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  1. This is a nice looking Jeep but certainly not accurate for WW2, and if it is to be a post war Jeep then the RAF Blue needs to be gloss. Possibly the fenders needed to be gloss black too, as per the AMO for postwar. In WW2 Jeeps in the RAF were quite rare in the UK and 4 Group Bomber Command. I bet 4 Group never had any like this as the vehicle is too small to carry a bomber crew, too underpowered to pull a bomb load or a bowser and the CO was more likely to be driven around in the saloon behind the Jeep in this photo to wish his crews good luck etc. There were a few Jeeps in Bomber C
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  2. For a running engine that rocker shaft looks very dry. Might just be the video but is it getting an oil feed OK?
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  3. I like the work round the windscreen recess. Looks very neat.
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  4. Absolutely superb. Just goes to show what can be achieved with some thought, planning and teamwork.
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  5. Hi, decided to fix the old fork with corrosion. Steps to repair: 1. cut in the place of the old repair 2. design and drawing of "prostheses" is a workshop 3. design of wheel axle holders 4. assembly of "prostheses" with handles - welding 5. assembly of new elements with the original fork. It is still necessary to set the parallelism and axiality after welding, grind and it will be ready for initial assembly and fitting. Best regards Paul
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  6. I restored my MK1 Welbike well over 20 years ago, but now with the wealth of information that is available today, I'm going to repaint it and address some minor issues. Originally I sprayed it Service Brown, but I'm reliably informed by Lex that it should be green. Not Khaki or Olive drab, but some sort of darker green. I've gone for "Dark Camouflage Green" Which is close enough to my eyes to the sample Lex sent me. (Who knows for sure anyway?) The only parts not to be painted are the cables, grips, fuel hoses, HT lead/cap/plug, tyres/valves, saddle cover and the engine mounting nuts
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  7. Hi guys I have an early commer qx fire engine Wich as the ealier style sidelights mounted in the front wings unfortunately mine are both missing Can anyone help find replacements, or part numbers to source replacements Cheers anton
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  8. Does anyone recognise this rather nice Jeep? I am trying to find out who supplied the colour as its a rather nice rendition of RAF Blue. If anyone can help me find out i would be very grateful thank Andrew
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  9. How is everyone going? I heard a second wave might be going through the UK. We have been quite lucky in the state i am in here in Australia as the government closed our borders and had strict controls but also helps that we dont live piled on top of each other. Anyway I hope these make you smile, stay healthy
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  10. A couple of amendments were issued leading to additions and deletions, not all relevant to buildings. From 1944 SCC15 (Olive Drab) took over from SCC2 (brown). It was meant to be similar to US Army Olive Drab No 9 and was adopted with Lend-Lease and the painting of vehicles in mind. Another colour – SCC 19 – was the colour for tropical clothing and personal equipment. http://patrickbaty.co.uk/2011/10/05/wartime-camouflage-colours/
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  11. got new wind screens fitted last night and the bonnet has returned from being shot blasted so that is know being worked on. managed to get the nova number last week as well so started the registration process. hopefully be driving it on the road this year.
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  12. not managed to do to much on the rogers but got the turn table blasted and painted last weekend.
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  13. Can't leave Dad to have all the fun! Now that the front wheels are on along with the track rod, king pins and stub axles, the king pins need some greasers. We are fortunate to have the remains of three but, of course, we will eventually need four. They screw into the top of the king pin and , when the knob is turned, a piston is driven downwards expelling the grease and pushing it down the hole in the king pin. I took them apart for a clean and to assess what parts were missing. This was the most complete example having both the knob and locking clip. We have two
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  14. I shall keep an eye open for a period colour photo of an RAF vehicle in Blue/grey. You may be correct, that they don't exist. but Dad who has only recently succumbed to his old age affecting his cognitive abilities has always maintained that RAF vehicles were generally blue! He was also in Burma I think with 152 Squadron where he was a ground Engineer on Spits, Thunderbolts and Mozzies from memory. Here he is in an almost famous photo as I have seen it several times on the net. He is kneeling down and holding the tail legs. Robert ( Bob ) Honychurch bought his first Jeep in 1951 whic
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  15. Sill looking to replace some of the missing bits and in particular, the braking system at the present time. The Transmission Brake or Foot Brake is known as the Service Brake in the Parts Book - there should be two adjustable Anchor Rods for this and we only have one original. That original is fit to use again and a new second one is being fabricated as a copy of that original - the eye at the end is to be welded to the rod but screwed in now to hold it all together. The hole for the pin can be opened up to the final diameter after welding.All straight forward but there are UNF threads on this
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  16. I use a acetylene torch, never used the shrinking disc. Worth a try I guess? Let us know what you think after first time use. 👍
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  17. I’ve been toying with the idea and I’ve seen plenty of YouTube vids on using one. You know when you see something and you think “that looks easy” and you then think “is it to easy”? And then the next thing you think is “I’m sure I can f*** it up some how”.
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  18. It took me a whole hour to strip it and remove the tyres. Frame, engine and some ancillaries are now painted. Ron
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  19. On Sunday I went to visit a woman I have known since the 1960's. In her paddock she has this GMC that was a runner before it was sheeted up. I recall tat she said that it was used on the film Saving Private Ryan. It is located near St Helens, Lancashire. She may sell it. PM me if of interest.
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  20. Hi Larry and thanks for the reply. Firstly let me say I was aware of the debate and no doubt very accurate analysis of RAF vehicle paint during WW2, all of which makes perfect sense to me. I already have a Green Jeep and dont mind about whether its accurate or not. Secondly and perhaps a bit more controversially my father was in the RAF during the second world war and was seconded to water proofing vehicles ahead of D Day at RAF Little Rissington. After this he was sent to the Far East and used to offer to drive his CO in his Jeep when the CO was going on a mission. My father reca
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  21. Hello, my Name is David and i live in Austria. I am 26 years old, and i love old/rusty vehicles...:) A few weeks ago i bought an old Dennis Tipper. It's a very cool Truck, and it fits perfectly to my 1943 Triumph 3hw. Are there other Dennis owners on this Page? Sorry for my bad English, normaly i speak German😂
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  22. Pushed on with the diff housing and made some interesting discoveries too. Firstly the material is not cast iron as originally thought, but cast steel. Some nice markings are visible The part No. is revealing. In the 1919 parts book this No. has been superseded by 58104. 'Auriga' states that 57935 was updated in 1915 but is not clear what was altered. Thornycroft part No's were updated chronologically and 58XXX series began to appear around Jan, 1915 This dates our new casting as earlier. One thing that is obvious is that the replacem
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  23. Great news on the diff. Hope a gearbox comes to light soon. Ian
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  24. The Latil just sold at auction for 62,000 Euros. Quite a respectable price.
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  25. Having never seen ECL self generating lamps before I purchased the pair at the end of last month, I found another one this week. It also needs some weld repairs to the generator and some parts making. My good friend Mick has found me a lovely Zenith carb to replace the unsightly aluminium downdraft version fitted to the Austin generator. The Zenith does not appear to be missing any parts, unlike most autojumble finds. Mick has been a huge support (enthusiasm and parts) for my projects over the years for which I am deeply grateful.
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  26. Now they are in nice condition, well done.
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  27. When the chassis was blasted, I was alerted to the presense of small cracks in the diff housing. There were also signs of previous repair. As a result, I put the rear axle on hold, hoping that something would turn up. Well something did ! Thanks to the generosity of team Gosling (and Blaster Mike,) I am now the custodian of a spare diff/ axle casing and an expedition was recently mounted to recover it from deepest Somerset. This is an early cast iron casing in excellent condition with a bonus of two replacement axles with near zero wear. The clean up continu
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  28. The fabricating continues, Instalment number 2 of the engine cover. I thought the passenger side would be easier with no handbrake to work around......I was wrong 😩 This was the only other original panel from the engine cover Unfortunately it just wasn’t going to work with this engine so has been set aside. The problem with the passenger side is that the 4D engine manifold is wider that the original opening for the engine cover, I have purposely not modified any of the original panels just in case it ever get converted back to a V8. New panel star
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  29. I have no idea. The are no other numbers on this vehicle......
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  30. I found these images of two buses used as generators at what is now Army HQ, Lisburn. I know nothing of the vehicle's identity. The photographs were taken on 15th September 1942. The vehicles are parked back to back - one has a roof rack and one doesn't.
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  31. Saw this and thought of you. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WW2-WOT-6-Truck-Dashboard/114418143997?hash=item1aa3da52fd:g:SD8AAOSwwolehJeB
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  32. There was one at Tanks, Trucks & Firepower last month.
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  33. It’s all coming along nicely, it will be ready for paint in no time.
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  34. On this citroen they did the trick too but couldn't hide it and ended up with 8 wheel nuts. 😆
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  35. Here a Dewald army truck on gas.
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  36. Nothing has been done to the Dewald yet. It sits in our shed in a strategically positioned way as it is in my view during breakfast (when I'm home). There is a tag on the engine that says it has been modified for the use with a wood gasser by Michel Coasnès. I found an old note of this company that says 'spare parts of my own fabrication adaptable to Dewald and all types of Laffly trucks' I am guessing that this company also did the modification of the rear wheels (and probably the fronts). The truck will be restored mechanically only, and for now we will leave the tyres. Regards, M
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  37. At last work on the scuttle is finished, it's been a bit of a long haul and at times a bit like completing a jigsaw using a grinder and a welder but it's done now and ready for media blasting when the rear cab section and roof have been seen to but all that's for another day so a few photos to close this chapter. This bit was a bit tricky due to the tight curves and internal lip But with a bit of bish and bosh it came good Here the same area had to be repaired on the other side as well a result of being hidden under the inner wing And the repa
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  38. Work - life balance is still all out of kilter but I'm managing to get a few odd jobs done once again. I ordered some mild steel blanks to make new exhaust flanges. When these arrived Jon volunteered to do the machining. Well, what could I say, other than "thanks". The thin flanges bolt onto the silencer end plates (with the bolt heads on the inside). The shouldered flanges are brazed onto the exhaust pipe. The flange pairs are retained with nuts and spring washers. Somewhere down the line a communication mix-up resulted in the shouldered flanges getting 3/8"bsf threaded holes and
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  39. Interesting what you learn - somebody on the Q4 owners page on Facebook has just replied and suggested that just like the smaller bore but similarly designed engines that were in the Humber Super Snipes, they were "notorious for blowing between the cylinders". As he says, even though my Q4 only has 1,700 miles on the clock, you can see on the photo below that it clearly hasn't been sealing around the whole cylinder and that it potentially has been blowing into the water galleries too! I wonder whether the cylinder heads were ever retorqued after manufacture given they were hardly used and mine
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  40. I think that I would seriously consider epoxy. In fact the ring is so good that I am going to suggest a way to show off 🙂 Get them to make a bigger complete ring. Cut it in half horizontally, then press divots in the bottom half with a specially-made press-tool. Cut slots for the spokes and then cast bakelite round the wheel. I don't think an authentic reproduction is out-of-reach. But I also don't think it is worth the effort.
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  41. I would have liked to give an impression of my museum here, Lokers war museum. Unfortunately, due to the well-known pandemic it was closed in February, until who knows when? the museum is located in lokeren, which is for those who would not know in belgium between ghent and antwerp the museum currently has 85 dolls, all of them, or almost with the necessary material. Most, 80 of them from the period of ww2, 5 dolls are dedicated to ww1 this in honor of my grandfather who fought in the trenches for 4 years; I will post some photos, enjoy viewing, all reactions are welcome
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  42. Only got a couple of bits done this weekend, spent far too much time mucking about with the dynamo control box, still cannot get any life out of it. If I fit the one out of the timber tractor she charges nicely, put it's own one back in and no charge, so it's definitely that's where the issue is. Did get the coolant leak cured. Washed out the block first, to clear all the sludge, there was quite a bit of it too so good job done Refit plate with new gasket. Run up for to temperature, while messing about with the charging lark, and no leaks found. Finished paint
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  43. So........time to start fabricating the engine cover, drivers side first and this is all I had to go on.... made by a previous owner, it didn’t really fit and the square edge pressed against the back of your leg. Time to start fabricating 😬 I’ve gone with 1mm sheet steel as it’s easier to work with, not sure if it was the right choice but time will tell, I am still in two minds to have gone with a slightly thicker gauge. first offering not looking to bad. finished panel, it still amazes me just how long it takes to make.
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  44. Spoke to Roger this week and he confirms that my old wagon is at Lyneham. It is in the reserve collection so not on display as such but he says that won't be a problem. Just need to sort out a date and time when I can book a visit and take a trip up the M4. I have found some old colour slides which I took 40-odd years ago and are in fairly good condition. I don't have the means to digitalise them but I have told Roger I will hand them over to the museum to do with them as they see fit. Roy
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  45. Glad to be of service! I've updated the Higher Formations Insignia page today: https://tank-markings.blogspot.com/p/formation-insignia-higher-formations.html
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  46. Yep, that's the one Iain. We certainly customised ours with strip lighting in the workshop area. I will certainly contact Roger and make a booking to visit Lyneham. It'll be like seeing an old mate from 40+years ago if my old 'Mashy Wagon survived the move and if I can be allowed to sit in the cab I'll instinctively know that this is the one. She went halfway round W Germany in '76 without incident. Passed my HGV2 test in her around 1974. So manouverable with the very tight turning circle and short wheelbase that the reverse parking test was a doddle. In fact the examiner tightened it
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  47. Thanks for the encouragement, i will be back on it soon. I do forgive you for shooting at them, i have often thought about blowing this one up myself ! But then i convince myself it will be worth it when it is done ? We'll see.
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  48. Whilst on lockdown like many others I have taken to doing some sorting and tidying. Over the years I have been a keen collector of Commer, Hillman and Ford literature and I am trying to catalogue it all now we can't go out too much. I found these Commer Superpoise Handbooks, what I would give to have the real thing to go with them!! I will keep looking and see what other handbooks of interest come up, I do know I have WD Minx and Tilly literature.
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  49. finally had a week off (last week) so had some me time with the diamond and it is amazing how much you can get done in a week. wiring in 7 pin trailer plug floor mat as the smooth floor is a bit slippery and just adds a bit of comfort for the long trips planned. ballast box with under side already top coated and top side primed/rubbed down ready for top coats. just like that it almost looks finished! fully ballasted with about 10 1/2 - 11 ton of cast steel blocks. have been test driving the truck in the field and it pull
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