Rebuilding Churchills

Discussion in 'North Irish Horse' started by Gerry Chester, May 28, 2010.

  1. Gerry Chester

    Gerry Chester WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Hi all,

    While in London I will be meeting next week with Nigel Montgomery, whose son served in the North Irish Horse. Amazingly he is busy rebuilding not just one but three Churchills at the same time!
    Go the foot of Index for a link to his website.

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  2. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    hope the meeting goes well let us know how he is getting on with the project as a youngster I played on a Churchill Mk1 that was a derlect in a local forest, in time the tank was pulled out and refurbished and put on display at the Museum of Military Transport at Beverley ( Now Closed).
    It may be at Fort Paul in Hull but have never been and I am sure some one will let us know.
  3. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Spent a while looking for the link and it suddenly popped up, presumably some browser updating thing at my end.

    Home - The Churchill Tank Project

    Great stuff Gerry, I was looking for something to read.
    I see he and Mike Gibb of the Sdkfz. Foundation are giving a talk on restoration at Duxford in June.

    (Oldman- Usual web-sources say the Beverley Churchill now belongs to a Northumbrian Home Guard reenactment mob and is 'in storage'. Seems entirely possible said storage could be fort Paull but I haven't confirmed that.)
  4. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    passed by Bovington two weeks ago after visiting Sapper at Swanage but didn't have the time to call in as I was in a push to get back to Bournemouth -then on the Monday from Weymouth to London by train..... pity that as I would have loved to see the old Mk IV - he is taking on a very big task with three of them....
  5. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    Gerry, thanks for posting! Great links to a brilliant 3-tank restoration. Learned much about the Churchill from them. Best of luck to the restoration team.

  6. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Site still growing.
    Well worth an extra look.
    Really superb looking restoration work going on:
    Churchill Tank Project
  7. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    VP -
    fantastic restoration - unforgettable was the first day I "helped" the driver in cleaning the carburretors of our MkIV - finally reassembling - and the reading of the manual to discover why it was not running - THEN finding the four floats on top of the turret drying in the sun ....!

    Took a while to live that down....the wait for dinner that day was not too long though !

  8. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    Very nice!

    Did that engine have a single crankshaft or did each bank of six cylinders have its own that was coupled to the other?


  9. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Dave -
    Single crankshaft as I recall - I wasn't allowed near the engine after the floats boo boo


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