, green, blue, yellow, even a splash of red, most likely put on after demob!! Oddly the bonnet sides are made of aluminium, shame to hide it again under a layer of paint!
  10. 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
  11. Bought these 2 Tillys about 3-4 years ago & put them into storage but now the Humber is on the road I thought I would make a start.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. How does everyone feel about a restoration blog of a matador thats being restored as it was on the fair ground . would it ok on here or is it a no no. thanks Doug
  20. Hello, I bought the vehicle in about 2013, its been around the block and has featured on this site before, so some will recognise it. I did quite a bit of work on it, converting it back to a HUP but then other things interfered and I had to leave the project parked to one side. I am at a point where I can at last pick up where I left off and I thought that you might be interested. I have added some pictures to be going on with but I will add a more detail later. Anyway I hope that you like what you see. Jon:cry:
  21. 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
  22. Hi guys Saw this on the Saracen Facebook Group page - if anyone's interested Rob Dove at Rapid Military Vehicle Restoration is your man and he's on 07812 832342. Cheers Graham
  23. Here are a couple of pictures of my matador in its current condition. I'm after some major parts for it that are missing which include a winch and short propshafts and a starter motor, would anybody be able to help or point me in the right direction. my first plan is to try and get the old girl fired up, she turns over which is a good start. Cheers tim
  24. Hi All just thought i would post some photos of my 1942 Humber resto, well, its actually a 're resto' as it was 'thrown' together in the 1980's in what must have been a very hurried affair ! So, as most of us want to do things properly these days, i decided i needed to start again, so i stripped off all the 1980's work and took her back to the chassis. She drove very well, and as some of you may recall, i drove her back from Northern Ireland in May 2011, all the way to Oxfordshire ! but as last year went on, i felt that things needed doing, for one thing she burnt far to much oil for my liking, so the engine was certainly going to need a rebuild, this was left in the very capable hands of Rex Ward, who after a nightmare of trying to source new engine spares finally managed to return me a 'zero timmed' engine in July this year. Whilst this was happening i was busy stripping the rest of the vehicle and starting again. i also farmed out the canvas work to Rod Champkin of Classic Covers near Norwich who i have to say has made a cracking job, with real attention to detail, you will have to wait a while to pictures of this fitted ! The bigest job is of course rebuilding the rear PU back body, as the timber body put on in the 1980's was off some old truck. i've ammassed most of the material for this but not started it yet, as i have beem concentrating on the front end. so far i have rebuilt the steering unit, seats & mounts, doors, windscreen, radiator and much more. i have fitted most of the new wiring loom i had made by The Wiring Harness Company. anyway here's a few photos and more as i progress. Jules
  25. 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
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