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« Reply #45 on: Feb 24th, 2008, 09:07am »

just an update for the 23rd , alot got donw on the vixen , for a start we managed to get one of the inverters to make some noise but we think there may be a problem with the control box because it is only producing 60volts , also we managed to make a good start on disconecting the stbd engine ready for it to come out on the other side of things we dry run the port engine for the first time in a while . finally we repalced the cockpit motor which works now grin matt will proberbly post again soon because he said that he was going there again today to finnish preping the engine to come out.

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« Reply #46 on: Mar 12th, 2008, 8:14pm »

A photo for Matt...

Jet pipe coming…
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« Reply #47 on: Mar 15th, 2008, 7:56pm »

A couple more from Matt…

Cockpit refit problems!?
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Another restored panel…
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« Reply #48 on: Mar 15th, 2008, 8:36pm »

The first photo shows the 2 steve's attempting to refit the cockpit onto it's runners now that the motor works however it's a nightmare incidentally it seems to have the same type of rollers as the bucc

the second photo is myself trying out some "volvo grey" on one of the smaller panels to see how well it matches as commercially available paint is easier to get from "halfords" in aerosol form

there's more to come hopefully the avon disconnect will be finished and hoisted out over easter, fingers crossed
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« Reply #49 on: Mar 15th, 2008, 11:20pm »

Thanks for the update cheesy The paint match color looks pretty good! Have you been able to acquire another engine or find someone to repair the problematic one on the Sea Vixen?
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« Reply #50 on: Mar 16th, 2008, 08:51am »

hopefully we intend to make a real big push on the vixen this year to make alot of progress.we hopefully will complete the engine disconnect this weekend with the plan of lifting it out on monday all being well brunty weather and all that.once we have access to the engine bay the plan is to clean strip and paint it,check over any repairs needed and when ready refit our spare engine.we do have another engine on its way also.as ateam we really want to see her move under her own steam again and it would be nice to see her running next to the bournemouth flyer at some stage.will try to keep you all up to date.chris.
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« Reply #51 on: Mar 16th, 2008, 09:17am »

On the engine front :- I believe that it is only the LP1 compressor disc that is fodded, and there may be a possibility that we can get the disc assy changed and then re balanced however i intend to intrascope the removed engine first to ascertain if any of the HP stages have been fodded. Hopefully we can push the electrics as they might hold us back as we'll need things like ignitors, JPT, fire warning etc to be operative to make it safe

PS anyone out there have any battery cases, as were short of a couple for testing
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« Reply #52 on: Mar 16th, 2008, 10:47am »

I for one, am extremely glad that the Sea Vixen is finally getting the sort of attention she has been craving for years.

Steven Perriss needs a huge pat on the back for sticking with the project through thick and thin and now has a really good team pressing this restoration forwards.

I believe that Matt and Chris' input has made a huge difference and I look forwards to dropping in on you chaps when I come up to retrieve some of my kit from the airfield.

Keep up the excellent work and just to let you chaps know, I am back online properly and I am able to accept your photos again but please use my new direct address of buccsociety@supanet.com

Cheers for now.
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« Reply #53 on: Mar 16th, 2008, 9:24pm »

incidentally it seems to have the same type of rollers as the bucc



How many do you need...huh might be able to rustle up a few wink

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« Reply #54 on: Mar 16th, 2008, 11:08pm »

Another little update from Matt.

We found out that after restoring the wheels hubs that a) the nose wheel tyre we had is too small b) the main wheel tyres we have aren't much better than the ones on it (which are indeed the same as the buccaneer).

The electrics are still causing a headache as the standby invertor which powers the cockpitt up prior to engine start is refusing to stay latched on at the moment, and also batteries as the one we had has grown legs, all we need is the cases as we can fill them with modern dry cell equivalents (any leads helpful).

Here are a few shots of the refurbished nose wheel and main wheel units.

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Inside one of the Main Wheel Units.
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Both refurbished Main Wheels.
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« Reply #55 on: Mar 17th, 2008, 12:00am »

Good job on the mainwheels they look very smart! Is there any modern equivalent that could be used to replace the worn tires?
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« Reply #56 on: Mar 17th, 2008, 3:51pm »

on Mar 17th, 2008, 12:00am, buccaneer01 wrote:
Good job on the mainwheels they look very smart! Is there any modern equivalent that could be used to replace the worn tires?




Indeed..XK 532 is wearing a new pair of main wheel boots thanks to the Mighty Hunter... (Nimrod) ...from Kinloss!!!..If the Vixen has the same main gear wheels as the Bucc then there should not be any problems.
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« Reply #57 on: Mar 17th, 2008, 6:08pm »

30x10.0-18 for the nimrod
30x10.0-17 for the sea vixen
according to the AP and dunlop's site

not sure how the -17 - 18 difference apply's
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« Reply #58 on: Mar 17th, 2008, 6:16pm »

On the canopy side we need to see how well it runs but as of yet we haven't managed to re-engage it on the runners, but i'll let you know as between everyone at brunty there are 2 spare canopies
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« Reply #59 on: Mar 17th, 2008, 6:22pm »

on Mar 17th, 2008, 6:16pm, matt wrote:
On the canopy side we need to see how well it runs but as of yet we haven't managed to re-engage it on the runners, but i'll let you know as between everyone at brunty there are 2 spare canopies


That Canopy has always been a bitch to put back on!!! I remember DT and Keith Halle nearly loosing fingers when trying to get it back on once before.
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