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  1. Hi Phil thanks a lot for the reply - I’ve managed to find solid dowel pins so it looks as if I’ll have to drill the top ones out. I’ll keep my eyes out for the turret bits. All the best Richard
  2. Hi All I'm refurbishing the floor of the Scorpion and have managed to get new rollers from Xmod. However I am struggling to get the hollow pins requires as axles. I'm sure that they should be a standard engineering part but I can't find anything that isn't a spring pin. Does anyone have a source? Many thanks Richard
  3. Fantastic work as always Phil. Coincidentally I am also refurbishing the turret basket. Looking at the pictures it seems that it comes out through the NBC pack - is it a difficult operation? I've removed the bearing fittings and have replacement bearings but I cannot locate a source for the hollow pins. I'd rather replace them than re-use the originals and wondered where you managed to get yours All the best Richard
  4. We think that the HDA stands for High Duty Alloys and the RR50 for Hiduminium the alloy developed by Rolls Royce Richard
  5. A friend has bought this on the basis that it looks interesting. However we don't have a clue what it is. It looks like some form of sighting equipment, but for what or attached to what is a mystery. There are some markings on it which are copied below. Any ideas? Richard
  6. Hi Chris That's substantial! I've nothing like that at all, nor have I had since owning the vehicle. I've used an earth strap and passed it from the front of the engine to a bolt I've drilled and tapped into the sponson between the air filter and the alternator. I'm hoping that this will be enough to cure a slight problem I've had with it earthing through the throttle return spring. Many thanks for your help Richard
  7. Hi Chris Many thanks - I don't have anything like that. I do have an earth strap that goes from the block back to the starter motor - is this correct? I can't find an attaching point on the hull near the alternator other than the bulkhead fixing bolts. There is a small threaded hole on the bulkhead on the engine side behind the alternator belt tensioner, would this serve the purpose? Cheers Richard
  8. Hi Is there a separate earth lead from the J60 to the hull and if so where does it connect? Many thanks Richard
  9. Hi I'm looking to finish the markings on my Scorpion. It represents a vehicle from C Sqn 4RTR in the early eighties. I cannot find any information about the divisional number seen on the front / rear. The format is 2/10 or something like that in 2 inch white/grey. Does anyone have any information? Many thanks Richard
  10. It's a great feeling when they burst into life like that! It looks really good and I'll add a second belt in the same way that you have. Richard
  11. Looks lovely as ever. Just a word of warning about the fan and fan belt. We tried to attend a Poppy Day event but broke down on the way there as the fan belt shredded. It turns out that the alignment between the engine, gearbox pulley and fan pulley is critical as if it is out the belt can creep and self destruct. When I refit the new one I'm going to use an incinometer to make sure it's spot on! Richard
  12. I worked on a government site near Heathrow and all our buildings had 2 letter codes. ZA,DA,HA, etc. The letters bore no relationship to their use and didn't seem to be based on any grid so we never knew how they were labelled. They had certainly been there for some time as the site was in use during the war
  13. Hi Try Graham at PTS Norfolk http://www.ptsnorfolk.co.uk/index.php/12/536262/ Good bloke - always happy to help
  14. Hi The RBJ plugs are avaialable from Ellison Electronics (tel 01277 626300) Their reference is SBMS3106E2219P. It's a 14 pin connector but not all the pins are used. Richard
  15. That's really looking good. This winter's job here is to clean and refurbish the turret internals and I'd like that to involve taking the tube and breech out as you have done. Is it possible to do without removing the turret? It's an offence here to reactivate a deactivated firearm so I won't be drilling the plug out but it's interesting to see how it can be done. Any tips that would help Quick picture of mine at the Rememberance Day collection in Plymouth
  16. Hi Robin There are two stubs on the radiator that fit into the trunnions. They are hollow but there are two elongated slots cut into them which, when the radator is lying flat, line up with the input/output of the trunnions. This allows water circulation through the radiator. I've run the engine with the radiator up whilst checking the gearbox compartment but no more than a fast idle and not for long. No problems so far Richard
  17. Hi Phil It took me about four years to find the wing mirror brackets! I have dimensions if it helps Richard
  18. There's quite a lot of WW2 history in the area as troops trained and embarked in the area. There are concrete landing craft at Braunton Burrows which the US troops used to practice embarkation and disembarkation. Slapton Sands in south Devon was the site of the disaster of Exercise Tiger when 750 US servicemen died during a training exercise. There is the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry Museum in Bodmin (and a steam railway) and private museums at Cobbaton and Davidstowe. Hope this helps Richard
  19. Thanks Chris For some reason I thought that it went out when the engine revs increased. Brain Fade! Richard
  20. Hi I've recently removed the bulkhead on the Scorpion and when it was reinstalled the generator light on the master switch unit does not go out. The light on driver's instrument panel does and the relay that cuts in at the beginning in the control box on the bulkhead can be heard. I don't think that I have disturbed anything and all the plugs appear to be correctly connected. Is there a way that I can put a multimeter anywhere to establish charging or does anyone have any ideas why the problem has arisen? Many thanks Richard
  21. Hi Phil I recognise the brake pipework! We did the same and remade them from copper rather than the steel originals. All much better now. Your gearbox bay is immaculate Best wishes Richard
  22. Setting off tomorrow from Cornwall. I've always enjoyed the show at both locations. It's a chance to meet friends, poke around stalls and see stuff that I wouldn't see otherwise. I usually come back with things I didn't know I needed and ideas for jobs to do over the winter. Paid in to a group toilet hire so that nightmare is sorted!
  23. Hi I’m having a problem stopping oil leaking from the joints on the steering and main brake pipes where they pass through the bottom bulkhead into the gearbox area. what type of flare should I put on the pipe and is there anything special or difficult about this joint? many thanks Richard
  24. 5.4m mast - quite common on eBay https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CLANSMAN-MILITARY-5-4mt-LIGHTWEIGHT-PORTABLE-MAST-KIT-COMPLETE/312098445755?epid=1988287007&hash=item48aa8459bb:g:CRUAAOSwD0lUeg5H
  25. Apologies all - didn't mean to give it a thumbs down. Now removed
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