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Ferret Scout Car Project

February, 2008

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.

Talks by Tangmere

The Museum is able to offer speakers to interested groups or societies on a range of subjects connected with the history of operations at RAF Tangmere and other military aviation subjects.

Further details of the full range of presentations and the availability of speakers can be obtained by calling the museum on 01243 790090, by emailing your interest to director@tangmere-museum.org.uk or by letter marked for the attention of the Director.

Museum Development

The Museum car park has been enlarged and re-laid and audio guides provided with the assistance of LEADER – the European Agricultural Fund for Redevelopment.

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