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Q. Info on WWII REME Engine Jib/Crane for use in the field

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Anyone know the proper nomenclature fot the wee Jib/Crane, on the right, holding the old Engine in this IWM photo? Any info on it at all, manuals, drawings etc.

REME fitters prepare to install a new engine into a Sherman tank at 8th Armoured Brigade workshops, 9 August 1944. © IWM (B 8892)

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That would make sense Richard, I thought it must be some sort of jib because I thought I could see an A Frame type deal behind it...zooming it on IWM gives a different perspective.

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I take it that is a tow rope on the side but why are there smaller lines attached along its length ? 

Interesting picture.

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Could the A frame thingy visible behind the engine that has been removed be some kind of engine steady that would be fitted to the replacement engine  when it is ready to be installed then attached to the inside of the hull? The reason that I think this is that the A frame has a gap at the apex so it couldn't be used for lifting.

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I remember some photographs in the Wheatcroft Collection, of Sherman Radial engines in work/ transport stands like those.

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The "A frame thingy" behind the take out engine on the right of the photo is actually part of the engine. It is the stays for the exhaust mufflers that sit in a frame bolted to the top of the diamond shaped engine mounting frame and held up at the back by those two stays. Later installations did away with the mufflers and just had plain pipes to the fishtails in the overhang of the upper hull.

I note that the box for the new engine is marked as containing an engine with Scintilla mags rather than Bosch mags which didn't have a booster coil and so the engine wiring was slightly different, though easily changed to suit.

David

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The crate also has 'Bicester' chalked on the side, this was the site of the new ordnance depot built in 1942 to support operations in Europe.

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