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  1. Yes & Yes The Vehicle Code comprised the first part which was the Establishment Code that defined the purpose & role of the equipment. The second part defined the maker & sometimes a particular model or mark. 2855-0711 Pressed Steel Company 2855-0747 Rootes Pressings Ltd There was no Sankey code associated with Establishment Code 2855 for a NT 3/4 Ton I'm afraid. In fact Sankey was only one of about 30 manufacturers of trailers of 1 Ton or less in the 1950s-60s. Yet they all get called Sankeys!
  2. It is the Reliability Class based the age of the equipment & is not related to the Establishment Code which is function related. Class 1 for first 60% of planned live Class 2 for next 40% of planned life Class 3 over planned life Planned Life would be laid down in EMPS or EMPL (Equipment Management Policy Statement/Letter)
  3. I suspect that all 2855-0747 GS Trailers eventually underwent this modification to become 2853-0747 I have a catalogue of all B & E Vehicles in service dated March 1991, it only lists 2853-0747 It looks as if the Wide Track went through similar changes from GS 2855-0790 to be become Various as 2853-0790 In that catalogue again only the Wide Track Various is listed no sign of Wide Track GS.
  4. Yes it's another 3 pages nothing exciting but I'll scan those when I can. Internet here is slow & erratic as we have no broadband.
  5. Oh yes part of it's history & a good talking point. It should take you 3 hours according to the EMER & strike out '20' on the MOD plate. It was provided in the event of being required to carry a WCP.
  6. Painting over a patch would be a nice touch. I had a Pig which was BAOR with a Union Flag sticker that was painted over when it was recovered & used for NI. As it was all peeling off I replaced it then painted it over! I was told by a few that "I ought to get the paint off because there is a sticker under there"! "Yes I know!" Camo yes should be black 1/3, green 2/3
  7. Here is a camo one with some markings removed & still 2855-0747 I assume in original Cargo role & not been converted to 2853-0747 Various role or at least not for a WCP modification.
  8. Yes a lot of trailers did get painted in a disruptive pattern although numerous trials considered it to be of little value on small trailers other than encouraging a good camo mindset in the troops. I notice that your Establishment Code changed from 2855 (= Cargo) to 2853 (=Various roles) this seems to happen particularly when a Water Carriage Pack has been fitted. This was when a water tank access panel was fitted (as you have) to the rear under EMER WHEELED VEHICLES U 207/8 Mod Instr No 10. March 1975 It would be interesting to see what is under that paintwork, it is very likely to be concealing the forbidden badges. I would be tempted not to smooth them away as at some stage you or a subsequent owner may want to depict an earlier era. Besides still being able to see badges painted over gives the trailer a realistic appearance.
  9. Ed although it can be great fun embellishing vehicles & trailers with fancy badges & insignia, I'm afraid your trailer by 1980 would no longer display such attributes. The Defence Review of 1975 set out to develop a "One Army Concept" where TAVR & Regular Units would be treated the same & instructed the removal of signs which were not strictly necessary. This was spelled out in Annex E to CRAOC Bulletin 8/77 and formalised in UKLF Standing Instruction No 79 Sept 1977. So that wef 31 March 1978 these were to be phased out: Formation Heraldic Signs/Badges Arm/Service Identifying Colour Signs. With the formal introduction of IRR paints in Materiel Regulations for the Army Volume 2, Vehicles & Technical Equipment Pamphlet No 3 Painting of Army, Vehicles, Aircraft & Equipment Dec 1980 it was stated that there was little value in painting a disruptive pattern in anything smaller than a 3/4 ton trailer. So I suspect yours would have looked much like this one being towed by a 110 Rover.
  10. Ok Malcolm sorry I thought you were called Adam given your user name. Yes what a shame the remnants of the lockers were thrown away, such a shame that their value as patterns was not appreciated. You may have seen that on ebay there is a seller who has a surprising selection of NOS Pig items. Things like door hinges & handles, axle gaiters that seem reasonably priced. Beware another seller has silencers that is suggested are for Pigs. This is quite wrong & although I have communicated with the seller this misleading advert remains. I sold my last Pig a couple of years ago together with a large collection of spares. However I have unearthed a few odd items NOS packaged servo & generator panel plus a few small items & several sets of decent headlights & surrounds. I think your Pig has the single speed 12A dynamo. If you had a spare with it & a generator panel, those came from my wrecked FV1601. The 12A generator panels are extremely scarce, however I have seen the 25A panel fitted in as a direct substitute. I agree those 4 studs look as if they were for something special. But the EMER & UHB Technical Description just describe such fittings for authorised equipment. I have a large collection of Pig photos & I think the shot I posted is the only example of the studs in use, albeit it a bodgery sort of way. Any recent pictures to share? The last time I saw it was in the field where it had been for some years. PS I think I have NOS passenger seat canvases base & back.
  11. Adam these are for the attachment of any "approved equipment" in a similar way to those on the inside of the roof & the three vertical slats on each side to give a degree of adaptability bearing in mind the Pig was conceived for a range of roles in RAC, RA, RE, RS & Infantry. It is unusual to see them put to use but here is an in-service photo of the upper two blocks used as the anchor point for a rope supporting riot shields carried at the side of the Pig. Given that you have posted in this thread does it mean you now have Wayne's former Pig?
  12. VAOS Sub-Section LV/7 is for 'non-standardised' (ie not to WO design) British 'B' Vehicles
  13. It is listed in VAOS Section LV6-MTI Vol. 1 Miscellaneous Stores 1952 & again in 1960 The cap if lost could be replaced by demanding LV6/MTI/37557 Incidentally the 1960 edition also lists LV6/MTI/32002 Jerrican 4 1/2 gallons
  14. When I get a bit more time I'll try & put more of the EMER up. As it is it gives an interesting insight into the sphere of influence of the British Army & its engagement with countries that no longer exist, at least under some of those names.
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