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Posted 4 years ago


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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.


  1. 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:
  2. kerry10456 kerry10456, 4 years ago
    Looking 100%, great job Steve, love seeing it's progression. Thanks for sharing!!
  3. Hems303 Hems303, 4 years ago
    kerry10456 thanks for your kind comment. Appreciated!
  4. Hems303 Hems303, 4 years ago
    Thanks for the "love it's" from kerry10456, AR8Jason, mustangtony, officialfuel,
    PhilDavidAlexanderMorris and MattyG! Cheers all!!!
  5. Hems303 Hems303, 4 years ago
    The Lower of the 4th photo's is the periscope housing (green painted) that is connected to the .30 cal Browning machine gun by linkages. When the gun moves, the perisope follows and actually has an implanted reticule (Cross-Hairs) for aiming the machine gun. This periscope is very rare if trying to locate a replacement, fortunately ours was not broken!
  6. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
    Excellent work, love your attention to detail.
  7. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    Don't know how I missed this one Steve. Looks great! I grew up in a town with a military depot & Fort. After WWII there were warehouses full of stuff they wished you would just take. Tank periscopes couldn't even be sold for scrap as they were all glass. That is why they are hard to find. I've had a number of them as a kid. There were hundreds of cases of walnut Thompson stocks we would make pistol & knife grips from. Stuff you wouldn't believe being scrapped or burned. Well, hind-sight doesn't put money in the pocket. Everything you needed to build anything military.
  8. Hems303 Hems303, 9 months ago
    Here's the link for "No.9"

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