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  1. Great old show photos. Everyone should dig out those photo albums and post some the photos of their early days in this hobby/obsession. For some of us the photos will be 4 years old for some of us the will be 40 years old. Cheers Phil
  2. Not familiar with Ferret's but have seen similar problem on heavy charging systems when the voltage regulator contact which is suppose to open the connection to the battery when the engine stops is stuck. This leaves the generator as a dead short to the battery which causes the fuse blow, before you burn out the generator. Cheers Phil
  3. Hi What are you planning to use as a covering? Restoring a WWII S56 radio shelter box, it was covered with tarred canvas, looking for a replacement I found commercial grade rubber membrane roof that is reinforced with fabric. It has stood the test of time installed in 1991 no leaks yet. Look up commercial roofing companies and take a couple of photos of your project, and dimensions, when you visit them. If you are lucky they will take you out in the back and find a piece large enough for your project in their scrap bin. When I did this on a couple of projects they just gave me the stuff. My radio box is on a 1942 CMP C60S Cheers Phil
  4. Hi John I am going to try and answer your questions in order; Now big is your membership? Our membership runs between 100 and 130. I print the newsletter each month on my own printer purpose bought for the newsletter. It is a HP Lazerjet M553. Cost about a $1000 which I recover from the club $30 a month until the full cost is recovered. Why that printer it is rated for the 900-1000 pages at a time 40+ pages a minute. It uses 4 large color cartridges with a life expectancy of 10,000 to 14,000 pages which give a cost per page add to this cost of paper which varies to give a cost per page of $0.218. US postage currently is $0.60 for 1 ounce first class. Total cost per newsletter mailed is $2.34 copy or $28.13 per year our club dues $30.00. Just in passing the rest of the club income comes from being paid to participate in parades and our annual summer rally. So the average cost per newsletter of paper 4 to 5 sheets of paper giving 8 to 10 pages. Newsletter format is 8.5 x 11 inches, printed both sides to mail it is folded in the middle with a staple and mailing dot seal on the top edge. This means that most newsletters survive the the post office automated sorting for our state and adjacent states. For those sent across country or to Canada they need a sealing dot on each edge. Size of newsletter is yes dictated by how much is submitted and by how much I’m willing to write. But the real limits are postage cost which is based on weight. So 4 to 5 sheets of paper can be mail 1st class mail. If a slightly thinner paper is used this can be stretched to 5-7 sheets of paper for 10 to 14 printed pages. The 4 to 5 sheet or 8 to 10 pages gives a good amount for text and pictures. Over the years I have studied how many sheets of what weigh can be mailed through our postal system generally I see about a 1% shredded rate or 1-2 per month. As we mail 1st class the shredded ones are returned. Interesting when I’ve sent 1 sheet special notices the shred rate goes through the roof. One question I’ve been asked is do we want just mail subscribers? No, we want to keep people active in the hobby of military vehicles. If you or others are interested I’ll post a PDF copy, nothing flashy but it seems to get the job done of getting the word on events out along with other club stuff. You can also take a look at the club activity level on club web site http://mvmvc.org/ Cheers Phill
  5. Hi Gentlemen First I want to thank the four of you for taking the time to respond to my inquiry How Many MV Clubs Have Print Newsletters or Magazines. I'm trying to see how much of a dying thing print newsletters are in the Historic Military Vehicle hobby really are, it would seem that they have not gone the way of the DODO Bird quite yet. Our club has had a print newsletter going back some 35 years, almost without excepting this has been a monthly newsletter being mailed to the membership each month. I'm the third editor having taken it over in 2007. The newsletter now is full color with as many photos has get submitted, with an emphasis on club activities, restoration projects, tech tips and local parts and vehicles for sale. Over the years there have been several request to take the Newsletter to a web version, which I have resisted as when asked our membership has been almost evenly split between those who are comfortable using the internet and those who don't really enjoy it. People bring up the cost savings which would be significant, our cost are postage and actual printing cost. I wonder about what we would loose in such a move away from receiving some thing tangible in the mail each month. So far my response each time the web version of the newsletter comes up is to say good do we have a volunteer to take on getting it out each month. So far no takers. In closing yes our club has a web page, and I have resisted putting a PDF copy of the print newsletter because I think we would loose more than we gain. Cheers Phil PS- My stubbornness to change probably has something to do with driving right hand drive MVs.
  6. Hi All I am curious how many MV Clubs still have print Newsletters/Magazines? Asking this question probably dates me, I've been involved in the MV hobby since the late 1970s, which predates what the internet has become. Back then it was fairly common to see International, National, and local MV Clubs having regular printed publications. So back to my question- how many regular club print publications are there? What clubs are putting them out? How often do they publish? What is the nature of the publication, couple of pages etc.? Cheers Phil PS- Yea, I'm the editor of our local MV Clubs Newsletter.
  7. Another explanation is that the date on the film is wrong. Take a look at the other vehicles in the film see if you can date them. There seem to be lot of private vehicle also remember when Landrover was first built in 1948. Also custom body work on Jeeps at the end of the war were common to get a more all weather vehicle. Just some thoughts
  8. Hi - Found this link interesting, and also a lesson in be-careful of what you find on the internet. Did anybody else note the miss-identification of the CMP CGT as "WWII re-enactment. Morris Commercial C8 Quad Artillery Tractor Unit Festival of History 2010, Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire." Cheers Phil
  9. One more possible check to make, with out driving if you pump the brakes do they lock up? What I'm looking for does it have self-adjusters and did they get mixed up? Just looking for something unusual that would explain the problem. As TJSB suggested looking for a one way valve effect, I've had this happen with flexible brake lines from two different causes internal failure and from being sharply bent. As someone else suggested the test for this is backing off a bleed screw when the brakes are locked up. If the brakes release then cause is in the hoses, line or master cylinder. Keep us posted on what you find. PS I've had this happen out of the blue with a late model regular car.
  10. Hi Enjoying your rebuild, well done and well documented. Now to a detail on the distributor, that you probably checked, the drive gear. Checking for any play, I've had the pin break, then turn a little loosing the timing, then spinning on the shaft. Fun driving down the road at 40 MPH in a C60S CMP and the pin let's go. Lots of poping and backfiring as you roll to the side of the road. Cheers Phil
  11. This a very interesting read. Whether you are into steam, or more interested in "modern" stuff, take a few minutes to read this chronicle of preserving a bit of history. Well done to all. Cheers Phil
  12. If you have not pulled the engine yet consider setting up a camera to do time lapse of the process. I did this years ago as a time and motion study of pulling and installing the engine out of CMPs here is one that I posted to Youtube At that time I had the process from start to engine on test stand down to 2 hours working alone. The time lapse help me spot how to do it best. Also helped with not missing steps either pulling the engine or in putting it back together. Found that game cameras are good for taking this type of time lapse you can set them to take either one or multiple photos every time they see motion, or to take short videos each time they see motion. The motion sensing is useful as you don't have to edit out the dead periods where there is no activity Cheers Phil
  13. Hi Good question, my take on this from States, small tanks drain put in gallon of the non ethanol fuel with some 2 cycle oil then run the engine long enough to get the mix through the fuel system. If possible slush the tank to coat the tank. I've tried the various storage additives, not impressed. On my MVs I've been putting 2 cycle oil for a 100to1 mix drive truck around a little, yes it smokes a little but less than you think. Cheers Phil
  14. Hi. I've wondered about installing a low point drain tap on the military fuel filters on my CMPS much like the fuel test point like they have one aircraft. So as part of your pre-drive check you take a small sample to check for water. Problem with pulling the thread drain plug on military filters is it generally all or nothing event, and messy. The drain checks on planes allow you to push a container against the test point and take a small slug of fuel. Cheers Phil
  15. Hi My condolences to you across the pond who are now facing the introduction on a large scale of E10. When this was done in the states, the effect was immediate and drastic for some vehicles. Failure of rubber parts often happen within the first tank full. Common failures included fuel pump diaphragms leaking fuel into crankcase, fuel lines going soft inside would collapse causing fuel starvation. Another sudden failure was with Jerry Can gaskets would fail often the first time exposed to the E10. Significant lose in mileage is Common. Cheers Phil
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