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  1. You know how it is , we thought we were going to mothball this project once stabilised until we had finished some of our other projects. It started with we will just pop the head off to have a peak at the suspect reported valve problem as it was a bit rainey last weekend and domestic duties we’re suspended. After most of Saturday afternoon and Sunday the head finally let go of the studs after lots of gentle encouragement and tea drinking . What we found on cyl 1&2 the gudgeon pin has scored the bores where I’m guessing the ally end caps have been left out allowing the pin to move fro
  2. A587-152 After several of us looking in the correct areas the chassis number has finally revealed its self . So according to Dodge crib sheet equates to March 1926 which is far later than I would of guessed for the reasons previously mentioned .Another member of this forum has yet again come up trumps for one of our projects . R P came across a article in The Commercial Motor 2/10/23 perfectly describes the truck with matching side lights to what we have ,which I think are Smith’s unless anyone knows otherwise.Need two lens and rims if anyone has any. With the body being built in London by Ho
  3. After several of us looking in the correct areas the chassis number has finally revealed its self .
  4. Slight deviation but local bus historian Bill Ward came across a early postcard titled “Changing the guard Mersea Strood “with a Daimler bus . Mersea Island is where we live and in both wars was a restricted area with a checkpoint on the only road onto the Island known as the Strood which is covered by the tide.
  5. That’s funny I picked up a “Auto ambulance equivalent “ last week as it wasn’t loved and looking for a home.
  6. Thanks for your comments Rick, You are are right on a number of points as i already own a ex Canadian registered 23 Dodge car which I have used as a comparison as we know the date because it still had the serial plate. A few comparisons between 23 car and 3/4 ton truck magneto v distributor throttle pedal centrally positioned v on the car as modern vehicles headlamps appear to be the earlier saucepan style . The cross member is corroded to the point of heavy pitting plus quite hard to access because of how the seat box is fitted. I will further investigate tomorrow.
  7. Thank you all for your comments as I often have trouble convincing indoors what she is looking at. Rest assured the “posh rust” is staying but mechanically it will get the treatment in the same way as our other projects .We know it has some valve issues to attend to for a start and certainly expect to find more, on the plus side nothing appears seized with it last being run about 5 year’s ago when the mag gave up.This has since been been rebuilt but not refitted and is tucked away in the airing cupboard .
  8. After seeing this at the back of a friends shed I finally convinced him it needed to return to Essex after a brief 24 years in Dorset What I think 🤔but only think, is that it was one of the original 1917-18 Dodge order which came over as part of the war effort as it is RHD and there’s no other reason for it to be here.There appears to be the remains of green paint on the cab .It was first registered in 1924 to a hardware store in Clacton on sea with aEssex registration. Later sold to the Seaside Laundry which we believe was also in Clacton as the original sign writing is still visible on
  9. Nibbling away at the list.A local museum wanted to scrap some axles so via Owen we collected the Tilling Stevens axles and will have this as an option to use as a donor for the diff when the time comes. The first class seats are coming together and have managed to buy the correct patterned Moquette cloth which is winging its way to us. These are being done by a friend who does upholstery for yachts and involved a bit of horse trading as they are very good at what they do.The base foam is a dual layer with the blue foam being dence to absorb the shocks and the white forms to your b
  10. Had a productive morning with Basil as he chose to come into work instead of domestic chores which meant we got the job done in half the time . All the windows got a lick of undercoat ready for topcoat next .
  11. Photo opportunity moved the body this evening over to our main workshop as this is the first Saturday we are not working so I can fit the top deck handrails.Paint is nearly there with a couple more coats of white are needed.
  12. Thought we had better get some paint on the wheels before the damp weather sets in . We now know that the odd back wheel is Daimler as we have been shown pictures with this wheel fitted to CBs. After blasting the foundry name and date became evident as June 1914
  13. Bit of excitement today 🤩🥳 .Ran out of time tonight to unpack for a full inspection, but for plastic tyres they look great as I had my doubts .I’m sure once they get some dirt they will look spot on and nigh on impossible to tell the difference. So big round of applause to the guys down Cornwall ask for Nigel http://www.jobel.co.uk/ 😁
  14. Yes Doug the initials definitely look like JAC there’s also the remnants of WD paint under the black paint of what paint is left.
  15. The bonus of this being our second Daimler is we now know how it is put together and have already made the necessary special tools. This weekend we stripped the wheels ready for the new tyres ,the brake drums proved just stubborn as before with the need to drill out a more than a couple of bolts as they were well and truly seized solid. We have made our mind up to use the odd wheels as they came with the chassis .They are both the same except the spoke pattern so have come to the conclusion the open spoked wheel is Daimler but I could be wrong as there’s a chance it could be AEC as equally I h
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