Posted 3 years ago
Here is the third part of the "Restoration Series" on this, our 1959 British Daimler Ferret Scout Car. The military vehicles are the "centre" of our family Military Collection. This is the Mk2/3 variant.
Photo .1 An outside shot of the Ferret before restoration...fresh as found. In a later post it will be shown in the body shop getting a back to metal refinish! In this photo; eagle eyed viewers might notice it has the wrong weapon fitted...this is the .50 cal. whereas it should be the Browning .30 cal. Which it is later retrofitted with:
Photo .2 Is the condition as found. Looking up into the turret, the gun mount with the weapon removed. It was all in dreadful condition, stripped for parts and rusted up!
Photo .3 Is the machinegun mount being remanufactured and readied for painting before the final fitting of the proper .30 cal. Browning Machine Gun.
Photo .4 Is the Vehicle Data Plate, which lists all the Base Overhauls it has had in it's life.... One Rebuild & One Base Overhaul! At the Rebuild the weapon would have been changed from .30 - 06 calibre to 7.62mm NATO.
On the Mark 2/3 the armour was uprated. The driver had the wheel gear either side of his legs, and previously when driven over a mine, the damage from flying axle and steering gear was dreadful! So the armour was uprated to protect the drivers legs! (For which they were obviously very grateful!)
N.B. A tale from a Ferret driver who saw service in the Malaya Conflict said that on "Op's" they would often drive with one leg tucked up under them, so that when the often inevitable mine was run over, they only lost the one leg! (This was before the modification was done)