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Pleasing to see the changes.

Yes a good question and with the benefit of hindsight.  I guess the key to anything like this is your budget, availability of parts and, resources to be able to undertake a restoration like this.

I hope everyone out there is okay and this COVID thing isn't affecting you too much.  It has been winter here so a chance just to potter along with small bits and pieces. A spotlight was found wh

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A bit slack on updating but we have installed the engine and had a brief test run.  Everything went and sounded good.  We used the Ferret as the slave battery.  Next will be to finish off the gear box  and coolant plumbing so we can run it longer and even try to move it under it's own power.   Thanks to Todd who helped with the install and getting it started.

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Hi Phil, you will be using the "donut" type coupling for the engine to gearbox?. I think you need to change the input flange of the gearbox for the "3 -pronged" one, as the one that you have on is for the earlier driveshaft variant, it should only be a split pin and nut to undo and maybe a puller to remove and change out for the correct one....ready by Easter!

Cheers Andrew.

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Good spotting Andrew.  I will recover the coupling off the other gearbox.  Ready by Easter lol.  I hear on good authority there's another Scorpion that will be at the Easter Rally unattended at nights......  Busy at work is slowing things down currently so aim will be Labour Weekend at yours. Phil

 

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Work still progressing with more parts off the shelf and fitted.  Each with it's own clean up and restoration as you go but progress is progress.  As Andrew pointed out We needed to recover the donut type coupling off the old gearbox and fit it to the replacement.  This was done and the drive shaft installed.SAM_3729.thumb.JPG.5d292e833d5794d78e7f0a691fa9d70c.JPG

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Generator had been stripped and rebuilt some months ago but still needed a repaint plus the air intake sheild was US so a new one was made.  At the same time of painting the dirvers firewall was repainted ready for fitting.  A bit cooler outside so we used the workshop heater to help the paint dry.SAM_3216.thumb.JPG.ad71264e1902605ceaaac9c4cd7dde6f.JPG

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Gosh a bit slack in posting seeing the last one was 22 June.  I guess Winter hibernation kicked in?

I haven't been completely idle though. 

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Also over Winter a Breech Block arrived in the mail.  A bit more paper work required than usual to get permits following a terrorist attack here in NZ.  Firearm ownership all that bit harder now.

I have stripped it all down, cleaned, re assembled and fitted back in the Breech Ring.  One difficulty I did have was removing the Firing Mechanism.  Had I read the manual properly it all makes sence in hindsight.  

Breech Block must be in the Breech Ring.  Set Lever to Safe. Fire the Striker Mechanism (this bit wasn't in the manual but it worked for me).  Rotate the Striker Mechanism and remove.

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Also I have been slowly cleaning up the turret internals with the plan that if the component was in reasonable condition to clean and refit.  If not then a repaint.  All back in now including new piping for the periscope washers.  Just the machine gun mount to do.

I don't have the turret ring so if someone has one lying about or any othe components you think I need please let me know.  Washer bottle, traverse indicator dial, radio gear are also items on the need list.

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20 hours ago, robin craig said:

Maybe I missed it earlier, but yours is an ex Belgian vehicle then just to be clear?

 

Yes ex Belgian

DATA PLATE: CVR(T) 30m/m Scimitar FV107 Mk1 65192

 HULL NUMBER: BESCI 49

Now fitted with Scorpion Turret

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Hi Phil , Amazing project and what you guys have achieved is something to be proud of.

Hey I wonder if possible you could let me know what flaming hoops are required to import a CVRT to NZ .

ie customs and import tax etc. the hidden costs. Any pointers greatly received.

I see a great option for me in aus to purchase a Spartan and get it here to nz but just wish to be aware of the hidden costs before committing to it fully . A big investment and would hate to buy and have to leave in aus due to some nz import issues.

Thanks in advance .

 

David

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Then a little bit of a backwards step.  The cooling fan should have been installed before the engine went back in which was a rookie mistake thinking it could go in after. Cunning plan to take the front pulley off only missed by an inch of fitting.  Ah well lifted the bulk head and fitted. Very easy to do but 2-3hrs of wasted time.

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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

 

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15 hours ago, Cornishbloke said:

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!

 

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Thanks for the heads up Richard.  When I first put the gearbox and fire wall in I mucked around getting it aligned top and bottom as they describe in the manuals but i will recheck again.  The drive shaft also lined up with the engine mounting holes so hopefully all good there as well.  We'll give it a good shake down before venturing too far.

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British army practice was to fit a second toothed belt in position but tied back out the way. Always thought it a bit odd until one day gunning down a very busy single track lane miles from home, the belt failed!

lorry driver in the qeue behind lent me an adjustable, lift the lid, slack off the alternator belt and loosen the fan, slide on the spare belt-done

that was a godsend, and saved a heck of a lot of grief!

terry

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