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Sherman 105mm restoration project

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We had a quiet afternoon last weekend so the boss decided we should remove the turret so heres some pics , first we removed gun and mantlet suprisingly with a bit of heat and a home made tool the slot head (giant) bolts came undone quite easily .

 

 

 

 

it came this far then got stuck

 

removed recoil guard and that gave us the half inch we needed

 

next off came the turret

 

thanks for looking will post some pics of interior and turret basket later this week

Sharky

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Interesting to see somebody working on sherman tank :D

hows yours coming on ,any more progress ?

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No progress for me at this time ,

normally i will get some interesting parts but nothing is arrive in my house .

i need to wait .

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A little up date on progress.

the turret came down to the workshops to be stripped out and sand blasted .

heres a few pics

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Thanks for looking

Iain

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A few more pics of progress

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had to remake some missing or damaged parts the commanders vision block wedges were a pain to do

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the holding plates weren't to bad to copy

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these pics are a bit anyhow but we applied a few coats of white to the interior of turret

if anyone needs the paint code let me know

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thanks for looking comments appreciated as ever

Iain

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Comments wellcome?

Hmmm, how about well done!!

 

Now go back to work...:D

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hahahah :D day off work for me today .

best put our sunglasses on and get back in that turret

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cheers andy hows the Abott coming on ?

has any one got any pictures of the sherman 105mm in service i was watching ww2 in colour this eve and saw a sherman 105 on there so was pleased as punch

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couple more pictures

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most of the work has been done by captain chaos so credit to him

iain

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We decided it was time to get the sherman in the workshop today, sounds easy! the work shop is half a mile away from where it has been stored and the route consists of 4 narrow gate ways 3 dog leg turns and a main road to cross then to top it all a workshop entrance at 90 degrees to the yard and it only has 5 inches of clearence either side of tank but we got it in easier than we thought .

heres some pics

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We decided it was time to get the sherman in the workshop today, sounds easy! the work shop is half a mile away from where it has been stored and the route consists of 4 narrow gate ways 3 dog leg turns and a main road to cross then to top it all a workshop entrance at 90 degrees to the yard and it only has 5 inches of clearence either side of tank but we got it in easier than we thought .

heres some pics

 

 

Good reversing if that had been me I would have enlarged the opening

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evening all heres some more progress .

i am posting as many pics as possible because my writing and descriptive skills are not brilliant so it is easier for me this way. feel free to ask for any further descriptions and i'll see what i can do .

right first of some more gun pics

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breach moves lovely.

turret basket needs soma attention

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more pics.

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new piece fabricated

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and finally some pics of the inside being stripped

me hard at it.

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little joe fuel tank ,oil coolers and ammo storage

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you'll have turn turn your head for this pic sorry

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thanks for looking

Iain

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looks like the black hole of calcutta inside that hull :D, when it's cleaned out and painted white it'll be like a different tank and a little nicer to work on.

 

you're doing a great job , i hope it all goes well

 

rick

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looks like the black hole of calcutta inside that hull :D, when it's cleaned out and painted white it'll be like a different tank and a little nicer to work on.

 

you're doing a great job , i hope it all goes well

 

rick

cheers rick from you that is a compliment i been keeping an eye on your churchill and cromwell thread so i know you aint afraid to get your hands dirty .that black stuff is bloody horrible sticks like s**t to a blanket my mrs sharky is not impressed by the colour of the bath erm the towels erm the kitchen .. well lets put it this way black aint really her colour especiallly on our 2 yr old daughters clothes

oh well :angel:

iain

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whats the loader your using to lift things thats in the background?

 

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Robin

A jcb 540 /70 great bit of kit it lifted the turret plus gun but the tyres went a bit flat and the engine grunted so we thought it best to remove gun its a good bit of kit lift about 4 ton

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thanks iain it's always nice to get a little bit of encouragement from a fellow enthusiast as it can sometimes seem like an almost impossible task, not only do i have to restore the vehicles but i'm still building the workshop to put them in, aswell as developing some land to store the long term projects on, the trouble is the local council collared me and i'm still waiting for their planning decision, in the meantime my bank tried to bankrupt me which left me a little bit short of readies. now that's sorted and i can pay for the churchill to be craned in to my workshop, however the crane guy said his 80 ton crane wouldn't be safe to do the lift so now i'm fabricating a temporary sled from carrier wheels and track to roll the churchill down the embankment to the workshop :nut: i swear this hobby will kill me, i should have took up golf.

 

apart from that it's all going well :-D

 

all the best

 

rick

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boo hoo

 

lol :-D just reread my post and it sounds like a bit of a whinge, sorry iain must have had a low testerone level this morning.

 

keep the pics coming

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no worries rick i like the idea of the sledge hopefully you'll supply pictures of you riding it down the road in a santa hat ideal for the hmvf christmas card

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boo hoo

 

lol :-D just reread my post and it sounds like a bit of a whinge, sorry iain must have had a low testerone level this morning.

 

keep the pics coming

 

Don't feel bad.

can't imagine how difficult it all seems.

Take it 1 step at a time.

Good luck.

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