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  1. Shims go under the engine, if I remember correctly.
  2. If I recall...and its a long time ago...starter - electric or hydraulic - was definitely pack out. Pack lift was with turret swung 90 degrees for deck and engine access. Apart from that, can't remember anything special? But it has been a very long time. Find an EMER!
  3. It is with a heavy heart I'm offering up to a good home the 8 cylinder torpedo engine that has featured in this thread: Torpedo engine thread Progress has stalled and the inescapable fact of starting a new business and seeing it grow (https://accupixel.co.uk) means my time is going to be focussed elsewhere for the foreseeable future. So rather than languish in my garage the torpedo engine should be giving joy to someone else. I have all the parts it arrived with boxed or crated, a lot of photos...a 3D model (see Sketchfab model) serving as reference of how it arrived and will dig into the memory banks to assist as much as I can anyone taking it on. Plus there are a few special tools that were made by the good hands of a gracious HMVF forum member - naturally these will be included. Please PM me here. It is a piece of historical engineering, a one-off and unique - certainly an experimental unit. It needs to be preserved, not languishing in my shed!
  4. The sender and gauge has departed for a new and more productive life - all sorted.
  5. Consider it done Doug - apologies for a slow reply as internet connection and time have both been somewhat limited, but now restored.
  6. Hi Doug - a Centurion AVRE? Yes, absolutely - please pass on his email address. Knowing its an AVRE might mean a visit in person rather than relying on post - depending on location.
  7. For longer than I can remember a Centurion main engine temperature gauge and sender has been in the garage "just in case". Its the bourdon tube type with its malleable pipe coiled. Best bit - it still works when I tested it at the weekend. This is new old stock and is free to anyone who a) owns a Cent and b) needs it. Happy to see it go to a good home than languish in my garage (the chances of me owning a Cent are...nil) and would prefer to see it operational or a ready spare for a resto or runner. Having fitted a replacement one of these a long time ago I can attest to the amount of work needed...
  8. Guilty as charged! Yes, its my work. To say it was a bit of a surprise to hear of the win is an understatement.
  9. Regulars will have seen and remember the orthophotos of the cargo decks and their array of vehicles and motorbikes I shared a while back. At 1mm per pixel the level of detail was within my own boundaries of what was acceptable. But the main site, including the debris field of Hold No. 4, couldn't be processed at such fine detail. Computer hardware limitations restricted it to 10mm per pixel, which for a 5 acre site isn't too bad...but I felt things could improve. And now they have. Following the arrival of some new and beefy hardware I can process the site at 2mm per pixel. Online viewer for Thistlegorm Main Site at 2mm per pixel Hold No.4 is an interesting place to wander around. There are three Universal Carriers in the wreckage plus numerous vehicle parts. On the starboard side there is the remains of a 4 x 2 vehicle of some sort - just the axles and engine revealing its position. The two locomotives are a real treat too - be sure to check out the coal tenders next to Hold No.2 where you can find the driving rods that were removed before transporting. Hold No.5 is crammed with ammo and more vehicle parts and some trailers. There is a fourth Universal Carrier pinned under the rudder at the stern. You cannot see it in the orthophoto but it does reveal a chain of events...explosion, debris scatter...sinking. It's easy sometimes to overlook the events and that Universal Carrier for me is a poignant reminder of what happened that fateful night. Do enjoy a look around. If you spot anything you recognise do please get in touch - there is still much to find and document.
  10. The 3D model will always be good for measuring and looking around to get a sense of scale and place. These ortho photos have always been possible but their online viewing is only just coming of age - the file size for the lower cargo deck view is 2.79Gb. The online viewer takes these massive images and breaks them into tiles - smaller areas we can view one at a time - so we never have to pull that amount of data down from a server. Other things would work too. Let me run a little test...
  11. It's just an incredible time capsule. Never occurred to me there was contemporary air in the cargo too.
  12. 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.
  13. A few years ago I posted a thread about some mystery objects on the lower cargo deck of the SS Thistlegorm. If you don't know this wreck, its a scuba diver/military/aviation/locomotive enthusiast's dream dive with the cargo holds full of BSA M20, Norton 16H, Albions, Crossleys, Bristol Blenheim spares...Stanier 8F locos. Fellow diver Alex Mustard started researching the cargo several years ago and following the 3D survey I did we added to the work and published an iBook. To cut a long story short...when I posted the thread about mystery objects it was not possible to view the ortho photos - 2D photographic site plans that are scaled and georeferenced - online. Typical file sizes are measured in gigabytes (thats big) and even fibre broadband won't help there. But things have changed and its now possible to view them online, to zoom in and see the detail. Here's a link to the lower cargo deck. The image is orientated as the ship lies and the bow is towards the top of the screen. At the bow there are a series of mystery objects - over 60 of them - that look like bell housing/gearboxes of some form...but they have a square section at one end and no sign of an input/output shaft: SS Thistlegorm Lower Cargo Deck 1mm per pixel You can also find Lee Enfield rifles and RAF accumulator trollies amongst the wreckage. The Norton 16H motorcycles are stacked in Fordson WOT3 trucks and can be found towards the stern (lower end of the image). If anyone has any idea what the mystery objects are...we would love to hear from you. If that has piqued your interest the upper cargo deck can be seen here: SS Thistlegorm upper cargo deck 1mm per pixel Which has BSA M20, various Albions, Bedford and Morris Commercial vehicles...and bed frames. Finally, the main site of the wreck itself. The area covered is 5 acres and is at a lower resolution of 10mm per pixel: SS Thistlegorm Main Site 10mm per pixel The two Stanier locomotives can be seen on the port and starboard side and in the remains of Hold No 4 there are several Universal Carriers, unidentified vehicle remains and lots of munitions - mainly 4in shells but some 15in examples too. The stern has two deck guns mounted and on the port side are two divers digitally preserved to give a sense of scale. The other areas of the ship have been scanned...including the captain's quarters and radio room - should anyone be interested to see them just let me know. Warning: Scrolling around these images is addictive!
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