In September 2006 the Museum decided to restore the Ferret Scout Car that had stood outside close to the Museum’s entrance for nearly twenty years.
Work began the next month with the removal of the external hardware such as the aerial mounts. The ‘tinwork’ consisting of mudguards and storage lockers was also removed for paint stripping of the many layers of paint. Damaged areas in the tinwork were repaired with new metal which had to be cut out and welded.
In February 2007 the main body of the vehicle was moved under cover – harder than it sounds as its ten tons had sunk into the ground by nine inches! With the vehicle under cover, work commenced on restoring the main hull and removing the engine ancillary hardware in preparation for the removal and rebuild of the engine. By mid September the engine dismantling was complete and various associated assemblies such as the starter motor and carburettor had been rebuilt ready for assembly.
By the end of 2007 the main hull hatches and the vehicle’s wheels had been freed and the brake assemblies dismantled. The jobs planned for early 2008 are preparing the inside floor area of the hull for painting and taking the main engine block to an engine shop for work on the bores. When the engine block returns work can commence on rebuilding the engine.
Viewing of this work-in-progress project can sometimes be arranged and interested visitors should ask at the main reception desk.
Information on Tangmere’s Scout Car:
Daimler Ferret Scout Car, Mark 1-2, Type A, designated as a “Vigilant-FV.703 Mk 2/Type A”. The vehicle served with the RAF Regiment’s No 1 Squadron in Germany and No 10 Squadron in Aden.