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    Adelaide, South Australia
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    Senior Systems Engineer
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  1. There is a lot of contention over this topic. I would suggest contacting the oil manufacturer and asking them whether it is suitable.
  2. Starfire

    (Ferret) fuel tank woes

    Turret weighs about 270kg. A tractor shouldn't have a problem with it.
  3. Starfire

    Landrover Snatch

    Very nice toy you have there
  4. Starfire

    11.00-20 tyre choice

    Many truck type radial tyres can be used either tubed or tubeless. This will generally be marked on the sidewall. Split rims (with the locking ring) can be very dangerous if not assembled correctly. Divided rims (which are bolted together) are generally pretty safe when bolted up to the proper torque. Cheers, Terry
  5. Starfire

    G’day from Australia

    Welcome in. You have some nice toys
  6. Starfire

    Ferret Steaming

    The manual says to fill it to the top, but that will be technically a little overfilled. The idea is that it will vent out of the side until it finds its own level and should be pretty happy from there. I can't for the life of me work out why the Ferret was never fitted with an overflow bottle - Photographic evidence shows the Brits mounting them on trucks during WW2, so they certainly knew about them... That being said, when I first got my Ferret, the vent valve was faulty and was not building up the required pressure in the system, resulting in it constantly venting and steaming/boiling off. They are a two way valve and should be closed under normal conditions and should vent outward at a fairly high pressure and suck back in at a lower negative pressure (they are actually two valves, one inside the other). I replaced mine with another one from Empire Trading and it's been good ever since. The supplied valve was slightly different to the one on the vehicle though, and I had to drill out the mounting holes a little to have it fit properly. Cheers, Terry
  7. Starfire

    3.5 CCk Onan generator

    Old rubber and ethanol don't play nicely together. I suspect that's why our American friends are having so much trouble with the fuel pumps on their Ferrets and Saracens.
  8. Starfire

    Interstart cable and box

    I'd be interested in just the box, if you're willing to post to Adelaide, South Australia? Cheers, Terry.
  9. Starfire

    3.5 CCk Onan generator

    I know nothing about these generators, but it might also have a decompression lever somewhere to aid in starting.
  10. Yeah, but it wouldn't be the most fun I won't actually modify the Saracen, hanging around at a museum has me wanting to keep all of my vehicles stock for some reason.
  11. Google tells me that there should be two heavy duty towing points on the back of the hull. It looks like you should be able to mount a bar across those that would have sufficient strength to mount a tow bar; either pintle or conventional ball type. From there, you would just need to work out how to wire in the trailer lights...
  12. Starfire

    Ozzie Saladin

    Good to see that this is back on track. Looking forward to seeing it running.
  13. I think that my Ferret has pretty much enough power (although it can be a bit of a slug up steep hills) and the power brakes would be nice, but I always thought that the Saracen would benefit most from a smallish turbo - I've been in situations where that thing is going flat out in third gear up a hill, at 15 MPH! It sounded awesome, but it was way too slow, a bit of boost would have woken her right up, and being a slow revving, low compression engine, I don't think that an extra 30-50hp would hurt anything, especially if you weren't thrashing it all the time.
  14. What variant do you have? A quick google search shows that some did and some didn't have pintle hooks. Of course, if you're only transporting the one bike, you may have the option of strapping it on top of the vehicle?
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