Pause….audible sight of relief. All of the preliminary measuring, the drawing in CAD, having steel cut, and then finally assembling…lead up to a dramatic moment. It came time to drop the GMC v12 into the compartment and see if it actuality fit. I knew it was going to be close and not without some careful modification of certain engine components. And…it fits…but just barely.
I think the actual difference in length between the GMC 702 c.i. V12 and the original Maybach HL 120 TRM is the added distance between the twin 6 cylinder heads. The GMC is about that distance longer than the Maybach. Makes sense right?
So we spent some time in week #5 addressing engine placement.
We began to make modifications to the Panzer IV engine that we will install in this Build.
Milling off the outer fan belt groove to shorten pulley.
Bell-housing reduced by 2.5 inches. Still need to mill off the lip on the flywheel.
The stripped long block approximately where it will reside.
Tapered bolts retain the brake access hatches on the nose.
Kevin’s Magic Bolt Factory.
Something very interesting. We have straightened a lot of Panzer parts. Some of the steel is brittle. Some of the steel is “springy.” Some of the steel is malleable. One does not know what to expect when pressure is applied. It is very loud and unnerving when it brakes…
Meet our honored guest. Rich Howdeshell. Rich heard that there was a T34/85 here and he came to see his old advisory. Rich was a Sherman commander in the Korean war. He personally knocked out a North Korean T34/85 with a bazooka. He is pointing to the spot where the bazooka round hit the enemy tank. He described the fight and said the penetration was just below the fender line in between the top of the two center road wheels. It was a special privilege to hear from Rich.
Next week we hope to add to the hull. We need some cheap gratification.
Thanks for reading. Until next week…