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.
The outer bearings on the drive shafts are mounted. As soon hoods for the cooling fans are mounted on the radiator, the hoses can be fixed and we can fill the radiator with water.
Then it was time to assemble the steering gear in the base. With the help of our gantry crane we lifted it into place.
And after some adjustments back and forth, it stays.
Now, the radiator is in position in the motor frame. When the radiator hoses are fitted and the water loaded, we can run the engine and find out if the clutch and the gearbox are working properly.
Now the final drive is in place. It was bolted by 10 pcs of M16 bolts, but the bolt holes were so loose that we reamed them up to 18 mm and used M18 bolts instead.
Then it is time to start the engine. The picture quality is not the best but the sound is magnificent.
What a fantastic end of the year.
Now the final drive is prepared for installation.
It is the first major component to be remounted on the chassis.