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Jessie The Jeep

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  1. If I did it, I would want to leave the clutch and gearbox in place to maintain as much of the original driving experience as possible. Most MV's would loose much of their driving character with just a whine and brake pedal.
  2. Hello, one of my Jeeps is an M201. I ended up replacing the distributor with a wartime type as the sealed Hotchkiss ignition leads started arcing and are hard to find/cost a fortune to replace. I don't recall the thread size, but the trouble with the Hotchkiss is they tend to be a mix of UNC, UNF and metric threads. Perhaps a set of UNC, UNF and metric thread gauges would be useful to check any bolt that comes out. A set of metric and imperial taps & dies is also useful to clean up any threads that are damaged through having the wrong bolt fitted, or just full of dirt and rust etc.
  3. Sunday was in general, a brighter, warmer day, with more sun 'though the wind was a bit stronger. Later in the afternoon, I could see the mist rolling in from the coast while standing on the footbridge and it waited until we were packing the car before it rained. Thankfully, we'd got the canvas tents down earlier and everything put into one pop-up tent until we could get the car and Jeep across the line to load up after the last train. Waiting to cross the line to pack the car and Jeep for the trip home. It dried up for the hour trip home, then rained on us again as we unpacked back at the house!
  4. On Sunday, in order to get some different photos, I parked the Jeep at the other end of the platform, next to the footbridge. Within 15 minutes, two ignorant and selfish classic car owners parked in front of me, partially blocking me in. They could have quite easily parked along side the Jeep or next to the other classic car, but deliberately parked in front. Obviously they thought their post war classic cars were more important to what was meant to be a 1940's weekend. So I moved the Jeep back to Saturday's spot. Half way between the idiots and my Jeep was a third classic car and a fire tender trailer. The 0-6-0 Austerity loco No.60, was formerly a Lambton railway locomotive. There's a good chance this 1953 engine ran passed the bottom of our garden during its service life.
  5. On both Friday and Saturday evenings, I went for a wander around the rail yard, to look at the locos and rolling stock. They have a few locos up and running, but only the 0-6-0 Austerity No.60 saddle tank loco ran during the weekend. One display, at the opposite end of platform 2 to our tents, was a "Cold War" display. They had a couple of vehicles and a range of weapons from both NATO and Warsaw Pact forces. They went on frequent patrols around the site during the weekend. The loco shed was set up with an SAS Jeep and a number of home front displays, with the far end having a stage for the "Seatones" to perform from. The Home Guard were also seen on duty at various locations around the station.
  6. Aln Valley Railway 1940's Weekend - July 10/11th The original Aln Valley railway was closed in the late 1960's and the track was removed. Thoughts of re-opening the branch line started in 1995, but due to the A1 road cutting across the old trackbed, a new site was chosen for a station on the South East side of the road. Construction began in 2012 and now is over half way to Alnmouth. We set up camp on Friday evening, on the far side of platform 2. By the time all the tents were up and belongings unloaded, it was getting late and we couldn't be bothered with the effort of cooking - that and the fact that Lynne forgot to pack her pasta! With McDonalds around a mile away, it made an easy option and an excuse to take the GPW for a drive. A little further up the platform was an air raid shelter and allotment. Lynne wants a small vegetable patch in the new garden, but apparently, I'm not allowed an air raid shelter! The following morning, I moved the Jeep to the West end of platform 1 for display. I think this was only the second or third year for the show, having had to cancel its 2020 event due to covid. Unfortunately the disruption and distraction due to covid, plus a local steam rally, meant that the event wasn't well supported by military vehicles, with only three WW2 vehicles and two post war attending, plus three classic cars across the weekend. It's a shame, as it has the making of a great event if better supported. There were a number of re-enactors there, plus the Seatones singing a number of shows across each day.
  7. Rather than head back through the village we'd just come through, we turned around once again to head home, stopping at another poppy field on the way. The thunderstorms did come, but much later in the afternoon than expected, so we got home and back in the garage long before any rain.
  8. Part way though the trip, we drove along a lane with poppies in the fields, so after a stop by the trees where we did our sunset photoshoot, we turned around and headed back to the poppies as there was a pull in on the left, best accessed coming back down the lane.
  9. Independence Day Drive - July 4th It was a bright and sunny start to July 4th, but with thunder storms forecast from noon, so we made a quick outing to mark Independence day. It was almost a month since the GPW had been to Ushaw Historic House, while "Jessie" was out last weekend, so "Hope" was brought out for the trip. We stayed close to home and toured the lanes around the local villages.
  10. The event was meant to be on until 4pm, but most people had enough 'fun' by 3pm and started packing up. I don't think I've used the wipers that much for years. It's a shame, as previous years have had great weather and a good turnout. Still managed to catch up with some friends I'd not seen for over a year, so not all bad! I'm not doing both days at Bowes this year, as I'm off to Breighton Aerodrome in Yorkshire tomorrow, for their vintage aircraft club fly-in.
  11. After lunch, we had a wander down to the community centre to see what was going on and spotted a nice old Land Rover outside. If Germany had invaded the UK, seeing their troops marching through our towns would have been strange. Even though they were re-enactors in 2021, it was still strange to see them marching along the main street.
  12. While it was nice to be out, it wasn't a pleasant day out, with the heavy fret defying the forecast and remaining all day. Those who did turn out to support the railway and village made the best of it. Of course, this is England in late June, so you have to expect rain!! Some time ago, wifey had signed up on a basket weaving course for the day with a friend, so it was just my daughter and me, braving the weather with one Jeep. In past years, I only lived two miles away from the event and have taken all three vehicles and diorama gear along. Since the house move in February, I'm now about 15 miles away and with wifey busy for the day, one Jeep was all I could manage.
  13. Bowes Railway/Springwell Village 1940's Weekend - June 26th Earlier in the week, I was planning to go to the Bowes Railway/Springwell Village 1940's event with the roof down and the Jeep in RAF markings. My RAF gear is thinner for warmer days. As we approached the weekend and the forecast said overcast, with slight showers first thing, I put the summer canvas roof on and decided to use my US Ordnance Depot magnetic markings, wearing my HBT's. I woke up this morning and looked out of the window to find I was inside a rain cloud, with heavy fret blowing sideways across the window. So the green roof came off and my checkered Follow Me roof was fitted, along with the wooden sides and doors! Several HBT layers and my flying jacket were necessary!
  14. Dodge/Noctilucent Cloud Photoshoot - June 18th Operating military vehicles is just one of my hobbies. Since childhood, I've also been interested in astronomy, getting my first decent telescope in 2012. I built a small observatory at my old house and I'm waiting to start work on a larger one at the new house. So I'm often on the lookout for astro related happenings and in the Summer months, that is often Noctilucent Clouds. The name comes from the translation of the German words, which mean night shining clouds. These electric blue clouds form right at the edge of space, when ice crystals form on tiny particles of meteor smoke, floating at 250,000 to 280,000 feet altitude. I got a heads up on my local astronomy Facebook page and went out to see. After a few shots of the clouds alone, I decided to go a bit more 'arty' and compose the Dodge into some of the shots.
  15. The Dodge has been under wraps since it arrived at the new house and throughout May, was heavily rained on. We're still waiting for the builders to start work on modifying the garage, so for now, the Dodge is still outdoors. However, I took the rain covers off today, which allows easier access to the engine bay. So over the next few weeks, I want to do a bit of servicing with the intention of getting it ready for the Wings & Wheels show at Fishburn airfield in August. That's only 9 miles down the road, so not too far to go. I'll probably take the Follow Me Jeep and Dodge and do a flying control display. Not sure if we'll camp, but at only 9 miles, we can leave the Dodge overnight and come home in the Jeep. With the Dodge hiding away in the shipping container all of 2020, it would be nice to try and get it to at least one event in 2021. The next Jeep event is in a couple of weeks at Springwell Village, just a couple of miles from where I used to live. They are still holding their 1940's event, but due to covid, have scaled it back quite a bit from the usual show. I'm just planning on attending for one day and heading to a fly-in in Yorkshire the following day.
  16. The event was due to end at 4pm and around 3:30pm, the re-enactor displays began to be packed away. As we approached 4pm, the vehicles began to drift away in ones, twos and a couple of small convoys. Lynne and I were among the last vehicles to head back home, having had a fantastic day, just like old times! Further pictures can be found here - https://www.sacarr.co.uk/mymvs/events/2021/ushaw.htm
  17. It was a little strange at first, being out and mixing again, although people were still being a bit cautious. In addition to the re-enactors and vehicle owners, there were also a good number of public through the gates which was nice to see. Around mid day, there was a firing demonstration from several of the re-enactors and live music from singers performing across the day. My daughter had a great time meeting up with her friends, who also brought a home made kart which provided a great deal of entertainment across the day. We were lucky to find anything for her to wear, as she's outgrown all her 1940's dresses.
  18. As a result from the long enforced break from shows, unsurprisingly, the show was well attended, with just a few familiar faces missing. There were also a few new vehicles which had been purchased after the end of the 2019 season, but have had few opportunities to go on show. The good weather of the half term school holiday continued through the weekend and gave us excellent weather for the event too. There were twenty five vehicles on display, plus several dioramas.
  19. Ushaw Historic House "Way Back When" D-Day Event - June 6th After 20 months without a public event due to covid, D-Day 2021 saw an olive drab invasion force descend on Ushaw Historic House in County Durham, North East England. They were holding a one day "Way Back When" 1940's event to mark the 77th anniversary of D-Day. It was the first chance in a long time to catch up with old ( and some now very old ) friends!! Ushaw House wasn't too far from home, so we took both Jeeps to the event. The view through the screen here shows only a small part of the historic house, seen from one end. I never got around the front to see the full expanse of the house and gardens.
  20. Ushaw Historic House "Way Back When" D-Day Event - June 6th After 20 months without a public event due to covid, D-Day 2021 saw an olive drab invasion force descend on Ushaw Historic House in County Durham, North East England. A full report will be added to my other Jeep thread ( link here - https://hmvf.co.uk/topic/19932-ive-been-spending-again-my-43-gpw/page/32/?tab=comments#comment-479053 )
  21. The rear support and manifold clamp were treated by electrolysis to remove rust and were then wire brushed and painted. The support that went around the front of the silencer needed modifying. The silencer I'm replacing came from Jeeparts. It had a larger circumference than the original Hotchkiss silencer it replaced. As a result, back in 2007, I had to weld in some pieces to increase the size of the bracket. Now the new replacement silencer came from Universal Jeep Supplies and was the same size as the original Hotchkiss silencer. So the bracket was cut again, pieces cut out and it was welded back together at what was probably its original size. May 28th - Silencer Fitting All the silencer brackets had been painted in Hammerite as an undercoat and then an enamel top coat. I haven't unpacked my olive drab yet, so I'll touch them up at a later date. The open end of the silencer needed the slots lengthening a bit and the petals hammering further open to fit onto the manifold pipe, but still wouldn't fit on far enough to align the silencer with the support bracket. To fix the problem, I cut about half an inch off the manifold pipe which brought the silencer forwards to a better position. Other than that, the fitting went without any problems and the Jeep is back on the road. My daughter and I then took the Jeep out for an 8 mile round trip to the petrol station to get some fuel for both Jeeps for the Ushaw Historic House D-Day event on June 6th, the first proper 1940s event since September 2019. An event report will follow after next Sunday.
  22. The front support bolt sheared straight away. The clamp at the front of the silencer wouldn't budge at all. After lots of fighting, the clamp loosened slightly and was able to slide forwards on the manifold pipe. However the silencer wouldn't move. In the end, I cut through the outer tube exiting the silencer and chisled it open, followed by belting it with a hammer to free it from the manifold pipe. As it came free, the tail pipe fell away; rusted through at the point where the rear bracket supported it. Further inspection showed more small holes developing elsewhere on the silencer, so it really was beyond saving. After almost 14 years, I can't complain too much.
  23. May 26th - Silencer Removal The replacement silencer came from Universal a few days ago. Having had a general look around the old silencer, I figured it wasn't going to give up without a fight. It was fitted in October 2007 and other than replacing the rear support bracket around three years ago, it hadn't been touched. The various clamps, bolts and brackets were very rusted and didn't look like they would just unbolt. The rear support bracket and bolt did behave, probably as it was only replaced a few years ago after failing at one of the Breighton Aerodrome Fly-Ins.
  24. On the home and vehicle front, I'm still waiting for the builders to start work on the garage modifications. He said he would order the new RSJ to support the roof when the door openings are enlarged and expected to start soon, but due to almost three weeks of solid rain during May, he's probably running a bit behind on other projects. So for now, the Dodge is still gift wrapped outside my workshop. I did give it another run and warm through to temperature on Friday, plus exercised the brakes to make sure things don't seize up. The 6v battery was then removed and brought indoors for some maintenance charging. I suspect it is actually on its way out and not holding charge as well as it should. I've never fitted a new battery to the Dodge and neither did the previous owner ( to my knowledge ), so it's at least 16 years old. At rest, each cell is giving about 2.15 volts. The case around the terminals has had cracks in for years which was probably from over charging at some point in its life. I periodically clean them out and re-seal them to stop leaks. I've always unscrewed the cell caps when ever I've charged it, but left them lying loose over the holes to minimise evaporation. The negative battery terminal clamp bolt has also become severely corroded from leaks over the years, so that was removed, the clamp cleaned up and a new bolt found and fitted. Once the garage is sorted and the Dodge indoors, I'll probably go over all the terminals and earths to make sure everything is clean and corrosion free before I take the Dodge out again. It will also give me time to monitor the battery health and see if I need a replacement. If I do, it will probably wait until 2022. There aren't going to be that many events in 2021 and what there is I can do in the Jeeps. That will give me time to go over the truck and give it a good service and inspection after its long covid sleep.
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