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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:35 pm 
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Here you can see the slots in the mount prior to sliding it down into place. The next picture shows the speaker mount and speaker in their fitted positions.

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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:36 pm 
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The 1/8 inch plywood is a sung fit between the radio and the washers, so it shouldn't vibrate loose. With a good fit confirmed, the side of the Jeep was refitted. The speaker only covers a small part of the rear window and doesn't block the view of other traffic.

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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:38 pm 
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Shortly after these pictures were taken, the speaker and mount were removed to give the mount a couple of coats of varnish to seal the wood. It will be refitted later once it has had time to fully cure.

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'43 Ford GPW 'Station Photo' Jeep, '53 Roset Trailer and a B-17G Fortress #42-31035


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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:10 am 
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I thought that the Tanfield Railway event in September was the last of the year although I did put both Jeeps on the drive on Remembrance day. I also took "Hope" to the local memorial and "Jessie" for a short drive after a suspected sticking brake shoe, but all seemed well during the drive.

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A few days ago, I got a call from a friend about a school visit in Durham. Another primary school, so I suspect it is another year 6 class who are learning about WW2 history. The trip is on Thursday, so I'm taking Jessie along to that and also doing a talk about the air war. I've also turned "Jessie" back to a US Jeep, having appeared in RAF markings all year.

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'43 Ford GPW 'Station Photo' Jeep, '53 Roset Trailer and a B-17G Fortress #42-31035


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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:48 pm 
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Rosa Street Primary School WW1/WW2 History Day - Nov 15th

In early November, I was asked to attend another school who were learning about World War 1 and WW2 history. It was a surprise and very late in the year, when I thought my season was over. This brought the yearly total to twenty events attended. The school was in Spennymoor, a little South of Durham and about a 45 minute drive from home. It was a bright but cold day. I arrived during morning break and the kids had a good look at the all the vehicles on display. 

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When break finished, we went indoors where I dressed up one of the teachers in flying kit, followed by my lecture on the 8th Air Force which took us up to lunchtime. 

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The kids ate in shifts while others were back out in the yard to look at the vehicles again. After lunch we went back indoors for a lecture/demo about World War 1 kit and equipment. It was rather chilly outside but an enjoyable day bringing history to life. "Jessie" returned to US markings for this last event of the year, having been in RAF colours since April.

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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:11 pm 
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November 16th - Starter Pinion Gear

Last event on Thursday, first day of winter maintenance on Friday. I had to park "Jessie" the other way around in the garage for the start of the work. This required the spare wheel to be removed so I could get it far enough into the garage while avoiding the trailer tow hitch.

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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:26 pm 
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The first job was a sticking starter pinion gear which happened mostly when the Jeep was cold. This meant both batteries out, regulator out and then starter out, down in the bottom of the engine bay. After cleaning the shaft and gear with some petrol, it was dried off and given a very light dusting of WD40. Next came the challenge of putting it back together. When I overhauled the starter last year, it was a challenge to re-assemble, as you need to hold the brushes out of the way of the commutator to get the end cap on. Because of the length of the brush wires, you can only do this from the inside with the cap on!!

I ended up drilling two 1mm diameter holes in the end cap to insert locking pins to hold the brush springs in the open position until the cap was on. After that, the pins could be pulled out, allowing the spring to push the brushes back against the commutator. The motor was tested, and re-fitted and the Jeep test started a few times. Another test was done today with everything cold as this is when the pinion would usually stick.

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The starter is a 24 volt Hotchkiss type with built in solenoid.

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'43 Ford GPW 'Station Photo' Jeep, '53 Roset Trailer and a B-17G Fortress #42-31035


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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:38 pm 
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November 17th - Wheel Bearings and Brake Shoes

It would have been a squeeze to work on the wheels in the garage next to the other Jeep. As it wasn't too cold outside, put the Jeep on the drive to do the work.

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Last winter, I got the rear left wheel off and the hub inspected while doing the bodywork repairs. Time ran out as the season approached and so the other three wheels were put off until today. Each hub was removed, cleaned and re-greased. The brake pedal was pressed, checking that each shoe operated, that there was plenty of thickness left in each show and that there were no leaks.

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Tomorrow, I may start on some rust areas on the fender and side of the body near the step.

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'43 Ford GPW 'Station Photo' Jeep, '53 Roset Trailer and a B-17G Fortress #42-31035


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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:58 pm 
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November 24th - Fender Repairs Needed

For a while, there's been some growing rust spots on the corner of the right fender. The left one and left side of the tub were worked on last year. Now the right side needed some attention. While the fender was still attached to the Jeep, I took a rotary wire brush to the area to see how bad it was. I then started to look around the rest of the fender and realised there were more areas that needed attention.

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'43 Ford GPW 'Station Photo' Jeep, '53 Roset Trailer and a B-17G Fortress #42-31035


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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:05 pm 
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Some of the attaching bolts and earth cable screws were rather stubborn, but all came off without shearing. As I unfastened one of the lower brackets, part of the metal dropped away. It's obviously been broken a long time and it was only the friction of the bolt clamping it in place. I took a small pin hammer to the fender and started tapping away around the hat channel on the inside. I found a nice hole and a few very thin areas.

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