Workshop Wednesday – Brake Drums and Big Guns

As always, plenty going on in the workshops…

On the Bedford QL Tipper, Rich was kept busy rebuilding the front brake assemblies with the refurbished cylinders.

One of the brake lines had a hole in, so this was removed and a replacement will need to be made up. Slightly fiddly as it wraps under the leaf spring (which is under compression) but got it out in the end.

I started cleaning up the brake drums on the back and slapped a bit of the World’s Oldest Primer on to them.

Meanwhile, Mark had the task of digging out a spare Staghound Armoured Car transmission from under one of the benches. He had to remove the gear linkage, which is missing from the gearbox that’s currently being fitted to the vehicle.

We also have some great news. The Shopland Collection has teamed up with The Garrison, who are a re-enactment unit who specialise not only in wartime artillery pieces, but also accurately representing period correct drill.

In their own words:

The Garrison Artillery Volunteers are a volunteer hobby group of historians whose passion is the Royal Regiment of Artillery. The group has three main sub-sections – field artillery, anti-aircraft artillery and a searchlight unit – and undertakes historical displays depicting various aspects of life in the Royal Artillery during the twentieth century.

A detachment of The Garrison are going to attend DFVS 2016. They are also looking after the Shopland Collection’s 3.7-inch HAA, whilst the collection has taken on the task of bringing a 25-pounder gun up to working order. The Garrison kindly took on a detachment of workshop wednesday volunteers for the weekend to initiate training on the QF 25-Pounder Mk. II. A great weekend was had by all, and we have a lot of homework and practice to do in the meantime!

The Garrison currently fields an impressive range of historical artillery pieces, complete with portees, limbers and support units. You can see their website here.

Big thanks to Dave Badman for bringing the ‘new’ gun home.

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One comment

  1. Martin Brousseau · · Reply

    Reynolds Alberta museum, in the town of wetaskiwin , Alberta, Canada houses what used to be a private museum who’s owner had a section of military vehicles who’s section taught classes on rebuilding or refurbishing old vehicles.
    About 5 years ago I spoke with the original owner of the museum Stan Reynolds in which he confided in me as a serving member of the armed forces of his numerous attempts to donate to several military units refurbished military vehicles which not only had been refurbished to working order followed by preparations for long term storage.
    In recent years Stan Reynolds has passed, I leave it to you if you wish to contact the Alberta Reynolds museum’s military vehicles if rye wish to part with any number of vehicles.

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