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Pads on side of UC

Post by Adrian Harris » Mon Jan 04, 2021 10:40 pm

This was posted on FB today. Anyone know what the square pads along the side are for ?

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Re: Pads on side of UC

Post by Chris Hall » Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:46 am

I’ve got a feeling it was for flotation tanks ..... but were they ever used in action ?
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Re: Pads on side of UC

Post by John Wiggins » Tue Jan 05, 2021 12:03 pm

Hi Adrian
They were for the retaining rods that supported the deep wading attachments.
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All uc’s from Normandy onwards would have them.
The joins were taped and a lot of gooey black bostik was used to seal them. You can still see the residue left on the sides of carriers later in the campaign, that have had their deep wading panels removed.
I have personal experience with a huge tube of black bostik, as a young lad in the 1950’s . I helped myself to a tube from my father’s toolbox, to try to glue a toy metal lorry I’d broken. I was covered in the stuff when my mother came home, a ruined shirt and a pair of short trousers went into the bin and I had a scuffed ear and scrubbed to an inch of my life. :oops:
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Re: Pads on side of UC

Post by Adrian Harris » Tue Jan 05, 2021 12:43 pm

Thanks John. Looks like I'll need to brush up on my silver soldering skills, unless one of our aftermarket friends can come up with a product ;-)

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Re: Pads on side of UC

Post by Graham P Hough » Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:57 pm

Where they also used to mount the canvas cover?

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Re: Pads on side of UC

Post by John Wiggins » Wed Jan 06, 2021 5:09 am

Yes. :D

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Re: Pads on side of UC

Post by Steve Stuart » Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:10 pm

Remember that there is an alternative to welding, brazing, or silver soldering. The much simpler and lower temperature process of soldering, one of the Armortek building Gurus told me it is perfectly possible to lead solder steel. You will need to make sure that you have a suitable flux that is going to 'clean' and allow the solder to flow when the joint is made and also a heat source, whether flame or iron that will pump in enough to keep things molten. This is a technique I will be using to make any lower strength joints and to round out any plate abutments.
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Re: Pads on side of UC

Post by Graham P Hough » Thu Jan 07, 2021 10:24 am

I agree Steve, I have used soft solder with a 100w iron to fix handles and other small items and where possible at the back of rivets instead of using super glue where it is hidden as in 25pdr limber. Also as you say Steve we need to make sure the surfaces are clean and grease free. Just don't do what I did and reach for the hot soldering iron with out looking and grab it by the bit - ouch!

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Re: Pads on side of UC

Post by Christoffer Ahlfors » Thu Jan 07, 2021 9:07 pm

Graham P Hough wrote:
Thu Jan 07, 2021 10:24 am
Just don't do what I did and reach for the hot soldering iron with out looking and grab it by the bit - ouch!
Thanks for letting us in on this secret, Graham! I thought I was the only one on the planet having done such a ehm... thing. :oops: I would never have admitted it if you hadn't gone first!
A little too much is about right...

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