My Bren Carrier project:
6Sep'04 - 3May'06


    My relationship with this vehicle began of September 6th, 2004 when a student of mine flew me up to Peterborough, Canada to check out a vehicle in an EBay ad.  All of the driveline and powerplant were there, as was almost all of the suspension.  I am great with metal, so I knew I could build the superstructure relatively easy.  A pic I took while I was there that day:

As you can see, it was in pretty bad shape, but I got it for $300, which I think was a good deal. 
I went and picked it up with my old Chevy K20HD and a new trailer on September 18th.   

This is about 6 months later, up in Iron Mountain, Michigan where I lived at the time.  As the garage was too small to work in and I had no heavy tools yet, I made very little progress until I moved to Indy.  Here I was flipping the suspension back right side up (see previous pic).

My Bren Carrier- after a small amount of work, here in Indianapolis.  (Feb '05)
By this point I had removed most of the civilian modifications such as big tow bars and brackets, and the huge steering box.

Martina with the air chisel!
My wife Martina helping me chisel out roughly 100 pounds of concrete in the bottom. 

The engine is clean, but needs rebuilding (no compression).  The trans and rear end work.  Most of the linkages need to be reworked (clutch, brakes, steering).

Fitting the right side of the center bulkhead.  (Feb '06)

Plasma torch trimming the above panel, you can see the Panther's gun mantlet in the left side of the pic.

...welded in place...

...right side panel in place...

...a rear view...

This is a pic of the lower portion of the glacis plate.  I used one of my ballistic test plates with a high angle bullethole in it.  This part of the panel had been torn off, so I torched out an exact copy of the missing piece which contains the bullet mark.

Welding the lower seam of the glacis plate.

The glacis plate, driver's plate, and steering box in place.
Straightening everything up takes time and careful work; the last thing I want when finished are crooked panels!
(Steel plates normally have a slight bend to them, which I had to try to minimize.)

Here we take a big jump.  I thought I took pictures during this finishing phase of construction... but I can't find 'em.
As I already had a buyer waiting for the Carrier (and I didn't have a job!) construction proceeded fairly quickly in March and April.
These pics are from the day before our trip to Niagra Falls (where I was delivering it).
In the mean time I mounted the fenders, finished the front armor and left side armor, welded in all of the braces, made a really cool bent sheet metal cover for the steering gear, rebuilt the curved plate for the gunner and made it so it swivels properly, installed the left gunners plate with the appropriate hinges, made the rear lower (differential) plate, repaired the front towing eyes, repaired a small rusted sarea in the floor, and certaily lots and lots more.   ...sure wish I could find those pics.

Loading it up:

Ready to to!

En route!

Where ya goin? (Willow, our 'puppy' Great Dane watching as we were getting ready to leave.)

Out of curiosity we weighed it at a truck stop... 14,400lbs total!  The truck did great, but it accelerated and stoped more like a train! 
Stopping was acceptable because of the really good trailer brakes.
We could go up to 70mph, but I kept it around 55, as I don't want to see any connecting rods any time soon!

One of my heater hoses blew at this stop, but I was able to fix it.  That was our only problem the entire trip.

Its new home! I am happy that it is back home in Canada, close to where I picked it up even,
but it sure was hard to leave it after all of that hard work!