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Posted 5 years ago


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Here is the sixth 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: The Ferret is still outside and has been stripped down to it's component parts except the running gear. The gearbox removed, taken to our machineshop and one good gearbox rebuilt out of two "knackered" ones! In this photo you can see the exhaust "muffler" laying on the ground after extensive welding and reconstruction (they are not available off the shelf down at the local parts supplier). The engine is fully renovated, serviced and ready for the exhaust system to be refitted.

Photo .2: The fully refurbished and rebuilt gearbox/transmission (in it's new; British Army "Duck's Egg" Blue, engine/transmission coloured paint); leaving the machineshop for refitting to the Ferret which is laying ready and waiting. (All the interior of the Armoured Car has been fully renovated and repainted ready).

Photo .3: The author wielding the spanner! The gearbox is fully refitted and functioning after much heaving, shoving and swearing! In this photo; you will notice (black) the two new huge battery boxes Keith had to fabricate as the originals were eaten through by battery acid leaks over the years (one under my elbow and the other in the foreground right). You will also notice compared to earlier posted CW photo's; the interior of the crew compartment is now spic'&'span, with gleaming new silver (standard) paint. ALL internal equipment and fittings have been removed and taken away to be refurbished and in some case completely remade if unobtainable. (I will show some of these in a future CW Post)

Photo .4: The work (outside) still continues whatever the weather...still dodging snowstorms. Next CW Post; the Ferret moves into the paintshop and the warm!


  1. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 5 years ago
    Most impressive! Martha Stewart would love the "Duck Egg's Blue" gear box/transmission unit, and she couldn't find fault with its cleanliness. Messy job, great work!
  2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    Doubt this will help in this case, but battery boxes for the old MG's were surplus M.G. ammo boxes & may be similar to what was used in '59'. Just a tid-bit I picked up while rebuilding my 1950 MG-TD. Everybody, even govt's, like to recycle.
  3. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
    Fantastic work!
    After 30 years of repair & manufacturing I can appreciate what you have undertaken.
    I did two tractor renovation 20 years ago, but they weren't as extensive as this.
  4. Hems303 Hems303, 5 years ago
    Sean, miKKo, Lucas and David: Thank you all for the very kind comments and encouragement guys! We have always enjoyed our vehicle restorations, we think that apart from perhaps the odd motorcyle, the Ferret is going to be our last! (getting too long in the tooth now, and other responsibilities take on greater importance!). Thanks again!
  5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    Going to get a telly next? Don't forget a vase to put next to it.
  6. Hems303 Hems303, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the "love it's" from MattyG, ks85, walksoftly, blunderbuss2, officialfuel, miKKoChristmas11, Manikin, AmberRose, BELLIN68, vetraio50 and pw-collector!

  7. Hems303 Hems303, 4 years ago
    Thanks Phil, we much appreciate your comment and interest!
  8. Hems303 Hems303, 4 years ago
    Thanks for the "love" from petey! Much appreciated.

  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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