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T8Hants

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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.
  15. I am almost certain that is a Bofors loading tray.
  16. Just before he died a few weeks ago, my late Uncle told me that they buried quite a few Churchill tank hulls on the Castlemartin ranges. I think they were making hillocks and bumps for what ever purpose. he was RE heavy earth moving in the 1950's
  17. I keep getting page unavailable, I have to try several times.
  18. This is mine, if its any help.
  19. I have almost completed my WD pattern panniers for the Triumph 3HW, just the leather corners and snap caps to fit and I am quite chuffed with the way they have come out. The material I used is authentic wartime dated canvas, that came from a 1940 bell tent, which sadly didn't make it into preservation due to severe damage on a couple of sections. I have got a couple of other items to make for the bike, which will be pure BS, but since when have we been worried about over dressing MVs
  20. I found this on the web years ago and filed it.
  21. My old workmate said they were 'ordered', not to burn their vehicles, but to drop the sump plug, jam the accelerator, and let them seize up - which just made a gift of thousands of vehicles to the Germans. He didn't know for certain, but he thought the official reason was so the smoke didn't interfere with RAF operations, but as he said, it might have put the Luftwaffe off their aim as well.
  22. A question I have been trying to confirm the answer to as my bike might have been one, did Triumph buy back unissued WD bikes and refurbish them for the immediate post war market? My Feb 1945 3HW, was when I got it, sprayed black to a high standard, had full civilian rubbers and a civi' spec speedo had been fitted, other than that it was still in full military spec, with green paint under the black, with no markings on the tank. I doubt if the dealers who sold the bike would have done it, they weren't that sort of firm and the original owner certainly didn't as he only used it for 9 month and 5000 miles, the put it away in a shed until the mid 80's. So, is it known if Triumph tarted up ex WD bikes, to make them more attractive to the post war market? Gareth
  23. I simply bought mine of EBay, but it is too light in weight, I suspect the originals were thicker. However it is a good practice piece. Somewhere I have a dead khaki bell tent, with several good panels, which would be right in weight if slightly brown in colour. By the time you have rounded up all the fittings and materials, I doubt if you have saved much over the Indian made repro's, but mine will be unique, because I made them. If I ever find that tent I will make some more.
  24. Thanks, I found what looks to be the correct fitting and size and have ordered some.
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