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Author:  RangerNeil [ Fri Aug 19, 2016 10:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Mk 1 Militant - my "baby"

Hi all,

Thought perhaps you might be interested in my new project - a Mk 1 Militant 6x6 GS. An odd choice some say - but I learnt to drive on these old girls in the Seventies with the Army (RCT VR) so its kind of a memory jerker. Cab needs some (lots) of repair work as does at least one of the drop sides and tail gate but mechanically she is is is very good condition. Only known "mechanical" faults currently are:
    * Pressure relief valve on the distribution valve for the rear axles stuck open.
    * Horn does not work - presumed electrical fault for now
    * Temperature gauge flickers the pegs at 240 deg when engine is revving, reads normally at idle.
    * Engine cut off valve needs adjusting. Lifting the accelerator pedal causes it to start to die but needs to be stalled out in gear to kill the engine.
    * Both window winders are U/S - I'm told Morris Minor ones will fit.
    * New lock needed for the drivers door.

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Roof - missing the 4 air defence weapon mounts for some reason
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Passenger side of cab - seams need sorting
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Drivers side - repairs needed to cab side, wheel arch and indicator/side light mount
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Drivers side front drop gate repairs needed
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Tail gate repairs needed
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Silencer - needs a new one as this was taken before the engine was started. Then it just blew apart on the upper sirface.
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Leading edge of the roof - kind of worried by this taped seam along all 4 edges. Never remember seeing this on the ones I drove.
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Bottoms of the doors
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Not photographed is the cracked passenger windscreen - I opened it to get at the radiator cap and when I closed it I didn't notice the lower edge of the vehicle frame was swollen with rust. First warning was the screen cracking as I did the catches up :(
Thinking of making up an extension to the ladder on the tailgate so that with the gate up it will reach low enough to cling from the ground and is hinged so that in the stowed position it lays flat against the existing one.

Author:  Railcar22 [ Tue Aug 23, 2016 10:31 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Mk 1 Militant - my "baby"

How old is she?

Author:  RangerNeil [ Wed Aug 24, 2016 3:34 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Mk 1 Militant - my "baby"

V5 says 1959.

Author:  Railcar22 [ Wed Aug 24, 2016 10:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Mk 1 Militant - my "baby"

Than yo for the reply. Are you trying to find out where she had been over the years, whilst being an Army vehicle?

Author:  RangerNeil [ Wed Aug 24, 2016 11:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Mk 1 Militant - my "baby"

Railcar22 wrote:
Than yo for the reply. Are you trying to find out where she had been over the years, whilst being an Army vehicle?


No problems. Cab is a later one - that much I do know as the indicators and sidelights are mounted on top of the wings.
I have her military history already from the RLC Museum at Deepcut. Pretty much all her service life as 16 CL 49 was spent with the RCT (my first Corps) out in BAOR. Left service late in the Eighties.

Author:  RangerNeil [ Sat Jan 14, 2017 3:06 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Mk 1 Militant - my "baby"

Good news - the new air brake valve arrived today!!
If the weather is OK then hopefully I can have a go at fitting it next weekend.
I say hopefully because looking at it today - there are more red sealing plugs than I have hose connections!! But the valve does look to be the same if you compare the photos below. So I am hoping the existing one has some blanking units in it.

This is the new valve:

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And this is the old one on the vehicle now:

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Finger crossed all will be well.

Author:  RangerNeil [ Sat Feb 04, 2017 12:26 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Mk 1 Militant - my "baby"

Managed to replace the rear valve with a new one - and it seems the valve is not the problem. What I thought was a relief valve is actually an exhaust valve and I still have a constant air leak from there so the next thing to look at will be the foot pedal valve as that is really the only point where the charged air supply from the compressor and tanks meets the service supply lines. Suggestions are currently to give it a good dose of WD40 to see if something is sticking after the 3 years of sitting and if that fails to cure it, remove this valve and strip it down to check the diaphragms are OK.

Once this is done the next task is to try and find a replacement silencer. Mine basically exploded with the pressure once the engine was run up due to the dreaded tin worm. Thus far I've been unable to find one with the bolt on fittings. Any suggestions as to viable alternatives that don't require hacking the exhaust system about too much, if at all, would be very welcome!!

Author:  andyson [ Sun Feb 19, 2017 2:24 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Mk 1 Militant - my "baby"

has it got an oil filter system attached to the sump (front end)? Have you thought about fitting a standard sump? I have one if you are interested


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Author:  RangerNeil [ Sun Feb 19, 2017 5:04 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Mk 1 Militant - my "baby"

andyson wrote:
has it got an oil filter system attached to the sump (front end)? Have you thought about fitting a standard sump? I have one if you are interested


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No idea to be honest - I will have a look next time I am over there (next Saturday now).

Author:  RangerNeil [ Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Mk 1 Militant - my "baby"

Latest updates for those so interested.

Internal door panels for the doors are now completed. - Passenger door is more or less done -I just need to work out why the new winder mechanism is fouling the cross beam on the door that the winder mechanism is bolted to

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Then the whole thing can be bolted/screwed together and the same for the drivers door.

The clamps for silencer were sanded, Jenolited then given a coat of Deep Bronze Green I confess to being a bit worried as to the colour - tin says it the right RAL number but it looks a bit light to me - I could swear the Army colour is a darker green.

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The steering wheel was sent away to a firm in Kent for rebuilding as the resin was badly cracked and split - first time I drove her - coming off the off the low loader to park up - a peripheral crack did a nice job of slicing my palm open!!! That is now a thing of the past :)

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A replacement horn was sourced off e-Bay - supposedly the same type as the one fitted, standard 24v Lucas unit - but the body is a tad wider than the OE one so the bracket doesn't not fit properly. I need to drill a couple of holes in the OE bracket to take the new one. Once done I will have a working horn. :-)

Last but not least - having attended the Society rally up in Newark I bought a replacement silencer from Martyn. The mounting flanges were a different size to mine so a local engineering firm was contacted to see if they could modify the new one by fitting the mounting pads off the old one. Silencer went in last Friday and I got it back today. They had done an excellent job. Mounting studs have been replaced by metric threads because they had no imperial sizes in stock and they deemed the old stud's threads too corroded for safe use.
Once I got it home the first job was a thorough rub down to remove all traces of loose surface rust and the the silencer and ejector stub were coated in Jenolite to neutralize the remaining rust.

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This was allowed to dry in the (very) hot sunshine for a few hours and then a coat of VHT exhaust paint was applied (hint! a 500ml spray can is barely enough to cover a Militant silencer!!)

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Other than this new rope has been obtained to replace the lashings on the side and tail curtains - synthetic as opposed to natural to last longer - as the original stuff is so rotten its falling apart.

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