Jump to content
philm1

Scorpion/Scimitar Restoration in New Zealand

Recommended Posts

I'm bemused as to why the ATDU were stripping engines?

 

Andy

 

As a unit, they may have had a vehicle with an engine problem and initial dismantling he observed that the engine was unrepairable. Maybe we might hear more!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm glad to see your retaining pins came out so easily, I'll be needing to replace a couple of mine that had to be drilled-out.

 

We then found a bit of accelerator linkage threaded rod about 1/4" which wound into the retaing pin and pulled it out. Job done and torsion bars removed and carefully marked 'left' and 'right' then we have a better than 50% chance of putting them back the correct side.

[ATTACH=CONFIG]123227[/ATTACH]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I'm bemused as to why the ATDU were stripping engines?

 

Andy

 

Spoke to spike last night they removed the engine because the scorpion was being placed as a gate guardian it is still there at the D and M school Bovington . You can see it from the Tank museum car park.

 

Al

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Spoke to spike last night they removed the engine because the scorpion was being placed as a gate guardian it is still there at the D and M school Bovington . You can see it from the Tank museum car park.

 

Al

 

Ah!

 

Andy

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Spoke to spike last night they removed the engine because the scorpion was being placed as a gate guardian it is still there at the D and M school Bovington . You can see it from the Tank museum car park.

 

Al

 

Would be nice to see photo of Scorpion mentioned above. I wonder if the engine was any good when Spike removed it?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Removal of the fuel tank is a similar story to other forums. The fuel cap ws completely seized and had to be forcibly removed. Several litres of fuel/water were removed (about 250 litres). The access plate was removed and the rest of the foul smelling liquid cleaned out. Seems to have crystalized. At this stage we have decided against removing the bladder as we are not sure that we will use this tank or install a separate smaller one considering most running will shorter and it will be easier to keep fresh fuel. The old fuel did still burn - not explosive like but it did make an impressive sight.

SAM_2176.jpg

SAM_2169.jpg

SAM_2171.jpg

SAM_2172.jpg

SAM_2174.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I like your Carbon footprint! You might have to buy some "Carbon Credits " to offset your emissions in clean/green NZ,Cheers:-)

Edited by Andrew Rowe

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Just a word of warning, if there is any rust pitting on the torsion bars (and they do look rusty) then it might be wise to replace as the pitting is likely to produce a fracture in use. This is why torsion bars have a coating or wrapping on them.

 

regards, Richard

The wrapping was mainly in place and most of the gunk was a mixture of oil and dirt. The end exposed appears okay but we will check them all as they are removed.

SAM_2348.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

excellent blog .

brings back fond memories ,I've restored an ex Belgian scimitar (as a sabre as that's the turret it came with)

you seem to be having all the same problems but its worth it in the end ,mines great fun to drive now although I still have some finishing off to do .

best wishes

justin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I like your Carbon footprint! You might have to buy some "Carbon Credits " to offset your emissions in clean/green NZ,Cheers:-)

 

Do you have any "Carbon Credits" in stock? If so, add them to the list for Friday.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
excellent blog .

brings back fond memories ,I've restored an ex Belgian scimitar (as a sabre as that's the turret it came with)

you seem to be having all the same problems but its worth it in the end ,mines great fun to drive now although I still have some finishing off to do .

best wishes

justin

 

 

Thanks Justin. They are certainly nice to drive (in my brief experience) and we are looking forward to bringing it back to life.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

May be a good idea to ditch the fuel bladder , when we did turret lifts the mechanics would often change the bladder because they were troublesome , I don't remember the reason why ? but we would always make sure they were filled up before they came in for the turret lift as any fuel in the bladder was written off. it always found its way into our private cars:cool2:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
You going to be doing a raid on The Tank Factory!, I will make sure the sentries are posted.:-)

 

An easy way around the sentries is fresh donuts and the Tank Factory doors open.

Picked up some bins today which we didn't have room for on our last vist. Luckily I was in the area with work. Nice ex NZ army in Merdec cammo scheme.

 

Also got to to view the Valentine that is in the Factory being restored currently. See -

http://hmvf.co.uk/forumvb/showthread.php?50645-restoration-of-a-valentine-MK5-tank-started

 

SAM_2365.jpg

SAM_2366.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We started to clean up the Hull interior and ended up taking it back to bare aluminium for a full repaint.

SAM_2241.jpg

imagejpeg_0.jpg

SAM_2127.jpg

SAM_2131.jpg

SAM_2132.jpg

Edited by philm1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The front torsion bar channel required repairs as well as the flotation screen skirt which had probably been damaged after being lifted and moved by forklifts or the like. These repairs we had an engineer undertake.

 

 

 

SAM_2119.jpg

SAM_2220.jpg

Hull Back 2.jpg

Hull Front & Side.jpg

SAM_2222.jpg

SAM_2224.jpg

Edited by philm1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm very interested in knowing what alloy you used for your sponson patch. Mine was patched with an incompatible alloy (6061 I suspect) at some point and rotted away quite badly. I'm also curious to know if you chose to follow the Repaircraft instructions and MIG your repairs or if you went with TIG? Did you use AL 5556 or some other filler?

 

The front torsion bar channel required repairs as well as the flotation screen skirt which had probably been damaged after being lifted and moved by forklifts or the like. These repairs we had an engineer undertake.

 

 

 

[ATTACH=CONFIG]123490[/ATTACH]

[ATTACH=CONFIG]123486[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]123485[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]123488[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]123489[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]123487[/ATTACH]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Jealous, what a workshop.

 

Not ours unfortunately. Just visting for the aluminium repairs then back home again.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Never mind. Quality repair, I always had the aggrigates to rub my aluminium welding down when I had a tipper body to repair. Some loader drivers thought it was their mission in life to get the load around the propshaft through the floor.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hull interior undercoated in 2 pack automotive white which also acts as an etch primer. SAM_2345.jpg

undercoat.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I'm very interested in knowing what alloy you used for your sponson patch. Mine was patched with an incompatible alloy (6061 I suspect) at some point and rotted away quite badly. I'm also curious to know if you chose to follow the Repaircraft instructions and MIG your repairs or if you went with TIG? Did you use AL 5556 or some other filler?

 

Caught up with the engineer today to find out what was used and how repairs done. Tig weld, 5056 grade alloy and 5356 filler rods from what he remembers. We put some alloy flat right around the bottom of the sponson to give a bit more bulk and support.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

First of 2 top coats in. Again 2 pack paint (white). Starting to look real nice and soon be ready to start putting components back in. Thanks to Brett's dad for helping us with the painting.

SAM_2380.jpg

SAM_2377.jpg

SAM_2383.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I can sense competition, are you going head to head with the Tank factory for finish? High class work.

Edited by john1950
spelling

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


×
×
  • Create New...