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Original Bren Gun Carrier Instruction/ Maintenance Manual 1943 Universal Carrier

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Used: An item that has been previously used. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of ... Read moreabout the condition
Authenticity: Original
Product Type: Books Country: Australia
Era: 1940s Campaign: World War II




Prepared by Directorate of Armoured Fighting Vehicles Production

Ministry of Munitions


Allied Land Forces

South West Pacific Area

Printed by G.W. Green & Sons Pty. Ltd., Melbourne

Original manual in Very Good condition for a 70 year old manual.

185 pages profusely illustrated with many photographs & drawings including many multi-page foldouts and a small number of colour plates. Covers the operation and detailed maintenance of carriers in use by Australian forces. (see detailed contents below) Manual is dated 31st July 1943

Very good condition with some very minor dog ears and small marks & yellowing but hard to imagine a manual of this age in better condition.


Section 1 – Preface and General Specification

The Scope & Purpose of this Book

General Specifications

Hull & Fittings

General Dimensions

Maximum Permissible Speeds


Lubrication System

Cooling System

Fuel System

Transmission System



Rear Axle

Drive Sprockets & Tracks


Steering System

Braking System

Electrical System


Starting System

Charging System

Lighting System



Section 2 – Drivers Maintenance and Lubrication

General Notes

Daily – Before Commencing Duty

Daily – At Completion of Duty

Weekly Maintenance

50 Mile or Weekly

200 Mile of Fortnightly

400 Mile of Monthly

1000 Mile

Lubrication Schedule

Group Lubrication Schedule

Section 3 – Track Group

General Description

To Remove a Hinge Pin

To Replace a Hinge Pin

Track Tension Adjustment

Shortening Track Length

Pairing & Balancing Tracks

Maintenance Charts

Section 4 – Bogie and Suspension Group

Front Bogie

Dust Excluders

Rear Bogie

Action of Suspension

To Jack up the Hull

To Remove a Broken Bogie Spring


Maintenance Chart

Section 5 – Steering and Brake Group

The Foot Brake

The Hand Brake

Adjustment for Wear of Linings

Brake Maintenance

Steering Principles

Track Displacement

Track Braking

Steering Maintenance

Maintenance Chart

Section 6 – Engine Group

Mechanical System

Cooling System

Radiator Pressure Valve

Temperature Gauge


Maintenance of Cooling System

Lubrication System

1942 Oil Bath Air Cleaner

Oil Filter

Oil Level

Oil Circulation Indicator

Oil Changing

Clean Oil Vessels


Carburettor Faults

Carburettor Maintenance

Air Cleaners

Accelerator Pedal

Maintenance Chart

Section 7 – Ignition (Electrical) Group

Charging System

Two & Three Brush Generators

Generator maintenance

The Battery

Battery Maintenance

Starting Motor

Solenoid Starting Switch

Ignition Unit

Ignition Timing

Maintenance of Ignition

Ignition Fault Finding

One or More Cylinders Misfiring

Contact Breaker Points

Spark Plugs

Spark Plug Troubles

Instrument Panel

Oil Pressure Gauge

Engine Temperature Gauge

Ammeter or Battery Indicator

Circuit Breaker

Wiring – Instrument Panel

Wiring Carrier


Tail Lamps


Maintenance Chart

Section 8 – Fuel Group

General Description

Maintenance of Fuel System

Fuel System Troubles

Maintenance Chart

Section 9 – Clutch Group

General Description

Clutch Maintenance

Maintenance Chart

Section 10 – Transmission Group


Lubrication of Gears

Universal Couplings

8 Point Coupling

Duplex Flexible Type

Muff Type

Rear Axle

Drive Sprocket Hubs

Track Drive Sprockets

Speedometer Drive

Maintenance Chart

Section 11 – Hull Group

Front Compartment

Engine Cowling & Rear Compartment

Right Hand Rear Compartment

Left Hand Rear Compartment


Maintenance Chart

Section 12 – Driving and Operating Instructions

New Vehicles


To Start Engine

Moving Off

Gear Changing


Permissible Speeds

Warning re Removing Hull Plates

Cross Country Driving



Section 13 – Fault Finding and Emergency Repairs

Useful Equipment

Repairs To:

Fuel Pipes

Electrical Leads

Breaker Spring

Oil Pipes


Starter Push Button Not Operating



Bendix Will Not Engage


Fault Finding Chart

Section 14 – Driver Mechanic Operations

To Remove Front Bogie Assembly

To Remove Rear Bogie Assembly

To Remove a Bogie Wheel

To Replace a Bogie Wheel

To Remove a Track Support Roller

To Replace a Track Support Roller

To Remove a Front Idler Wheel

To Remove & Replace an Axle Shaft

To Remove a Rear Hub & Sprocket

Adjustment of Hub Bearings

Adjustment of Brake Shoes

Adjustment of Carburettor

Ignition Timing

Belt Tension

Generator Belt Adjustment

Fan Belt Adjustment

Replacement of Belts

Emergency Repairs

Punctured Carburettor Floats

Obstructed Jets

Petrol Pump

Rocker Arm Bush (Breaker Arm)

Bendix Drive Jammed

Section15 – Packing List

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