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  1. I was sent these photos of a veteran engine from Australia. It was thought it was a White and Poppe as I require for my 1908 Dennis but I am pretty certain it is not. I have looked through the period literature I have and I can not work out the manufacturer. It is of T head construction typical of WWI period engines with four separate cylinder blocks. The bore is 4.5" and the stroke 4.75" Each big end has four retaining bolts. The cams have roller followers. Obviously it has no manufacurer or serial number stampings. Any suggestions?
  2. I picked up TWO when I came down to Honiton steam rally. As I do not expect to be starting my engine in the near future you can borrow one and see how you get on! Ben
  3. Richard, Thanks for the information, I look forward to seeing this thread progress. When I looked at the maths for elastic deformation of the tyre band it appeared that with the 3mm tolerance on the wheels meant that the tyre would most likely plastically deform when pressed onto the wheel (ie. it would be bigger if you pressed it off again). This means when remoulding tyres it is best to put them back on the wheel they were removed from. Ben
  4. I have seen photos of this one before. It is just a bare chassis which is extremely thin in a number of places. I believe it is actually a mid twenties 2.5 ton model on solid tyres (open propshaft not torque tube). The only part of the differential mechanism it has is one half shaft and the steering only has the track rod. If however someone would want to take it on I have a complete back axle, gearbox and propshaft for this model. I can probably also make available a selector gate and brake/gear levers. I also have a radiator which could be used as a pattern, pedals and a bulkhead bracket
  5. Congratulations! Fantastic job, I look forward to seeing it on the seafront at Brighton! Ben
  6. Thanks for sharing those great photos with us, Ben
  7. The two priorities at the moment are to get the chassis blasted and to do something with the two rotten wheels. This is the worst one.
  8. I had a vast range of quotes for it! The most expensive was 3500 pounds, but I paid less than 1/4 of that. For my 30th birthday some friends purchased "a thread" each for me. I am very lucky that my friends are so generous as it makes the whole project possible. Ben
  9. I picked up my new worm shaft a couple of weeks ago. I made the universal joint and nuts to go with it. The gear cutters have made a nice job of it. I still have a few more collars and covers to make but hopefully I can assemble the axle soon. Ben
  10. I have been reading "The Automobile Engineer, July 1918" where they are reconditioning a Dennis Subsidy model. It states "Some considerable trouble had been experienced owing to breakages of the front springs....log book recorded renewal of the engine base chamber and front spring at the same time". This probably helps explain the lack of Dennis subsidy model sumps surviving, and suggests your issue may have always been a problem. It also states that the spring camber was 3 1/2" unloaded and 2 3/4" under full load. The final word is that if a spring breaks the axle can move back to hit the
  11. Thanks, I am having the worm made at the moment (due in a couple of weeks). I will post a photo when it arrives. Ben
  12. It is great to see the progress and I look forward to borrowing the patterns for my water pump. In the article on the Dennis subsidy lorry in the automobile enginner (September 1917) it talks about the drain hole in the pump casting being plugged by an "ignorant" driver resulting in water passing into the base chamber (sump). I will take a photo of the pump gland spanner used by the RCS motor club. It is not an original Dennis one but it seems fairly effective. Ben
  13. This is the filter tap I have. I can draw it up for you, and as usual you are more than welcome to borrow it.
  14. The subsidy model had the smaller Benton and Stone (Enots) filter. This used the same head, but a smaller filter and bowl. Ben
  15. I used to drive "Jezebel" and box joints were never a problem if you regularly greased them (at least every 60 mile). This short service interval was probably the reason they were not used on the subsidy lorry. The original box joints (as listed in the parts book and drawings for my 1908 Dennis) did not have the bronze slippers and were just a square block in a square hole. Ben
  16. The earlier White and Poppe engines also used the smaller pump so perhaps there was something in the subsidy specification.
  17. I have a Dennis drawing that shows grover washers under all fasteners on the silencer. The bolts on flanges also have holes for 16swg lockwire. I may have a few spare Thackery washers as all my vehicles are meant to rattle. Ben
  18. When looking through parts books I was interested to find out that wooden wheels were also more expensive that steel ones (for example a Dennis steel rear wheel was £12, whilst a wood wheel was £13.10s). One factor may have been the cost of repairs; if you break a steel wheel you need to replace the whole thing but a wheelwright could probably rectify a wood wheel. That axle is interesting. It looks quite light weight (only single tyres?). It appears to be worm drive which Dennis patented however it does not look like any of their drawings which always appear to have had an inspection pla
  19. I am very pleased to see the progress with the universal joints. Great job being done of them. Ben
  20. Really impressive progress. I hope to be able to make patterns like that one day. Such a lot of work is involved in each and every part. Glad the drawings were of use, just a shame they didn't all survive. Ben
  21. I have the chassis, wheels, front axle, this complete rear axle, gearbox (missing a mounting lug), steering box/column (bent), bulkhead and brackets, later brake and gear levers to modify to the earlier pattern, and a later radiator that fits. I also have a flywheel and clutch but unfortunately only one engine between my two Dennis kits. So yes a 1914 WD 2 ton would certainly be an option although there is also the possibility of getting the original registration for it as a grocers delivery lorry if the research pulls off. We will have to wait and see. Ben
  22. The fire engine axle is 4.85:1, but the original for the 1908 lorry was 7.1:1 Ben
  23. Chris was very helpful with the bearings and delivery was speedy. I now need to put a dummy wormshaft in with the bearings to make certain I have measured the centre distance correctly and draw up the bearing arrangement to convince myself I have it right. I have known about a spare back axle for a while, but didn't think the owner would ever sell. On Thursday I had an email, so I hired a van and visited the seller on Saturday coming away with this: It is from a Dennis fire engine and although too fast for the 1908 3 ton it was an option for the 1914 2 ton. The drive was all free
  24. Similar dimensions to yours but a different ratio. Before I came across the wormwheel it was 3400 pounds for the pair . I will update you when the price for just the worm comes in.
  25. Thanks Tim, One of the other things I don't think I will find is the wormshaft. I have just sent this off for a quote but I think it will be expensive. Unfortunately not something I can make myself.
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