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Adrian thank you and the new owner to show us pictures of the acquisition and work on this tank

It's a great job! And just as impressive to look at.

A feast for the eyes.:iloveyou:

Yes thank you and who ever the owner is for sharing the step by step painstaking reconstruction work .

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I thought it was about time I continued this thread.......


As I said earlier, the M10 went to Carl Brown for completion, we mainly do repairs and parts manufacture and Carl mainly does the rest! I have worked with Carl on a number of projects over the years and this arrangement works very well.


The first thing Carl did was to remove the turret, tracks, transmission assembly and suspension componants.




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The turret ring was rebuilt using new balls and spacers. The balls were bought new commercially, I made the spacers to an original.


All of the suspension componants were blasted and painted with some new springs being required. The old tyres were also removed and brand new ones pressed on.




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The transmission looked in a bit of a state and as the gearbox had been removed prior to the tank going into the playground, it had had some water in!


A new gearbox was aquired and was in excellent condition. The rest of the assembly was checked and apart from the brakes, it was all ok.


The brake bands were relined with NOS linings, reinstalled together with the gearbox and the whole lot blasted and painted ready for refitting.







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With the outside finish painted, the suspension componants could go back in and the build up begin.

This picture shows the major parts of a bogie unit. The two volute springs, the spring seat with the spreader arm trunnions, the spreaders and the four bogie arms. Also visible are the new arm gudgeon pins with their spacers, all newly made by us! Finally, the two small gudgeon caps which hold it all together.


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In an M10, a lot of the internal bracketry is welded in. To enable proper blasting and priming, it is better to leave this out and then fit before finish painting.


Items such as the fire extinguisher brackets, battery box and stowage racks were all primed and then welded into place before the white was sprayed.





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Don't need to say anything, pictures speak louder than words.


Are we likely to see any info of the twin-diesel engine being rebuilt, or is it going in 'as is'? I think I noticed it in the background and I'd love to know more about them and how they interface with the single output shaft. I've not read a single word about one so I like to fill the knowledge gap.

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That will all follow. Currently, the work is going into wiring and other less obviously fruitful endeavours, that and I've run out of pictures!


I'll post more as I receive it but briefly, the two engines, though built up as left and right handed engines, do rotate the same way. They each have a clutch and drive into a transfer case fixed to the blocks. This couples the drive and slightly increases output speed to the propshaft.


This view shows it rather well.

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Is there a facility to allow one engine to be disengaged (ie for fault finding)?


Yes. The clutches are in effect operated seperately with an equalising mechanisim connecting them to the clutch pedal. On the inside of the glacis plate there are two hand throttles and just above these, two knobs operating the clutch lockouts. If you depress the pedal and then pull the appropriate knob, it keeps the clutch disengaged.


In the same way, each engine has it's own starter motor and they can either be started individually by the starter buttons or you can start one and then release the clutch to start the other. Either way, you must have your foot on the clutch when starting the engines!

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