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Posted 2 years ago

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Hems303
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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:

http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/69385-ww2-browning-30-mg

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)

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  1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    'Ti guerre? Still not ready to hoist the shorts? Hey, I lived on an island that surrendered 22 times without firing a shot! Until I moved there they thought their flag was all white! Didn't bother the locals as they didn't comprehend what winning was because it had never happened before.
  2. kerry10456 kerry10456, 2 years ago
    Evening Hems303, You were gone earlier this week when I shared this link with blunderbuss2. Love the tank series and the links also. Thought you might appreciate a shot of my main stay while in the military. Kerry
    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/19072-f-4j-phantom-on-hot-pad
  3. Hems303 Hems303, 2 years ago
    Thanks kerry! Yes... I tend to go away on business every 7-8 days or so and can be away for 6-7 days without the time/opportunity to log onto CW.....so like blunderbuss2...I go into withdrawal symptoms.....nasty! (I'm trying to join up with the support group he has found!).....(I know he's found one....he's just not letting on!)

    Good post of the Phantoms! I left a brief message and "love" :)

    Steve
  4. kerry10456 kerry10456, 2 years ago
    Thanks Steve, when you find the "Support" group, send me an email with the name and location, I might need some therapy also. People have said I was never quite right, but I just laugh and go on, because I know I'm much better now.LOL
  5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    kerry, I could have told you that long ago but thought you surely knew or a close friend had told you! I found a support group but think they are making me worse as they are more addicted than me.
  6. kerry10456 kerry10456, 2 years ago
    LOL blunderbuss2, That's so true, in my case, but like I said, I know I'm much better now. Just think of how AFU , I used to be.
  7. kerry10456 kerry10456, 2 years ago
    They said I needed to go to a Positive Mental Attitude Class, and my response was I didn't need to go to a class, I am positive I have a mental attitude.
  8. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    LOL. I'm not prejudiced, I don't like anybody! You probably don't have to deal with frogs a lot but I have a French business license & have to deal with them everyday. This works for me: I keep my passport next to the bed so that when I wake up, I look at it and know I'm not French. I also wear my U.S. dog-tags when I'm low to remind me that things have been worse.
  9. Hems303 Hems303, 2 years ago
    Thanks for all the support & "love it's" to petey, AR8Jason, miKKoChristmas11, walksoftly, ttomtucker, kerry10456, blunderbuss2 and BELLIN68

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  10. Hems303 Hems303, 2 years ago
    Here are the active links to the previous Collectors Weekly Posts of the "Ferret Restoration":
    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/69281-daimler-ferret-restoration-no-1
    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/69417-daimler-ferret-restoration-no-2
    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/71341-daimler-ferret-restoration-no-4
    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/71622-daimler-ferret-restoration-no-5
    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/72318-daimler-ferret-restoration-no-6
    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/72591-daimler-ferret-restoration-no-7
    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/74484-daimler-ferret-restoration-no-8
    And the CW Link for the Browning .30 Cal Machine Gun Renovation:
    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/69385-ww2-browning-30-mg

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