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    Default African Queen 1943 M16A2 MGMC Half-Track

    My ride ... Recovered from East African Desert APR 07..

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    Default RE: African Queen 1943 M16A2 MGMC Half-Track

    Georgia
    a few jerry cans and entire front winch setup from a five ton wrecker in need of a good home.

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    Default RE: African Queen 1943 M16A2 MGMC Half-Track

    All right we want to know the story. Where in Wisc do you live? The flatbed's from Stillwater where I live.

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    Default RE: African Queen 1943 M16A2 MGMC Half-Track

    looks nice miss driving half tracks. Always sounded like a apc was following you. Turning wasnt the greatest either.

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    You have to tell us the story behind this!
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    Do you need some quad parts?
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    I'm glad that the old machine is in the hands of someone that is going to do right by it.

    Do you know the story on it?
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    Track was found in the Horn of Africa, Djibouti desert... it had been driven out to the sand and abandoned by the French Foreign Legion in late 50’s or early 60’s ... French stated that they received the track from US in Korea in 1954 (Records confirmed that 4 M16A2’s and several M4s were transferred to the French in 1954 from US Army in Korea) and they took it to Indo-China (Vietnam). From Indo-China to Djibouti Africa in 1958 and used by the legion until she was driven into the sand and left ... I came across her while I was out with my team on a 6 miler one day .. Recognized her thru all the thorn bushes that had grown around her... worked with my French Liaison officers who were assigned to my shop and got permission (with a small fee) to recover her... The French considered the HT as a nuisance (go figure) there was a lot of ass-pain in recovering her (PAPERWORK/ CUSTOMS)... but all were overcome and her she sits... I owe a huge debt of gratitude to several fellow enthusiast working for Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR) Who volunteered their time and help to me in recovering her from the sand, bringing her back to my base and helping me to put her together again for shipment... these same folks helped me load and chain her into the 40 foot container for shipment back to US.

    My intention is to show her in parades, at historical events (military/other) etc and I want children and adults to crawl all over her and get a feel for what it was like to fight and live out this beast by those who gave so much during WWII and Korea to defend our way of life. I intend to keep her in her current WWII paint. The tires are 1952 Michelin Invincible Combat Run Flats and are solid rubber... 1943 BFG tracks are in good shape and there appears to be no separation of the BFG rubber on the bogies... all the engine oil levels, fluids in the differentials etc were good.. Soaked the cylinders down and she turned over very nicely so then I did a compression check... 3 cylinders had lousy compression... figured that the valves were hanging-up and they were... 1 sparkplug was cracked and broken off in the head... decided to pull the head, drop the pan and yank the manifolds... the crank, cam, pistons etc look beautiful .. Head has cleaned up very nicely and to date I have rebuilt the carb, fuel pump, vacuum pump, generator, starter and distributor... Water pump is solid with no slop in the bearings, a buddy of mine went thru the radiator as the filler neck had some pinholes and there were two leaks in the core ... pulled both my gas tanks... One was sealed, had a cap... the other did not... they had some rust and dirt... rolled them up and down the hill a few times with some chain inside to knock all that crap loose then cleaned them out and red-koted them both .. I installed NOS sending units and reinstalled tanks. My current and next project is the wire harness (All 4 of them) dash board rebuild, master cylinder and the Maxon turret.
    Mark Koloc (LTC USA Ret)
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    1942 GPW
    1943 M16A2 MGMC
    1943 Scout Car
    1944 M10 Ammo Trailer
    1947 CJ2A
    1947 SPEN
    2 M37 Winch Models

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    Always nice to see something come out of the desert from abandonment and get re-activated to functionag order. Good show!
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    It's amazing that the machine hadn't been used for target practice.

    I see that it was in Vietnam for a while. While serving as a surveyor with the 1/11th Field Artillery, I set up the firing position for a deuce mounted quad 50 at FSB Moore. They fired it on map coor’ds, just like their big brothers, the 105s and 155s. They would reach out over 5 mi. when fired on high trajectory. The rounds, no tracers, wound come in on the target at a steep angle and the VC only heard “thump, thump” as they impacted; they were too far away to hear the muzzle reports. The VC called them "Whispering Death". They were also very effective when used as direct fire against dug in positions.

    See http://www.mystae.com/reflections/vietnam/duster.html

    I really commend you for going to the trouble of restoring it. I know that there are magazines that would like to do articles on your adventures through the sand of Africa and the red tape of the governments involved.

    What a project!! Thanks for sharing it with us and I will watch for more.
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