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Thanks for the pic Maurice, I can see how they work now, how long are the sides of the U 75mm or 100mm ? 

Thanks again J.

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Busy day in the sunshine getting those hoops sorted.

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Quick redesign with the angle grinder and the U clips are ready for welding. 

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After welding the corner and getting them to fit over the sideboard next job was to tack weld the clips to the tubes in the correct position then take them off and weld down each side tidy up the welds and paint.

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fitting those clips really made a difference, good solid and upright, canvas next. 

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Canvas fits a lot better now. 

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Next job will be to sort the rear lights, the set I made to hook onto the taiboard are now covered by the rear canvas that hangs down below the foot holds so am experimenting with magnetic ones.

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Or

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I prefer the second pos as the lights are higher and are more in your  eye line God knows if they will stay where put, will give them a try, I don't want to have modern lights fitted permanently if pos but I do want to be safe.

Last job was red nuts 

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Think  the reds a bit too bright will see what it looks like when dry.

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Jeremy they are 2  1/8 inch high inside 

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55 minutes ago, Maurice said:

Jeremy they are 2  1/8 inch high inside 

Thanks for the info Maurice will cut them to size on my next visit to the truck. 

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More fettling and have moved the truck to my parents place to help with the running in process 

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Truck has now done 50 odd miles and is really starting to settle down and run sweet and I must admit I'm really enjoying driving the old thing as long as it doesn't rain ! 🙃

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Just back from Wartime in the Vale, great wkend met friends old and new, 90 mile  odd mile round trip and no problems

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There were three Aero screen early Bedfords there which was great as in previous years there were none in attendance.

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As a modeller, I am pleased to see that you vindicate my thoughts that the central hinge and its associated strap on the tailboardis not exactly central, but offset just a little to the right.  Those drawing modellers plans, and not a few modellers, have failed to notice that!

Chris

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Nice to chat to you today Jeremy. The MW looked as good in the flesh as it has done online. Trust that you had a hassle free journey home. 

Scott

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Hey Scott 

Great to meet you too glad you like the old girl 😁 journey home was easier with less traffic no probs with the truck though will change the oil and filter now it's done about 150 miles .

J.

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Took the Bedford to the Welland steam rally Friday and had a great time, though with bad weather forecast for Sunday we bailed out around 8.30 am and I drove the 45 odd miles home today in the p#ssing rain. I now know that these early MW,s are character building and that even in summer can be interesting to drive ! In fact it got so interesting that I could barely see where I was going at times, must be fecking freezing in the winter no wonder they were called pneumonia wagons !

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Looking a bit damp after a shower on Saturday 😎

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Back in it's shed and it's all wet and muddy 😎 bit like the owner and just like an army truck should be, 250 miles in and still going strong 😁 will check brakes and wheel bearings etc before I take it out again.

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Jez .. you need to put some sort of cab and proper windscreen on ..Something like this should keep the rain out !!!

🤣

 

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On 5/31/2018 at 12:05 PM, Danny P said:

Top tubes fitted to the hoops on these early bedfords, captured by germans in Dunkirk? Who can tell?

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But I have to admit that I also found some pictures without top tubes.

Cheers,

Danny

The 2nd photo of Bedford MW is on the front cover of my book and has a German field post number as a reg number, until they were given a WH number.

2nd photo of Bedford mw on the eastern front.

A few more photos from the book.

Keith

 

 

 

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German home made cab and German unit with Bedford MW trucks.

photos from my book.

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(Not trying to hijack the thread) but....

This Book also has loads of photos of MW's and other ex British BEF vehicles in it

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On 8/2/2018 at 12:30 PM, 64EK26 said:

(Not trying to hijack the thread) but....

This Book also has loads of photos of MW's and other ex British BEF vehicles in it

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Good book, so is this one, British Military Trucks by Les freathy.   My Photo book Captured Bedford MWs has over 100+ MW photos from Dunkirk to the Eastern Front. 2nd photo from my book.

Keith

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Afternoon tinkering in t'shed fixing a duff front sidelight and making some black out masks for the headlights. 

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Am now considering what insignia to put on the old girl, I'm thinking 5th Bat Gloucester Reg 144th Inf Brig 61st Div but need to find some images etc first

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23 hours ago, rampant rivet said:

Afternoon tinkering in t'shed fixing a duff front sidelight and making some black out masks for the headlights. 

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Am now considering what insignia to put on the old girl, I'm thinking 5th Bat Gloucester Reg 114th Inf Brig 61st Div but need to find some images etc first

Hi are you doing the insignia pre- Dunkirk or post Dunkirk ??

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Great wkend at the Netly marsh autojumble and the Beaulieu one too, apart from N.O.S. sets of pistons and valves, I found The Bedford Drivers handBook No.1 😁 I had the second edition but never thought I'd find this gem.

 

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Good find with the handbook, secret is never stop looking, you never know when something will turn up.

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As an antidote to yesterday's Xmas shopping expedition,  spent the afternoon in't shed fitting "new" early type rims to the sidelights and split pins to the track rod end nuts now they are sorted 😁 next job is to decide what div markings to put on the truck. 

 

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Having sorted the track rods out took it for a quick spin without the canvas to check all ok the other wkend.

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Noted a dull knock / rattle on tickover 😣 suspected loose crank pulley ! ! Yep that's what it turned out to be .

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So off with the front of the truck and yes even though we drifted the pulley on when the engine was rebuilt it was loose in fact loose enough for me to remove it by hand ! Luckily the old OY engine had a decent one which I managed to remove and swap over.

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Back together by end of day with peace of mind knowing it should be sorted, engine running nice and quiet again 😁

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