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  1. Hi Freeland. I've been following your restoration with great interest and I'm very impressed with the standard of your work. I have just seen your email and I appologise for taking a while to get back to you but I'm sorry to say you have the wrong person. Unfortunatly I have never taken my 981 outside the UK and have never had the good fortune of meeting you in person. I am sure that if you mention your meeting on here that the person your looking for will reply to you. I wish you well in locating the parts you are looking for and keep up the good work. Many regards.. Steve.
  2. Is there not an alternative to Motorways ?? Also what happend to the Scammell is fortunatly a rare incident. You could follow a distance behind as well but keep one eye on your rear veiw mirror if a motorway is the only option.
  3. Would that be the one on Milweb Bill ?? As long as it is mechanically sound, all the levels are topped up and your gentle with it I should think it no more a risk than anything else. I did a 300 mile round trip in my DT a few years ago and had no problems at all accept the dent in my wallet for the fuel. Take some tools, string, insulation tape and light bulbs though.
  4. Sadly sometimes all the lights and warnings in the world are not enough to stop the chance of being hit from behind.
  5. There are some sections of motorway in the UK that have a long and steep incline for example Windy Hill on the M62 and the M20 in Kent. Even some modern lorries slow to a crawl when loaded going up these hills They do not have flashing lights. Sadly in this world some people look no further ahead than the end of their bonnet and no matter what precautions you take they will still run into you.
  6. I should have worded it better. You can travel at any speed below 70mph on a motorway but your vehicle must be capable of at least 25mph on level road to be able to travel on a motorway.
  7. I hope very much that everyone involved in this sad event is ok, If not then I wish them a speedy recovery. I used to drive low loaders transporting railway locomotives and a lot of the time grossed well over a 100t. A little while after I purchased my first Diamond t I asked a couple of traffic officers (who were escorting me on a motorway) the question, what was the minimum speed for using a motorway? and I was told that a vehicle must be capable of travelling at at least 25mph on level road. There is no set minimum other than that, otherwise anyone in a traffic que would be breaking the law. I never drive my DT on motorways but I must say that for the drivers of larger vehicles there is the added problem of many of the A roads having a weight limit accept for access imposed to prevent heavy vehicles entering towns/villages and to sometimes force them onto motorways, meaning that you have to either use a motorway or risk the chance of being stopped for breaking a weight restriction. I also wish to say that some of the posts are coming across as though it is the fault of the Scammell driver because of speed, lights, travelling on a motorway ect. I have seen many images of lorrys and cars running into the back of slow moving vehicles even when being escorted by a pilot van or the police. Although they help, sometimes no amount of lights flashing or otherwise will prevent this from happening. If the lorry ran into the back of the Scammell it was the lorry drivers fault.
  8. A petrol engine can be fitted with lpg conversion, a diesel cannot. Unless you like the idear of having your truck taken away from you by customs and a hefty fine I would not recomend using red diesel.
  9. I appologise for my typo regarding the max revs, it was 4am. :yawn::yawn::yawn::yawn::yawn: Good job you pointed that out Tony.
  10. She looks like a vehicle from Mad Max 2. All she needs is a couple of chrome exhaust stacks and a supercharger on top of the engine. :D
  11. Hi. Firstly, I want to say well done on such a fantastic job your doing with your restoration and second, I don't know if they are still available but there is a thread on here by a chap who can/could supply re produced copies of all the engine decals for the oil/air filters ect. I hope this is of interest http://hmvf.co.uk/forumvb/showthread.php?18735-Hercules-engine-decal-set&highlight=hercules+decals Regards, Steve.
  12. Yes there is a 1/5th scale Merlin on youtube.
  13. I've got a pair of new front wings made by a company in Manchester. They are realy good but bl**dy expensive.
  14. Try ebay.COM instead of co.uk Dick. It's the US ebay they come up on there from time to time. I have a pair that I got from there as well as other parts for my T'S
  15. It seemed like a good idea when the RAF Thought "Wonder if a Merlin would improve a Mustang" . The rest as they say is history.
  16. I've just scaned this photo to my computer and thought I would post it here. It is a photo of my DT taken by John Blackman for CMV magazine about 12 years ago.
  17. I feel sorry for the man who spent so many years chasing the Spitfire rainbow only to find that there was no pot of gold at the end of it....
  18. http://uk.news.yahoo.com/burma-spitfire-mystery-solved-034518350.html;_ylt=Am94NB5TMKQ83s9_A9IGL2i_fMl_;_ylu=X3oDMTU1bTRhNGJtBGNjb2RlA2N0LmMEbWl0A01vc3RQb3B1bGFyIEZQIE1peGVkIExpc3QEcGtnAzllMmQyODE4LWVlZmEtM2QwNC04ZmI1LTJkMDJjNzYzNmYxNARwb3MDNQRzZWMDTWVkaWFCTGlzdE1peGVkTW9zdFBvcHVsYXJDQVRlbXAEdmVyAzhkNWMyMmMwLTc5MjYtMTFlMi1iZmFmLTdlNTcyNjQzM2E1Ng--;_ylg=X3oDMTJkOW8zMW81BGludGwDZ2IEbGFuZwNlbi1nYgRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANob21lBHB0A3NlY3Rpb25zBHRlc3QDQ29udHJvbF9Ob19GbG9hdGluZ18x;_ylv=3
  19. A few years ago I looked up Diamond T's factory address on google earth and went into street view. unfortunatly all I could see at the time was waste ground You could try that yourself incase I was looking at the wrong place.
  20. I spent 15 years in heavy vehicle/plant recovery then moved to the Midlands from Essex and went into general Haulage. Then around 10 years in heavy haulage mostly moving railway locomotives. My main claim to fame is that I moved the Japanese Bullit train that is at the National Railway Museum in York from Southampton. Currently I'm not working due to ill health.
  21. Just spotted this on Yahoo with the latest news including some film... http://uk.news.yahoo.com/experts-fly-off-spitfire-hunt-031352886.html
  22. I saw on the East Midlands BBC news tonight that there are plans to return the Lancaster "Just Jane" to the air. What a great sight that would be if it happens. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-20794398 :wow::wow:
  23. I'm impressed with the way the "experts" do things.......Not! Something went wrong...
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