Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Some smaller components needed attention, in this case the hand brake drum, flexible fabric coupling as well as some other bits and pieces. 
Some more hand brake components. The two curved items are the callipers that apply pressure to the drum. 
Close ups of the flexible coupling and brake drum. 
After the primer the grey colour was painted on. 
The brake drum. 
And here are the two components ready for installation. 
The centrally mounted transfer box, you will notice that it is a different shade of grey, this is because all the automotive components came from a different manufacturer who painted these items in their own shade of paint. 
The brake drum and callipers get attached to this end. 
And here it is all attached, you can see the cam type of mechanism that activates the braking force. 
Every component has two linkages and operating systems to allow for full control by both drivers.
The gearbox will eventually be bolted to this flange.
What you see before you is the one component we are missing to complete the restoration. It is the gear shift selector box that is bolted to the actual gearbox, the linkage you see on one side is the connection between this component and the second drivers gear shift lever. This one belongs to a collector in Italy who wants 3000 Euros for it?! For this kind of money we said it must be wrapped in grease paper fresh from the factory. In any event 3000 Euros is 3 quarters of the restoration budget so it was decided that from these images we could probably be able to manufacture the component ourselves. 
Take note of the very bad condition of this item. 
Here you can see the selector fork, the basic design doesn't look too complicated. 
Notice the badly pitted shaft, there is no way this shaft could be used as is and would probably have to be remade anyway because of this.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

The lower portion of the hull interior being painted in the chassis grey/green. I dared not remove the various cables you see all over the insides as it took quite a while to determine the centre of gravity for hoisting it off the chassis.
Before the drive distribution box was sent for sandblasting pictures were taken for reference. The spring loaded mechanism on top is the diff lock actuating handle.
From this end you can see the location of the hand/parking brake callipers. 
Time to re-assemble the suspension, here one of the final drives has been mounted back onto the chassis, it was quite a challenge getting the king pins lined up with the various parts. 
Another view, you can see just how complicated the arrangement actually is.
In this rear view the interior cream white has been painted on. 
And looking from the front.

Friday, 16 November 2012

The following images are of the aluminium spacer plate for the suspension. 
The six suspension mounting bolts. 
Two bolts from the inside of the chassis. You can see the shape of the inner casting. 
Two more mounting bolts on the lower girder of the chassis frame. 
Some more interesting stampings recorded for posterity.  
This is the front view, the spring sits in the recess.
Primed spacer plates. 
Another view. 
And painted in the correct colour. 
Now that the suspension units and various components have been primed and painted the parts are laid out for assembly. 
The engine jack comes in handy for this task, no point in pulling a muscle or causing a hernia. 
One suspension unit in place, you can see how the spacer bracket takes up the space between the girder and the unit. 
Another angled view, the two rotary type shock absorbers can bee seen on either side of the the upper wishbone.
All those nuts and bolts lock the whole suspension bracket and various components in place. 
A lower side view, you can see how the shock absorbers are mounted to the side of the chassis.
Suspension and cross bracing tubes under coated. 
More under coating. 
Here you can see some suspension parts having being painted in the Italian grey/green colour. 
The final drives primed. 
The suspension springs and brackets painted. 
Wheel arches painted. 
One of the suspension mounting plates has been installed. 
Here the plate has been temporarily installed, the mounting holes and opening are for the steering box. 
The other side plate installed. 
The chassis coming together, you can see one of the suspensions aluminium spacers on the floor. 

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

The wheel hubs mounted on poles ready for undercoating. 
A nice detailed view of the hub interior. 
Two of the suspension units are seen hanging here.
A close up view showing the rough cast texture. 
A sand blasted suspension bracket. 
One of the wheel hub assemblies is seen here, quite a fancy bit of engineering this. 
These are the four drive shafts, they are solidly machined items. 
The age of the vehicle has made certain alloy components brittle such as this access cap. 
A detailed view of the inner workings of the hub, the universal joint is centralised with the steering pivot points. The stub slots into the drive shaft and retained with two nuts and bolts.
And another view, the bronze bushed end locates with one of the spring units. 
Undercoated wheel hubs, undercoating has to take place very soon after sandblasting before surface rust can set in although thanks to the dry heat where the museum is located this is not too critical. 
Undercoated suspension bracket. 
These four cowlings are part of the wheel arches, that brittle cap you saw earlier can be seen on these.