Thursday, 18 October 2012

The drivers periscope holder for want of a better word was stripped down and here you can see the inner rotatable portion being removed. This proved to be an exhausting exercise because it had pretty much seized solid in its housing. The 10mm you see here protruding from the housing took the better part of half an hour to achieve and that was after the whole assembly was heated up with an acetylene torch and doused with liberal amounts of oil. 
From the other side you can see how it has moved slightly. 
Once it had reached this stage I was quite relieved to see that the end is near. 
In this view you can see some evidence of the bluing that remains on the unrusted portion. 
Finally after many an hour of pounding the inner cylinder is free.  
Here the pitted rust is clearly visible. 
Some light sandblasting has revealed some of the layers of colour. 
A side view of the mounting. 
After sandblasting the various components look nice and fresh, ready for undercoating.


Friday, 12 October 2012

The armoured bulge to accommodate the mg magazine has been removed. 
The radiator before stripping it down into its various components. 
The radiator is quite unique in that each core can be removed and replaced  sepatately thereby cutting down on replacement time. 
The attachment bolts were stubborn and had to be heated and lubricated before they would budge. 
Here one of the side mounting bolts is seen. 
Two more found on the inner frame. 
Finally one of the radiators with header and lower tanks has been removed, these will be reconditioned later on. 
The open mounting plate with one radiator removed, note the accumulation of dirt. 
Another view of the mounting plate. 
A detailed view showing the method of mounting the separate core segments, I had to make a special spanner to remove the circular nuts. 

The bottom end of the fuel tank breather pipe. 
One of the connecting plates between the hull and chassis. 
The badly corroded contact surfaces are readily seen, this is why as much of the hull structure had to be stripped down to try and reach these areas. 
I removed this louvre next, not much more could be removed after this because the hull structure would collapse in on itself. 
A side view of the plate being removed. 
And what it looks like from underneath.

With the chassis stripped down attention was turned to dismantling the hull. Over the years various erroneous items were welded to the hull sides, these should not be there and had to be removed in this case it was an aerial mounting bracket that was not standard. In addition to this the welding beads that held the hatches closed had to be ground flat. 
The rusted turret race is seen here, it took quite some effort to remove. 
Two of the door hinges, the rust is evident here on the contact surfaces which is a major part that needs to be rust proofed for long term preservation. 
This picture is for my reference of what fits where, you can see the path of the electrical conduit. To the right is the latch knob for retaining the foul weather window. 
This label was found on the turret race. 
Following again the path of the electrical conduit. 
The original interior white colour can be seen. 
This pipe is the fuel tank breather tube. It exits in the roof.
For a change of pace I cleaned up the hand control cluster, here you can see the various components. 
A close up of some of the parts. 
Just guessing I would say this means from left to right, accelerator, carburettor choke control and something that needs to be slowed down? 
The cluster re-assembled.