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As was suggested this thread is for the restoration of my MKII Ferret. I hope this is in the correct forum and feel free to move it if it isn't.

In early June of 2014 a friend found this Ferret at "General Jim's", a army surplus store in Clare Michigan. He sent me some pictures and told me what they were asking for it. I went the following week and looked it over myself after doing some research on them. I then sent a good friend of mine "Gunner" to look it over as he had owned two of them in the past and he is very knowlegable on armored vehicles. Gunner convinced me that it was a "smoking deal" and that I should buy it. This is when I seriously started researching the internet to learn all I could about them.
On July 1st, 2014 I contacted the Bovington Tank Museum in Dorset UK and inquired about the Ferrets history. After providing them with the British number assigned to the Ferret "01 DA 04" and along with a small fee they were able to send me the complete history of the vehicle. I am the second "civilian" owner since it was sold by the British government. It was found to be in the 10th Hussars, the Royal Grey Scots, as well as the notable Royal Green Jackets. This Ferret has some great history compared to most, even having been in the Falkland war of 1982.
In early July I spoke with the stores owner "Jeff " about the price and terms he would offer me, we struck a deal and shook hands on it. I started selling several guns, parts kits, and miscellaneous items from my military collection as I did not want to borrow money to purchase it. Over the next two months I would pay an occasional trip to General Jim's and put money down on the Ferret. Eventually on July 31st, 2014 it was mine. Now the fun begins!!!
I had been making a list of items I needed, mostly maintenance items like batteries, plugs, oil, antifreeze, filters ect. The Ferret was about 95% complete when purchased including the rare flare launchers and the sand channels. Several of the items like the spark plugs could only be located in the UK and as such the shipping was a killer. After gathering parts I am ready to begin the work needed to start the restoration. I had a friend with a rollback wrecker pick up the Ferret and deliver it to Gunners shop 100 miles north of me. Several guys said I took it to the right person which made me feel better, but I did have faith in him regardless. Within two days Gunner called to say the turret was off and he had begun working on lubricating all the latches, hatches, and brackets as they were pretty stiff due to not being used in several years.
Today (8/17/14) Gunner called to tell me he had started the Ferret!!! Now when I purchased this the seller informed me that it did run but that it had been 5-6 years since then. I must say that it was great news and the best news I have heard in months. This is what I think of "Gunner" now. :worship:
I will continue to add to this thread as the project progresses, and will include pictures when possible. If you have questions please ask and I will try and answer them, but please try and keep this thread on topic.
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That is too cool! congrats on giving that girl a new home. I know you'll have a lot of fun with it not to mention the looks you'll get when you walk up to a stranger and say "hey, you want to see my ferret?" KevinT
 

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Looking good CaptMax!!! Keep the pics coming so that us non-armor owning peons can at least live vicariously through your posts!!:tongue:

Seriously, Congrats on an awesome score! :urtheman:
 

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Some of you may have noticed, the first thing I did was lose that incorrect mirror that was mounted on the front fender.
I took it off immediately and threw it in the trash before I even loaded it on the flatbed trailer.
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Some of you may have noticed, the first thing I did was lose that incorrect mirror that was mounted on the front fender.
I took it off immediately and threw it in the trash before I even loaded it on the flatbed trailer.
CaptMax
I thought that looked a bit odd, but I was too busy drooling to be bothered with such minor details! :lol:
 

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Some recent pictures. Had to get all the hatches working as they were pretty tight, took both hands and your feet to get them open before.
It was running earlier but am getting ready to change the oil (5 gals), install new plugs, filters, and a then a whole lot more to do. :D
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Looks like you're making good progress, at this rate it should be ready to drive to the Creek in October!! :D
Is that a 113 off to the side in the first pic?....I got fond memories of driving one of those around the German countryside, and a scar on my chin to prove it!! :rofl:
 

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Doing the weekend visitation thing there CaptMax? :rofl:
Porter, I really do wish it were like that. Unfortunately I have been spending a lot of time lately out of state visiting my brother who was battling leukemia.
This week I am headed to southern Ohio to be a pallbearer at his funeral.
I am going to name this ferret "Jeff" in honor of him as it reminds me what a warrior he was.
This project will be good "therapy" for me when I return & I will update this post then.
To all my friends here that have been so supportive (Gunner, Toolman, ect.) "Thank-you".
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Looking good CaptMax! Sorry to hear about your brother, my condolences. You’re lucky I’m on the larger size or I would have bought that from Jims a long time ago! I think they are cool, but just couldn't see myself fitting in there very well.
 

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It is always sad to lose family :( it would be fitting to name it after him because he fought the good battle !! Morn you will but Celebrate his life more so and i suggest the traditional "Kilroy" only change the inscription to "Jeff is Here !"
I am with you Bro !!!:thumbup:
 
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