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  1. What, like all those GMCs registered as 1939 in the 1980s? 😉
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  2. You are very kind. I am only sorry that we aren't progressing faster. Dad is keeping it all going but my contributions have been a bit lacking. I really need to keep looking at the thing and handling bits to plan the next move but have been keeping away. You may recall that the last time I went down, we assembled some of the brakes and the brake shoes. The shoes are held together by two springs on a rod and have to be compressed to be able to fit them. I did try squeezing them up in the vice and wrapping a cable tie around but I couldn't make it work so I have made a spring lifter. I
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  3. You're doing a really lovely job with it. I've much enjoyed following your thread.
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  4. Yours is my favourite thread on this forum - I have read it from the very beginning - several times. The standard of workmanship you share between you is really impressive and, actually, so are your photography skills. I very much look forward, one day, to seeing your vehicles at a rally in the flesh. Really interesting. 10 68
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  5. A few years ago I posted a thread about some mystery objects on the lower cargo deck of the SS Thistlegorm. If you don't know this wreck, its a scuba diver/military/aviation/locomotive enthusiast's dream dive with the cargo holds full of BSA M20, Norton 16H, Albions, Crossleys, Bristol Blenheim spares...Stanier 8F locos. Fellow diver Alex Mustard started researching the cargo several years ago and following the 3D survey I did we added to the work and published an iBook. To cut a long story short...when I posted the thread about mystery objects it was not possible to view the ortho
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  6. Engine cover looks really tidy, you've done a nice job with it. Bit of a bum with that catch, only wants to be a couple of millimetres further over
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  7. I needed to get some parts cast for other projects; it seemed to make sense to get the radiator sides cast at the same time. There is a brace across the bottom of the radiator but the pattern was too big to print in one piece so I split it into four. I included dowel holes so I could fit them together with glue and some 4mm steel rods. It needed a little filler and sanding but is nearly ready for some pattern coat. With that success in hand we continued to print the components for the front half of the header tank core box. I ran out of filament for the
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  8. Finally got a chance between the rain showers to refit all the painted panels. Apologise for the poor pictures, the gazebo works well for keeping the weather out but blocks all the light. It was all going so well !! and then a minor miss calculation 🙄 After being so careful to squeeze everything in a misplaced engine cover catch ruins the day!!! well.....not really ruined , it only catches when the seat is tipped forward to access the battery tray, you still get over 3/4 tilt to acc
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  9. Some photographs from earlier in the year that didn't quite make the cut: One original though slightly moth-eaten spring. Locates the large grease-retaining washers on the steering ball joints. A batch of replacements courtesy of Flexo Springs of Kingswood. Back to this weekend: On disassembly one of the threads "picked up". 1.5/8" x 16tpi whitform-another oddity. Managed to find a die on our favourite online auction site. Success. Ball joint components layed out. Ball, cup and pre-load spring in place.
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  11. The post-war CJ aircleaner is similar to the late MB/GPW one (2 vs 3 sets of louvres at the back I believe), but it might be possible that late MB's used the CJ-style, I don't know for sure.
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  13. Hi All. After recently completing my James ML restoration idle hands set in again. I said to myself no more projects, but after the opportunity of an early Matchless G3 panel tank came up I just could not resist. I have always had a soft spot for this bike and its fantastic pre war look so when I collected the project a dream came true for me! Quite possibly the trickiest of my restorations to date, I am sure it will be worth it in the end! The pace of this restoration will be a little slower so watch this space!
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  14. Good start Steve. Your saddle springs are late G3L. If you haven't got the correct springs, let me know and I'll tell you who/how etc. Ron
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  15. Errrr no, that's too advanced for me, they are fabricated, turned, milled or hand filed. Jon
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  16. Thanks Ron! Out of my modest WW2 bike collection this is the bike which is destined to be my ‘daily’ rider. I have now stripped it down but due to the current condition of it there was a lot of snapped bolts! Normally I prep most restorations by hand so it was a bit of a treat to have them blasted.....
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  17. The next stage of the Brake Bands and Linings - the linings temporarily attached to the Bands with screws and nuts which will be replaced with copper rivets at a later stage.
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  18. An interesting trip back to East Anglia: the first leg of my train journey saw both the guard and the guys pushing the refreshment cart walking the length of the train. Had I partaken of an over-priced can of beer I could have drunk it in a carriage of socially distanced strangers without submitting contact details. The second leg of my journey had no catering and the guard announced she would not be walking through the train "due to the circumstances"; the circumstance presumably being that she couldn't be a**ed. I had a bit of a wait for David to collect me from the station and contemplated
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  19. Evening All, At last some time to spend playing with me little tank. As stated before, I am going to be using Clansman intercoms in the tank and the ideal place to hide them is within the radios. I have an original radio but that is of no use as i don't want to ruin it by ripping the innards out, so i have been making a repro set. The radios were housed in the aforementioned frame on the inside of the hull on the right hand side, viewed from the front of the tank. The radio consists of two units side by side. So the task in hand is to try and recreate these units but wit
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  20. That's not a bad idea and I was thinkng of laying it all out to photograph eventually. It will take some time of course. The metal detector should turn up some interesting trinkets next visit. Apart from the mangled chassis frame, the torque tube and the massive torque tube cross member I think I can dismantle most everything else and manhandle it back to civilization over time. I'm knd of hoping the engine cylinders mght turn up buried at some point too.... cheers phill
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  21. Following the forum software update and Google Chrome blocking http hosted images, I've moved all my websites to a new secure host. I've changed all the picture links in the thread to the new secure links, so if pictures have been missing/not showing recently, all three of my vehicle threads have now been corrected and should be working properly. The GPW hasn't been out since September, but depending on how the covid restrictions go, I'll probably go for a few more local drives before the year is out. I'm planning a local memorials tour on November 11th in my other Jeep, weather permitting.
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  22. Nothing has happened with the Dodge this year since the July engine run. It is still sleeping in the container, waiting for better days. However, the recent forum update prevented me from adding my http hosted images, posting only a link instead. Then a few days ago, Google Chrome started blocking http images displayed within secure web pages, blocking all the images in the thread Chrome on my phone did it a day after. A browser change was only a partial solution, so over the last few days, I've moved all my websites ( some 42,000 files ) to a new host, transferred my domain name and set up
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  23. Ok.....you have our attention!!
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  24. Had a run out yesterday for a bit of proper truck work. Got a call a bit back from a friend, could I use the Militant to help him extract an historic vehicle he had just purchased, from a field. He was quite vague with the details about what it is, apparently it's a bit special and he wants to keep it's details secret until he is ready to reveal it to the public at large. So all I can say is, it's not an MV but it is big and heavy, and had to be dragged sideways from between a fence and a building. Arrived on site early, sticky mud and wet grass Got set up r
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