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    Well I made a little progress. Irma really screwed things up. Lots of trees got dropped at the site imagine that lol but finally some luck on Friday the 13th.

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    At least Irma was kind enough to drop that tree in front of your half track instead of across it! Looks great.

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    I could not agree more I feel lucky.
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    Some progress, before and after of the first halftrack

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayofftrack View Post
    Some progress, before and after of the first halftrack

    curts-m3-frame-rust2.jpgm3-curt.jpg
    Looks great! I would love to see some more close up pictures.


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    That was an amazing, and fortunate 'find'.
    Progress looks fantastic so far. Years ago I knew of a halftrack (M9) in a river near a power station. Nagged the owner for two years with no luck,
    Then out of the blue he rang me saying the power company were excavating that site within a week.
    So, IF you can get it out (By Tomorrow!) you can Have it!.(Laughing).
    Ooooooooooooooooo! MyF100 at the time, 8 batteries, (or more) Tools, wire ropes, jacks, Pulleys..Winches..Drove over there the guy was still chuckling (waiting for us to fail and the crusher get it.)
    3 hours later with a power crew and bulldozer arriving,
    No wires, No Pulleys, No jacks, No winches, OH DEAR I hear you say.
    Ha! Fired right up AND drove out of that river and mud!
    The 'bloke' is NOT cackling now!
    Some guy said he would take it home for me on his trailer. No way I said. That won't carry it. Yes it will..OK go for it sez' I. YOU drive it on and what fails you pays!.
    CRUNCH! The 4 wheels on that trailer are now nicely parallel! with the floor and the deck flush with mother earth.
    We took it home on my 'Chinese six' ex beer delivery truck.
    It took me 4 years to re build it. Most satisfying and a great fun truck.
    After MUCH searching through boxes of old disc drives......Here's...........Something I am going to be keeping saved for you to look at.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmetalmiki View Post
    That was an amazing, and fortunate 'find'.
    Progress looks fantastic so far. Years ago I knew of a halftrack (M9) in a river near a power station. Nagged the owner for two years with no luck,
    Then out of the blue he rang me saying the power company were excavating that site within a week.
    So, IF you can get it out (By Tomorrow!) you can Have it!.(Laughing).
    Ooooooooooooooooo! MyF100 at the time, 8 batteries, (or more) Tools, wire ropes, jacks, Pulleys..Winches..Drove over there the guy was still chuckling (waiting for us to fail and the crusher get it.)
    3 hours later with a power crew and bulldozer arriving,
    No wires, No Pulleys, No jacks, No winches, OH DEAR I hear you say.
    Ha! Fired right up AND drove out of that river and mud!
    The 'bloke' is NOT cackling now!
    Some guy said he would take it home for me on his trailer. No way I said. That won't carry it. Yes it will..OK go for it sez' I. YOU drive it on and what fails you pays!.
    CRUNCH! The 4 wheels on that trailer are now nicely parallel! with the floor and the deck flush with mother earth.
    We took it home on my 'Chinese six' ex beer delivery truck.
    It took me 4 years to re build it. Most satisfying and a great fun truck.
    After MUCH searching through boxes of old disc drives......Here's...........Something I am going to be keeping saved for you to look at.
    It must not have been in the river to long as it looks in pretty decent shape. Glad you were able to get to it before the scrappers got it.
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    It looked like really BAD junk when we got it (the International Harvester) out of the river believe me. That picture of it (restored) on the back of my half track transporter (Beer truck) Is after more than 4 years of serious restoration work.
    It had nothing from the floor up, and we made everything including the sides,shutters fuel tanks..front roller..gun mounts and carriage, the list was endless.It was a long and painstaking job. But well worth it.
    But I still vote the 'white' as the better machine all round.
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    1945 Willys Jeep (with V8 flathead Engine) And overdrive.
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    Onan 7.5 kw ex army generator.

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    A long overdue update. So the one in the first post is running now with most of the cab re-assembled and the winch installed. Finally got the last one home yesterday.
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    M3A1 Scout Car Serial# 267510
    M3A1 Scout Car Serial# 267643

    M2 Halftrack Serial# 229945 Ord#658 (Prewar, June 1941)
    M2A1 Halftrack Serial# 233741 Ord#4453 USA#4014651 Rebuilt to M2A1 at Ft. Crook 11-20-44
    M3A1 Halftrack Serial# M3A1-47825 USA#4053835 Rebuilt from M3 75-1578
    M15A1 Halftrack Serial# M15A1-1945 Ord#1945 USA#40150662 Rebuilt into M16A1 for Korea

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    That was a long time coming!
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