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  1. 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.
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    3.5 CCk Onan generator

    I know nothing about these generators, but it might also have a decompression lever somewhere to aid in starting.
  3. 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.
  4. 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...
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    Ozzie Saladin

    Good to see that this is back on track. Looking forward to seeing it running.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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    The "Holy Grail" of Jeep Collectors

    Nicely done
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    Ferret Brakes and Silicone Brake Fluid

    Silicon fluid is fantastic, in systems that are designed and specified for its use. If you are adapting or modifying a system, you'd best know what you're doing, although you can never go wrong following the manufacturer's specification.
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    Saracen chassis number...where is it...

    There may have only been 12 built as ambulances, but the conversion kit was a relatively easy modification to fit. I've got 2 in service photos and a short clip from the movie Threads which shows my Saracen. In all instances, it's been upgraded to Mk 5 already and is set up as an ambulance. I've not been able to find any photos of it before the upgrade or in Hong Kong. Cheers, Terry
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    Saracen Hull Shock Coil ?

    My Saracen is fitted for one, but it was removed at some point, prior to my owning it. I would like to find one though.
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    Saracen chassis number...where is it...

    It depends on what period you want to portray. Yours, having served in NI and HK can be either Nato Green all over, or Nato green with black. For late Hong Kong service, it would have also had red tow points and lifting rings. I went with a HK scheme, as for most of its time in NI, mine was configured as an ambulance.
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    Ferret fuel pump

    I don't know how you got on, but I'm personally a fan of rebuilding the standard pump. Keep in mind that yours has probably been working without trouble for 50 years and after a quick rebuild will be good for 50 more. Something to note though is that it seems that ethanol fuels can cause problems with the rubber used in them, which seems to be why American users are having more trouble than most, as in a lot of places you can only get an ethanol blend.
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    Saracen coolant pump

    How did you get on? I've given my Mk 5 Saracen quite a thrashing on hot days (45 Celsius) and the only thing that overheated was me. Cheers, Terry
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    Ferret Brakes and Silicone Brake Fluid

    The subscript here is that you shouldn't use a silicon fluid in a system for which it is not specified. Given that brakes are a safety critical system, care should always be taken here.
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    Saracen chassis number...where is it...

    Not true. The VRN was allocated at, or near, the time of manufacture, however, a number of Saracen Mk 6 (with VRNs in the FF range) were new-builds, intended for a foreign sale to the Middle East. For some reason, that deal fell through and they were diverted, still painted in desert tan, to NI and pressed into service there. These vehicles are (probably) the last Saracens built and have a number detail changes which mean that they are probably some of the best out there. Cheers, Terry
  17. Doug, I fitted my Ferret with Michelin XZL (got them from Bandag in Adelaide), and they work a treat. Please note that post war, the Brits changed over to using American style beads on their 9.00 x 16, so for the Ferret, that is actually what you want. What would you be after for your NOS tyres? Are they cracked or in good condition? Cheers, Terry
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    ferret part wanted

    Tim Vibert of Empire Trading in Australia has some non-genuine ones. They don't have the in-hex in them for the crank handle, but they will plug the hole. Cheers, Terry
  19. I've owned my Saracen for about 4 years now and, for the most part, maintenance is time consuming but not overly difficult, although everything is harder to get at than it should be. Where you might have problems is if anything breaks (mine destroyed a hub), it's very big and heavy to remove and replace, but the spares are out there and aren't too expensive. Another vehicle that you might want to consider is a Ferret. They're a little smaller and easier to live with than the Saracen, but have pretty much the same running gear. Being a physically smaller vehicle, things are easier to get to and maintain. Compared to the Saracen I would say that the ferret is a little more cramped, considerably faster and a whole lot less civilised. The Saracen has a double floor, so the layer of oil and grime down there is generally hidden, while the Ferret does not, and the Saracen has considerably less interior noise. The Saracen is also easier to get in and out of and has much more interior room. I really like my Ferret, I love my Saracen. Cheers, Terry
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    wanted, splinter screens for a ferret

    How many do you have? I need some too.
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    In Australia

    Very nice.
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    Fv721 fox

    Did you get it sorted?
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    WOT 1 Down Under

    We have a WOT 1 with a radio body at the museum in Adelaide. It came from Malta.
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