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This a Daimler AFV?!

Discussion in 'Military Vehicle Restoration' started by GRW, Sep 8, 2012.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Took the family paintballing today for my youngest daughter's 13th birthday, but in the 'safe area' between the rounds was this neglected looking armoured car.

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    Now it looks like a Daimler, but I could write everything I know about AFV'S on the back of a stamp. The engine compartment has no floor, it really is just a shell used as a garbage bin by the public.
    Any ideas?:)
     
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    That would be a Ferret, Gordon. The FV700 series of Postwar British armour.
    So, yes, Daimler.

    Much loved by it's users, and 50MPH+ on the Motorway.

    ~A

    Edit - sorry, cross-posted with Alan above.
     
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    If you want, you should be able to pick one up for between 10-14K USD (7000-9000 GBP). Its cheaper than a new car, and you'll get a lot more attention driving to work in the morning!
     
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    And no problems with boy racers!:D
    Thanks guys, nice to know the memory banks still have some life in them.:cool:
     
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    Used as a trash bin? Say it ain't so!
     
  7. GRW

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    'tis true....:eek::mad::rolleyes::eek::(:confused:
     
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    what's the weapon caliber in the small turret ? 2cm or mg type
     
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    Think it was usually a 7.62mm MG, Erich.
     
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    That might be true that it generally mounted a 7.62, don't know. I can say that the weapon pictured is a great deal larger in caliber and is not a 7.62.
     
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    To me the "gun" looks like a square piece of pipe with a round pipe (3/4"s?) attached to the end. Its "barrel" is much too thin to be an automatic weapon.
     
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    Depends on Mark & period, but the initial Armament on a turreted Ferret would have been a Browning .30 cal., with a mixture of that or a Bren on the turret-less versions. I think GPMG only replaced .30 fittings around when the Ammo went NATO, but I'm no Ferret expert.
    That one is indeed a metal tube, but it's a bin, so you wouldn't really bother too much with authenticity...

    FV700 carried some weird setups in it's time. Swingfire Ferrets are most pleasing to my eye.

    ~A
     
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    Looks like a lot of fun. Cheers.
     
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    Can't help wondering if anyone ever approaches the organisers and asks if it's for sale? I realise Joe Public probably doesn't care; I heard at least two people say "look, an old tank".
     
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    There's a lot preserved in running order, Gordon. Maybe the gubbins from inside this one died so that another might live...
     
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    We can only hope, Adam.:cool:
     

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