Posted 6 months ago
Here is the 8th part of 10 in my "Restoration Series" of 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 Shows the Ferret emerging from the paintshop, as detailed in my last post. ALL ancilliary parts and components have been stripped away from the vehicle and while the major refurbishment has been underway, these parts have been laid back to bare metal and refinished as they would have been when they emerged from the makers.
Photo .2 Upper: Shows aluminium and steel parts stripped bare then sprayed with an aggressive etch primer that allows the finish to adhere extremely well to the surface. Lower: Shows the Machine Gun ammunition tray in it's finished glory. This is typical of all the parts inside the Ferret. The colour of most items in the Driver/Commander compartment are this fetching silver colour!
Photo. 3 Upper: Shows one of the large battery boxes before renovation. The Ferret had been standing in the Government Disposal Yard for years and the battery's had cracked and leaked acid, causing severe corrosion. Lower: Shows the two battery boxes in their fully and carefully renovated state.
Photo .4 This was one of our greatest concerns in the renovation and rebuild of the Ferret: All around the vehicle are periscopes that allow the driver and commander to see out when it is shut up tight. The periscopes are made out of delicate cast aluminium and contain delicate optics. Because aluminium reacts poorly when against steel there was a lot of corrosion to the periscopes caused by electrolytic action. The periscopes had to be driven out of the armour with soft mallets and then carefully disassembled and renovated, then rebuilt. (A few were broken but later rebuilt). All the optics in the finished vehicle are as clear as can be!
Upper photo section: Shows the process of renovation for the periscope housings from far back to front. Lower photo section: Shows a finished, articulating periscope housing in it's finished state.
In the next CW post I will detail the refitting of the Ferret to its near finished state. Thanks for your interest in my post and series.