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  1. After a few people expressed some interest in seeing some progress on the restoration of my Matador, I thought I would at least put up a few pictures and a bit of info on the restoration. Having owned the vehicle for the last 4 years (with a friend), some good progress has been made on returning it to it's former glory, but there is still a long way to go. The Matador in question is a very early one, from the first contract, delivered in 1940, and was one of the 17 converted to petrol engine by AEC, supposedly before being put into service, and for use in Norway, although there don't appe
  2. Hi all, After years of lusting over weasels, I decided to take the opportunity to buy one last year. I am already a way through and thought it would be nice to share my struggles with you all! I am sure I will also get loads of useful input from you too. This will not be to everybody's taste because I intend to leave the weasel the with the wrong engine and gearbox. I will be making numerous subtle modifications and fabrication to make it work but also look right. It will also be left in M29 configuration rather than M29C. With that said, I will be ploughing considerab
  3. Right,here we go again, restoration number two!! I was at a show a while back with the Militant Timber Tractor, and was asked,“Now you have finished this restoration, will you do another?” No chance says I, one is enough!! But then……well..?? I was reading the December Classic Truck Mag and spotted a for sale advert. Mk1 Militant with Atlas crane located in Kent. As I know these are a sought after beast, I thought I would have a look,take as few photos and post a thing on here for those who maybe interested. As it goes the motor in question is well shot. Not only has it had
  4. Hi , I,ve started to rebuild an ex Royal Navy Haflinger , the rolling chassis had been kept inside and is in very good condition but the body I,ve got was left outside and the best part of it went into the bin , first i restored the front upper panel then made a new windscreen surround , next need to buy some steel sheets to fold to make the new platform , pics to follow
  5. Just a quick note that all images posted on this thread by me are my property and are copywrite and must not be reproduced elsewhere by any means. After many months of searching I am now the proud owner of an MWD thanks to a chance encounter at the Dallas digout I now have this little beauty to keep me busy for a while. With the chassis No. MWD 294* looks like its a quite an early aero screen . Yes MW's can be grown in a greenhouse All strapped down and ready to roll 65 miles lat
  6. I've brought two Second World War Loyd Carriers which were recovered from a live target range in Belgium in 2008. I was not envolved with the recovery of the wrecks but was given the details of the Military Scrap guy which had them by a friend of a friend who was searching for Universal Carrier spares for his ongoing restoration project. Thanks Rich. There are no photos in this first post, but as the wrecks are arriving in two weeks I thought I'd start the thread in earnest. The plan is to rebuild two vehicles but initially one will take precedence with the other acting as a parts source. Man
  7. I have just started a full chassis rebuild of a Bedford RL AFS control truck, would people like me to do a blog on the restoration, of this vehicle. Howard
  8. after riding shot gun in a friends 980 and being given the opportunity to drive Adrian Mason's 980 at south cerney a couple of years ago, i knew one day i would acquire one of these mighty and historic trucks with waiting for the ideal candidate to turn up being the key factor. in late december 2016 i went to see a truck a friend had recently bought as a project vehicle and after viewing the truck and lengthy discussions an agreement was reached and the vehicle bought. collection followed on the 7th january 2017 in which the truck was transported the 50 or so miles back home. oun
  9. Well i sold my beloved Jeep after 13 years of fun and have bought a new toy to restore (once the bedford is done!) Picked up the Morris today, it was well and truly buried at the far end of a 60ft garage in Portsmouth with 15 years of hoarded junk piled high around it! The guy i bought it from has had about 20 years but it has not seen daylight since entering the garage. Its plate indicates that it was built in March 1945, its armour had been cut in the past probably when it was demob'd but has mostly been repaired quite well, all the hatches and doors have been made new (long time a
  10. I've been looking for a British trailer for my 43 MB for a year or so was happy to take delivery of one a week or so ago Some of you may recognise it from Ian L's posts from when he recovered the trailer a few years ago, Ian kindly sold it on to me... It is, I believe, a 10 CWT Mortar trailer, it still has its original tag and a faint outline of white lettering on the front right panel, indicating that it is X5441349 built as a Mortar trailer but, probably post war, converted to a GS trailer having the rear tailboard and electrics fitted. Not sure which maker, so if anyone can help w
  11. Hi I have wanted to restore an MW for a long time, so I finally took the plunge an bought an MWC that needs a lot of tlc. I know that it will take me a few years to complete it....... She is now tucked up in where not far from where I live and will able to take bits back home to work on them. Cheers Richard
  12. It has only taken me 4 years to notice this forum, despite spending hours trawling through the internet looking for information, photos etc for Mk1 Militants. So now I am here I thought it would be a good idea to share my restoration with you guys. Having said that though, now I have seen the standard set by Simon Daymond on his motor, I know I still have a lot of work to do. Firstly, history. Why have a Militant anyway? Well, back in 2006 the wife suggested that I needed a hobby of some kind, as I was cluttering the house up at weekends and getting in the way. I've done some restoration w
  13. Subscribe to the channel for the full restoration blog!
  14. Hi all, currently i'm working on a CVRT and would like to share some pictures of the restoration. Main goal is to get it running again. It was a diesel version the gearbox was removed, since diesel gearboxes are rare. This year when I could buy a petrol gearbox and jaguar engine from Vince I decided to convert it back. When finished plan is to have it as my wedding car in middle August next year, so fingers crossed Lights worked with the batteries that were still in
  15. Like others I have been meaning to start a forum on a vehicle restoration but never sat down to do it. Now is the time to start and luckily I have taken lots of photos to remind me of progress. A lot of stuff you may have seen on similar forums but hopefully you can see what can be achieved by 2 novices at this restoration game. Myself (Phil) am in the Business Insurance game. Own an ex New Zealand (NZ) Army Series 2a Landrover and have always been interested in restoring a vehicle but never taken the plunge. Brett is a qualified diesel mechanic and runs his own contracting compan
  16. This restoration blog may well qualify for a long service award but here goes. This story starts back in 1991 with the arrival of the remains of a Leyland Retriever from Sam Loptons yard near Leeds both the yard and Sam are now sadly long gone. The truck had been in the yard for nearly 30 years and before that had seen service with a Northern Showman gaining modifications to the cab in the shape of a coach built hard cab and the removal of the rear body. It would be an understatement to say that progress has been steady, this is a long term project that keeps being side lined
  17. Hi. I brought this Albion back in 1982 from Mains scrap yard in Oxfordshire. I later found out it is the only one left out of an order placed with Albion Motors for contract 294/V/ 5103 - F.B.E of 329. Lorry numbers started at L5332821 - L5333149 and the chassis numbers started from 52591J - 52561H, lorry number on this one is L5333042 and chassis number 52523K. Photos of the Albion after it had been moved from under the trees it had been parked under for quite a few years - the camera decided to play up for the first photo. Parked next to it was half a remains of another Albion F.B.E but
  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. Some time ago I bought a UAZ 469 to go with 55 FM 58, my Series 3 FFR. Thinking being I'd have a matched set of utilities from either side of the Iron Curtain. What with one thing and another it took a while for the beast to arrive on the drive but it is now at home. Came home from Wolverhampton via the W&PR show where, alas, the brake master cylinder gave up the ghost!! A friend is making a run over to Bulgaria and Poland next week and will be bringing back new tyres and various spares to get the old bus road going again. This is how it looked when I bought it: Th
  20. Hello All, Some months back I introduced myself and the Tilly that Hugh Davies had located for me, a rather battered relic, but due to its location has remained largely free of serious rust. Heres some new shots of it in my mates workshop. Our first step is to strip back to the "chassis", make it sound then on to the steering and suspension, so bits are progressively being sent off to the local sand blaster then being undercoated, plenty of "minion" work for an unskilled/inexperienced knucklehead like myself, leaving the more technically challenging work for my Mate /mentor/master
  21. Found another WW2 British 20cwt GS trailer X5853823. original owner since disposal from MOD. Same as the 1st one I restored except this one is original and has wooden sides that are lower than the steel sided versions. Link to my other WW2 20cwt trailer restoration http://hmvf.co.uk/forumvb/showthread.php?41282-WW2-British-1-Ton-2wheel-GS-Trailer
  22. 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
  23. This trailer is just about to get 'weighed in' can you identify it and is it worth saving ?
  24. Here are a few photo's of my OY truck currently under renovation. Taken as it arrived home, no brakes so had to pull it carefully into the shed. Up on blocks with the drums off to repair brakes. Wooden box, I think the early ones were all wood so this is possibly the origional, now mounted on a tipper frame. Inside the cab, needs a good tidy up and passengers seat. If anyone has or knows of one please let me know. Does anyone know what the number means in the last photo. Any info welcomed.
  25. Figured it was about time I put a few photos on here of what I have done, which quite frankly is not a lot!! Mainly been taking bits off and cleaning/repairing as and when weather allows. Bonnet assembly, OS doors, radiator and air cleaners and other odd bits and bobs. Was quite surprised on the number of coats of paint that I took off, green, blue, yellow, even a splash of red, most likely put on after demob!! Oddly the bonnet sides are made of aluminium, shame to hide it again under a layer of paint!
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