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  1. Bedford 500 (8.2 litre) diesel, looks to have been used in a plant application.
  2. It's really O853 / O854, O for Oil - i.e. diesel engine, which in those days were also known as oil engines, particularly by AEC - in fact the tradition stuck right through to the '70s with the Militant Mk3
  3. It's something meaningless from an inexpert MSN writer who's paid a pittance to re-write information from elsewhere so MSN can sell advertising.
  4. Torsion bars for what? Assume CVRT from your other posts, but might help if you say ...
  5. This was offered at H&H last year, presumably when bought by the current owner: https://www.handh.co.uk/auction/lot/33-1943-ford-gpw-jeep/?lot=51181&sd=1 A more coherent 'blurb' but not necessarily any more clarity. I know nothing about Jeeps, but I could see it either way. The only way to really know would be Allison parts or production records. They don't really offer any proof that it's untouched though, and 1945 to 2020 is a long time for things to be changed ... Seems a bit odd that the only online reference I can see to the 'prototype fibre [fiber?] drive engine is in these two listings?
  6. Don't know about DVLA, but I'd imagine the law would regard the additions to the bonnet as dangerous bodywork ...
  7. That's a really incoherent and unclear article, particularly as the original RAC information is very clear. It suggests on the spot fines for driving anywhere without a clean air sticker, yet says the stickers are only required in certain cities. It then goes on to talk about enviromental regulations in other countries, without any clarity over regulation or enforcement at all, and appears to confuse Italian (and other) city access regulations with environmental regulations. In fact it seems this is only for certain citiesThe RAC page on this is very clear and lists the cities where these are required on a permanent or temporary basis: https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/news/motoring-news/law-change-for-uk-drivers-in-french-cities/. It seems temporary controls can be invoked in Normandy, which I guess is where most MV owners are likely to go, at times of high pollution; the full details are on an EU site linked from the RAC page. There is a French government website for this in English, https://www.certificat-air.gouv.fr/en/, where you can also make a mock application. A trial application for a 1943 petrol or diesel car, light or heavy goods vehicle with no Euro engine classification returns 'your vehicle is not eligible'; the same application with LPG as a fuel returns a cat. 1 (second best) classification.
  8. Wayne, I'd second that - Richard B is a good chap and has always been very helpful in my experience. I think I have some valves if Richard doesn't have them.
  9. Brian, The wiring is pretty standard, particularly as regards colours, across Vauxhall - Bedford models so you should be able to work it out from a normal TJ or TK wiring diagram. As I recall it's not as heavy duty a chassis as the MK / MJ, closer to an R type, but very similar mechanically. The transfer box is high range in 2WD and low range in 4WD, they don't select independently. We need photos!
  10. Tony, Alan, given the age, all these brake shoes will contain asbestos, and in fact one of the linings in your photos says as much. It's no longer legal to supply, possess for supply, or fit asbestos containing materials to vehicles; so these should really be disposed of as asbestos waste.
  11. I know those tyres ... They're off an M2 bridging rig, and they do - or did - hold air .
  12. To be honest, any photos posted here are likely to be pretty meaningless. The colour in the images themselves is subject to a huge range of variables to start with, and is likely to have changed as the image has aged. Even if the image colour is accurate, the colour fidelity still has to be preserved in the scanning and digitising process, and even if that's OK, the colour you actually see depends on your computer's graphics and display settings. Add to that the variation in original colours batch to batch, maker to maker and so on, the same variation in repro materials, and subjective factors like the light you're viewing the sample in, your eyes, that colours look darker on a small sample than a large area, and so on ...
  13. Richard, I ask because RAL is a European colour matching scheme of German origin. In my experience MoD use BS colours. For example, NATO green is BS361c colour 285, deep bronze green is BS361c colour 224.
  14. Perhaps naive, but if it's old MoD wouldn't it be a BS rather than RAL colour?
  15. And the last bit of the puzzle falls into place. http://www.glesga.ukpals.com/transport/cars1.htm claims it's a Garrett GTZ, built by the steam traction engine builders (bottom of page) And from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Garrett_%26_Sons#Electric_vehicles "In 1926, Garrett won a contract to supply dustcarts to Glasgow Corporation, who were looking for a special design for collecting refuse from the tenements of Govan. Electric vehicles were needed, because much of the refuse was collected during the night. Garrett put a lot of effort into producing a suitable vehicle, which became known as the model GTZ. To make them more manoeuvrable, the front wheels were located behind the cab, and the chassis was redesigned to produce a very low loading line, only 4 feet 8 inches (1.42 m) above the road surface. The batteries were fitted over the front axle, between the cab and the body. Because they were only ever likely to work out of the recycling plant at Govan, tipping gear was not fitted to each vehicle, but was instead built into the Govan plant. The first vehicle of a batch of 36 was completed on 25 February 1927, and proved successful, at Garret eventually supplied 54 GTZ units with solid tyres, and later a smaller batch fitted with pneumatic tyres. They continued to work in Glasgow until the GTZ system was phased out in 1964." Edit - and having watched more of the film, it indeed shows the dustcarts tipping (08:00). It seems the body was hinged not at the rear but at the right hand side, and they simply hooked a chain to the left hand side and tipped the body. The film clearly shows the refuse destructor plant seen in the photo No Signals references, and an earlier style cab again at 07:13. Interestingly though the article above talks about solid wheels, all three types we've found have pneumatic tyres.
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