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  1. #71
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    I have been to this chaps place, he does (did) have some very desirable gear, cheers Dennis

  2. #72
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    He's also got a Wiles Senior Cooker. Keep your eye open for that one.
    Unless otherwise stated, this post is the opinion of Mick_Marsh and should be read accordingly.

    Hybrid SIII Stage 1 cab on a RRC chassis

  3. #73
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    Wiles Junior

    My Father and myself bought the Junior that was sold on ebay. She is going to need some work, so I think I will have to tap into that support info network out there.
    You wouldn't believe it, between the time that the pictures were taken for it on ebay and me coming down to inspect it just a day after the auction, someone had stolen the boiler ash pan from out of the oven and at the same time had stolen a junior chimney from out of a nearby box!
    If anyone has a drawing of the ash pan or for the head of the ash pan shovel P/N CU 169 I would greatly appreciate it. The unit came with a spare tube cleaning brace P/N CU 182, which I would be happy to swap for a poker P/N CU171 if anyone is interested. I did manage to secure some spares for it in the way of a boiler and flue, but I can see that I will need to do a bit of work on the oven, the chimney, the hot water tank and the steamer bins!

  4. #74
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    Well done on your purchase of the Junior. It is a significant item of OZ mil history.

    It is disappointing that there always seems to be some light fingered individuals about.

    You maybe aware that there is a functioning example of a Senior in Guyra which I expect will be in use at the mil vehicle rally at the lamb & potato festival next month (January 2016).

    It could be a good opportunity for anyone interested to see a complete example in use and take plenty of pics

    Edit: just noticed that it is recorded earlier in this thread.
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  5. #75
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    I can give you pics and measurement of the shovel in return for the same on the tube cleaning brace.
    Both should be easy to make.
    I have too much going on before X mas.
    Talk on the flip side of the new year.
    Ron.

  6. #76
    Quote Originally Posted by Mick_Marsh View Post
    He's also got a Wiles Senior Cooker. Keep your eye open for that one.
    I know the bloke who bought the senior cooker. It certainly does appear to have been completely overhauled before it was sold at the auctions. The oven has never been fired and still has clean bare metal inside. I would guess the same with the boiler as the fire grates were new. The steamer bins were spotless inside as were the steamer bin wire baskets. They have never been used. This was an absolute bargain at the price ($2750), even the tyres are good. It basically needs a new roof, strip and clean pretty much. He does have three other seniors so now may have some stuff to trade.

  7. #77
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    When I went down to pick up the junior the other week I noticed that the senior had already been collected. When I did my initial inspection of the junior after the auction I inspected the senior at the same time. I agree it was a very nice example.
    I imagine that the bloke you refer to who bought it won't be needing to swap much in the way of spares as I noticed that the mountain of spare parts that were there the first time I came down were also gone. The only things that were left were about 5 boilers, a top oven and rusted remains.
    I'll make up a drawing of the tube cleaning brace over Christmas, but making the end may be a bit tricky. I will include some pics.
    Cheers for all the info guys

  8. #78
    Quote Originally Posted by cruiser83 View Post
    When I went down to pick up the junior the other week I noticed that the senior had already been collected. When I did my initial inspection of the junior after the auction I inspected the senior at the same time. I agree it was a very nice example.
    I imagine that the bloke you refer to who bought it won't be needing to swap much in the way of spares as I noticed that the mountain of spare parts that were there the first time I came down were also gone. The only things that were left were about 5 boilers, a top oven and rusted remains.
    I'll make up a drawing of the tube cleaning brace over Christmas, but making the end may be a bit tricky. I will include some pics.
    Cheers for all the info guys
    When you have a chance to see what is needed on your junior let me know. I may have some parts on another one I have. It is pretty cactus but there may be a few bits. A mate is going to reproduce the steam bins in stainless steel. I'm going to get a set as well as my originals, while being intact don't look the best when cooking in as they are a bit rusty in the bottom. Bought the new oven and new tea urn from Toolern Vale sale. I will pull the oven apart and see what is required to rebuild a rusty one if you need some help there. Do you have a manual?

  9. #79
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    I have got an original manual and parts list which is proving useful. We have the same problems in that the oven is going to need some panel replacements and the steamer bins are shot. I was thinking to have them reproduced in stainless and just stripping and re plating the baskets. I will also have to reproduce the steam pipes inside the bins as they are stuffed to. If your mate is interested I would love hear what a set of bins would be worth. The only other things that are immediately obvious to me as stuffed are the steam gauge and anti siphon pipe, and my tea urn will require a complete re make. I am still not sure as to what the condition is inside the boiler fire box as I am still dousing the bolts on it and the oven in penetrating oils to free everything up as much as possible. I did pick up 2 flues from the same sale, so I will have a spare available at some point. Thanks for the help, I greatly appreciate it.

  10. #80
    You will probably find the tea urn ok inside as im pretty sure they are all copper with a galvanized outer skin and a nice layer of asbestos in between. So be careful stripping the bad stuff out. My mate will have to reskin the tea urn I give him so that is another part he may be able to do a couple of. Did the steamer pipes still have the brass fittings complete? The pipe part should be able to be replicated easily. The plan is I will be stripping down both my cookers next year and restoring them both with my engineer mate fabricating the parts needed to complete the cooker he will get. Any parts he makes he intends to do a few extras to help anyone else out and share the costs. I have a full set of tools so any of those you need can be copied. What was the condition of the firebox inserts like in both your oven and boiler?

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