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  1. Hi all Have just joined this site, so thought I might tell you a bit about myself. My name is Sandy and I am interested in all historic Vehicles, my partner owns a 1939 Singer Le-mans, I owened [until last year] a BSA M20, just found it too hard to kick over. I am currently writing the story of J N Hempstead, Flt Eng on the Halifax that crashed over occupied Holland in 1943. The pilot G R Duthie died in the crash, the other crew members were captured but John Hempstead made it back to England. If any of you know any details or in fact any of the crew I would be delighted to hear from you. The book is almost finished, but always room for more details. I also do 1940 re-enactions
  2. Hi there im matt from the Oxfordshire area. Iv always had a keen intrest in all military and vintage vehicles but not yet been lucky enough to own one. I am hoping to find some information about a sentinel aircraft tug that was in my family for a fair few years. It was ex raf and originally had a rolls Royce petrol engine but was later fitted with a Leyland diesel engine. It was owned by my uncle for around 10 years and my other uncle for about 5 years before that. It was sold to someone from the britannia trust in roughly 2005 to be used to tow the britania at kemble.sadly the buyer called my uncle 3 months later and asked if he would like to buy it back as he had bought another.i recently found a photo of it on here in a scrap yard but the post was from 2011. I know it's a bit of a long shot but I am hoping someone will remember which scrapyard it was seen in. Thanks in advance, matt
  3. My name is Colin. I have just joined the forum and I hope some of you may be able to help me with some queries. I am currently writing a book on war movies and one chapter is on 'A Bridge Too Far.' I have read Colonel Waddy's article about the film in 'After the Battle' (1977) but still have some questions about the replica German armoured cars built for the film. Colonel Waddy's article merely mentions two 4 - wheeled and two 6 - wheeled armoured car replicas but no mention is made of what the base vehicles were. I have read on the Internet Movie Vehicle Database that one of the 4 - wheeled armoured cars was based on a 1951 Dodge chassis but would be grateful if anyone reading this can give me more information. Thanks, Colin
  4. Hello all, I came across the forum while looking for info on the quad Polsten AA mount. I've been interested in military vehicles for many years. My interest started from plastic modeling. I live in Athens in Greece and I am a technical translator. Over the years I've written articles for some magazines here in Greece and also for Tankette, the MAFVA journal. If anybody needs info on MVs from Greece or Cyprus I may be able to help as I've collected a lot of info and photos over the years. Also if anybody is thinking of holiday in this part of the world I can tell them where to find MV related places such as museums and scrap-yards... Fyll
  5. Hi, Yes new joiner here currently researching X-Ray screening of military and civilians. I understand that X-Ray screening military personnel started about 1936 and that mobile units were used. So, I am looking for any information on both vehicles used and the equipment in them. This is chest X-Rays for conditions including Pulmonary Tuberculosis (TB). The Civilian mass X-Ray programme started with research about 1941 with a specialist group, under the direction of Kathleen C. Clark, reporting to the Medical Research Council in 1943/4 from which came evaluation tests on 23,000 people in central London and 3? experimental/prototype vehicles. 17 vehicles are purported to be in service in various parts of Britain by 1948. When the NHS was formed in 1948 they ordered 51 Leyland Beavers which were equipped with Watson X-Ray machines and a generator in a trailer behind. This is a wide ranging challenge so any help will be welcome .. experiences, vehicles and equipment, any surviving examples, photos and interesting info. Interest is both military and civilian. Ta muchly! ... David Gosden
  6. Hi I'm Will from Down in N.Ireland; I just came across these brilliant forums and am looking on some help on selling a piece of movie history; a few years ago I bought the landing craft(lcvp mk2) which was used for the filming of Saving Private Ryan (PA30-11) ; and later found out that this craft had actually been serving actively in the Falklands War as well. Ball park figure was looking 20-30 gs. Unfortunately I'm now finished with it as it served me well for moving cargo and machinery and I'm now looking for an avid collector or buyer as its time for it to find a new home. If anybody is interested in this gem; i'll post some pics.
  7. Morning all, What should I do? I joined up last night after getting excited about a post by Wally Dugan regarding a manual for the Kegresse attachment, then when I signed in today I find there is another member using the name `TonyB`. Since he outranks me both in time served and experience should I (can I) change my user name? I have been putting back together a Citroen B2 (P7T) Kegresse for ahem…some time. I have seen photos of it being recovered from ruin near Aldershot in the early 1970s when it had the same line laying body as those in 1920s photos. It has a military Kegresse chassis rather than an adapted car frame with the original engine number stamped on it. The engine has cast iron pistons and an early B2 crankshaft, so the basic vehicle is perhaps older than the 1925 track system. I have built the twin speed rear axle with its spur geared dif and dif lock but several parts in the track mechanism are missing. Thus the need to look at the relevant manual. I've driven RLs (winch trucks mainly) across the Sahara several times, and several types of LandRover, and early Unimogs (4x4 0911 Mercs). Cheers, Tony. (Before and now )
  8. I've been a ww1/ww2 reenactor for a few years and have purchased my first military vehicle this afternoon, ive bought a Commer Karrier K6 that needs some restoration so im hoping the forums can help me with all the info and advice im sure ill need. I think my vehicle has been mentioned on this forum before sometime.
  9. I posted an introduction a few months ago now and received a few nice comments on my post - (Introduction, new member! FMW Matey Dockyard Truck owner!) I am well aware these two trucks have been around the block as I'd seen them appearing up for sale on a number of occasions, it seems that they've been given a lick of paint a few times (probably Hammerite by the look of things!) The one which we are working on first is a runner (well it was when it arrived with us!) we've taken out all the glass, all wiring, interior, load bed, engine, box and pretty much everything else. We're back on it next week taking off the cab, leaf springs, steering column, rear diff etc to have the paint removed and have all components powder coated to the correct standard as they should be. As anyone who has ever come across these vehicles before will be aware they are a very rare vehicle and there is no information anywhere online for them, they don't exist on the internet other than on this forum and Ebay! If you know of anyone who has owned these vehicles previously or has any information that could be of use to me and you could point them in my direction that would be much appreciated, I have all the information from the DVLA to road register the truck (I'm concentrating on one for now!) but anyone who has been through this process and could offer any info that would be amazing! Here are a couple of pictures of where we are with the job as it stands! Thank you in advance for any words of wisdom! Matt
  10. Morning all, My name is Alex and I live in north Essex, not too far from Saffron Waldon. Day job is in technology but I'd rather be skinning my knuckles fiddling with vehicles! I joined a little while ago to get some insights (which have been brilliant!) into buying a historic military vehicle. It was always a dream to own a tank and I've had CVRTs at the top of the list for some time now. I did my H licence at the back end of last year and yesterday took delivery of my CVRT Sabre. I couldn't be more excited (if a little bit daunted by how little I know!) but I'm really looking forward to making some new friends here and learning a load of useful stuff. Cheers, Alex
  11. Long-time lurker, first time poster from So Cal in the USA. I'm the Editor of Jp magazine, an off-road enthusiast Jeep magazine based out of Los Angeles, CA. I have an appreciation for early iron, historical vehicles, and anything that's cool and mechanical. This thread sucked me in: http://hmvf.co.uk/forumvb/showthread.php?429-WW1-Dennis-truck-find And I'm currently hooked on this one: http://hmvf.co.uk/forumvb/showthread.php?13514-WW1-Thornycroft-restoration I don't own anything of real historical significance or great age (at least by the standards of most members here), but I have built up around 20 Jeep projects of all sorts and enjoy reading about some of the incredible restorations on this site. Some of my past and present favorites: My personal favorite: '53 DJ-3A. The family fun Jeep: '78 Cherokee Chief And a couple of the others including one of my favorite builds, my '68 M-715. All go, no show: former US Border Patrol '71 CJ-6. my '51 Cadillac Superior US Navy ambulance.
  12. Hello, my name is Marcel and i joined this forum because i want to find out more about a truck we found in a barn here in a village her in Norway. It seems to be an Crossley Fwd with a Perkins engine. It is standing der for about 40 years and it's in a good condition. We gonna try to get it on the road again in the spring.
  13. Hi Im restoring an Allis Chalmers 645 4 wheel loader serial number 6435 B and WD number 00FU35 Im seeking some information on the british army specific build of these loaders. I have a PDF from US army of their depot service manual but the british version differs in engine - its got a Leyland (AEC) AV505 rather than Allis Chalmers own diesel and has a different air over hydraulic braking system. Does anyone know where I might get a PDF or copy of the British Army Operators/Service manual? Also seeking an AV505 manual for the engine - serial number AV505 5C 5573 A7502 - these were used in several variants of Leyland HGV vehicles. Many thanks
  14. hi friends old n new, i'm rebuilding a 30cwt LRDG chevy, I'm from Basingstoke, Hampshire. and looking for bits from right hand drive chevys inc CMP c15 parts ( the front cast Spring hanger/ bumper mounts) the four bolt tow rings on the bumper, and sprung tow bar inc cast mounts. If their is any one from down under looking for right hand parts off 1940s pickup cheers again Bob
  15. Hello - oops I have already posted in BenHawkins's 1914 Dennis Lorry post, but please find below a little about me. My name is Andy and I am 54 years young, I grew up around all things mechanical, my grandfather was chief engineer at the Kent Fire Brigade workshops, my father a Navy dockyard apprentice who went on to work for the MOD on the Polaris missile system from 66 to 77 when we moved from Faslane to Cornwall as he was moved to devonport with the Subs. My father and grandfather restored all sorts of vehicles and machinery from motorcycles to hot-air-engines, bubble cars to wind pumps, petrol searchlights and wartime radios - all this rubbed off on me from an early age (I was driving a fire engine age 8 !, and had a Bantam engined Sprite Trials bike by the time I was 11 or so - it latter grew a honda engine). I have in the past played with and worked upon an Austin Champ, which I later did an illustration of in the days before computers (see below) this belonged to a friend at school, whose father also had a Scammell Pioneer (wish I knew where that was now ! - I have looked online extensively but never found it) Once I had left home in the 80s and moved to Derby I was heavily involved with restoring a Willys Jeep to a roadworthy condition So if you wind forward to today you find me working as a Specialist Trainer, Engineering Projects' looking after graduate engineers and apprentices, I have an old Land Rover, a BSA Bantam and volunteer in the GVLR workshop at the Midland Railway Butterley when work and family allow. I am a keen modeller and have worked as a CAD trainer in the past and enjoy making detailed CAD models from old photos and minimal measurements (see below) and it is this that has led me to this forum when in search of info on a lorry my great grandfather drove in the late 30s - that's about enough for now. Regards Andy
  16. Hi I am David from New Zealand . I have always had an interest in military vehicles especially anything with tracks. I have a real passion towards tanks and I have just had this rekindled by spending time riding around in a Mk3 centurian in Australia and seeing some other vehicles up close. Was a surprise one day when arrived home to see two LAV's (LAV III) parked in the drive next to our place. The army was doing some manoeuvres in our home town for a good week or so. Would dearly love to have the opportunity to get a CVRT . Cheers
  17. Hello everybody, I'm Joe (hopefully the username gives that away 😅), I'm 21 and live at the (not so) sunny seaside in North East Lincolnshire. The military runs through my family a little. The past couple of generations have been through pretty much every service, so we like to get about, and I intend to join up myself in the not too distant future. I've followed this forum for quite a while, but thought now would be a good time to actually join as myself and a friend are attempting to purchase ourselves a vehicle; a beautiful piece of solid rust in the form of an Albion WDHD23 😂. It promises to be a challenge, if we can actually get the bugger home. This is where the second part of my title comes in. Neither of us are in a great place to be able to store any kind of military vehicle at all, we wouldn't even be able to fit a motorbike on our roads some days. We're determined not to let that stop us. I'm wondering if anybody here has a place (or knows of somebody who has a place, etc.) in or near North East Lincolnshire, to store vehicles, who wouldn't mind accommodating two young, eager, military vehicle enthusiasts; and their potential massive truck. 😅😅😅 Any help and advice will be greatly appreciated, and I look forward to getting to know people on here. Joe.
  18. Hello: I am interested in the crash of Wellington HE 593 at Zijtaart, near Veghel on 12 Jun 43. the pilot was Flight Sergeant Conroy, my wife's uncle. We are writing a book about him. Many thanks
  19. Hi all firstly introductions call me Reggie Campbell, I am restoring the 432 Mk 1 back to its original 1963 state as it served with the Queens Royal Irish Hussars at the RAC Centre training Regt in 1968/69. its history is also great it was trialed in Aden served in Hong Kong where it was painted Blue and done most of the infantry/RAC units in BOAR until the 1980's it was then stored as a BCR vehicle for war stock. It went to the 1991 Gulf war as a BCR and was used by the Royal Engineers as a mail delivery system as it was armouered even though it was Petrol and still running its B81 Rolls Royce Engine. In 1995 she was sold for scrap and displayed in shoreham airfield until it was flooded and was moved to farmland in sussex where she became partially buried and lay for twenty plus years, I started last year to try and have her recovered due to the location a river to her rear, overhead high tension electric cables etc and she had sunk to the belly this was real Fun. After three attempts we with lots of local help and assistance and a group of good friends we got her out on 8th June 2016 with not to much danage and only throwing the right track, so track bashing shortly to put that back on! it was a time capsule and the inside is vitually intact and original so very happy! the only modification I can see from its original state is that in the 80's she was FFR Clansman so thtas not a bad thing as can work with that, parts easy to come by also. I have lots of experience and a vast tech data base on tracked British Army kit so am willing to share knowledge if anyone needs help. I am also a member of Solent Overlord Executive and the only FV 432 owner currently there so am hoping to get to meet a few more on here. look forward to hearing from some of you soon.
  20. Hello everyone. I am an ex member of the AFS,based at Water Street Stafford from 1965 until its disbandment in 1968. During that time I attended a course at Moreton in the Marsh. Also our crew went to Exercise Tercentenary in 1966. Our Green Goddess (EP 14) had the registration number PGW 513 Dave Hill
  21. Hello Forum thanks to the admins at first. It´s nice to be here and I hope I´m excused about my bit wrong british gramatik. Plus I was not to serve to the German army but I now a bit what´s goin on there ;-)). I am locatet in Munich, Germany and was born 1957. My passion is to make Off Road trips with ex army vehicles like the fuel Pinzgauer and the simmelar VOLVO 4x4 van "Laplander". I like the desert and vehicles in desert colors too. My actual projekt are to purchase the ex-MOD Reynold Boughton RB44 because I prevere the class between 3,5t and 7,5t. I´m registratet here in this forum are a german RB44 owner and some british owners too. Hope I could ask here some questions about the RB44 and change some expert knowleges. Kind regard Tom
  22. Hi Folks , I thank You in advance for having the chance to be in this Military Forum. I work in an italian family business which operates in the field of self-propelled cranes. I'm writing to You , because our old models of cranes were equipped with a british differential gear . This item is part of an old Austin Truck called K9 . Does anyone of You can help me to find it?For example any company (used spare part truck or salvage)? I remain at Your disposal for any further information. Best Regards Marco
  23. I recently purchased a Ferret Scout car. I am enjoying it, learning as I go. I am pleased with the vehicle, seems to be heavy duty and wall maintained. I wanted something that had armor on it, and having a turret is like icing on the cake. I just got through building a semi-auto browning 1919 a4, I mean if you have a gun mount you need the gun that goes in it. Has anyone had any experience with fitting the 1919 in the cradle? I am have an interference with the rear feed guide hitting the cradle and not letting it go all the way down. It is probably because I built it for 308 and will have to clearance cut the mount a little.
  24. Hi Guys, Graeme Molineux here from Melbourne, Australia. While I am not an MV owner, I do have a strong interest and I take heaps of photos whenever I get the chance. I share these for free on my website, but I will tell you about that elsewhere. I am also a scale modeller, and a technical illustrator, specialising in side views of aircraft mainly, but I have a few MVs done now as well. My main reason for joining is to find reference information for a couple of model builds I am planning, and for help with my illustrations. I look forward to chatting and sharing info with you! All the best, Graeme.
  25. Hi all, first post on here. My name is Paul van Bruggen and I live in Darwin Northern Territory Australia .. I have a small collection of vintage vehicles including 3 military ones. 1942 C15A Chevy blitz 1942 Royal Enfield flying flea and I am just about to pick up a Ford Jeep (GPW 1942-3) the rest of the stuff is civilian inc 1924 chev buckboard 1925 chev tourer 1936 chev truck 1938 chev sedan 1950 chev truck 1957 FE Holden 1958 Morris minor and a 1972 VW Super bug i look forward to seeing and learning more of the military stuff on here. I am a mechanic by trade and did my apprenticeship in the Military (RAAF)
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