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MK3 Covenanter restoration

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As many of you know in january this year i travelled down to dorking to find a covenanter that was buried there in 1943, the full story is in the "dorking covenanter recovery" thread. the tank is now back in my yard in manchester where it will be restored to running condition hopefully or failing that a static cosmetic resto. 

we did a bit of work on saturday to clear out 3 tons of chalk and make an assessment of the damage caused by it's wartime usage as a training aide for tank demolition. i was hoping some of the damage would polish out with a bit of T cut but that seems unlikely now i can see it more clearly, however i always like a challenge :) 

 

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Well done mate

Give me a shout for the hydraulics if and when you need. 

 

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some explosive had also been placed inside the hull and has cracked the floor plate  

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thankfully the turret basket floor has survived quite well considering the damage done to the armour plate nearby. 

it is standard british construction using plymax which is a 3/4" ply sheet sandwiched between thin steel sheet with the edges folded and soldered to give a water tight finish

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I'm no Tankologist but it looks like a good basis to start from.

Good luck and have fun.

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thanks we were working on it today trying to get the box and engine out so they can be assessed properly. most of the bolts came out easily. amazing to think it was buried for 74 years

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That engine will yield some invalueable spares and patterns. A block of that size would probably repair quite easily.

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12 hours ago, eddy8men said:

i hope i can repair the engine. it's a great looking design

NO excuses... you have the manual for it ;-)

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Just by dragging it out of the ground, you've done a hell of a job! Anything you manage with it now is just the icing on the cake.

Having seen your Cromwell though, expectations are of course sky-high B|

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i think i will get the tank up and running in original condition, the more i see it the more i like it.

it's a big job but i'm hoping to get some volunteers to help out

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thanks richard i remember you mentioning the gearbox and although with some work i think mine would be repairable i'd much rather spend the money and buy one i know will be good.

could you please message me with the sellers details. cheers 

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we've had a couple of days on the gearbox and engine this week. The gearbox has been cleaned and filled with old engine oil and diesel and will be left to soak until we're ready to refurb it properely. it was in remarkable condition and looks usable

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we also removed the clutch and scirocco fan. the fan blades have seen better days but will be ok once the blades have been changed. the clutch has surface rust and some of the pressure spring cups will need repairing or replacing due to rust but i'm happy with friction and pressure plates. 
remarkably the release bearing was still full grease and turns freely!

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Rick

I am astounded anything has survived being buried in your climate. I know you said the chalk was free draining, but how

does that account for the hull not holding water and being one big pile of rust?

Regards

Doug

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