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  1. Just read this entire thread. Impressive work and commitment. Hope to see final product tearing up the fields!
  2. Watched the video, absolutely astounded at the engineering elegance. Wow! I have an m923a2 (US made 5 ton cargo truck, Gulf War vintage) with a spare tire behind the cab, but I would probably prefer sitting in a dentist chair for an hour rather than attempt to hoist that thing down. British ingenuity, for sure.
  3. I think it was called an army maintenance depot, with mechanics and grunts by the dozen, all available at no charge to fix whatever calamity arose. No charge that is, except the truck full of cash expended by the treasury and borne by the common man. In private ownership, alas, this arrangement doesn't work!
  4. Was this engineered to fail in order to protect other internals in the driveline or wheel hub, which presumably are more expensive and difficult to make?
  5. Impressive restoration. I can only imagine this speed, quality and detail requires sprinkling of a lot of fairy dust!
  6. Interestingly, there are 1,739 votes as of now, I wonder what percent of the membership has voted? It can't be there are only 120 members in USA on this forum (as of today)!?
  7. Interestingly, there are 1,739 votes as of now, I wonder what percent of the membership has voted? It can't be there are only 120 members in USA on this forum!?
  8. What do you plan to do to the engine? Just cosmetics and fluids or more involved?
  9. I recently received the cards from Bovington for my Saracen 82BA77, but they list no chassis number. The numbers on my escape hatches are "404". What's weird is that cards list it as MK2, but mine has RFC and would seem to be an MK6. Wouldn't the cards reflect the changeover when vehicle was uparmored? Also strange is the fact that date in service is listed as July 5, 1955, but first activity is from August 22, 1967. Does this mean it just sat for first 12 years of its life? Or perhaps there is a missing card? The latter option seems less probable, since there are 2 cards already, so i
  10. Awesome, just awesome. Can you give detail on the electrolysis process? What was in the bucket? How much voltage/amps did you apply to the solution? I might need to do this at some point.
  11. Clive, I read your report now several times, must admit most of it is way over my head, but I am convinced the electronic ignition module upgrade you discuss at the end is a no brainer. I contacted Jolly, but they are on vacation until July 13. I will order the module from them and have it installed. Thanks again for your link to your report.
  12. Thanks! I haven't read the report yet, just managed to scroll through it and it looks impressive! I especially like the photos and diagrams, useful for mechanically challenged (me):laugh:
  13. Matt, I know this is from ages ago, but are you still having starting issues? I am going to fit electronic ignition to mine, there is apparently someone in UK (Jolly Engineering or something like that) that sells direct install kits for B80 RR engine. This is supposed to make them start easier, or so I hope. They quoted cost of kit at 205 GBP. What do you think about that -- worthwhile expense?
  14. +1 on this sentiment. How in the world did you manage to accomplish this? I can't believe just throwing parts into a vinegar solution would do that. If you have some additional step by step detail, it would be great!
  15. Terry, maybe a dumb question, but I hope you can educate me. Was the MK6 applied as a new designation for an existing vehicle (so they took MK3, uparmored it and it became MK6) or was it new construction - a new vehicle built from scratch? If it was uparmoring an existing vehicle, do you know whether the donor MK3 would have also been overhauled at the time? In other words, would they take the MK3, tear it apart to renew everything and then uparmor the hull? My MK6 (which I still haven't laid eyes on) is missing its data plate, so I am trying to figure out whether it saw a full REME overhaul i
  16. Nice work! Judging by your workshop, you have some other projects going on? Do tell! Oh, and I'm curious, on the smaller parts, are you cleaning and painting or are you also removing old paint? If removing old paint, how do you do it?
  17. Why is straight bar unsuitable for towing? And why is A frame better -- it spreads forces across two points or is there another reason?
  18. Here is a military trailer that will fit 10 foot wide MV. My guess it was made for tank hauling. Cost Uncle Sam $229K, sold for $36K... http://www.govplanet.com/jsp/s/item/549273?kwtag=p13n-V&h=
  19. They are now being routinely sold on GL and other auctions in USA. I have to imagine the sale price is less than 10 cents on the dollar of what Uncle Sam paid. But you still need a step deck or lowboy trailer, correct? Here's a current auction... http://www.govplanet.com/for-sale/Trucks-Conventional-Tractor-1994-Oshkosh-M1070-8x8-HET-Truck-Wisconsin/549564?h=5000%2Cct%7C30%2Cc%7C2866&rr=0.07692&hitprm=c%3D2866,ct%3D30&pnLink=yes
  20. Thanks, I did read every post with forensic attention. I understand the physics behind most people's concerns about the DROPs, and that lower center of gravity is safer on turns. But I still thought DROPS would be safer in stopping, since you have a rigid platform that won't jack knife. I realize there are myriad of other factors (securing load, axle weight, loading/unloading), so maybe I should just drive my vehicles to where ever I plan to go
  21. I think experience in the trenches counts for a lot. If someone hauling loads for a living is discouraging me, I have to listen. I am not as skilled as the guy in the video below:
  22. Is the polarizing issue in this thread that DROPs may be unsafe with 432's due to the weight and height of the load carried or that carrying any armored vehicles (say lighter ones) using DROPS is still not a good idea? I am pondering whether DROPs would be a nice solution to move Saracen or Fox, which I just bought and working to import to US. I own a 5 ton (m923a2), but hauling either Saracen or Fox would require a trailer, which means yet another piece of equipment to store, register, maintain, etc. For me, driving a combination would be much more difficult, especially backing up and parkin
  23. I managed to purchase a Saracen and a Fox, they are being overhauled in UK now. I also filed Form 6's (one for each vehicle) and to my utter shock, I did not screw anything up, so they did get approved in less than a month. I will PM you, since I saw on another thread you are ahead of the game and waiting to get your CVRT thru customs.
  24. Matt, you don't think that could be risky? I think lying to customs can be a huge problem if they catch you. Who knows, they might decide to make an example out of you and bring some kind of charges. I've encountered a customs search while coming home once from vacation and was stuck in their line, so started texting my wife. The customs agent started yelling at me and I didn't like it, so I challenged him. He went ballistic, said he was going to seize my phone, etc. I had absolutely nothing to hide, so told him I'm exercising my constitutional right to free speech by texting my wife. Long s
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