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As mentioned on another thread we are preparing for future projects. There were a few hours spare this afternoon so we got the paint stripper out and started to clean the green paint off the valve caps and distributor drive. Under the green was red paint from its past life in a Liverpool salvage tender.

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It has been a good week for the purchasing department. There were a couple of good purchases from eBay including a job lot of Rotherham's of Coventry parts and we found quite a lot at Beaulieu autojumble. There is at least one item for each of the vehicles and quite a lot for stock. The Dennis car hub cap is just for the display case (not quite enough to start a project, yet).

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This project has been on hold for too long, we hope to restart it later this year.

The current project is a 1908 Singer (I could not come up with even a tenuous link to military for that one). I had one of the wheels rebuilt by an excellent wheelwright; he brought me a present for this Dennis along with the Singer wheel.

Back in 1976 he rescued a dilapidated horse van that appears to have been identical to those used by Carter Paterson and as originally repurposed to the body for this 1908 Dennis project.

The four parts are (top to bottom):

1. Shore Staff

2. Timber Standard

3. Tilt Hoop Iron

4. Outrave Stay 

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I offered them up to the chassis and they look to be of the correct proportions so will be perfect to scale the body from.

He does not remember using any of the other parts to repair any other waggon so they are probably in the spares stock somewhere. I am now really looking forward to another visit to the wheelwright during the summer to hopefully collect a boot full of other rusty treasure.

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I have blasted the ironwork and really liked how the blacksmith tidied up the corner by forge welding a triangular piece in. 

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They have cleaned up well. Repairing the threads that have been cut off will have to wait for a later date. 

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I briefly looked at how much it would cost to reproduce the body in oak as used originally. Some shopping around will certainly be required.

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