Now the driver’s seat is getting ready. The joysticks and pedals and floor are mounted. The dashboard is in place and the power is plugged in. In the empty hole to the left of the dashboard, the temperature gauge must be seated.
Under the support wheels of the track, diverting plates are mounted. On these, all clay and other dirt that get caught in the track should slip away so that it does not remain in the track arrangement.
The work on the carriage continues. Now the fuel tank and cooler are back in their original locations. The front of the floor in the combat area is also in place. However, the driver’s seat is far too high and must be lowered, because if you are longer than 150 cm you will hit your head.
The instruction manual for Strv m / 21-29 is in folio and therefore difficult to copy and distribute. We have made a copy of it in A4 size. The instruction manual also contains a number of explanatory figures, which have now been included in the copy.
Instruktionsbok med figurer
The engine is mounted in the body and the steering gear is put on the underbody. The construction is a bit odd because the engine and the gearbox are attached into the body while the steering gear is attached both in the body and the underbody.
The next step is to mount the body on the underbody, lift up the steering gear and mount the brackets. I’m getting a little worried about thinking of the job that’s left; crowded, hard-to-reach and bad workplaces.
We discovered that the steering gear did not work correctly when we turned to the right. Now the problem has been fixed, but it took some time and a lot of thought was needed to determine what the error was, but also to understand how the steering gear actually works.
The engine frame is mounted in place in the body.
The steering gear is checked and adjusted after the test runs and as soon as all parts are mounted we lift the steering gear onto the underbody.
Finally it is time to assemble the body and the underbody to a unit.
The body and the engine frame are now assembled to a unit, but some bolt connections are missing before the body can be lifted onto the underbody. But before that, the underbody must be cleaned and rustproofed.
Body and engine frame joined.
The body and the underbody stand next to each other again.
The power line is tested and it works properly.
The next step is to mount the body on the base, but there are some preparations that must be made first. With the help of a wheel loader, the engine frame with the engine and the gearbox is taken away. The body and the engine frame must be assembled to a unit before the body is mounted on the base.