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ACRT passes it’s MOT

Successful pass and shows the team have kept this Vehicle in satisfactory condition

K4 sees daylight

After a number of months inside and a lot of effort from team members, the K4 came out for some sunlight recently and a quick photo, new paint due to go on.


Mark 8 battery charged.


Colin has fitted the new door latch assembly to the MK 9 and repurposed the surviving power vamp battery for the yellow generator.

K4 brake cylinders

Progress again on the Austin K4, the brake cylinders have returned from reconditioning (many thanks to past parts for the rapid turnaround) and are now refitted.



MK 8 Brake pedal sticking on. Battery very low.
Battery charged for four hours, needs removing for bench charging.
Brake return spring and bracket found missing, replacement Spring sourced and fitted.
Engine started and brakes tried, servo action applied brakes but would not release whilst vacuum supply sustained. Servo inspected and found long overdue for service and in need of lubricant. Linkages freed off and lubricated. Vacuum hose found perished and renewed.
Brake  reservoir found empty, replenished needing 0.5 litres of Dot 4 brake fluid.
Pedal now returns satisfactory.
Brake fluid evident at rear right hand wheel cylinder. This will require investigation in the near future!
Steering column found insecure, new bracket and stop fitted and indicator switch refitted correctly.
Placard needs making to identify the location of the brake reservoir, and an inspection interval determining.

DP1 Final demise


This weekend

Well done to everyone involved in the dismantling of our old DP1. A last resort that sees 50% of the vehicle reused in other projects. The scrap value of the left over metal will release extra funds for more restoration projects!

John Mann, Lee Medley and Richard Barnes pictured.

DP1 Scrapped

Our old DP1 which had a number of issues preventing us from being able to restore her back to looking and driving well was cut up recently for scrap metal, it was a hard decision to make, but with the recent acquisition of another DP1 in restored condition the decision was made.  All re-usable components were removed from the scrapped vehicle and are now in our parts store for re-use.


Preparations to remove the MK 5 engine continue.


Richard T and my self have been addressing concerns over noise and vibration on the ACRT. All fluids were checked, steering box and swivel housings found very low. Also transfer box oil level very low. Differentials topped up and prop shafts greased. Steering is now a little lighter and transmission noises have reduced marginally. It was noted that the engine mounts need replacing in the not to distant future.

Austin K4 Turntable

Garath and son are continuing to prepare the Austin K4 body work for painting. Colin and Jim have the New Bedford seats installed.

Austin K4 Turntable

Work continues with the now correctly assembled servo assembly going back together.

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The cab continues to progress in the capable hands of Colin and Jim, the seat box is now taking shape.


The nose cone and grill prepared for painting.


Nuclear Convoy Volvo

Advantage was taken of the good weather to continue preparing the truck for repainting.

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Mk 9

Kev has been matching up the refurbished grill surround to a replacement front panel, a bit tricky as both parts were already drilled. But being from different vehicles predictably they didn’t match up. Despite the discrepancy the finished result looks good.

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Nuclear Convoy Volvo

Richard’s done a sterling job on the bumper of the Nuclear convoy vehicle. Welding an insertion repair to the right side and generally straightened out the dings and dents prior to it’s going for painting.


Austin K4 Turntable

Progress continues, with the doors. Welding is completed and Richard assisted by Lee is well on with filling and preparation for painting.

Collins doing a great job with recreation of the seat box assembly, the Bedford seats have arrived and a set of series Land Rover rails sourced to hopefully allow the driver some adjustment. It will be interesting to see how they look.

The brake servomechanism has been stripped down for inspection, it’s not as bad as anticipated and renovation is underway. The internal linkage was found to have been incorrectly assembled at some point in time. Correction was interesting needing more fingers than Dave and I possess.

The incorrectly assembled servomechanism

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