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David's Ferret Story

Ferret Scout Car Mk 1

David has supplied me with text and pictures of the story of his Ferret #115164.


My name is David & this is my Ferret & its story.

I bought a Ferret Mk 1 from another David who lives at Warrugul (South Eastern Victoria, Australia). I had heard from a friend who owns a Ferret Mk 2/3 about him so after a few phone calls and price quotes I went with my family for a trip to Melbourne via Warrugal.

I met up with Dave at his Dad's farm where the Ferret where the vehicle lived and that's when I saw it - a really rough looking Ferret. All it needed was a bit of TLC.

I bought it from him and worked out the details of delivery as it's engine was siezed. Then all I could do was wait.

Days turned into weeks................. not by his fault, that was just the way it happened.

Then finally, on a Saturday morning, it arrived as "backload". It was left in my driveway until my sister-in-law's boyfriend came around and pushed it into my backyard, where I took the next 8 pictures for historical reference.

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Doug - note the distinctive "Acco" pattern taillights, an Australian mod., which instantly identifies one of our Ferrets. Also note the interior box which has been substituted in place of the regular First Aid box (to the right of the RHS rear view port).

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As you can see I have takenthe engine cover off to get a better look at the engine, note the "Golden Circle Pineapple" can serving as a cover for the oil filler. It took about a month and a half to unseize the motor by filling the cylinders with diesel and trying to crank it over about every 3-4 days until it was free (Doug - some testament for those Rolls Royce engines, considering David is now using this engine without having done a "pull-down" on it!). During the waiting game I started to clean and respray the interior. Once the engine was free I bought a couple of batteries with enough power to turn the engine over.

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A detail of the markings on the engine cover, the only one with any meaning is "Bandianna" which is an Army Base just outside of Wodonga, Victoria, Australia. Does anyone know what the rest of the markings mean?

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Then I found another problem, my generator had had it. It was put into a shop for repair. While waiting for the generator I started to slowly strip the paint off the vehicle where I found some interesting information on the front hull plate, with my family's help.

I fixed up the front mudguards with a bit of panel beating and repaired some of the bins.

Info found on the vehicle:
115 164 "RABAUL" (David is really lucky to have actually found a name on his vehicle!)
Wet batteries out
MIDLAND JUNCTION
W.A.

O.H.M.S.
2.B.O.D.
ORDER. NO. 7002
MOOREBANK
VIA SYDNEY
AUSTRALIA

NOT TO BE STOWED ON DECK

(Looks like David's vehicle spent some time in W.A. before returning east by ship?)

2.BI/V/327
20-24

37BA64
Eng No 11023

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The stern plate is off and masked up for painting of the convoy marker stripes. I got the engine going, it was then I found out about the exhaust. Once the engine started it split the exhaust in 2 which was a setback for a couple of months till the finances were right. I then drove it on the road with a permit to get a new exhaust fitted (which is a standard car muffler). Then the water pump went, but luckily I found a spare one at a friend's place so I bought it from him with some spares.

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During painting with David's little helper.

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Since I have had "Rabaul" going I have driven it to work to show it off. It is very interesting how both myself and other people look at the differences of a Mk 1 to a Mk 2 as my friend brought his along too.

They are excellent vehicles to drive and own and I am now waiting for a car club to give me membership so that I can drive it around a bit more.

January 2001

 

My thanks to David for the photo's and story.


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