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  1. There are quite a few tanks here that I had never heard of, Caernarvon for one and what looked like a Russian one in the mix as well. Poor old Saracen loses a wheel in front of everyone Quite a few dodgy looking dictator types in the crowd as well! Apologies if you have all seen it before
  2. Fitting EFI to a military vehicle engine should not be too hard as although the cubic capacity is usually large, the peak power is not that big so the injector size is not unreasonable. As well as the ECU you would need: A high pressure fuel pump a 3 bar fuel regulator with return line to tank A fuel rail to hold the injectors onto the manifold Crank trigger wheel Throttle position sensor All these bits can be got from eBay A long time ago I wrote an article for Practical Performance Car on choosing the pump and injectors and I will try to dig it out and
  3. "who recognizes the mark at the top right"
  4. I think you have nailed it! I recognised some parts around the Regents canal and Paddington, and the strange turret on the building near Kings Cross Station. Thanks for filling in the gaps.
  5. I found this video of Barging Through Old London in 1924 in colour [AI enhanced and colourized] very restful to watch, a few good shots of traffic showing what may be pre WW1 commercial vehicles:
  6. I anyone has one I'd appreciate a copy as well, my Matador was used for bus recovery and lost the original cab.
  7. If I recall correctly (and a quick google says yes) Ford Escort rally cars often used a 12v starter with 24v to spin the engine really fast. This probably shortened the life of the starter a bit but, hopefully, it's only getting intermittent use and should get plenty of time to cool down.
  8. In the late 90's I worked for Lucas at what used to be Simms Group R&D in Park Royal, the spring starters used to turn up (out of forgotten cupboards) every so often but I was never allowed to play with them as the H&S police would destroy them ASAP. They were still being fitted for cold weather applications where a dead battery meant you froze or the polar bears got you. There is still some gold in them thar cupboards as a six cylinder Simms magneto turned up recently. It was being used to spark up the gas welding kit, itself a casualty of H&S.
  9. Yes John, that picture is a great help, thank you very much. Paul
  10. I wonder if anyone can help me. Some time (2 years!) ago I stripped down the CAV control box from my Matador as it was in very poor condition and incomplete. It's ready to go back together and I now have a couple of problems: I took many photos as I dismantled it but I was burgled and the PC with the pics was stolen The wiring was chopped about in it's time as a bus recovery truck The metal cover on the front of the box is missing With the aid of the manual, wiring diagram and some pictures from threads on this site I have got it about 80% complete but the wiring of the internal
  11. That's a great video! Seeing the theory put into practise is a great motivator to have a go myself when I get going on my Matador. Paul
  12. To find what the values are you could attach a variable resistance (Volume pot from some bit of scrap electronics) across the sender wires and twiddle it to see the guage move. When the needle lines up with Empty or Full measure the resistance with your multimeter. I measured the sender from a Cortina some time ago and the values are: Empty 80 Ohms Full 10 Ohms Good Luck
  13. With hindsight I think I was lucky with the DVLA, the whole process from walking in the door to walking out with the new tax disc took 20 min. It was in the last days of local offices so I could explain what I wanted and fix any mistakes on the forms instantly, I'm sure it's a bit more involved now. Good luck with the tanker.
  14. I was able to register my Matador on the strength of a letter from the BCVM. I did not come with a V5, the reg no was already on the DLVLA system but the replacement V5 had it registered as a recovery vehicle first registered in 1960 Turning up at the DVLA office with the letter resulted in a V5 with: "Was registered and/or used declared manufactured 1943" in the Notes Date of first Reg: 1960 Body Type: Breakdown Truck Taxation Class: Historic Vehicle Which all seems OK to me
  15. Could I get the price of Lot 22, the Federal aircraft tractor? I really liked the look of it but good sense prevailed.:undecided:
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