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  1. Passes through the cab floor Nicky - see Tomas' thread on MWC rebuild.
  2. Oh for a time machine. The CCF at school had a pile of FBE pontoons which eventually must have just rotted away. I never saw them used. It was 45 years ago though.........
  3. Tom send me a private message with your e-mail address and I will send you the drawings for the bins
  4. Hi Tom the Chore Horse or BSA 300w generator is correct for the MWR and fits in the drivers footstep box although it is a squeeze. It was never intended to be used other than when the set was used as a ground station, That wiring schematic also shows the radio equipment in one version of the MWR and is probably the "simplest" to find - although finding signals equipment can be both time consuming and expensive - it is just shown removed from the vehicle which was an intended option. The four batteries are clamped two either side of the table and the charging board with its protective cover
  5. Hello Tom - we both travel the same road. This might help. it is a schematic of the radio equipment fitted in one type of MWR. it is shown in the ground station mode but shows the generator, charging board, battery boxes and the radio carrier onto which are mounted the set, power supply, variometer etc etc. which are fitted inside the vehicle. Everything could be taken out and setup in a building if required. The radio board clips onto the radio table. There was a useful thread on MLU which showed all the furniture for the back of an MWR but it has been lost through the Photobucket debacle
  6. The MWR carries the 300w Chore Horse generator in the locker that acts as the drivers footstep. That type of generator is more commonly seen in Airborne signals jeeps I think. i believe the original 300w generators were of Canadian manufacture although my MWR came with the later BSA clone.
  7. Thanks Tony - interesting. A Covenanter was probably the last gun tank I expected to see carrying such a sign. If from the same original source, could this hull have been a bridgelayer by any chance? I suppose they just collected any Covenanters from storage for use as range targets though. sorry for the diversion from the main event!
  8. Well done to everybody involved in this recovery. Looks to be a challenging restoration but it seems that the parts required are out there. Am I seeing things or is that a 79AD Bulls Head on the previous Covenanter recovery - and why...
  9. I am more or less there with this part of my MWR restoration, although i am still on the hunt for a B set tuning wheel and a B set aerial insulator. The latest addition, picked up at Malvern is a reproduction waterproof cover, made by Frank Brown.
  10. Thanks for that -although I think that's actually a picture which I happened to spot by chance one afternoon on Flog it. Funny how stuff circulates on the web and comes back to you. MWR furniture detail pictures seem few and far between. The two firms that did the coach building for the MWRs seem to have different ways of making the cupboard doors. One uses vertical planks joined by battens on the back, whilst the other uses horizontal rails top and bottom with vertical infills, all joined by dowels
  11. A - Thanks for that. I think some cabinet making looms N - something on its way later today
  12. The new frame, tray frame and metalwork came with the truck - along with a severely pitted original, fragmentary tray frames and rotted woodwork which was good enough to use as patterns. Leave it with me - I'll measure up tomorrow and take some photos There are metal slider plates (which I will also measure) upon which the pull out tray runs. The tray has stops at the back to prevent it coming out too far. The plates are L-shaped to stop the draw from going too far back. The draw is as wide as the legs and long enough to fit completely under the bench before hitting to stops. Depths c
  13. The glacial restoration of my MWR continues and as the refurb of the 19 set installation is approaching the end, my thoughts are turning to the furniture in the back of the truck. I have finished, bar painting, the radio bench and am now stripping and refinishing the various lockers and thinking about the wiring to and from the control board. Inevitably the more you know, the less you know. The 19 set installation has two pairs of batteries, one set of which is clamped below the radio bench. I am unsure about the other pair. Are they stored, charged, in the lockers at the rear of
  14. Kevin, as far as I am aware there is only one survivor with the early / type 1 body without the generator compartment louvres as currently modelled by AFV Club. This is the one still retaining the sunshade frame in the Royal Signals Museum at Blandford. All other survivors are of the later / type II body with the louvres on rear and side panels.The breakdown of parts for the model suggests that the later type could be offered in due course.
  15. Wonder if it is the one now exhibited in the Cold War hall at the RAF Museum at Cosford
  16. What would I do without my informal support network! Thanks again It's never easy though is it!. The strainers are of a different type which seem to somehow screw partway into the hole and have a single securing screw with an eye made from the spring itself coming out at the side. Like this Furthermore to add insult to injury the diameter of the hole in those three retaining cups is larger than the diameter of the spring end so they wouldnt retain the spring anyway.....
  17. I picked up a couple of NOS Remote Control Junction boxes at Malvern yesterday for the drop leads and spares recovery. These boxes have one male and one female drop lead. Is it possible to get into the rubber cone plugs to convert a male plug into a female plug using parts recovered from the old tropicalised plugs? If not, i'll just attach a male plug into the control box until I find another drop lead with a female plug Edit one futher thing that has got me stumped - how do you get those spring wire protectors to fit into the control box? I obviously took them off - but can I hell
  18. You must post the results of your endeavours so we can see the finished image
  19. its cold and I'm old, so im not scrabbling around on a cold concrete floor - sorry centre to centre, measured from the carriage bolts holding the floor planks is 10"
  20. That is a SS Cars built example according to the census number. Interesting that most of the trucks are a single colour (possibly SCC2) with no disruptive pattern - unless the paintwork is covered with a thick layer of dust. The third 15cwt in on the LHS is an MWR I think as it has the vertically split rear canvas curtain to take account of the spare wheel carrier on the tailgate. Perhaps I might be able to do a "then and now" with that picture one day.
  21. According to the Chilwell list, SS Cars only received one contract for 10cwt 2 wheeled GS trailers. They received at least two others for the lightweight/airborne trailers. Contract 23S2490 Census Numbers X5391001 to X5392640 1640 units I have found pictures of two original data plates correlating census number to chassis number for trailers from this batch chassis no 1500 (SS/GS/1500) Census number = X5392500 chassis no 0648 (SS/GS/0648) census number = X539?648 (presumably X5391648 on basis of census number block above) Note correlation of last 3 in census number and chass
  22. Hi Maurice that looks nice and strangely familiar. I see you decided to mount the t-plate in its original position rather than screwing it to the tailgate. I have seen both. That's an interesting modification to the handbrake handle to stop the release handle from engaging the ratchet as well. There was a Butler teardrop socket to secure the wiring plug on the right hand side of the neck still remaining on mine. The curved back edge for the brackets which are used to mount the handles on the neck suggests that your trailer was built by SS Cars. The census numbers for these and
  23. I'm no expert but could you not just make two flanged spacer tubes to fit between the top of the block and the bottom of the spigot tube? That way the spigot tube is raised to the height of the radiator inlet without materially damaging it. You would be introducing a couple of more joints into the system but presumably that can be resolved. (Edit) Oops - I seem to have come up with the same idea as Andy Pugh - if two of us came to that conclusion independently perhaps it's worth a thought
  24. As ever, thanks Chris! Good to know I can adjust the A set cable length if necessary. I will wait until assembling the rig before making a decision.
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