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  1. Just a quick update - just waiting for my contact over in Canada to get back to me then we will get all this underway!
  2. Looks like we have the makings of a 20ft container load here folks. My stuff is relatively light (a cab, hood, some wheels and other sheet metal parts). Will these fascinating sounding items of yours fit in a standard container (about 8 ft wide and 8 ft high inside? I have pmed you my contact details.
  3. I have some items to ship back from Canada in the next couple of months (Toronto). One option is to fill a container on a share basis. Does anyone need space?
  4. Try "Soldier Talk" by Simon Cullen https://www.amazon.co.uk/Soldier-Talk-Simon-Cullen/dp/0850524598 Might not contain the latest slang, but its a good starter for ten
  5. We have done both engine mounts and the spring rubbers using Devcon "Flexane" 2-pack. There are a number of hardnesses available - go for the 60.
  6. Brilliant for 6V. We fitted one to a customer's F1 Ford with a flathead V8. It was the last throw of the dice before we converted it to 12V but it transformed things. On one occasion I even wound it onto the trailer using the starter motor alone. On the downside they don't look right in certain circumstances (EG a Jeep)
  7. They were, however, provided under lend-lease and were allocated by the Ministry of Supply. As such they are often assumed to be "military". In fact they were used both in agriculture and more generally in the war effort. The lend lease M's had (I think) a front towing pintle and a hole in the bulkhead so that the driver could swap from petrol to TVO without stopping/leaving his/her seat. I think I may have owned/sold the one in the post by Jamie Meachin......
  8. Tom I have made bonnets for customers in the past but a bit busy to do any right now but what I do have are a couple of correctly dimensioned centre hinges - I had a batch made ages ago. I think there might be a bit of surface rust but easy to clean up. I can let you have one if you are up for fabricating your own bonnet. The bonnets are relatively straightforward to have made up as long as you remember to leave a little spare steel on the front corners to follow the line of the top of the radiator cowl because of the slight downward slope of the whole bonnet rear to front. I think I even saw the template for the shape of the cutout that goes around the radiator cap on a shelf in the workshop yesterday and I can easily draw around that, scan it and email it to you. The brackets that the side panels hang on are simply a slighty curved rectangle with a slot; these are riveted to the bonnet. Some pictures here http://s484.photobucket.com/user/RustyTrucks/library/Bedford Bonnets
  9. Check your cab mounts first. Gearbox mounts second.
  10. Interestingly we did tens of thousands of miles in Surrey and beyond during the trials and I am not sure I agree with the propensity to bounce! Maybe having come from the likes of Mk1 Militants they seemed to positively glide along. You did say in your post vibration though, and so, notwithstanding the state of the roads, I would be taking a very close look at all the mechanicals.
  11. Something amiss there. Does it the whole thing judder (drive shafts as you say - although I do recall a defect with the gearbox mountings coming loose and also cracking in cross members) or is it just through the steering? Definitely not normal.
  12. Don't think so - as I recall the gearing is such that you are out of power band revs on the Eagle 350 as you hit 45. The upside is that they are quite quick off the mark. The other issue is that nothing on the thing is designed to do more than 45, so brakes, steering, suspension are all matched to that speed, not a higher one. My strong advice is that if you want a faster truck, buy a faster truck.
  13. Urban myth. The reason that DROPS is steady is that was what the Joint Service Statement of User Requirement (JSSUR) required - max speed 45MPH. So that is what Scammell and Foden worked to. Remember that they replaced AEC Militants for the most part, so even 45MPH seemed quick. Tyres happened to be rated at 55MPH.
  14. I have a box of Eberspacher stuff if you are interested - it came out of a load of stuff we salvaged from a haulage company. There are two burner blower units, flues, fuel feed pipes, looms and switches etc. They are diesel and 24V. PM me if interested.
  15. Probably yes please - will have a count-up tomorrow!
  16. You will probably need only need to change the base plate - if that. Have a chat with these fine folks: http://www.distributordoctor.com/
  17. I am going to play devil's advocate here and suggest that little has really changed in terms of LGV classes of vehicles except that certain types of truck based types are now coming into the same scope for testing as the very trucks they are based on. I see no issue whatsoever with that, especially as there are an alarming number of beavertail and hiab trucks around running without test, and having seen a few (and bought a couple which I then tested) they leave a lot to be desired in terms of roadworthiness. Of course one issue might be that there are many who would have liked to see a rolling 40 exemption replace the pre-1960 date (like cars and so on) but that change has not come about and again, I can see good reason for that. In truck design and performance there was a step change post 1960 in performance, prior to 1962 the speed limit for trucks was 30mph and only 20 mph if towing a trailer. There are few post 1960s LGVs (or LGV based other types) that would struggle to be accommodated in current MOT test facilities and whilst the cost and time is a factor it is not insurmountable, especially when compared to the cost of ownership and time absorbed by the hobby anyway. To those who cry "but my vehicle is superbly maintained and lovingly looked after" I would say great - it will not have an issue passing an MOT then will it?
  18. If I may could I gently remind everyone that there are only a few weeks to go before we close the books on the 2017 awards. As yet there have been no applications for Military Vehicle projects.... Applications can be made online here http://www.transporttrust.com/awards/about-our-awards Many thanks and good luck!
  19. I recall playing around at Shrivenham (whilst doing my engineering degree) with a Ferret fitted with viscous couplings rather than universal joints and as such did not suffer any sort of wind up. Unofficial SOP for stollys back in the day was to make one side bounce up a kerb or two to relieve wind up.
  20. You would not be the first person to say that, but every year the Trust hands out tens of thousands of pounds. Hopefully the easy format of the online application will encourage people to have a go - as long as your project broadly meets the criteria then it stands as good a chance as any. The last Military vehicle to win an award was two years ago and was a very nice little Bedford OY. My strong advice is to have a look at the criteria, and if your project seems to fit the bill, then go for it!
  21. Greetings all I am the Awards Administrator for the Transport Trust, and each year the Trust makes financial awards to worthy restorations. These vary in value but are generally somewhere between £500 and £3000 and in addition winners are invited to Brooklands (or a similar location) to be presented their awards by HRH Prince Michael of Kent, who is the Trust's Patron. Feedback from previous winners suggests that not only is the financial award worth having, but the morale boost from getting recognition for their efforts has been much valued. There were no military vehicles entered in 2016, yet there is a lively restoration world out there. The general criteria are covered on the Trust website http://www.transporttrust.com/awards and this year the Trust has introduced a much easier on line application process http://www.transporttrust.com/award-form/awardform/22_apply-for-a-restoration-award Once an application is made then you will be invited to forward a few pictures, thereafter the project (and the applicant) will be visited by a member of the Trust who will compile a short report (all very painless). This will then be submitted to the Awards Panel who sit in the early New Year; winners will be announced shortly after and cheques posted; the main award ceremony normally takes place in June. As well as the Restoration Awards the Trust recognises the work of individuals with Awards such as Preservationist of the Year, Young Preservationist of the Year and Lifetime Achievements Awards. The astonishing thing is that applicants do not even have to be members of the Trust (although where the worth of projects is similar preference will be given to those with Trust membership. So ...... What are you waiting for?
  22. I wonder if anyone from the north is going to W&P and has room to collect and bring back a 4cylinder morris block and head? Even just a collection and take it to yours so that I can get it picked up by courier would be great. I am in Cumbria but anything between there and here would be great. I cannot attend so any help gratefully received and I will be happy to contributed to costs! Paul 07979720466
  23. Hi folks Does anyone have an offside rear halfshaft (the long one) for a Morris C8? I also need a couple of wheels if anyone has some. Many thanks and fingers crossed. PM or call 07979 720466
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