Ls&gc for vehicles

#1
One of my last duties before redundancy was to backload the last of my unit's Knockers: the Mark 1 AEC Militant, that started life in the early 1950's and finally got demobbed in 1990.

Cold, noisy, uncomfortable, but you could fix any fault with a lump hammer (almost), and he thing, once bump started would run, albeit slowly, forever.

I commend it for the Old & Bold LSGC medal.

Any other contenders?
 
#2
Yes the Bedford RL. No need for heaters on those cold & freezing German nights, just lift the engine cover and the cherry red exhaust manifold soon warmed the cab up!
 
#3
I know where about 20 of your knockers ended up, we were deployed to rwanda in 94 and some hairy hippy tipped up and asked if we could fix these "old trucks" they had bought! que old and bold Vm's going all misty eyed and nostalgic before fixing all of them!!
 
#4
Yes the Bedford RL. No need for heaters on those cold & freezing German nights, just lift the engine cover and the cherry red exhaust manifold soon warmed the cab up!
Warming the tin of compo no doubt,I still rate the RL as one of the best x-country vehicles ever.
 
#5
I often meet up with 2 lots of local Military Vehicle Trusts and one of the guys recently told me of one of their members buying an RL with 20-odd miles on the clock. Obviously, if this wagon goes in a show it gets first prize in its class because its in pristine condition.

A friend recently bought a Green Goddess for £250...whilst I'm on the subject does anyone know where I can buy a 432 for under £1000??
 

the_boy_syrup

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#6
I often meet up with 2 lots of local Military Vehicle Trusts and one of the guys recently told me of one of their members buying an RL with 20-odd miles on the clock. Obviously, if this wagon goes in a show it gets first prize in its class because its in pristine condition.

A friend recently bought a Green Goddess for £250...whilst I'm on the subject does anyone know where I can buy a 432 for under £1000??
Doubt you'll get a runner for that

My mate bought an immaculate MK and when he opened up the back he found a load of motorbikes and spares still in crates
When he questioned it he was told it was part of the lot

I saw an MJ last friday at Grantham
They must be 30 years old by now
Soldier on old friend
 
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Kirkz

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#9
My mate bought an immaculate MK and when he opened up the back he found a load of motorbikes and spares still in crates
When he questioned it he was told it was part of the lot
I remember being told that story and always thought it was an urban myth!
 
#10
One of my last duties before redundancy was to backload the last of my unit's Knockers: the Mark 1 AEC Militant, that started life in the early 1950's and finally got demobbed in 1990.

Cold, noisy, uncomfortable, but you could fix any fault with a lump hammer (almost), and he thing, once bump started would run, albeit slowly, forever.

I commend it for the Old & Bold LSGC medal.

Any other contenders?
are you sure 1990 was when they were demobbed as i remember going into 166 supply regts hanger at Grantham about 2004 and they still had a couple of knockers then
 

the_boy_syrup

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#12
I remember being told that story and always thought it was an urban myth!
Nope this one was a gen story promise
He's got a picture somewhere I'll see if he can find it
Quite comen apparently

There was a thread a while back about a bloke who bought scrap Landrovers of he MoD
Then made a fortune selling the parts back to the MoD as spares
 
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Kirkz

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#13
Nope this one was a gen story promise
He's got a picture somewhere I'll see if he can find it
Quite comen apparently

There was a thread a while back about a bloke who bought scrap Landrovers of he MoD
Then made a fortune selling the parts back to the MoD as spares
Thanks for that TBS :) I shall carry on regaling my friends with this story without fear of being accused of sexing it up :)
 

jim24

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#14
I often meet up with 2 lots of local Military Vehicle Trusts and one of the guys recently told me of one of their members buying an RL with 20-odd miles on the clock. Obviously, if this wagon goes in a show it gets first prize in its class because its in pristine condition.

A friend recently bought a Green Goddess for £250...whilst I'm on the subject does anyone know where I can buy a 432 for under £1000??
Mod sales "Withams" were selling 432s last week for three thousand quid, but they looked a bit worn
 
#15
Mod sales "Withams@ were selling 432s last week for three thousand quid, but they looked a bit worn
They can't have looked much more worn than the ones we had when I was last at a Mech Bde in 2003/04...

You can't beat working on vehicles that came out of the factory a decade or more before you were born.
 
#16
I recommend the HUMBER 1 TONNER aka THE PIG, in service up to 1964 as a GS truck etc and discharged to civi strasse. Recalled to the colours in 1969 and given a new overcoat of armour plate and a increase in weight.

In service up to the late 90's (and possible later) I believe.

I never saw 2 pigs the same, all apeared to have been modified by the drivers (normally RCT) and REME for the job in hand.

I seen them with steel lockers welded to the tops to hold riot shields, steel cages for the same purpose, and fitted with wings and Paddy Pushers aka FLYING PIG.

In addition to the LS&GC medal the Pig should also receive the GSM (1962) and bar NORTHERN IRELAND.
 
#17
When we moved from Shoeburyness to Hohne in 1965, we were confronted with a wierd and wonderfull collection of vehicles. The switch over from 5.5's to Abbot was underway, and I believe 26 Fd was the first unit to equipped with it. We had a mixture of Land Rovers and Austin Champs, while the OP's were equipped with Centurions. Pigs and Saracens littered the place, along with Stalwarts and even a couple of ex WW2 Reichswehr half tracks, which the REME det used. Ah! Days of blessed memory, head stuck up out of a 432 caked in dust from Hohne ranges! Ring a few bells, chaps?
 
#18
it was a common practice in RAOC vehicle depots to load motorcycles such as the Matchless and BSA etc for disposal in the backs of trucks as it was the easy way to move them in bulk. i have personally loaded hundreds in this manner in the late 50's early 60's.
 
#19
love to get my hands on an ex Army Morris Traveller, or "car utility 4x2" they were replaced by a fleet of black Escort Estates and then those orrible Metro things.
 
#20
love to get my hands on an ex Army Morris Traveller, or "car utility 4x2" they were replaced by a fleet of black Escort Estates and then those orrible Metro things.
I remember the black metros and escorts, we used try and get the duty metro as far up the traverses as they would go at Kineton
 
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