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  1. Still on eBay: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Taskers-Trailer-Scammel-coupling-1930-40-s/274460707279?hash=item3fe72209cf:g:OQoAAOSwUIlevDrn
  2. Looks super! 💪 Like the tyres too, looks like they also do 1100 x 20s which would fit a green goddess - quite a hard size to find! Duncan.
  3. After another seemingly long hiatus there has actually been progress in terms of getting the Q4 back on the road! For a while and despite having the carburetor professionally refurbished, adding quality electronic ignition, refurbishing the electrics etc, it still wouldn't run without either it popping and banging or without it needing petrol pouring straight into the carb. Clearly something wasn't right! The hunt for the guilty parts or parts began... First we discovered that the coke disc in the carb had been put on the wrong way round. Just shows that even pros can make mistakes s
  4. Yes, a good result! 😎 Still looking for a sender unit for the Q4.... It's the only part that has really broken, the board inside with resistance wire has broken apart over time... I get the feeling lots of Rootes stuff is proper 'parts bin specials' stuff! 😆 Duncan.
  5. Well, good news! After a bit of to-ing and fro-ing Speedy Spares found most of what I needed. The trick was referencing not only the part numbers but also the Commer / Rootes publication they came from! When I quoted the engine size (4,752 cc) they were confused - no wonder as the Parts List doesn't actually mention the engine size anywhere! (I've still no idea what other Rootes vehicles the 4,752 cc engine was fitted in....). So, they have a head gasket plus water pump gaskets plus manifold hot spot gaskets. Sadly, not the exact manifold gaskets but some very similar so we'll see if
  6. Super, thanks. Fingers crossed!! 🙏 Duncan.
  7. Thanks Richard - does John Walker have a website, or do you have his contact details? I've dropped Speedy Spares a line, I have tried them in the past for things but no success. You never know.... Cheers, Duncan
  8. Hello all - I'm after some gaskets for the engine in my AFS Commer Q4 truck if anybody has any or knows where I can track some down!! Sadly unlike other vehicles of the same era, such as the Bedford RL, there are no real specialists as far as I'm aware who can help. Yes, I guess there are companies that will manufacture some but I thought I'd try here to first so see if anyone has some hanging around on a shelf in a shed... They're for the 4,752 cc 6 cylinder petrol, which was also fitted to other Routes Group vehicles of the time such as Humbers. I need: - head gasket - 3 part
  9. I've just messaged the RLC Museum to let them know, along with the BBC link - Fort Paull also has one of the few remaining RCT Berlin Military Train carriages which might be of interest and is certainly worth saving.... Duncan.
  10. Hello All, After a slight hiatus I have declared 2020 to be the 'Year of the Commer' as I seek to get my AFS Q4 (519 ELM) back on the road. One final-ish part to find is a replacement sender unit to sit in the tank. The AC part number is 'Gauge Assembly AC Delco 1519738', the MOD MT part number was LV6/MT1/AC/1519738. The MOD parts manual also gives a number of P.60325. The MOD used Q4s until the 1980s as did the EFS / Home Office so there must be some lurking somewhere! Any clues welcome, I have tried the 'usual' suspect such as Chris Morter etc. Thanks, Duncan.
  11. Green Goddesses excellent value, great fun, simple to keep on the road etc (no air brakes, simple electrics, bombproof mechanicals, lots of spares). Just ensure that a) it's been kept undercover - lots of rotten ones around now which will need mega bodywork repairs sooner or later - ash frame under those panels! (the faded orange stripes are a good indication of it being kept outside) and b) it has as much kit on it as you can as the costs of replacing this can be expensive! Lots on them appear on eBay, some for silly money - £4k should get you a good one. Somebody I know sold one la
  12. Found it after a bit of searching..... The Titan T Hawk 373 Mil, three sizes one of which is 11.00-20 12. It has the Goodyear logo on the website and 'made by Titan' so I can only assume this is the Goodyear bar grip! The blurb says: Originally designed for use on 2 1/2- and 5-ton military trucks, this non-directional cross country tread has proven its durability under tough conditions and has become a standard for various military applications https://www.titan-intl.com/Tires/TITAN-T-HAWK-373-MIL?search=1100?product=373269F?product=373269F Hope that helps, Duncan.
  13. It's going increasingly be a problem for us green goddess owners! The 1100 Avon tyres are the best bet and better road holding than the bar grips. But even decent condition second hand tyres are now ancient and they suffer from the obligatory side wall cracking way before the tread is even fractionally used up! It would be nice to get Avon to manufacture some again - I'm sure they'd have the moulds still - but you'd need a large quantity to order some (to make it worthwhile) and the cost would be substantial no doubt. I'm left wondering what my GG will run on when the last of the Avons I have
  14. Even though my Bedford RL green goddess will sit happily at 40-45 mph, I agree with the idea of 'the more visible you are, the better'! Most drivers these days - cucooned in their shells, insulated from the world around them - just don't expect vehicles to be plodding along lane one of duel carriageways at 40..... Mine had rear chevron marker plates fitted in service - for Op Fresco in 02/03- and I replaced these as the old ones were faded. I also bought a magnetic LED yellow beacon - no wiring needed. Not great during the day but much better at night or dawn / dusk. I also have L
  15. Well, after a hiatus of a few months.... Okay, nearly a year.... More progress!! In the interim, the carb has been refitted after refurbishment and the engine timing has now been sorted as per the workshop manual which is fiddly but accurate! But, it still won't really run properly but conversion to electronic ignition in due course might help this! The fuel tank has also been removed for sand blasting. Much electrical work done so now it has working indicators, headlights, fog and reverse lights. Most pleasing - yet probably least important - was getting the interior light and roof-m
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