The last piece of RAM was fixed to the base of the pedestal.
The next work day will see the joints between panels sealed as well as bottom and top edges. Care is taken to ensure there is no possibility of water ingress under the RAM as was happening before restoration took place.
Work is now focused on treating corrosion, priming and painting the T86 chassis starting with the wheel arches and running gear.
It is obvious that the chassis and underside of the cabin has never been repainted since new, little of the original paint remains.
Preparation of the tow bar for repainting was completed.
The following photograph shows an unusual angle of the aerial assembly. As is the norm, any item that can be removed for refurbishment has been including the cover for the top junction box. Note. All cables for the aerial assembly are in their stowage positions and no attempt will be made to reconnect to the junction box due to the condition of the plugs and sockets.
The simulator was given a run and is serviceable. That said there was one mysterious trip of the main RCD. Simulator run up again and all ‘S’. The suspicion is that the trip was caused by earth leakage through a RIFA filter (EMI Suppression) capacitor in one of the power supplies, a well-known problem. The X2 metalized paper RIFA capacitors are being replaced gradually with alternative polypropylene (MKP) X2 capacitors that have a polypropylene (MKP) dielectric, a dielectric more resistant to our damp location. If time allows a RIFA replacement program will take place over the winter months.
Never one to sit still Pete H managed to squeeze in a few hours the following day, Sunday 24th October! [Ed]
I cleaned up the chassis under the wheel arches best I could and found the original chassis ID label, you can make out some of the details:
Rubery Owen 7 ½ ton radar, FV2624(A). F.V. R.D.E Spec 926L? Cont. A31183GW
The Swedish chassis label is mounted on the from of the trailer, also attached.
Rubery Owen still exist so I’ll ask them if they have any archive information on the chassis.