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Area Report - Windscreen Summer Issue 139
Very little happens on the mv front in winter. However, the usual suspects went on their annual February pilgrimage to the Ardennes to play in the snow as part of a larger group of some 23 members from across the North.

With heavy snow already on the ground the weather was very kind, with fine days, making for a good driving weekend. The 8 jeeps took part in road runs centred on Bastogne and Houffalize passing in and out of Luxembourg several times along the way. 

Brian Slingsby says it’s a great sociable weekend and gives you the chance to drive your jeep as it was intended. This was his twelfth year and he intends to go for as many years as he can. 

The Area had what I believe to be it’s first coach trip on Saturday 12th January. This was to the superb IWM Duxford. Some 42 bodies enjoyed the day out on a very nice comfy coach leaving Wetherby at 8.00am. 3 hours later parties went off on their own to look around and rejoined the coach at 4.00pm when the museum closed. A successful trip and another might follow later in the year. If anyone has suggestions for a suitable destination please contact Brian.
So what’s everyone been up to? Answers on a postcard please! Well by e mail preferably. It would be nice to report on some major discoveries or unique projects within the area, or are they all Top Secret?

What I can tell you is that the artillery group, of which I am a member, has been very busy progressing a significant number of projects. 

My Bedford MWD tuning difficulties turned out to be somewhat more of a problem and the engine has had a complete overhaul at Drakes in Bradford and rebuild/re installation by Melvyn Bean.

He has now set up as a military vehicle restorer and is rebuilding a Morris No 5 body quad for Mike Peacock, whose other quad has had gearbox work.

Chris Smyth has stripped the Morris CDSW, he bought last year, down to the chassis and had it shot blasted and sprayed in Desert Sand.

At the end of January we had a very cold trip into the heights of snowy Derbyshire to see a collection of no less than 5 CDSWs! so Chris could take measurements for the rebuild of his Bofors tractor version.

Melvyn continues to work on the full rebuild of his second Matador which is now almost at the stage where it can be driven. This is being finished in a pretty unique colour scheme with matching 5.5” gun. You will be pleasantly surprised when it appears. He and I are also getting two extremely low mileage GMC 353s ready for sale; one of which is the rare air portable version, so contact Melvyn or myself if interested.
Meanwhile another lover of big boy’s toys, Simon Daymond, has bought a second complete AEC Militant from Scotland. My jeep has had a new Solex carburettor over the winter after it developed running problems. I bought the carb from Jeffrey Engineering at Brian Slingsby’s suggestion.

They do provide help and a 1st class service, so this is a company I can now also recommend. In addition I have invested in one of those battery conditioners – a 6v CTEK XC800 6V at £35 a neat thing that I now have permanently connected.

Mike Shackleton’s Bedford QL has had a major brake overall with new wheel cylinders and shoes all round, and a new master cylinder. He admits that there’s still plenty for him to do including looking at the clutch on the OXD. 

Hugo Hunter’s jeep has been to Simon Roberts for work on the top end of the engine in readiness for the season. Someone else frustrated with engine problems is Stuart Wright with his recently completed halftrack. He’s also been busy helping Ken Pugh with his halftrack that was put up for sale in March.

He tells me the Rolls Royce which once belonged to Monty will be at the Yorkshire Wartime Experience along with another gem the sole remaining 1936 Carden Lloyd carrier found in France and now fully restored.

Gordon Trousdale reports on progress on his 1941 Ford GP. Now stripped down to the bare chassis, the rear axle and springs were found to be in good condition and have been painted. He’s going to work on the transmission and front axle next. He says the GP has little in common with a MB or GPW and has joined forces with Andy Gray (who also has a GP) in importing parts from the USA. The body is in poor shape but some panels can be salvaged and others he has bought from a PJ Van Leijen, Osterbeek, Holland. The engine, a Ford N2 tractor engine, is in a poor state also. Gordon promises a fuller report for a future issue. We wish him and Andy well with restoring those rare jeeps.

Mark Hutson told me at the April meeting that he had just bought a White Scout Car which will make a nice change for him given his liking for all things amphibious. We look forward to seeing that soon.

That’s it for this issue, but please don’t be shy and let me know what’s going on across our area.

Mike Humphreys