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Daimler Ferret Restoration No.10 (Final)

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Posted 4 years ago


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Here is the 10th and final part of 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.

In this "last post" for the Ferret Restoration I want to show a little of the post restoration "goings-on" and "outings" the Ferret has had. Keith intends to continue showing and exhibiting it throughout 2013 and hopefully beyond. The Ferret will also continue to be used in aid of different "Veterans" endeavours, educational and rememberance activities.

For those of you who have followed all of my posts in this "series" I thank you all for your interest, support and comments. We would like to point out that the actual work on the Ferret has been more time consuming than these brief Collectors Weekly Posts would lead most to believe. But the hard work is now behind us, it was enjoyable, as it always is. This sort of restoration is to be highly recommended to anyone thinking of doing something like this. It doesn't have to be something as large as the Ferret...start with something a little smaller...the rewards will be the same sense of achievment and satisfaction in the end!

Lets look at some of the parades, exhibitions and military vehicle shows the Ferret has attended, gaining accolades wherever it goes!

The Photograph's above:

Photo .1: The Ferret in the Weymouth (Dorset UK) Veterans Parade. The military vehicle behind is the "Saladin" Armoured Car from the National Tank Museum at Bovington. The crew of the Saladin insisted that the Ferret went in front of them, because they thought the quality of restoration was of such a high order! An accolade indeed from such as they!

Photo .2: Keith (Owner/Operator) poses in the turret with the Bren Light Machine Gun which is part of the Ferret's Complete Equipment Schedule (CES). We have garnered all, every single bit of the equipment that the Ferret should have been issued with when on service (But very often wasn't because of budget constraints)

Photo .3: These Military Vehicle Shows are quite an occurence in the summer months in England. TOP: The Ferret gained accolades from all who saw it at the "TankFest" Military Show held by the National Tank Museum at Bovington (Lulworth, UK.)
BOTTOM: The Ferret won "Best Post War Vehicle" award at the "Cockpit Day" exhibition and gathering organised by the Bournemouth Aviation Museum (Dorset. UK)

Photo .4: An Action shot at the "Overlord" Military Vehicle Show organised by SOE in Portsmouth (Hampshire, UK) home port of the Royal Navy. The next is the glass and marble award from the Aviation Museum. Then we have The Ferret posed alongside a USA Military Bell Helicopter that I think would have been contemporary with the Ferret at the time it entered service with the British Army. Lastly we have the owner doing what he does best!

Videos of Ferret etc: (Some of indifferent quality)


  1. Hems303 Hems303, 4 years ago
    Here are the active links to the previous Collectors Weekly Posts of the "Ferret Restoration":

    Here is the link for the Bren Gun:

    Here is a link for the Browning .30 Cal Machine Gun:
  2. Hems303 Hems303, 4 years ago
    Thank you BELLIN68 and mustangtony, and a very Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year to you and yours!
  3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    Bloody great job! Congratulations to be served around to the others also. Last pic., a bloody Becks? Have you no respect?( Actually a great beer but haven't seen it around lately).
    Merry Christmas to you & the gang.
  4. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
    You & your family, have done a fantastic job on the Ferret, congrats!
    Bloody amazing, cheers & Merry Christmas!!
  5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    Encore! Encore! What amazing thing is next?
  6. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 4 years ago
    Well done - for the restoration as well as all of the series here!
  7. pickrknows pickrknows, 4 years ago
    Absolutely stellar job on the resto Hems, looks amazing, and to save a piece of history for the future generations....priceless!!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours as well, cheers!!
  8. Hems303 Hems303, 4 years ago
    For all the kind comments: MANY thanks; and to all CW Members and loved ones; A very happy Christmas and hoping for a peaceful and prosperous New Year for all!

  9. Hems303 Hems303, 4 years ago
    Blunderbuss2: Have a good Christmas/New year holiday, sorry the girlfriend not there to spend it with you. I'll hoist a Becks for you at New Year! ;)
  10. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    And I'll hoist a Stella Artois.
  11. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 4 years ago
    Nothing short of a bow will do. Take a bow, sir! Thunderous round of applause for Team Ferret! : )
  12. Hems303 Hems303, 4 years ago
    miKKo....many thanks my friend! I have enjoyed posting for sure!
  13. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    PrettigeKerstdagen en Gelukkig Nieuwjaar Steve. Don't we all love the dutch? Always remember that the language of the U.N. is French. That explains a lot of the F'd-up situation in the world to me. If it was in dutch, it might be worse but don't know how & have my serious doubts.
  14. Hems303 Hems303, 4 years ago
    Blunderbuss2: It could have been much, MUCH worse if you know what I mean!
    Ein frohes Weihnachtsfest und alles Gute zum neuen Jahr!
  15. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    That rolls off my tongue better than the dutch version, which doesn't roll at all.
  16. Hems303 Hems303, 4 years ago
    Peaceful & Prosperous New Year to All CW Members and their Loved Ones! Thanks for all the support and kind comments over last year!
  17. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
    Happy New Year, Hems!
  18. Hems303 Hems303, 4 years ago
    To: miKKoChristmas11, petey, dlfd911, AR8Jason, mrmajestic1, bratjdd, pickrknows, Manikin, Chrisnp, ttomtucker, kerry10456, officialfuel, rniederman, walksoftly, mustangtony, BELLIN68; thanks for the "love it's", it is very much appreciated by everyone who was involved in this particular restoration project!

    For anyone who might be near Porstmouth UK over May Bank Holiday, we (and the Ferret) will all be at "The Overlord Show", the military vehicle fest put on by SOE:

  19. Hems303 Hems303, 4 years ago
    Heres another item related to the Ferret!:
  20. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    Really risky throwing grenades out of small windows! Even in the open is risky. I threw one that hit a tree square-on once & it bounced back within 4-5 meters in front of me. Never would have believed I could run & dive so fast!
  21. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 9 months ago
    Shouldn't there be some rule against drinking German bier in a British military vehicle ? Great finale Steve !

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