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Although most of the first line Territorial Division's were still in existance up until the disbandment of the old TA in 67, after 61 most became Divisions/Districts responsble for the administration of all the TA units in their areas and probably ceased to be deployable as formations.

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Bit more progress on the Tanker this weekend.  Down to the small bits now, the five minute jobs that take all day. Fuel filter/sediment bowl fitted and a quick test.  Felt it was worth a short vi

Got to the point where I can't really do any more to the hose tubes, or the rear wheel arches, or any thing else until the tank has been painted in top coat. So, spent most of last week flatting

Started out on Friday evening over a beer or two writing a list of jobs that must be completed prior to going out for a road test.  It went on for 2 pages, some major tasks like wiring up the rear lig

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Only got a couple of bits done this weekend, spent far too much time mucking about with the dynamo control box, still cannot get any life out of it.  If I fit the one out of the timber tractor she charges nicely, put it's own one back in and no charge, so it's definitely that's where the issue is.

Did get the coolant leak cured.

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Washed out the block first, to clear all the sludge, there was quite a bit of it too so good job done

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Refit plate with new gasket.  Run up for to temperature, while messing about with the charging lark, and no leaks found.

Finished painting the saltire, in the recommended lighter blue.

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Looks very different to the first effort, but I think it is better.  We'll see when it's on the truck next week

 

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I know its more work, but given age and inherant AEC problems with cooling it may be worth checking the timber tractor block for internal debris build up at some point. On older vehicles coolant management becomes a major issue manifesting itself in overheating problems on there show days. Or worse still pourous liners or cylinders.

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33 minutes ago, john1950 said:

I know its more work, but given age and inherant AEC problems with cooling it may be worth checking the timber tractor block for internal debris build up at some point. On older vehicles coolant management becomes a major issue manifesting itself in overheating problems on there show days. Or worse still pourous liners or cylinders.

Absolutely agree. Especially Militants, they were known for blowing head gaskets after getting too hot. Timber tractor was done a couple of years ago, and it was on the list of Tanker jobs to be done at some point, the leak just moved it up the list a bit

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AEC engines and cooling problems unfortunatly go together, but not exclusivly for that age of engine builders. Long stroke, wet liners of the day, slow reving and evolving piston and ring technology. This gave many diesel engines a problem with liner erosion caused by several design and material deficency's, Injectors and charge detonation tech was really in its infancy also. Liner wall vibration caused by piston slap and ring stutter amongst other causes, actually causing the coolant to loose contact with the outside of the liner causing hot spots and steam pockets giving poor cooling accentuated by poor water pump impellers and water speed through the system. Along with foreign matter and bits of rust moving around in a confined space. This is where good thermostat and water pressure maintenance can help along with a good clean coolant mix to start with. Looking after these vehicles is a labour of love and persiverance, along with being inquisitive enough to do the detective work trying to find a vehicles history as you bring it up to your standard or repair it. You have done a fantastic job on your vehicles, they are a credit to you and your family.  AEC seemed to want to shoot themselfs in the foot with regard to cooling and vibration management right up to the Ergomatic cabed variants. You have to love them though warts and all.

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