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  1. Thanks all; I will proceed with de-greasing before the next run!
  2. I have to confess following advice I recently greased the tracks of my FV432 - not where the wheels run but where the links join and rub between each other at the sides and on the sides of the teeth where they run in the links. The internet is confusing as there are articles on soldiers greasing their tank tracks. The plan was to reduce wear (as the wear is visible in the shiny metal). However, I got a friendly telling off as someone in the industry told me I shouldn't do that as it actually increases wear with grit sticking to the grease. I am now facing 5+ hours removing grease, so before I embark on that adventure I thought I'd just double check on here if grease is indeed a bad idea, i.e. should I go ahead and remove it all again? If it makes any difference, the vehicle is exclusively driven on road (I don't drive it on fields/off-road).
  3. Hi Andy It's just driving about. Did my test over a decade ago, when tests in FV432s were permitted. I often have passengers, but not always. Roads round Norfolk are mostly quite quiet, but I still go by the rule of if a car needs to squeeze past, stop and let the car go round you!
  4. Unless the DVSA reply to me otherwise then (I have emailed them as they don't often answer the phone) I will keep someone with me as tank commander on trips just in case. I'm puzzled why it could be considered dangerous not to have a commander in an APC though but it's safe to drive HGVs and PCVs without a commander on board? I don't know about the bigger/turreted tanks, but FV432s are not far off driving a loaded van. Having driven both artics and APCs like you John, I find APCs are decidedly easier to maneouvre!
  5. That's quite a range of views above. I can't see anything in the legislation but I found the following on Gov.UK "Rules for Test Vehicles": https://www.gov.uk/learning-to-drive-a-tractor-or-specialist-vehicle/rules-for-test-vehicles I wonder if that is what the DVLA chap was referring to? That page indicates that they consider all military tracked vehicles inappropriate for Category H testing because they allegedly need a second person to help with observation. I wonder how a Badger (which only fits 1 person) is meant to be driven then - perhaps with an observer hanging on the back! Although it's about vehicle testing I can see where the DVLA chap might then extend that indication to vehicles being driven post-test. Though I wish I knew what that the statement was based on, i.e. legislation or guidance. I normally go out with passengers, whether taking neighbours for a trip or the family to the park. However, most budding tank commanders are normally more interested in waving at people than being "help with observation"! : )
  6. I was talking to a DVLA instructor who said to me regarding my FV432, "you need someone [in the tank commander cupola] in order to drive it on the road". Is that the case? When I passed my category H test in an FV432 the examiner was not in the vehicle with me - indeed it was just me in the vehicle as it was for all test candidates - so I suspect the DVLA chap who randomly said that to me this morning is wrong, but thought I would post here and ask if anyone knows the legal answer? If it makes any difference I have my head out (of course) so 360 degree vision, plus the large convex mirrors to see down the sides and two reversing cameras to see behind fully.
  7. Good plan. There are 8 bulbs total I believe. What size of Led bulb would fit the fittings though?
  8. Sorry, I do mean watts! The bulbs are 26V, and 7W.
  9. Yep 6 volt light bulbs it says in the manual. I just checked what I purchased and I bought 7 volt bulbs, which is not far off. Or would the 7 volt bulbs be the reason it blew? Is there any risk of harming the system if I stick a 10A fuse in there? My electrical knowledge is... slim
  10. At the risk of being the only person recently starting topics in this forum section : ) We recently replaced the interior lights 5A fuse in the FV432 with another 5A fuse. Two lights came on so I set about replacing the other bulbs. The lights went off. We suspect the fuse may have blown again - will test it. When adding up the load we believe it comes to about 4A for all of the lights, so it could be very close to the 5A mark. I was wondering if the 5A fuse that was in the machine when I bought it was just the wrong amps and a 10A fuse would be right. Obviously don't want to cause any system damage by putting in a higher-rated fuse than is supposed to be there. The manual though mentions two fuses at 5A for interior lights - F2 and F4. So it could be something else - an issue in the circuits, rusty light fixings tripping the fuse, the new bulb I put in being duff. Before we try a higher-rated fuse I thought I'd ask if anyone knows if the fuse for the interior lights in an FV432 should be 5A or 10A? Or any other idea what could have caused the lights to go out shortly after coming on? Thanks!
  11. I called up a rubber driveway company just out of curiosity but they said the surfaces won't take tracked vehicles, especially not 15 tonnes. If only I could put the FV432 on a diet... Thanks for the reassurance re runaway. I will keep it well serviced!
  12. I have asked the concrete driveway people to come down and quote. I also asked them about a concrete barrier to go in front of the tank stopping place, in case of engine runaway. Would something like this work or would a runaway tank just climb it? https://safefence.co.uk/concrete-jersey-barrier.html?gclid=Cj0KCQjwkZiFBhD9ARIsAGxFX8By3KCyYMxb4jjXoLHmKhHqHcflQbu8_P67KIwuUdEa9ZN1q4aJVpEaAthBEALw_wcB Or am I worrying too much about engine runaway?
  13. Thanks all; I should have specified I'm looking for CO2 or foam or similar. I've already got a powder one installed inside the vehicle. I will send you a PM John, thanks! And yep, authenticity is not required
  14. Here is a photo of the rear bracket, thanks!
  15. I bought some standard fire extinguishers in hopefulness but they don't fit the brackets. We created brackets and installed them inside but I was going to buy a CO2 extinguisher and hopefully fit it to the rear bracket. Is there anywhere I can buy fire extinguishers that will fit the existing FV432 brackets or is it just a case of "can't fit them to the existing brackets"? By the way, thank you for everyone here for being so helpful with advice!
  16. Sorry for the "noob" questions as a new FV432 owner! I anticipated it would not be great on the paving stones and indeed it is gradually turning my driveway to the left. Short of moving my house to the left side of the driveway I am considering what to install once the current driveway has given up the ghost. My neighbour suggested concrete on the grounds that gravel isn't great for tracks, resin gets chewed up, paving stones break and tarmac might be too soft in summer heat. Would concrete be the best surface to drive over without causing it much in the way of damage? There's a slight turn on the driveway to traverse, if that makes any difference to the answer. Thanks!
  17. Hi everyone - I had a query on dealing with slow traffic, stopping and starting - should I: Stop in 3-4 range, leave it in that while stopped, then start off in 3-4 range; Stop in 3-4 range, go down to 1-2, then start off in 1-2 range; Stop in 3-4 range, go into neutral while waiting, then back to 1-2 range just before moving off? Option 1 "feels" better driving-wise, as it jerks when I move into 1-2 while stopped, but let me know what's the best way to do it for the engine/gears/tracks!
  18. For a complete set of periscopes on an FV432 do I need 3x No 32 commander scopes and 1x No 33 driver scope? That's what it looks like from my research but feel free to let me know if I am incorrect - I was puzzled as to whether all 3 commander periscopes are identical. Thanks!
  19. I am slowly re-installing missing bits on my FV432 and was looking for a driver cupola spotlight. Does anyone know if this would fit it: https://www.greenmachinesurplus.com/fvspot-lamp-3805-p.asp
  20. I saw that one... it says visually in good condition but untested. Being cynical, I'm guessing it doesn't work! I think though I may have found one on "thexmod" which I hope is a legitimate site - bit more expensive but presumably working: https://www.thexmod.com/item_detail.asp?id=25689&t=Boiling_Vessel_28V_308569_FV706656
  21. Sorry, just saw how to PM!

  22. Need one for family picnic day in the FV432
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