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  1. Never let it be said that we would ever do anything remotely illegal Lex! Ron
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  2. Thanks for taking the time to change all the links to your pictures. Without them it's just not the same.
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  3. It being a Tuesday evening, it was clearly time for Monday Club! Monday club has many rules and purposes, some confoundingly complex. Firstly it is generally held on any evening except a Monday (sic). Thirdly some work has to be accomplished to achieve the second objective, of enhancing shareholder value of Britains' finest brewers. Hurrah for brewers. This weeks task was to finish making the rear axle more manoeuvrable by constructing a trolley, remove the remaining spring and take off the propeller shaft tube. We also decided to weigh the spring and axle for sporting purposes.
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  4. This is why mine is going to Jerry
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  5. Should clean up nicely with a bit of light oil.
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  6. It looks superb, what a great finish. Very much worth the effort.
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  7. I personally don't have a problem with replicas as long as they are not portrayed as originals. I think that anyone who puts the effort into restoring anything is worthy of praise, the only exception, in my mind, are those who pay to have the work done and the then tell everyone that they restored the item themselves, why not just be honest. As for not using the correct thickness of steel, sometimes there seems to be little point, unless it can be seen and the in a lot of cases it can be packed out to look correct if you are using thinner material or ground back, if it is slightly
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  8. Or at least what my late father used to call them in Malaya in the late 40's / early 50's. The gun is the old Tamiya kit with some tweaks / updates, the limber is from Bronco, with the figures being a mix of Bronco 25 pdr crew set and RIICH Model 3" Mortar Team in NWE set. The base is from MiniArt and yes the door diagonals are the wrong way around. Cheers Kevin
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  9. There are two neat machined channels one either side of the engine bay...
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  10. Sadly there is not a single part of the chassis frame that hasn’t been bent, cracked, twisted or even rusted through !
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  11. Gun is the Accurate – Armour 1/35th scale BL 5.5” Medium Field Gun. I built this resin kit many years ago. It can be built in firing or transport mode and with a little work can be modelled in both positions, the gun also comes with loose ammunition, boxes and loading tray. The figures are a mixture of Bronco, from 25 pdr crew and RIICH 3” Mortar Team in NWE and their 6 pdr crew all with a few tweaks. The gun has seen better days and this needs replacing with a new styrene kit and figures both in firing and transport poses. Cheers Kevin
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  12. I also broke down the bogies as far as I could but 2 arms are seized and 2 cluster won’t split down but I will win. I will try and get a photo of the right idler as it has some battle damage, namely a bullet hole with a corresponding strike mark and then another strike mark a few inches further on. I thought at first that something solid had got into the idler wheel but the hole and deformed steel leaves me convinced it’s battle damage.
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  13. I’ve not achieved much recently but I pulled the tarp off to get to some other parts. This photo shows where I’m at, at the moment. Next step will be to get the cab floor out so I can look at what I need to replace (I suspect the whole floor and supports). And after that, remove the whole cab.
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  14. It's not far from the RAAF Airbase at Richmond NSW, but in the short term I'm going to see how far I get backpacking a Tirfor hand winch in cheers Phill
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  15. Desert Storm - which Op. by that name was over 40 years ago ? ISTR the SAS did start off with VW buggy LSV over 40 years ago.
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  16. Well I have three Triumphs and can't remember ever seeing that number.......But I'll look tomorrow. Ron
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  17. this is what happens when some one does not know how to set a diff up in a jeep axle it lasted less then 100 miles photos of the new one and the busted one its the best one i have ever seen it made a bit of a rattle when driven also burnt out the bearings not a cheep day out
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  18. Once the engine was running I was able to start assembling the cab, as I had been holding off putting the cab back on until the engine had been successfully run. The cab frame was build a couple of years ago, but as I don't have the facilities to be able to lift it on in one go, it had to be assembled on the lorry, which also presented it's own challenges. Looks a lot more like a Matador again now though.
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  19. Hi All, Just to add to the topic a little. One of these Military Pattern bikes was recently re-exported for France via the UK back to the USA. This bicycle has a so far unique USA marked saddle. These saddles were undoubtedly military issue, but probably only appreared on the second batch of these bicycles built in 1918. The earlier bicycles had civilian made saddles, Troxel N°1 Motobike were specified. These are of similar or the same design, but have Troxel stamped into the leather rather than USA. Pictures and research by New Mexico Brant. It was found a
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  20. Cleaned up the centre and did some remedial work on the paint. ( OK, I dropped it ! ) The wheel is now ready for a trial fitting which may even happen tomorrow. The alterations to the diff casing have made themselves known, via a photo sent to me recently. Compare these two pictures of an early and a later build, both J type. There was clearly a substantial build up of the lower arms, which was apparently instigated by the Army, after a number of rear axle failures.
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  21. Yes Normandy last year... Looks like you’re all good now 👍🏻
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  22. Not that one, but likely from the same yard. The overgrown brambles are just like those I cut out of the engine bay. My track had both fenders but was missing the right vertical engine cover.
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  23. Try changing the condenser, I had a similar issue with a Jeep, plenty of fuel and had a spark but just wouldn’t fire properly, drove me mad for ages, double and triple checked everything, last resort started changing stuff to eliminate the problem, new condenser and started on the button.
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  24. I think this yours as well, pictures taken back in 2012. There were lots of interesting things there but back then nearly impossible to buy anything. Quite a few people must have watched the site as I know of several items that found a good home after the owner passed away.
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  25. I have been restoring a 1950 80in Land Rover for the last 4 years .It became more of a challenge than all the other MV that I have done in the past .Their are not many 70year parts about like most military mv. It’s nearly ready for the road . T CORBIN
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  26. Up date on the rear of the cab and floor in the last post I'd started to mark up the areas that would need attention and the same design issues of butt closed non sealed seams that caused issues on the front scuttle were evident on the rear section as well, it's a miracle that any of these closed cabs have survived frankly. This feature was the cause of the problem around the top of the rear panel, the cab roof can be removed for shipping purposes and the joint between the rear panel and the cab roof is closed with nothing more sophisticated than a metal strip that's what can be seen here
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  27. It has only taken me 4 years to notice this forum, despite spending hours trawling through the internet looking for information, photos etc for Mk1 Militants. So now I am here I thought it would be a good idea to share my restoration with you guys. Having said that though, now I have seen the standard set by Simon Daymond on his motor, I know I still have a lot of work to do. Firstly, history. Why have a Militant anyway? Well, back in 2006 the wife suggested that I needed a hobby of some kind, as I was cluttering the house up at weekends and getting in the way. I've done some restoration w
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  28. 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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  29. Looks in great condition for a tenner, just a light clean up needed by the looks of it.
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  30. Nothing too interesting at the moment! Cleaning original washers by hand and priming whilst waiting on parts. Thanks to The DT Guy for the advice.
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  31. Nice! I got myself a British 1945 one. I like them better than the US model.
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  32. Just a quick update, unfortunately not much has happened recently, work has gotten in the way of life at the moment but you have to take it while it’s there. I decided to add some sound proofing to the new engine panels, the main decision for this was due to the previous owner having left a pair of ear defenders hanging in the cab and a few comments by other forum member about the noise, my thought process was to reduce the risk of going completely deaf inside the Fordson while being able to retain my selective hearing for when the wife was talking ( good job she doesn’t read this
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  33. No need to get anything more expensive for a number of reasons. First they are cheep at £15 and have all the functions / features needed. no point in spending 40 or 50 quid on something and finding it’s the actual fridge that’s broken, you can always by a more expensive one later. also, these STC 1000s have a 10amp relay, to cope with any surge, they have a heating function, and are compatible with the basic NTC temp probe already installed in the fridge. Just wire up as per my photos below - terminal block used as a temporary solution.
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  35. I'm currently moving all my websites to a new host, who should be able to offer free secure hosting, allowing me to use https links. I'm currently waiting for my present host to release my domain name to allow it to be transferred to the new host. Once it is all sorted, I'll have to go back through all my old threads and change every picture link to the new secure site, but in the long run, the threads should live on. I did discover recently that Google Chrome started blocking any http content in secure websites - so called "Mixed Content". So if you've been looking at sites where all the p
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  36. It's dangerous to speculate on this stuff, there are so many pitfalls. Rick's plate has at least three engine numbers on it, the original, now hidden, then if I'm reading it right E136 then E181. The plate belongs to an early engine, Austin as opposed to Austin Motors, but note that the plate is simply screwed to the block, so Austin or some other company could just have re-stamped and re-used the plate for some other rebuilt block, or the plate could be original to that block, who knows. First bit of advice would be to unscrew the plate from the block and look behind it to see if i
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  37. You are correct. If you can see them they can no doubt see you. If you were to bring a lorry that close to the front and park it they will bring down artillery fire upon you and that will really stuff your day. Mobile pigeon lofts would move with the headquarters when they moved (which was very rarely). The pigeons adopt a location as their new home after they have been there a few weeks. The loft would be manned 24 hours a day so that any incoming messages could be seen as soon as possible. You can see a "grill" type affair on the front of the lorry behind the stuffed pigeons. The birds
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  38. I would imagine that German artillery would have had a field day with that if it was an observation post (or at least one close enough to any action to see anything useful)! Wasn't it the usual idea that the observers or other messengers close to the front (balloon or terrestrial) had a pigeon basket with them with a few birds & then said birds would fly messages back to their 'home' loft (like this one) which would then essentially function as an 'exchange', routing information to the intended recipients? Kevin
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  39. That's extremely silly - but good fun! Andy
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  40. The diameter of the circular "bell housing" bit is 683mm/26.88in and the square section is 540mm/21.25in. Overall length is 820mm/32.28in. No. Hold No2 has Fordson, Crossley Q and Leyland Retrievers plus the Nortons. Bedford OYC bowsers are in the deck above - the Upper Deck.
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  41. Hopefully next week I’ll have chance to ring around the wholesale traders. Today I managed to get the seized bolt out of the bogie frame and get it removed. I then made a start on removing the rear cross member. Some bolts I had to grind the heads off and some I had to chisel the nuts off. One nut was so thin it was like a washer and practically fell off. It got dark before I could remove the last bolts so that’s tomorrow’s job.
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  42. I relate to that of buying a project and thinking of putting it to one side for a later date but then having a little look and before you know it putting in some proper work!
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  43. It is actually a mobile pigeon loft, so i think that is to allow the pigeons easy access.
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  44. The museum did a nice job of restoring them, but i have no idea what they were like before they started. I would think that these images are about 30 years old.
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  45. You know how it is , we thought we were going to mothball this project once stabilised until we had finished some of our other projects. It started with we will just pop the head off to have a peak at the suspect reported valve problem as it was a bit rainey last weekend and domestic duties we’re suspended. After most of Saturday afternoon and Sunday the head finally let go of the studs after lots of gentle encouragement and tea drinking . What we found on cyl 1&2 the gudgeon pin has scored the bores where I’m guessing the ally end caps have been left out allowing the pin to move fro
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  46. Steve.....you could buy the Pierce, and use it as a tow truck to get the Peerless back home in style..........functional and convenient! 🤔 FYI- do you know why divorce is so expensive? Because it’s worth it! Back to trucks.
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  47. Tony, not only is it literally true........recently I needed to make an entire water pump for a fantastic American auto.........a seven figure car. The car is what legends are made of..........and the owner asked me “how much to make that pump” I gave him a number and a time frame........he almost passed out............and he asked can I get it done in 60 days. I said sure.....triple to quadruple the money. He started talking to himself. I referred him to all your threads from your restorations. I explained him the inverse relationship between time and money when making nonexistent parts. He w
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  48. Now there all a beautiful shade of green😁 Apologies for the poor pictures, someone didn’t want the Jeep getting wet 🤨
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  49. At last!! The fabricating for the engine cover and side panels are finished 🎉😬 Every panel except one has been fabricated just to cover the engine and floor, it’s been a marathon to say the least !! All cleaned, prepped and ready for undercoat. Time permitting should hopefully get them all in green this weekend
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  50. Ok.......” The Curve “ ....... this is how it went, bear with me as I am literally making this up as I go.. The familiar start I has an idea in my head of what I wanted to achieve but wasn’t sure how it would turn out🤔 Measurements taken and the cutting commences The empty gas bottle is ideal for shaping The shape is starting to come together, pity about all my new paint work that now needs touching up 🤨 a few spot welds to hold the shape , cut slots in the curve to allow gentle tapping until it started to form more of a curved s
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