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  1. German lawyers wrangle over pensioner's WW2 tank in basement - BBC News
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  2. just spread the legs out a bit so you do not need to drill extra holes that's what i do
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  3. Yes, everything is sandblasted of course ...
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  4. I am back again! I have done a lot but, because of my very busy life, I was not in the oppertunity to post some pictures. Some pictures of the body how it was and how it is now. There were some incorrect details which have been changed now!
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  5. Regarding the contract number for the Matador, if you know the chassis number (should be on the passenger side of the chassis, behind the rear hanger of the front spring, or on an overhaul plate in a similar location) , it should be easy to work out what the contract number is. Nick
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  6. Had a mad day on the Foden today. Finished reassembling the front end and reconnecting the lights. Had to re rivit one of the rivinuts on the front vent as it was spinning. Cleaned up the indicator lenses which had been partially camouflaged. Used the remnants of a headlight restorer kit with good results. Spent far longer than anticipated getting the washer jets operating. Crud in the reservoir and pipes kept blocking the washer jets. Took a good hour to get the system cleaned out and functioning. I think a filter may be a worthwhile addition. The additional reflectors were fitted. More loose bits were restrained. Decided to strip and service the gear lever range change valve. As the gaiter needed replacing it seemed like a good idea. I somehow forgot to take any pictures though! Suffice to say it's quite simple inside just a close fitting disc with slots to align with the various ports. They operate in pairs so I assume both cylinders on the gearbox operate together. It was all a bit dry inside but easily serviced. Polishe'd the mating surfaces, lightly lubricated everything and reassembled. New gaiter installed. And the old one. Hopefully a bit of test driving tomorrow.
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  7. Have now nearly refitted the front wings, firstly sand blasted and galvanised sprayed the U clips. Tried to buy some new ones but they are a bit unusual. All the clips I could find with the correct screw size were too big to fit the wing supports. Whilst the paint dried I got the wax oil gun out to do some rust protection/prevention. Sprayed inside all the hollow bits and a coat over the outside of the heater boxes. I like this stuff as it works well and when you need to you can just steam clean it off and re-apply. Dries to a slightly tacky surface and probably horrible if you get it on matt paint! Applied a strip of electrical tape to the mating surfaces to avoid scraping the paint whilst fitting. Some of the joins had sealer in but as I will be taking a lot of the mating panels off in due course they were left dry with tape. The captive nut threads were all cleaned out with a tap. Then with much jiggling they were on. The front panel is a fibre glass replacement. The originals were pressed steel and rotted away but if anyone knows of one in any condition I would be interested. It took a fair bit of tweaking to get it to close and I'm still not quite happy with it yet. But some of the hinge bolts have seized so final adjustment will have to wait until I reconstruct the scuttle panel. Also, as these weren't designed for FH70, there is a bar and piece of sheet that hits the heater boxes. The sheet had been cut and bent to almost miss but it only took one screw to remove the bar completely giving lots of clearance. New old stock lights I could only find the side light version so two of the lenses will be swapped for amber. Made a tool for inserting the wires out of a piece of copper pipe. It's pushed through, the wire inserted and then pulled back through. Works a treat. Doesn't look any different on the outside which is a little disheartening considering the hours invested already!! Still fuctionality and reliability should be vastly improved. The pretty bits will come later.
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  8. Ok……..I have a problem and I am seeking help….😁
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  9. I am going to be sensible and finish the wot first 🤔🤥 I couldn’t really turn the matador down, it’s early production and very original, it will be sheeted up and I will start a new blog next year.
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  10. Like I haven’t got enough to do!!!!! 😁😁 The parking space is now filled🙄😂
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  11. Unless you have tried to make something like these you cannot appreciate how beautifully made they are. You can see how the thread stops in exactly the same place on each one before it flares into the hex head. The flare is just perfect too.
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