While it’s been a very warm December with plenty of the usual distractions, we’ve still managed to make some decent progress down at the mill.
We’ve managed to use the gantry to split the 4.5″ gun platform apart. Still some way to go before we can fit the barrel, but plenty of parts to clean up, paint, fit etc. before then.
On the Bedford QL Tipper, we’ve taken off the carb (IIRC a Bedford MW one was previously on there) and fitted a nice refurbished one! Shiny Pieces! Still one core plug to fit, but along with Rich’s re-wire we should be ready to try starting it soon.
Finally, our festive tradition is to have a christmas meal at local pub (and DFVS bar providers) The Salthouse. A good time was had by all!
A special outing on Saturday afternoon saw us at the Curzon Cinema in Clevedon, for a screening of Nöel Coward’s 1945 film ‘Brief Encounter’.
What a lovely time we had despite the dreary weather outside! There was a tea dance and hair styling as well as tasty cakes inside, and short films were screened during the afternoon. Thanks go to Jan for organising it.
Meanwhile, back in the workshop, we’ve made more progress on the Bedford QL Tipper, which has a drum refitted and the dashboard is being repainted white, as was typical of commercial vehicles. Helps brighten things up a bit!
We had a huge sort around as well, in order to get the ‘F Sub’ gun as well as the existing 25 pounder into the running shed, where we can set to getting it all cleaned up and functioning smoothly. The Bedford OY did the honours of manoeuvring it around the yard.