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  1. Good news, Austin engine start and runninig! Engine have new life. Good sound!
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  2. Yep, brake spring pliers Richard as 11th Armoured confirms. I bought these probably more than 35 years ago they are US military issue. Makes a difficult job both easy and safe for removing and/or replacing the brake return spring. This set has a flue machined into the bottom of one handle so that you can leaver the hook of the spring out of the hole in the hanger during removal. Pete
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  3. The modern version brake return spring pliers https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CT4398-220mm-Long-Brake-Drum-Return-Spring-Pliers/123323964439?epid=2156927503&hash=item1cb6ae5c17:g:KgoAAOSwQq1be7XH
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  4. Brake spring pliers I think, Richard - I keep meaning to buy a set, rather than resorting to screwdrivers, normal pliers & swear-words each time... 😄
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  5. Well we’re still here in the Wild West despite gales and biblical amounts of rain, keeping dry was high on the agenda so it was shut the workshop door tight and get on with the D15. The last entry in the blog showed axles and back plates fitted since then I have honed the rear wheel cylinders and fitted new seals and pistons. The rear brake hangers and linings were in near new condition so they were reused and fitted after the anchor pins and adjusters were cleaned with the threads chased and greased with copper grease so that everything worked as it should. It was a different story with the front shoes these were worn and contaminated and the cylinders seized in the bores new linings and hangers and cylinders were obtained and fitted and again the anchors and adjusters were cleaned and greased before fitting. Next job was to clean and check the brake drums which were all good with no scoring or pitting and then clean and check inner and outer wheel bearings and races for each hub, everything checked out just fine so it was repack with new grease and fit onto the axles then fit the wheels and new tyres onto the hubs. To finish this phase of the restoration the steering box was cleaned, taken apart, checked for condition and once again found to have virtually no ware so it was painted and bolted onto the frame. Effort will now be switched back to the Retriever until the beginning of summer when work will focus on the cab. Pete
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  6. Wheels are now primed. Will receive a second coat of red and then an undercoat before they are taken away to have their tyres pressed on.
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  7. Such as the 'strapped' G.S. shovel by Bulldog or Spear & Jackson , is the authentic MOD spec. (used on tailgates) and I don't it has changed. Forget the inferior pressed steel ones, the forged ones are always dated from WW" era and by several manufacturers (IIRC the pressed steel ones are dated, general issue to all & sundry gov. departments). https://www.spear-and-jackson.com/products/hand-contractor-tools/contractors-tools/strapped-tools/spear-jackson-strapped-general What is described as the R.E. Shovel - I think that is what is now called - the No. 2 Round Mouth Shovel , ash shafted - likewise by Bulldog and S&J + probably Carter. Same 'strapped' with ash T handle. The no. 2 is the shovel fitted to such as a Hard Top back door , at angle (the bracket bigger than for G.S.) , same bracket used on front wings. Not come across that type of digging spade branded MOD broad-arrow before but a spade is a spade. I would expect strapped not inferior socket construction, best quality Irish spades are always strapped. Pick-axe head, the head may differ slightly on curvature by 1/2" (you would expect from forging method) , I would have to go to garage & measure - I think that is the modern span - so unchanged. The helve - again I would have to go to garage and measure - I think unchanged. The metal socket is often dated & older ones are malleable iron. Modern ones are pressed steel & manufactured now only by Carter.
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  8. More 'fettling' with th cab... Still loads to do .....
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