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.
The bracket, which holds the steering gear and the power line, is mounted in the body. Therefore we need to mount some steel plates to be able to mount the brackets in the right place. The steering gear is mounted and when the motor is mounted we are able to make a test drive the complete power line.
We have prepared the base, to be able to lift in and mount the engine package. Cooler with exhaust hoods are mounted in the engine frame, so now the engine package will soon be ready.
The fighting compartment of the 21-29 was painted white, except the inside of the doors which were grey in order not to be that visible when they were open. Here is a little comparison between what it looked like before we started the renovation and now after that the inside has been painted.
There is a lot left to do, but we begin to imagine the end.
The steering gear, final drive and drive wheels are mounted on their places in the hull. The main part of the belt assembly is also in place. The next step is to mount the engine package, and then we have the opportunity to test the powertrain.