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REMLR Member Sheds => REMLR Member Sheds => Diana A's Shed => Topic started by: Diana Alan on November 17, 2013, 11:06:58 PM

Title: Diana's Mk3 Inter, 170-437 - Wazza
Post by: Diana Alan on November 17, 2013, 11:06:58 PM
He was a Army truck, then he was a bush fire truck and he came to me from Warwick.


Many of you know I have a Mk3, ages ago I started prepairing it for a re-paint, then life got in the way.

Anyhow, in the recent few weeks I've been concentrating on to to the almost exclusion of all the other projects.  Although I must admit I did move the buggy to the chook shed on Saturday.

Sometime in the dreamtime I made the decision to remove all the two-pack RFS orange paint from the Mk3, prior to the re-paint.  This one decision has made what could have been a simple task into my current marathon. Today I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. 

This weekends work involved undoing all the mountings on the tray, jacking up the tray and installing runners and rollers between the tray and the chassis rails.  I then rolled the tray back about 18" from the cab.  This one operation allowed me to get between the cab and tray and meant that within a few hours I was able to remove all the orange from the rear of the cab, sand and etch prime any bare metal.  Then I turned around and was able to remove all the orange from the front of the tray, sand and similarly etch prime that.

I've removed the mudguards and extensions from the side and rear of the cab and all the bolts and clips poking through the rear of the cab.  Basically it's now ready for primer coat. The next job is to remove the remains of the orange paint, this is mostly on the underside of the sun visor/extension of the roof and a few traces on seals and the window class.  After that, with help from a friend is the removing the hollow from the roof and MIG'ing up a couple of pin holes and prepairing the fibreglass bonnet for paint.

Maybe by Christmas, I'll have a completely green truck!  8) 

A little history.

At initial purchase.
(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m2/Auntikinus/Army%20Trucks/Mk3/Inspection007.jpg)

(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m2/Auntikinus/Army%20Trucks/Mk3/Inspection006.jpg)

(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m2/Auntikinus/Army%20Trucks/Mk3/Inspection010.jpg)

(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m2/Auntikinus/Army%20Trucks/Mk3/Inspection003.jpg)

Removing the fire fighting equipment.
(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m2/Auntikinus/Army%20Trucks/Mk3/PICT2053.jpg)

(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m2/Auntikinus/Army%20Trucks/Mk3/PICT2054.jpg)

(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m2/Auntikinus/Army%20Trucks/Mk3/PICT2080.jpg)

Tripod mounted tray (before being removed)
(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m2/Auntikinus/Army%20Trucks/Mk3/PICT2059.jpg)

Restoration of dropside and tailgate hinges.
(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m2/Auntikinus/Army%20Trucks/Mk3/DSC00003.jpg)

Registered HCRS
(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m2/Auntikinus/Army%20Trucks/Mk3/PICT2211.jpg)

Door markings
(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m2/Auntikinus/Army%20Trucks/Mk3/door-markings002.jpg)

(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m2/Auntikinus/Army%20Trucks/Mk3/door-markings007.jpg)

(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m2/Auntikinus/Army%20Trucks/Mk3/door-markings004.jpg)

(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m2/Auntikinus/Army%20Trucks/Mk3/doorinsignia.jpg)

Title: Re: Diana's Mk3 Inter
Post by: Diana Alan on November 18, 2013, 05:11:29 PM
A couple more (fragment) images from about 12 months ago.

(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m2/Auntikinus/Army%20Trucks/Mk3/8af09a9d-3d1f-44bf-a632-defe6e51f84f.jpg) (http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m2/Auntikinus/Army%20Trucks/Mk3/Mk3-June2012.jpg)

Since these images were taken, all the RFS orange visible front and rear has gone, the bonnet has has a sealer/indicator coat applied so the areas needing repair/filling can be identified and the doors and lower guards have had a coat of OD.

I've even removed most of the gear stored on the tray.  ::)
Title: Re: Diana's Mk3 Inter
Post by: dkg001 on November 18, 2013, 05:46:19 PM
Looking much better than RFS red. You are lucky the interior of cab was left green, quite a few RFS trucks did have their interiors painted.
Title: Re: Diana's Mk3 Inter
Post by: Diana Alan on November 21, 2013, 08:55:00 PM
As promised:

(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m2/Auntikinus/Army%20Trucks/Mk3/DSCN0760.jpg)

(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m2/Auntikinus/Army%20Trucks/Mk3/DSCN0750.jpg)

(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m2/Auntikinus/Army%20Trucks/Mk3/DSCN0759.jpg)

(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m2/Auntikinus/Army%20Trucks/Mk3/DSCN0757.jpg)
Title: Re: Diana's Mk3 Inter, 170-437 - Wazza
Post by: Diana Alan on December 24, 2013, 07:26:37 AM
No Mk3 Christmas present.  :(

My mate who's going to do the panel repairs has been unwellso the roof repairs will have to wait till mid January.

May end up painting up to the gutter line.

BTW: no red left.
Title: Re: Diana's Mk3 Inter, 170-437 - Wazza
Post by: Diana Alan on July 12, 2016, 09:54:25 PM
hope to take the truck to the Menangle military muster this weekend.
Title: Re: Diana's Mk3 Inter, 170-437 - Wazza
Post by: THE BOOGER on July 12, 2016, 10:14:55 PM
Look for the REMLR banner ;D
Title: Re: Diana's Mk3 Inter, 170-437 - Wazza
Post by: Mick on July 12, 2016, 10:19:04 PM
Hey Diana,

Any chance you'll make the trip to Corowa for the year of the inter ?

Doing a great job there 😊👍

Cheers,

Mick
Title: Re: Diana's Mk3 Inter, 170-437 - Wazza
Post by: Diana Alan on July 12, 2016, 11:52:49 PM
That's the plan, I'm also working on Cookey to get his Mk3 17 cnst SVN vet there too
Title: Re: Diana's Mk3 Inter, 170-437 - Wazza
Post by: Chazza on July 13, 2016, 08:14:07 AM
He looks fantastic Diana! Well done  :D

Cheers Charlie
Title: Re: Diana's Mk3 Inter, 170-437 - Wazza
Post by: STDDIVER on July 13, 2016, 10:12:49 AM
Great work Diana

This enthuses me to work harder on 171-623 - the truck is a credit to you.

Really well done

Frank
Title: Re: Diana's Mk3 Inter, 170-437 - Wazza
Post by: dkg001 on July 13, 2016, 05:02:37 PM
Looks fantastic. Will it be at Corowa for the year of the international?
Title: Re: Diana's Mk3 Inter, 170-437 - Wazza
Post by: Diana Alan on August 01, 2016, 09:09:32 PM
Thanks for the encouraging comments.  :) A special shout out to Chazza who made me some replica rear tac sign holders.   8) (piccies later)

Do I feel stupid today.  :-[

To recap on the last few weeks, I didn't make it to Menangle. too many little jobs and not enough time, so instead of going to the Muster I decided to strip down thee rear and re-paint it. so I removed the Narva lamps and scrapped off the numerous layers of white paint off the tool boxes and the black paint off the rearr of the chassis and tow plate.

Reminder photo.
(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m2/Auntikinus/Army%20Trucks/Mk3/PICT2211.jpg)

Anyway have decided to leave the rear mostly green with only the bumperettes, light buckets and swinging mud flaps white.  So thats all been done and now the build up is back on.

Now to my stupidity, after military service 170-437 went into service with Gloucester Shire Council as a fire tanker, apart from the diesel conversion the RFS also fitted a Maxi-brake system to the handbrake mechanism.  This was disconnected to overhaul the wheel cylinders. Disconnecting was easy, start engine. get air pressure up, release maxi-brake and remove the clevis pins from the linkages. Reinstalling them should have been the reverse of above, but I couldn't get the clevis within 75mm of the hole in the lever.   After lots of  head scratching came to the conclusion that the maxi-booster had failed, so went and purchased a new one and fitted it up, with same result then decided that the compressor had failed or something, so to test the system, I made up a line to supply air pressure from the workshop 150psi system.  This time without the noise of the engine I could hear air leaking from the trailer  emergency supply, upon investigating I found the trailer valves open and with the cover leavers off for re-painting air was venting to atmosphere.  Any wonder I couldn't get any more than 35psi up in the system.

Shut the valves and everything works fine.   I guess I'll now have more confidence in the condition of the maxi-brake booster.

But I do feel like an idiot.
Title: Re: Diana's Mk3 Inter, 170-437 - Wazza
Post by: Magellan on August 12, 2016, 08:37:08 AM
It's a credit to your efforts Diana. Did you recreate the door markings?

Daryl
Title: Re: Diana's Mk3 Inter, 170-437 - Wazza
Post by: Diana Alan on August 12, 2016, 10:44:54 PM
Yes the door markings have been applied as have the BWD and tailgate signs, there are even some red rats on the drivers and passenger doors as well as inside and outside the hatch.  8)

Still have some electrical gremlins, mainly that the junction box between the screens became disconnected and am trying to sort out which yellow wire is what function. The big worry is the black wire which is active on IGN.  I always thought black was ground??? However all the lights and legal requirements work so its fit for the road.

The seat frames are in place (they really need new timbers, but have been painted and replacements on the to-do list). The hood sticks will go on tomorrow morning after it drives out of the shed and I'll fit on a Unimog tarp until I can get a proper Inter tarp.  The plan is to drive it up to Warrimoo tomorrow in case there are any mechanical issues and to be in place for the Long Tan commemoration on the Sunday.

I promise photos after the parade.
Title: Re: Diana's Mk3 Inter, 170-437 - Wazza
Post by: Diana Alan on August 15, 2016, 10:40:11 AM
Well the truck drove from Leppington up to Warrimoo on Saturday to overnight and then attended the Springwood Long Tan commemoration parade on Sunday.

Unfortunately they decided not to have vehicles in the parade, but the truck drew a lot of attention, mostly from Veterans reminiscing.  It certainly was the background for lots of veterans photos.

Thanks to everyone for their assistance making it possible. Particularly Chazza, Mick, Hot Rover, STDDRIVER (and Cookey)
 
Title: Re: Diana's Mk3 Inter, 170-437 - Wazza
Post by: Diana Alan on August 15, 2016, 11:26:43 AM
It's a credit to your efforts Diana. Did you recreate the door markings?

Daryl
Oops
Just realised what you were asking.  No I haven't re-created the door markings, not sure what to do about them until I have some information about where when they were applied.

I'm wondering about Borneo, I remember reading a command directive referring to door markings on soft skinned vehicles ordering their removal, I can't imagine they would have applied that sort of detail  in Australia but have no information about the truck serving overseas. Mike C reliably informs me it didn't go to Vietnam.

All comments/opinions appreciated.

(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m2/Auntikinus/Army%20Trucks/Mk3/door-markings007.jpg)
Title: Re: Diana's Mk3 Inter, 170-437 - Wazza
Post by: GGG on August 15, 2016, 02:12:13 PM
I would say that any markings like that would have been applied away from prying eyes. Those party poopers from the RAEME inspection team used to jump on anything like that as soon as they saw it. I would assume that the boss would have received a rocket from above in such cases. In our unit if the boss copped it so did we!
Geoff O.
Title: Re: Diana's Mk3 Inter, 170-437 - Wazza
Post by: Mick on August 15, 2016, 04:14:37 PM
You've done a great job Diana, it looks like she's back in the green skin.

Well done 😊👍

Cheers,

Mick
Title: Re: Diana's Mk3 Inter, 170-437 - Wazza
Post by: Hot Rover on August 15, 2016, 09:52:34 PM
Hi Diana
Your truck has come up really good. I think you have done a really good job.
Cheers
Rod
Title: Re: Diana's Mk3 Inter, 170-437 - Wazza
Post by: Diana Alan on August 15, 2016, 10:46:54 PM
Thanks for the supportive comments,  :)I think it came up well, particularly after how it started but was a long time coming.

I just made some before and after comparisons.
Title: Re: Diana's Mk3 Inter, 170-437 - Wazza
Post by: 2short on August 15, 2016, 11:03:21 PM
Awesome work.  8)
Title: Re: Diana's Mk3 Inter, 170-437 - Wazza
Post by: STDDIVER on August 16, 2016, 02:03:48 PM
Diana - You must be congratulated for such a high standard of restoration and quality of work.  :) (and making me feel guilty I am not doing as much as I can on my projects too!) :o

I always look forward to your posts

Frank
Title: Re: Diana's Mk3 Inter, 170-437 - Wazza
Post by: DennisM on August 16, 2016, 08:40:12 PM
Well done Diana cheers Dennis ;D
Title: Re: Diana's Mk3 Inter, 170-437 - Wazza
Post by: Chazza on August 17, 2016, 07:15:52 PM
What a ripping restoration!  :D

I tried to give you a thumbs-up, or whatever it is called, but it seems to have disappeared  :-\

Cheers Charlie
Title: Re: Diana's Mk3 Inter, 170-437 - Wazza
Post by: Diana Alan on August 17, 2016, 07:57:56 PM
Excellent work there, Diana.
It was looking rather sad in the chook shed at one stage but looks new now.
Hi Mick

Yes it did look very sad, it had a leaky roof and a retired panel beater friend promised to do repairs but unfortunately he became unwell and nothing happened.  In mid 2015 after waiting over 2 years I decided to finish the paintwork up to the cab gutter when I put on primer and camo green,it seemed to stimulate him into action.

The rest of the restoration only got going after I was made redundant from work. Now the truck's on the road, I'll start looking for a new job ( the bank balance is also getting a little low).  :'(

I drove the truck from Warrimoo to the Tank Shed at Glenorie today and I think I may have a wheel bearing going, I also think the 4WD mechanism isn't disengaging, so there are still a few jobs to do.
Title: Re: Diana's Mk3 Inter, 170-437 - Wazza
Post by: B 52 on October 20, 2016, 01:13:58 PM
The tray on my Mk4 was off 170-435 according to some writing underneath the tray, not far off your ARN
Title: Re: Diana's Mk3 Inter, 170-437 - Wazza
Post by: Diana Alan on October 20, 2016, 01:55:50 PM
The tray on my Mk4 was off 170-435 according to some writing underneath the tray, not far off your ARN
If you go by chassis number its only 7 vehicles away, if they're the the original trays yours would be at the beginning of the assembly line as the tray was being fitted to mine.