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I have to first give Papabear a huge shout out. He and baby bear spent their Saturday helping me recover this M114.

It's honestly just a hull with with road wheels and tracks. The gear box is there as well as the axle shafts. I also have all the missing road wheels. One track is still useable. The other is still together, but needs to be replaced. I will need to build a power pack setup for it and drop it in. I know I'll need a rear hatch. Front hatch. Engine bay covers. Hydraulic pump. Lots of linkages. Wiring. Head and tail lights. And lots of other nick nacks.

My plan for now is to get it cleaned out inside. Then start working on bodywork on the outside. What hatches I can't source, I'll have a friend cut on a waterjet. Lots of work ahead. And even when that's done, I've got to refurb my M871 and setup a dovetail/ramp setup for it...

Anyhow I started the day at dark 30. I needed some fuel...
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After getting to Columbus and grabbing breakfast, we started to load up. Notice who was ready first?
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Then we fueled up the rollback.
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After a short drive we were there. I got to "ride" it up to the top of the hill. We pulled it with Troy's deuce. I've gotta say, I was grinning ear to ear.
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And a plug for CTR!
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And yes, I'm not sure who's having more fun. Me or the kids!
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Heck of a jungle-gym you got there!

Someone's kids will have everyone wanting to come over to play!
 

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Well it's a T114 it appears. This one was manufactured by Cadillac. It does have a rebuild tag on it as well. It needs a lot of work honestly. Like many, there's a number of holes in the hull. Most of them have already been patched up a bit. But I plan on redoing it. There's also a dip in the hull at the driver's hatch that I'm going to have to figure out how to address. (I'm thinking warming it up and using a portapower to slowly work it back towards it's true shape) With that fact, I'm not sure I'll do a complete restoration on it. But I'm starting to lean more and more towards a resto-mod to it. (Clinto, I hear you already threatening to beat me with a cat 'o nine tails made from super rope...) Lots of people have done SBC's, BBC's, even some LS based engines. I however love diesels. I think a 4BT or a detroit diesel would go nicely in there. The upside to this too is that I can always swap it back to a SBC since it's nothing more than a "box". And the other non-armored munitions carriers were in fact detroit diesel powered.

I do however plan on getting it more presentable and all the hatches in working order by the 2015 Georgia Rally. I suspect I will not have it powered, but at least it would be a nice static display. (This hinges on me also adapting my M871)
 

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PM me your wish list for this project, I can supply various parts/assemblies. Good luck, they are a blast to drive.
 

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George Baker's first one was depressed at the top as well. He used heat and some sort of jack, cribbing and lots of torch fuel to bring it up close. My experiece with heating aluminum was best in a low light condition. With that said, I wanna puke. At least you picked a company with some experience moving tracklayers. Think I need a rollback now too.
 

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Just woke up this morning and this is the first thing I see. I about spit out breakfast. Not fair. I wanted one. Now I slip further into depression. Oh well, time for another beer, I think I'll have a shot with that also.

Nice find though.
 

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Just woke up this morning and this is the first thing I see. I about spit out breakfast. Not fair. I wanted one. Now I slip further into depression. Oh well, time for another beer, I think I'll have a shot with that also.

Nice find though.
I couldn't agree more. What makes it worse is I had a chance to buy George Bakers other 114. Just didn't have the ability back then. Good luck with it. Know any of its history?
 

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Just woke up this morning and this is the first thing I see. I about spit out breakfast. Not fair. I wanted one. Now I slip further into depression. Oh well, time for another beer, I think I'll have a shot with that also.

Nice find though.
I'm still kinda awestruck this really happened. Let's just say the previous owner's first price and what I ended up paying had a five figure difference. (They had way too high of expectations) I've been working on this deal for about a month now. I took the stance of just wait it out and not care if I got it or not. Guess it paid off.
 

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The only trouble we encountered in the whole recovery was when we got about 20 miles from patracy's AO BabyBear suddenly "tooted" and before I could get the windows down on the truck my eyes crossed and started watering, I was holding my breath, my nose was running and a small voice in my head was screaming...HEP ME!! HEP ME!! OH PLEASE SOMEBODY HEP ME!!

I don't know why exactly but Doc asked me if I would lock his M114 up in the truck shop when I got back to the hooch!!rofl
 
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Think I need a rollback now too.

Although I've been around rollbacks for years (I owned classic cars rofl), I'd never actually operated one until a couple months ago. A friend who owns a shop and does towing ask me to help him for the weekend while he was out of town.

The ease of picking things up (cars, trucks, deuce dropside beds and frames *ssshhhhh*) just made me throw rocks at our trailers. A rollback is an amazing tool.
 

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WOW, Great find and it looks like a great project. Very cool. I'm currently trying to source an M113 for a Vietnam Vet. museum if anyone has a lead on one.
 

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I want a piece of armor soooo bad. My first MV driving experience was in the NG with a M113 and my last was a M1IP. Guess I'll have to settle for the new Goat as my pockets and transporting abilities are both too light (my loafers are just fine and heavy though).
 

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WOW...

Envious is an understatement, do you have a trailer for it?
I can't wait to see it loaded behind your creation.

I did a quick search, looks like it originally had a 120 HP engine.


...While the Sheridan proved deployable, another new system introduced in Vietnam was an undisputed failure. The M114 command and reconnaissance vehicle was tracked and lightly armored, weighing just seven tons. Powered by a 120 horsepower engine, it had a cruising range of 375 miles and a maximum speed of thirty-seven miles per hour. Armament consisted of two pedestal-mounted machine guns --a .50 caliber and a 7.62mm--with no shielding for gunners. (Footnote 25) When the M114 was introduced into South Vietnamese units, it soon became clear that it “could not move cross-country and had difficulty entering and leaving waterways” absolutely devastating failings in that environment. By November 1964 the M114 had been replaced by M113s and with-drawn from Vietnam.

( Camp Colt to Desert Storm...)

I want an 'undisputed failure' TOO! HA!
 
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