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XM603 Nose lift

As most readers will know XM603 has been at Woodford since the 80s, she was refurbished externally a couple of years ago to her current incredible shining finish (try looking at her in bright sunshine). Since the Museum opened she has been the central focus at the rear of the Museum but has always had an unnaturally nose down attitude. This was mainly due to a collapsed nose oleo.

Many comments have been made and various reason why it couldn’t be reset to the correct attitude. Finally this Autumn a group of volunteers, with technical support from the Wellesbourne Team that run XM655, was setup.

The team initially faced outright “no it can’t/won’t be possible” but in 3 sessions over a period of a few weeks the “impossible” was done.

Part 1

Using the Museums 5 ton trolley jack an attempt was made to raise the oleo.

Using the Museums 5 ton trolley jack an attempt was made to raise the oleo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XM655 nose wheel from the rear - this is what ours should look like.

XM655 nose wheel from the rear – this is what ours should look like.

This is ours

This is ours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After - a slight lift

After – a slight lift

Part 2

Using a correct 20ton bottle jack loaned to us by Lomas of Birch Vale (many thanks), we attained her correct height position & 603 then released water from her rear engine exhausts (one reason for lifting her). We then inserted concrete flags under the nose wheels to level her position in line with the rear wheels (the ground surface rises to her rear).

We also exposed most of the nose wheel Oleo ready for the 655 teams visit, & then settled her wheels in new 2nd height position…All looking good for team 655s visit.

20ton bottle jack lifting to correct height full height (it’s a long time since these wheels had air under them).

20ton bottle jack lifting to correct height full height (it’s a long time since these wheels had air under them).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second position. She's now level

Second position. She’s now level

Shackles re secured.

Shackles re secured.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ready for 655s visit with 3 different sized Oleo spacers to install.

Ready for 655s visit with 3 different sized Oleo spacers to install.

 

At her correct height she did a "pee" out of her engine exhausts.

At her correct height she did a “pee” out of her engine exhausts.

Part 3

Tuesday November 13th 2018 saw the end game of restoring 603s nose wheel to correct height, from 70” ground to front of bomb Aimers window, up to 90”, 655s current & correct position, mission accomplished.

Selection of Oleo collars, so simple in what they do in the right hands.

Selection of Oleo collars, so simple in what they do in the right hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric of 655 putting in the oleo collars

Eric of 655 putting in the oleo collars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No caption needed !!!

No caption needed !!!

 

Oleo collars in place, wonderful, she is back in her correct position/stance.

Oleo collars in place, wonderful, she is back in her correct position/stance.

 

The 655 team Helen Eric & Rog, a massive thanks to them.

The 655 team Helen Eric & Rog, a massive thanks to them.

A finishing touch of checker plate was added between flags & wheels.

A finishing touch of checker plate was added between flags & wheels.

 

Ray Reeder shows her new height 20” taller at the nose now 90”.

Ray Reeder shows her new height 20” taller at the nose now 90”.

Al Shaw shows her former low position 70”

Al Shaw shows her former low position 70”

It’s now an effort for tall men to close her entrance door.

It’s now an effort for tall men to close her entrance door.

Thanks to the whole team involved from the Museum, XM655 & Lomas of Birch Vale

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