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Old September 30th, 2015, 07:01 PM
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Km vrs mph

Is there a reason most MoD vehicles have speedometers in kilometers not mph?
Although GB is metric they kept their lengths in feet and inches (therefore miles).
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Old September 30th, 2015, 07:06 PM
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They all looks metric to me.

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Old September 30th, 2015, 07:43 PM
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The best I can research is that GB went "metric" in about 1973, but they didn't change the distances, therefore keeping miles because of cost to convert signage and the general public disdain for the metric system.
The MofD must have been under the government desire tone progressive and went metric on the distances.
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Old September 30th, 2015, 08:42 PM
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From a military perspective metric works better than yards/miles for estimating distance and the like, also keep in mind that as an integral member of NATO these trucks would see duty in mainland Europe where the signage is metric. At least that's my $.02 as someone who thinks in clicks....
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Ray G is prob the closest, virtually all the trucks eligible for import into the U.S. Would have been procured during the Cold War when they'd spend allot of time on maneuvers in Europe. The whole UK road sign thing was all about cost to change...plain & simple.
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It's also a brilliant little piece of British military hardware, and I think it would feel a bit disingenuous if the speedo wasn't in clicks.

Not to sidetrack, but with relation to the cluster I linked for sale to illustrate my earlier point, did you notice that it didn't have a tach? Do the post td5 binnacles not have one from the factory? Weird.
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I started life with feet and inches, then converted to mm cm but kept miles and for many years imperial gallons.
Then thirty years ago moved to the US converted back to feet ins and when to the smaller US gallon.
Early 70's in UK was all about change. Feb 15 1971 out went the old pounds shillings and pence in favor of pounds and new pennies.
They still measure in miles but buy petrol in litres not liters.
That's the bit that messes with me.
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I started life with feet and inches, then converted to mm cm but kept miles and for many years imperial gallons.
Then thirty years ago moved to the US converted back to feet ins and when to the smaller US gallon.
Early 70's in UK was all about change. Feb 15 1971 out went the old pounds shillings and pence in favor of pounds and new pennies.
They still measure in miles but buy petrol in litres not liters.
That's the bit that messes with me.
I have never laughed so hard in my life as the day I tried to get two RUC SB guys to explain the old UK currency to me over some beers. Half-crowns, shillings, pence, etc-it was mind blowing and hilarious to hear them ramble through all the nuance of it all.
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I started life with feet and inches, then converted to mm cm but kept miles and for many years imperial gallons.
Then thirty years ago moved to the US converted back to feet ins and when to the smaller US gallon.
Early 70's in UK was all about change. Feb 15 1971 out went the old pounds shillings and pence in favor of pounds and new pennies.
They still measure in miles but buy petrol in litres not liters.
That's the bit that messes with me.
Petrol is in liters because they don't have enough digits to display the price in gallons!
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Not to sidetrack, but with relation to the cluster I linked for sale to illustrate my earlier point, did you notice that it didn't have a tach? Do the post td5 binnacles not have one from the factory? Weird.
I think tachs are unique to NAS. I wouldn't mind adding one to mine at some point.
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My wife used to work for the railways back in the UK, they measured track in miles, rods, poles & perch. Was doing that up until we escaped in '07.
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