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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. OK thanks Simon. My argument is, that there is undoubtedly a FB site for Sherman tanks and sites for every other make of tank right down to Jeep wheel nuts. Also different sites for all different makes of motorcycles which is one of my main interests. All interspersed with pictures of other peoples dinner/beer/baby/Etc??? All of which can be covered under the different headings of dedicated Forums such as this one. With the added bonus of being able (usually) to research previous posts and pictures. In a nutshell, to cover my complete area of interests I'd probably have to joi
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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Nibbling away at the list.A local museum wanted to scrap some axles so via Owen we collected the Tilling Stevens axles and will have this as an option to use as a donor for the diff when the time comes. The first class seats are coming together and have managed to buy the correct patterned Moquette cloth which is winging its way to us. These are being done by a friend who does upholstery for yachts and involved a bit of horse trading as they are very good at what they do.The base foam is a dual layer with the blue foam being dence to absorb the shocks and the white forms to your b
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  10. 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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  11. not managed to do to much on the rogers but got the turn table blasted and painted last weekend.
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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. Hello Andrew, I thought this was my mates jeep when I first saw it but its not. his Jeep is a excellent RAF blue as well I can ask him what the mix was but I know the suppliers were 'Automotive Paint Supplies' in Adershot, Surrey: . 01252 313141.. They can literally mix any colour you want, recently they duplicated a earth brown on one of my bikes, which whilst not the usually, turd colour, is a really nice version and I wanted to keep it. They said it caused them a few problems but have exactly copied the colour for me. As a footnote....I am with you on this subject of vehic
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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. After the usual Equinox rain and gales down here yesterday was a bit calmer so I could get the workshop doors open and move stuff around ready for phase two of the cab repair Completed front scuttle parked out of the way on the back of the Retriever And so it starts all over again on the rear floor and back panel, first job was to crane it off the tank at the back of the workshop and get it on a pallet where it can be worked on Quick look round and asses what needs doing Out with the chalk to mark up what needs replacing. The whole top section o
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  24. Great news on the diff. Hope a gearbox comes to light soon. Ian
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  25. The Latil just sold at auction for 62,000 Euros. Quite a respectable price.
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  26. Thank you both for your input. I was pretty sure the lower flash was REME and it was mostly the top patch I was interested in. I am wondering if the upper patch is perhaps "tactical" colouring and whilst green black here on a flag it would be other colours. Perhaps red over black for "The Rifles". Ths blade appears to me to be a bit long for a dagger compared to the length of the grip and the "T" shapes on the end of the crossguard (is that called the quoin by the way?) are not dagger like. So maybe it is a sword rather than a dagger. I don't know if this helps any. The jacket came directly fr
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  27. Now they are in nice condition, well done.
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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. Another little step forward. The charging board frame that came with the truck would have needed a lot of work to make it something like the original so it was easier to start from scratch. It wasn’t easy to bring all the parts together for welding as the frame had to fit within a newly made cover attached to the top of the body and also line up with the existing metalwork and use existing fixings. Also now fitting the (one original and three reproduction) battery box frames that go either side of the radio table. These will be screwed to the floor on wooden battens. I was lucky to f
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  31. I have no idea. The are no other numbers on this vehicle......
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  32. 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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  33. You would need a category C licence (or a CE to include a trailer over 750kg). HGV 1,2 and 3 are long gone. Registered as private and not used for business , not even your own or any kind of reward (not even a bag of chips) you do not need an operators licence or a CPC (operators or drivers). https://www.gov.uk/driving-licence-categories
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  34. Just looking at bits at the moment before we return to the Transmission Brake Bands and linings to finish them.There are Stuffing Boxes on the ends of the Jack Shafts and the cover on each is secured by 6 bolts. We have seven included with our bits which are reusable so five to make and this mainly done today - screw driver slots still to put in the heads. Steve already has a set up to do that so these bolts will go back with him to his place when he next comes down west again.Interestingly, the Parts Book shows studs on this set up with separate nuts but we had the bolts with cross holes dril
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  35. 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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  36. There was one at Tanks, Trucks & Firepower last month.
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  37. I have looked into some production numbers listed here: https://www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au/production_rootes read my comments here: http://www.mapleleafup.net/forums/showthread.php?p=262185#post262185
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  38. It’s all coming along nicely, it will be ready for paint in no time.
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  39. On this citroen they did the trick too but couldn't hide it and ended up with 8 wheel nuts. 😆
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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. So having scoured the darkest depths of Speedy Spares for gaskets, the head was removed and cleaned up - very neat it looks too! As expected, the head and valves were coked up - many, many years of being run for short periods, very little mileage and lots of running cold on the choke. The valves and seats have been cleaned and lapped again so they seal properly and the head looks much neater and cleaner now! It's getting closer to the road all the time....
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  44. 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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  45. The steering wheel has come on leaps and bounds today. The arrival of the rolled tube coincided with Stan being rained off and I prepped all the parts and made two spiggots from a short boiler tube off cut. Mike milled the necessary slots in the tube and I fitted the the ensemble together.....Which took longer than expected! It was now time for Stan to work his brazing magic on my wobbly collection of parts and suddenly we had a good solid steering wheel. After some further file and sanding work the job is now ready for the grips to be applied (with sold
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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. Here are a series of close up/ detail pictures
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  49. 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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  50. The Virus affect on normal life Thursday 23.3.20 phone call at 0800hrs to inform me that the Isle of Man was closing it boarders on Friday the 27.3.20 and the last ferry was at 0215hrs for Heysham, just 13 hours time. I was in the East Sussex 360 miles away from Heysham to take my Dingo home to Laxey the following week. This is when former MTO training steps in even if we have been discarded by the MOD for having survived for to many years. Four hours later on way to Heysham arriving a few hours before sailing time, arriving in Douglas with NBC kit and full gas mask at 0600hrs
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