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  1. I heard that they mounted the wheel station to a support rig and then fitted the vehicle to the wheel station. :cool2: trevor
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  2. Been a busy old week, so thought I would post early. Decided to make a start on the buttresses for the bulkhead. The originals were thin steel castings that must have been very badly corroded in that they had been discarded. It is much easier now, with the ready availability of plasma cutting, to produce faithful replicas, than in the 1970's when the replacements were made. I've had a kit of laser cut parts for a while now, stored in the airing cupboard. Some fettling was required: the bolt holes needed to be measured from the chassis and drilled into the bottom plates, some other p
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  3. The reconditioned Leyland . The phrase ' RAF type Leyland' became a household name in the then infant haulage business throughout this country and in fact the world. Few today know that the whole episode virtually brought financial ruin to the company , mainly brought about by the company paying far too much for the St. Omer dump and the financial saga rolled on into the 1920s. For more reading on this can be found in the Leyland Society excellent magazine 'Leyland Torque' issue no. 85 Autumn 2019. Richard Peskett.
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  4. Picture of when it was working on the fair.
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  5. It worked for The Showman Presland & Sons after demob. todays task was lifting the body off, Mudguards are still relatively intact for a pattern and the body floor is mainly good still, just sides need new timber. TC
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  6. I don't think many people outside the USA will agree with you. There is no reason to have a 'right to bear arms' in this time and age. I am certainly not against the responsible and regulated ownership of firearms by civilians but the thought that just about everyone has the right to own a gun is just scary. You only have to look around in traffic... Anyway, I'm pretty sure this whole topic is going to be a 'yes-no' one where no-one will be convinced to change position due to arguments, so I'm going to leave it at that.
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  7. I remember this accident very well, I was the driver!! Yes it’s true, I went too fast around the hairpin bend, to be honest, looking at the aftermath of the accident and the state of the truck, I was very lucky to be alive.
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  8. First drive after seven month restoration
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  9. Field repairs on the showground can be a challenge. "Have you broken it mate?" "Do you want a hammer?" On such occasions I wish I had one of those workman's tent/shelters you used to see when carrying out repairs to cables/pipes at the roadside. I found wearing headphones or ear defenders gave some discouragement to the passing comedians & greatly satisfying when their companion would say "He can't hear you, he got his ears covered". Humourless this may sound but it can be a source of great stress worrying whether you will be able to effect a repair to get you home, wit
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  10. This is me and my brother on one of the Raiders trucks at the Lamanva Museum in 1988 I think. I know they were auctioned off but would love to know where they ended up! Thanks.
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  11. Hi all, it’s been a long time since my last post, but I’ve finally started on the 101, having started the engine last week. Electrics were an issue, but i seem to have overcome the problem. I’m doing the Resto in far northern Australia, so the heat in the cab is immense. Removing the clutch and brake master cylinders were a fun endeavour, and like most British military machines, if my hands were about half the size, it would have been much easier. The Rover V8 has only done 70,000 klm and sounds great. My next challenge is to get the clutch and brakes operational and click it in too gear.
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  12. Thought I would post a few pictures on progress. Started with some of the smaller components. Items stripped, sandblasted, repaired where necessary, Primed, assembled and top coated.
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  13. Really pleased with the seats but a huge amount of work in each one.I for one really glad we’ve had Dave onboard but between us I think he’s enjoying himself as I caught him smiling.
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  14. Social distancing precludes "Pinch, punch, first of the month" (and no returns!) so instead an extra post. The steering wheel had seen repair at some point in the past. Gone was the wooden rim; in its place a rolled and welded piece of galvanized pipe, with tabs brazed on, bolted to the spokes. Functional, yes. Ingenious, possibly. Elegant, no. Slitting disc in the angle grinder made short work of the tabs. In its place, a new laser-cut rim. Steering wheel casting is steel, so the rim could be welded on. (Thanks to my brother Gerald for doing
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  15. Started on the second Radius Rod today - more of the same as the first one with a lot of grease and dirt to contend with. Hope to finish that tomorrow. And also the brakes from that wheel to dismantle. The mystery of the Brake Linings has been solved - we think! A look in the Parts Book - reveals Part No 2105 which is described as a "Brake Shoe Liner" and that 4 per vehicle are required. No more information than that but we assume now that this item is fitted between the brake lining and the brake shoe. The linings taken off suggested that the probably asbestos lining was bonded to that steel
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  16. From some pictures seen on this forum; I made a 3D model of the Dodge light repair truck.
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  17. First time I ever heard a Pig described as "a delight to drive"
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