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Good morning!

- It's still there! Yeah, luckily!

Good morning folks, and great that you're watching another workshopvlog!

Yesterday you saw the tank travelling it's first few yards,

which is a good thing,

because they'll pick it up tomorrow evening and bring it to the Black Cross.

Because we're building this thing for the Department of Defense,

for a campaign, because they're looking for technical staff.

So if you want to work on awesome machinery, that's the place to be!

Check the link in the description and see if there's a nice job for you too.

So that! Let's continue with this project.

But before we do that, let's read the reactions on the previous video.

I'll pick the top three.

"Hi Emile and Dirk,"

"how's the old location at Het Sas doing?"

That's the old workshop, for those that didn't know yet, which burned down.

A parts has been rebuilt.

Luud, the owner, is rebuilding a small part for himself.

It won't be as big as before.

No more multiple workshops etc.

In addition, there has recently been a court case about the resolution of the damage.

It should have been insured, but for some ridiculous reason they rejected the claim.

So we'll now counter that and so on.

I don't know if there are any insurers at the other side of the camera,

but then they'll have to explain me a few things, because they're a right bunch of bastards, dammit!

And I'll explain everything in great detail, if I may,

because if they get off the hook in such a shameful way,

then I'll dedicate a video to it.

And tear open that stinking wound,

because that should be visible for everyone, I think.

But at the moment I'll keep quiet,

because I've already said too much about it.


"You should take the tracks of the T69"

"and have them pickled"

"That puts them in a big chemical bath that dissolves the rust."

"That's how they clean the insides of the coolant passages of engine blocks"

"Perhaps that will loosen up the links."

Someone else had also suggested that.

If you having steel galvanized,

the factory also puts the metal in an acid first to dissolve the rust.

He said, perhaps you can bring the tracks there for immersion in acid to dissolve the rust.

But I can image that those companies wouldn't want to have all the junk from the tracks in their acid baths.

Might work. - I think it won't get inside all cracks.

Yeah, we've tried it with hydrochloric acid,

and the problem is, that it doesn't really get in between the links.

It dissolves the surface rust, but not well on the insides.

After all, it's a liquid that has to seep inside. So that's a bit disappointing.

Rupert says: "turning the links around seems like the best solution to me".

He refers to the problem of the tracks that didn't run over the sprockets well.

And I think that's what we have to get start with now.

Turning tracks around.

Works like a charm, that track tightener mechanism!

- Yeah, you've made that well!

And an additional benefit is that we can tighten it up with a lever here.

Put a pin in and pull it backwards.

That really is ideal.

And in the meantime you're trapping that bearing?

People were asking why it was pinging so much.

That's caused by this, I guess.


There was no lid on it.

The previous owner also must have noticed that it was broken,

because that lid was screwed off,

so they must have realized that that pump didn't turn.

- And that it was too expensive to fix.

And therefore junked it.

This repair woudn't have fixed the skid steer,

because if that pump really has to output power to operate that arm and shovel,

that little hose would break.

Everyone can see that. - But for our purpose it'll hold.

Indeed, we have a pressureless situation,

just pumping around and supplying the drive pumps with oil,

which it can perfectly do like this.

I'm aligning all track links.

I put this bar against the notches which aligns them.

And then we can see that there's a pretty big gap,

which we'll fill up with little rings.

It's actually a small design fault,

if we'd better thought of this beforehand, we'd have made this into two tubes.

And made our welding jig with the same gap everywhere.

That would've been much more accurate.

Then we wouldn't have had this. But hindsight is always perfect.


Done. Filled them all,

extraneous space filled with rings where needed.

And they're laying in the opposite direction,

so let's put them back on and see if that fixes it.


A bit backwards.

Let's see...

Oh no, not yet.

Yeah, pull a little?

Yes, put it down.


Here we go again!

Would it still work? - Of course!

Man! Works well, doesn't it?


Works well man!


Sometimes it walks on top, like here,

but it doesn't really matter,

because it can't run over it anyway.

It has so many teeth,

it'll always bite somewhere.

So if the track runs on top, it'll grab it further down anyway.

- Perhaps it shouldn't be tightened further, so that it pushes in the springs,

to make it hunt further down.

Yeah, no problem at all if it lays a little on top.

No harm done there. - The track links on the other hand...

Yeah, what'd you think? With all that skidding on the concrete...

- No, it didn't like that at all! Whole bag of dust here at the wheels!

Yeah, awesome isn't it? Works so well!

It's even worse in the sand.

Here it slides, but it won't slide in the sand.

I don't think you'd be able to spin around in the sand like this.

It drives! That was really our chief worry.

At least that's completely okay now.

Drives really well.

Now finish the rest.

Lots of things still need to be tied down,

here a weld snapped already.

Lots of things must be welded on fully.

And let's not forget our cannon. That still doesn't work either.

That won't fall off anymore.

- It's mainly welded to this one.

And to the wire threads.

What do we do? - Swing the cannon back up, fry it in,

connect it and fire it up!

Bam bam bam bam bam! Oh no, we still have to put our air tank up...

- and the rest. And lots of other things.

Just like this?

Like this, yeah...

Doesn't fall off.


That's rather nice, I think.

Sits quite nicely.

- You can even sit with three!

The rear seat of the tank!

Somebody else can sit over here as well.

Alsmost done.

Which is good, because we only have one day left tomorrow.

We've done quite a lot today.

We've attached our air tank.

Which is for the cannon of course.

Furthermore we've finished the rear deck.

Everything is fully welded.

The tracks are turned around, we've driven it, that all works.

The exhaust pipe, I think I already covered that just now, but never mind.

We've also made a little seat for the gunner.

A foot board down there.

That also protects the hydro pumps of course,

and the control gear, those beams underneath.

The cannon has been rigged up properly.

The orginal mounting wasn't up to snuff.

I added a few dampers just now.

Nice huh?

Makes it swing less during shooting, we have a hand crank after all.

What's left?

We still want some sheet metal, so we'll measure it up.

We'll also have to run a hose from here to the air tank.


- That was the disk. It was already broken because you stepped on it too.

It's in the worst possible spot.

We just can't get to cleaning things up here.

It's always so busy.

Running from one project to another as it were.

And then we'd like to spray paint it.

We don't know if there are any suggestions for a color?

I don't know if we're gonna make it, so no promises,

but if you have a good color suggestion, put it in the comments and who knows!

Most votes count, I guess.

We'd have to confer with the customer, of course,

because they may want something as well, but we'll see.

So, that.

Enough talk for now. Thanks folks for watching this video,

and see you tomorrow!

(Subtitles by Alexander)

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