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170-295 Ex SVN saved and under restoration.
« on: December 20, 2019, 05:37:02 PM »
Hello All,

Last year I found and recovered Mk3 170-295 near the Qld border in the area of Goondiwindi.

I have commenced a ground up restoration which will be fairly slow as the truck has had a hard life with the Army, hard life as a tanker, hard life as a gantry crane carrier and then left to rot on an outback station.

Will try to load up some pics in due course

Cheers

Phill (Tankradio)
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Re: 170-295 Ex SVN saved and under restoration.
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2019, 05:40:01 PM »
During recovery of 170-295 aka 'The Goondiwindi Ghost'
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Re: 170-295 Ex SVN saved and under restoration.
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2019, 05:43:12 PM »
Teardown is well advanced
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Re: 170-295 Ex SVN saved and under restoration.
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2019, 05:46:11 PM »
Rusted floor cut out - it's tough 14 gauge steel !

Cheers 

Phill
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Re: 170-295 Ex SVN saved and under restoration.
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2019, 09:27:29 AM »
Nice work Phil.

Looks as if you used an A-frame to tow it home – what did you pull it with?

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Re: 170-295 Ex SVN saved and under restoration.
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2019, 12:36:57 PM »
Hello Chazza,

Yes, I used a genuine ex Army A frame for the first 100km of towing back to civilization where it was then hoisted onto a tilt tray etc

My tow vehicle was my trusty Landcruiser Troopy.

Cheers

Phill
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Re: 170-295 Ex SVN saved and under restoration.
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2019, 07:33:47 PM »
Sometime in it's post military service the truck had been fitted with an electric fuel pump, the mechanical fuel pump being blanked off on the side of the engine.

In due course the original pump will be sourced and fitted with a new electric pump discreetly installed as a back-up.

Cheers

Phill
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Re: 170-295 Ex SVN saved and under restoration.
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2019, 07:40:36 PM »
Although I have not yet started the engine I'm hoping the compression etc is up to par.

It's about to get a new rocker cover gasket, new vacuum advance, new plugs/points/leads/dizzy cap & rotor then see where we go from there.

Indications are that I may need to remove the engine and fit a new rear main seal and probably a new clutch driven plate while the engine is hoisted out.

Cheers

Phill
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Re: 170-295 Ex SVN saved and under restoration.
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2019, 07:52:28 PM »
At least the transmission appears very good...
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Re: 170-295 Ex SVN saved and under restoration.
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2019, 07:56:22 PM »
While carefully sanding down the driver’s door several markings came up.

More research to be done but it is documented in service with 1 Transport South Vietnam

Cheers

Phill
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Re: 170-295 Ex SVN saved and under restoration.
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2019, 07:58:23 PM »
Before and after of the Inter Vehicle Starting Socket just restored.

Cheers

Phill
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Re: 170-295 Ex SVN saved and under restoration.
« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2019, 08:01:53 PM »
- And here’s a tiny bit of unique history for this particular truck scratched deeply into the driver’s door skin ‘Trinky’ was probably the surname or nickname of a previous driver during it’s Army service.

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Phill
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Re: 170-295 Ex SVN saved and under restoration.
« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2019, 08:08:04 PM »
All the electrics are in a basket case condition so I carefully cut the harness out...
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Re: 170-295 Ex SVN saved and under restoration.
« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2019, 08:18:15 PM »
The chassis is very, very good and will be an excellent basis for the restoration project !

Cheers

Phill
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Re: 170-295 Ex SVN saved and under restoration.
« Reply #14 on: December 23, 2019, 08:22:16 AM »
Nice machine!
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