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Fitting Tracks on a Abbot SPG

  • Published on Jun 7, 2023 veröffentlicht
  • We fit replacement tracks to Diane Abbot and show what we've been busy doing on the vehicle since the last video.
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  • Tinymonster
    Tinymonster 3 months ago +19

    Excellent episode!
    The helicopter drop was great fun. Really hard work fitting those tracks. Makes you wonder how hard it was to do the same to something monstrous like a King Tiger.
    It goes to show how owning a tracked vehicle is one thing…having the heavy equipment, lifting gear, transporter, winches, special tools and skills are quite another.

  • Icebuntrucker
    Icebuntrucker 3 months ago +63

    Rick would be proud of his Flash hart impression. Top work as always boys , Must be nice to be given free cider 🤣

  • st co
    st co 3 months ago +14

    Really enjoyed this. Great entrance from Action Man aka Commodore Jack aka Flashheart. Nice to see how the tracks are put together and tensioned. Latter is just like a dozer. Shame to miss the painting but Diane does now look like a piece of Purest Green. More on of the snot-coloured jewellery please!

  • Chris
    Chris 3 months ago +30

    Quickest way
    Keep the first track section flat on the floor then add the second section and basically lift up the end of the track and lay your body weight on it so the second section is bowed and tap in the track pin with lead pin on and with a hammer 🔨 at the same time because the entry point is better aligned.
    It goes in really smooth with no effort needed.
    Once pin in drop the track and continue adding sections until finished.
    I could change both tracks completely on my own in a morning easy life.
    Running gear looks great 👍 and a big well done 👏

  • Sam Harvey
    Sam Harvey 3 months ago +23

    Honestly surprised Abbot's never saw actually combat use, seems ideal having a small SPG supporting infantry

    • Dave Hopkin
      Dave Hopkin 3 months ago +7

      Abbot's did see active service but not with the British Army, The Indian Army also used them and they fired in anger in the Indo Pakistan war

    • John Nunn
      John Nunn 3 months ago +5

      Gawd, I couldn’t imagine the horror, of seeing Dianne in action 🤮🤮🤮🤮.

  • Marylou Tetreault
    Marylou Tetreault 7 days ago

    Great job you guys ! Loved your entry and congrats on nailing the drop right inside the garage 😊

  • Vonbrockone
    Vonbrockone 3 months ago +2

    Great work guys. Now consider working on a mine damaged track in wartime, when possibly being under fire too ! Those tankers were heroes...The Green looks fantastic 👍😉

  • Science Chap
    Science Chap 3 months ago +11

    We used to struggle to get hold of track for our Stormers. We were heavily restricted on track mileage and had to write reports in triplicate to get new tracks. They'd do 1500 miles between changes.

    • Paolo Viti
      Paolo Viti 3 months ago +2

      Actually it is quite good to be able to do 1.500 miles because if I remember correctly with the M113 was even more frequent to change the tracks

    • Science Chap
      Science Chap 3 months ago

      @Paolo Viti that was what we had to do before changes, unless something actually broke... we rarely exercised with them.

  • Gus Gone
    Gus Gone 6 days ago

    I'm sure with a redesigned turret the Abbot could still give worthy service. Especially now when the RA is so short of tracked artillery pieces. The old FV430 hull is not as bad as some others I can mention.

  • Tinkerer Tom
    Tinkerer Tom 3 months ago +28

    In the army we used the sprocket. We would loop the strap around a tooth and and let the power of the engine wind it in. Then brute force the last bit

    • Mr Hewes
      Mr Hewes  3 months ago +17

      We don’t have the engine in

    • Island Times
      Island Times 3 months ago +3

      @Mr Hewes Bluetooth connection 😏

    • Lookup2Wakeup
      Lookup2Wakeup 3 months ago +2

      What you had an engine. You were lucky...😅

    • Paul Wills
      Paul Wills 3 months ago

      @Mr Hewes any old excuse. Lol😂🤣😂

    • Tinkerer Tom
      Tinkerer Tom 3 months ago

      @Mr Hewes on that occasion lol. Get your mate inside and crank it around 😂

  • Trevor
    Trevor 3 months ago

    You deserve another 11K subscribers just for the Flashheart bit. For all the pissing about, you guys just get stuff done in a very impressive way.

  • Martyn Buzzing
    Martyn Buzzing 3 months ago +5

    Nice to see you guys working together with very little sniping. 😂 I have always wondered how tracks are put on. Thanks.

  • Leon Kiddell
    Leon Kiddell 3 months ago +21

    So, Jack's basically the Ace Rimmer of the operation. "Smoke me a kipper I'll be back for beakfast!"

    • Jim Wilson
      Jim Wilson 3 months ago +2

      I think you mean Lord Flashheart.

    • alx gu
      alx gu 3 months ago

      Stoke me a clipper 🤪

    • Paul Wills
      Paul Wills 3 months ago

      @Jim Wilson yep that was definitely a quote from lord flashheart in Blackadder

    • Leon Kiddell
      Leon Kiddell 3 months ago

      @Jim Wilson definitely Rimmer, it's all about the pathetic alter-ego. it turns out jack's quite into needlecraft and has never passed an astronavigation exam either

  • Alan Knoll
    Alan Knoll 3 days ago

    That was awesome. You guys got the tracks installed. Keep up the good work.

  • Les Thiele
    Les Thiele 3 months ago +2

    Thatvwas a great job guys, it's nice to see these 'old' vehicles being given some tender loving care, what is the truck next to the Abbot? Best regards from a Kiwi living in Australia 👍👍👍👍

  • Mark Stott
    Mark Stott 3 months ago +5

    I do wish that we had seen the painting stuff. Seeing Diane turn from a wreck to almost attractive has been a fun journey.

  • Paolo Viti
    Paolo Viti 3 months ago +4

    Spectacular entrance in pure James Bond style with helicopter, very cool 😎! Looking forward to see the coming video! 👍👍

  • David Wise
    David Wise 3 months ago +2

    Well don't know what to say, considering Jack's Abbot looked totally dog-rough when you got it, you've done a really good job. I shall no longer refer to you as "them cowboy tank bodger's". Great video of the track replacement can't wait to see it roll under its own steam, just one thing though surely Jack is about 6 inches taller than Tom Cruise and way prettier! 🤭🤭

  • elwoodzo
    elwoodzo 3 months ago +13

    Man that’s turning out nice - great job.... (ps that helo insert was the stuff of legend)

    • Baba Ganoush
      Baba Ganoush 3 months ago +6

      wonder who gets the rik mayall reference

  • kippamip
    kippamip 3 months ago +7

    Bit of lord flash heart. Love it! WOOF!
    Track bashing is much easier with the engine in and using the sprockets to feed the track whilst holding it up with a track bar. She needs some lock wire on those sprockets too! Gotta love the lockwire. Great multi fuel engine in those 43 series though. Get the kero out cheap to run.

  • Sara Redfearn
    Sara Redfearn 3 months ago

    Team work along with good clear communication. Jobs a good un. Not forgetting some tea breaks along the way. Thank you.

  • Brum Kid
    Brum Kid 3 months ago +2

    The banter is still up there with the humour and another great job done by the cowboys 🤠👍👍👍

  • Joe Schmo
    Joe Schmo 9 days ago

    I’ve actually driven one of these down in Florida, they took the original engine out due to issues and put a Cummins engine in it and it is quite the tank

  • Brian Willson
    Brian Willson 3 months ago +1

    Serious engineering with wit and humour. What a combination to get us viewing your big boys’ toys.

  • Stuart Denty
    Stuart Denty 3 months ago

    Quality content yet again thanks - Ted steals the show though 😁

  • Brian Mckay
    Brian Mckay 3 months ago +1

    the x is probably the reme marking bad links, after i think its 11 bad links they condemn the whole track. Its the bushes that go, generally from not maintaining the 10 degree mating angle when splitting tracks or adding new links, there's other reasons too. gr8 vid, looks fab

  • oldmanwith
    oldmanwith 3 months ago +5

    Jack’s grand entrance was worthy of one of the great film directors. I’m thinking maybe Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. I mean, who even knew Jack had a grand entrance……

  • Murray Maclean
    Murray Maclean 3 months ago +1

    yes .. much easier with engine in 😀 final tensioning tools look great though never seen those for tracks in the digger world

  • RoryTrackrod
    RoryTrackrod 3 months ago

    Flying Jack in, using the drone, was a brilliant idea. Action Man style.

  • Alex Angus
    Alex Angus 3 months ago +1

    I remember changing the tracks on a big digger on the farm once. we laid the new tracks out in front so it would roll from the old to the new, I gave it a push from behind with the telle handler and it rolled all the way along like a bloody train and fell of the end! Took two days to sort out!!!!

  • Billy Haddock
    Billy Haddock 3 months ago

    Great Job Guy's on getting both track's on ur Abbot SPG. when u were pulling the Abbot foreward's on the track,
    tie the end onto the last wheel and pull it onto the other rollers.

  • MikMat
    MikMat 3 months ago +5

    you guys make this a lot easier than the marine corps does

    • John Nunn
      John Nunn 3 months ago

      I know, right, I’ve seen the film.

  • Gibbo
    Gibbo 3 months ago +5

    Excellent video Joe! Would love to see more raw uncut stuff! Ted will murder Jack in his sleep for that.

  • brendon
    brendon 3 months ago +2

    really excited to see how this turns out

  • ATomRileyA
    ATomRileyA 3 months ago

    Great video, the Abbot is looking great too.

  • Jack
    Jack 3 months ago

    First view of your channel. Love it!
    You were having too much fun. Good job getting those tracks in place.
    Going to look back at other episodes and wait for some more new ones.
    In the Valley Of The Sun, Arizona, U.S.A.

  • mike wilson
    mike wilson 3 months ago

    I'm curious about how the grease-powered tensioner works.

  • Jeff Dayman
    Jeff Dayman 3 months ago +5

    It's not every armour channel that's got a paratroop drop from a helicopter, with 440 lb of chains hanging of the skids beside the jumper, as well as a re-track of an Abbott (Diane or otherwise). But why not use the heli to twang the Abbott onto the track? Good thing Ted was keeping an eye on things......

  • FuriousVigor
    FuriousVigor 3 months ago

    I never would have guessed you would use a grease gun to tension the track.

  • James Ocker
    James Ocker 3 months ago

    That abbot looks nice after a bit o paint. Awesome entrance jack

  • Keith T
    Keith T 3 months ago

    Brilliant lads! I definitely want a job with you guys 😅 . Unfortunately, I'm in Rochdale and it would be a sod of a commute 😢.

  • sukijaka Lindekvist
    sukijaka Lindekvist 3 months ago

    Nice work again lads!
    Im exited about the progression with the T34?

  • The Essex Hunter
    The Essex Hunter 3 months ago +1

    Very good ,when you get to mine and your Dads age think about the bits that hurt from kicking stuff.!! Keep up the good work.

  • Nick Horne
    Nick Horne 3 months ago +2

    Our SO grease gun does exactly the same..... quality kit 🤣But it never has grease in it anyway........ Top video as always.

  • Doug Stubbs
    Doug Stubbs 3 months ago +1

    Meanwhile, German forklift drags track onto brit SPG, and Mr Hewes drinks from cider can with thicker walls than a Scorpion CRV(T).

  • David Wood
    David Wood 3 months ago +2

    Ted: the worlds only dog who's colour could only be described as "Fuel Oil"

  • The Lone Moomin
    The Lone Moomin 3 months ago

    Use a few drops of power steering fluid to free of seized bolts and pins. The Clip-Share channel Project Farm did a load of testing on penetrating........(steady).... Oils and the power steering fluid came out well ahead of the competition.

  • Tadpole
    Tadpole 3 months ago +1

    Well done guys, hard work made to look easy with a plan & most entertaining .. 👍 .. 😂
    Thanks for sharing. atvb t ..

  • wulfie1199
    wulfie1199 3 months ago +1

    Loving the tactical Thatchers can while working 😂

  • Mike Wingert
    Mike Wingert 3 months ago +5

    We all know where Rolf Harris would have inserted one of those track pins….😂

  • stevo8291
    stevo8291 3 months ago +5

    Jack you entrance was CLASSIC !!!!
    Cracked me up !!😂

  • Richard Phelan
    Richard Phelan 3 months ago +1

    A good Bit of work ,nothing east about doing track work ,Brilliant work Lads

  • Screw the cabal
    Screw the cabal 3 months ago +1

    Doing what you're doing looks like fun!

  • Island Times
    Island Times 3 months ago +2

    Copper Hide hammers last a lifetime ! Mines had 6 new hides , 2 new coppers , 3 new handles and 1 new head and still going strong (Trigs Broom sketch insert here) 🤣 . Were you given yours ? (For Free ? 😉) LoL

  • Eisen
    Eisen 3 months ago

    Asking seriously not sarcastically, had you left it up on the blocks would it have been possible to slide the track under the road wheels at all or would that have been a nightmare to get them all lined up?

  • dfpguitar
    dfpguitar 3 months ago

    Question; after a tracked vehicle has been attacked with fire, melting the rubber pads on the track. How complicated is it to fix?
    I was really surprised hearing how easy it was for civilians to disable tracked vehicles in Ukraine.

  • Inferno King
    Inferno King 3 months ago

    If I had my own tank or tracked vehicle I would have a tool that can remove and install track pins easily instead of having to hammer them.

  • Rachael Wyatt
    Rachael Wyatt 3 months ago

    This might sound strange but I am learning so much from you guys and what you do is done in away that I can understand it.
    From what I saw the tracks are tensioned by the grease in a similar way to a CAT tracked vehicle?

    • Mr Hewes
      Mr Hewes  3 months ago +1

      Exactly the same

    • Rachael Wyatt
      Rachael Wyatt 3 months ago

      Thank you Joe I am ex military retired and never worked on tracked vehicles/tanks, it is fascinating and I am learning a lot even at my age. :)

  • Dave
    Dave 3 months ago

    LOL... Love it... 91 links? Surely you mean 90 each side? 😊
    Much easier threading the pins through the links with a proper lead screwed to the leading end of the pin too. The luxuries of a full toolkit complete to CES.
    Then thread the track over the idler as soon as the end meets the idler, using the rope w 2 hooks on the leading edge of track - much safer -lighter & less painful - Then draw the track through until it meets the sprocket, then using the sprocket itself to drive itself until the joint is just above the ground. Put the final pin in after using the track tensioners that you already have & once secure, pump grease into the rear arm tensioner to tighten the track (a fist's height from track to armour) & Bob's your auntie's hubby.
    Ahhhhhh, spreader bars... Lots of fun for all the family 🙂😉😊🤩😆😁😄😃😀
    Great vid again guys. Ted, grab a bath mate.

  • Richard Ford
    Richard Ford 3 months ago

    Well done lads time for the pub ! And and a refreshing pint. Cheers from Rick in Sydney Australia 🇦🇺 👍 😊

  • David Gibbings
    David Gibbings 3 months ago +1

    Cracking vid guys as always 💯👌

  • Dwayne Hicks
    Dwayne Hicks 3 months ago

    Don't know about an abbot but warrior we pretty much just brute forced it with a mixture of risky leg positions and pulling the track rope

  • Steve Austin
    Steve Austin Month ago

    Did that many a time on, Warriors after throwing tracks, in huge stinking big holes in Germany! Great times!

  • Rachael Wyatt
    Rachael Wyatt 3 months ago

    May I ask, does the Abbot have the shaft in the final drive connecting to the gear box like the bigger tanks?

  • colin vaughan
    colin vaughan 3 months ago

    More great content Jack seems an should be pleased with it👍🐒

  • Mica Avali
    Mica Avali 3 months ago +1

    Someone get Joe a lavalier / lapel mic! 😅

  • Kite
    Kite 3 months ago

    Great vid again. Loved Jacques arriving by helicopter. Hahaha 🙂

  • Sany0
    Sany0 3 months ago +4

    We used a track rope....wound round the front sprocket....then use the engine to roll it up using the correct tiller.

    • Tinkerer Tom
      Tinkerer Tom 3 months ago +1

      This is how I know it too

    • Gary Poulton
      Gary Poulton 3 months ago +2

      Only problem in this case was there's no engine...

    • Sany0
      Sany0 3 months ago +2

      @Gary Poulton Yup, but in my 18 yrs playing around on tracked vehs, ive NEVER known a track change while the pack is out.

    • Mr Hewes
      Mr Hewes  3 months ago


  • mitchdaytonam3
    mitchdaytonam3 3 months ago

    “I’ll fly back to England and give your wife something to hang her towels on!” Peak Flash👌

  • Ed Stones
    Ed Stones 3 months ago +4

    Love the skits.. keep em coming 😂 🚁

  • Liquighost
    Liquighost 3 months ago

    Would it be unwise to put the strap on the track in the front and just roll the whole thing backwards with the strap under tension? or is specifically meant to be installed like that from the rear

  • Jerry Ezzell
    Jerry Ezzell 3 months ago +3

    You guys have way too much fun while you work! As hard as you guys are working, there’s no wonder you’re buff and skinny.

  • Jeff Held
    Jeff Held 3 months ago

    I cannot count how many times I’ve “broken track” and replaced 1 shoe, 1 section, or the entire track side.

  • rab millar
    rab millar 3 months ago +1

    Best acting ive seen i years - Oscar goes to jack best track layer ? Bafta goes to Tedd best SUPERVIOR ? LOL

  • SW1W
    SW1W 3 months ago

    Great teamwork

  • fivvi
    fivvi 3 months ago

    phenomenal content

  • Kaitlynn Allen
    Kaitlynn Allen 3 months ago +1

    Without Foreman Ted you chaps would be lost :) Fun video!

  • Frank McGorman
    Frank McGorman 3 months ago

    Very green...that's a nice bit'o'kit.
    Was Jack pretending to be Lord Flashheart with that grand entrance?

  • John Nunn
    John Nunn 3 months ago

    When you do shows, you should set up a spoof and say you are going to fire the gun but have one of them flags come out the muzzle saying ‘BANG’!

  • John Voll
    John Voll 3 months ago

    The first assembly of belt seemed be wrong to me as this beeing what we in Norway call a `` Live `` rubber belt. But looks better later. Guess you redone job right. John.

  • FrontSideBus
    FrontSideBus 3 months ago +1

    Looks nice with a bit of paint on it.

  • Elvis Lee
    Elvis Lee 3 months ago +1

    Love the Lord flashheart reference 😂😂

  • chris Oakey
    chris Oakey 3 months ago

    I was told a unit i worked with wheeled the bin out to the road then filled it with track to the brim. The garbage truck ripped the sides of the bin off instead of lifting the load.

  • MrSeeuu
    MrSeeuu 3 months ago

    That.......was a fun video to watch! 😃👍🏻👍🏻

  • Berry Reading
    Berry Reading 3 months ago +1

    I feel like that forklift imagery, or maybe even a short video would fit perfectly with the Thatcher's Cider website marketing and photography portfolio... 🤣🤣🤣

  • Shawn Frizzell
    Shawn Frizzell 3 months ago

    hi guys do you empty the grease rams when you remove the tracks ?

  • harry
    harry 3 months ago

    the flash-heart reference had me in tears

  • BLuSoda00
    BLuSoda00 3 months ago

    Cant wait to see the cent 13 get this treatment

  • Jon B
    Jon B 3 months ago

    Love the intro, Huey drop. Very funny 👍

  • Fabric - Electronic Music Production

    2:10 🤣 bloody brilliant just spat my brew across the room

  • Pirate D
    Pirate D 3 months ago +2

    Great stuff 👍🏼🏴‍☠️✌🏼

  • anamenobodychose
    anamenobodychose 3 months ago +6

    lookin good, nice job Ted

  • Ya KOB
    Ya KOB 3 months ago

    Пацани. Ну Ви можете, коли захочете зробити конфет. Пацани, у вас руки ростуть із правильного місця. Дякую, що не доламали танк.

  • Richard Hunt
    Richard Hunt 3 months ago +2

    1:53 Call in "Action Man Jack!!!" Brilliantly fun!!!! 😂😂😂😂

  • Douglas Anderson
    Douglas Anderson 3 months ago +1

    I want one. Be just the job on my 10,000 acre ranch in Australia. Feral Pigs wouldn’t stand a chance 😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • zanderboy
    zanderboy 3 months ago +1

    mate, that looks smart as fuck in the fresh green. you are proper infront of camera. its so interesting this channel. alot of the machines here i have seen in various states of disrepair or burned out in Iraq Afghan or on some shitty military base or trainign field up brecon or salisbury. its so cool to see them working

  • Karl Dickinson
    Karl Dickinson 3 months ago

    Jack should do stand up comedy lol

  • avpinstarter
    avpinstarter 3 months ago +1

    Loved the reference to lord flashheart lol