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  1. Once the engine was running I was able to start assembling the cab, as I had been holding off putting the cab back on until the engine had been successfully run. The cab frame was build a couple of years ago, but as I don't have the facilities to be able to lift it on in one go, it had to be assembled on the lorry, which also presented it's own challenges. Looks a lot more like a Matador again now though.
  2. Not been able to do much on the Matador restoration over the last year, but recently I have managed to make some visible progress with it - this video shows the engine being started for the first time after putting it back together - seven years since it last ran! Matador running.mp4
  3. No, run by Matt Foster, and based in Suffolk I think. There is also a Facebook group dedicated to Matadors now - https://www.facebook.com/groups/328262898093079 which has a lot of useful stuff on, along with a lot of knowledgeable people. It's a private group so you need to join it to see any of the content. Nick
  4. You could try https://aecmatador.com/ - they are producing replacement cab parts, along with other stuff Matador related. Nick
  5. I still have the petrol Matador, and I'm still progressing slowly with the restoration, but family and other things seem to keep getting in the way! I've not really driven it other than at low speed, but it has the hi-ratio axles aswell as the petrol engine revving higher than the diesel engine, so will apparently do 50mph plus. I suspect the pulling power is not up to the same standard as a diesel one with the standard ratio axles. Mine was bought by someone in the past to convert for timber work, but it wasn't done due to the petrol engine, which ultimately saved it from having the back b
  6. I'd be interested in a set of these transfers, but I have sent you a private message and had no response, and there is no other contact details in the info above! Nick
  7. Not quite got the engine running yet, but getting closer - I'm currently making up some new pipework, and once that is done, I should be in a position to try getting it running again. I wanted to get the engine completed before starting to put the cab back together. Nick
  8. As Nick Johns mentioned, the initial 17 Matadors converted to petrol were for the Norwegian campaign, although the campaign was over very quickly, and I have never seen any evidence that any Matadors actually went to Norway. The other batch of 149 Matadors (I incorrectly said 147 earlier) must have been built for a different reason, and again I have no idea what that was - maybe a single fuel type was a factor for those ones? Attached is a picture of the A193 petrol engine, which I'm in the process of putting back together, after a period of inactivity with the restoration. Hopefully I
  9. From what I can work out, there were 17 Matadors from the first contract (V3501) converted to Petrol, but this was done after they were build with diesel engines in, and they were spread over the first batch in a fairly random order. And then there were a further 147 from contract T9569, which I think were originally built with petrol engines rather than being converted. And obviously there were a lot of the 854 tankers that were built with petrol engines, although I don't know how many of them there were. I've been making progress again with my restoration over the last few months, so
  10. Excellent set of pictures, and a really good day. Spotted myself quite a few of them! Here are a few pictures I took once we had arrived at the Great Dorset Steam Fair site. Nick
  11. Unfortunately we had already arranged a pub trip in the AEC Y-type, which clashed with this procession of WW1 vehicles, so here is a photo of the Y-type, along with 3 steam engines, in Chester Le Street, parked up outside the pub! Nick
  12. Again, according to the manual, the rear track of the O854 is 6' 1" so a couple of inches wider - but the difference between the two types would be down to the semi-floating/fully floating rear axles being slightly different. Nick
  13. The standard Matador track is 6' 3 1/8", according to the manual, and the back is 5' 10 3/4" - will have a look at the 6 wheeler manual and see if they are the same - the front should be the same, but not sure about the back. Nick
  14. These pictures of any use? Nick
  15. HCVS London to Brighton run on 6th May has the following info from the entry form: "With 2018 being the closing year of the First World War commemorations across Britain, as previously announced, our 2018 Special Class will be for any members’ commercial vehicles built up to and including 1918. Whilst we are hoping to receive keen interest from the owners of WWI military vehicles from across the spectrum of Services and types, we welcome members non-military entries of any type built before 1919." Nick
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