Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

10 Good

About w896andy

  • Rank
    Warrant Officer 2nd Class

Personal Information

  • Location

Recent Profile Visitors

6,017 profile views
  1. Hi, I'm looking for a WW2 era Bulldozer to go on my Trailer for shows and for a heritage steam railway 1940's weekend next year. It has to be about D2 / D4 sized, Caterpillar, International or Allis Chalmbers or any other make. It has to have a blade and whilst I don't mind some restoration or painting I don't want a basket case to restore (I have too many of them all ready !!). Can anybody help please, thanks.
  2. Thanks both. It was the Hydravac itself that was faulty. I took the unit off and took the regulator valve off the back, the insides were full of grease and this appeared as well as other things to have blocked up the air bleed in the valve casing. The vehicle was a french rebuild, stored for many years until I bought it. After I did some miles the brakes got worse so it looks like the grease inside gummed it up and kept the brakes on as soon as there was vacuum pressure. I took the safest route and got a newly rebuilt unit and replaced it rather than risk just cleaning out the unit.
  3. I've left my GMC CCKW 353 standing over the winter and now find the brakes lock on with the engine running, but release when its not. The brakes have a nice amount of travel without the engine running, start the engine and after the first brake application the brakes lock on, the pedal goes very hard with no movement. They stay on and only releases after I stop the engine when the vacuum dies down and the pedal then has travel again. I suspect the Hydravac system but can't work out what the likely cause is. Can the relay valve stick some how on the end of the hrydravac ? If so how do I test it
  4. Sadly I think rambo1969 is correct. I’m organising a 1940’s Weekend on the West Somerset Railway on September 15/16 this year. I placed a post here and we also opened a Facebook page ‘WSR Forties Weekend 2018’. I asked for people to come and display both civilian and military and for vehicles to be put on a military train on both. Here we had no replies and no feedback even though I reposted again, on Facebook we have now 515 people who asked to join and many are posting and filling out the application form. I see the same with other forums as well so it’s not just here. It appears to be
  5. Wanted. I'm looking for a rear cargo body to fit my Diamond T, they are the same size I'm been told as a Reo M35. Does anybody have any info or leads that would be great, thanks in advance. Andy
  6. As an update to my previous post regarding a Military Train and Event on the West Somerset Railway during the WSR’s Spring Gala on 22-25 March 2018 I have a bit of an update. We will now be holding two Military events during 2018. The first on the 22-25 March 2018 is now being held at Minehead Station not Bishops Lydeard as previously planned. The second will be a full dedicated WSR 1940’s weekend held on the 15-16th September 2018. Both events will feature the military train and both events will be held at Minehead with the September event also having some of the event & displays at
  7. As well as a Military Vehicle Collector I’m also a Volunteer Fireman on the West Somerset Railway in Somerset. I’ve been asked by the West Somerset Railway Gala Team to help organise a military freight train loaded with WW2 vehicles and a static display of military vehicles, displays and reenactors at Bishops Lydeard station as a part of their usual Spring Gala on 22-25th March 2018. The WSR will have an American S160 2-8-0 freight loco available to pull the train, these engines were made in the USA and shipped to England and Europe as a part of the war effort in the run up to and after D-Day.
  8. I hope you don't mind me jumping in an asking a question whilst we are on the subject. I've got and M3 Scout Car, I've mounted a WS19 but need to get hold of a PSU, connecting lead and Variometer (Aerial) ??. I would need to mount the PSU on top of the set. Does the Normal 12 pin connecting lead allow for the PSU to go on top and where is the best place to get these parts ? Also new to radios so please correct anything I have got wrong above.
  9. Part of the report stated :- Police reported that a 18-year old female driving beginner from Detmold apparently overlooked a convoy of tanks when she turned left onto the Panzeringstrasse (lit. Tank Ring Road) Now thats a big thing to 'overlook' and turn into !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  10. Was in Paris over the weekend, saw a convoy of around 40 mainly American Half-Tracks, GMC's, Dodges and Jeeps with some 'captured' German vehicles and some FFI trucks moving at a reasonable pace through the city. All with plenty of fully kitted out troops of many types including FFI, french police, etc. hanging off of every corner of each vehicle, looked great, must have been for the 70 anniversary of the liberation of Paris.
  11. On the M5 heading south near Weston Super Mare a FC101 and sankey being driven and then a Diamond T wrecker and GMC on the back of a low-loader, no idea where they were going
  12. Re new tyres: I've also got one of these to restore, its a Borckhouse flat bed Mk 2 not a tanker and my tyres are also shot. Tyres will be a problem, try Totec Tyres they import I think 9.00 x 13's from India other than that you will be stuck as I've not found anybody who makes big 13 inch tyres these days. The other option is to get a set of modern 16 inch or 17.5 inch lorry wheels from a Ford Cargo 7.5 ton or similar and have the centres of the wheels cut out and remade to the stud pattern by an engineering firm. This will mean modern tyres which you can get in the future again and no proble
  13. James If you manage to find anybody breaking a Diamond T wrecker I've been looking for a rear body for my 969 for about a year now. Rex Cadman over in the South East has a complete 969 for breaking but I didn't have the space currently for a complete truck as well as all the other vehicles I have here at the moment. Regards Andy Norman
  14. Along the lines of restoring Diamond T's I thought I would put a picture on of my DT 969. I don't think its been on the show circuit before and i've certainly never seen it previously. I got it about three weeks ago from near me in Somerset, the previous owner had it for about 27 years and did it up from a wreck, he took it right back to a chassis and did a great job. It only needs a few small jobs to finish and a new coat of paint but its all working and road legal. Its running a ford 6cyl turbo diesel and the back body seems to be a REME made british one but if anybody knows I would love to
  • Create New...