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  1. Something all of us know. 🤣
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  2. just a 1/2 day today built up all 4 wheels and got the jeep back on her wheels will test fit the body next then repaint the frame and start work on the engine and gear boxes what will we find ? and have got some of the workshop cleared of some parts
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  3. Great work, it's good to see these old wardogs being put back on the road.
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  4. Try E Dobson &Co., Keighley. They made the copper non-asbestos gaskets for my Karrier (and numerous other projects). Just send them an old gasket to copy (in a self-sealing polythene bag) or knock out a paper template. Quick turnaround and very reasonable on price (or at least I thought so). Doc.
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  5. built up the front axle new bearings in the diff and painted up along with some other parts then fitted the axle and start to build up the the ends set the pre load on the king pin bearings
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  6. i think i speak for us all when i say we really want to see it running and painted. keep it up
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  7. i recently bought a smart charger from ebay for £13.99 and was happy with it's performance. it will charge 6 12 and 24v. its yellow and black and looks a bit like a multimeter, the manufacturer is katbo
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  8. Similarly, when I stripped my RE WD/L which had been hand painted black. Inside all the covers (primary, brakes, headlamp etc) was the original Khaki Green. I surprised myself how well I managed to match it, but with no written recipe to follow in the future, as it was done by adding this, that and the other. On the other hand, much the same as today, the paint must have come from different suppliers with differences in the shades.......At one point when trying to match the paint on one of my bikes, I had five tins of Olive Drab from different suppliers and not two of them were the same
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  9. A while back i discovered a Bofors gun emplacement and radar trailer 50 yards from each other in the Hogmoor training area near the REME tank training grounds after the Army moved out of Bordon Hampshire a while back. Built and operated by the Canadians during the war. The Bofors emplacement is now registered with Historic England by myself and the radar trailer fenced off which is in a state of disrepair. I am working with the town council and Historic England to preserve the emplacement as best we can. As with the radar Trailer a GL Number 3 Mk2, original to the emplacement, which was
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  10. Unfortunately there is no BS or RAL number for KG3. I mix my own by sight. But someone came up with this chart for mixing British colours from RAL numbers. I've never tried any of them myself though. Ron
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  11. I have given it a good go, in the end after buying an expensive brazing touch I ended up welding the repairs, heating both the barrel and new section of metal both before and after. A few imperfections but pretty solid 🤞........time will tell but never again!
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  12. This is T189511 ACHILLES A Sqn 5 Troop 1st Royal Tank Regiment, 22nd Armoured Brigade, 7th Armoured Division. In the end I went with the Hobby Boss individual track links which although a pain to complete had little or no clean up required as the Airfix had sink marks on all of the individual links and regular sink marks on the length pieces. None of the stowage has been secured down as I am not sure of the layout as yet. Despite the issues with the wheels and the turret the rest of the kit was a nice build with little or no other issues. Cheers Kevin
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  13. I have updated my ww1 photo book and it is now in colour. The photos are taken from my ww1 negatives and i used AI software to add the colour and a lot of work to make them look good. There are some old post cards i have made in colour, as well and some German air recon photos.Keith
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  14. Welcome Robert. I know quite a bit about your 5SW through Sean. Only 7 or 8 of these on the Triumph register so far. Ron
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  15. Seamus, That really looks fantastic, well done. Jon
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  16. Quick update progress has been a bit slow !! one has procrastinated for far to long over the roof and windscreen🤔 , by the time I actually pulled my finger out it had gone lunchtime and I only managed to fit the front gutter. Angled steel was fitted first which will form part of the windscreen frame Followed by the only surviving gutter strip. Next up will be the top door shuts, a job for next weekend.
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  17. Gradually getting there. Happy to have the floor in one piece now. New step made for passengers side.
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  18. It is coming along, well done.
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  19. The oil pump has been reinstated after a last minute rescue by Mike and Stan. I won't go into details, it is far too distressing. Suffice to say it is back in place and working well. Also fitted up the primer tank for extra bling. The mag platform appears to support only the outer fixing holes, which I find rather odd, but it must have worked ok like that ? Next step is to get the sump and timing cover fitted , which will require some more nuts and bolts, usable originals are running low. Also have been running on vapour financially and need to get some w
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  20. Your not hanging about with this rebuild!! It’s looking good 👍
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  21. Another burst of progress has occured and the engine is looking ever more lovely, as various trinkets have been replaced. I was warned to nip up the inlet and exhaust manifolds with the cylinder base nuts loosened, to insure alignment between the separate blocks . This was done, but no movement was detected and all the bits have cosied up nicely. I need to find some old style gaskets for these which I hope will take up any slight discrepancies. The originals were asbestos, with thin brass foil each side, so I need to find suitable replacements, in more socially acceptable m
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  22. Hi, This Fordson WOT 6 was rescued from a dismantler's yard in Annfield Plain, County Durham around 1985. It appeared that NTY 385 ( a May 1958 plate) had been potentially L5495769 during its military service and may have then worked for the GPO before acquiring the Northumberland plate. Keep an eye out for it appearing with pictures in a forthcoming Heritage Commercial Vehicle Magazine feature on the WOT-6 this year.
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  23. I humbly suggest that anyone that makes their own tank from scratch deserves the rank of Field Marshal, at the very least.
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  24. It has been illegal to use white on black number plates on vehicles registered after 1973! I have attached the latest number plate information from the DVSA, page 10 has the relevant information. vehicle-registration-numbers-and-number-plates-inf104.pdf
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  25. Hi, 20 years ago a friend (Peter Griffiths) bought cosmoline coated GMC CCKW piston rings from the Port en Bessin wreck museum, recovered from the sea bed after 50 years, and good enough to be used in his engine rebuild. (-: Best Regards, Adrian
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  26. The boxes would even make good display pieces.
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  27. Finally some progress for the wd16h hope we are all keeping well scratched some of the black paint off n there's still what looks like scc.2 on top of the metal. Need to get the oil tank fully back to metal but the inside is really nice. Last few bits to get now, sort the carb, sort a rear carrier, pannier frames late type pillion seat an a field stand. Once funds allow steady progress but exciting nether the less. The first of my Japanese classics goes this weekend just the 250 an 350lc to go then an I can get hunting for a Pre war inter to keep her c
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  28. And just when you have distilled a theory after dozens of specimens researched, someone will show you a T8-numbered frame with original Raleigh transfer... 😆 Amazing those numbers weren't recorded somewhere before, but I would love to know more about my bike like maker and approx. date of manufacture.
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  29. I have never been to that event but I will make sure I go if your Panzer is in attendance. To echo what has been said many times before, most people would have been satisfied with a vehicle that runs, drives and fairly closely resembles a Panzer. You, on the other hand, have painstakingly researched and created a stunningly accurate replica. I salute you, Field Marshal Morris.
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  30. Might have to start saving for a trip to see that 😁
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  31. well picked up the Perentie and trailer around 6 weeks ago.. Had to drive it 4600km mostly desert. Amazing that the trailer was from my old unit that I left in 1993
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  32. Permission for the use of a Black and White registration plate comes from two things; the vehicle being built before 1st January 1980 AND the vehicle being registered as Historic status. Thats all! However, that could be annoying for someone who can't get historic status on a technicality and still pays car tax but wants to use their age related B&W registration.
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  33. Dad took the bottom Radiator Tank off - no problem and it unstuck very easily from the core - despite all the rubbish that was revealed inside of it when it was off! This one is cast iron and although heavily rusted and pitted, it is still sound and will be OK to use again. The bottom tank and the iron side frame will go for sand blasting now but the ali side frame is more delicate and will require more gentle treatment to clean it. The top tank is iron and was cleaned up some time ago when he made the new Filler Caps.
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  34. A bit more painting. First coat of green today. second one tomorrow.
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  35. Thanks BRDM and thanks again for the earlier assistance. If it ever gets finished, I have promised the Yorkshire war time experience it's first appearance. jon
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  36. Nice of you to say so. Evening all, Well, I have finished the last two items, so apart from painting and final assembly, the turret is officially complete! One of the final items was a second internal handle for turning the turret by hand, I knew that there should have been one but I couldn't be sure what it looked like or where it went, until I rediscovered this picture on my pc. So it was out with a hammer, a piece of bar and some heat and it was time to hit some hot metal. The second item is a strange one. Situated on top of the turret was, in theo
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  37. Hi selling this on Ebay if anybody interested http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2&pub=5575378759&campid=5338273189&customid=&icep_item=284246864651&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229508&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg&toolid=11111
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  38. have them sent late last week
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  39. Evening All, If I decide to build another tank it would probably be a Panzer iv but that would probably be a project too far. I have been trying to finish the turret, all the little fiddly detail bits that I didn't have enough information for. There's a marker attached to the hull just below the turret ring to show when the turret is facing the front that needed adding. Whilst I had completed the wiring up to the slip ring in the base of the hull, I hadn't done anything about the wiring in the turret. The wires run from the slip ring up the leg of the commanders cha
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  40. Now.......be honest.....is the filler noticeable 😬 I can officially say I hate filling and sanding 🤨 the never ending job of roof repairs is becoming slightly tedious!! But there is light at the end of the tunnel so onward we press. Today’s job was forming the gutters and dry fitting the back panel and roof together.....what could possibly go wrong 🤔 The gutter doubles up as the seat for the roof section, folded strips of steel were simple to make in the vice. The corners were a bit more time consuming. When the gutter is fitted to the roof i
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  41. The original heat exchanger was made by BI Engineering in Wellingborough (I've just reminded myself of their name). It's different to that used on the rest of the FV430s because the Abbot pack is completely different due to the lower profile of the Abbot. It is, however, similarly complicated with four separate sections - engine, gearbox, steering box and hydraulic fans. The usual problem that affects all the FV430s (including the Abbot) is leakage of cooling water into the gearbox element of the heat exchanger, demonstrated by emulsified oil on the gearbox dipstick. My theory is that
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  42. Are you missing one or is it damaged? Is the pack for an FV430 or is it an interesting item on its own? Andy, was it made by Gallay or something similar? I am not sure that electric fans would be powerful enough in view of the lack of any ram effect that you would see with a truck. With the relatively light and gentle use a preserved vehicle will experience there are three options: 1. Don't have an oil cooler but have a temp gauge and poss thermostat and warning light. 2. Fit an oil cooler radiator in a good position on the pack, again with temp gauge and T stat. 3.
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  43. So its the 3/4th July..tickets go on sale on the 1st May. you have to buy tickets from partyace.com they are 11 pounds each for an adult, free for kids under 17, but you still need to get a ticket...it helps me with the admin and management. I currently have no idea how to run this so I am using every trick I can to manage it properly and efficiently...so tickets sold mean I can plan on numbers which helps me plan so much else.. So bear with me...I am hoping to have a few surprises by then but thats for the day...not now...its going to be fairly low key to start with but we will get better
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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. STILL waiting for the Gudgeon pin and bush from TI engineering, (3 months and counting.) So no progress on the crankshaft, apart from keeping the rust at bay. I therefore went looking for other jobs, which to be fair, didn't take very long to find. First up was the timing cover, which had been languishing in the stores in 'bush find' condition. It cleaned up well with rotary whizzer, but was never one of Mr. Thornycroft's best castings and required some attention to improve the surface for painting. A good few coats later it was looking more presentable and It was time to tackl
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  47. Sadly no parts or message were received from TI Engineering, so progress has been limited to making gaskets and fitting the cover plates to the cylinders. I was able to recover some of the original nuts but also had some N.O.S. which are slightly shorter in the hex but otherwise identical. The originals are mostly of the reduced size of Whitworth nuts, (one size smaller across flats) and finished with a single chamfer. Both short and long hex versions can be seen here, the originals are on the right. If anyone has a good source of these nuts in Whitworth sizes pleas
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  48. On 21/22 June 1944 133 Lancasters and 6 Mosquitoes attacked the synthetic-oil plant at Wesseling. Nearly all from 5 Group. Night fighters accounted for 37 planes. On the same night 123 Lancasters and 9 Mosquitoes attacked the synthetic-oil plant at Scholven/Buer. Reference... The Bomber Command War Diaries (2000) Middlebrook & Everitt My father (aged 91) flew his first operation, as 1st pilot, the next night, in a Lancaster to L'Hey with XV sqdn. Two of his crew survive and live in NSW. They each know how close they came to oblivion and they remember the crews that didn't retu
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