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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!

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That's come up well.

 

Which brand of stripper do you use????

 

Keep the pictures coming. :-)

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That's come up well.

 

Which brand of stripper do you use????

 

Keep the pictures coming. :-)

 

I spy a can of Nitormors on the floor.

 

When I've been trying to remove multiple coats of military paint I find a combination of steam cleaner set on max temp then nitromors then steam again until removed works well. Some layers of paint don't seem to move by one method then the other gets them.

 

Lets have some more pictures of the Martian please.

Is it running and driving or a full restoration project?

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Yup good old Nitromors, slap plenty on and let it do its job for a bit, scraped off soft layers then recoated till the remainder was soft then used a brass bristled brush, got from Wilkos for cleaning suede shoes to remove it and ali came up nice with no scratches!

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Some more pics, this time of boring old doors!! First OS front.... Eaten by metal moth top and bottom.

 

 

 

Add some new metal....

 

 

 

Sand down the filler, remove all remaining paint, and hope it looks ok.

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Still on doors i'm afraid, this is the OS rear, still the same sort of abuse by metal moth!!!

 

 

 

Make up some new parts...

 

 

 

And let the welding/pigeon pooping begin!!!

 

 

 

As before all left to do is sand filler, oh and replace window channels, and cant forget to clean the glass!!

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And let the welding/pigeon pooping begin!!!!

 

Don't do yourself down!

That looks like a fantastic bit of restoration. Not easy making up all those sections to the same dimensions, radius of fold. Then trying to weld new to old thin sheet is a nightmare, especially on the door skin were it's going to be in full view.

 

Surprised that the doors have gone at the top as well. The vehicle must have been standing for some time.

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A few shots of the air cleaner assembly, blooming heavy when all together!!!

 

 

 

Quite easy to strip...

 

 

 

Paint came off quite easy.

 

 

 

On with some fresh paint.

 

 

 

Plus a bit of nice shiny silver.

 

 

 

Is it just me who thinks garden furniture has more than one use!!!

 

 

 

:D:D:D:D:D

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Don't do yourself down!

That looks like a fantastic bit of restoration. Not easy making up all those sections to the same dimensions, radius of fold. Then trying to weld new to old thin sheet is a nightmare, especially on the door skin were it's going to be in full view.

 

I agree, not easy to do, good job ...:thumbsup:

 

Is it me or is that air cleaner assembly over engineered?

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I think everything on the CT range of vehicles was over engineered!!! As far as I know it was all designed by the FVRDE at Chertsey? and built from scratch, some bits are common commercial items but not many.

 

Simon

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While I'm still awake a few more pics, these are of the dashboard panel, stripped, repaired and repainted.

 

 

Painted in gloss black as that is what colour I found on the bits not seen.

 

Next a few shots of the radiator, repairs to the fan cowling, followed by painting.

 

 

 

It all looks so much better with a coat of green paint.

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While the radiator was off it was an ideal time to degrease the front of the engine and repaint it.

 

Ready for a good scrub up.

 

 

Makes a world of difference.

 

Now with new driving belts on with the radiator and support brackets, took 3 people to get it up there!!

 

 

Looking very good.

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A couple more before I give up for the night, this is what the truck currently looks like...

 

 

 

Thats my lot exhausted for now. Shouldn't be long before I get some more I hope.

 

Simon

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:bow::bow::bow: Looks great even as it is . I m impressed by the talents and willingness to save these poor and neglected HMV's so future generation's may see them move along under their own power and not just stories ,photo's and video's .

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Credit too for sticking with the original petrol lump and not succumbing to a diesel.

Hard to beat the sound of the Rolls straight eight.

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It sounds good, especially with a silencer that resembles a piece of swiss cheese!!! It doesn't seem right to let it rust away, and I've had it so long it's like a part of the family, it'll be finished one day if it takes 2 to 3 years to do then so be it.

 

Simon

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All the nice shiny bits ready to be refitted to the dashboard.

 

 

Switchboard was NOS which I happened to buy umpteen years ago for £75, everything else is original, just cleaned and painted.

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Next in line is the carburettor and air intake elbow, looks a bit dreary as is....

 

 

With a scrub up, blow out of all jets etc and a coat of paint...

 

 

Some pics of the hard work....

 

 

Et voila....

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just wondering if I take this long on every job then I'll never get the truck finished!!!!

 

Simon

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Yes, It'll be worth all the skinned knuckles, swear words and empty pockets when it's finished. Suppose I'd better start saving up to enable me to fill up the fuel tank too!!!

Simon

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Yes, It'll be worth all the skinned knuckles, swear words and empty pockets when it's finished. Suppose I'd better start saving up to enable me to fill up the fuel tank too!!!

Simon

 

Jerry can a month to fill the tank. Hopefully not too much evaporates before you get to run it!

Best thing for fuel tanks is to keep them full and reduce chances of internal corrosion.

 

Trouble is your on petrol and all the best bits evaporate first. Leave it too many years and you end up with a thick gunge in the tank were the petrol used to be.

 

Keep putting a bit in now and again and giving the engine a run. Hearing it keeps the enthusiasm up on bad days.

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Jerry can a month to fill the tank. Hopefully not too much evaporates before you get to run it!

Best thing for fuel tanks is to keep them full and reduce chances of internal corrosion.

 

Trouble is your on petrol and all the best bits evaporate first. Leave it too many years and you end up with a thick gunge in the tank were the petrol used to be.

 

Keep putting a bit in now and again and giving the engine a run. Hearing it keeps the enthusiasm up on bad days.

 

Sound advice.....I like this comment....

 

Sorry no Pun! intended :-D

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