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  1. On the subject of polishing I see that some people seem to be in the same place as I was a couple of years ago. Maching polishing is bad because we got a lambswool mop with the kit that came with the 7" sander, gave it a go and destroyed the paint. That was 20 years ago and nothing has changed since. As with most things I think I was wrong. The best place to start is here: http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=66024 Read it, then read it again. More carefully this time. The world of polishing and paint correction has come a long way in the past few years and the options are a little bewildering. I ended up paying the chap who wrote that article to spend a day with us to give us a vague idea what to do and how to go about it. The results when you get it right are staggering. There is so much you can do to correct even quite grim imperfections with razor blades, wet flatting using abrasives that you didn't realise P numbers went that high and machine polishing with the right compound on the right mop for your particular paint. Somehow it is counterintuitive. A foam mop, bone dry with virtually no polish on it? Surely that will destroy the paint? If it is older style coach enamels you have used it is best to leave it for a while before you start polishing because it will give off its solvent for a long time. We waited over a year before we started polishing the Sentinel. However, when you set about it and see that run that had annoyed you for a year slowly vanish never to be heard of again the reults are very pleasing. The only thing which is annoying is just how much you need to pay for what looks like bits of foam.
  2. I'd forgotten all about the anti freeze in the brakes. They can all stay inside until the sun comes out again. :blush:
  3. Go on, I'm man enough and big enough to say when I don't know what I am up to. How do you drive big, heavy things like Pioneers and slightly smaller things like Green Goddesses in deep snow, compacted shiny snow and ice? I'm happy enough pootling around in Range Rovers and other dinky 4x4s but I haven't driven anything bigger than a Super Sentinel in the snow and that was far from pleasant. Is it best just to leave them inside?
  4. Only just seen this. I know they are more expensive than the cheapest rotating beacons but they are very low key, reliable, easy to fit and remove and they absorb very little power. Here is one mounted on the offside rear of our Pioneer. Hardly sticks out like a sore thumb.
  5. Tyres, tyres and more tyres. Pretty much anything else can be made on a small scale but you do need quite a factory to make tyres. We imported some of the BF Goodrich 16 ply 40x8s for the S4 which cost rather a lot but it makes such a difference driving something on the road knowing that there isn't a single complaint someone could level at the tyres. They look absolutely perfect, too. It makes such a difference after years of scratching round trying to find even mediocre 40x8s and 9.00x24s.
  6. No, there is much fun to be had here. Not least when the shipping company turns up to collect it with the usual car transporter and find something the size of Nigeria.
  7. Trying to find the imperial sizes now is pretty tricky and unless you get lucky or spend a long time on the blower you will struggle. The steel stock holders we spoke to keep a pretty tight control on their stock and tend not to have old stuff lying around taking up space. IIRC the bulb iron we needed for the tipping body on the Sentinel was found in a ship breakers in Portsmouth. We only found that by dumb luck. On the upside we replaced a lot of the sections on our Pioneer (including the two front uprights and the nearside upright just aft of the door and the modern sizes are pretty close. Not perfect but close enough.
  8. That's more like it. With the wheels pointing in the right direction everything goes swimmingly. Steer it with one hand on the road. Turns out that when the manual said on no account must the front wheels toe out they weren't joking. The gearchanging is getting better since I learned that you don't drive it like a VX220. I'll need to work on the clutchless changes because that is going to ease leg wear somewhat.
  9. Hmmm, I was fighting with it somewhat more that the chap in the vid. The update is that after putting it back in the workshop and measuring things properly the front track is a mile out. Toeing out by rather a lot in fact which can't have been helping matters at all. One or two other mods to make (including backing off the clutch brake to render it U/S while we practce this gearchanging lark) and we'll test it again.
  10. Ventured onto the road briefly tonight. We'll get there with the gearbox but a couple of questions 1. Transmission whine. Gears 1-5 are (relatively) quiet. Sixth really starts to sing. Very loudly. Normal or something wrong? 2. Steering. It doesn't track very true on the road. Seems to have the same wheel shimmy as everything else I've driven on Trac-Grips but you do need to "pilot" it. It tends to dart around. Given that everything is either brand new or just so it this normal or is something, somewhere horribly wrong? The only thing which can be adjusted measures correctly and the wheels are true. Apart from that pretty much everything else works as it should.
  11. A few more happy snaps. The lift pump is still messing around for some reason so it hasn't been driven very far yet. Just to show it has bonnet sides. The NS one is a bit crappy but it will have to do. Still no strap to hold the shovel on. No side screens or seat cushions either. The sharp eyed may notice a tax disc stuck onto the windscreen. Not that it's reached the end of the track yet. If anyone takes notes about that sort of thing it's got a new number now. Need to start collecting/making the bits that are meant to be attached to it now. It looks a bit bare without them. Next question. Assuming that this has just driven out of the REME workshops in late 1958 or so (that was the date on the rebuild plate on the engine) what markings would it have carried? It could do with some numbers and things on it to break up the acres of green. And that is about it. A few bits and bobs left to do but it seems to be somewhere near now. Side screen, curtains, a few gauges which are still missing, the tool box under the seat, blah, blah, that kind of thing. Anyone got a Matador rotting away in their yard that they aren't going to do anything with?
  12. Bit of a jump I'm afraid but just to show that there has been a bit of progress her are some happy snaps of a nearly finished Pioneer. Cab not far off done, windscreens in, new wings on. Oh and a radiator filled with brand new finned tube. Doesn't leak now, does it? The indicators are now in the sidelights and the headlights have proper sealed beam units with sidelights so it has reasonably modern lights without looking too offensive. This is probably the Pioneer's worst angle. Gawky, ugly cab and a scrawny looking bonnet line. Just like the 100 tonners. There isn't a number for it yet. The reason seems to be that the VROs have decided that being really helpful and friendly and just wanting to do stuff for you does not fit well with the rest of the DVLA's organisation. Being obstructive is a much better approach. A shovel about to fall out because there isn't a strap holding it in yet. No cable for the semaphore arm yet so it's a good job it's got proper indicators. You'll see the engine is running too. A winch drum, stripped, rebuilt and set up properly so the winch rope pays out something like it does in the training films. You'll see it is all dusty. It got driven down the track so it isn't clean at the moment. Nice rope, though. Spare wheel was still wet so it isn't fitted yet. No number plate of rear light but you should spot the LED rear lights. Brake lights, tail and indicators in one tiny little unit. You can see them but they aren't too obvious. Better than Rubbolite units any road up. More rear lights. You'll see the flashing beacon unit too. Rebuilt rear body. Mostly new. You'll also notice that most of the kit that was meant to be with it is missing. Bit of a shame that. A duck egg blue engine yesterday. It really is a horrid colour. If you look very carefully you will see that the dynamo has gone and is now an alternator. We gave up on trying to get a regulator so went for the low speed alternator meant for the 6LW. Hopefully it should put out a little more than the original unit which was on par with a bicycle dynamo. More of the same. Radiator not leaking, float level floating, fuel gauge not working and doors looking like they should. You'll see the bottom of the cab is wrong but hey ho. Bored yet? A green Pioneer. How very original. Temptation to paint the wheel nuts white as yet resisted. Do you like my log pile? I've been going to the physio for weeks because of that. The bonnet and engine covers are elsewhere ready to go on but there are no springs to hold the bonnet on yet. I still reckon it should have been in desert colours but there you go. More later.
  13. I'll try again. Did all this this morning and then the site disappears. Anyway. A CAV AC5 alternator. Somewhat smaller than the dynamo but at least we can get a regulator for this one. There was nowt wrong with the dynamo but the reg was pooped and the seemed to be little chance of geting another one. If an NOS one turns up wrapped in brown paper then the dynamo could go back on but until then this will have to do. We've taken the innards out of the old reg so the new reg can sit inside it but everything should still look correct in the cab. Some strip to go on the steps on the fuel tank. I think originally the strip was meant to be pressed tin but gift horses and all that. The stainless steel float that was made was too heavy so instead of making another one this one got repaired. New brass tube and soldered up so it doesn't leak. Not sure about the red nut but some people just can't help themselves. The joggled strip for the widscreen arrived courtesy of VW&R. It isn't quite as sharp a step as the OEM strip but it will do. You'd have to look pretty closely to tell the difference. A new silencer box. The outlet isn't fitted yet because we aren't certain where the pipe is going to be routed. The current thinking is that because the Gardner may be beautifully well made and highly efficient they do smoke a lot when they are cold so it might be better to route the pipe up the back of the cab. All in the best possible taste you understand. One of the wing brackets being beaten back into shape and repaired which must mean... The mudguards are finally here. Not cheap but not bad value for money. The chaps at VW&R do seem to be able to turn out a good job and sensible money. Would be nice if the money were even more snsible but you can't have everything. And finally because we are all rufty tufty types who like rufty tufty lorries here is a one hour old baby. She turned up a little early which meant I haven't got much work done this weeknd on anything. Perhaps I ought to get her a Green Goddess too.
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