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About WCMatt

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  1. WCMatt

    Ferret fan belts

    Actually makes it easier to get at all of the belts & hoses if the engine decking & rear plate have been removed. Why are we discussing this? Matt
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    Ferret fan belts

    Read my first post. Matt
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    Ferret fan belts

    As promised the belt part # & size. I was able to find belts at Carquest. They couldn't find anything on their computers using the original RR part number on my original belt so we measured up everything and found one that worked. Carquest part # 9530HD Belt measures: 1/2" x 53-7/16" (13mm x 1357mm). Matt
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    Ferret fan belts

    Thanks guys. One has to remove so much (heavy) stuff to get to those belts I just wanted to make sure that the new production "cog" type belts would be ok. I'll post the size & part number of the new belts for future reference in a little bit......... Matt
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    Ferret fan belts

    I'm in the middle of changing out all of the belts & hoses in the engine compartment of my Mk.1/2 ferret. This particular ferret is equipped with an alternator and has the three automotive type v belts. I was able to source three replacement belts from an auto parts house that are the same length, width but they are the "cogged belt" type and the OEM belts are the smooth type. Does that make a differnece? Can I use the cogged belt in my ferret seeing how it is the same size as the OEM belt? Regards, Matt
  6. In the throws of replacing all of the hoses on my ferret's B60 engine. While I'm at it and everything's off on the back of the vehicle I thought I'd replace the belts as well. This ferret doesn't have the generator with the two large belts but rather the alternator with three automotive style "V" belts. I loosened the lower nut on the alternator's mount hoping to shove it in towards the B60 & take slack off of the belts but this hasn't worked so far. Maybe I have to loosen the upper mounting bolt as well? Anyone on here done a fan belt change on an alternator equipped ferret before? Regards, Matt
  7. That makes sense. Thanks, Richard! Matt
  8. Went with option B and now I have to deal with those little caged nuts. I guess even nuts don't like being in cages :-D. While I was removing the last two bolts I had my body propped up against the plate to keep it from falling free, onto the floor. When the last two bolts were out, the plate was still held fast to the hull. Had to use a malet to break the plate free from the hull. Apparently, someone had used caulk to make a seal between the plate & the flange it bolts up to. Has anyone else ever seen that done before? Matt
  9. Thanks. I was pretty much leaning towards option B, as well. I've removed those plates before on other ferrets & they're not that heavy but I still don't want it falling on me :cool2:. Matt
  10. Attempting to remove rear plate from my ferret so I gain access to the radiator (belts & hose replacement). There are two bolts on the lower (sloping) side of the armor that are oposite one another with boogered up nuts. The nuts turn inside their cages along with the bolt when I place a socket on them. I tried jamming a flat head screw driver inside the cage to hold the nut in place but no dice, nuts still turn w/ bolt. Here's what I was thinking: A) I haven't removed the bolts across the top (vertical face)of the plate as I was saving those for last (don't want the plate to fall on me). If I remove those maybe the weight of the plate itself would put enough pressure onto the errant nuts to keep them from rotating and I could remove the bolts. Would have to figure out something to keep the plate from falling on me, though. B) Leaving the upper bolts in place, take the angle grinder to the two non compliant bolts and cut 'em off. With the plate removed, I could then deal with the problem nuts in their cages (which are on the hull). What does the hive mind think? Anyone else on here ever have this problem? Matt
  11. Don't know. I did some searches and couldn't find any info on doing a cooling system flush on the ferret. I assume a flush on one would be the same as on any other vehicle with a radiator? Any idea as to where the drain petcock on the B60 might be? Is it near one of the belly plate access ports (hopefully)? Regards, Matt
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    Ferret reg location(s)

    Thanks, Toolman! I thought there was a second location on the front of the vehicle where they (registration numbers) might have been applied. I'll check in the next day or two. I tried sanding off some of the paint on the rear plate where the numbers would usually be found but no such luck! Matt
  13. Hello Was trying to find the registration number on my Mk.1/2 which is usually stenciled above the driver's hatch. Found nothing there thus far, is there another spot on the hull where the reg number might be painted I could look? My last ferret, 00EA85 also a Mk.1/2 had it's reg redone above the driver's hatch everytime it was repainted & evidence of the earlier stenciling was easy to find. My current Mk.1/2 looks like it never had it up there. Regards, Matt
  14. Thank you, Robin. I'm planing on replacing all of the hoses on my ferret's radiator & while I'm back there I'll probably do the belts as well. I've been trying to research this will little sucess, is it posible to do a "coolant system" flush on a ferret like one can do on their civilian auto? Regards, Matt
  15. Guys Can't say as I remember seeing this plug on my last ferret, there is a hex head 'plug" on the lower right hand side (as your looking down at it) on the rear of the hull below the removable rear armor plate that protects the radiator. Is this maybe a drain plug for the radiator? Thanks. Matt