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  2. Hi Ted, yes, how time flies. Glad to see you still on here. There are some very impressive projects. Joined up looking for RR B81 info. to help with a Dennis F26. The heavy unit is safe and well and staying with a good friend in Yorkshire. My memory of Leuchars is running over the spotlight lens and reflector after it popped out going over a sped bump. I honestly couldn’t find a trace of it. That and camping in the back of the cab. ATB Peter
  3. Starting to rebuild the bike now I finally got the paint over to the Channel Islands. Most parts are primed and ready to be painted.
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  5. Hi . Peter it must be 30 or 31 years since we met at the Leuchars airshow. Your 7v left me in awe ! Where is she now? Regards Ted
  6. Good to hear of some progress again, keep at it as there are no doubt plenty of watchers of this thread who are interested.
  7. Hi Ted, FYI 160 is a January 1940 Ford 7V heavy unit so could easily be late 1940 or early 1941. Brgds Peter McCombie Dennis light 4 Austin K2/SL and a handful of trailer pumps ( ex NFS)
  8. Hi, it’s BSF do you need left or right handed thread? I have some off a Scammell trailer pump but Coventry Climax, Harland and Dennis were all the same. Brgds Peter
  9. Hi. Many thanks for your words, I think it was the feeling of doom and gloom, it just put me off from going out and working on it. But now fuelled up and running to do as much catch up as I can to get it finished. Cheers P.B
  10. Hi John, they were three shermans without turrets,parked on the concrete hardstanding by the pine trees, on the opposite side of the road from the warden's hut, there was also a turreted sherman in the woods by the RAMC at Mytchett, and a superb complete tank that had the big studs on the turret (I pinched one bank of smokes off it!) outside mytchett place I've still got one of those immaculate 3" mortars that were on the mantlepiece in the warden's hut.... as for the tanks on pirbright and chobham ridges........
  11. Glad to hear you are still going, this last year has taken a huge toll on all of us. Also, sometimes a break from a project can really inject a bit of go back into what may have been a project that was stalling. I have felt like that myself before and I am sure others on here will agree. Its a hard old slog doing a restoration sometimes. Well done.
  12. Well, I suppose it means that Panther might be visible to more people now, rather than sitting in a cellar. I hope it stays in Europe.
  13. Hi. It's been nearly a year since I put a up date on the Albion and I have to admit that I did lose interest in doing any work during this plague. But after two jabs and a friendly kick up the bum, set about catching up on the work that has been waiting for my attention. I have a long list of small jobs that needed doing and set about doing them, when you cross off one job there is still another 24 to do. Small jobs. I will keep it short as I don't want your eyes to glaze over if I put the long list. I'm looking for some tie downs that fit on the body work - check photos and would any one have 4 spare that they don't need. Would they be the same as fitted to trailers ? I have put a new steel plate in between the side angle to support the 10ft oars and 6ft barge poles that are secured in between the frames. I did plan to cover all 11ft of the inside of the chassis but it was a daft idea as it made it tight to get to the rear diff's and there was a 100% chance I was going to bang my head when trying to work inside, still got the scar from head butting the frame stretcher . Next, is looking for the Bridge Type Fuses as I'm missing one for the Horn circuit and would like to have a few spares as well. I do plan to get the fuse board up dated and take modern fuses but that is a long way off. The double headed bolts on the rear bogie truck had rusted away to the point that they had to be replaced again check photos. They are at the front but there are two at the back will need to be replaced as well, just waiting for the 3/4" Whit nuts to turn up. Had to remake the dust covers for the wheel bearings as the local wild life - fox - liked the smell of the leather and destroyed them. First big job. I'm going to strip down all the brake gear front front to back, but before I start I have to measure up all the adjustment distances. This is so I get the linkages back in the right allowances as the workshop manual states that you have to lift all rear wheels off the ground and adjust. Let me think 2 ton of lorry in the air , slide along on the ground to the brake adjusters - no I think will wait until Saint Peter calls me before I depart this world. Cheers. P.B Right call a stop and I would be grateful if any one can help me with the spares .
  14. I used some of that sealant on the fuel tank of my Austin 7, some 20years ago. After having repaired a single hole with some epoxy. Its still going strong 21 years later.
  15. Update... Kiel: Tank owner sentenced to suspended sentence - The Limited Times (newsrnd.com)
  16. Possibly the finale is that with a lucky shot he knocks out a King Tiger ? The END.
  17. Further updatePowetrack Ltd can supply the original type (Lockheed) front & rear brake hoses with the 11/16"x 16tpi end fittings with a 16.5" total length priced at £18.00 + VAT each.The next size up from this is a hose with the same fittings but a 18.50"total legth and these are priced at £20.00 each + VAT.Hoses are brand new or British origin. Www.powertrackbrakes.co.uk
  18. Well you still preserve a lot overthere, Here in the region they levelled all 12 coal mines we had and left almost nothing.
  19. There are a couple of tanks that can be mistaken for crusaders like the Covenanter and the A13 cruiser which are of the same family, the covenanter being the more likely candidate as they were either scrapped, used for range work or buried when they could no longer be repaired. Most of the A13s got lost in France and were used in North Africa as with the Crusaders.
  20. Firstly let's address the issue of firing a shell . ...I have worked the breach on a 25 pounder and 3.5 inch howitzer and with training you can move between both easily .... But when at Bovington a staff member asked us to see if we could fire a pak anti tank gun...we found that loading in the British style would cause injury if tried on the pack ...you needed to throw the shell in and keep well clear .. The answer if you could fire a gun is yes if you had basic training ..but it would take a few minutes plus a few test rounds to use it effectively....without basic training you would be unlikely to be successful. In terms of repairing a tank ok will leave others to comment
  21. Given to me (shortly before he died) by a former Parts man in a Rootes Dealership along with a locally produced Identification book on all the makes and models of cars and trucks imported by Todd Motors, the NZ importers / assemblers of the Rootes Group and Chrysler / Dodge / Desoto / Fargo models (built for NZ in Canada) which they were also agents for. Quite interesting they dealt in these two brands starting in the 1930s when you think what happened to Rootes in the 1960s!!! This local ID book is just typed up with the artwork pictures of each model (taken from the front pages of the corresponding manuals) with key identification factors listed for that model - to help dealers ID which model they were dealing with, along with the serial number range of each model imported into New Zealand. There were quite a few Karrier badged Commers built just for NZ and we had a Humber 80, model in the 60s which was a tarted up Hillman Minx which I think South Africa also received. They had these models built to get around our restrictive licensing laws - long story!. Both books have been incredibly helpful in identifying Commer / Karrier models around the planet. Attached is a photo of the front cover of the 1957 Rootes Identification guide. Wish I had one for up until the 1970s with all the later models...
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  23. Right! So! Anyone else dimly remember -- way back in the beginning of this thread -- I was scratching my head over the brake servo, and whether I had all the little bits for that strange little valve, and whatnot? Well, I now have answers. Contained within Bedford Truck & Coach brake service training manual (TS1087): Doesn't that look familiar? And, furthermore: I very well may have actually had all the bits all along! ...Well, whether or not I still have all the bits, after moving the truck twice, changing jobs & moving toolboxes, etc... Well, that's a different matter entirely. Other than this discovery, the welding continued up until I discovered I'd welded something in the wrong place and had to unpick it. To be honest, I was so annoyed that I just left it, and then the weather decided that I really needed to be on the surface of the sun, and that kinda took the wind out of me anyway. It's been unpicked, and is now waiting for me to stick it back on in the right place, but the car is higher on the priority list for welding work due to sills and a wheel-arch. The engine dress-up continued... Then, I went hunting for the engine side cover (y'know, the one that covers the lifters & pushrods), and didn't find it. So I went and cleaned up the starter motor instead, because that was right there. As part of cleaning up, I pulled off the cover band and... ew That dirt looks... glittery. (Brush material) Anyway, went to slowly unpick it a bit more to clean all that grot out and made a bit of an unwelcome discovery. That has had a bad day! Seeing as the Lucas M45G is so prevalent amongst old Brit vehicles -- the joys of everything being built out of the same parts bins! -- this isn't the end of the world. At some point I'll run the starter motor on up to Jeff's, where work has their starters & alternators serviced, and get that seen to. While running through old scanned cross-reference manuals, it turns out that this exact same starter configuration was used in Aston Martins of a comparable vintage to the RL, which is neat. Current big roadblocks on the engine are getting the correct sump and oil pump pickup. I should probably make a post in classifieds and see if anyone has one, once I get a sufficiently circular tuit. 😁 If not, then if worst comes to worst, I can have a flange profiled out that matches the original sump, and fabricate the rest; but that slows things down a bit. Well, a bit more...
  24. The Q2 was produced as normal control and forward control versions during the war. The Q2s and the Q4s both followed the same cab design, most notably having the postwar treatment of the headlights being fitted in the front wings rather than on arms from the rad surround. We have a 42 Commer Q2 and the cab is the same as the Q4.
  25. Good point - thank you. had done some research on the hostilities in Norway so you make sense. Re the 2 Q2s, are you talking about the wartime forward control Q2 that was typically used to pull the Queen Mary aircraft recovery tractor and the post war Q2 bonneted Superpoise. Still trying to find out about B48
  26. If Lockheed, it’s UNF, flexi hose is an oddball UNF as well. Pipe fittings are very similar to JIC. Girling likely BSF happy hunting peter
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