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paulbrook last won the day on December 17 2017

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    Old vehicle restoration, old house restoration, painting and drawing, walking, growing old(er) disgracefully and fine English beer.

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    1921 Marshall Convertible Steam Traction Engine, 1949 Mack LFSW with sleeper cab, 1943 Dodge type 101a (British manufactured) Fire Engine 1937 Allis Chalmers Model U Tractor.

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  1. It could be - if you are slightly to far advanced at idle it will run a bit quicker. More likely to be the carb though. As long as you don't get pinking when pulling with the ignition advanced then the spark must be more or less in the right place.
  2. 1. Check that the magneto points are set to the right gap (15 thou for a FU4) 2. Set the mag at full advance 3. Set cylinder no 1 (front of truck) to 20 degrees or 3 inches on the flywheel before top dead centre (check through the upper airduct hand hole, there is a pointer) 4. Unclamp the mag drive so that the mag shaft can be moved independent of the engine and rotate so that the distributor arm is pointing at the sector in the cap that corresponds to the lead running to No1 cylinder 5. Fine adjust the mag so that the points are just opening (you can put a bulb and battery across or use a multimeter) then clamp up the mag drive.
  3. This is that one - he posted here as Stephenellis. He did some good work on the engine - just in time too, any longer and I think it would have been beyond redemption. Since buying this one from him I acquired a second and parts from the third (which was broken for scrap). He posted a bunch of pictures in the gallery - worth a look through if you have a moment.
  4. A lot of the first and a bit of the second...I have most of the parts for it bar the drivers door. We restore quite a few timber framed truck cabs and car bodies so it is not beyond repair. It is a sleeper cab I also have a second LFSW from the same batch with a slightly better cab so that will help too. Oh and I must admit I thought that it was relatively quiet - it had no exhaust system on at all. Plus my recovery truck was running alongside it with the jump leads attached because I thought that I was going to have to spend a while bleeding air from the system, which proved not to be required as it started pretty much straight away having primed up the lift pump and filled the fuel filter bleeding off the air as I did so.
  5. First run up for a number of years. just over 300 hours run since 1949.... Fire It Up Friday - delayed till Sunday! I was going to do this on friday but the combination of rotten weather and work for clients kept me inside the workshop rather than outside working on one of my own projects. Which in this case is an unusual Mack LFSW , super rare on this side of the Atlantic and one of 8 built in 1949 for the newly-formed Central Intelligence Agency. Four of the 8 made it to UK where, painted in USAF colours, and fitted with generating sets, they prov...ided power for communications trailers. They were eventually sold off and 3 of the 4 ended up on the Dalmeny estate near Queensferry destined to provide power for rock concerts, although this was short lived. This one had a crane mounted on it and was used in the somewhat more modest role shifting timber. Even so it has only 300 hours on the clock. It was dragged off the estate a number of years ago by a chap who got it running but then decided that as a project it was a little ambitious so it has come to live with us here in Cumbria. It has taken me a further number of years to get to grips with it, let alone get it running. So with everything cleaned repaired re- plumbed and generally tidied, and with what was probably its first oil change since 1949 it was time to see if it would strike gallop. Anyway, apply 24 volts and see what happens.....
  6. Wow. That's quite a collection! What type would be fitted to a '49 LF?
  7. Once upon a time I had an equally rare FN. Many years later, an Australian asked me (via the wonders of the internet) if I still had it. I told him that I sold it in the late 1980s. He asked if I could find it and buy it for him. I asked how much. He said "name your price". Sadly I could not find it, but in terms of value of something like an FG the price you quoted must be close.
  8. Once I get all mine together why don't I post a load of pictures then you can compare.
  9. Sad and annoying - my circumstances at the time meant I had to sell it, but I have regretted it ever since. I now have a pair of LFSWs, I am not sure on the plan yet but I have yet to make any real progress. I have an AC to do first!
  10. I might end up with a set - might need a little tidying. In UK but should ship to Ru without too many issues. The reason that I say I might is that I have a firewall and fenders to pick up in Scotland sometime giving me three sets in all. At most I will need two sets and that means one set will be available. Depends how urgently you need them.
  11. Amazingly 10 were shipped to UK at the start of the second world war, and ended up in a quarry in Oxfordshire. I saved one back in the late 1970s (frame number FN1C1181). Sadly I sold it in the early 1980s and I now believe that it has been scrapped. What a shame.
  12. I have a '29 AC and could use a decent cab - not sure about the intricacies of getting a cab shipped to the UK but it would save me a ton of work. Loads of pictures of mine here http://s484.photobucket.com/user/RustyTrucks/library/Mack as advertised there are lots of other albums there too with the AC On the subject of aux boxes I know of two ex WW1 ACs with them in France - unrestored. They were a common modification in Europe apparently after the Great War.
  13. I think that is a perfect starter for a restoration... Here's one of the two I dragged home to restore. They have Lanova diesels:
  14. Indeed. We had a bit of a laugh about it - I work with my daughter Deb and she thinks that back in the 1960s they had a wood shop, a steel metal team, some guys who were good with aluminium and a glass fibre shop - and in the interests of keeping everyone busy they had a bit of everything in that cab!
  15. Very similar construction - ash frame, steel firewall, fiberglass roof and everything else in aluminium!
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