Nigel at work on the roof of the Mk6. Note monitor removed.
Wendy painting Mk6 wheel arches
Steve rubbing down the Mk6 monitor
New grab handles fitted
Pit stop museum style! Mk 9 getting a brake check
The monitor of the Mk 9 has been replaced. We still managed to salvage quite a bit from the old one.
On Saturday 8th July, John Foers and his son David together with their families, visited the vehicle collection to admire our two ex-RN IBEX vehicles from Gibraltar. They came in an IBEX pick up truck!
They were very pleased with the condition of the vehicles and we learnt a lot about their construction and the differences between the two.
IBEX still exists as a company as is currently working on the Mk5 version. At present, there are no plans to produce a new fire vehicle. It is hoped that John and David will be able to assist with the restoration of these 2 of a kind vehicles in the future.
Successful pass and shows the team have kept this Vehicle in satisfactory condition
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.
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.
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.