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  1. Hi Malcolm, I did try heat but couldn’t generate enough. I have a friend who has the bigger hammer, torch and when he gets 5 minutes he has s going to apply his larger toys... I will feedback when he is successful
  2. A further update, I have sent the Equilibrator to a friend (he is now) who has his own fabrication company he has the tools to heat the body and large hammers to do hopefully do the job. I have written to 2 companies on the washers but no reply yet.... Still trying
  3. The final picture, mostly put back, and screwed back together been fun on to the next item
  4. Pete C, Thank you, it is the clearest explination I have had. Your symbol is not quite the same as the one I was supplied with, but understanding where the name came from and some history, I can see the links that means the version I came across is a bastardasation of the correct symbol. That is something I would/ could not have know without your help.
  5. Hi Paul, I have done a few vehicles now, when i asked for the V55/5 they sent instructions as to what I needed to fill in. Of course the first time I got this wrong, but a very nice lady from DVLA walked me through the form. even corrected my mistakes. The biggest help was the Tank Muesum libary at Bovingdon as the paperwork I had was incomplete, something I didn't know till I engaged with MVT and DVLA. Only took 4 months, but I got my V5 Moral support from the people of this forum did keep me sane so if I can be of help
  6. Hi Colin, 3 places I started when i wanted to do something I hadn't a clue about:- here - there are so many good guys on here that can tell you what you need to do MVT - if you can talk to the right people, like here a wealth of knowledge DVLA - a bit hit and miss, talked to really good people who spent a long time talking to me helping me figure out what form I needed to put where, but then I also spoke to a numbty who told me I would not be able to drive my Spartan on the road.... Welcome to the site
  7. Watch this space, dont know where you are in the world but i would love you to pop over and see (maybe drive dont promise that) my Spartan, give me a few tips and maybe buy me a beer
  8. Sorry to hear your having to go to plan ‘c’
  9. Unfortunately I can’t find one either. I do keep looking though.
  10. Having read the reasons it does look like nimby . I am not sure any of the reasons make much sense. If I can be of help just ask
  11. I have also just got an email saying the permission has been declined. I am now off to read the decision.... I just can’t believe it
  12. Hi Dale, That Shutzenpanzer HS 30 looks in superb condition, road wheels and track look almost new. Maybe after lunch and you have track off, engine, box and steering unit out a couple of pictures woudl be fun, and as you will have so much time how about a little of the history?
  13. Hi Alex, I have only just picked up on this thread. I have owned a Spartan for around a year, it didn't look anywhere near as pretty as yours However I have had a lot of blood, sweat and swear words trying to replace all the bits that were missing, a never ending job... I so wish I had a field to go rushing about on, I am finding the local roads are doing no favours for the rubbers on the tracks. I have however had a great deal of help from the forum and others (local guys and girls that own military vehicles, and former miltiary personal who used to operate CVRT's), and while I am still learning everytime I climb on board, most of the time I come away with a tired smile on my face. Love to see your vids I am guessing I missed your facebook name or even utube link.... Please feel free to read through my numerous threads some of which might answer some of your questions or contact me directly
  14. Phone call happened everything moved forward 2 became 12 became 10. Baby was uncovered and battery connected and failed to start.. flat battery.. Fortunately Simon's beast of a machine (picture below) was able to reach out and place the cupola back in place... What A toy Even better I was trying to fit the bolts in place and asked Paul and Rob to rotate the cupola slightly and instead of the fixing ring turning the cupola turned. Slight mod the fixing ring was turned bolts in place, a big sigh... Even better the cupola now rotates with very little effort. Next step to fix everything back on... Still keep me busy for a while
  15. Hi Chris, you are a star Lance
  16. Just an update, I have the local farmer arriving at 12:00 on the 12th to replace the cupola and the hard work can start replacing the GPMG, spotlight, cocking mechanism and periscope. As an aside I have finished fabricating the roof doors openers and stays. I might even get replacement gas springs..... lots happening
  17. Love the video, thanks for sharing. I don't have a Sherman or Stuart but I am sure some of the tips will make great talking points in the snug at some get together
  18. My very quick answer above is totally incorrect, and I am sorry for misleading you. When I checked my paperwork I did indeed discover that I had valid insurance based on the data plate so Mk3iain is correct. But when I checked my submission I didn't include any insurance documents hence my mistake..... I forgot to add I had to add the vehicle tax with my submission as well as my V55 fee.
  19. When I registered my vehicle I did not need insurance to get the registration. I also did not to have it separately insurance at the time. But if I had to guess providing you can show unique numbers then they can insure it against theft
  20. This really is a strange subject. I registered my Spartan after several delays without a NOVA after calling DVLA and speaking to them they told me then did not need me to supply one. I know others have told the opposite. I was also told by a certain person at the DVLA that I was unable to drive my vehicle on the road FULL STOP. At one point I was passed on to the technical team who write the specifications for the MOT, a very interesting conversation with most of the team, and in further conversations with DVLA I was able to quote their name Being a tracked vehicle I also had the backing of the tank museum who bent over backward to help me get the registration. MVT did help in the end but were not very speedy as they had to satisfy themselves that their documentation was complete and through enough for the DVLA. I think in my limited contact with DVLA I found it was sometimes worth calling in again and talking to someone else.
  21. My earnest advice, get the cupola at a height you can sit down and work on, those bearings take along time to remove and put back in.... on the plus side if I can do it anyone can
  22. "Still don't know what the microswitch does but it operates when the cupola is forward facing, maybe it is a cut out so you can only fire forward.... If I do find out I will let all know " Just letting you know - talking to a Striker owner (he knows who he is) reading the prf the micro switch is a trigger inhibitor and stops the GPMG from shooting in a rear ward direction taking out the rear equipment and aerials. Not a problem I think I will ever have, but knowledge I am glad I have ...
  23. This is still a work in progress, I have been unable to shift the screw top, despite soaking, bashing and heating. I have sent the diagrams round to a few people to see if they have bigger hammers or further ideas.
  24. I was reading articles about this another issue that needs to be overcome is the power needed to drive heavier vehicles like buses. Batteries at the moment cant push a loaded bus up hill so the current answer is Hybrid. So will the same be true for HGV's... My point is that Diesel is still going to be needed.. Petrol for me might be harder, but I will be 85 so might be letting others drive me round and letting them worry about it
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