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Old 01-21-2018, 12:08 PM   #166
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I decided that although I had drawn the suspension location arms on CAD I would make a set just to be sure that some plonker, that's me, had dimensioned every thing correctly. The outer bearing housing retention ring, houses an oil seal to stop the ingress of dirt,
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Old 01-21-2018, 12:12 PM   #167
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This is the complete set, one set per arm. Shaft, bearing housing retainer and spacers.
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Old 01-21-2018, 12:16 PM   #168
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The complete unit attached to the hull and thank goodness it all fits nicely. The hole in the end of the shaft is for a greasing point that has to be added. I am not going to weld the arms on yet as I need to make the wheel axles. Only 9 more sets to make!

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Old 01-22-2018, 07:38 AM   #169
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You sir are a metal magician! I always look forward to this thread coming to the top.
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Old 02-09-2018, 03:09 PM   #170
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Evening all, I have spent most of my time since the last update on the lathe making various components for the suspension. I have just finished the spring retainers as pictured on these two original vehicles.
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Old 02-09-2018, 03:16 PM   #171
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As I do not have any technical details of the originals this is my version. The unit consists of a shaft on a back plate and a housing. The housing rotates as the spring is flexed by the rotating suspension arm.
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Old 02-09-2018, 03:20 PM   #172
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First to get pressed into the housing is an oil seal, followed by a bearing, then a spacer, followed by another bearing.
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Old 02-09-2018, 03:29 PM   #173
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This unit is the pressed on to the shaft and held in place with a washer and bolt. The next item to go in is another spacer, followed by an end cap and finally its all held in place with a circlip.
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Old 02-09-2018, 03:35 PM   #174
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If you look closely at the original you will see that there is an oil / grease point in the centre of the end cap, on my version this is just made to look like the original. On final assembly this screw can be removed and replaced with a modern grease nipple so that the unit can be filled with grease and then the blank replaced.
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Old 02-09-2018, 03:40 PM   #175
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The only other items that I have made, are the 9 remaining suspension arm locating shafts and associated components.


That's all for now,

Jon

If that's too much info let me know.
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Old 02-09-2018, 03:47 PM   #176
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Johnn, you have been Very busy!! Though the suspension is not the most sexy part of a tank to reproduce, they are some of the most important items to be installed thus, making the whole vehicle worth the effort in the end. keep up the great work and take lost of pictures!!

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Old 02-09-2018, 04:53 PM   #177
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Great work Jon
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Old 02-09-2018, 05:03 PM   #178
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Thanks for sharing your updates with us John. Keep up the good work. Can’t
Wait to see where this is going to end up
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Old 02-09-2018, 06:15 PM   #179
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Amazing work keep it up, now its a labour of love, respect for all the time & money you are putting onto this project for us all to see. I think it will be worth it in the end & quite valuable.
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Old 02-09-2018, 07:50 PM   #180
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Your metal working skills are FANTASTIC!! Just amazing.
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