We Did it! 

A huge thanks to all those who sponsored and donated. It was quite an adventure, but me made it, only just, but we made it

 

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This is the begining of our project, the car. A simple Saab estate

We are going to turn this into a Tank! yup, a Tank!

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Measuring up the turret and cannon.
We've removed the roof bars from both sides and positioned the turret, ready for marking out.

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Checking the cannon size / position

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Maybe a slightly longer canon is needed.
Also need something to raise the turret a couple of inches. - To the drawing board.

 

We did some more work on the Turret this weekend. We are using an old roof box (above) the Idea is to be able to open a hatch in the top and stand all the way through from the car. I know, it sounds crazy right?

 

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I had some good plywood hanging around so I layered it to get 2 inch in depth.
I marked the with of the roof-box and started jig sawing. 

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The center hole was pretty much perfect 
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All sawn, Just an hour or 2 with some sandpaper should do the trick
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A couple of coats of rubber paint to keep the weather off it.
(Its kind of looking like a stargate) 
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The underside on the roof box is not flat. so....
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I have made some fillers that I will fit with some silicon rubber.
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Fillers all set, hole cut. Now time to fit the ring.
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It fit much better than I was expecting. I'm very pleased with the seals.
No rain will get through there.
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To fit it to the Tank we'll be drilling 15 - 20 holes through the ring and car roof, into another 10mm ring.
This will make a very strong seal. 

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A quick test to see if the roof box, sorry, the turret is clear of the roof.

We are good for the big fit.....

to be continued...

 

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Building the hatch was a challange, The roofbox became very 'flimsy' so I had to build a sub-frame.

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But it was worth the work, a functioning hatch.

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Checking it still fits ok. looks good to me.

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The point of no return.

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24 bolts will hold the turret on, a lot of drilling to do.

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Cutting the roof lining away before the 'Big Cut'

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It was a tough cut, red hot metal fillings falling on your face. ouchy

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Tidying the hole, we dont want to snag our clothes 

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Not a lot of room, and geeze it was loud.

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All worth it, nice tide hold.

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A bit of foam to protect our heads

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Oh look, it works great

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I'm pretty proud how it turned out.

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Time to change the colour, a bit of sanding is in order.

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After a lot of sanding and a coat of primer, we are ready for the paint 

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British army green, fab base coat.

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The canon was fairly straight forward to fit. Good old drain pipe.

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A lick of the Green paint and we are ready for the camo colors. 

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First part of the camo, looking better.

 

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Looking good. Nearly ready for the off, 

   

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