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Does anyone know of current restoration of a Riker/Locomobile truck or are currently involved with a restoration?  I would sure like to step up and take one of these WW1 Riker trucks home, sadly I am about 100 years to late!

Al

Deseret, Utah, USA

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Hi there, finally I’ve managed to open my account on this page lol. Here are a few photos showing our Locomobile which will eventually become a double decker ww1 “battle bus”. Long way to go but

A few more photos of the Locomobile before we really make a start on her.👍

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7 minutes ago, alsfarms said:

Does anyone know of current restoration of a Riker or are currently involved with a restoration?  I would sure like to step up and take one of these WW1 Riker trucks home, sadly I am about 100 years to late!

Al

Deseret, Utah, USA

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How much of your Riker is left? Enough to work from or just some bits and pieces?

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Kevin, You put a smile on my face!  I wish I could say a "pile of bits and pieces" but can only say chunk at the moment which includes the engine.  Here is a few pictures.  The Riker engine is the last development of the Locmobile 4 cylinder engine.  It has 4-1/4" bore, 6" stroke, manganese bronze crankcase, five main bearings and full pressure oiling.  This is actually quite advanced for the time frame it was manufactured.  As I recall it is rated at 42 hp.

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Well that's a good start. A rolling chassis will turn up somewhere having been a farm trailer or similar. Then you need a transmission and diff. The rest is make-able. Easy !

Good luck,  David

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Yes.....patience is important, for sure, when looking for "bits and pieces".  In the past I have had antique automobile projects that have come together quite nicely with persistence and patience.  You do need to look under every rock along the way as you never know what you will find or be referred to by another hobbyist.

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10 minutes ago, alsfarms said:

Yes.....patience is important, for sure, when looking for "bits and pieces".  In the past I have had antique automobile projects that have come together quite nicely with persistence and patience.  You do need to look under every rock along the way as you never know what you will find or be referred to by another hobbyist.

Al

Its good to get the word out what you are looking for in as many useful places like the forum.

You never know what one person may have tucked away or whether someone could give you a lead to investigate.

Kevin

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Hi there, finally I’ve managed to open my account on this page lol.

Here are a few photos showing our Locomobile which will eventually become a double decker ww1 “battle bus”. Long way to go but a good start with what’s there already. I’m sure my “ mentor” Tim will fill in all the details far better than I can😁👍

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16 minutes ago, Dorset Boy said:

Hi there, finally I’ve managed to open my account on this page lol.

Here are a few photos showing our Locomobile which will eventually become a double decker ww1 “battle bus”. Long way to go but a good start with what’s there already. I’m sure my “ mentor” Tim will fill in all the details far better than I can😁👍

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Do you show at the WW1 section at Dorset? 

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Yes we did, between a good friend and myself we own a few 1st war vehicles of various breeds, this is the next one on the list to get back running, biggest cost and time to do is the Birch double decker bus body

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36 minutes ago, Dorset Boy said:

My good friend and joint owner of this vehicle heads up that section at GDSF so yes we are very involved with it there. Shame we won’t be there this year.

It is a great shame, we do enjoy it down there as we do all the shows that we usually attend.

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Sounds like you have a very active group for WW1 vehicle stuff in the UK.  Not so much here in the US, (at least in my rural western area).  You are a bunch closer to where the action was for WW1.  They did do the re-enactment of the first cross country convoy from coast to coast.  That convoy came actually quite close to where I live.  Do you have any of the original history of the Riker in the photos above? 

Al

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The bus is going to be sympathetically restored using as much original wood as possible in the body with the addition of a new top deck and staircase.

It won’t have a super paint job as originally the khaki green was literally painted on with brooms and slapped on as best they could.

We will do what we need to do but she will keep her “ battle scars” of 105 years😁

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Can you offer any history of the bus body, I think I recognise it, from many years ago, may be the one I recovered, from the Hogs Back, was behind a butchers, and was put on a Tilling's  chassis. here  in Colchester,

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I have been in touch with the Bridgeport Public library.  They are a kind and helpful bunch.  They are currently in the process of scanning some information that is directly relevant to my current Locomobile and Riker projects.  If you are also needing information, I encourage you to contact the Bridgeport Public library and ask for the "Historical" department at the main Branch.  I will share the phone number if needed.

Al

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On 7/4/2020 at 11:21 PM, k2lofty said:

Can you offer any history of the bus body, I think I recognise it, from many years ago, may be the one I recovered, from the Hogs Back, was behind a butchers, and was put on a Tilling's  chassis. here  in Colchester,

Hi, yes that’s the body then!! How funny. I got some photos of it from Barry Weatherhead when it was at the butchers.

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Hi, thanks for the info at Bridgeport. Literally a couple of weeks ago Tim Gosling got in touch with them, so very helpful and we have received so much information including parts / operators manuals etc. Incredible efficiency and lovely people.

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We do have photos and drawings available , also look at Duncan Pittocks post (Daimler CB22) I think, he has made a replica body , well almost replica as he had the bare bones of a body the same make as ours. Done a great job of it so far so between us all we should be ok.

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19 minutes ago, Dorset Boy said:

That’s fantastic, can you remember what year?

Sorry no idea, the above  picture was given to me by a friend. There is another picture found on this forum of the Tilling's chassis and a little of the removed body in the background, as before location unknown. 

 

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