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Old 18-08-14, 23:26
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Folks,

I've said it before, but it is worth repeating. The best part of this restoration is the people that you meet along the journey. I attended the Homesteader days event at Odessa on the weekend, and there was a strong contingent from the KMVA attending. Among the notables were Bob Carriere, with his C15A project, Jon Bradshaw with his Mk 2/3 Ferret and David Parker with his Mk 2 mortar carrier. It was a fine event and provided me with more motivation for my own project.

Peter

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Old 19-08-14, 01:16
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Bobbie, where's the rest of it???
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Old 21-08-14, 01:08
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Peter,

As Rob mentioned, Ferret tyres are becoming hard to find these days. I know one or two HUP owners looking for them as well. But they do look the part if you can find a set.
The chevron tyres are definately a nice alternative and can be seen on Bob's C15A. The big plus is that they are freshly manufactured.

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Old 09-09-14, 03:44
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Folks,

My good friend Gerald Longbottom, who is a skilled welder showed up for weekend, and it was extremely productive. First the hull was tacked together and measured. The frame was then properly welded together and then placed under the hull. The hull and frame were then bolted together using all the original bolt holes. The remainder of the weekend consisted of fitting and welding.

The result is truly impressive, not that I am the least bit biased. After a trip to visit our kids and grandkids, out west, the plan will be to remove the frame and have it sand blasted before priming and painting.

All in all it was a spectacular weekend.

Peter

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Old 09-09-14, 16:21
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Excellent work Peter! So....how do you call this....Re-militarized?

Great to see the Lynx come back to life. I believe it came from Italy(?). Do you know anything about it's history?

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Old 10-09-14, 03:45
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Alex,

Thanks, I call it progress. The only history I have on the Lynx is oral. Giorgio, the gentleman in Italy, from whom I purchased the Lynx, is an avid collector of Canadian militaria, from the second world war era, and he purchased it from a scrap dealer in the mid nineties. He was under the impression that it was sold to the Italian army after our troops came home at the end of the war. Apparently it could have also served with the Italian police, before being scrapped in the mid seventies.

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Old 10-09-14, 08:38
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Great job Peter, The 4th New Zealand armoured Brigade also used the Lynx in Italy.
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Old 10-09-14, 12:22
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Peter,

glad to see it going back together so easily. Clearly a well skilled man on the job.

I guess i thought he was coming this weekend!

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Old 10-09-14, 18:00
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Giorgio, the gentleman in Italy, from whom I purchased the Lynx,
For the record: here is the link to the link to the advert on MilWeb. I know some people were after it but apparently Peter hit the right chord at Mr. Giorgio and was able to buy it.

@Peter: you are doing a great job on restoring this Lynx!

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Old 10-09-14, 20:46
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Pete,
It`s come a long way from when you first found it, brought it over, and started the tear down. Now on the way to the rebuild stage. Keep the heat on! See you in a couple of weeks.
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Old 05-10-14, 03:51
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Guys,

Back from a great holiday and got to spend some time in the garage. Had a CARE package of parts waiting and picked up some more from a local welder/machinist. Now appear to have all the controls and various linkages restored/repaired that were hacked when the vehicle was "demilitarized". Spoilt myself with the instrument panel which is at least one year ahead of the plan. Something to tinker with when the larger components are stalled.

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Old 05-10-14, 20:50
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Peter,

Can you call me please

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Old 09-10-14, 06:31
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Folks,

Like most members of the MLU, I am a history buff.

I have decided that I would like to restore my Lynx, to represent the Lynx commanded by Corporal Charles James Paterson, D squadron, Royal Canadian Dragoons, on the 2nd of September 1944. During their advance on San Giovanni and Monte Albano, Corporal Paterson was awarded the Military Medal for his courage and initiative.

I have approached the current leadership of the Royal Canadian Dragoons and have received their approval and access to their archives.

Since joining the MLU, I have come to recognize the expertize that rests with its members. I am asking for help with any information, pictures or anecdotes that would help ensure the accuracy of my goal.

Should anyone wonder at my decision, I would strongly recommend the book, "The Gothic Line" by Mark Zuehlke. Another influence on my decision, is the fact that my father, Herrick Duggan, served with the 1st Survey Regiment, RCA, during the Sicilian and Italian campaigns, before finishing the war in NW Europe.

I welcome any comments or suggestions. Thanks, Peter
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Old 21-10-14, 04:14
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Guys,

Went to visit Richard Hatkoski's growing motor pool, and raid one of his parts truck for some throttle linkage parts. Had a great time despite the weather and came home with some nice parts. I've attached a picture of the donor HUP, Richard and his latest FGT, complements of Stew Robertson and a Sherman at the Royal Canadian Legion in Haliburton.

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Old 24-10-14, 01:19
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Guys,

I was given this picture of a Lynx, off the net. With my limited knowledge, I've tentatively identified the unit badge, as the 43rd Wessex. I'm also guessing that it is post war.

Is there anyone out there that can identify the unit and perhaps some history of the Lynx with the British army. I'd welcome any information.
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Old 29-10-14, 02:34
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Peter - that is the 43rd Wessex sign. Can't tell the colours of the unit sign obviously but likely Signals? The "census" number is the post war AA11AA style. My info is that 43rd Wessex, a territorial division based in Wilts, Berks and Somerset was deactivated at the end of the war but was reactivated in 1947 until 1961. So this photo would likely be 1948 on -don't know how long the Lynx was in service.
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Old 29-10-14, 02:36
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.... meant to say the 11AA11 style!
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Old 29-10-14, 02:57
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David,

Thanks for confirming my tentative identification. Here's hoping that some of our British members might know more about the Lynx in British service. I'm aware of the Lynx serving with both the Australians and New Zealanders, but I didn't think that it served with the British army.

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Old 25-11-14, 06:11
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Guys,

My goal for this year was to have the frame repaired, sandblasted, primed and painted for years end. Life does have a way of prioritizing what actually gets done. The frame is now repaired, sandblasted and epoxy primed. With luck she will get painted early next month.

My Lynx project has taken over most of my garage so I reluctantly parted with my old Mack to create enough room for the restoration project. It was a sad moment to watch the old girl head down the road to a new home.

Peter

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Old 25-11-14, 22:14
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Peter,

Must have been heart breaking to send the Mack to a new home. Time and space will always dictate what gets to stay. These restoration projects are never easy, but always extremely gratifying to see a piece of our history come back to life. Great job!

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Old 26-11-14, 19:42
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Peter.

Just a quick clarification question. When this Lynx was demilled, did everything in the way of the torch get cut: cables, linkages, hull, frame, drive train, etc.? That would certainly increase your challenges, but probably kept it simple for the disposal team. Just find the spot to break the vehicles back and away they go.

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Old 27-11-14, 04:39
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David,

When the Lynx was demilitarized, it was quick and dirty. The only item that was taken apart was the drive shaft. Everything else was cut with a torch. This includes everything from the hull, frame to the electrical system and all the controls. Having said that, I have been very fortunate to locate or repair virtually every one of these items. I have been pleasantly surprised at the amount of NOS parts that I have come across. Networking with MLU members has been great and very rewarding.
My greatest challenge will be the armoured sponsons for the fuel tanks. I have been able to acquire two fuel tanks and have the bottom portions of the sponsons that can be repaired. The top portions and covers may have to fabricated.
All in all, this trip down the restoration road is very rewarding, the people that have assisted along the way have made it very worthwhile.

Peter
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Old 27-11-14, 04:44
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All in all, this trip down the restoration road is very rewarding, the people that have assisted along the way have made it very worthwhile.

Peter
Ah-men. That's probably why most of us are here!!!!
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Old 28-11-14, 18:14
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Peter.

Good thing for your vehicle, the two parts stayed 'together' all these years. A lot of scrappies would not care and mix up all the sections in very quick order.

In another thread it was mentioned Spain scrapped their C15TA's by cutting then in half as well IIRC.

Keep up the great work, and keep us posted. Many of us live vicariously from interesting projects like yours.

Cheers for now,

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Old 13-12-14, 04:13
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Guys,

Christmas is not only for kids. I got back my axles, and springs from sandblasting and an epoxy primer. We're off to visit with the outlaws, in Quebec tomorrow, but I just had to put one piece back on the bare frame.

Incredible feeling to actually be adding parts to the frame, not removing them. Promises to be a good winter.

Peter

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Old 13-12-14, 13:51
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Peter
It is always an exciting time once stuff starts going back together. It makes all the hard work and busted knuckles worth it.
Did you have new spring packs made up?
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Old 14-12-14, 04:13
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Chris,

I just had the old springs sandblasted and epoxy primed. I was also able to reuse all the original mounting hardware. Once I have the lower chassis assembled, I will then have it painted before starting on the hull.

Peter
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Old 14-12-14, 13:55
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Wow, they look really good for originals.
Most new spring packs come painted chassis black and this led me to believe they were new or NOS.
Saved a few dollars not having to replace them.
Were the original bushings good as well or did you use new?
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Old 14-12-14, 18:22
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Hi Peter,

Bit late to this, but this may assist re your earlier comment:

"Is there anyone out there that can identify the unit and perhaps some history of the Lynx with the British army. I'd welcome any information.
Peter"

Someone mentioned signals Unit sign. The Unit sign background colours for signals units were white over blue, horizontally divided.

The background colours for armoured units post-ww2 were red and yellow (red top left) diagonally divided: I think that is what we are looking at, with the unit ID number not having been applied. So although you can identify the Formation, the unit within the formation remains unknown.

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Old 15-12-14, 20:29
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Mike,

Thanks for the unit badge explanation. Should you come across any information about the Lynx in British service, please do not hesitate to share.

Peter
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