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Ferret commander's seat - won't go down

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Hello folks,

 

I had a search on the Forum before posting this question. For commander's seats that won't stay down see http://hmvf.co.uk/forumvb/showthread.php?37977-Ferret-commanders-seat.

 

However, I took my seat out to check the oil levels in the gearbox and transfer box. The bugger sprang up and now won't lie down (so to speak). I'd be glad of help to fix this from those who've had to deal with all kinds of Ferret problems before.

 

cheers, Mad Scientist

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Have a look to see if the catch is jammed and also inspect the sliding part of the cantilever which I think is on the top rail. Try pulling the cross rail apart as you push down but for goodness sake use cord and don't get fingers anywhere near that mechanism unless you want a pair of three fingered gloves for christmas

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If you rebuild it and it turns out the lever return springs are weak, I have some replacements here (unashamed self promotion):

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DAIMLER-FERRET-GUNNER-COMMANDER-SEAT-LEVER-RETURN-SPRING-NOS-/302356751895?epid=740403452&hash=item4665dde617:g:ZPgAAOSwx2dYFkiH

 

and

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DAIMLER-FERRET-GUNNERS-SEAT-RETURN-SPRING-2540-99-808-7169-NOS-/302356752071?hash=item4665dde6c7:g:wvQAAOSwB09YFa8V

 

Also, you might fine the exploded parts diagram from the parts manual of help (if you haven't seen it) See the pics on my ebay listing.

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Matt, Thanks for your input. For the record I have bought from you via ebay before, and you were first-class. I've looked at the picture of the seat exploded diagram on your ebay listing and think that my seat is a slightly different design.

 

Had a look at the seat with my elder son, bearing in mind what Topdog had to say. We removed the starlock grab-washers from the three pins holding the tensioning ram and actuating lever in place. We found that by shortening slightly the length of the seat support by screwing in the adjustable rod, the sprung-loaded tensioning ram in the centre was kept under load and the seat could be put down, locked into place and raised at will. I suppose a consequence is that the seat’s upper position is slightly lower than before, but at least it can be collapsed and put back into the vehicle.

 

attachment.php?attachmentid=127529&stc=1

 

Final question. Does anyone know how to dismantle the tensioning ram in the centre and rebuild it should the internal spring fail and tension is lost again? For the record, managed to do all this without losing any of the sixteen digits and four opposable thumbs shared between my son and myself :D. Cheers, Mad Scientist

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Gunners seat.jpg

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If you rebuild it and it turns out the lever return springs are weak, I have some replacements here (unashamed self promotion):

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DAIMLER-FERRET-GUNNER-COMMANDER-SEAT-LEVER-RETURN-SPRING-NOS-/302356751895?epid=740403452&hash=item4665dde617:g:ZPgAAOSwx2dYFkiH

 

and

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DAIMLER-FERRET-GUNNERS-SEAT-RETURN-SPRING-2540-99-808-7169-NOS-/302356752071?hash=item4665dde6c7:g:wvQAAOSwB09YFa8V

 

Also, you might fine the exploded parts diagram from the parts manual of help (if you haven't seen it) See the pics on my ebay listing.

 

Matt, We had a customers ferret over here in the U.S. with week lever return springs. I would recommend changing the springs if you are going to rebuild the seat.

I want to say on a side note that I have bought alot of parts from Matt and his service is top notch. Thanks for everything Matt.

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