In the engine room there was a big gray lump that turned out to be the fuel tank. When we removed it, we discovered that it was made of copper.
But it’s a shame to hide beautiful copper with gray paint, so we removed the paint and polished the copper and the result was really good.
A great thanks to all who have contributed to the renovation. Now we take a summer vacation and we’ll see you again in August.
Now the bracket for the dual cooling fans is manufactured and installed on the engine. The cooler is in place and the fans fit perfectly into the covers.
The petrol tank, which is made of copper, was partially painted gray. Now, we have removed the old paint and now the copper is exposed. It is really nice now, but just wait until we have polished it up.
To give full cooling of the engine, there are dual cooling fans to the radiator. The Scania museum has been kind enough to give us an extra cooling fan which we now have mounted on the engine.
The cooler is very large and equipped with two cooling hoods. Due to the fact that the original engine was dismounted when the renovation started, we have been forced to manufacture new brackets to the two cooling fans which now are monted on the engine.
Now the pistol ports covers are mounted in the turret. When the covers are closed, you are referred to the six small holes which give you a very limited opportunity for observation. The dark circle in the middle of the cover is a knob, which is for locking the cover in open or closed position.
The machine gunner’s job was not so easy. The small square hole is 2×2.5 cm and it was through this he was aiming when he fired the machine gun.
The combat area is white. It’s time for turret whose inside, pistol port cover and brackets have been painted white.
The turret has come back after painting. Unfortunately the race to the turret was painted too, so we needed to clean it. The barrel jacket to the machine-gun is also mounted. What remains is to paint the turret white on the inside and mount the pistol port cover.
There were parts that were in very poor condition, battered, rusty and broken. One example is the protective plate over the tension of the track. Above is the old plate and underneath the newly made,
When the plate was mounted on the carriage and painted it became like this.
To make it possible to install and test the drive train, we have mounted heavy plates which hold the brackets to the motor frame in the chassis. When the drive train is in place, we will have full visual overview of it and we can test it.safely.
All brackets are in place.