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  1. 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?

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    Richard

  2. 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

     

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

     

  6. 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

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  7. 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

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  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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!

  12. 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

  13. Hi

    I have a friend who is restoring an ex Belgian Scorpion.  He wants to fit a Clansman harness instead of the Belgian one and needs the pin diagram for the RBJ.

    It looks as if the 14 pin plugs both into and from the RBJ are dedicated to the Comms but obviously the Clansman cable to the Driver and from the Gunner are 12 core.

    Has anyone anything that can shed some light on this?

    Thanks

    Richard

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