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The McMahon Carrier projects.
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Here are some details of my on-going carrier restoration project.
I bought this hull from from another collector, who has a fine collection of wheeled and tracked vehicles all beautifully restored. I had intended to use the recoverable items to rebuild my original carrier 308 (SAR LP2), however at about the same time I acquired another hull. We then decided we could rebuild two at once, a project that shouldn't be taken lightly and possibly needed more consideration than it received at the time..



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  The photo above shows the hull at my brothers shed not long after we got it home, you can see that the LH side rear plate has been welded back into position. The mud you can see in the front bogie tells you it was quite a struggle to recover it from the wheat crop.

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  This next photo shows me marking out the camouflage pattern on the hull in the shed at the farm after the second coat of Armour grey has been installed.We intend to paint this one in the three tone pattern, grey and two shades of green.
Progress to date... We have the first coat of the light green on externally but the temperature is too low for us to continue at the moment.(The paint supplier said it must be above ten degree's) we are now concentrating on carrier 308.

Subject: Carrier 4954 and 1807
G'day Doug
Continuing today's theme...

A few months ago I was collecting some carrier parts from another collector and he told me about a chap that may have some carrier parts for sale.
We headed back to that way and discovered more than we could carry...

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  This photo shows the two carriers in Bob's back yard, the remains on the left are of 1807, it was an ex-county council vehicle used for running out overhead power cables. the county council apparently has several of these vehicles. It has a frame over the engine to hold the spools and has two large vacuum boosters fitted to the front to enable the driver to handle the vehicle in any conditions or with any load...Looks like a wild set up.

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  The carrier on the right is 4959, as you can see it is almost complete apart from where the previous owner recovered the odd BBQ plate. Bob has fitted mild steel plates into the sides as can bee seen.It has a complete engine cover including the bottom sections and a full set of rear boxs. Bob recovered a battery from a near by Blitz and it started instantly,...and then stopped, a couple of fuel problems sorted out and we were running again.

Bob also had the remains of carrier 1386, he had recovered it from a mine shaft out west somewhere but to be able to haul it out of the mine they cut it into manageable bits!..No ordinary show..We also collected the bones of this one while we were at it.

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  This one shows us unloading the major items at the front gate. We towed the carrier off as to speed up the process as these trucks don't come cheep you know. we then found a suitable battery and drove the old girl home. I hope to start the restoration project when the other two are complete. At the moment it is in the shed for the first time in about 15 years.

We have had carrier 308 for a long time and now we are trying to restore the old girl to its former glory.


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  Showing the cut down hull of 308, as you can see it had been extensivly cut down to the racing model.


Approximately 3 months later:

Below: details the painting of the crew compartment in progress.


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  The current condition prior to installing the air scoop and engine.
At the moment we have the drivers controls, motor + auxillaries, boxes, lights and exausts fitted. We still however have a lot to do.
I will keep you up dated from time to time.

My thanks yet again to Matthew.

 

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