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  1. Looking North West, circa 1918 A Handley Page W.8 over the Cramlington aerodrome during the 1932 Air Pageant. Looking East, circa 1915. https://www.nelsam.org.uk/NEAR/Airfields/Histories/Cramlington.htm
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  2. Hi i have a ww2 dodge d15 and im after a bench seat as mine is missing also i need the spare tyre bracket , side toolbox and a rear body and a windscreen. Is there any one who have any of these for sale please??. Many thx in advance. Chris
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  3. Talking of original this fender is going to take a lot more work, inner and outer screen have a bit of paint to protect them, anyone know where I can source window mechanism.
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  4. I hope everyone out there is okay and this COVID thing isn't affecting you too much. It has been winter here so a chance just to potter along with small bits and pieces. A spotlight was found which I stripped down and rebuilt. Now installed and working. A clansman intercom system has been installed and working. Makes communication between the driver and turret so much easier. Some replica smoke dischargers have been added. the latest project will be the renovation and installation of a turret basket. I didn't think
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  5. Thanks Dave, yeah the jig has worked out well - so far! I’m doing to have to take the side pieces off the cab so need to keep the verticals in the right places so it lines up when I come to put it on again. With the casters I could lift it onto a trailer at the farm, then when I got home rolled it into the garage, I should have used casters with brakes on them to be neater as I’ve now jacked the jig up and put onto planks of wood in the garage as it rolls around too easily! a couple of photos of the steel bracing and one of the rotted cross members which will need replacing.
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  6. Gathering stuff so mailing around for original body parts. Scored some NOS rebuild kits and prepping a shopping list for the obvious stuff like bearings and seals. I hate to miss parts when I start a certain rebuild job so want everything on the shelf before I start. But things like gears etc I will get after inspection/requirement of course. Seems that an original GPW top bow and a Sparton R2-14 are quite rare these days. Do you work with original parts of repro mostly?
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  7. Control box now sorted. It was, as expected, dirty contacts. When I did it last year, I just set the gap so that it looked right and worked. Since then I have acquired a copy of the tech book, so this time it has been set properly with a feeler gauge to get the correct gap. A lot smaller than I had before. Worked out well with testing it too. Wife wanted to go down the farm where the Timber Tractor is to visit the relatives. So spend a bit of time giving her a lift down, say hi to Aunt and Uncle, and get to test control box on the truck. Everybody happy. Spent the afternoon m
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  8. Glad to be of service! I've updated the Higher Formations Insignia page today: https://tank-markings.blogspot.com/p/formation-insignia-higher-formations.html
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  9. Thats some very tiday work. I often see people simply throw parts away thinking they are too far gone before properly checking them out. When I saw the pics before reading your text I did wonder if the rim would have been made of wood.
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  10. So, rather than being at a certain West Country steam rally with the Burrell this weekend has been spent doing some more Foden destruction! The cab is very origional, but also very rotten, with several parts plated and strengthened by the previous owner, my intention is to retain as much of the origional timber as possible and splice in new wherever possible. So yesterday saw the cab being removed and bolted onto a framework as a jig to keep all the uprights in place (the centre support isn’t shown in the photos, this was added later as I needed the cab off to fit them) the cab is no
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  11. Yes a good question and with the benefit of hindsight. I guess the key to anything like this is your budget, availability of parts and, resources to be able to undertake a restoration like this. If you want to drive a vehicle straight away then you need to budget for an up and running vehicle. If you want the enjoyment of a restoration then you want to get as much as you can in the way of spares from the outset. It would also be preferable to view what you are getting. Luckily we had reliable contacts in the UK to view the vehicle and the previous owner was also great to deal wi
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  12. Nice, amazing what can be done nowadays. When I was young in the stone-age we had to use ocre and the tail of a sabretooth tiger as a brush.
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