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Austin Champ Equipment, CES, TOTE

CES EQUIPMENT (see next photo)
John Mastrangelo,
The tool layout is, 'Table of Tools and Equipment' (TOTE) which was replaced in 1957 by the simpler and easier, 'Complete Equipment Schedule' (CES) - note: all the kit is laid out on Ground Sheet MK 8.
PHOTO NOTES
(* listed in CES from 1957, all other items deleted)
(? indicates uncertainty as to what the item is)
1. Bag, canvas, tools, various types used, one type is HMP 86 (1952)
*2. Jack, screw 1 ton, chassis socket (type C6060) LV6/MT1-86893
*3. Extinguisher, Pyrene, fire, Carbon Tetrachloride, LV6/mt1-4210-99-942-6905
*4. Pump, tyre, foot, LV6/MT1-12246
5. Hammer, engineers, ball pane*, 1lb 8 oz. *('pane' this is how it is spelt in the manual, should be, 'peen')
*6. Pliers, side-cutting 6"
*7. ?Screwdriver (London 8")
*8. Spanner, adjustable
*9. Brace, wheel with bar, LV6/MT2.35121
*10. Spanners, American thread, tubular box A/F DE with tommy bar
11. Spanners, open jaw, various sizes
*12. Can, screw cap, 1 gallon, 5" x 6" x 11.5" high, 1.5" hole, LV6/MT1-9110.99.942.6968
13. Oil gun
*14. Gauge, tyre pressure, straight type, 5-90 lbs. PSI, LV6/MT2-4910.99.942.6906
15. ?
*16. Sidelight bulb
*17. Headlight bulb in box
*18. Case lamp filament, 3.031" x 1.843" x 1.906"
*19. ?User Handbook
*20. ?Servicing Schedule
*21. Handle starting Complete
22. ?Another oil gun
Other items that would have usually been included with the above:
1. Light, extension, inspection, SCC No. 2 Mk 1
2. Feeler gauge
3. Spare spark plugs, Qty. 1
Items not shown in the photo:
*1. Shovel, general service. J1/5120-99-910-S934
*2. Axe, pick, 4.5lbs
Helves plain - J1/S120-99-910-4766
Head - J1/S120-99-910-S473
*3. Padlocks, Qty. 1, 4 lever, 1.5",
G1/S340.99.910.8185, Jerry can holder; BAOR only, fuel cap, Qty 2
*4. Connector cable complete with terminators, 30" long, LV6/MT4-S995-99-805-0039 (trailer socket lead)
*5. Vehicle Log Book, Army book 416 and vehicle record book AB 417 - these were replaced by AB562 Vehicle Record Book in 1958. Canvas pouch (see CN issue 34, page 7)

CES kit of 02 BE 72

Alan in Austrailier kindly sent the following two photos and I have added some notes on specific bits of kit.
CES kit

CES kit

The biggest problem with carrying the CES kit today is theft - if it is not nailed to the Champ it could be stolen. Some CES kit like the jack and wheelbrace are valuable - a complete jack is worth at least £150.00 today. The jack and wheelbrace were carried behind the two front seats and only strapped in - unwise to carry them like that today.
I don't carry the original jack now, I have a lockable box that fills the area behind the rear seats and I carry a bottle jack.
Instead of the original wheelbrace I have an AF socket set in the box.
The Jerry can: - named after the Germans who invented it, the British copied the design, the Americans modified the cap\pourer. The Jerry can is associated with petrol and I have known of a Champ owner who carried petrol in the can at the back of the vehicle. Now imagine being hit in the back by a heavy vehicle, a 4 x 4 or a lorry and the can bursts and the petrol catches fire. I wouldn't like to be in, or trapped-in, the Champ or anywhere near the accident and the police might have something to say about carrying petrol on the back of the vehicle. The carrier on the back of the Champ is to carry water and the correct can has WATER stamped below the cross pressings. The can is painted gloss black and the cross pressings and WATER are picked out in gloss white paint.
If you carry water in the can then I consider it a reserve for the engine and it should have antifreeze in it.
I do carry a two gallon WD can with petrol in it, the can just fits tightly in the box in the back.
Fire extinguisher: on the flat panel in front of the driver's seat. The original fire extinguisher contained Pyrene. Pyrene is excellent for putting fires out but is toxic and not allowed today - in early personel carriers the pipe system flooded the compartment with Pyrene.
The fire extinguisher has to be easily removable in the event of fire and so is easily removable by thieves! Original fire extinguishers (empty) in good condition can be £40 or more today. For my fire protection I carry two dry powder extinguishers on top of the box in the box in brackets where the extinguisher can be easily pulled off and I have to risk them being stolen. The extinguishers are ex-military and are checked by a qualified person and signed off as being in good condition once a year.
It could be argued that a C02 extinguisher might be better because a gas kills a fire then dissipates but dry powder leaves a mess. In a confined space with no wind, say a kitchen or garage, then CO2 might be best but outside then dry powder is probably best. CES kit

(the ones in the photo above are modern types rather than the army type I have now. In front of the far extinguisher can be seen a foldable warning triangle).
Intervehicle starting lead. The lead connects two Champs together electrically via the distribution boxes in the front passenger compartments, so one Champ can be started from the other, a useful bit of kit to carry for your and others' Champs.
The first aid kit: the kit inside can be original kit, which mine mostly is and I carry a modern first aid kit in the box at the back.
Other storage: the side lockers at the back can be used for kit like a jack etc. but mine are blocked by the lockable box, the box gives more storage space than the lockers.
My lockable box in the back: sockets, larger BSF, AF, metric and a boxed set of all the sizes; screwdiver set; original inspection light that plugs into the distribution box; 2 gallon petrol can; bottle jack, intervehicle starting lead; footpump and tyre gauge; nitrile gloves and heavier gloves; jump leads; flashing yellow warning light. Spares; spark plugs, points, condenser; fuel pump repair kit; carb repair kit; puncture repair kit; radiator Stopleak; spare bulbs.
In the list it states 4 no. .303 rifles: people tell me that the driver couldn't easily handle a long rifle and would carry a Sten or SMG sub machine gun on his lap.