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About 1989 i found a canadian ferret....54-82589....after some research i found out canada bought 124 ferrets....all 1954s....years later i found out that c.a.r.number589 went to Egypt in the 1950s...and later to Cyprus Greece in the 1960s all part of un peace keeping missions....very few ferrets in Canadian service went to both places.after that most if not all went to west Germany for Nato exercises.....so the little girl has traveled a bit....knowing that has got me to get back in restoration again....so im going for a 1960s era....too many changes over the years....hard to go back perfect....but she'll be close....thanks for reading this little story.
 

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The previous owner added a turret.....sandblasted ...and tried to make it british...she was only born there....never served there....
 

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Ferretboy - You have an amazing piece of history and an awesome vehicle all in one! Thank you for sharing the story and pictures. The current pictures clearly show your talent and enthusiasm. I’m looking forward to more of your posts.
 

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Hey thanks m1010plowboy for the old photos....i have collected all i can find but have never ran across those....cool.....and i have never found any of ferret 589....but in most photos you cant see the car number....
 

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You're welcome. I get to hear the Rolls Royce once in a while so I'm kinda fond of them. Quiet on the outside, noisy on the inside.
It almost looks like 591 is on the right and for certain 590 is on the left so 589 can't be far behind. The fellas over at
this private site provide the education material with gracious permission. There's a process to sign up so we'll figure that out if you're interested.

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Many of the images don't have the information behind them but there's a chance that these Ferrets are being loaded for Cyprus. T.P.

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.....and these well dressed folks are getting ready for a parade.

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In october i started disassemby to remove the power pack so to get at and replace the fluid coupling seal...after about 40 some years it was a bit tired and leaking bad....lots of cleaning and painting....in the last few weeks I've been cranking it up and checking for leaks...all looks good....now getting ready to put the engine deck and rear armour back on....more photos are in my fluid coupling post....
 

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Hello m1010 plowboy....love the photo with 590 on the left....a photo from the 1970s...my guess....m-series side lights....canadian flag decals and licence plates....590 i believe is owned by Ontario Regiment Museum.....was sold in 1980...last with the Royal Canadian Dragoons....very interesting....Thank you.
 

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Hello m1010 plowboy....love the photo with 590 on the left....a photo from the 1970s...my guess....m-series side lights....canadian flag decals and licence plates....590 i believe is owned by Ontario Regiment Museum.....was sold in 1980...last with the Royal Canadian Dragoons....very interesting....Thank you.
Well how about that. The Alberta Dragoons are one of the groups that hang around our G749 farm playing with deuces.

Do you have any pictures of your build process?

One of the finest gentlemen I know....I hope he reads this.....has one of the straightest Ferrets in our MV gang and the finish product doesn't come easy. There's a lot of tin to bang to get the Ferret straight and yours looks so good. A bit of before and after to show how many buckets are on these things.
 

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Hello m1010 plowboy....great photos......thank you....the previous owner of 589 did the fenders and stowage bins...when i got it the interior was bare....over the years i collected as much i could to fill it back up...the only restoration photos i have are of the powerpack and engine bay work....still looking for some important things to complete things....mainly a no. 7 or no. 8 browning m.g. cradle...im reproducing the 10 rubber pads that line the roof opening....
 

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Well when i got 589 the previous owner had added a turret....removed and sold or lost important bits...but i did get a c-42 radio set....not installed....missing radio tray....found one later....the 10 rubber pads were gone....the jerry can rack on the rear armour gone....made a new one from photos....and a few other bits....i found a set of sand channels....not many canadian ferrets had them but i have photos of a few that did...589 was disposed of in 1981 from Valcartier last used by 12RBC....it also still contained some tools that were stamped with other car numbers...loaned i guess...ha ha...after findind some history about its past....i had to remove the turret and bring it back to a M.K.1...
So thats the goal.....not an easy task working alone....wish me luck.....thanks everyone for the kind words.
 
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