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  • Ian Cossor Design | Contact
    appointments at other times please phone during business hours Telephone 02 6021 5110 Mobile 0407 107 110 Email ian cossor com au Office 316 Norfolk Street Albury See on Apple Maps See on Google Maps Post Ian Cossor Design 316

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  • Ian Cossor Design | Publishing
    as a motorcycle despatch rider in the Australian 9th Division Cavalry Regiment during the Second World War It was a great pleasure to interview Les and tell his story After a brief battle with cancer Les passed away in 2005 and is greatly missed by those of us fortunate enough to have known him This limited edition book Albury to El Alamein and back is out of print but is

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  • Ian Cossor Design | Jeep
    Rover When I was growing up there always seemed to be one in the garage so it was perhaps inevitable that I would also own one I am currently driving my third a TJ Wrangler Back in 1996 I wrote a couple of pages about the history of the Jeep from its military origins in 1940 to the civilian models of the last seventy five years Much of the text

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  • Ian Cossor Design | Warbirds
    the United States a few years ago I was fortunate enough to be able to take a ride for the best part of an hour in the B 17G bomber Sentimental Journey restored and maintained by the dedicated volunteers of the Commemorative Air Force at Mesa Arizona As an added bonus we were escorted by two P 51D Mustangs The experience is something I will never forget This beautiful aircraft

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  • Albury to El Alamein | Home
    in the Australian 9th Division Cavalry Regiment as a motorcycle despatch rider and outlines the activities of the Regiment through his personal experiences From basic training in Victoria and voyage to the Middle East for duty in Palestine Lebanon the rugged mountains of Syria and baking western desert of Egypt this story reflects the warm and enduring friendships formed by ordinary young men in the most complex and tumultuous conflict

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  • The Military Jeep | The Military Jeep
    had to be assembled from existing off the shelf automotive parts and the custom four wheel drive train components were supplied by Spicer As the principal sub contractor Spicer s ability to manufacture the drivetain components in time was critical to Bantam s chance of meeting the Army deadline Willys Quad Prototype Prototype Bantam s first hand built prototype was complete and running by September 21 1940 just meeting the 49 day deadline and was delivered to the Army for testing at Camp Holabird Maryland The Quartermaster Corps put this prototype through torturous off road trials after which the testers concluded this vehicle demonstrated ample power and all requirements of the service Willys Overland and Ford soon submitted prototypes based on the Bantam plans supplied to them by the Army Spicer supplied almost identical four wheel drive trains to all three manufacturers The Willys Quad and the Ford Pygmy prototypes added their own changes and modifications to the basic Bantam design This ultimately worked to Willys advantage when the weight limit was increased it was the only vehicle that met the Army s power specifications In fact the Willys 60 horsepower Go Devil engine with 105 foot pounds of torque not only exceeded the required power but dwarfed Bantam s 83 and Ford s 85 pound feet of torque All three prototypes passed army testing satisfactorily with changes being made to correct faults in the prototypes The Army ordered 1500 units from each of the three companies Ford started deliveries in April 1941 with Bantam and Willys a few weeks later Once delivered they started a revolution in the use of small military motor vehicles in the U S Army Motorcycles solo and side car were rendered obsolete almost immediately Ford Pygmy Prototype Manufacturing In light of Bantam s shaky manufacturing and financial position and the advantages of the Willys Overland vehicle and their proven production capacity the final mass production Army contract was awarded to Willys Overland The price was 749 each Since the War Department required a large number of vehicles to be manufactured in a relatively short time Willys Overland was required to grant the United States Government a non exclusive license to allow another companies to manufacture vehicles using Willys specifications The Army chose Ford as the second supplier building Jeeps almost identical to the Willys design Willys supplied Ford with a complete set of plans Sadly American Bantam the creators of the first Jeep spent the rest of the war building heavy duty trailers for the army and finally sold out in 1956 Willys registered Jeep as a trademark in 1950 but cannot claim that they designed the Jeep By the time the United States entered the War in December 1941 Jeep production was in full swing About 640 000 Jeeps were built in the four years until the end of the war in 1945 Over 360 000 of these were manufactured by Willys and the balance by Ford This was about 18 of all

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  • The Civilian Jeep | The Military Jeep
    155 horsepower engine almost doubled the power of the standard four cylinder engine It was the first time a Jeep CJ could be purchased with a V 6 engine Jeep M 38A1 Early model Jeep CJ 5 Another new owner In 1970 Kaiser Jeep was purchased by American Motors Corporation Four wheel drive vehicles had become more popular than ever and by 1978 total Jeep vehicle production was up to 600 vehicles a day over three times what it had been at the start of the decade After 1970 all Jeep CJ s came equipped with AMC built engines and all were available with 304 cubic inch V 8 engines AMC equipped both the CJ 5 and CJ 6 with heavier axles bigger brakes and a wider track Another first introduced by Jeep in 1973 was Quadra Trac the first automatic full time 4WD system Quadra Trac was available in full size Jeep trucks and wagons as well as the CJ 7 Late model Jeep CJ 5 Renegade The CJ 7 In 1976 AMC introduced the CJ 7 the first major change in Jeep design in nearly three decades The CJ 7 had a ten inch longer wheelbase than a CJ 5 to allow an automatic transmission to be fitted For the first time the CJ 7 offered an optional moulded plastic top and steel doors with roll down windows Quadra Trac the automatic 4 wheel drive system was available as an option in the CJ 7 Both the 93 5 inch wheelbase CJ 7 and 83 5 inch wheelbase CJ 5 models were built until 1983 when demand for the CJ 7 left AMC no choice but to discontinue the CJ 5 after having enjoyed a 28 year production run and concentrate on the CJ 7 The Scrambler a small pickup similar to the CJ 7 but with a longer wheelbase 103 inches known internationally as the CJ 8 was also produced from 1981 to 1986 Approximately 380 000 CJ 7s were built Jeep CJ 7 Renegade Square headlights In 1987 AMC introduced the Jeep YJ an updated design based on the CJ 7 body but for the first time the iconic round headlights were replaced with rectangular lights This was the first Jeep to be branded as a Wrangler The YJ was designed to be more comfortable on road than a CJ 7 having a slightly wider track lower ground clearance and anti sway bars to improve handling The YJ retained leaf sprung suspension The YJ was powered by either a 2 5 litre 150 cubic inch 4 cylinder or an optional 4 2 litre 258 cubic inch straight 6 cylinder engine until 1991 That year the larger engine was replaced by a fuel injected 180 horsepower 134 kW 4 0 litre 242 cubic inch engine The standard transmission was a 5 speed manual and a 3 speed automatic was offered as an option The YJ was manufactured until 1996 and a total of 685 000 were built

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  • Albury to El Alamein | Extracts
    water bottles in the carriages to go dry At every stop young men are walking the platform selling oranges Overnight at each stop supplies are renewed and the fruit is as tasty as you would find anywhere It is a long night and in the morning when peeling one of the oranges and they are big oranges someone discovers that there are large maggot like grubs in the fruit After some discussion and as no one is suffering any ill effects the general consensus is that as there is no substitute to quench our thirst we will continue to eat them without looking into the quarters No problems result from their consumption and during the remainder of the trip we eat dozens of them Chapter 13 THE WESTERN DESERT This is the start of a pretty hairy ride We drive down to Alexandria with the ammunition a distance of 825 miles in three days of continuous driving stopping only for service and maintenance of the vehicles We eat on the move and other bodily functions have to be fitted into this schedule It isn t just a drive the fact is that the road is only a two lane tar strip running through the desert and most of the way we are nose to tail and a similar number of vehicles are coming from the opposite direction When we eventually get to Alexandria I have been at the wheel for 72 hours so when we stop I climb out of the truck throw a groundsheet underneath it and crawl down and sleep for the next 24 hours When I come to there is a different truck over me I don t know if they have driven one truck away and put another one over the top or bundled me up

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