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So I have a thing for tracked vehicles, on wish list is a Sherman or halftrack but money won’t allow so when this little beauty came up for sale I had to have it.

 

1945 M29c built in January 45 and used by the US army possibly in the Pacific by the markings.

The day came to collect “little nipper” so with my wife coming along to see “what I had bought now” we set off up north with trailer in tow.

And she was supremely impressed as much as she could be with another WW2 project coming home with us.

 

Here is little nipper!

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So first up was to start cleaning and removing the soil,poo,sticks and mud from the hull.

bucket after bucket the hull slowly started to show its self and even tho I knew it needed welding and a light restoration the inner area of the hull (completely buried in dirt) is in amazing condition, result! 

With the rear area cleaned up I started to struggle with the area under the engine, I just could not fit my hand in and remove any debris due, so although I had said to myself that I would get the engine running first before removing anything it became clear that the engine and transfer box had to come out! 

Luckly I have to tools and equipment to do this quickly, so after removing the gauge panel and shift rods, radiator, fan, two front engine mount bolts and two transfer bolts (plus exhaust) the complete unit came out.

now I could get on with removing the dirt.

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So with most of the dirt removed I could start on the fun stuff, finding the ww2 markings.

i tried a few methods but standard thinners and scotch pads worked the best on the new pea green paint.

the vehicle has lots of markings dating from 45 onwards I’ve no idea what some are and it’s clear the old ones were rubbed down before new ones applied over the top in 53/54 then the pea green paint was put on over everything.

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And here as a few photos of data plates gauges etc 

currently Little Nipper sits next to my wife’s 43 MB jeep (another project).

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What a nice project, it looks to be in very good condition, Ia assume it had been in use somewhere up until recent times?

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Hi Rog

it was found on a farm in the USA earlier this year, engine was stuck due to not being used for years so I’ve no idea when it last ran, looks to have been dry stored until it got over here

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Looks great. I'd really like a Weasel.

Good luck with it and I look forward to seeing progress.

Richard

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Not done a lot really busy with “Life” at the moment, but I have managed to strip her down and pull the engine and transfer box, prop shaft etc so I can start the cleaning.

i had an issue with moving the old girl as it’s not exactly easy to roll about so I’ve stuck it on the back of my GMC currently, well at least it looks at home on it.

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