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2018

October
03/10/18

A speaker has been made to go with the BC348 radio. It will contain a real speaker and MP3 player for ATC transmissions. See the October "Ongoing Work" page.

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September
24/09/18

 We took both 'Jessie'  and 'Hope' to the reinstated Tanfield Railway 1940's weekend on September 22nd/23rd. This is most likely to be our last show of 2018. See the Event Photos for the report.

18/09/18

 I took 'Jessie'  to Breighton aerodrome for their classic car rally over the weekend of 15/16th. See the Event Photos for the report.

04/09/18

 We took both 'Jessie'  and 'Hope' to the Beamish "Dig for Victory" event. 'Jessie' attended for three days while 'Hope' was just there for two. See the Event Photos for the report.

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August
27/08/18

 We took 'Jessie'  and 'Hope' to the Ryhope Engines Museum show over the August bank holiday. This is the replacement for the event that used to be held at the DLI Museum. See the Event Photos for the report.

09/08/18

 'Jessie'  and 'Hope'  both attended the Croft Nostalgia Festival at the start of August. See the Event Photos for the report.

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July
25/07/18

 'Jessie' didn't make it to the Breighton Summer Fly/Drive-In this year, although I still got to the event. See the Event Photos to find out why.

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June
30/06/18

 'Jessie''Faith'  and 'Hope' were all out together at the Bowes/Springwell 1940's event. See the Event Photos for a full report.

19/06/18

 'Jessie'  was out again for two events on June 16/17th. The first was to Sedgefield on the 16th and then Tanfield Railway on the 17th. See the Event Photos for full reports.

11/06/18

 'Jessie'  was out again on the 10th to Northallerton 1940's Day. See the Event Photos for a full report.

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May
30/05/18

 Our fourth event in four weekends was the "Lanc, Tank & Military Machines" show at East Kirkby airfield. See the Event Photos for a full report.

21/05/18

 Both the M201 and Dodge made the trip to Blyth Battery Goes to War, though not together. I took one vehicle for each day. It was the first event for the Dodge in 2018. See the Event Photos for a full report.

16/05/18

 Photos and reports have been added about the "Against the Odds" RAF event at the Yorkshire Air Museum and also photos of internal tours of the Halifax and Victor aircraft there. See the Event Photos for a full reports.

A new Exhaust bracket was also made recently. See the May "Ongoing Work" page.

10/05/18

 I've added a report about the Radial Engine Fly-In at Breighton Aerodrome. There was also some excitement and frustration on the way home. See the Event Photos for a full report.

Some new videos have been added to the Video Gallery.

04/05/18

 This update isn't about any of the vehicles, but instead it's about the garage the Jeeps live in. I've needed to make some layout changes which are covered in the May "Ongoing Work" page.

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April
15/04/18

The season begins!  'Jessie''  was the first of my vehicles to attend a show in 2018, making the 80 mile trip South for the Yorkshire MVT Crank Up event at York Castle. See the Event Photos for a full report.

09/04/18

  'Jessie''  had a nine mile test drive to check the starting and voltage regulation before the big trip to York on the 15th. See the "Ongoing Work" pages for the April 2018 report.

04/04/18

  'Jessie''  has just been fitted with a hidden voltmeter to monitor the batteries now the voltage regulator has been adjusted. See the "Ongoing Work" pages for the April 2018 report.

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March
29/03/18

The ignition appears to be sorted and working properly now. I also made a rain cover for the rear window. See the "Ongoing Work" pages for the March 2018 report.

23/03/18

Finally a fault found in the ignition system. See the "Ongoing Work" pages for the March 2018 report.

23/03/18

I cleaned the spade connectors through the ignition system as they had oxidised.  'Jessie''  seems to be starting better now. Time will tell. See the "Ongoing Work" pages for the March 2018 report.

I took the Jeep and trailer for a short drive to get some photos of the complete RAF rig. See the RAF Conversion page.

22/03/18

'Jessie''  had a cold start yesterday  morning, after a small distributor adjustment, but it wasn't firing again today. I've checked and swapped everything, so I'm now wondering whether it is a faulty ignition switch. See the "Ongoing Work" pages for the March 2018 report.

I made some RAF markings for the trailer yesterday and they were fitted today. See the RAF Conversion page.

18/03/18

'Jessie''  was still having starting problems after fitting the new batteries, so I turned my attention to the starter motor. See the "Ongoing Work" pages for the March 2018 report.

13/03/18

'Jessie''  had two new batteries fitted today and some related adjustments. See the "Ongoing Work" pages for the March 2018 report.

After the batteries were fitted, I went for a short test drive, the first time on the road with the RAF markings. See the RAF Conversion page.

07/03/18

'Jessie's'  fuel tank and seat were refitted today and the engine run for the first time in over five months. See the "Ongoing Work" pages for the March 2018 report.

There are also some new pictures of Jessie in RAF colours out on the drive which can be found on the RAF Conversion page.

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February
21/02/18

'Jessie's' repairs have finally been painted. See the "Ongoing Work" pages for the February 2018 report.

September
04/09/18

 I took 'Faith' to the NE Land, Sea and Air Museum for one day of the Heritage Weekend. See the Event Photos for pictures from the day. 

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June
30/06/18

 'Jessie''Faith'  and 'Hope' were all out together at the Bowes/Springwell 1940's event. See the Event Photos for a full report.

25/06/18

'Faith' was out for a second time this year for the Barnard Castle 1940's event.  See the Event Photos for a full report.

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May
21/05/18

 Both the M201 and Dodge made the trip to Blyth Battery Goes to War, though not together. I took one vehicle for each day. It was the first event for the Dodge in 2018. See the Event Photos for a full report.

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April
21/04/18

I took the battery back to the Dodge on Saturday 21st. After fitting it, starting up and backing out of the container, I tipped about four gallons of fresh petrol into the tank and went for a short local drive. This was the first trip out this year and the first drive since the event at 'Locomotion' in October last year. I've got a couple of Jeep events in early May and then will probably take the Dodge to Blyth Battery Goes to War on May 19/20th.

04/04/18

At the start of April, I fitted a new brake fluid expansion reservoir to 'Faith'. See the April page of the "Ongoing Work" section.

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February
21/02/18

Nothing to report so far in 2018.

September
24/09/18

 We took both 'Jessie'  and 'Hope' to the reinstated Tanfield Railway 1940's weekend on September 22nd/23rd. This is most likely to be our last show of 2018. See the Event Photos for the report.

04/09/18

 We took both 'Jessie'  and 'Hope' to the Beamish "Dig for Victory" event. 'Jessie' attended for three days while 'Hope' was just there for two. See the Event Photos for the report.

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August
27/08/18

We took 'Jessie'  and 'Hope' to the Ryhope Engines Museum show over the August bank holiday. This is the replacement for the event that used to be held at the DLI Museum. See the Event Photos for the report.

22/08/18

 I switched 'Hope' to LED Brake and Tail lights, but modified the original housings to take commercial LED bulbs. See the August 2018 page in the  "Ongoing Work" section.

09/08/18

 'Jessie'  and 'Hope'  and  both attended the Croft Nostalgia Festival at the start of August. See the Event Photos for the report.

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July
31/07/18

 'Hope'  and 'Jessie' were both given a partial service today, in preparation for the Croft show in a few days time. See the July 2018 page in the  "Ongoing Work" section.

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June
30/06/18

 'Jessie''Faith'  and 'Hope' were all out together at the Bowes/Springwell 1940's event. See the Event Photos for a full report.

03/06/17

'Hope' joins 'Jessie'  in turning to the RAF for the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force. See the June 2018 page in the  "Ongoing Work" section.

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January
09/01/18

With a foot injury making walking difficult and the normal car unavailable,  'Hope' was the only to get my daughter to school. See the Event Photos for 'Hope's first trip out of 2018.

2017

November
25/11/17

A little more bodywork repairs were done to  'Jessie' recently. See the "Ongoing Work" pages for the November 2017 report.

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October
07~22/10/17

The new markings for  'Jessie' are now complete, so it is time for some proper work. There are a number of areas of rust that need dealing with. See the "Ongoing Work" pages for the October 2017 report.

04/10/17

'Jessie' has some new clothes! I made some magnetic RAF markings for those events where RAF colours would be more appropriate. See the new RAF Conversion page.

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September
20/09/17

'Jessie' and 'Hope' were both out visiting the local primary school. See the Event Photos for a full report.

17/09/17

'Jessie' had a trip out to an end of season BBQ. See the Event Photos section for pictures.

08/09/17

Lynne broke  'Jessie' at the start of September, just before the Beamish "Dig for Victory" event, snapping the rear left half shaft. A replacement arrived and was fitted a week later. See the "Ongoing Work" pages for the September 2017 report.

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August
22/08/17

 'Jessie' went to the Wings & Wheels Festival at Eshott Airfield. See the Event Photos section for the Croft report.

10/08/17

 'Jessie' was the only vehicle we took to Croft this year due to Lynne's health problems. See the Event Photos section for the Croft report.

July
19/07/17

 'Jessie' went to Breighton airfield again in mid July for their main Summer Fly/Drive-In. See the event pictures and a flight in the Max Holste Broussard in the Event Photos section.

03/07/17

 'Faith', 'Hope' and 'Jessie' were all out over the weekend of July 1st and 2nd, though it wasn't planned that way! See the Bowes Railway/Springwell village 1940's Event Photos for a full report.

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June
20/06/17

 'Jessie' was out with 'Hope' to Tanfield Railway on the 18th. See the Event Photos page.

16/06/17

'Jessie' gets a new mechanical brake light switch. See the "Ongoing Work" pages for June 2017.

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May
28/05/17

'Jessie' visits Teesside Airshow. See the Event Photos page.

12/05/17

'Jessie' visits Blyth Battery Goes to War. See the Event Photos page.

12/05/17

A Jeep visit to Breighton Airfield for their Aerobatics Competition and Aerojumble Fly-In. See the Event Photos page.

 01/05/17

The Yorkshire MVT Crank Up event had to be unexpectedly missed resulting in the Stephenson Railway Museum 1940's event being the first of 2017. See the Event Photos page.

December
31/12/17

It had been another six  weeks since 'Faith' was last run. This check out trip included an anti-freeze top up. See the "Ongoing Work" page.

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November
23/11/17

It had been almost seven weeks since 'Faith' was out at Shildon, so I took 'Hope' to the storage yard to give the Dodge a run and check a few things over. See the "Ongoing Work" page.

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October
01/10/17

'Faith' had a trip out to what is probably my last event of the season, to the Classic Vehicle Rally at the National Railway Museum, Shildon. See the Event Photos for the report and pictures.

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August
13/08/17

'Faith' got a trip out today, to the Trams & Transport event at the aircraft museum. See the Event Photos.

10/08/17

'Faith' got some new shoes! During the recent inspection, the rear brake shoes were worn and needed replacing. New shoes were fitted and the truck test driven on August 9th. See the "Ongoing Work" page.

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July
29/07/17

'Faith' came home for some brake work, but the inspection resulted in some additional work needed. See the "Ongoing Work" page.

03/07/17

 'Faith', 'Hope' and 'Jessie' were all out over the weekend of July 1st and 2nd, though it wasn't planned that way! See the Bowes Railway/Springwell village 1940's Event Photos for a full report.

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June
27/06/17

'Faith' was out for the Barnard Castle event. This was the first event for the Dodge in 2017. See the Event Photos page for pictures and a report.

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April
20/04/17

'Faith' came home for a spring service, even though it's taken until late June for the weather and opportunity to do the work. See the "Ongoing Work" page.

11/04/17

'Faith' moved homes in April after the original yard closed. Read about the move in the "Ongoing Work" page.

December
29/12/17

Sudden snowfall prompted a trip out in a Jeep. 'Hope' was the only Jeep on the road as 'Jessie' was still undergoing bodywork repairs. See the Event Photos for a full report.

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November
23/11/17

It had been almost seven weeks since 'Faith' was out at Shildon, so I took 'Hope' to the storage yard to give the Dodge a run and check a few things over. See the Dodge's "Ongoing Work" page.

11/11/17

'Hope' was out for the last event of the season at NELSAM for the Remembrance Service. See the Event Photos for a full report.

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September
23/09/17

'Hope' was out again to 'Jeeps & Jets' at NELSAM. See the Event Photos for a full report.

20/09/17

'Hope' was out with 'Jessie' for the first time since July, visiting the local primary school. See the Event Photos for a full report.

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July
03/07/17

 'Faith', 'Hope' and 'Jessie' were all out over the weekend of July 1st and 2nd, though it wasn't planned that way! See the Bowes Railway/Springwell village 1940's Event Photos for a full report.

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June
20/06/17

'Hope' was out again with 'Jessie'  to Tanfield Railway on the 18th. See the Event Photos page.

17/06/17

'Hope's' first event of the year was the Sedgefield Frontline, Multi-Period Living History Event. See the Event Photos page.

03/06/17

'Hope' gets her Spring service after finally getting some nice weather. See the  "Ongoing Work" page.

 

2016

November
13/11/16

 I took 'Jessie' to the NE Land, Sea and Air Museum for the Remembrance Service. See the Event Photos page.

04/11/16

'Jessie', 'Faith' and 'Hope' all attended Blackfell Primary school for the Year 6 class who have been studying WW2 history this term. See the Event Photos page.

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October
01/10/16

'Jessie' was out for the former Royal Ordnance Factory 1st anniversary open day at Aycliffe. See the Event Photos page.

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September
04/09/16

'Jessie' and 'Hope' were both out for the Beamish Museum "Dig for Victory" event. See the Event Photos page.

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August
20/08/16

'Jessie' and 'Hope' were both out for the Durham City "Spirit of the 1940's" event. See the Event Photos page.

10/08/16

'Jessie', 'Faith' and 'Hope' all attended the Croft Nostalgia show in early August. This was our biggest event of the year. See the Event Photos page for over 100 pictures of the event.

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July
20/07/16

'Jessie' was taken to the Breighton Airfield Summer Fly-In in mid July. While there, I got the chance to fly a 1942 Ryan PT-22 Recruit primary trainer. See the Event Photos page for pictures of the flight and Breighton Fly-In.

01 & 02/07/16

'Jessie' had two trips out to Fishburn Airfield at the start of July. See the Event Photos page for pictures.

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June
04/06/16

'Hope' and 'Jessie' attended two events over the weekend of June 11/12th . See the Event Photos page for pictures and short videos.

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April
24/01/16

  'Jessie' had a first event of the season to York for the Crank Up. Pictures can be seen in the 2016 Event Photos page. The week before however required a top end strip down of the engine to replace the head gasket. See the "Ongoing Work" pages for April 2016.

November
04/11/16

'Jessie', 'Faith' and 'Hope' all attended Blackfell Primary school for the Year 6 class who have been studying WW2 history this term. See the Event Photos page.

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October
28/10/16

I started converting 'Faith's ' lights to LED's. Commercial units aren't suitable, and so I've had to get more creative. See the progress in the "Ongoing Work" page.

August
10/08/16

'Jessie', 'Faith' and 'Hope' all attended the Croft Nostalgia show in early August. This was our biggest event of the year. See the Event Photos page for over 100 pictures of the event.

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June
27/06/16

The Event Photos page has been updated with photos from the Barnard Castle event which was 'Faith's' second trip out this year.

04/06/16

'Faith' was moved a few yards across the storage compound into a shipping container, its new more weatherproof home. See the  "Ongoing Work" page.

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May
22/05/16

The Event Photos page has been updated with photos from the Blyth Battery event which was 'Faith's' first event of the year.

14/05/16

The Dodge has had its springtime service now, with just a few small jobs needing attention after the winter hibernation. See the  "Ongoing Work" page.

 

November
04/11/16

'Jessie', 'Faith' and 'Hope' all attended Blackfell Primary school for the Year 6 class who have been studying WW2 history this term. See the Event Photos page.

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September
04/09/16

'Jessie' and 'Hope' were both out for the Beamish Museum "Dig for Victory" event. See the Event Photos page.

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August
20/08/16

'Jessie' and 'Hope' were both out for the Durham City "Spirit of the 1940's" event. See the Event Photos page.

10/08/16

'Jessie', 'Faith' and 'Hope' all attended the Croft Nostalgia show in early August. This was our biggest event of the year. See the Event Photos page for over 100 pictures of the event.

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July
31/07/16

One of  'Hope's' wipers failed while at the Yorkshire Wartime Experience. A new blade was fitted today. See the  "Ongoing Work" page.

13/07/16

'Hope' attended the Yorkshire Wartime Experience on July 9/10th. It was a hard task to whittle down the 360 photos to just 60 for the website. See the Event Photos page for pictures.

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June
04/06/16

'Hope' and 'Jessie' attended two events over the weekend of June 11/12th . See the Event Photos page for pictures and short videos.

04/06/16

'Hope' had an afternoon run out to Fishburn airfield. See the Event Photos page for a few pictures.

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January
14/01/16

'Hope' had a winter trip out in the snow and photos can be found in the 2016 Event Photos page.