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Panhard AML's found in scrap yard
21/03/2013
 

Acting on a tip off the FARG ventured into the Ardennes to seek out some AMLs that were rumoured to be destroyed soon in a commercial scrap yard.

We arrived at the identified scrap yard and were met with the sight of two near perfect AMLs.

After negotiations it became clear the vehicles had to be destroyed by order of the french military. 'Coupe' they said and gestured with pulling their fingers across their throats!

Fortunately we were able to negotiate a couple of days grace in which we were allowed to remove anything of use.

As I think you see - nothing went to waste, and as time ran out on our second day in minus temperatures in a muddy scrapyard - we achieved what we set out to do - to remove every and anything of use..

Sad to see these lovely low mileage units come to such an end.

I drove both vehicles before dismantling and could find no fault with them.  One had only covered a few hundred KMs and on the dash was a warninhg not to over rev the engine until the vehicle has been bedded in!

They seemed to have been ex gendarmary and even had their complete tool kits and radio equipment (excluding reciever and transmitter) inside.

The only problem was that water had frozen on the inside of the hulls and so we had to break the hand brake cables to let the brakes off (as they are internal and run under the fuel tank).  I believe these had been in deep storage and only released a few months ago.

You can see the pictures of before and after our salvage operation.. now we have a good reserve of spares to keep the FARG AML60 running.  It is currently undergoing a refurb and will be ready for this summers show season..

Watch this space...

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