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  1. Yes a good question and with the benefit of hindsight. I guess the key to anything like this is your budget, availability of parts and, resources to be able to undertake a restoration like this. If you want to drive a vehicle straight away then you need to budget for an up and running vehicle. If you want the enjoyment of a restoration then you want to get as much as you can in the way of spares from the outset. It would also be preferable to view what you are getting. Luckily we had reliable contacts in the UK to view the vehicle and the previous owner was also great to deal with. We were also lucky to get a good amount of spares as in another set of track, road wheels and 2 engines. Locally we sourced a reconditioned gearbox. Also locally a full set of parts and reference manuals plus a local person’s experience of restoring armoured vehicles including cvrts. During the restoration further spares have been sourced and we will store these hopefully never to be used. Whilst the vehicle is not internally 100% complete we were happy from the outset that externally it would look the part. Perhaps in time we will get a turret basket and other kit to fit it out. When I embarked on this project I had no previous experience so was learning all the way. Proves anything can be done when you set your mind to it. You do need good support from your beloved, don’t try and work to a strict budget (but do what needs to be done), and don’t rush things. I’m not sure in hindsight that there are any major regrets and I think we where we wanted to be. No worries getting it dirty as we want to have fun. It has now done to static displays at show over 2 weeks.
  2. We were booked in for our first public outing on the 23rd Feb but another opportunity came along for an event the week before so it has been a busy time trying to get ready. Although not 100% it was enough to take to a Defence Force family open day at the local military base. Still needs some more dressing up but we are happy with where we have come from to where it is at now. In need of smoke discharger bases and tubes and turret basket if anything out there.
  3. 3 very busy days painting. A spell of extended hot weather was predicated so away we went. Today we had 2 guns going and lesson learned 'bigger is better'. We treated ourselves to a gun with a big bucket which meant less mixing and quicker application. Every thing back in the shed ready to be bolted back on.
  4. More pics of the installations. Even have indicators, tail and brake lights working. And the horn I spent so much time on. A couple of shake down items to sort. 2 small water leaks which replacement hose clamps have sorted. Ignition light is not going out so charging syestem not coming online. I will check the earths and wiring from the distrbution box to generator box. The generator was rebuilt so I wonder if there is a way of testing that next to see if it is actually doing what it should? Now plan is to get everything taped up so we can get a few good days in of painting everything.
  5. Xmas break goals were to get vehicle moving under its own power for the first time in many years and also ready for painting. Goals achieved with start up and running on New Year's day, 3.5 years from the start of the rebuild. No major issues. Did find the gearbox took more oil than what the specs said but i guess it was from bone dry and a certain amount stays in the system. We are not using the fuel bladder but rather an outboard boat fuel tank so we know we will always have fresh fuel. Idle needed to be adjusted as it was running too fast. No oil leaks, so all good. Once we had the engine running sweet (it had been started when installed back in April) we tested forward, steering, brakes and reverse. The radiator hadn't been installed so we were mindful not to run the engine for too long. Then we installed the radiator and moved outside to fill it up with water. No issues so we went for a drive. It was a hot day so excuse Brett in the hot seat not wearing a shirt in one part of the video. Day 2 (at the end of the video) I took my 10-year-old son (Bryn) for his first drive. He suggested the helmets. Start up 01.01.2020.mp4
  6. Hi Terry. Compliments of the season. We took your advice and tied in a spare toothed belt. Found cable ties worked better than wiring it in as you could slowly tighten them in turn to make sure it didn't touch the clutch drum.
  7. Thanks for the heads up Richard. When I first put the gearbox and fire wall in I mucked around getting it aligned top and bottom as they describe in the manuals but i will recheck again. The drive shaft also lined up with the engine mounting holes so hopefully all good there as well. We'll give it a good shake down before venturing too far.
  8. Then a little bit of a backwards step. The cooling fan should have been installed before the engine went back in which was a rookie mistake thinking it could go in after. Cunning plan to take the front pulley off only missed by an inch of fitting. Ah well lifted the bulk head and fitted. Very easy to do but 2-3hrs of wasted time.
  9. I have also stripped the drivers seat down, sand blasted everything, unseized the backrest ratchet, repainted and re assembled.
  10. Machine gun mount now installed. Just need the actual MG to fill the hole or at least a mocked up barrel.
  11. Yes ex Belgian DATA PLATE: CVR(T) 30m/m Scimitar FV107 Mk1 65192 HULL NUMBER: BESCI 49 Now fitted with Scorpion Turret
  12. Also I have been slowly cleaning up the turret internals with the plan that if the component was in reasonable condition to clean and refit. If not then a repaint. All back in now including new piping for the periscope washers. Just the machine gun mount to do. I don't have the turret ring so if someone has one lying about or any othe components you think I need please let me know. Washer bottle, traverse indicator dial, radio gear are also items on the need list.
  13. Also over Winter a Breech Block arrived in the mail. A bit more paper work required than usual to get permits following a terrorist attack here in NZ. Firearm ownership all that bit harder now. I have stripped it all down, cleaned, re assembled and fitted back in the Breech Ring. One difficulty I did have was removing the Firing Mechanism. Had I read the manual properly it all makes sence in hindsight. Breech Block must be in the Breech Ring. Set Lever to Safe. Fire the Striker Mechanism (this bit wasn't in the manual but it worked for me). Rotate the Striker Mechanism and remove.
  14. Gosh a bit slack in posting seeing the last one was 22 June. I guess Winter hibernation kicked in? I haven't been completely idle though. Gearbox oil filter and hoses fitted. So in the front I really only need to re bleed the brakes and I can then re fit and plumb up the radiator.
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