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  1. johann morris

    New toy

    Very nice, Have you got any pictures of it before you started? Here's mine April 1950. I played in it as a small child in 1969 ish when it was a wreck on a hill near Ludlow and continued to visit it, as it declined, until 1995 when the farmer decided that he was going to scrap it and it came to live with me. Jon
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    morris C8

    I am just in the process of getting my next project ready to go in the workshop, so I thought that I would share some pictures before it is stripped down. I have had it for a couple of years but needed to get the HUP finished first and now seems about the right time to get the project started. Its a 1944 but with a steel rear body. At some time the rear body has been chopped and someone has repaired it and added a new floor. The engine is seized solid but its still a wonderful old vehicle and compared to the HUP, very complete. Jon
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    morris C8

    The old girls been sitting there patiently awaiting some attention since i last posted. The engine is now in peices and i know whats got to be done there, everything. The cylinder head took 2 weeks to remove and eventually gave up and come off without damage, by using a sissor lift type thing and the vehicles weight. I have had the top off of the gearbox and freed up the reverse gear that was stuck and now it all works as it should do. I have now turned my attention to the drivers, passengers compartment, I forgot to take pictures of the driver side before I started but as you can see from the passengers side it needs a lot of work. There are a lot of panels that are in really good condition and only need preparing before spraying, other however, are knackered. Its my intention, to leave as much of the original metal as is sensible and to patch rather than make every new panel but some panels will have to be renewed. I have also made a start getting the brake components, the rear wheel cylinders were easy to get hold of but the fronts are causing some frustration. The rubber brake pipes are on order, the next part to find is a new master cylinder. Jon
  4. johann morris

    Panzer 2 turret

    To be honest I didn't know where to post this so.... It started with a conversation regarding me making a tank, well I cant afford to buy one, so making would be the only way that I would get one. I have always fancied a Panzer and the thought was to build a wooden turret for displays but the plan went wrong. At a show I bought a magazine for a KWK30 2cm cannon and the die was cast, a Panzer 2. First I collected all the relevant information, sizes, pictures etc. and then my imagination got the better of me. Why not build one out of metal and then, if I got round to it, it could go on a chassis. So metal it was but what about the observation hatches, surly they would have to open and how does that mechanism work and what to sit on in the turret, and how are the guns held in place........................you get the idea. Anyway I hope that you like it so far. Jon
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    Panzer 2 turret

    10 completed radius arms and one fitted just to see what it looks like. I will be visiting the tank museum in August to get some more dimensions, so I am going to have a break from the project and see how much I can achieve on my Morris. Jon
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    Panzer 2 turret

    Its going to be interesting to say the least Eddy but only time will tell how successful it will be. I am currently reading the "A13 cruiser mkv Coventanter a technical history" book and that's one hell of an interesting tank that you have. Jon
  7. johann morris

    Panzer 2 turret

    Afternoon all, I now have 10 complete wheels, that need their polyurethane tyres, 10 oil seal housings and 10 end caps. I am in the process of machining the shafts that go from the radius arms into the wheel bearings and hopefully by the end of the week I can finish the welding the shafts into the radius arms. For those keen gardeners amongst us, a nice picture of the turf/grass roof on top one of my buildings that I finished and planted late last year. Jon
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    Panzer 2 turret

    The first complete wheel. Jon
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    Panzer 2 turret

    Lateral thinking, desperation more like. At last 10 wheels, not quite complete but nearly, I just need to add the rib that runs around the rim of each wheel. I have successfully made one, so only 19 more to make. Jon
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    Panzer 2 turret

    Thanks paul its good to think that other are enjoying this process as much as me. Wheels, wheels, thats what i have been mostly making. Well only the one to start with, just to try my production concept and manufacture all the jigs that are required. The first components that I made were the bearing houses and flanges, really that's just more of the same old, same old. Then came the wheel outer flanges / sides, these are convex / concave depending on how you look at them, a spare land Rover rim came in handy as a press jig. The whole lot was then welded together and machined to ensure that the flanges were concentric to bore of the bearing housing. Finally the outer strip was wrapped around the outer flanges and hay presto one wheel. Only another 9 to make
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    Panzer 2 turret

    Thanks Ed. To be honest, it's more off cuts / left overs more than shelf items. If i use off cuts i get the material that much cheaper. Makes sense to me and if i wanted to be 100% accurate i would have to have alot of these components cast and thats a no go for me. Jon
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    Panzer 2 turret

    I have been busy making the track return roller hubs. As usual, I have been using materials that are locally available, rather than ordering specific sized materials, so a little bit of adaption is required. The main hub starts as a piece of tube cut and machined to length, then a flange is welded in each end of the tube and then set on the lathe so that the rings can be bored out to suit the centre bearing housing. This bearing housing is then welded in place. A ring is then welded on to the outside of one end of the tube for two reasons. Firstly to give the impression that the material is thicker and closer to the originals dimensions and secondly to give the polyurethane tyres something to bond to when I cast them in place. This assembly is the reset on the lathe and bored out to the bearing diameter size and correct internal lengths. A separate ring is then welded on to the opposite end of the hub, for the same reasons as the first. Reset on the lathe and then again faced to the correct lengths. Each time the hub is reset in the lathe, for each operation, it has to be adjusted so that the assembly rotates true to within 0.02mm, so you can see its a time consuming process. Once the main hub housing is complete, the next items that need machining are the two retaining flanges. The rear flange houses an oil seal and the front flange locks everything in place, As with the main housing its not a quick or simple process, hopefully the pictures are self explanatory. Finally, the finished assembly and a picture of an original return roller on the PZ2 at the Bovington Tank museum. I hope that makes sense. Jon
  13. johann morris

    Panzer 2 turret

    Well Brdm, you are not the first to mention youtube but i have to admit, that apart from 3 forums, where i post updates on projects, emails and purchasing bits, the internet is not really my cup of tea. Saying that since your suggestion, i am now investigating putting it on youtube, that is, when i work out how to do the videos and everything else. I would consider my workshop as basic but thats compared to others that i used to work in. I have a lathe, a bridge port milling machine, another milling machine, 2 pillar drills, a basic bender and a compressor.plus of course a welder. No cnc's, although i would love a cnc milling machine and lathe as they make life so simple and quick. Maybe one day i will make some money out of this and treat myself, who knows. The beginings of the track return rollers Jon
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    Panzer 2 turret

    Track return rollers shafts manufactured and bolted in place. Jon
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    Panzer 2 turret

    I have at last, managed to fabricate the suspension arm travel stops / bump stops and attached them to the chassis. It seemed to take ages to complete these items but we have been in a perma frost for a week, that seemed like a month, snowed in and the workshop was frozen up, thats my excuse anyway. They are not perfect but as near as I could get them, the grey one is from the Bovington tank museums PZ2. For my next trick I am going to make the track return rollers, now that will be fun. Jon
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    Panzer 2 turret

    Evening all, I have managed to finish the 9 remaining suspension arm shafts and associated components and the spring retention rollers, well that's what I am calling them. As I don't have any technical construction details of these, this is my version. The spring retainer rotates as the spring is flexed by the suspension arm, the unit consists of a shaft on a back plate and a housing. The housing contains an oil seal at the inner end, followed by a bearing, then a spacer followed by a second bearing. This is the pressed onto the shaft and held in place with a washer and a bolt. Another spacer is followed by a 3mm section o ring and an end cap, all held in place by a circlip. The last picture is an original unit. The original has an oil / grease point in the centre of the end cap, on my version this is just a dummy that can be unscrewed and replaced with a grease nipple so that the unit can be filled with grease on final assembly. Jon
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    Panzer 2 turret

    Making money doing this sort of work would be very nice, all I need are some customers. From my experience most of the locals here in midwales are more interested in tractors and sheep. It seems that mid wales is too far from civilisation for most to venture. The hull, turret, upper hull are all 6mm to keep the weight down but packed out where necessary to give the impression of being thicker. The curved mantlet is actually a 12mm x 6mm frame skinned in 1mm. The suspension components are made of various sized material. Jon
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    Panzer 2 turret

    Thanks but its nothing, just flour, sugar, butter, eggs and lots of cream, jam and chocolate. Jon
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    Panzer 2 turret

    Although I had drawn the suspension arm location shafts on CAD, I decided that I would make a set just to make sure that some plonker, thats me, hadn't cocked up. Well it turns out that I hadn't. The outer bearing housing retainer has an oil seal pressed in to stop the ingress of dirt. Then there's the complete set, bearing housing retainer, shaft, bearings, the relevant spacers and finally, the complete set installed in the hull. The hole in the end of the shaft is for a greasing point that I have to make, see below. I am not going to weld the arm to the shaft until I make the wheel axles and I don't think that I will do that until I have made a wheel. Only 9 more sets to make. Jon
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    Panzer 2 turret

    Its going quite well apart from a virus that slowed things down somewhat. As you can see the curve on the front of the hull was a success with lots of leverage and heat, which was very welcome in the snow. All ten suspension arms have been fabricated and my next job is to turn the locating arms that locate the suspension arms into the hull. Oh and I made an Easter chocolate cake, which my wife demanded with menaces. Jon Jon
  21. johann morris

    Panzer 2 turret

    I had quite a good day and tomorrow I will hopefully bend the front of the hull. The 4 front bearing houses are tacked in ready to be fully welded when the hull is turned on its side. Jon
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    Panzer 2 turret

    I am not sure eddy, you have certainly got your hands full with the covenanter. Its a challenge that I would love but I would imagine finding the parts is going to take time, a lot of money and more important than all that absolute dedication to the cause. You have my respect for taking it on and I am looking forwards to the updates. Jon
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    Panzer 2 turret

    There doesn't really seem much to show you because I have been fabricating and machining lots of components ready to install into the hull. It all takes loads of time for what seems very little result. Firstly sorry for the quality of the pictures the light wasn't very good tonight. As you can see from the pictures ,the main hull has been welded together and over the next week I will attempt to weld the various components in place. I hope by tomorrow night to have rolled the front of the hull but its a major job with my very limited equipment so it may take more than one attempt but we will see. The 3rd and 4th pictures are the inner and outer bearing houses for retaining the radius arms into the hull side and the plates with the holes in are strengthening ribs. First job tomorrow, before rolling the front, is to get the 4 front housings in place and accurately in line. Not an easy job by hand, these housings would have been machined on a special machine so that everything lined up perfectly but I don't have such a machine so fingers crossed. Jon
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    Panzer38(t) Recreation

    Sounds like a nice project keep us posted and good luck. Jon
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    Panzer 2 turret

    Thanks
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