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  1. Hi All, I identified this object on another forum, and thought it might be of passing interest here. Peerless Tire Pump It's probably not the same Peerless company, and it's not as if you need a Tire pump (-: But it dates from 1912, and it's always good to see objects whose build quality makes them usable over a century later. Best Regards, Adrian
  2. Pity. I wonder what happened? I was looking forward to seeing how that developed. Oh well, each to their own, I guess.
  3. Hi, @Rob T is right. There's a lot of information on these interesting multi purpose trailers here: https://atf40.1fr1.net/t2742-voiturettes-d-infanterie-modele-1937 For those who don't read french, the manuals lower down the thread are self explanatory. Best Regards, Adrian
  4. Hi, David, WNR = Werk Nummer, probably pore obvious to you than us Brits. It's probaably an overhaul number from a German or Austrian workshop. A lot of allied vehicles were overhauld, repaired or rebuilt as part of the war reparations, and posssibly on civilian contract after. I would think a very rare survival to see it still in place. Best Regards, Adrian
  5. Creativity, there you go, a new French definition... (-: It's close to Déjà vu... Déjà bu (from French, meaning "almost drank") describes the inability to stop mid pint? Even when you know you have had too many. Chin-chin, Adrian
  6. Hi, All, having a French keyboard (one of the things I had to get used to when I came, and now have problems with QWERTY boards instead), déjà vu n'est pas un problème. (-: With special characters in other languages, I just type into Google the version without accents, etc. and you will usually find a version with all the wibbly bits which you can copy and paste into the document. I never realised déjà vu is only one of a list of related terms: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Déjà_vu Jamais vu (from French, meaning "never seen") is any familiar situation which is not recognized by the observer. Déjà vécu (from French, meaning "already lived") is an intense, but false, feeling of having already lived through the present situation. Déjà rêvé (from French, meaning "already dreamed") is the feeling of having already dreamed something that is currently being experienced. Déjà entendu (literally "already heard") is the experience of feeling sure about having already heard something, even though the exact details are uncertain or were perhaps imagined. Presque vu (from French, meaning "almost seen") is the intense feeling of being on the very brink of a powerful epiphany, insight, or revelation, without actually achieving the revelation. Being a scientist, this last is horrifyingly familiar.... (-: Best Regards, Adrian
  7. Hi All, as of yesterday, one Little Ship fewer. https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/hampton-fire-lady-gay-owners-20520205 Best Regards, Adrian
  8. Hi Jürgen, I copied the spare parts list into .pdf, and sent it to you this morning by private messaging here. Best Regards, Adrian
  9. Hi All, It might already be known, but using the information on Jürgen's and my Keycards, plus other information, it is evident that, at least for this contract, SS Cars numbered their chassis in order, so adding 6200340 to the chassis number gives the X number (or taking it away from the X number gives the chassis number). Best Regards, Adrian
  10. Hi Jürgen. Contract S 8055 was for trailers numbered X6210183 to X6225182. These were built in Coventry (Lockhurst Lane, I think), from 1944 onwards. The company making them was originally called Swallow Sidecars. They changed their name to SS Cars prewar, and this is the make on the dataplate. For obvious reasons, they changed their name again after the war to Jaguar, who are still making cars today. My SSCars trailer is from the same contract, and is X6217217. Best Regards, Adrian
  11. Hi @Baerdus Jürgen. Bavaria I know a little, it's the other side of the Alps from me (-:. If the number 01YK60 is original to the trailer, it is probably WW2, though pictures would confirm it. After the war, with vehicles all over the world, some lost, destroyed, stolen and with fictitious numbers, and the British Forces reducing in size so selling or giving a lot of vehicles away, the registration system was a mess. So, around 1948, when things started to stabilise, the army started to issue a new registration system to find out what vehicles they still had. 01YK60 is a registrtion from that period, and would heve replaced the trailers wartime X registration number. The change in number was recorded on Keycards, like the one below. Wally Dugan was instrumental in rescuing these cards many years later. The amount of information for each trailer is variable, as you can see. All the trailers on this card are water trailers. Some have nearly no information, such as 90YK02, all we can tell is it was Struck Off (disposed of) by the Ministry of Supply at Ruddington in the UK on 16/11/53. Others, like 90YK10 was chassis number 1355, Contract T879, wartime number X4577402, and was Struck Off by the Britsh Army on the Rhine on 31/10/63. Rotten floors on these are quite common, but it is a flat sheet of steel with no complicated pressings, so fairly easy to replace. Here's some more interior photos on another site: http://mapleleafup.net/forums/showthread.php?t=17322 Tell me if you need a scan of the parts book. Best Regards, Adrian
  12. Hi @Baerdus And welcome. (-: Where are you located? I have a British Airborne trailer (Trailer 1/2 ton, Cargo, Lightweight, 2-WH No1, number 02YK38 (SS Cars Chassis 16877, wartime number X6217217). I can't help with the pictures you have requested, but you may find these useful: If you do not have one, then you will find the Illustrated Spare Parts List for these trailers useful. It is WO Code 13464. If you cannot find it, tell me, and I will scan a copy and send it to you next week. If you would like more details on the trailer, such as who made it, it's chassis number, it's wartime X number, and possibly the unit that used it, then you can apply here using 01YK60: https://www.rlcarchive.org/Help/VehicleKeyCards Or it may be that @wally dugan can help. If you are doing a restoration, please start a new topic for it in the restoration section. People enjoy watching, and you will get a lot more help and advice if you have questions. Best Regards, Adrian
  13. Hi All, They seem to have been popular. See the discussion here too. Best Regards, Adrian
  14. Hi Phil. This is a common problem in bicycle collecting circles, 'girls' bikes are not as desireable as 'boys' bikes, and even really good examples get broken for parts. What it boils down to is this: If you want to keep it, then restore it. Don't worry about what happens next. If you don't want to restore it, then sell it on Ebay or somesuch site. Make your thoughts (and pictures) on parabike compatability obvious. Sell it as a complete item, and that way the new owner can decide whether to restore or break it. I have restored stripped bikes, and it's a frustrating thing, a lot of effort I will never get value on, but I accept the reality of that in the same way as many on here who perform miracles on basket cases. Best Regards, Adrian
  15. 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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