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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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On ‎20‎/‎04‎/‎2018 at 4:18 AM, Topdog said:

Phil.  It is ace mate, I love to read the updates.

Best wishes

Dave

Thanks Dave.  Getting there.  Might be ready in time for your visit down this way?  

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A bit of a slow period at the moment with work and other commitments.  I have managed to get the turret hatch latches painted and back together so they are on the shelf ready to be re installed.

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Also cleaned up, unseized and repainted the turnbuckle

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and part of the recuperator - expansion tank?

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Another step closer to putting the turret back on.  A friend kindly came around and welded the bobbin back on that mounts the Breech. We also added a piece of pipe as a sleeve for added strength.  

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On ‎6‎/‎7‎/‎2018 at 10:53 PM, Zero-Five-Two said:

That pressure gauge has cleaned up well, nice job

Thanks.  Slowly working on all these bits whilst patiently waiting on parts out of UK.

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Who you getting parts from Phil? Do they offer a quick turnaround service? Some CVRT parts seem to take a 100 phone calls and  the same in e-mails, I hope you do OK, remember  it's got to be going by Easter next year ! Cheers Andrew.

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On ‎6‎/‎9‎/‎2018 at 5:16 PM, Andrew Rowe said:

Who you getting parts from Phil? Do they offer a quick turnaround service? Some CVRT parts seem to take a 100 phone calls and  the same in e-mails, I hope you do OK, remember  it's got to be going by Easter next year ! Cheers Andrew.

yes it is taking some time but hopefully light at the end of the tunnel.

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Lovely sunny winters day so what better to do than pull her out of the shed and put the turret back on.  All went easier than we anticipated as it was gently lowered over our home made guides.

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We had a tidy up and change around in the workshop.  Scorpion pulled out into the cold and turned around.  All the motors and gearboxes were then moved from the back to the center and the Scorpion pushed right to the back.  Means we can now get the digger in and use it to lift the motor and gearbox.2078506349_Shedrearranged.thumb.jpeg.8b635bdd82ec88dfbdce560d44aff3a3.jpeg

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Last night a big step forward when transmission was placed back in the hull. 

Lessons learned - have the drive shafts fully pulled out to give as much free space to position the transmission - the 1/2 moon spaces that sit under the transmission can be inserted after the transmission was in place - also easier with brake calipers not installed again to give more space.

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On ‎9‎/‎4‎/‎2018 at 9:45 PM, Cornishbloke said:

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

Thanks Richard.  We gave some thought to painting the gearbox but we were keen to get it in place to progress on with re assembly.  Now awaiting some parts from UK to set up handbrake and final brake plumbing. 

I am looking for some rear vision mirror triangle shaped brackets if anyone out there has some.

Phil

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