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Tomo.T last won the day on December 31 2020

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  1. Hi Andy, yes, I have been pondering this one as well. The chassis ends are big enough to look after themselves (I think,) but the arms are a weak point and there is not enough material to reinforce them internally or to replace them entirely with steel ones.
  2. Hi Dave, I'm sure the answer here involves the job they have to do. Both clutch and brake need to exert sufficient leverage to operate their respective mechanical contraptions. The throttle on the other hand, only works a linkage against a light spring. I think thats the reason for the comparative lack of stature.
  3. I also cleaned up the rather dainty throttle pedal which has put in some service too. Some head lamp brackets were also dug out and cleaned up. These were cast from an original by Lanes of Middlesbrough some time ago. The castings are lovely, but are cast iron, which is probably not ideal for the job. However, they took a thread well and will hopefully do a turn. All of the above were given a coat of Bonda, and this is the last of the bits which were waiting for paint.
  4. The pedal assembly fought off most of my attempts at gentle persuasion and it was, once again, Stan to the rescue, with the oxy acetylene The big guns did the trick and all the joints freed up nicely. The pedals are showing considerable wear from their former life in Australia.
  5. STILL waiting for the Gudgeon pin and bush from TI engineering, (3 months and counting.) So no progress on the crankshaft, apart from keeping the rust at bay. I therefore went looking for other jobs, which to be fair, didn't take very long to find. First up was the timing cover, which had been languishing in the stores in 'bush find' condition. It cleaned up well with rotary whizzer, but was never one of Mr. Thornycroft's best castings and required some attention to improve the surface for painting. A good few coats later it was looking more presentable and It was time to tackl
  6. There were many examples of WD lorries of all makes, hastily diverted to the civilian market, following the cancellation of military contracts. Refurbished trucks were also readily available.
  7. Hi Roger, In 1914, miltary vehicles were painted in a 'battleship' grey. This was superseded during 1915 by the introduction of 'Service Colour', which was a drab 'bronze' green supplied in powdered pigment form, to be mixed by the units and workshops themselves. This led to a variety of shades and explains the differences found in surviving samples. My own project, Thornycroft J type 2393 has been matched to an original sample from a 1917 dated equipment box, the inside of which has been protected and has survived well. I would be happy to send you a sample to match to if you pm your ad
  8. Looking good, nice finish.
  9. Hi Dave, Thanks for that, the original nuts and bolts on 2393 (1915) are almost all of the later 'post war' style, ie, one spanner size smaller, with slightly longer hex and single chamfers. This came as a bit of a surprise to me, as I always thought pre and post war in this instance referred to WW2. It seems clear that there was a similar economy measure in WW1 also.
  10. Sadly no parts or message were received from TI Engineering, so progress has been limited to making gaskets and fitting the cover plates to the cylinders. I was able to recover some of the original nuts but also had some N.O.S. which are slightly shorter in the hex but otherwise identical. The originals are mostly of the reduced size of Whitworth nuts, (one size smaller across flats) and finished with a single chamfer. Both short and long hex versions can be seen here, the originals are on the right. If anyone has a good source of these nuts in Whitworth sizes pleas
  11. Thanks Richard, unfortunately too late for the die in this case !
  12. With some time on my hands at present, I went to fit the cylinder cover plates properly, only to find that some of the 3/8 studs had not yet been cleaned up. This was belatedly sorted out by rather unconventional means, due to the close proximity of the surrounding studs. This rather tedious job was accomplished and the original nuts were cleaned up, a gasket made and the first cover fitted. Just the rest to do ! Quite satisfying to be sealing something up for a change.
  13. 2 pack fillers are no good on radiator tanks. Ask Steve Gosling. Tomo (no h !)
  14. Hi Dunc., The wisdom is that the cast aluminium of the day cannot be welded, however there are new low temp rods available, which might be worth a go, preceded by a thorough soda blasting to clear out the crud. T
  15. Best thing for painting anything at this time of year is infra red lamps. They heat the object not the air so do not circulate dust. They will disperse moisture and quickly raise the temperature of the substrate....... and keep you warm as well !
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