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    After many years (5+) I am finally starting preservation work on the Maxson M45F Turret for my half-track. Stripped her down and removed my trunnions so that I could flip the drive section over and free up the turret ring which was frozen from sitting for more than 50 years. Made up a jig to bolt to the ring and then applied a little "Love" with a BFH to break the ring loose .. bearings had been soaking in oil for several months and after a little persuasion she is spinning free. I can now remove each bearing to clean and restore.

    Building a new wire harness will be next.
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    Mark Koloc (LTC USA Ret)
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    1942 GPW
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    1943 Scout Car
    1944 M10 Ammo Trailer
    1947 CJ2A
    1947 SPEN
    2 M37 Winch Models

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    Cool project
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    I'm in. Looks like a cool project. Where does that mount on the truck?
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    Hi Mark, hadn't seen you over on the "G" for a while. Glad to see your starting on your Maxon. Hows the rest of your track doing?

    My Frame on my M-3 is heading for paint this Friday and I can start putting it back together.

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    My dad drove a M16 in the Korean war. He was a MP in the army/ air force (he started in the army but then the air force split off). They use the M16 to patrol the air fields at night.
    I wish he was still here to to see yours.
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    DANGER-RANGER, the Maxson mounts in the rear of my half-track .. Many Maxson turrets were mounted on Deuce and 5 ton trucks during the Viet Nam war and used as gun trucks to provide security on convoys.

    Don, good to hear from you .. have not been on the :G" in quite a while .. Finally retired from the Army and starting to catch up on some much delayed projects, especially my M16A2. Did manage to restore a 53 M37 with trailer this year for a ALCAN trip. Will update my Maxson progress on the "G".

    Jason, I am sorry that your dad has passed .. I to wish my dad could see what I have sitting in the shop as he just loved these old beasts .. he passed 27 Dec 03 while I was in Afghanistan and long before I recovered my track. My track saw service in WWII, Korea (As did my dad, 51-53 Combat Engineer) Viet Nam and then in Africa ... Its a piece of living history and is a preservation vs a restoration project .. leaving it completely original to include the paint, patina etc .. she looks just as she should after 4 wars and almost 70 years of service.
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    Mark Koloc (LTC USA Ret)
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    Cell: 1.715.821.9426

    1942 GPW
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    1943 Scout Car
    1944 M10 Ammo Trailer
    1947 CJ2A
    1947 SPEN
    2 M37 Winch Models

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    For those who don't know really what a Maxson turret is, here's a couple pics of it restored.
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    PAD-CDR .. Like your M818 .. Just got mine finished and in progress of finishing up a lowboy so that I can pull my Half-Track and WWII M10 Ammo Trailer to events in style .. added a turbo and singled out my M818 .. lots more juice and speed with the upgrades .. Increased the WOW factor with the upgrades (My Opinion)
    and I can't wait to show up to an event with my rig. Some pics of my M818, Half-Track, M37 with Trailer
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1943ht View Post

    Jason, I am sorry that your dad has passed .. I to wish my dad could see what I have sitting in the shop as he just loved these old beasts .. he passed 27 Dec 03 while I was in Afghanistan and long before I recovered my track. My track saw service in WWII, Korea (As did mu dad, 51-53 Combat Engineer) Viet Nam and then in Africa ... Its a piece of living history and is a preservation vs a restoration project .. leaving it completely original to include the paint, patina etc .. she looks just as she should after 4 wars and almost 70 years of service.

    Makes me wounder if that could have been the one my dad drove? Hard to say. My brother has my dad's photo album from when he was in Korea. I need to get him to copy the pic's for me.

    Thanks for saving it.
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    Thanks Mike, was trying to find a couple of pics of gun trucks with Maxon's in my files ..
    Mark Koloc (LTC USA Ret)
    HOR:1631 Bitter Creek Lane, Batavia OH 45103
    Cell: 1.715.821.9426

    1942 GPW
    1943 M16A2 MGMC
    1943 Scout Car
    1944 M10 Ammo Trailer
    1947 CJ2A
    1947 SPEN
    2 M37 Winch Models

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