Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Self explanetary. 
The gearbox cover removed, fortunately the old oil has preserved the gears pretty well. 
Top view showing both the gearbox and direction control covers removed. 

Detailed view of the brake lines. 
Another detailed view, a lot of work to be done here. 
Looking down onto the pedal cluster, on the left is one of the master cylinder hydraulic pipes and to the right is the pedal lubrication pipe. 
A better view of the master brake cylinders and related piping. 
Underside view of the brake fluid resevoir.
Now that the chassis is exposed a better view can be obtained of the various components. This view shows one of the engine mounting points. 
Here we have a broken gearshift bracket, this will be welded up eventually. 
Here is a nice view of the engine. 
The magneto.  
Looking back from the engine side, the flexible coupling is visible and behind that the handbrake mechanism as well as the drive distribution box. 
Looking forward towards the engine, the lever you can see on top is for changing the direction from front to rear drive. 
The main drivers station. 
Looking directly down on the drive distribution box. 
With the cover removed the beautiful engineering can be seen after all these years.

Monday, 25 June 2012

This view shows one of the cylinder priming cocks. 
Here the Solex carburettor can be seen, it's not very big for such a large engine. the bulbous protrusion is the inlet from the missing air filter unit.  
Onto the careful removal of the upper hull. 
As the hull lifts we can see more of the chassis and drive shaft. 
The delicate removal continues, care being taken once again not to damage anything in the process. 
A better view of the universal joint and drive shaft. 
Little by little it's lifted off. 
A view from the top balcony. 
The hull is almost completely lifted off. The centre of gravity for the hull had to be determined by trial and error. 
The hull finally freed up and being hoisted to the rear of the chassis. 
And finally after 60 plus years the chassis and automotive components are revealed in all their decay. 
The hull laid to rest on the ground, ready for sandblasting.
Time to catch up with some new images, most of these are just detailed views for reference purposes.
Various clamps and conduits. To the top left can be seen the steering column mounting bracket. 
Some more detailed views, an engine sling loop attached to the clutch housing can be seen. 
These pipes lead to and from the radiator and coolant header tank.
A breather outlet in this view. 
With the radiators removed we get a nice view of the two fans, you see what I mean about the inaccessability of the fanbelts.  
The radiators and framing being removed. 
Ok. Now the fans have been removed and access to the fanbelts is only now possible. The tube cross member strengthener has to come out before the engine can be removed. 
A view from slightly further back. The wiring on our left is for the rear lights. 
Looking towards the rear from inside the fighting compartment, the two water pipes can be seen. 

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

The complete lower turret assembly, previously I said that this item was cast but upon closer inspection it is built up and welded together, the turret race itself is machined from the solid lower plate. 
One of the suspension protection plates removed. 
Another one I had overlooked. 
Here you can see the rear grill work being removed, our vehicle is unfortunately missing the whole rear lower portion of armoured plates. These will be manufactured once the vehicle is re assembled. 
Another view of the vent grill. 
The radiators exposed, note how each radiator is built up out of segments which can be individually removed and is quite clever if one needed to replace a damaged section and not remove the whole radiator.  
Although not shown this is the final stages of separating the hull from the chassis. 
From the inside one can see the gap between the hull and chassis. Many of the girders you see were welded on once the body and chassis were mated which made removal of some bolts difficult.  
Here again the gap is quite evident. It must be mentioned that this process was carried out with extreme care as more often than not a forgotten bracket or bolt might catch and break off. 
Another interior view showing some of the bolts that could not be removed.