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Snaggy

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Icon 3 posted March 21, 2009 08:44      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
http://www.bentbay.dk/russiantank.htm

A Komatsu D375A-2 bulldozer pulled the abandoned tank from its tomb under the boggy bank of a lake near Johvi , Estonia . The Soviet-built T34/76A tank had been resting at the bottom of the lake for 56 years. Even after 62 years (and a little tinkering), they were able to fire up the diesel engine!

Neato!

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Icon 1 posted March 21, 2009 14:17      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Ah, that famous high-quality Soviet engineering!

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_____________________ In muck at that depth there would be very little oxygen, so rusting would be very slow. No water currents to bring down fresh O2. Then that it became encased in silt, probably lowered the O2 needed to rust.

I think that more than a little tinkering was needed to start the beast, but a true museum piece.

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I suspect that they got the tank running by using the old famous ( and possibly even true!) technique beloved of farmers with frozen diesel Land Rovers.... light a small fire under the bugger's engine and it'll soon turnover. [Razz]

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________________ Grummash __ I have been in on the restoration of old dead engines, even some that have been under water. Step one, drain the fluids, the oil is now useless. Step two, disconnect fuel line. Step three, Pull the plugs and or injectors, and slowly roll the sucker over. Step four flush oil pan with alcohol, to pick up the water, same with fuel tank and lines to the injector pump. Five, fill with fluids and add fuel to tank, reinstall injectors and hope for the best.

After sixty years under water, I am certain that the cylinders would be full of water, trying to roll it over in that state would ruin the starter.

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