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  1. My mate said they didn't want to give away the exact positions of the collapsing perimeter, by burning them as they arrived, also burning vehicles would have hindered movements within that perimeter, but he was expressly told not to burn his lorry.
  2. Hi Paul, you can never have enough info, so if can pass anything elso on I would be interested, a PM would do fine or on here. The late date would acount for the style of makers badge, and the paint under the botttom bracket where it has been preserved by oil and mud is deep bronze green, a colour usually thought of as post war. I plan to restore it as the rust has bitten the paint too much for it to be a pleasant patina. Nice to know the bike and I are the same age. I think I got it from a green-sheet ad.
  3. This is what I am begining to discover, although I am slightly confused by the four digit frame number. I was under the impression by the post war period I should be looking at a 6 digit minimum with prefix letter. Am i right in thinking this is a Mk VI model?
  4. Hi all, what’s the collective thoughts on this Phillips military bicycle, it would appear to have a low serial number of 1181, but the alloy makers badges I thought were well into the late 40s early 50s. It is shod with 26”x2” 1 1/3” tradesman’s tyres and is about a 25” frame. The only other markings are either an O or a D stencil painted on the rear mud guard and a very poorly stamped ETC 5 on the handlebars. I have had it so long, I can’t remember where it came from, but it is just possible it was from the Enfield factories, but I am not certain.
  5. Just as an aside, I was watching a TV documentary about the retreat out of Burma in front of the Japanese advance, in which a gunner said they were forced to bury their guns as there was no boats available to carry them across the Irrawaddy (I think it was). So I wonder if enterprising scrap dealers have ever found them, or did they just bury the breech-blocks, which seems more likely. Or perhaps they were retrieved during the subsequent re-capture, who knows, but burying large objects during a retreat seems to me to take too much time.
  6. The point being that once you 'donate' you give up title the object, if it was 'on loan' that is different kettle. Why have the IWM given up this potential income, have they had the good sense to loan the items albeit indefinitely, what caveats if any are in place should the American museum fold?
  7. If only, and I didn't get the crane jib either
  8. My Morris Commercial C9/B came from Harry Pounds
  9. That sounds like a plan, get the silly season out of the way and I will make a start on those ideas.....Ta!
  10. Sound advice Richard, but the lumpin' great thing has always been heavy on the steering, my mate reckons it is almost as heavy as his Matador and as I am not getting any younger now is the time to cure it.
  11. Hi all, the steering on my Morris C9/B is very heavy, and it has been suggested that the steering box may need a few extra shims, as its not the original. So I just wondered if anyone has a picture or drawing of the shims used so I could make a few in advance of stripping the steering down, unless you wise ones know of another cure for heavy Morris steering. Thanks......Gareth
  12. I have had this 1952 British saw for years and as I am in the middle of a saw sharpening frenzy it came to light with some of the others. So I was wondering is this a bit of M.V. kit, or just general issue? I am also trying to find a supply of the type of buckle used on the sheath, or if anyone knows their correct name, I want 2 or 3 1" ones for another project, but as I don't know what they are called I haven't found them on line as yet. Ta in advance....Gareth
  13. Its case of the old saw, 'buy the item not the story'
  14. They weren't allowed to, there were orders strictly forbidding the torching of vehicles, according to my old workmate. Thoughts about that are 1, not to give away positions, 2, not to create an even greater impression of defeat, panic and disorder then was absolutely necessary. My mate was told park-up drop the sump plug, seize the engine, shot or two through the radiator, walk away.
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