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Richard Farrant

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  1. Well done Rob, look forward to seeing you and your AEC next weekend, all being well. The old girl is looking great!
  2. Chassis and tow hook was black If the hook was red then that was a bit of b*llsh*t at the unit!
  3. Keith, don't use copper for the fuel pipes as they absorb heat, used steel pipes and if any pipes are in the vicinity of the exhaust manifold used an insulating lagging material. Years ago I did this on my Bedford with asbestos string obtained from a hardware shop in deepest Normandy, it did the trick.
  4. Daimler engines did not have wet liners
  5. Neil, Try Surelock, https://www.castingrepairs.com/about-us I met this chap at Beaulieu once when I had a similar issue with a customer's engine, he explained his methods and you can see some of his work in a video on his website. You have cracks radiating from the main crack so it is worth getting the job done by a specialist. No heat involved and usually can be done in situ and without dismantling. He also said that once done he has a system of pumping a ceramic solution through the block to seal it. As it was I did not get the block done as I was able to locate a replacement. I have had minor cracks stitched on other engines by a company in your area, called Cox and Turner (near Yeovil). Another concern is if there are cracks on the inner side of the block.
  6. It was designed to be used behind the Eager Beaver rough terrain forklift. Originally a flat bed to carry pallets, so the sides have been added in civilian ownership. Age, probably about 1970's
  7. Hi Dai, Good to see you on here. Your reference to Faith, Hope and Charity being originally the names of Swordfish aircraft in Malta, I recall they were actually Gloster Gladiators. Look forward to seeing some of your models on here 🙂
  8. Hi Ferg, The above phrase does not apply in your case as the replacement chassis is a 'like for like' and does not change the way the vehicle works.
  9. Yes, needs to be at least 2 foot long and thick so you can use a 14 pound sledgehammer to tighten it.
  10. See this link ; https://www.fany.org.uk/history
  11. LV7/AN is a prefix for an Austin part number. Morris had a different prefix.
  12. I do not think that the Smith Lens have anything to do with Smiths in the UK, who made speedometers and other auto parts. They were probably made by a US company, L.E. Smith who produced the first headlamp lens for the Ford Model T, here is a history of the company; https://www.carnivalglassworldwide.com/l-e-smith-story.html
  13. I was at the auction in Australia and the lorry was a bought by a UK buyer and ultimately restored in the Norfolk area I believe.
  14. Back in the 70's/80's I worked on Explorers when they were still in service. We had the hub tools, the spanner resembled a large tube, probably at least 5 inches in diameter and from memory a couple of foot long, one end had the hexagon ring in it to fit the nut, the other end had a very thick steel bar welded at one end to the tube, about 3 feet long. There was also a heavy length of timber, cross section similar to a railway sleeper with one end radiused concave. This was stood on end to support the bar end of the tube. One man would hold the spanner on to the nut and down on the block with the other man wielding a 14 pound sledge hammer on the end of the bar. That is how tight it had to be. Once the nut is off, the hub puller consisted of a modified axle hub cap with a large diameter screw threaded in to it, with the hexagon head same size as the hub nut. Spanner and block refitted and sledge hammer applied again to release the hub off the taper. The hubs have to be very tight as the key should not be taking the load, it is the taper fit that does that. If slack the tapers will wear and never lock together. I recall having to replace badly worn shaft and it took about 50 tons on the press to release it from the gear wheel. Hard work, but loved working on these old girls!
  15. Apology, I was not paying attention, I can see now it is the front 🤔
  16. I was looking at the photo from the rear, three spots on the ground, have a look.
  17. Hi Kevin, I recall at the time of the first Gulf War seeing a photo of a Centurion ARV with the name Lucozade. As the slogan went, "Lucozade aids recovery" I did not see it on the list. regards, Richard
  18. Brake fluid leaks? Check the pipes are all tight.
  19. Similar to a suspension spring only the leaves are flat
  20. Standard sprung drawbar on WD lorries, tow hook clamps to it. The brackets fit inside the chassis rails and spring cannot move over. Spring ends just slot into the brackets.
  21. Dave, there is more ...... I found an image on a website of a page from a very old book giving information of the area and found this: Motor Omnibus Henry Dew to and from Ashford several times daily
  22. Dave, That is a distinct possibility, this was Crouch's garage until recently.
  23. Hi Dave, Looking at a 60 year old Ian Allan book on bus fleets in the South East, there is potted history of East Kent Road Car and Maidstone and District, neither appear to have operated in or to Ashford at that time so possibly a small operator in Ashford who got absorbed into East Kent or M&D later on. regards, Richard
  24. Hi Lex, It would be EC02, depending on the era, it was titled 14 Command Workshop, then changed to 44 Command Workshop, then around the Eighties 44 District Workshop. EC stood for Eastern Command
  25. ASH related to REME Central Workshops at Ashford, Middlesex, NOT to be confused with the REME Command Workshops at Ashford, Kent which had another annotation.
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