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    Army No. 5 - Fixed the canvas cover bow - sort-a

    Had a few minutes spare from eating Christmas left overs so decided to have a go at fixing the hood bow.

    It has a big bend in the top bar, that looks stock, but makes it impossible to fit and tie off the canvas cover properly.

    The canvas cover has damage where it looks like someone tried to reef it down and ripped a few eyelets out. Bummer.

    I bounced around on top of the bar hoping my body weight would straighten it out. That didn't worry the bar at all.

    So, pulled out a ratchet strap and secured it to each side of the axle, just inside the wheels.

    After a bit of ratcheting, releasing, readjusting then ratcheting I got the bar sort of straight. It does have a bit of a wave in the bar, but it's much better. I may take a little more of the bend out, but I quite like the peaked look.

    The canvas cover sits much better on the tub now.

    Will look around for a better cover and / or fix my one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dordie View Post
    Had a few minutes spare from eating Christmas left overs so decided to have a go at fixing the hood bow.

    It has a big bend in the top bar, that looks stock, but makes it impossible to fit and tie off the canvas cover properly.

    The canvas cover has damage where it looks like someone tried to reef it down and ripped a few eyelets out. Bummer.

    I bounced around on top of the bar hoping my body weight would straighten it out. That didn't worry the bar at all.

    So, pulled out a ratchet strap and secured it to each side of the axle, just inside the wheels.

    After a bit of ratcheting, releasing, readjusting then ratcheting I got the bar sort of straight. It does have a bit of a wave in the bar, but it's much better. I may take a little more of the bend out, but I quite like the peaked look.

    The canvas cover sits much better on the tub now.

    Will look around for a better cover and / or fix my one.

    With all your straightening, pushing, pulling, winching etc I reckon you could have taught the Romans a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dordie View Post
    Hi 4bee. Yes, I was chuffed when I won the auction. Looks like it was bought from disposals, barely used then parked up. It should come up a treat with a bit of love.
    Will look good on the rear of my Series 3 GS too

    I also won 2 Range Rover Classic's from the same auction. Not quite sure what I'll do with them as they were parked up for a resto by an elderly farmer who has since passed. They're both early model 4 doors. One, is a 1982 4 door, the first year of the 4 doors. Both are manuals. Gotta pick them up some time. I love road trips

    One wonders whether the pool toys were army issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4bee View Post
    With all your straightening, pushing, pulling, winching etc I reckon you could have taught the Romans a lot.
    Thanks 4bee, just using what's lying around to get the job done. Bush mechanic skills come in handy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dordie View Post
    Thanks 4bee, just using what's lying around to get the job done. Bush mechanic skills come in handy
    Indeed & thank God for the existence of Bush Mechanics.

    EDIT. Correct me if I am wrong, but didn't a #5 have a strong push/pull spring behind the Pintle ring to take up jarring along the tube line? I can't see any evidence of it at this late hour. so maybe the welded bit was removed together with said spring when it was modified by Army a few years before.????

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4bee View Post
    One wonders whether the pool toys were army issue.
    Pool toys?? Device, Flotation, FD10101 for the use of.
    ​JayTee

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    2000 D2 TD5 Auto: Tins
    1994 D1 300TDi Manual: Dave
    1980 SIII Petrol Tray: Doris
    OKA #74, Ook!

    Nanocom, D2 TD5 only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tins View Post
    Pool toys?? Device, Flotation, FD10101 for the use of.

    Children for the use of, Shirley. That RAF Blue is a bit of a puzzle. Cammo maybe? Tail Cammo for a C130/C17??
    EDIT.
    From his original Post.
    Trailer was filled with blow up pool toys and a wool pack stencil from the wool shed + lots of wasp nests.



    Did it still have it's chain connected drain plug?


    I was told years ago they could also transport Water, never saw that but it could have been Bull****, or not.


    A bit hard to imagine it not sloshing water around on the move although I have seen In Service Mil ones with a brass tap screwed in the rear so who knows? May have been a Unit Mod.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4bee View Post
    That RAF Blue is a bit of a puzzle. Cammo maybe?
    The sky is blue, Shirley?
    ​JayTee

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    2000 D2 TD5 Auto: Tins
    1994 D1 300TDi Manual: Dave
    1980 SIII Petrol Tray: Doris
    OKA #74, Ook!

    Nanocom, D2 TD5 only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tins View Post
    The sky is blue, Shirley?

    Geroff. You for real?

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