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Posted 5 years ago


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Here is the fifth 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: Apologies for the low flying jeans! These things happen! Using an "A" Frame, block'n'tackle and a fair amount of "elbow grease" the Ferrets's turret is hoisted off. One bolt in the turret ring had been missed and once this was eventually found the task went smoothly!

Photo .2: The turret is removed. The ferret is now open to the elements but the projected English Weather forcasts are unusually good! So no worries! The turret and all it's ancilliary gear is being renovated and restored, along with the Browning Machine Gun, in one of the machine shops at home.

Photo .3: The armour plates on the floor had been removed earlier (see previous CW post). This shows clearly what was underneath.
This is the Drivers station he (obviously) sits behind this steering wheel (Note the odd bottom forward attitude of the wheel..... a most unusual driving experience I can assure you!) The drivers seat and other comforts have all been ripped out, and kept for restoration or replacement items sought. A lot of the ancillary and even fitted equipment had "gone walk-about*" and will need sourcing and buying, however; you will note a full rack of loaded sub-machine gun magazines that were left in the Ferret! (They had been obscured by junk and rubbish)
*Been stripped off and stolen whilst stood in the armoured vehicle disposal compound.

Photo .4: As mentioned under Photo .2....the turret was taken off as the weather forcast was fine and no rain...........we get hit by snowstorms!
A halt in the Restoration Project is called, and it is temporarily shut down. (More to come in Part .6: When the weather improves!)

Here are the links for the first four parts of the "series":

And the CW Link for the Browning .30 Cal Machine Gun Renovation:


  1. Hems303 Hems303, 5 years ago
    Nice one Sean! We put a penny in the slot..over here...a quarter would just jam in the slot! LOL ;)
  2. petey petey, 5 years ago
    Just love the restoration, you are living my day perhaps I will have enough time to restore a vehicle myself....ok back to the work work. Helmet collecting is ok, but I just love military vehicles! Shame about the jeans though....spoilt a very good photo, lol!
  3. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 5 years ago
    Really an astonishing adventure! Bravo! What did you do with the row of loaded magazines?
  4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    Looking great Steve! When is the projected date to be finished?
  5. Hems303 Hems303, 5 years ago
    Hi All, thanks for the various comments, ammo clips went into and still are in collection and ditto contents or down range, whichever! The side access panels are covered on the outside of the vehicle by stowage bins (you can see these in the Post No.1 Photo .2 ), inside one of these, we found a large damp cardboard box full of empty magazines, those went on eBay or sold at military "fairs".

    Re: jeans: No "skinny" jeans, just fat bod!

    The restoration was actually finished last spring...just now trying to sort all the photo's into some semblance of order! Presenting them for you on CW as we go (literally 100's of record photo's, which we always take on all projects, as a matter of course). P.S. Blunderbuss2; how is the proposed cannon off shore recovery and conservation project progressing? Have you managed to persuade "the powers that be"?
  6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    Haven't gotten around to talking to him yet. Maybe this weekend.
  7. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    Still don't see any SU carbs! I've had several Eng. sports cars including a TD & they all had those SU's. Actually i liked them after I knew them but did need a lot of tuning. Kind of a private joke.
  8. Hems303 Hems303, 5 years ago
    Thank for the "love it's" from: AR8Jason, bratjdd, Alpha1, blunderbuss2, miKKoChristmas11, kerry10456, petey, Manikin, mustangtony and BELLIN68!

  9. Hems303 Hems303, 4 years ago
    Here are the active links to the previous Collectors Weekly Posts of the "Ferret Restoration":
    And the CW Link for the Browning .30 Cal Machine Gun Renovation:

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