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  1. This really does have to be utter tosh. So the man who bought the land knew the history of the vehicle because the guy who sold him it admitted to him that he had stolen it? More to the point, anyone with any knowledge of military accounting in the 1970s/80s could never give credence to such a story. Some soldiers steal a vehicle... the unit then allows the platoon sergeant to "sort out the problem" but he fails. So the regimental quartermaster does what? The CO does what? The soldiers who, presumably, have been returned to the unit do what? They don't claim at their own court marti
  2. I ought to have replied more promptly to this. I followed your advice, took my paperwork to the post office - they weren't interested in any supporting documents, (as you forecast) but simply sent off the V5 and within a couple of days DVLA had changed the status on line showing the vehicle as exempt from MOTs. The Post Office, despite being small and with relatively new staff, weren't phased in the slightest - they seemed to be familiar with the process, which surprised me. The replacement V5 was back within about three weeks. I am very glad you challenged my preconception regarding the M
  3. It's second only to one which was on eBay a few months back - my all time favourite! It had a large sign over the windscreen "LAD Armourer" and it was covered with every piece of REME recovery kit you could imagine. It had a cab top with grilles over all the windows and, because of the weight of the snatch blocks on the bonnet, a patent screw assisted mechanism for raising the bonnet with a large handle at the front - just beside the enormous vice. And, funnily enough, that was a good lightweight underneath as well. I kept a photo of it, but, for some reason it won't download. 10 68
  4. I was told in school woodworking classes that wooden tools and handles should never be painted or covered with anything which prevented them from breathing. Painted wood dries out and loses its flexibility and so is more prone to cracking or snapping. The best treatment for wood is something like linseed oil. Certainly in the Sappers after coming back off exercise wooden tools had the mud washed and brushed off them, they were then allowed to dry naturally before being given a good rub with a rag or cotton waste dipped in linseed oil. Rather like the traditional treatment for cricket bats.
  5. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/military-infrared-headlight-covers-land-rover-101/274378984760?hash=item3fe2430d38:g:5yoAAOSwelheznhn This chap reckons they're worth £600 a pair - and he'll still expect you to pay £2 for P&P!
  6. Yep, really nice and, as Ferg and Terry said, good to see one in post-war British colours. 10 68
  7. Post-war registration number for an RN-owned trailer. May well have been issued to an RM commando. Many RM vehicles had RN registrations. In fact, I think I have seen a picture in a book somewhere of a similar trailer being towed behind a Series 1 Land Rover with RN markings. 10 68
  8. You're right - but that applies from each April. So it won't change to 1 Jan 1981 until April 2002. But... and this is the more important point: it looks as though you are quite right regarding not requiring an MoT and, for that I sincerely apologise and thank you. Because, it seems there is a form V112 on which you can declare that the vehicle doesn't require an MoT when applying to register the vehicle as historic. I had previously read the guidance notes but clearly badly as under category "r" (perhaps I didn't read that far) it includes: "(GB only) A vehicle other than a public servic
  9. You are confusing the issue. As I said, a vehicle can be registered as a vehicle of historic interest from the 1st of April following the year in which it reaches 40. As any vehicle being so registered requires a current valid MoT on the date the application is made, then the date of MoT renewal thereafter is completely irrelevant as, once the vehicle is VHI, it will no longer require an MoT. But, if the MoT runs out prior to the application being made, then the vehicle cannot be registered as a VHI and a new MoT must be obtained. I am in that position myself as I cannot get an MoT at the
  10. Yep! Those were the days - fuel coupons tax-free from the pay office. But redeemable only at certain garages - Esso and BP until the 90s as I remember and only for use in Germany. So the last BP filling station on the autobahn home was at Wankum, close to the border at Venlo. Fill up there, a couple of jerricans as well - refill the tanks before the ferry and ditch the can (borrowed, as you say, from the MT park) as the ferry operators objected to them (full or otherwise). Of course, there was a bit of planning involved as the coupons were only sold in multiples of 10 litres - so you only
  11. I don't remember units ever bothering to paint their jerricans. They were in whatever colour they left the factory. The colour would depend on their age - which is easy to tell as they all have a year of manufacture stamped on them. Looking at your picture, though, is the left hand one actually a British military jerrican? With that "20l" marking and the milky green paint, it looks more like a civilian one you'd pick up in Halfords. I may be wrong, but check that it has the broad arrow on it. But, some post-war British military jerricans were painted deep bronze green up until the 70s wh
  12. The centaur with VII underneath may be 7 Air Defence Group RA. Years ago it would have been the insignia of 7th AGRA, but that was disbanded well before that piece of paper was printed. Why the badge of the Coldstream Guards (reversed) is on there as well, though, is mysterious. 125 Field Company, may be a REME sub-unit. F Company should be Scots Guards - with the RLC (Logistic with no "s") AOS sign having been added by the RLC cooks, perhaps, and B Company - well could be anything, as you say - most non-mounted units will have a B company of some sort. But, sadly, I'm not certain of any
  13. Quite by chance, and topically, I came across this last week - being used as a bookmark! Clearly it's been around for quite a while.
  14. Not unless they make a further change to the interim rules. As things stand, vehicles making the transition to vehicle of historic interest require a valid MoT in order to complete the paperwork. I have fallen into the same pit. My Lightweight is currently on SORN and I was going to get an MoT in this last fortnight in order for it to have a current one for registering it as a VHI which, as a 1979 model it was entitled to be from 1st April. Unfortunately, I missed the boat- my local MoT centres are not accepting non-vital vehicles (which mine clearly isn't) for the forseeable future. So,
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