As I mentioned, I spent several years getting bits together, the single most expensive was new track and roadwheels. However, the wheels turned out to be less good than I had been led to believe but more on that later. I also spent some time getting the vehicles identity. M4A4s have the vehicle serial number stamped on each towing lug, [...]
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The aforementioned fan was the only casualty in the recovery as a blade broke off as we unloaded in my yard. Due to the size of the engine, the fan sticks through the floor and is normally protected by a large armoured casting but that was missing. I did keep the broken blade and it later welded back on with [...]
4000 hours later, Adrian Barrell walk us through the restoration of his M4A4 Sherman – from range wreck to world class restoration. My Sherman, M4A4 serial number 5271, was built in September 1942 by Chrysler at the Detroit Tank Arsenal. It was the 467th built out of a total production run of 7499 M4A4s. Issued to the US Army with [...]
The butcher’s van from the classic BBC comedy Dad’s Army goes on public display for the first time after being fully restored. The 1935 Ford box van, driven in the series by L/Cpl Jones, was bought by benefactors of the Dad’s Army Museum in Thetford, Norfolk. The museum has now raised £20,000 of the £63,100 needed to repay them. Corinne [...]
Now all the individual engines can be removed. This is best achieved by rotating the assembly to allow a vertical lift for each block. No 4 is the hardest as the manifold prevents easy access to the bolts. It’s bad enough when reassembling but next to impossible with non existent bolt heads. There is not enough room to get a [...]
Now my focus was on the rest of the interior. I wanted to have her finished before I went to Normandy in June 2004 so needed to get a wriggle on. The largest single fabrication was the new turret basket. The one that came out of the tank looked like this. I had a better one but that was not [...]