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  1. Hopefully that thick plate has protected the frame underneath. My frame had similar on the other side under the battery tray. It appears the battery had leaked acid over the frame and eaten it. Someone then welded plate over the top after the frame failed but didn’t bother to realign it. When I cut the plate off there was a misalignment of about 1/2” between the 2 half. This had put a twist on the leaf spring and the front hanger was really badly worn. fortunately the rest of the frame was exceptional so I made a new front horn and fitted a new battery tray and it’s as good as new.
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  2. This FV432 is indeed one of the prototypes and is significantly different to the series production ones. Its registration is actually 216 BXR which is has always carried. It never had an army registration though the Pre-Production FV430s (with 'W' numbers) did have army registrations (from 03DA04 to 03DA30 I believe). It has resided at the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway near Edinburgh where that photo was taken but is being returned to Bovington. Once Fv432 production was established P4 went to FVRDE at Chertsey where it was used for experiments into hydrostatic steering transmissions and other p
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  3. Nice try, but no cigar for that one 😁(LOL). It only looks like that. In actual fact the centre of the cross is about 20mm higher up the shield. It looks too low because the lower legs are short, and you eye gets drawn to that. It's more to do with the shape of the shield, I think. So, start again. Cut of new shield with a less pointy shape. Have a practice run with the cross before doing too much work on it. I think this shape looks better. I've ordered the right colour paint via the link Matchfuzee posted, so with a bit of luck I'll be able to have another trial
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  4. I think that jubilee clip is modern, have you found some nice marked bolt heads? ive just taken my halftrack fenders off and found them TR marked.
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  5. Growing up I concluded that my mother was not a classic bus enthusiast. Why else would she have got so upset when she overhead my father commenting that he thought the woman down the road had a lovely pair of Bristols. The eponymously named rear-engined bus was a delight to handle. And so it seemed, was the woman at number 42 which I assume is why my father run off with her. But enough of romance, these circumstances must have etched in my impressionable young mind that owning one of something is not enough. Two is the ideal number. And thus I find myself now the owner of a seco
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  6. I have a feeling that I read somewhere that some had a remote gear lever either a different top cover or something attached to it, meaning the lever pivot was in the cab. Not got a manual to check on this.
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  7. An Australian mate recently sent me a pic of an unusual find. A Sopwith designed product built by Ruston Proctor Ltd. What could it be ? A little research soon provided a likely suspect. Lady munitionettes with a newly built Sopwith Camel, at Lincoln during WW1. Ruston Proctor built these planes under license at a ( recently demolished ) factory in Lincoln. How did this lable get as far as Australia ? It was probably 'souvenired' from a plane wreck in France and taken home in an AEF back back !
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  8. A very interesting find and I presume a very rare one at that!
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  9. I have followed your thread from the start with all it's highs and lows and to see it now is a credit to you l cannot think of a better use of those transfers REGARDS WALLY
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  10. Thank you for confirming that the gear throw is meant to be awful and that it’s normal, it should be an interesting drive !!
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  11. Bit of a set back on the Tanker today. Plan A was to get another load of little jobs out of the way, but it didn't quite work out. Finally got the fuel tank cap back on, and in a decent yellow paint finish Refitted the cab electrics, dashboard is back in, and all cables secured, but the damn thing still wont charge the batteries, so more work required here. Then I thought I'd best have a look at what was causing the damp patch that I'd just noticed under the left side of the engine. A steady coolant drip from the middle of this cover plate, and a suspicious look
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  12. It really is looking good. It reminds me very much of the civilian 7V, thats not the easiest layout to change gear either.
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  13. The gear lever throw is awful, due to its long length. A little bit of wear in the selectors or the ball seat that the lever sits in and you have excess movement at the knob end ! Something else with the lever, I found the gearbox full of water as the boot was missing and water runs off the roof on to the box., we found a CV joint boot that was a perfect fit.
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  14. 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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