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David Herbert

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  • Birthday 04/02/1954

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    Ayrshire, Scotland. previously Suffolk
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    Heavy armour, plant, narrow gauge railways.
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    Retired engineer / odd job man

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  1. The British army still have updated FV432 and 434 so are not releasing running gear parts. Pads and wheels have almost disappeared from the collector market, hence the current prices if you can find any. However it is only a matter of time until the 430 fleet is disposed of and then the market will temporarily be flooded. Until then there are a couple of people seriously looking at making replica pads or re rubbering used backing plates. David
  2. I spotted the Comet on the BBC news. In the mid '70s they were still buying spares for multiple Comets as I had a small part to play in sourcing new speedometer cables for them. David
  3. I think that you must have a fairly big vacuum leak into the inlet manifold or possibly an inlet valve stuck open giving the same effect. David
  4. 13.50 - 20 originally but that size was renamed 14.00 - 20. some tyres are marked with both sizes as they are actually the same. David
  5. I have FV434 02FA23 for which Merlin gives the date in service as 01 August 69. Presumably they were taken into service in blocks but I have no idea how big the blocks were. I have a photo of 02FA22 in service but no photo of mine so if anyone has a photo of 02FA23 I would be very pleased to see it ! David
  6. Ball jars were almost universal for jam makers on American farms so were a very good choice for air pre-cleaners on American farm machinery pre war. They continued in use by all the major US tractor manufacturers for many years. In the UK the equivalent are Kilner jars and I believe that there is a Kilner jar that will substitute for the Ball jar on US tractors. David
  7. Can I have a banana too please ?
  8. There is no way that you could have done that without distortion but you now have good metal to beat into submission. This is one of those jobs that will suddenly come right and you will wonder what you were scared of (100 man hours later). Just keep going ! David
  9. If the long one bolts to the flanges and is in good condition, it might be cheaper to get it shortened than to replace it. There are plenty of companies that can do prop shaft rebuilds out there. I have done a couple myself but had to take great care to get the alignment right as I couldn't balance them. They were fine though. David
  10. I have one of these lamps. It looks identical to yours but is in its original olive green. There is no sign of primer under the green. It came, about 20 years ago, from a stall (possibly at Beltring) that had quite a few of them in varying condition but none mint. They all had been used a little but suffered from bad storage and handling. Mine has the same maker's mark and part number but unfortunately the third digit of the date is obscured by rust though the last 5 is still clear. Mine still has its burner in good condition. It is a nice thing to have on my mantelpiece in the office.
  11. It may be that the mudguards were made by an outside contractor and delivered in that colour as that was the paint available to them. They could even have been diverted from a civilian order. They could have been replacements many years ago. Anything is possible. David
  12. I don't think that that is a crane but a tower that erects itself. It does not seem to have any pulleys at the top (which is the free end nearest the ground) so I guess there was a cage or platform that climbed the tower under its own power. All the mechanism visible seems to be purely for raising and unfolding the two sections of the tower. David
  13. The regulation and the practice during and well beyond WW2 was that British vehicles had the nuts that hold split rims together painted red as undoing them with any amount of pressure in the tire could be fatal. The nuts that hold the wheel onto the hub were painted white to distinguish them from the red ones. This was not an affectation but a safety measure and was in place long before D day. It was specificly mentioned in some camouflage regulations that the painting of wheel nuts did not compromise camouflage and was to be continued. Red towing hooks and lifting points are an affecta
  14. His other post is just as meaningless. David
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