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  1. Thanks Rustexpert for posting your pic.. They look pretty much the same as the Aussie ones I am trying to find - (pic below also posted in wrecker forum), Probably have the same pin locations and cross section. May have some casting differences - date location, part or FV number?, but probably not noticeable to the untrained eye. Thanks all for the replies .
  2. Anyone down under have some cast steel 'hold fasts' (ground anchors) that they can measure? I am considering getting some cast locally'ish because I can't imagine shipping them from Aus will be practical or affordable. I already have a pile of hex pins in the UK awaiting postage - not going to like that bill either!
  3. Maybe the lifting points weren't trusted... ...and the "casualty" isn't very far off of the ground either. Nice pic of two brand new ones though! Would be nice if a moderator could fix the original thread title..
  4. Came across another pic.. White numbers on black "AMF" plates dates these trucks to the initial "179 - NNN" purchase in 1971. (1973 purchase trucks had green numbers on white "ARMY" plates 25_NNN) Two Australian M816's using the standard US issue sus tow kit of Hollebone [towbar motor vehicle] with chain clamps to the front axle and whiffle tree [bar lifting] chained to the chassis ends instead of the front bumper lifting shackles which is the US method. With the later 70's introduction of the Aus made Mack trucks, the 816's were fitted with the higher sus tow subframe incorporating th
  5. Found an OD article that says Marines is a common misconception - not made for USMC but by USMC - US Metal Container Co., though it also says that it's by USMC(Co) if it's in the manufacturers line on the underneath, yet 'for' the Marines if it's on one side at the bottom......? Still a little confused. Have now seen a couple of pics/references to WATER cans like this. Still don't know how long this production lasted before adopting the large screw lid.... Would be interested to see how they were converted after the war ("'cause they leaked less than the screw type"!!). I can't see a
  6. Just 'saved' this Jerry can from a hot rod flea market... because I'd never seen one like this before. Looking for info/significance and maybe find it a good (appropriate) home! The paint - as you can see is many layers thick and peeling, but the can itself is very straight and solid. Even the lid seal seems fine.
  7. Chevpol - have you thought of sussing out the Steel Soldiers forum? It's the US based MV forum and has lots of former servicemen as well as weekend soldiers, so there is a good chance that some of them will remember the 1500 Ram. I had the civi version (2500) as a work truck - it's retired now, but still drive it around locally for the farm. Love it. I'm off to the big MV meeting in Georgia today, and will be crashing with a former USAF chappie. I'll ask him about them. H
  8. Dims are approx but I think you can get the idea from the first pic. I have made these from 3/4" re-bar, coil springs and crowbars - round or hex. Hook 'point' is NOT sharp - it's for picking up shackles etc., not spearing your foot when you don't see it in the long grass, a-la Tom and Jerry style. Hope this helps.
  9. Robin - back to post #30, extra brackets 'Lashing staples' - if your truck was Airbourne then potentially these were ratchet strap hooks to secure the tilt frame, windscreen and tilt when C-130'd. A-la the 2 PARA FRT's (TuckAway wreckers). Does it just have one pair halfway down the body - may have been dropped somewhat empty where as the FRT's had three pairs of staples; front, middle and back and were dropped full of kit.
  10. Just for the sake of collecting all "Scotch" info under this one thread, I found these pics recently on the US Government Liquidation auction site "GL". Two Navistar wreckers (Navy) up for grabs in California. They carry the double wide "Holmes" type Scotches.
  11. Trevor - it doesn't matter, what you are trying to do is stop the wheel turning if it has no/poor brakes and/or keep the wheel stationary over the spade so it pushes into the ground. Stopping the scotch from moving relative to the vehicle as a whole is the real goal. The more inline the teather is to the wheel, the less it will try to twist under the tyre reducing effectiveness but as you can see from the Scammell pics, they use a long teather that goes way back on the chassis so the angle is reduced. I just used the wheel to change the direction of the attachment - like a snatch block
  12. Robin. Once 'cleaned' are they to be repainted (MoD) or are they 'green' enough? If so, is there a suitable plastic primer?
  13. Further conversation... looks like the wrecker ones were part of the 'Holmes' supplied stuff (came with their own chains), wider for the dual rears, where-as the 981 ones look like Scammell ones - single wheel and needed that cable tether. Question 1 is, were they intended to be used on the front wheels just like the Scammell? Not totally familiar with the 981 - are there brakes on the front axle? If not, scotches could have been used to "stop" front wheels, like wheel chocks or spades to aide winching. If for the front wheels, I'm guessing the cable hook went up to the chassis. Second qu
  14. Assuming that's the Scammell vid I mentioned in post #3? Found another Holmes Scotches pic.. This was a USAF '80s civi wrecker up on a Govmt auction last year. No idea why it had those scotches on the deck as the truck had hyd spades on the rear!
  15. Hmmmm - odd trailer. Looks like a "eager Beaver" type tilt bed bumper pull trailer that has been modded to be pulled by a fifthwheel!
  16. Dave - back to your original post.. Hope you will post that pic if you ever find it! I'd Imagine that the scotches in a pic on a 'T' were probably lifted from a Scammell crew of otherwise acquired... Seeing as the T is a 6x4 heavily ballasted tractor, I can't imagine they ever ventured too far from a decent surface - especially with a Rogers in tow, therefore recovering dead tanks would be winched onto the trailer against the brakes of all those wheels... I realise that these Scotches went the way of B&W tvs when they came out with hydraulic spades, but they can be utilised on win
  17. Dave - were these the ones you were referring to? Dims (in "old money" - sorry) from genuine examples liberated from 'beer money' skip at Borden! Weld diag (all plate)
  18. Dave - were you referring to the REME scotches as per Explorer in this vid:- or are you thinking that there are different Yank ones specifically that went with the T? Howard.
  19. Here's a pic of Johns with bigger tyres. Little mod reqd on the lower wing/mud guard position and removal of tyre chain box for bigger spare. ... but it does look incredibly meaty with these tyres. I think I am going to keep mine as near stock as I can to preserve military authenticity.
  20. Hey Robin Yes, I did a quick 20' spray job (ie., don't get too close) with some of that Behr exterior stuff from Home Depot - got the right Govmnt colour code. You know how the yanks love a parade... well I did this for last years "Good riddens day" - I was the 100th anniversary parade in our town, second oldest in the States and as it was approx 100 since the first World War so...... Not sure if the inverted Chevron was appropriate for USAF trucks, but it's easily removed if I get so advised... I did find out that USAF's 819 Red Horse (airfield construction etc.) used these in
  21. Don't know if any of these have made their way into private hands in the UK/Eur yet, so here are a few of pics of mine that I got last year. It's a '94 as best as I can make out. Originally temporate camo - but since my LR 101 wrecker is green/black I decided to go sand box - well, I got to do something with that desert cam net I picked up at Beltring a few years ago! Haven't had to do too much to it - a little cosmetic stuff here and there. I also stowed a pair of scotch anchors so that I can utilise the winch a little more. ...next step is finding the right trailer for it. (M870 's
  22. Pics of the rear. Showing added sus-tow frame and body 'stop ends' also additional lighting. Second spare tyre holder (next to Jerry cans) was not common. Not known if this was an inservice mod. Combined welding bottles and reinforced rear steps - are other differences to US trucks. Removed bumperettes and alternative trailer hitch may be a civi mod.
  23. I am researching the Australian Armys AM General M816 wreckers as used by the RAEME. I have been in contact with a few museums, ex Recy Mechs and others but am interested in getting a broader picture of the modifications that were made to the 816s. Some of the modifications were standard for all wreckers, however there were also a lot of changes/additions that were done by specific units - even down to a singular truck. Some of these mods were: Additional warning/marker lights, lockers and stowage bins, bypass oil filter, TAC plates, 2nd spare tyre, Australian Jerry cans, suspended
  24. Paul - its Howard (different avatar!)... just found this older thread of your truck at Pucka. Some of the details that I have been chasing are answered in these old pics! Had fun last week putting 1.515" holes in 3x1.5' steel for the rear sus tow bracket. Now pocket welded to the 4x4 - 1/4" wall tube. Found some steel for the bypass oilfilter shield and you pics help in locating it. Also notice a chequer plate cover the right side rear tackle space - checking other pics to follow that lead for fabn. I am amassing a whole load of pics and info following research on the differences betw
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