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  1. Thought I'd post an update on my quad restoration - my last post was in April 2011!!! Progress has been glacial - too many projects and the real world encroaches too much. Crane has been removed - went to Rusty Trucks (Paul Brook who posts on forum) in part exchange for work on M38a1. I now have 3 vehicles on the road..... Hoping to have body panels and lockers sorted by end of summer - just need to work out how it all assembles. Thanks to the help of Frank Brown (of canvas fame!) the old girl (or beast as my wife calls her) cam back to life. Change of points and a clear out of the
  2. Hi guys Saw this on the Saracen Facebook Group page - if anyone's interested Rob Dove at Rapid Military Vehicle Restoration is your man and he's on 07812 832342. Cheers Graham
  3. Here are a couple of pictures of my matador in its current condition. I'm after some major parts for it that are missing which include a winch and short propshafts and a starter motor, would anybody be able to help or point me in the right direction. my first plan is to try and get the old girl fired up, she turns over which is a good start. Cheers tim
  4. Hi All just thought i would post some photos of my 1942 Humber resto, well, its actually a 're resto' as it was 'thrown' together in the 1980's in what must have been a very hurried affair ! So, as most of us want to do things properly these days, i decided i needed to start again, so i stripped off all the 1980's work and took her back to the chassis. She drove very well, and as some of you may recall, i drove her back from Northern Ireland in May 2011, all the way to Oxfordshire ! but as last year went on, i felt that things needed doing, for one thing she burnt far to much oil
  5. A few weeks ago I decided that with a full time job that take 55-60 hours a week of my time, A wife and 3 kids (one of them is only 3 weeks old), and a 1944 Matador. My life needed another challenge. This has come in the form of an AEC O854 Coles airfield crane. I have alway promised myself that I would one day own one, So when one came up for sale I just had to make an offer on it. Unfortunately, this offer was accepted and now I'm the very proud owner of this. So its got the wrong cab, Has a blown second axle diff, has had a very bad air spring brake conversion and has a host of other
  6. Hi everybody, my name is Charley, I'm currently restoring an AEC Matador for the company I work for. The business was started 60 years ago this coming November with an AEC Matador converted into a Timber Tractor and it is now one of the largest mining equipment repair facilities in Australia. To celebrate their 60th birthday they came to me last October and asked if I would be interested in building a replica of the machine that started it all. I couldn't say yes fast enough. They had an engine on the shelf that was rebuilt twenty years ago and never started, so the first step was to see if it
  7. I bought this little boy 9 years ago, we nicked named him "Sissy" because of it's registration plate, but really it is a brute of a lorry, pulling many tons of trailer, and 6 other explorers and militants in the show ring with ease. However it is also capable of showing another side of it character, by how easy and with full control it slowly inches up to trailers and lorries before it is connected up to them. When we bought this lorry, it had had a heavy general overhaul, so a repaint is all that we need to do, but you know where this is going.
  8. Having spent a many hours taking inspiration for other peoples restoration blogs i thought i was time to start my own having spent the 10 months prior to going to Normandy for the 2014 70th anniversary on the excellent tour organized by the MVT restoring my Bedford MWR the full story of which is told here , http://www.yorkshiremvt.co.uk/articles/bedford_mwr/bedford_mwr.htm on the yorkshire mvt web site it would have been nice to do a restoration blog at the time but i had my hands full just finishing the truck on time i new when the truck was first put back on the road that there was s
  9. Hi all, Collected my latest project yesterday, it's a 1938 DKW Rt100 motorcycle. The 2-stroke engine has a capacity of 98cc which delivers an astonishing 3 HP. It has a 3 speed gearbox and can reach a speed of 65 km/h Max (= 41 MPH). It's not exactly a BMW R75 or a Zundapp KS750, nor does it run circles around a Harley Davidson...:-| But it does have a certain charm however, it was a very popular motorcycle. It was produced from 1935 untill early 1940. During that time 67 000 motorcycles were produced. Several motorcycles of this type were also used by the german forces. I'm pla
  10. Okay, not too sure where to start with this restoration project as I've only been working on it since Christmas. I guess a good place to start is where I came in: I've been a member of the Duxford Aviation Society Military Vehicle Wing for nearly a year, and got involved with the cent just after Christmas. At that point the engine was being fitted back into the bay. I think that took about 2 weeks (bearing in mind it was only being worked on on Tuesday's). Well, the engine was dropped in, plumbed in and fuel added and we tried to get her to run....... ..... Nothing. The question was
  11. Hello everybody I am new to all this so bare with me, I am a 21 year old from the west Midlands and have recently wanted a classic truck to restore I have already restored a couple of my own 50's 60's and 80's cars converting an Austin A30 into a oval track race car, but that's enough about cars I wanted I classic truck was looking into the Bedford TK and KM models was ringing a few people and buying magazines then I bought December's Issue of Vintage and classic commercials and on the front page was a dark red militant. I'm pretty sure he's on the page with the MK1 tanker ? Rob ? I saw that a
  12. Finally retrieved the Wot6 from Manchester yesterday, after many phone calls and confusion with haulage firms I decided to run our own lorry up to Manchester to collect it. after a 15 mile detour around Manchester due to road works we got it loaded with the help of the tractor and set off for the 200 odd mile trip back to Rattlesden. The truck now sits in a shed on the airfield awaiting restoration, first job is to remove the cab and find a suitable engine as it does not currently have one. The plan is to hopefully find a 4.2 litre toyota landcruiser engine as it could considerably hurt m
  13. Dear all, Allready long time guesst on this forum, watching how other people doing nice restorations. But would like to share my restoration on my first car. The car I own is a: Land-Rover 109' SIII Diesel Made for the Dutch military. End of last year I bought her, verry happy! Always been a huge fan of the lovely British Land-Rover and finally own one. The Dutch army owned Land-Rovers in a few different designs. The moment I bought my Land-Rover I didn't know much about the type of cars the army owned. Did some research on the internet and found out mine was a bit diff
  14. My Austin Tilly in Normandy celebration was wery good for drive, but before Port eBessin have problém with engine , now home see, one bearing is out, need set new part no . IG 691 -.040 bearings, upper and lower halves, thanks for help!
  15. I am rebuilding a 1944 Bedford OYD and so far have got most of the back half done. I have removed the tipping gear and welded the rear chassis back on and replaced a missing cross member where the ram was mounted. I have had to replace the axil casting as some one had hammed the right hand threads so the hub nuts would not remove! the body had been extended by 2ft using a section from another body. my next job is to strip the cab and engine off and see what I find. peter
  16. I am just in the process of getting my next project ready to go in the workshop, so I thought that I would share some pictures before it is stripped down. I have had it for a couple of years but needed to get the HUP finished first and now seems about the right time to get the project started. Its a 1944 but with a steel rear body. At some time the rear body has been chopped and someone has repaired it and added a new floor. The engine is seized solid but its still a wonderful old vehicle and compared to the HUP, very complete. Jon
  17. Here are a few details about the M4 HSTs I have recently brought from the USA. The yellow one as you can see has been modified by a construction company, the ammunition box is missing and they have cut out the rear panel and also removed the winch. Having said that it is in very good condition and quite complete The other two are very complete and original but not in such good condition.My intention is to bring in two more and from the five vehicles make three perfectly restored examples.I will Keep one and sell the other two. On the yellow one you will see grousers were fitted to aid
  18. Inspired by GWTs excellent blog, I thought I would start one on my Sherman.Some of you will have seen it about and may be interested in seeing the full restoration story. My Sherman, M4A4 serial number 5271, was built in September 1942 by Chrysler at the Detroit Tank Arsenal. It was the 467th built out of a total production run of 7499 M4A4s. Issued to the US Army with Reg. No. USA W-3057081, it was transfered to the British Army and given a census number of T-146309.In British use, it was known as a Sherman V. I will tell more of its history later, not that I know much, but eventually it
  19. as there's at least 2 others on here I thought I'd thought i'd better share mine a bit more on here lol :-) owned it since about 2001, it was on the road but had a mixed bag of front seats up front along with a large square heater thats kicked out loads of heat (everyone who sat in the front soon fell asleep lol) bench seats in the rear, G90 tyres on the rear and something else, cant remember what on the front and a xcl for the spare all on standard l/r rims and a civvy spec canvas, apart from a coat of Nato green paint on the outside (inside was still orginal but really worn and dirty DBG) an
  20. Having lost the OT the rest of the family decided it might be a good idea - both for my sanity and their life expectancies - to put me on a new project... So after some thought revolving around the fact I like PW vehicles, the need for something that can be driven without recourse to transport bills with 3 zeros after the first figure and that I will comfortably fit the cab of I went to look at a Mk 1 Militant GS today - the knocker alternatively loved and cursed by my era. The one I looked at was a 1957 6x6 GS model - non winch - and was fairly well known on the scene up until 3 or 4 yea
  21. Some have already made ​​acquaintance with me through the many questions I have asked all about bedford MW restoration. I 'm pleasantly surprised at the positive response and support from other vehicle owners. Many thanks to these people. I now realize that I should return a favor by posting the first pictures of my Bedford MW restoration project. As found in Belgium Transport to Maastricht The Netherlands (I'm the one on the right) Body removed Axle and paint removed Starting removing rust Primer sprayed on Olive drab matt sprayed Removing rus
  22. As a follow on to the 'Sherman spotted on the A12' thread where I mentioned an M10 going the other way, this thread is about said M10 as the owner has asked me to post some pics and info. I first heard about the M10 many years ago but only knew it was in a childrens playground, somewhere in Yorkshire. I did not follow it up at the time as I had other things to think about... It cropped up in conversation again at Stoneleigh 2001 and I managed to get a location. Strangely enough, I was asked at the same show if I wanted to buy a 6046 Detroit twinset, the correct engine for the M10. I de
  23. This is the restoration of my first military vehicle, a Daimler Ferret 01DA04. In early June of 2014 a friend found this Ferret at "General Jim's", an army surplus store in Clare Michigan. He sent me some pictures and told me what they were asking for it. I went the following week and looked it over myself after doing some research on them. I then sent a good friend of mine "Gunner" to look it over as he had owned two of them in the past and is very knowlegable on armored vehicles. Gunner convinced me that it was a "smoking deal" and that I should buy it. This is when I seriously start
  24. Hi All, Starting a blog for my latest project, an ex-Norwegian army Dodge WC-52. This Dodge was made in 1944. Not too much bodywork, which is unusual for a Norwegian Dodge (cold winters don't do Dodges any good unfortunately..). Luckily it was protected by a winter cab which was very nicely made. Cab is in good condition, body has some minor dents. However the engine took quite a beating. Well a beating is an understatement.. we don't know exactly what happened to the engine all we can say for sure is that there were 2 big holes on each side of the engine :-D 6th Piston only had 2 r
  25. Well I picked up the Falaise Otter MK I from James Gosling, due to him being so busy with all his other projects....so will try and start a thread here on some of the restoration work. The vehicle is still in the UK and will have most of the work done there.Currently she is in the shop and having the necessary welding done. She is getting a new nose cone, engine covers, all new wings (fenders), and all of the missing doors and visors, the hinges are being cast from the originals still left.The top impact on the armour will be 100% replaced, the side impact on the near side drivers compartment
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