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From CVRT scorpion Wreck to running Sabre


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Here is coming a project that started a couple of years ago with a young Englishman (S) buying an ex Belgian Scorpion wreck from a dealer (T) . He proceeded with getting a Sabre turret, engine and other stuff and started to work. With engine & gearbox installed he sold it to me and I have continued the work, initially focusing in sourcing bins and the parts. To not become a long, slooow thread the ends half way through, I waited with publish until I am now nearer completion. So this will be a speeded up thread with initial recaps but on the other side, you will see a ready vehicle in the end , faster than it took.

Here is the starting point:  

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Huge work was done, esp in engine bay area,  with still loads to be done in fighting compartment, and exterior wise. Another member of this forum ( P ) helped out with documenting S work before I took over. 

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I def see your point, I was in the market for a Sabre project and this one already had the turret replaced so half way in transition so to say.

After a thorough cleaning the turret was ready for a layer of paint- dramatical difference:) 

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Arrived, and ready for next phase:

Pressure clean, scrubbing with brushes and de-greaser together with some abraiding prepares for ne initial layer of paint. Paint does magic and is a morale booster for getting friends to help out, and attacking more boring stuff, me thinks.

In the end, a good day's work. Can only recommend the paint from Marcus Gleen. To be continued ...

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Getting hold of a Night sight cover is practically impossible. Thank heaven there is a guy at this forum who made a sturdy replica out of fibreglass. Great job at a fair price. Dont know if he do more of them ( but if so, you can just post below J!) 

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During winter, some time was spend to clean and paint the periscopes. As seen on this one, most rubbet gaskers were gone but by making a paper profile it was fairly easy to make new ones with a sharp knife and rubber mat sold per meter in a normal hardware store. Think I bought 1.5mm. Screws were found at greenmachinesurplus.

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With the lower hull painted and a ”proper” 40mm outer dia plumber pipe as barrel, she is starting to get the looks right. Until I get it threaded and mount the real flash hider, a small canvas bag filled with rolled magazines is a god substitute ”barrel end ”

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During the winter we had started with removing the turret floor bearings and their mount which were rusted completly solid after been under water for some time.

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After cleaning, WD -40, freeze rust solvent  etc, they were still unmovable. 8 month in a Diesel bath, however has now released 4 out of 5 (the 6th in the picture was a working replacement i got with the procject),  being ok for refitting after getting new side bearingsIMG_4820.thumb.JPG.88262b6e9b6303b3fe8fe741c05eef3b.JPG

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Being satisifed with the exterior for now and with working floor mounts, the work continued with the fighting compartment:  IMG_7936.thumb.JPG.b13c5bf69fb658aaefcf7c66f17be963.JPG

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Once cleaned ( 4 x times fully flushed, brushing with both normal and steel brushes & degreaser- in Scandinavia we had 33-35 degrees C these days so a big Puhh), the floor got a layer of grey metallic base color. Wet-vacuum cleaner is a must.

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Then on to a new round inthe fighting compartment, first layer of white on walls and floor, then mounting the turret floor and adjusting all contact points both sidewise and heigh. 

 

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With this in place, it’sready for a final layer of white and fixing details before mounting all new parts and cords 

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On 8/12/2018 at 6:28 PM, Manylandrovers said:

Hi I’m after some j60 bits to finish my rebuild. Starter, flywheel and dipstick and tube and drain tap. Anyone got a scrap j60?

The dipstick and tube are there and the flywheel , pretty sure the drain tap is there as well 

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