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Old 02-02-21, 23:16
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ILikewise the backs of all the 18 gauge Fox panels holding the bins to the interior armour were white once scaping down the 'patina' of rust discolouration.
Exactly my thought; Jordan you could gently srape of some of the tan colour to see if it's white underneath the very top layer.
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Old 03-02-21, 01:00
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Here is the link for Specification O.A. 204, Cars, Light, Reconnaissance (Canadian).

https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/o...80/752?r=0&s=2

Unfortunately it does not mention the hull colour, other than Hamilton Bridge was to paint the hull in accordance with Specification O.A. 76.(page 19 of the specification)

It appears that it will be necessary to track down Specification O.A. 76.
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Old 03-02-21, 01:27
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Wow, some great discussion I got going from simply saying tan....

Colin, hopeful you can work your magic and find that specification O.A. 76. I’ve searched but no luck as of yet.
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In post #82, there appears to be bubbling of the paint, is that caused by heat or something else? If heat, that might also explain a colour variation from a pure white.
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Old 04-02-21, 03:36
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Here is a wartime era interior photo which may help out when determining the Otter's interior colour.

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Old 04-02-21, 04:53
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Thanks Ed for the wonderful picture. Interesting to note the engine cover is painted in the exterior colour along with the dash.

Grant, the vehicle did have a fire at some point in its life. So I do suspect that there was a colour shift in the white.
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Old 04-02-21, 14:53
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Here is a wartime era interior photo which may help out when determining the Otter's interior colour.

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Interesting pic. The contraption is later style smoke discharger pistol replacing the standard 4" Ross or SMLE type. I'm thinking a trial installation. I'm surprised the engine cover is khaki, something for Jordan to watch for. It does confirm the observation covers are khaki on the inside and shows where the colour goes to white (tan?) on the actuating levers. That last thing to note is the lettering on the box 'SPARE TRIPLEX'. Production Otters and Fox had these markings printed or screened on and not spray stenciled. This could be because this photo is of an early Otter before they settled on the type of markings or possibly a repaint and somebody applied a stencil after the fact.
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Old 04-02-21, 17:26
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I would think from Ed痴 pics one can definatively assert that the interior colour is white.
The stencilled bin appears to be the same hue as the interior surfaces. Any original AFV bins that I have ever come across have always been painted white.
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Old 04-02-21, 17:49
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Interesting pic. The contraption is later style smoke discharger pistol replacing the standard 4" Ross or SMLE type. I'm thinking a trial installation.
If you have the PDF on dischargers that I sent to a lot of the guys, it lists that discharger as a 2" bomb thrower. Manual is dated 1942, so I suspect both dischargers were concurrent.
One advantage to that 2" thrower is that it could be used with 2" mortar bombs I believe.

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Old 04-02-21, 18:42
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If you have the PDF on dischargers that I sent to a lot of the guys, it lists that discharger as a 2" bomb thrower. Manual is dated 1942, so I suspect both dischargers were concurrent.
One advantage to that discharger is that it could be used with 2" mortar bombs I believe.
I agree, other than to say the rifle/4" tube combo predates the 2" launcher. Also that the Otter (and Fox) hulls are pre drilled with the centre and 1/4" aligning holes for the 4" one so the 2" would need some kind of adapter, as we are seeing in Ed's pic.
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Old 05-02-21, 00:50
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What an interesting restoration / vehicle / subject matter . Wonderful ! An eye opener.
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Old 05-02-21, 16:53
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Appears to be the same 2" discharger as used in Shermans.
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Old 05-02-21, 16:58
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Grizzly too.
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Old 05-02-21, 17:32
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And the Fox as well.

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Old 18-02-21, 02:07
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A small bit of progress was made today on rebuilding the fuse box. Cutting and machining the fibre isolation parts. These isolate the bare power feed hookups.
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Old 18-02-21, 23:40
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Finished up the cover for the fuse box. I also cleaned up all of the original hookup points.
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Old 19-02-21, 18:26
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And all painted and baked to harden up the paint.
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Old 19-02-21, 22:29
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Nice work, Jordan!

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Old 21-02-21, 02:25
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Onto the next part. The first Otters used an open manual throw type switch as a battery disconnect. At a certain point production changed to a standard heavy duty battery disconnect switch made by Delco Remy. It was located just inside the drivers door on the floor. Power from this split off to the starter and engine electrics and also to the fuse box for the wireless and interior lighting.

The switch was pretty rough looking but still quite solid and everything moved on it prior to removal from the Otter.
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Old 21-02-21, 02:30
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There was a guard that mounted with the switch to protect the wiring cables and the bottom of the switch. Interestingly this was painted in khaki green #3. The two screws that held the switch on would not budge and I ended up using s chisel to knock the heads off. I tried out the old trick of welding a nut onto the remaining studs and they unscrewed just fine.

Lastly some pictures of the entire switch all cleaned up. I値l be zinc plating it once my supplies arrive later this week. Watching David痴 ws52 restoration made me realize I too can replate parts back to NOS condition.
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Old 01-03-21, 02:32
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Had the day in the shop so I started up the process of trying out nickel plating. It went rather well and I知 quite happy with the results. I知 quite happy to bring these parts back to new looking.
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Fantastic job with the plating, Jordan!

Feels great to see bits come back like that.


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Old 04-03-21, 02:24
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More plating being done today. This time with zinc on the battery disconnect switch. I知 quite happy with the results as it is letting me bring these parts back instead of simply replacing them.

The first picture shows how flat the finish is before being buffed with a brass wire wheel.

On the switch rebuilding I used brass nuts and washers on the two studs. I also put in new fibre washers as the originals had seen better days.
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You are a metal magician Jordan !
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Nice looking plating again, Jordan.

I have not worked with nickel yet, myself, but am toying with the idea, if I can figure out how a 全atin Nickel Finish is arrived at. How do the nickel plated parts look, right after the plating process and dried off a bit?

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Thanks guys, I owe it to David for posting about this with his wireless rebuild.

As for a satin nickel, I don稚 think there is much we can do at the home level. A lot will have to do with the surface finish of the base metal. From what I致e read, some will beadblast or use a scotch bright pad to scuff the metal. Then plate.

Right out of the solution it was dead flat. I used a buffing wheel and it polished up.
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Battery disconnect switch is now finished. Painted and baked in the oven. This should easily give another 80 years of service.
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This afternoon I removed the two forward equipment panels. Underneath the drivers side one I found a hand painted number. I believe this to be a possible hull number. Also interesting was the red rubber pads glued to the backside of each panel.
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The proper NOS fuses arrived in the mail today from England and were installed into the fuse box.
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The originality of this vehicle continues to impress me. I found some more inked stamped part numbers on the panels. Also included is some detail pictures of the wheat lamp charging box
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