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  1. Was it parked somewhere behind that tangled mess? 😀
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  2. Attached are pics of 7 Airborne Jeeps and figures.5 of the Jeeps are 1/34th scale from Bronco, the Signals and Recce, Jeep and Trailer, 75mm pack and 6 ponder. The other 2 are from Tamiya one being the old desert SAS Jeep from the 70's(?) and their later 1/4 ton truck. All were a fun build and it was a bit of a challenge to convert the Tamiya Jeeps especially the SAS Jeep.The figures and bits and pieces are mixture of Bronco, Dragon, Tamiya and Tristar with lots from the spares box. The base is the Farmyard Wall and Gateway from MiniArt that managed to widened slightly.CheersKevin
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  3. I decided the accelerator pedal had reached retirement age and set about removing it. This was much easier once I'd discovered and removed the pin which was holding it. In fact that's all there was, as the parts were not threaded. In a moment of weakness, Stan has offered to turn me up a replacement. Thanks Mate! Also cleaned up the shaft and applied new washer and split pin. Elswhere the lamp brackets have been garnished with spigot pins and 1 inch Whit nuts and have acquired A couple of coats of Service Colour. They look the part, let's hope they will do the job.
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  4. Oxy-acetylene is the only way in such circumstances - glad they came good.
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  5. There were a few choice words as the snow melted down through the floor boards😂. Haven't found an indoor space yet as they are all full of farm machinery for the winter months.
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  6. We could of course done one of these subsidy conversions. We had a spare back axle, wheels and length of chassis, but we would never have got it in the shed.
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  7. That's a challenge, but on the plus side it is good patterns to use. Time consuming and complicated. But it will be worth it.
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  8. Thanks Ted for all comments. The WOT 1.was brought back ln 1980 a bit of a state .But all completely . Painted red or had been its last colour. I already had another 1942 conviction WOT1 crash tender missing pump&engine pipe work (one in Battle of Britain film) The had to make a decision witch was the one to restore . As the 42 conviction had all its gunmetal missing.The one I had brought was the one that got preserved.Then 20 years of trying to find information about it . T CORBIN some FORD PICTURES
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  9. Tony's restorations are second to none ; I don't think anyone in the thread is saying anything different, I followed both Tony's WOT1 & 3 projects with awe and have communicated with Tony previously over the years. The colours possibly suggested by Hendon, who provided a document ; the problem was 22 years ago the document couldn't properly be interpreted. I visited Hendon 30 plus years ago when in London for a few days at an MoD outpost. Although booking an appointment and informing them of my queries they couldn't really help with colours; aircraft they could give chapter verse
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  10. As always there are lots of different views on what owners should or should not do with their vehicles. It's a shame that as a community we can't agree that the preservation of vehicles is the key objective, what colour they are and how they are displayed is secondary. While I might prefer originality, if the choice is to ensure a vehicle survives or is lost/scrapped because an owner won't compromise on originality then, in my own opinion, survival wins. The other aspect I find upsets me is the language used. Having a healthy debate about areas that are subjective or
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  11. As an ADR driver of many years, when I took the original exams the last thing the teacher said before he put out the papers-( READ the questions) very forcefully. That part of the quote has stayed with me, the colourfull bits have been lost in the mist of time.
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  12. Body now off to a good home to doll up a needy Constructor chassis- yippee!
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  13. 25 Armd Bde were formed in Libya in 1952 post exodus of 1 Inf Div, and adopted the similar white Rhino symbol or Formation marking of the defunct 1 Armd Div....which was the non-rampant white Rhino on a black oval exactly as now seen on the uniform shoulder patches below. 10 Armd Div was uregently reformed in Libya around May 1956, incorporating 25 Armd Bde. It made sense not to revitalise the 'dead' fox of the previous 10 Armd Div and instead incorporate the white Rhino on a black oval of the subsumed 25 Armd Bde as the Formation flash.... worn on uniforms, vehicles, stationery, notice boards
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  14. That is going to tax the little grey cells! It's all about to get very interesting, I'm looking forward to seeing how you tackle it. Do you have a plan on where to start?
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  15. After many day’s, weeks and months of procrastinating!! I have finally pulled my finger out and started the roof 🎉🤨 A couple of hours later I had a little cry and thought WHY!! Those of you that have followed this blog from the beginning will remember just how rotten the lower section of the cab was......well..... the roof section doesn’t disappoint!! 🤔😭 To make life easier I decided to split the cab into 3 sections, in its current state it’s impossible to work on as it risks collapsing due to the extent of the rot, if
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  17. The last instalment of this tale left the workshop body reduced to floor level, surrounded by a plethora of decaying timbers. Today I'll describe the start of the reconstruction. We have tried to salvage as much of the original timber as possible. As built, the workshop body sat on two steel plate reinforced longitudinal timbers, 2½" x 6" x 12' 4" long. After a lot of ringing around we managed to find a sawmill that could supply these and our other requirements in English ash as originally used. The first job was to make these fit onto the chassis, boring clearance holes at regular intervals
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  18. I have just purchased a photo of a Dennis WO Subsidy lorry in civilian use. It shows the lorry crossing Conwy suspension bridge which certainly makes for a nice photo. The lorry is operated by Co-Operative Wholesale Society Ltd
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  19. We are slowly collecting parts and information for this project. The Thornycroft BT with T4 engine was not made in large numbers and shares very few parts with the post-WWI model (although the three speed gearbox appears to have been kept for a few years before the (very different) four speed gearbox was adopted. I identified this negative on eBay as being the same model so purchased it. According to the Thornycroft records this BT Box van was chassis number 1806 and fitted with engine T4-458. Period photos can be just as useful to restorations as the parts books and drawings.
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  20. To reinforce the necessity to remove the build up in both the block and head, this photo shows No.6 piston from a Bedford engine. I heard this engine running and alerted the owner to a knock coming from the rear of the engine. On dismantling it was found the the piston had seized at some point and one side of the skirt had cracked and on the point of breaking away. This could easily have resulted in the rod going through the block. The cause? A very heavy build up in crud all around the No.6 bore meaning that no water was getting there and born out the the crud was actually dry at the back of
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  21. Thanks Ted Its 22 years ago that the WOT was painted .I think it might have lost some of darker shades of colour over that time.I think .Micheal Starmer should had done a bit more research. Steve Shirley is having to find a new home for the collection & wasn’t happy with his letter. The WOT 3 was painted with the same light earth as the WOT 3 . As my paint supplier keeps all my paint No . But it does look a bit lighter T CORBIN
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  22. It did cause some head scratching when all the upward pointing fastenings were off and the heads still tight! However I removed side covers to reveal the studs you mention before being to rough to try shifting them. I will try John Walker as you suggest. Thanks.
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  23. Hi Dave, I'm sure the answer here involves the job they have to do. Both clutch and brake need to exert sufficient leverage to operate their respective mechanical contraptions. The throttle on the other hand, only works a linkage against a light spring. I think thats the reason for the comparative lack of stature.
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  24. I also cleaned up the rather dainty throttle pedal which has put in some service too. Some head lamp brackets were also dug out and cleaned up. These were cast from an original by Lanes of Middlesbrough some time ago. The castings are lovely, but are cast iron, which is probably not ideal for the job. However, they took a thread well and will hopefully do a turn. All of the above were given a coat of Bonda, and this is the last of the bits which were waiting for paint.
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  25. The pedal assembly fought off most of my attempts at gentle persuasion and it was, once again, Stan to the rescue, with the oxy acetylene The big guns did the trick and all the joints freed up nicely. The pedals are showing considerable wear from their former life in Australia.
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  26. this was before i did the work on the hull
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  27. the gpa has 4 compartments front this is in front of the wheels around the radiator centre this is under your feet and to the back wheels and two at the back either side of the prop tunnel and you have to pump them out by hand pump the i found some in the photo you can see the compartments the front of the gpa is at to bottom of the photo
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  28. were the two leavers for the pump and prop are on the out put drive there is a dog type cog this is the hand starter when you are in the water i have put it back to front will change it next week
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  29. I've still got the sand one. 👍
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  30. Dad is struggling and he lives next to it. I haven't seen the thing for seven months! Oh well. This forum keeps the interest going. Many thanks to all of our friends! In the mean time, there is just a little more progress. On top of the front springs is a bump-stop spring. Unfortunately, we are one short and need a replacement. It is a cussing awkward thing with a spiral coil at the top and a square one at the bottom, all bent from 7/16" wire. Beyond my capabilities so I contected the Tested Spring Company and they have made up the replacement. I sent them a drawing and the orig
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  31. A couple of pics in the sun today and my spare parts hoard.
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  32. I’m going for propeller but I really have no idea.
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  33. some more photos of the GPA for you can any body see what i fitted the wrong way around, frame finished and engine fitted anther day at the workshop could not resist putting the prop on all the best jerry
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  34. Evening All, Things are progressing steadily in the right direction but not as quickly as I would desire. I attached the light and the power plug in the turret, a small job but another one off of the list and I have been making the components for the turret rotation gearbox. The gear box now has it's attachment brackets welded on. I assembled the gearbox tonight, just to see how it all fitted, it's surprising how many parts there are and this isn't all of them. It all appears to fit ok, now I just have to machine all the key ways and make the rota
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  35. This is believed to be my Daimler in Pounds.
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  36. Hi Both. This is fantastic, it gives me a starting point.....I shall fettle away. Ron once I have experimented I shall let you know which length/s work best. Currently I am just piecing all of the bottom end engine components together to get ready to send them off for rebuilt.... I am slowly plodding on, the battery carrier is looking much more acceptable, not perfect but authentic I think is the word🙂 I am confident the battery will not drop out of it now anyway.
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  37. Hi all Heres some pics, Fordsons regs rupert
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  38. My Morris Commercial C9/B came from Harry Pounds
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  39. I wish I could do that unfortunately haven’t got a late to turn it on however today I struck lucky it’s not 1 miller although he may yet have one in Pieces either way I’ll try and get any parts he has least I can fit this till I can sort something out I know a of lots of people looking for Lucas as well as miler but I don’t need I will post on here
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  40. Robert, Are you saying that there were no War Office Fords that started production before or after 1940 ? If your interpretation were correct there would be W9T and W1T, W2T etc plus the equivalent WxA and WxC designations. David
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  41. Hi, That would be Harry Pounds Scrapyard, Tipner, Portsmouth.. And it was an impressive site (and sight). https://www.strongisland.co/2010/05/25/submarine-graveyard/ And, of course, they had a wide range of land based things of interest too. Best Regards, Adrian
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  42. So, I have been pondering for quite a while now about posting about my Commer. I haven't really got very far with its restoration due to work and lockdowns etc but things are moving slowly. I have posted before about the trouble we had getting her running, that took a long time and eventually we serviced or replaced pretty much all the electrical side and the fuel system. She now runs fine but we have trouble actually starting her sometimes, we find that the starter jams and we end up having to remove it to free her. Long story short, when the starter was out just before Christmas I
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  43. I have just discovered this thread. My grandfather George Thorpe was chief steward on the HMS Vandyck.I have his account of the bombing and his subsequent internment written in pencil at the time in a very small leather journal.As well as his account it also contains addresses of several men onboard and their wives.It is very interesting as to his take on what happened in the original bombing,and includes dramatic scenes of the struggle at sea to Bleik.If it is of interest to anyone I would be happy to write most of it out verbatim.
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  44. Remember when lock-downs were still a novelty? Well, back in March 2020 this rather delightful little beauty appeared on our favourite on-line auction site. In response to the "Make and Offer" option an offer was made, which was promptly refused. The drill was subsequently bought second bid. A forum stalwart kindly took delivery and when free movement was once again possible (which now seems a distant memory) it made its way up country to Oxfordshire. Finally, after the 2nd lock-down was over, we were able to collect it. So we have a Silver Manufacturing Co. Advance No. 12 dri
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  45. Hi everybody just took delivery of this bedford QLT. I am going to restore it back to its former glory. Was hopeing someone might be able help me out with a fee questions? i have a copy of the key card which informs me its from the contract V4914 with a war department number of L559757. As you can see it has a different WD on the doors L4819720 can anyone shed some light on this? Will need some new tyres anyone know where i can get some?
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  46. For many restoration projects it's the small details that make a big difference; the Leyland workshop certainly falls into this category. David is very fortunate to have an original Austinlite switchboard but this is missing five out of seven fuses. Back in early March I sourced some Tufnol tube to make replacements however this didn't arrive in Bristol until long after I had scarpered. Now things are back to a version of normality that if not normal is becoming scarily familiar, I've found a few spare moments to start fuse making. "A picture speaks a thousand words" they say
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  47. my dad is the was the owner of that from 1999 -2009 the numbers match up and everything that we done matces it really looks sad for its self so please do get in touch with us so we can talk about where the poor old girl traveled
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  48. Could you please send me all the photos of the lorry please because my dad use to own one but we sold it and someone blew it up and i would love to see it again and hope its back on the road and if its the one you have i can tell you the full history of it all and the seats and everything
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