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Mad Scientist

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    South Oxfordshire
  • Interests
    All things Daimler Ferret. I have microscopes at home as well as work.
  • Occupation
    Bioimaging Facility Manager

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  1. Hello folks, I have bought a dog-eared copy of Driver Training Notes issued by COD Bicester in November 1971. These are A4 sized. Unfortunately, the first one of two pages are missing because the ring binder holes on the pages have torn. My copy starts at precis 1 , Para. 5 'The Transmission'. If anyone recognises this manual and has the front page(s) to precis 1 that they can scan and let me have, I'd be very grateful. I have uploaded the first page I have of Precis 1, and the start of Precis 2, to show the sort of page(s) that I'm missing. cheers, Mad Scientist
  2. Dear Clive, As ever, you come up with the goods - this is very helpful. Thank you so much: you're a star! Hope you are well, cheers, Jeremy
  3. Hello folks, Can someone please help me locate the Ferret tachometer cable NSN - I need to replace my broken one. I think they are 11 feet long. Any information appreciated on the type of termination at each end, so that I can get the correct cable made up. Many thanks, Mad Scientist
  4. I've used GC Hurrel. They are very good. http://www.gchurrell.co.uk/contact/details.html
  5. Hi Dingo, Seen this post late. Did you sell the EMER V627? Are you able to reply to me on j.sanderson@har.mrc.ac.uk please (I don't use the revampedHMVF much these days) cheers, Mad Scientist.
  6. Each to his own. I've had a bad experience with Douglas Graham and avoid him.
  7. Hi Joris, John has put this best, and i heartily endorse what he's said. Thanks for all you and Jack and the other Admins do, yes, I realise that it must be disheartening for you to get this feedback, but many of us like the familiar and until the explanation came, had no idea of why the vhanges had to be made. cheers, Mad Scientist PS Can replies be made to individual posts on a thread, or just to the bottom of that particular thread? Otherwise I would have put this reply with John Comber's post, above.
  8. Hello folks, HMVF and its community has been good to me, thank you for all your support but I'm really struggling with the new forum format. Its difficult to look up archive threads (very useful) and to keep a quick eye on the new posts - OK the latter is Unread Content, but it comes with an annoying Notifications tab in Firefox that's proving hard to turn off. Why has good ol' HMVF gone the way of all modern 'progress'? Could it not have been ported over to a new server in the familiar format? I know its very easy to criticise those who do the hard work, and this is in no way personal, but if we don't pipe up the Mods won't know. Methinks I'm going to use this really useful forum a lot less, and most likely walk away entirely. cheers, Mad Scientist
  9. I go to other people: PTS Norfolk, Steve Slack (Clansman radios) and a local seller in Oxford. PM me what you are looking for and I'll ask for you. Cheers, Mad Scientist.
  10. Had a PM conversation and got a friend from Chemnitz (formerly Karl-Marx Stadt) involved who knows Dresden well. His son is a German history graduate. This is what they say: The picture (zis3-t34) with the ruined church spire is not in Dresden, but is the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche in Berlin at Kurfürstendamm and near Tauentzienstraße. However we would suggest that it is a photo montage typical for Russian post war propaganda. The picture (zis3dresden45) of the pub and lorries ist most likely also not from Dresden. This question has alredy been discussed in a German Internet group. My son suggests it might be somewhere in Silesia since the naming "Gold(e)nes Zepter" was very common for pubs in this area. Unfortunately we have no clue at which town or village it was. The phone number is no indication since there is no area code given. I have done a further search in a 1940 address book of Dresden and surrounding area with absolutely no result for "Goldnes Zepter". This picture however is part of a series of pictures which document the approach of 6th Mechanised Guard Corps of 4th Soviet Armored Guard Army at Dresden:http://altyn73.livejournal.com/181624.html But it is said that the second picture of this series is also not from Dresden. It is from Berlin instead.
  11. Given that wind up is more of a problem with a 6x6 Stolly than a 4x4 vehicle, can anyone explain why the army are considering using a new 8x8 wheeled APC, the Mechanised Infantry Vehicle? How will wind-up be minimised to an acceptable level?
  12. Hi Andy Welcome onboard! I'm in Harwell. cheers, Mad Scientist The local MVT group meet every second Weds at the Bear at Home North Moreton.
  13. Matt, Thanks for your input. For the record I have bought from you via ebay before, and you were first-class. I've looked at the picture of the seat exploded diagram on your ebay listing and think that my seat is a slightly different design. Had a look at the seat with my elder son, bearing in mind what Topdog had to say. We removed the starlock grab-washers from the three pins holding the tensioning ram and actuating lever in place. We found that by shortening slightly the length of the seat support by screwing in the adjustable rod, the sprung-loaded tensioning ram in the centre was kept under load and the seat could be put down, locked into place and raised at will. I suppose a consequence is that the seat’s upper position is slightly lower than before, but at least it can be collapsed and put back into the vehicle. Final question. Does anyone know how to dismantle the tensioning ram in the centre and rebuild it should the internal spring fail and tension is lost again? For the record, managed to do all this without losing any of the sixteen digits and four opposable thumbs shared between my son and myself . Cheers, Mad Scientist
  14. Hello folks, I had a search on the Forum before posting this question. For commander's seats that won't stay down see http://hmvf.co.uk/forumvb/showthread.php?37977-Ferret-commanders-seat. However, I took my seat out to check the oil levels in the gearbox and transfer box. The bugger sprang up and now won't lie down (so to speak). I'd be glad of help to fix this from those who've had to deal with all kinds of Ferret problems before. cheers, Mad Scientist
  15. Hello folks, I find the level of the SAE 30 straight to be very hard to read on the Ferret dipstick for the gearbox. There's very little contrast. A friend said he used to use green Duckhams SAE30 to improve matters. That'll also help diagnose things if the oil bleeds through into the transfer box for any reason. Does anyone know if you can get suitably coloured oil, or if there is colourant that can be added? cheers, Mad Scientist
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