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  1. It has taken a bit of time, working around the bad weather, but the spare wheel carrier is finally in place and functioning well.




    Watched the video, absolutely astounded at the engineering elegance. Wow! I have an m923a2 (US made 5 ton cargo truck, Gulf War vintage) with a spare tire behind the cab, but I would probably prefer sitting in a dentist chair for an hour rather than attempt to hoist that thing down. British ingenuity, for sure.

  2. Alvis must have found a easy way fitting wheel stations at the factory..

    One day someone may tell or show us.

    I think it was called an army maintenance depot, with mechanics and grunts by the dozen, all available at no charge to fix whatever calamity arose. No charge that is, except the truck full of cash expended by the treasury and borne by the common man. In private ownership, alas, this arrangement doesn't work!

  3. Now theres ya problem.. Broken tracta joint



    Was this engineered to fail in order to protect other internals in the driveline or wheel hub, which presumably are more expensive and difficult to make?

  4. I recently received the cards from Bovington for my Saracen 82BA77, but they list no chassis number. The numbers on my escape hatches are "404".


    What's weird is that cards list it as MK2, but mine has RFC and would seem to be an MK6. Wouldn't the cards reflect the changeover when vehicle was uparmored?


    Also strange is the fact that date in service is listed as July 5, 1955, but first activity is from August 22, 1967. Does this mean it just sat for first 12 years of its life? Or perhaps there is a missing card? The latter option seems less probable, since there are 2 cards already, so if one was missing, there would have been 3 cards?

    82 BA 77 Vehicle Service Card (1).jpg

    82 BA 77 Vehicle Service Card (2).jpg

  5. Below is the pick handle, with three coats of paint/glue, and rubbed down between each one, with a final rub down to dull off and slightly distress the finish. I'm very pleased with the finished result as it was a bit of an unknown using the paint/glue mix.




    The last picture shows all the tools in the back garden, baking in the afternoon Sun. The bright sunlight makes the woodwork look a bit more pale than it actually is. Next time I have the truck home, I think the tool rack also needs a clean and paint.



    Awesome, just awesome. Can you give detail on the electrolysis process? What was in the bucket? How much voltage/amps did you apply to the solution? I might need to do this at some point.

  6. There is some coverage on the Jolley module on B Series towards the end of this:





    Clive, I read your report now several times, must admit most of it is way over my head, but I am convinced the electronic ignition module upgrade you discuss at the end is a no brainer. I contacted Jolly, but they are on vacation until July 13. I will order the module from them and have it installed. Thanks again for your link to your report.

  7. yes Montie!, ...twas I, but now and then the old thing does have a 'hissy-fit', and requires a more delicate touch and some 'magic engine starter spray'............ + batteries have to be very good condition too.....

    Matt, I know this is from ages ago, but are you still having starting issues? I am going to fit electronic ignition to mine, there is apparently someone in UK (Jolly Engineering or something like that) that sells direct install kits for B80 RR engine. This is supposed to make them start easier, or so I hope. They quoted cost of kit at 205 GBP. What do you think about that -- worthwhile expense?

  8. The MK 6 Saracen was a MK 3 that had extra armour added and a few other upgrades, itself a MK 2 with reverse flow cooling. Externally, the most telling are that the MK 6 does not have a rear gun ring or roof window, Has a round flange around the base of the turret, has a squared cover over the fuel filter and has heavy armour plates welded to the sides. Internally, the MK 6 is fitted with brown spall liners.




    Terry, maybe a dumb question, but I hope you can educate me. Was the MK6 applied as a new designation for an existing vehicle (so they took MK3, uparmored it and it became MK6) or was it new construction - a new vehicle built from scratch? If it was uparmoring an existing vehicle, do you know whether the donor MK3 would have also been overhauled at the time? In other words, would they take the MK3, tear it apart to renew everything and then uparmor the hull? My MK6 (which I still haven't laid eyes on) is missing its data plate, so I am trying to figure out whether it saw a full REME overhaul in its service life.

  9. A couple that spring to mind are,

    A straight bar is for emergency towing only. Not to be used for pushing or recovery of unbraked loads. As Grasshopper says Hollybone A-frame'a are worth their weight in gold.



    Why is straight bar unsuitable for towing? And why is A frame better -- it spreads forces across two points or is there another reason?

  10. Just buy a HET, you know you want one ;)

    They are now being routinely sold on GL and other auctions in USA. I have to imagine the sale price is less than 10 cents on the dollar of what Uncle Sam paid. But you still need a step deck or lowboy trailer, correct? Here's a current auction...


  11. in reply to datadawg, the majority of plant and vehicles moved on the roads today are done so by lowloaders, its the safest way full stop, if your worried about reversing a trailer then fit a jaw to the front of your vehicle, it is then made a lot simpler, if you have to buy and store a trailer it makes it more inconvenient for you but a hell of a lot safer, you should also note from reading this thread, and please do so from the start or you will incur the wrath of paulnob1 that his views are in a distinct minority, finally a plant trailer or lowboy as you call them over there have a multitude of other uses so you might get more out of it than you think.

    Thanks, I did read every post with forensic attention. I understand the physics behind most people's concerns about the DROPs, and that lower center of gravity is safer on turns. But I still thought DROPS would be safer in stopping, since you have a rigid platform that won't jack knife. I realize there are myriad of other factors (securing load, axle weight, loading/unloading), so maybe I should just drive my vehicles to where ever I plan to go :D

  12. Is the polarizing issue in this thread that DROPs may be unsafe with 432's due to the weight and height of the load carried or that carrying any armored vehicles (say lighter ones) using DROPS is still not a good idea? I am pondering whether DROPs would be a nice solution to move Saracen or Fox, which I just bought and working to import to US. I own a 5 ton (m923a2), but hauling either Saracen or Fox would require a trailer, which means yet another piece of equipment to store, register, maintain, etc. For me, driving a combination would be much more difficult, especially backing up and parking, vs. a rigid body DROPs platform. Especially the guys that are anti DROPs, what are your opinions whether Saracen or Fox is a viable use? Fox is lighter, but it does have a sizeable turret, which makes it top heavy!


    I realize that I could simply drive Fox and Saracen, but I want to have options if I go longer than 50 miles and seems like hauling longer distance would be easier than driving armor.

  13. Did my form-6 for a couple of CVR(T) by myself and it was no problem at all, not even that slow at 6-weeks turnaround.


    You don't need much information but it helps to have a seller and shipper lined up already. I used Mike at inter-market, not the cheapest quote I got, but he has a LOT of experience which gave me peace of mind I felt worth the money.

    The vehicles I looked at in the US were a LOT more money than the equivalent vehicle in the UK so I was well paid to do the import myself... at least I think I was as the container hasn't arrived yet and gone through customs, etc.


    My advice is to buy two, no really, since the shipping on a 40' container isn't much more then a 20'. You can go RORO if you get a runner and since you are near a port but if you go container you can ship a bunch of spare parts at the same time. Or you can split a container, PM me if you want to go that route since you are on the wrong coast for me but it would still be cost-effective and I want a ferret to go with my CVR(T). Plus I know of a chap with a pair for cheap. :-)


    Otherwise have a look at: http://www.tanks-alot.co.uk/sales.htm

    Buy now while the exchange rate is in your favour!


    I managed to purchase a Saracen and a Fox, they are being overhauled in UK now. I also filed Form 6's (one for each vehicle) and to my utter shock, I did not screw anything up, so they did get approved in less than a month. I will PM you, since I saw on another thread you are ahead of the game and waiting to get your CVRT thru customs.

  14. True, but Matt is talking about export from Australia and import into South Africa; a slightly different situation.


    Also, I'd be inclined to package it in a different box, with no military markings on it, after painting it yellow and marking it as a vehicles wheel hub or similar; that way none of it is a lie, but it doesn't invite additional scrutiny.


    That said, Montie has gone rather silent and has been absent from the forum, so I have no idea what the status of this project it - although I'd love to see him get it on the road.




    Good points!

  15. Describe the parts as 'Construction Plant Spares', or 'Earthmoving Equipment Spares'.... There shouldn't be a problem as many plant vehicles use similar hub reduction gears...

    Matt, you don't think that could be risky? I think lying to customs can be a huge problem if they catch you. Who knows, they might decide to make an example out of you and bring some kind of charges. I've encountered a customs search while coming home once from vacation and was stuck in their line, so started texting my wife. The customs agent started yelling at me and I didn't like it, so I challenged him. He went ballistic, said he was going to seize my phone, etc. I had absolutely nothing to hide, so told him I'm exercising my constitutional right to free speech by texting my wife. Long story short, after an hour of having my luggage autopsied, they told me if they wanted to deal with the paperwork they can do a body cavity search. I kid you not. I got home, wrote my congressman, and basically learned they have unlimited power to screw with your life. Ever since, if I am even bringing an orange on the plane back to US (which is illegal actually), I declare it, so they know I'm not hiding it and throw it out in front of them.


    At least in USA, it seems like you have to prove now you are innocent and importing anything related to armor is bound to make them suspect you are some anarchist, terrorist, or just someone worth investigating.

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