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#1 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 0957 AM

Been watching a series of videos on youtube of this Dutch fella restoring a Type 69, captured by the British Army in Desert Storm. The episode on restoring the engine is particularly interesting in itself.

 

 

 

 


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#2 Adam Peter

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 1737 PM

Looks like they accidentally turned on the smoke generator in the garage.


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Posted 02 February 2020 - 0246 AM

I thought it was a Chieftain engine for a moment. :D


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Posted 02 February 2020 - 0610 AM

Gives a sense of scale when you see a tank engine like that.  Some ol' lump that is.  

 

Lots of hard graft and money involved in such a restoration but I'm sure the finished result will be worth it.  :)


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#5 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 02 February 2020 - 1236 PM

I love the way youtubers keep getting buckshee stuff. Did you see the big drum of WD40 he got? :D

 

Its really interesting. I never paid much attention to Chinese tanks before, but its really interesting.


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Posted 02 February 2020 - 1402 PM

Funny, some switches are in English.


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#7 Chris Werb

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Posted 02 February 2020 - 1559 PM

I must admit, my first reaction to this restoration was "why bother?" :)


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Posted 02 February 2020 - 2225 PM

I started watching thinking it was a bunch of yahoos... But they do come up with pretty ingenious solutions to the plethora of problems they run into.  I'm quite impressed.

 

I've also finally learned how the steering system works in that vehicle, with the hybrid planetary/clutch/brake system.

 

It is quite impressive how much stuff they were able to cram into that vehicle almost 75 years ago.


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Posted 03 February 2020 - 0106 AM

It is quite impressive how much stuff they were able to cram into that vehicle almost 75 years ago.


IMO the most impressive thing was the way they increased both fuel capacity and ammunition capacity by using those special conformal fuel-ammo containers at the front of the hull.
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#10 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 03 February 2020 - 0301 AM

Funny, some switches are in English.

That was uncommon in exporting vehicles to the middle east, English being a useful middle language, particularly in countries that had been part of the British Empire. For example, I downloaded a Mig21Bis manual, and that was printed fully in English, presumably for the same reason.

 

 

I must admit, my first reaction to this restoration was "why bother?" :)

Well.... It is history. If you think back to the first Gulf war, that is now nearly 30 years ago. That is actually further way than WW2 was when I was born, which is a truly horrible thought....

 

 

I started watching thinking it was a bunch of yahoos... But they do come up with pretty ingenious solutions to the plethora of problems they run into.  I'm quite impressed.

 

I've also finally learned how the steering system works in that vehicle, with the hybrid planetary/clutch/brake system.

 

It is quite impressive how much stuff they were able to cram into that vehicle almost 75 years ago.

I like them. Ok, they come across on initial inspection as a group of boy racers. But they do have some serious technical skills there. Im really ooking forward to seeing how its finished.


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Posted 04 February 2020 - 1429 PM

Corect me if i'm wrong, but it seems to me that there are two escape hatches in the tank.

https://www.youtube....h?v=hTQWbpayorU. 4.04 minute.


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Posted 04 February 2020 - 1446 PM

Yeah it does doesnt it?

 

I guess thats one advantage of not having a rotating turret floor.


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Posted 04 February 2020 - 1725 PM

It had it, since it was based on T-54A which had it.


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Posted 04 February 2020 - 1857 PM

Not having a rotating floor makes running hydraulics/power to the turret much more difficult
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#15 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 05 February 2020 - 0301 AM

Presumably T55 only had one under the drivers position? I seem to recall T55 have a rotating turret floor?


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Posted 05 February 2020 - 1033 AM

Again, T-54A introduced it...


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#17 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 05 February 2020 - 1126 AM

Oh sorry, missed that.
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Posted 07 February 2020 - 0924 AM

Corect me if i'm wrong, but it seems to me that there are two escape hatches in the tank.

https://www.youtube....h?v=hTQWbpayorU. 4.04 minute.

I only see one.  But it is a bit further back than the original.

 


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