Fox Armoured Car

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The Fox A/C This is what a Fox Mk.I Armoured Car is supposed to look like. Very similar to the British Humber Mk.IV, the Fox was manufactured by General Motors of Canada. It was armed with a .50 and .30 cal machine gun in a hand-cranked turret.

Unfortunately, the Fox was not received well, suffering from problems in part related to the complexity of the rear (alternate) steering mechanism. Although it saw limited duty in the Italian theatre, reconnaissance and escort units in northern Europe opted for M3A3 Stuarts, as well as Staghound and Daimler armoured cars. 1506 Foxes were manufactured in total; seven are known to exist today.

The Fox Chassis Bruce Parker's Fox chassis being moved into the garage where it was restored and assembled to the state seen below. It takes a lot of vision to start from this stage and see a job like this all the way through. Full credit must go to the gentleman who persevered with this to the point where Bruce took over. When this is complete, it will be the only fully restored one of its kind in the world.

Hull Today The Fox hull, forlorn and upside down, awaiting the sand blaster. It has been stripped as far down as possible, and will be blasted, primed and painted this coming spring. At that point it will be mounted back on the chassis and the whole unit towed to a yard for final restoration. The turret will only be mounted once the interior is complete.

Chassis Completed A shot of the chassis, restored and waiting for the hull. This work was done by the Fox's previous owner, who went as far afield as the Netherlands for parts (apparently many Foxes ended their service lives as range puppies over there). The flat plate ahead of the steering column is the forward hull mounting bracket.

Although Fox axles resemble those of the 60cwt CMP, they are in fact unique - wider and with gearsets specifically tailored for the backwards, rear engine configuration.

Rebuilt 270ci Engine The U.S.  G.M. 270ci engine. These engines were imported from the United States rather than built here. They are powerful, robust and reliable.

Rebuilt 270ci Engine Same, from the right side. Luckily, parts for these powerplants are still easy to come by.

We will be documenting the restoration process in some detail throughout this coming year. Bruce estimates two to three years for complete restoration and final kitting out; although he has most interior fittings, many will have to be remanufactured by hand due to advanced corrosion.

Linkages Some of the transmission and transfer case linkages. Most of these were hand-made by the previous owner - that's sometimes the level of dedication and committment inspired and required by these 55 year-old beasts!

The final linkages for the rear steering haven't yet been made or installed; no decision has been taken as to whether they will be at all, given the inherent design and engineering shortcomings associated with that mechanism. Apparently it was a common practice in the field to disconnect the rear steering, for the same reason.

Chassis Another view of the chassis. Note the radiator has been removed prior to winter storage. For a series of excellent photographs of a restored British Humber Mk.IV, which will show a very similar layout to that of this Fox, please see Chris Shillito's superb ARMOUR IN FOCUS web site.

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