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Ian L

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I'm sure Frank Brown (IIRC in The Garrison ww2 arty reenactment group) would be able to help, I think he floats around here and on MLU, he does some very tidy canvas work and best of all specialises in british stuff.

 

Hope you get some relief from your back pain soon, and those parts that were damaged at your sandblaster were recoverable.

 

Looking forward to seeing your projects as they develop!

 

Cheers

 

Chris Collins

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I'm sure Frank Brown (IIRC in The Garrison ww2 arty reenactment group) would be able to help, I think he floats around here and on MLU, he does some very tidy canvas work and best of all specialises in british stuff.

 

Hope you get some relief from your back pain soon, and those parts that were damaged at your sandblaster were recoverable.

 

Looking forward to seeing your projects as they develop!

 

Cheers

 

Chris Collins

 

Hi Chris, yes I had forgotten about Frank.

I've seen him on face-book often enough so I'll have a word & if he's willing I'll take the tilly up on a car trailer when I'm feeling better.

Cheers.

Oh P.S. you've just re-mined me !! I had forgotten about the 2nd bonnet.

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Just collected the ash for the windscreen & door top rails from the machine shop, all machined to the correct diameters so I can cut the angles, lengths & other little bits.

I don't think they were ever going to hold another tack or screw for the canvas cover again.

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Good luck with your restoration Ian. I served my time as a civilian mechanic 1950-56. We had a very early version of your "tilly" as a runabout. It was vitually identical to your vehicles except that it still had the civilian "waterfall" radiator shell fitted. We constructed a sheet metal upper body to replace the canvas tilt making it warmer and drier!

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QUOTE=Ian L;468690]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.

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Good luck with your restoration Ian. I served my time as a civilian mechanic 1950-56. We had a very early version of your "tilly" as a runabout. It was vitually identical to your vehicles except that it still had the civilian "waterfall" radiator shell fitted. We constructed a sheet metal upper body to replace the canvas tilt making it warmer and drier!

Magnakater

 

 

You don't happen to have a photo do you ?

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You don't happen to have a photo do you ?

 

Sadly no Ian. This was 60 years ago! One thing I can tell you is that the vehicle was originally painted khaki so an army vehicle not RAF.

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State of play so far !!!!!!! So after 3 years of doing nothing on the 1st Tilly due to ill health I have decided to made a start with some easy jobs.

Engine / Gearbox & engine bay is finished but I never started & test run the 'new' engine.

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Removed the steering wheel today ready to start the restoration, interesting to see some names inscribed into it.

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The state of the wood before any work has been done & a brass data plate from the front of the dash that I will carefully clean.

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Finished the sanding then drilled out the stripped screw holes & glued dowels into them.

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1st wet day for ages so I thought I would have a go at reconditioning the instruments, if you look back a few posts you will see the state they were in.

Began with polishing the brass bezel while its still on the gauge as this is easier & the only way not to distort it, to remove the bezel & glass I turned up a bit of MDF so with the gauge face down its a snug fit & the brass tags can be bent back without fear of distorting the bezel or cracking the glass.

On inspection the glass was not dirty but had delaminated so I need to replace with new but as the glass fits inside & not on top its only  1 -7/8" rather than the more common 2" so at this point I don't know where to get replacements ?

Also what is the best way to clean the face & needle in situ.

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While I'm waiting for dashboard parts I thought I would get on with the rotten wood around the nearside front wheel arch fixing.

I have used Ash which was traditional for vehicle frames but I don't think the original wood is Ask ? possibly due to shortages late in the war ? 

Waiting for some glue to dry over night where I have spliced a bit in, ill finish it later today.

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Normally I would get the tin work shot blasted but its all tacked, screwed and bolted to the Ash frame so I though I would give paint stripper a try this time & it came off a treat.

Other items are a 5 gallon pre-war RAF fuel container & jockey wheel for my Air Ministry Compressor trailer restoration & 2 9" blackout cover for my Matchless G3 restoration.

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The door skin had a really nasty deep sharp gouge along the top,   I knew that any attempt to straighten would result in a very distorted panel & I was right.

Normally I would make a new skin which I have done many times before,  but I like to keep as much as I can original & anyway my large box folder is 45 miles away which is out of the question with the lockdown.

The skin went all out of shape but with a few shrinks its as tight as a drum again & quite straight,   I will straighten where I can & finish off with some stopper. 

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Nice work Ian. Getting panels dead flat is much harder than one might think.

David

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