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  1. Cheers for that. At he moment we have someone penciled in for next year (we want to test the body on the road for a bit before it gets money spent on paint and letters) to do the signwriting but if that falls though I'll get back to you. Apparently this one won't be done in leaf after we got the quote for the acres of leaf that it would have needed.
  2. There were a few people who bought a fair few of these things as scrappers and they just sort of hung around in their yards. In this one's case there were four wrecks bought by a business and just sat around. Three of the four got saved and the fourth - our one - had the engine bought by Mr Keeley as a spare and the rest went in the melting pot. We have one photograph of GD 9834 taken in the 1950s in the yard prior to being broken up still in its Taroads livery (if it can be called that) who was the last commercial user of the waggon. There are also a few people who are able to recall the waggon in the yard with the others. After that you are struggling - waggon numbers only appeared on a pair of brass plates bolted to the cab and maker's marks on parts was virtually unheard of with the exception of the odd pattern ID number which appears on a tiny handful of components. All you can hope for is that at some point in its working life someone bashed some identifying marks on some part they were working on. In the case of Sentinels they had a reasonably extensive regional workshop network (for the time) so the odds of a waggon finding its way into a shed where there were lots of other Sentinels was quite high. The photo (which I can't find at the moment - someone has been sorting folders out) shows GD 9834 sitting on pneumatics which was a conversions most commonly carried out by Sentinel or their agents. The upshot of this is that you are in with a decent chance of finding waggon number stamps on a bit of the engine or transmission. Fortunately we found a pair of waggon number marks in old style stamps on the main bearing housings. So, not exactly a watertight case but very much more watertight that some that have gone on recently involving little bits of boilers that were found in woods. Ho hum.
  3. We had three age related plates issued in the past DS 7206, SV5525 and 163 XUP. I didn't mind DS or XUP but I hated the SV one for some reason. Either BF or WC would be good with me. However, the initial attempt will be to retrieve the plate that was connected to the engine and transmission unit (GD 9834). We feel that we have put a reasonably plausible argument together (and much better than some of the downright blatant frauds that have gone on recently) so fingers crossed and all that.
  4. Just a couple of happy snaps. We needed a photograph of the waggon to accompany the application for the registration so a load of bits got slapped on to make it look more finished. Just thought you might like to see it looking vaguely nearly there. Windscreens in, lamps sort of on, front wings perched in place and looking somewhere near complete. The body trims are partially missing because I'd taken them all off and was epoxying them back in place at the time. The lamps are Lucas King of the Road shells and bezels with modern sealed beam units grafted in. They don't look quite right but old solenoid dip lamps are pretty much useless on the road and you really need to see what the road is doing in this thing. The side lights which are mounted where they are meant to be beside the windscreens but they have orange LED bulbs in them and act as the indicators. Side lamps are now in the headlamps. And from the other side - a pair of Sentinels. Note the number plate now fitted to the front. We just don't know what is going to be painted on it yet. And as things get closer to finished the jobs to do list gets longer. Once this lot is ticked off it should be hey ho for the open road. Getting there...
  5. They either had nothing or a 6 volt dynamo which was enough to just about provide power to side and tail lamps. Headlamps, if fitted, were often acetylene because the 6 volt headlamps weren't much cop. We drive on the road at night a fair bit so we need decent lamps including brake lights. We run a low speed 12 volt alternator tucked away in a box to keep things looking right and a couple of butch batteries.
  6. Not so much insufficiently torqued as completely forgot to tighten them. Three miles at no more than 30mph was enough to trash them. Lesson learned, eh?
  7. You think you have done a lot and things have moved on but when you start waving the camera around you see it all looks about the same as last time. This is the frame and pivot for the spare wheel installed. There now needs to be a draw bolt and bracket made to hold it in position which is currently being done by a ratchet strap. The bunker lids were fitted and trimmed to length and then finished off with D beading to the edge and a trim strip top and bottom. No1 apprentice did the fitting of the steel trims. And this is the start of the linings in the body. The roof isn't getting lined because we don't want to hide those steam bent beams that took so much effort to do. The joints will get covered up with hardwood strips. The mirrors on these things are worse than useless and people do have a habit of driving touching the water tank so you have no idea who is behind you. As a result we use a rear facing camera which is fine on the S because there is a handy glovebox in front of you to hide the screen. The Supers have no sort of dashboard so something needs to be made up. Another benefit of this is that it gives somewhere to put an additional pressure gauge where the drive can see it without turning their head to the side - you really need to watch the pressure gauge to drive these thing properly. However, it also need to look at least a bit not crap so I've come up with something that sits just under the windscreen and also lets the camera screen and pressure gauge sit recessed so it isn't hideously obvious when you open the cab door. This is the recessed panel waiting to be welded in. This is door number 2 ready to go in. These took forever to do and are oak framed and lined with steel faced plywood so it should look good and keep paint on it rather than using aluminum which the original drawing called for. It is not light at all. And this is door number 1 in place so I could measure up door number two. The brackets at the bottom is holding it in place temporarily. If I were to do this again I would make the lower rail deeper than it is because I think that would look better. However, I am not making doors like this ever again. I was very, very pleased with this gap. What you probably notice is there are no hinges. This is because they haven't been made yet. This little jet cut bits are the start of the hinges. As well as the doors getting nearly done the trim strips started getting fitted. These tidy the corners up and cover the joins in the plywood. Unfortunately when there is a big contrast in the colours of the various bits the damn thing looks even more like a packing case. That should get toned down once it is all the same colour. Note the untrimmed canvas hanging over the front of the cab. Gluing that down took 8 litres of Evo Stik 528 applied on a hot day with not much ventilation. We had to keep going outside for a breather. I was quite pleased with the rear mudguard cutaway trim. All trims need to come off again to glue them on with epoxy so water doesn't get behind them. Not looking forward to that job. On top of that we were 3 lengths of poplar short for the other side so we decided to get the same trims for the external boxes which will get slung under the body. Great, now we are 45 lengths short. No 1 apprentice got the lovely job of sorting out the rough castings for the maker's plates. This is the second one after filing and taping. And this is the first one after that plus buffing and sitting for hours painting them. Now we need to find someone who can engrave the waggon number on them. And that is about your lot. Next time it will look even more similar. In other news the Transit engine was rebuilt and after some farting around with the vapouriser for the DPF it seems just fine now. Oh, and it got a pair of new rear wheels, wheel nuts and wheel studs. Don't ask.
  8. Going back to V twin two-stokes in bikes would be nice, too.
  9. I like the idea of double acting IC engines. Aside from that it would be nice if someone built a dinky Delta engine. That would sound nice.
  10. A number of people have tried to convince me that it is something like "Wren-strie"
  11. My eyes keep being drawn to the "Welcome to Hyson Green" neon sign. By the look of the wiring hanging out of it the sign no longer welcomes night time visitors with its soft glow. Which seems like a shame to me.
  12. April 2022 <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!4v1658243795501!6m8!1m7!1s5Y3IHgY-C5u_yxV6--2L0A!2m2!1d52.97149502503846!2d-1.174576309076146!3f106.75!4f-3.1700000000000017!5f0.7820865974627469" width="600" height="450" style="border:0;" allowfullscreen="" loading="lazy" referrerpolicy="no-referrer-when-downgrade"></iframe>
  13. Came across this picture while looking for old photos of Nottingham's charming Hyson Green.
  14. JimH

    Speedometers

    Still, just to show that it can get worse they added comic sans font for the poxster. What an absolute mess.
  15. JimH

    Speedometers

    Few speedos anger me as much as this rancid pile of shit from VW. The fact they had to repeat the number on the rev counter just confirms that even they knew they'd made a mess of it.
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