Chieftain flange

Discussion in 'RAC' started by ObnoxiousJockGit, Dec 21, 2012.

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  1. Someone over at Tanknet asked the purpose of this raised chunk of metal. Despite tripping over the thing for 11 years I don't think I was ever told it's function. I reckon it's a structural stiffener for the turret roof, anyone know?
  2. Snigger. You said "flange."
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  3. sigh...there's always one isn't there...

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  4. Well if he hadn't I would have.
  5. I reckon you're probably right Jock, it braces up that weak bit between the hatches. You weren't in the traz with 4RTR were you?
  6. Another case of fitted for but not with. Attachment point for Thule roof box.
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  7. Probably part of the swim kit that some of them had the tube attached there?

    Just an idea, I wouldn't think it a stiffener have you seen the thickness of the turrent

  8. Those things that have a cube shaped bit stuck on a cylinder...'s to protect them from stray bullets.

    The one at the front looks a bit vulnerable, but it's probably a decoy.

    Anyway, it looks more like a rib than a flange.
  9. Looks more like protection for the periscope wiper motors, a channel to flow all the mud/crap/water/boots away
  10. I think its a flood defence system to prevent water from the over efficient periscope washer system flooding in through the Loader's hatch!
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  11. Cold_Collation

    Cold_Collation LE Book Reviewer

    It's the overhead underhang. It's there to prevent an upload downshift in the lateral stabilisers.
  12. It.s why I came to the thread...
  13. I'm sure it is to stop the cross beam going askew on the treadle...

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  14. Yup!