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  1. purchased my rogers a couple of years ago from the Shopland collection near Avon mouth, figured my 980 was a really rough example that was parked under a tree so why not have a trailer the same lol. don't have any info on the trailer's service life over than it was used post war by the british army and quickly got sold in to civi hands. it worked for pounds in southampton and was worked dam hard!! various people owned it in preservation but nothing really got touched on it. this is definitely one of them probably should have found a better one but the price was write and well it's a challenge. first 3 pics are as i 1st seen it 3 years ago and didn't take me long to say yes. 2 or 3 months ago started dismantling the dolly/turntable assembly. removed the wheel stations as complete assemblies are easier to dismantle ounce separated from the main turntable. had to make a puller to remove the hubs as the break linings were stuck to the drums. hub off and luckily they were rammed full of grease so wheel bearings are perfect. the trunnion pivots were not seized but not far off it, brass bushes are ok so just clean the grease holes, paint and re fit. h breaking down wheels luckily none were rusty so they all came apart with ease which makes for a nice change. starting on 2nd unit. removing break drum backing plate both units completely stripped mostly cleaning and paint required some machining work required but generally not to bad. have already done a load of machining and other jobs so will add a few more posts over next few days to bring this project up to present day real soon. regards sam
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  2. Evening all, well, the thermostat And gasket arrived And I fitted it this evening. I ran the engine with thermostat fitted and new temperature gauge connected for half an hour. The thermostat is rated to open at 74C. After running it for 5he half hour, I now have 170F which is 76.6C (not far off 74C for 5he thermostat. Now I know why there are two leg vents and the whole screen folds out.... it gets bloody hot in there now as the bulkhead/ back of engine is right on your leg. However, much more snug in the winter. well done chaps and thank you again.
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  3. I have a couple of 1920s Dennis gearboxes I could fit but I would prefer to put the correct version in. It is probably too much to hope that the correct gearbox will turn up so my only option will be to manufacture one. I don't like the idea of paying someone to have all the fun even if I was able afford it. I have made a few of the simple components already but it is certainly going to be a challenging project.
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  4. The head stem has a fantastic original and preserved WD paint finish which I will keep, even though you cannot see it one the stem is fitted....
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  5. We have been tidying the garage so we can get back into this project soon. I have been working through the information I have found on the gearbox and started to model it in CAD. There are 39 parts listed in the catalogue but there are no diagrams and it does not list things like bolts, keys and taper pins. Drawings have survived for 14 of the components; this includes the four shafts but does not include the selector rods or gears. Much of this detail can be guessed at from the drawings in the patent. One of the novel features is the freewheel mechanism. What force do you think the springs need to apply to the pawls to make it work reliably?
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  6. Moving aircraft - not the easiest of things to do. Napier got some good publicity for their efforts but Short Bros., at Rochester had risked plenty of overhang on the 'R' series Pierce-Arrow in Royal Navy ownership. The crew of the Crossley tender look quite pleased with themselves in Salonika, 1917. !. Richard Peskett.
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  7. Done some work on the Leyland frame recently, right back near the start of blog there are some photos of the major work carried out on the frame and as that effort was nearly twenty years ago it was time to give it a little cosmetic attention. Another reason is that information regarding the correct colour and also the accuracy of paint matching technology has advanced subsequently it has been determined that the initial colour I used on major components was too light. So after a light rubbing down (320 grade paper dry) to provide a key for the new paint a gloss black primer coat was applied followed by two coats of G3 the front of the frame under the cab and the cab itself will be done next. Just for comparison this is how it all looked when the truck first arrived. Left hand frame rail and running board Mid frame brace and cross member (front of the truck to the left of photo) All the handbrake linage and gubbins (front of the truck toward the top of photo) And this is what it looks like today first three photos in gloss Black (Front of truck towards bottom of photo) And then in G3 Refurbished main prop shaft fitted Pete
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  8. That's certainly novel! Andy
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  9. Coming along quite quickly now then Dale! Well done! Mike.
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  10. That's why your gauge is registering a low temperature then Neil without a thermostat you need to heat the whole system up to operating temperature and that will take time most certainly with a new radiator fitted. Old by which I mean pre war cooling systems often did not have thermostats but any system that had them the reason is to reach operating temperature as quickly as possible as this limits bore wash and oil dilution as a result from prolonged use of the choke and also to reduce engine condensation and get the whole internals hot enough to get any formed converted to vapor and expelled from the crankcase via the breather. Pete
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