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  1. I will agree to those comments from edinmass. The Gosling's work is an inspiration to me as well. Their attitude to collecting and storing items for decades is just part of the format. Then at some point in time another otherwise missing part could well turn up. These projects take time! Doug
  2. Was the radiator top tank a new casting? If so do you still have the pattern or was that lost in the fire too. Do you have a photo of the back of the magneto switch? I take it that the rest of the Thornycroft was stored elsewhere and was not involved with the fire. Such events should make us all aware as to how vulnerable some items are in storage. Copies or back up should be stored in a separate building, in case of fire and also out of flood reach. Doug
  3. The vehicle chassis number should also be on a brass plate attached to the scuttle and visible from the passenger seat. However some have been found to not match, that would indicate a rebuild at some point in time of the vehicle history. It could be a more recent restoration of pieces , or an older rebuild after an accident, with replacement used parts installed. Leyland were also very good at labelling the separate major parts each having a plate describing the part ( abreiviated) and a serial number. The interchangeability of parts in service means swaps of parts took place to keep a vehi
  4. Recognised that photo and those numbers. It's one of the Leylands here in Karl's collection. That has been sent to a few people to assist in locating the stamped numbers.
  5. What work are you doing to get it road worthy?
  6. There will be a series of numbers about 10mm high stamped along the flat just in from the curved edge from the centre of the cross member then off to the near side . Above the centre hole will be stamped the model type, then the chassis number followed by a sales number. If there is a large stamped number ( about 25mm high) centrally along the horizontal flat of the cross member that is a military part number and indicates a replacement part has been used. However that does not mean military service as old stock was used after the war. The chassis number will show if it was
  7. A thought as to the radiator baffle; When an engine is working very hot there is a danger when checking the water level. Hot water can splash up through the filler cap opening. The baffle would redirect water reducing this splashing. A second point could be as an indicator as to how fill a radiator should be. A check on two radiators here show no triangular baffle but a circular shaped additional casting positioned vertically instead. Doug
  8. Another photo please, square on Doug
  9. Can you clean up those casting marks as one appears to be the letters JAC. If so it is a foundry name. I have JAC marks on some Thornycroft parts and have found the initals on other castings of the time. Doug
  10. Do any of the gears or shafts from the latter gear boxes measure up to be the same size as needed?
  11. What was the procedure with applying paint to the canvas. Is the yellow paint a sealer only ? I recall making canvas covered canoes all those years ago and sealing the canvas with linseed oil before applying the various paint layers. The weight of the canoe increased greatly due to the addition of the paint. I was expecting that I would follow a similar line to that used years ago, come the day when a roof is ready here. One day... Doug
  12. The shape of that scuttle suggests the chassis is for a charabanc body. Doug
  13. Can I get a PDF copy please . Some where in a box is data sheets like this. Trouble locating what file box. Probably mis-filed in a different box.
  14. Delightful art work. Five years after the end of The Great War, but a shorter time frame for Middle East conflicts. To me this illustrates the influence of the British occupation, with lorries of the time still in use. The driver judging by his clothing appears to be a local, so again indicating a further acceptance of the transport. From this however comes more questions. At the end of hostilities were lorries sold off in Egypt to local companies or to British firms operating contracts for the army, and other industries. A suitable title for the artwork. " The supply line contin
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