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  1. A brand new set of 200/120 MTP Tank crewmans coveralls for sale, unworn and still in the bag they were issued to me in. Make me an offer.
  2. For sale I have a brand new, unused and still with the label on pair of issue DMS boots in size 11.
  3. TiffY boxes came in a couple of different types and generally held tools that were bigger than the standard toolbox and ones needed for more complex tasks. As an example a normal toolbox had a 1/2 Inch drive socket set while the tiffy box had a 1 inch drive socket set. They also had the tools that were generally only needed every now and again. Also things like thread insert kits and thread chasers etc. If I remember right the scale was classed as A2 and B2 on a sections holdings denoting Specialist tools for specific jobs. No vehicle CES was in a tiffy box. Hope that helps, if not let me know if you want more info.
  4. Look what I Rediscovered today while having a tidy up ready to do some painting. The headset is still in perfect condition after all these years, but the suitcase is showing its age. Was issued it in 1980 with the rest of my kit. It used to get filled and then thrown in the bottom of the 3rd mans hatch of my 434. .
  5. Are you still looking for a stally? There is one about a 1/2 a mile from me that is just sitting there outside someone’s scrap yard. I spoke to the guy who owns it a couple of years ago and he said it was a runner and was taxed etc until 2017, but it hasn’t moved since then. It’s all there and the hatches are closed. I think he may have another 1 or 2 inside the yard. Not sure if they are for sale but might be worth a visit.
  6. Changing from Fwd to Rev and visa Versa on the transfer box was always hit and miss on CVR(T). Try engaging it while stopping the engine. I.e. with the engine running move from fwd to rev or other way around and while pulling or pushing the lever switch off the ignition at the same time. You should feel the lever move fully into the engaged position. That was the drill we used to have the drivers do if they had the same problem.
  7. Trying to remember when we first started using these. When attached to the Blues & Royals in 85 we were still using the clansman headphones with berets. I can remember the tank crews started wearing the full bomedome helmet just after that but they were only for Armd corps crews i.e REME attached didn’t have them. We started to use this type helmet when I was a crew Comd with FRG which was from 88. Was still wearing them in 2003 when with the SCOTS DG LAD. Come to think of it we were still using the headset and press all units in 2007 for FFR landrovers using BOWMAN.
  8. No idea what the FV number is but the last 4 of the NSN is 2001. Always remember that as we changed so many over the years.
  9. I can remember having to modify them only too well. The first ones used a landrover prop shaft to provide drive to the PTO. We kept having to repair them as they were just not strong enough. We came up with the idea of using a prop shaft from an M1 rig which did the trick. Another weakness was the winch minted on the T-piece at the back. Used to go through loads of bits for that as there was no PVRV setup so if the load got too much it just blew a connection. Hapoy days indeed.
  10. It's one of the Willich AVREs as we called them. The first veh specifically designed to do the job. Much better than its predecessor. Looked after an Armd Engr Troop with 3 of these as well as 3 AVLB and some Spartan Recce Vets.
  11. Is it a Clegg or Willich version? The Clegg version is an old gun tank with a plate welded on where the turret should be, some i beam above the crew compartment to support facines and a rough and ready winch mounted upstairs. Whereas the Willich was a properly designed new veh that was luxury compared to the older versions.
  12. It was common to see Stalwart's and ferrets bouncing off curbs when following them. I wandered what they were doing when I first saw it but then someone explained they they were bouncing/jumping off the curbs to allow and wind-up to be let out. There are no plans to introduce wheeled Inf Armd platforms at the moment. We are waiting for the Scout family of vehicles to come into service, but I can honestly say I am not aware of any plans for a wheeled 6 or 8 wheeler yet.
  13. It's the newest additional armour covering. Supposed to replace bar armour.
  14. When removing or refitting clutches we used to use a tin of compo processed cheese as the special tool. The size of the tin was just right to fit between the bottom of the clutch housing and the hull. Once in place under the clutch you could undo the ring of bolts and allow the cutch to rest on the tin until ready to lift with a crane. Using a tin for refitting allowed you to sit the clutch at the right height to slide the shaft in with relative ease before securing the bolts. Could be a horrible job some times. I can remember cutting my hand a coule of times on lock wire while trying to remove clutches.
  15. Teletext, you may be right. Just reading my own post and wondered why I put it down that way. It's been a long time since I played on centrifugal clutches but then again once the springs loose some of their ability to close due to use taking the c clip out would ensure they were not too loose and that the pads would disengage from the drum at low engine speed.
  16. Having spent the majority of my career with tank Regiments in Germany I can honestly say that I never saw a LR 1 ton in any tank Regt. The only time I saw them was with cloud punchers or Inf Bn's. If we had of been given them I would suggest the Sqn Tech rep's should have had them. They are the ones who do the spares chasing for fitter sections and cover a lot of ground. They had to use normal LR and Trl to carry spares so having the larger cargo area of the 1 ton would have been a benefit not to mention its speed. Fitting a slave socket would have been something we would have done as would fitting a BV and a couple of other luxuries.
  17. The wonky wanky light mount you have is relatively new. For many years we just made an arm out of a bit of plate which we welded to some bar and then fitted the connection on the end with the other end having a suitable size hole drilled in it to allow us to bolt it to the jib near the high point at the curve when stowed. We then wired them into the outlet near the 3rd mans hatch where you can connect a work light. So many versions out there.
  18. They used to tell us to bounce the vehicle of some curbs to get rid of the windup. Always worked, but probably not the best thing to do with some older vehicles.
  19. All symbols and in some cases VRNs were removed before use on the ground on HERRICK. The only markings other than number plates were the chevron in IRR paint to prevent blue on blue. Units were not allowed to mark vehicles with anything that could be used as propaganda if a vehicle was involved in an incident in which guys were killed. Terry Taliban would not have hesitated to use anything that showed which country, regiment or sub-unit a vehicle belonged to if they ever managed to capture something of use. Lots of the vehicles in service on HERRICK were rushed into service just for that op and many came from the USA so we're not in uk long enough to go through the normal process of painting and marking that normal vehicles go through. again we only used the Union Jack in Germany due to the large number of military vehicles in the country and on NATO operations. We do still put them on the Trg fleets in Canada and Kenya.
  20. The RTR always had yellow tac callsigns on vehicles. The SCOTS DG always had grey tac callsigns on vehicles. All others as I remember had black. The Armd Corps were the only ones to have tac callsigns on all vehicles. The Mech Inf had tac callsigns on Armd vehicles but no one else seemed to bother that much.
  21. I was a young VM serving with a couple of tank Regts in the early 80's. The REME vehicles for 4RTR would have had no markings other than the standard ones for the Sqn they were attached to. Nothing to show them as REME. Everyone in the regt knew the call signs so that was always enough. The Sqn call signs were on the drivers and passenger doors in Matt yellow so they showed no matter what colour the door was. We were not allowed to have REME colours on display as we were part of the regt. The fitter sections were completely integrated with the Sqns and lived in Sqn lines, paraded with Sqns and played sport for the Sqns. The OC and ASM were the only ones allowed to have REME badges on vehicles. The REME tac signs only started to appear in the late 90' when we came back from Bosnia. Everyone seemed to adopt the spanner symbol in flourescent Orange displayed in the top corner of the windscreen. always happy to answer questions if need be as I joined the REME in 1980 and have still not left, but may be off in the next year or so, but I have a good memory.
  22. May have looked good from the road, but there were vehicles broken down across the plain. Part of the exercise was a move around SPTA which resulted in loads of work for the fitter sections and the move going on for hours later than planned. It proved the point though that you can't leave vehicles in hangers for years and then expect them to be in good nick without doing the maint on them.
  23. Always worth checking that the fuel bag is not rippled and is laying nice and flat near the pick up pipe. Have had to remove a fuel bag before for just that problem.
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