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  1. My 1953 Austin K9 originally built as a GS Cargo, but converted with a unfitted house / Radio body, and held in reserve stocks until disposal has a similar WR number. I purchased this vehicle from a Ruddington auction in 1980, and it still has some white stenciled lettering on the passenger windscreen, which was a common practice at the time.
  2. Hello John, Shipping via Hermes will be £8.00 so that will be £48.00 in total. You could send payment to my Paypal account which is my email address xxxx and let me know when you have sent payment I will get them off to you. If you cannot make payment to paypal, maybe send a cheque payable to Xxxx Bixley xxxxx 01953 xxxxx
  3. Hello John, I would be happy with £20 each, plus postage. They are 3kg each, so Hermes would be best, but I cannot give you an estimate because I dont know your post code. B series
  4. I have had these parts in storage for years, ex US army I think from the 1940 /50's era. This afternoon I have removed the cosmoline from one valve and open the U/J box to photograph. Four valves, covered in cosmoline, marked EATON and IN (I assume that means inlet). Dimentions OD 50.8mm / 2", Length 121.8mm / 4.5", Stem dia 9.5 / 3/8", Collett dia 6.4mm / 1/4" Would be good to know which vehicle or maybe aircraft these would be used on. Also in storage with the valves, but might not be for the same vehicle. Two Joints for propeller shafts. Both new old stock, ex USA or British stores, with wax protection. Made by Spicer USA, they are intended to be welded into a propeller shaft tube that has an internal dia of 72.3mm. 4 mounting 10.9mm holes on a 95mm PCD. I dont like scrapping good parts, but if it is not known what they can be used on they are difficult to find a person who can make use of them. Regards B series
  5. Thank you tanknutuk for this information and photos. I have not seen this design of fire tender before, there seems to be quite a few of them constructed. I don't think the army or RAF used this design. There are other vehicles with similar registrations in the Ruddington catalogues e.g. Ruddington sale 80 has a Fordson 3 Ton 6x4 Landmark (airfield identification) truck JUV561 and two Greenbat electric trucks with MLM745 & MLM747 registrations. Maybe the fire tenders and these other vehicles are ex Ministry of Aviation or similar.
  6. On a related subject, in the Ruddingtom catalogue (sale 64 July 1962) I currently have listed on a well known auction site there are vehicles listed as Humber Fire Tender 4x4 with registrations MLM 686, JUV 835 & JUV 839, and I have seen the same vehicle descriptions in other Ruddington catalogues of the early 1960's. I assume these vehicles would be ex Civil Defence or AFS, but do not know what type of vehicles these are, may be because my interest covers military vehicles and not Civil Defence/AFS. I have never seen a 1950's FV1600 type fire tender in use with Civil Defence / AFS, so I assume these fire tenders are based on the WWII era Humber heavy Utility 4x4? Does anyone know? These does seem to have been quite a few of them constructed. I have never seen a picture of a Humber fire tender 4x4, but maybe I have missed them. Next Ruddington catalogue I will be listing is sale number 80 October 1965. Regards, B series.
  7. Re: interest in postwar vehicle sales If anyone is collecting old WD/ OSDD Ruddington catalogues, I have been selling my duplicates over lock down. I currently have sale no 64 from July 1962 listed for the next few days on a well known auction site. B series
  8. That's interesting! That must be the historical display Regt. I would like a look around their vehicle stores depot.
  9. Regarding the lamp JA2348 posted by ploughman: This lamp can be found in VAOS section J1 Camp Equipment 1946 Traffic Control Equipment I have a similar later version which I purchased as NOS in original box maybe 30 years ago. It is JA0999 dated 1954. It has a rotatable 3 colour internal lens (Red, Blue,Amber and clear), and an adjustable wick arrangement. It has IMO two design flaws, 1) that after 30 minutes use, the heat from the lamp means the handle is to hot to pick up resulting in a bad burn, but you only do it once, and 2) the glass lens is mounted proud of the lamp body meaning one slight knock and the lens is damaged. I understand it was standard issue to the Army Railway units, but it could have been used to control any type of traffic. I have no use for such a lamp, but it is very nice and quality made object, which is why I obtained it. I would have thought these lamp suffered from a lot of damage in use, there is no protection for the edge of the beveled glass lens which stands proud of the lamp body. One slight knock and the glass lens will be damaged.
  10. Hi all, I would like a copy of the above book, but no luck finding one during last three years. ISBN 190660049X Authored by Eddie Baker & Published in 2010, but out of print now. It appears that there are a few for sale on line, but when you try and buy them they are not available. eg Waterstones have it online, but they cannot provide a copy. Just wondered if anyone has a copy they no longer require? Regards B series
  11. Thank you all for your assistance, so much knowledge on this forum. I have another old can, I do not know if it is military, but it has military appearance with the reinforced corner protectors. It is steel with brass fittings, a complicated design involving 20 components soldered together. No markings, and no evidence of any paint finish. Size H 9 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 7 inch. Is this a WW II "flimsey" or similar?
  12. Thank Clive & Richard for the info you have provided. I have an original VAOS Identification list/catalogue, sections E3 thru KG. and also W3, dated 1946, however this Bottle/Tin is not listed in Section J1 Camp Equipment which is why I did not know its background. Maybe it is because I do not have subsection JA. Does VAOS normally list all items available, or only those shown on the Plate illistrations? There must be a good reason why the container has such a high centre of gravity, especially if it contained methylated spirit. It is very unstable unless on a flat & level surface. What would methylated spirit be used for that needed a special shaped container? MB = Metal Box company, learn something new every day. The VAOS book is interesting with illistrations of Tentage attached to WWII lorries, early forklift's, recovery gear, hospital equipment, tables & chairs, fire fighting equipment, a huge selection of stores and equipment.
  13. I have a new old stock ex British army container for storing some type of liquid. Due it's unusual shape I think it must have been designed to fit in a very cramped space, maybe an AFV. Due to it's height versus base ( H 10 3/4 x W 1 1/2 x L4 1/4 inch) it is very unstable, and must have been prone to spillage during use. Steel with brass fitting and cap. Markings are: JA 0220 14MB, the government pheon/arrow and date 1962. Does anybody know which vehicle or equipment this is related to? Many thanks B Series
  14. Hi all, Good see someone taking this Karrier K6 on. Not many around now. This Karrier K6 ( 16YY18) was for sale back in 2012 in very similar condition as current. A rare vehicle worth saving.
  15. Thank you Richard I will do a little research about Triumph TRW motorcycles. Below are some more carbs which I would like to know the application. Carb No 4 Zenith. Made in USA. Cast iron throttle body with ali upper body. No ID numbers except "20" in throttle body casting. Carb No 5 This carb is unusual in that it has no makers name. It is large and "Heavy Duty " construction, the die cast aluminium body sections are twice the thickness that would be normal, and with a cast iron throttle body it weighs 2.7kg. It has a manual choke, and 1 7/16 inch throttle bore. It also has a 4 bolt flange fixing for the air intake fitting. It does have 0-520 cast into the main body, and 1-442 cast into the throttle body, no other ID. Any assistance with these carbs is welcome. B series
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