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  • Birthday 06/12/1955

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  1. Hi Guys, I'm looking for a couple of Morris Commercial MRA1 wheel rims (9.00 X 20) as per the photo. Preferably without tyres but I'll take them with if that's what you have, just as long as the wheel runs true and not buckled. Cheers.
  2. 1981 Series 3 Land Rover ambulance. Ex RAF airfield emergency vehicle. 42,000 Km genuine mileage. Original 2.25 petrol engine. Sound chassis and bulkhead, has always been garaged when not in use. Nice original interior, complete with stretcher racks, attendants seat and wash hand basin. £7750
  3. Thanks John, that is really useful, explains a few things I wasn't sure about. Cheers
  4. Cheers for the info Richard, at least I know I can get one at a not too horrendous price. I am going through Innerleithen this weekend, so might give them a call.
  5. Thanks Iain, very helpful diagram. It looks like the solenoid is a complete assembly so may be easier to source.
  6. Hi Guys, Thanks for the replys. The prices you have found for new ones are even more frightening than I suspected they might be. I decided I would have a look at it myself and see if I could find the fault, - symptoms were clicking but no rotation. Found that the problem was crud / rust on the main shaft where the sleeve that actuates the solenoid contacts is supposed to slide along, this preventing the contacts from "making" That in it's self is relatively easy to fix, however, because of the contacts not "making" fully, over time they have become pitted and burnt. So I may have shot myself in the foot so to speak, as I doubt if any of the repairers will be happy to accept a box of bits to put back together again, nor I imagine, would they be happy to supply a set of new contacts without getting the job of doing a re-conditioning of the starter. Anyway, I will try first to source new contacts and see how it goes from there. Thanks again for your input, I'll let you know how I get on...
  7. Anybody got a spare CAV starter motor for a Eager Beaver Perkins 4.236 that they would like to sell.
  8. Hi there, If you are still looking, I have three 10.00 X 22 Firestone "Ground Grip" bar treads if they are any interest. They are on ten stud rims. Good condition and good tread.
  9. Hi Robert, Aye, the motor dealers stock bit makes sense, but in this case, the motorcycle had been owned and registered before the war, and it was the same owner who had it with it's new registration after the war. Your mention of the Emergency Powers Act Wally makes me think that if it is still on the statute books, with the state our armed forces are in today there could be a lot of HMVF members vehicles commandeered if we get caught short!
  10. Thanks for your thoughts guys. I must admit that there is no evidence for military service other than the dates and I think wishful thinking on the part of my friend the current owner. Your suggestion Dusty of problematic taxing after the war is I think more likely. The post war registration was a London number, HLR 752 but as far as I know LR was not a series of numbers used by the Home Office. I'm afraid I don't have the original pre war number to hand but I will check and see where it was originally registered. As you say Wally, if it had been commandeered then the owner would have been paid for it and it is unlikely he would ever have seen it again. I'll do a bit more digging and see what paperwork or records came along with the byke when I next speak to my friend. Thanks for now John
  11. Maybe I have given this the wrong title but I had to put something in the heading. Anyway here is the question. If a civilian vehicle was commandeered at the beginning of or during WW2 for military service, would it have A. been returned to it's original owner when no longer required, and B. would it still be registered under it's original registration number. This question has arisen over a M/cycle that a friend has recently purchased. It was originally registered in 193? However the registration number it now carries was issued to it in 1946. So why would it have a new number issued in 1946? one explanation may be that it was in military service and was demobbed and returned to it's owner in 1946 (same owner as first registered it new). Whilst that may explain the re- registration I am not really convinced about the commandeered bit since I doubt that the British Army would have been that short of M/Cs that they would need to commandeer civilian machines - or perhaps they were - can anyone shed any light? Or come up with another explanation for the re-registration.
  12. It would be good if anyone in the area can attend. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/478299/Public-urged-to-pay-respects-at-funeral-of-war-hero-who-has-almost-nobody-to-attend?fb_action_ids=10203865933710125&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_ref=s%3DshowShareBarUI%3Ap%3Dfacebook-like
  13. You will read 12V with a volt meter even with the dropper, only when you connect a load ie. the brake actuator, will you see a reduction in voltage.
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