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  1. And my wife has instructed me to tell you, that I made her a vegetarian quiche. Red Leicester pastry, with mushrooms, sugar snaps and sweet peppers, mixed with egg, pepper cream and more red Leicester topped with melted Cambozola. There, done as instructed. Jon
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  2. Hand Book on e-bay. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Leyland-Hippo-Drivers-Hand-Book-1945/333800488020?hash=item4db80f3c54:g:rKQAAOSwV3RfvNrx
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  3. I have the second manual but 2nd edition 1942.
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  4. Nice to see they’ve put some TLC into it but I prefer the original colour scheme.
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  5. It is indoors now Steve and they have painted it LGOC red, well red.
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  6. There is also this one of course at the Caister Castle Motor Museum. A scrap man called Goodey put the bus body into a lorry chassis in the 1960's and it has appeared in a number of films including 'Oh What a Lovely War'. The poor old thing has been left outside like this for some years and is not doing well when you look closely. It is a very strange museum as you are absolutely forbidden to take photographs. Someone has sneaked this one when they weren't looking. Hopefully, someone will give it some love one day. Steve.
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  7. Still no end to the pandemic and the team has not been together for some time. Steve has continued making the patterns for a new Radiator for the Dennis at his home in Leicestaershire whilst Tim has continued with his researches and writings at his own home in Oxfordshire. Tony back at base in Devon has been working on a new threaded Puller to enable us to get the very firmly stuck second back wheel off the Peerless.Some work now being done on the back wheel that we have taken off the old chassis and at present, work is going on to remove the wheel chain retention brackets - all heavily rusted.This latter work is revealing the true condition of the back wheel which is not as sound as we had hoped and something for the team to discuss when we next convene. It may be that we have no choice but make a visit to the Wheelwright for a professional opinion.
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  8. My progress is becoming glacial which is very frustrating. However, the 5/16" UNS tap and die turned up from China this week so I have made up four replacement spindles for the bonnet catches. There are now eight completed catches in stock for the two lorries when the time comes. I continue to press on with the Dennis radiator pattern but there is nothing of interest to show for the time being. I would like to finish it before Christmas though. Cheers! Steve
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  9. John seriously, I might need some help, thanks. Evening All, Forward, ever forward and to that end I have completed the support that connects the commanders seat to the rotary coupling on the hull floor. It can't be an exact copy of the original because I have had to modify it to suit my version of the electrical connection contained within. Now don't laugh, I don't usually show the pigeon poo pictures but I have made an exception, before grinding. After grinding. And after painting. The support is bent in this unusual shape so that it misses the radio operators leg when the turret turns and yes the space is that limited. That's all for now. As an after thought, I have Just constructed a lovely pie for tea. A layer of thick cut bacon, followed by a layer of mushrooms, then a layers of chicken, a layer of cranberry sauce, and finally a layer of sausage meat, with a nice thick chicken gravy poured over the top, topped off with nice red Leicester thick crust pastry. Bloody tasty, I can tell thee. Jon
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  10. Have you checked valve clearances and injector wear? Also are you burning oil. The engine may just be clapped out.
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  11. Weather has been better the last two weekends round here, not brilliant, but dry and workable, so much has been achieved in Tanker world. Collared our Stuart to help me lift the cat walk on, last weekend, and take the tubes off to have their end caps fitted. Carried on with stripping out the pump cupboard valve gear. I was surprised how heavy it all is, feels like it is made out of quarter plate, each section is as much as you want to lift comfortably. Does leave a very oily, sticky mess. Looking into the pump itself, the gear appears to be in good condition, but I'll get to that later. In the meantime this lot will keep the home workshop going for a while. Replacement handle from ebay turned up during the week. A quick trip through the electrolysis bucket and a coat of hammerite and it joins the rest to make up a full set All I need now is to get hold of the replacement valve. That may be easier said than done. Yes I became that spotty urban explorer that was mentioned earlier and went for a look round the scrapyard last Sunday. The scrap tanker is indeed the jackpot. All five cocks are still in place, and although I could not get a decent view into the pump cupboard, what I could see looks to be complete too. All I've got to do is get their owner to part with them without taking my trousers down. Spoke to him on Tuesday, and like most scrap men he seems to think they are made of gold bars and everybody wants them, despite the fact they have been there 30 years. Going back again next week to have an official look and hopefully not too much money will change hands, especially as I have to get them off myself before he will even discuss price. According to The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy all you need to survive in the universe is a towel. I haven't done too much inter-galactic travel lately, not since the Doc told me to lay off the mushrooms, so I'm not sure about the towel thing. For myself I prefer a piece of string, you can do so much more with a piece of string. Our Stuart wasn't available this weekend, so no help refitting the hose tubes. They aren't that heavy, but at 10 foot long they are a bit ungainly for one man. So you need a piece of string. Well, 2 bits actually. Lift one end of the tube and tie it up, lift the other and tie that too. Walk the tubes up the side and into place. All went very well except one tube which would not fit into the end cap nicely and had to be persuaded, causing a bit of damage which will need a spot of filler, and a couple of straps that needed a bit of help to get in place. Nothing that cannot be touched up with the kiddies brush and polished out. Bit of a poor picture, as the light was going, but all four tubes fitted and looking good. Back to the pump cupboard. First job was clean off sixty years worth of grease and oil. Took a fair bit of scrubbing and a substantial quantity of degreaser, then a good dose of brake and clutch cleaner. As far as rust goes it's in quite good nick. Where the valve blocks bolt to the floor there is a bit, but overall as it is galvanised and it has fared quite well. Once cleaned off a good coat of bondaprimer improved it no end. Obviously, there is much more to do in here, but at least I can get in and "do" without getting covered shite. One of the things that needs doing is the roof mounted lamp No info on it in the parts book, so I'm looking forward to being able to get up close and see how it comes out. I would assume it will have a red lens, to protect night vision, but we'll see next week
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  12. Latest update: as of next week, Suffolk will find itself in tier two whereas Bristol is destined to be in tier three. So I'm staying put. Which is not that much of an inconvenience, given the proximity of the shed to the house. I wasted an hour or so this morning on a round trip to Bury St Edmunds and the building society, which was shut. Google said they were open. The perfect opportunity to use my late friend Richard's saying: "Well, it says Nestles on buses but they don't go there!" Back home and changed into shed clothes, with help from my brother Gerald we lifted the bulkhead up onto the chassis for a trial fit. It didn't fit. Fouled on the top of the steering column, so we lifted it off again. After a bit of attention with a file we had another go. Yes, you've guessed it... After dinner, a bit more filing and third time lucky. Some comments: the off side bonnet support was removed as I wasn't sure if it would fit around the steering box. No problems there, fortunately. The steering column was wrapped in brown paper as a precaution to save the paint. The bolts holding the bulkhead to the stiffeners and buttresses are 3/8" bsf coach bolts. These were made earlier in the week by cutting down and rethreading some 3/8" bsw ones we had in stock. The buttresses were only fitted after the bulkhead was in position. Next on the list, and something I've been looking forward to: the hand brake and gear lever assembly. Only loosely in position. Bolts through the side of the chassis but yet to wiggle the bolts through the top of the chassis and the buttress. R, 1st and 2nd crank in place... Followed by 3rd & 4th and the retaining washer and greaser. Lots more jobs I can be doing to keep me busy now; I'll keep y'all posted. Doc
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  13. A good day today but it doesn’t look like I’ve done much. Got the windscreen and top armour off and removed the foot boards to get to the firewall mounts. I didn’t need to bother on the left as the mount had sheered so does absolutely nothing. unfortunately it was about dark when I took the photo and it was pitch black by the time I left.
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