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About Jessie The Jeep

  • Birthday January 1

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    "Century Bombers" HQ
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    Aviation, MV's, Photography, Model Railroading, Astronomy - oh, and I don't do 'friends lists'!
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    Model Maker
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    http://www.sacarr.co.uk

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  1. Somewhere I hadn't found in previous visits was the memorial garden. Also in the chapel, I found a wartime map of the airfield, something else I've not seen before. It was a rather hot weekend and I ended up hiding from the sun either in the buildings or in the shade of my tent. After around four months of cold, windy and wet weather this year, the sudden heat was too much and made the weekend very tiring. As usual, more photos can be found on my Jeep and Dodge website - https://www.sacarr.co.uk/mymvs/events/2024/elv.htm
  2. On Sunday, there was also a photoshoot with a number of the aircrew re-enactors.
  3. On Friday evening, I took the Jeep over to the Halifax for some pictures with the Jeep in different markings to past events.
  4. This year, there were also a good collection of classic cars on show, plus a couple of vintage caravans.
  5. The C-47 Skytrain/Dakota was also outdoors, but this year sporting invasion stripes on the upper surfaces.
  6. The Halifax looked great outdoors again and I took the opportunity to take more photos of it as the sun went down.
  7. Lots of the aircraft had been moved around since last year, many probably to get the Halifax out of the hangar. As a result, I got a better view of some airframes and saw some in daylight that were indoors last year.
  8. The control tower restoration is coming along well on the outside and it is still empty on the inside. There were a good selection of vehicles on show, mostly with an RAF or Commonwealth Forces markings. There were still a few US marked vehicles on show too.
  9. "We'll Meet Again", Yorkshire Air Museum - May 10~12th I'm getting a bit behind with my updates, being short on time to process the photos before I'm out the door again. As I write this, the Elvington show was a little over a week ago and I just got back from Blyth Battery last night, with a load more photos and video to process. No time to rest, as on Friday, I'll be off again to the Tanfield Railway 1940s show and not long after that, a D-Day Beacon lighting event in our village, where we'll be taking a Jeep and the Dodge! So! back to Elvington..... I trailered the Jeep down to Elvington, as was easier, cheaper and quicker than driving. I took Jessie again this year, but in the RAF Ordnance Depot markings. I didn't have any display, other than a few crates on show. Last year, my photographic display was quite tying, having to be packed away, every time I went for a wander around, as there was nobody else to watch over it. I was camping in my usual spot, opposite the control tower.
  10. With the tools packed away, I went for a short drive around the village to check the output at different speeds. The maximum voltage was 29.2, but generally around 28.8 volts. Turning the lights on gave a brief 0.2 volt drop before it returned to normal. It took most of the day, but I'm happy it's all up and running again. I'll keep the old parts to be sold with the Jeep in years to come, so who ever buys it has the option of repairing the generator and returning it back to standard.
  11. With everything working and now no need for the original voltage regulator, that was also removed. It was another weighty item that was no longer needed. I then used one of the regulator mounting holes to fit the alternator warning light. This is under the instrument panel, out of general view, down by the passengers feet.
  12. With all the mechanical side of things complete, I connected up the wiring. The warning light and cables weren't mounted until I'd tested the system. When the ignition was turned on, the warning light illuminated and when the engine started, the light went out. All good. With the engine a little above idle, the digital voltmeter ( fitted under the dummy radio in the back ), was showing 28.6 volts.
  13. Fitting the new alternator was fairly straight forwards. Its new support bracket was a direct fit to the engine block mounting holes. However, I knew something wouldn't work out. There wasn't anything to support the starter motor and fuel pipe. The pipe would be free to vibrate against the new mounting bracket if it wasn't supported. I had a piece of suitable steel and made a new bracket for the starter. After bending, the pre-existing holes lined up where I needed them and only needed drilling to a larger diameter.
  14. Since the Jeep is a former French Army radio Jeep, the generator is huge. I couldn't see any of the attachment fittings on the original generator and had to disconnect everything via feel. I almost ruptured something trying to lift it out of the engine bay. The large mounting bracket is still attached to the engine block in the first picture. The rear end of this bracket also supported the back of the starter motor and also had a clamp holding the fuel pipe. The second picture show the generator and mounting brackets removed.
  15. Ongoing Work - April 27th and May 3rd On April the 27th I fixed an oil leak on the oil filter. I noticed oil spread around the engine bay after the York trip, but the oil level hadn't dropped noticeably. It was just weeping slowly from the union on the bottom of the oil filter. The brass fitting was slightly loose in the bottom of the can. I needed to remove the filter to tighten the fitting, as the drain plug was in the way while the bottom hose was connected. On May the 3rd, it was time to replace the generator. Again, during the York trip, I noticed the Jeep voltage was only 25 volts and slowly falling during the trip. Testing a few days later showed that I wasn't getting any power from the generator. Rather than trying to fault find on the generator, I opted for a replacement 24 volt alternator. This would solve another problem with the voltage regulator. For several years, I've had problems with the regulator, getting it to give a consistent voltage. The output would change with temperature and drive duration and on occasions went up to 34 volts. Here's the engine bay before work started.
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