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Very sad Ferret.
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Quite a few years back the owner of a Ferret who lived in South Australia contacted me. He had a Mk 2, which was missing its turret and was trying all avenues to obtain one. Not long after, I received another call from him to say that he had found a Ferret in poor condition by the sea at the Tumby Bay Caravan Park in South Australia and it was too far gone to restore but that the turret was repairable. From what he said it sounded like the vehicle was sitting between the high and low tide lines and had been there for quite some time. So I thought no more about it as anything in that situation would be unlikely to be worth my doing a 16 hour round trip.

Subsequently I got to drive his vehicle and that was very educational. My vehicle has only about 1500 miles on it since base overhaul, so for all intents and purposes it is not even run in. His, however, although it had only 7000 miles (if I remember correctly) on the oddometer drove and felt like a very worn vehicle.
Just why this was so has me curious. The vehicle has since been sold and I have lost track of it.

Several years ago I found out what had happened to the donor vehicle, it had ended up in the backyard of a former MV collector who had grabbed it to save it from being scrapped (including its internal tinware, which I have just obtained). He has no interest or use for it and has provided the photos below to see if anyone does have. Its condition is not that of something recovered from the sea, but rather of one that has been scrapped.

This vehicle is without a doubt the worst Ferret I have seen.

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  What remains is basically the lower half of the hull. 3 suspension units, in varying states of completeness remain, the mudguards, and that is about all. Virtually everything else has been stripped off and is long gone. You can see a suspension unit sitting in the rear of the hull, complete with shock absorber. Most curious is the fact that one escape hatch has remained with the vehicle.

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  Most annoyingly, the bevel boxes have all gone.

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  I suppose, if someone is in need of some armour, this is the place to get it! The current owner will be only too happy to sell what is left, the price won't be very much either.


 

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