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  1. Hi all its just peened on the other side, and, there is one in the same location on the co-drivers side, pretty close to lifting the cab off, hoping mid week ! thanks for all the feedback ! cheers Nick
  2. ok, here is a funny one...whats this little brass "button" peened though the armour on the base of the drivers side window frame ? anyone ?? and we are doing a full resto, which means, take off everything and make a pile of flat plate !, here is the side of the cab armour off
  3. Its a big list of changes, mods and outright different manufacturing techniques ! The basics are that "officially" the Autocar, DT and White were used by US Forces , and the IH was an "export" type, but, there were lots of the other three types in allied service as well. one could write a book on it !
  4. well, the HT is coming apart nicely, but we are slowed down by the damaged winch drive shaft , as that's got to come out before the rad is lifted out. here are a few shots that are not in the blog I will get a better picture of the spring soon, its clear though that it has "HALF TRACK" painted on the top leaf
  5. Hi All, so we are two weeks in to our Autocar tear down. here are the "vital's" Hood Number 40109590, (in Medium Blue) Data Card 22311 This is an original and unrestored example, so the most interesting thing so far is the hood. White star , surrounded by a hand painted medium blue ring, which was later overpainted with a white ring I think there is some interesting service history here we are running a blog for this at https://cwhvs.blogspot.ca/ so the bulk of the pictures will be on that, but I will post a few here as we go
  6. During the war my Opa was a FOO, in the west first, then , 41 to 45 with Army Group North, and Center, and south depending on requirements of the service . His was a battery of heavy guns , some 21cm, some 24cm morsers. (he fought the land side action at Sevastopol with these) Early on, they had just the typical FOO detachment, dismounted, but as the war progressed, they started to use a variety of improvised Armoured Vehicles as FOO and C and R , as allied Air Power was becoming a problem as well as Artillery. This was more an issue in the East, as the Russians would expend great amounts of artillery to excavate a FOO det. They used mostly Stug III, modified, with extra rear MG 42's mounted due to Partisan attacks ( he was badly shot up in one of those ambushes in 43, but, survived to return to the fight. They also used Panzer III, with no turret and Halftracks when they could get them. They preferred tank chassis due the proliferation of the 14.5 rifles in the field that could take a half track, but not a tank hull. All these mods were unit level, so it would be difficult to find examples of these that looked the same he used the smaller type of range finder rather that the large horizontal tube type for ease of use . The bigger one was left at the gun line . By later in the war, Russian tank breakthroughs were becoming common, and therefore they needed these in several locations to engage enemy armor ( funny that, I'm sure the use of the term "enemy armor' seems odd to most of you..) they were placing AT between the 21's , although they did use the 21's in a DF role if needed...made a mess of a T-34.... at the end, they were moving the chassis and barrel wagons for their 21cm guns .... with horses, and once again, he was dismounted as a FOO party fighting rear guard action. it was in one of these , he stayed behind with a 21cm , some support AT and covered his Batteries Retreat and surrender to the US Army in Austria. Opa was a "guest" of the Russians for some years afterwards. I'll go through some of the pictures and see what's there . My dad (former HJ) also recalls seeing variants of German armor that had been field modified for all kinds of activities as the war came to a close, but he didn't have much time for pictures ....he was a bit busy.
  7. Hi Everyone. looking for a larger jpeg of the B Bty RHA markings , so we can have it replicated with detail for our Stolly Limber restoration. Just in case, it looks like this cheers Nick CWC Canada http://www.coldwarcollection.com
  8. Hello ! we are looking at collecting a spare power pack, or B-60 engine for a Mk 2/3 Ferret. This is to be shipped to Canada to the Cold War Historic Vehicle Soc. (www.coldwarcollection.com) please let us know if you have, or know of a pack for sale?\ kindest regards Nick thecoldwarcollection@gmail.com
  9. Sorry for sounding negative, They are a fun "truck" to work on, and yes, we have done a complete down to the last bolt strip and re-assemble, and had to deal with a blown T Case and cracked engine block to boot, as well as fabricate items such as the wings from scratch, so its more an "insitutional" level restoration. We have solid corperate backers that fund the work, so we can take the time and resources needed / wanted to do a museum level job. Keep in mind that this Mk 6 might...might see 20 hours a year run time once finished. Biggest item for us was the hull repair, which saw the removal of large sections of the outer add on armor to deal with the rust that was essentially breaking the hull apart from the inside, and this was cut away with a circular hand grinder and cut off blade....that was many, many hours right there. On the whole, it has been a straight forward mechanical job, but only possible with the advice from Terry "read everything many times! from the manuals have fun, and please feel free to ask anything you like Cheers Nick
  10. Looks like a really fun and worthwhile event! If I can make an observation though? when we carry passengers, we try and do so with the three following safety proceedures; 1) Tailgate closed 2) Safety Strap 3) "NCO" or other resposnible person sitting in rear at tailgate end much like the process in use by the CF Not trying to put a downer on what was a great event, and i thank you for all the hard work (and gas!) you put into expanding interest in our hobby. Cheers Nick CWC Canada
  11. All great places to live! very nice on all three accounts. I was posted near Montreal years ago, and as I say to my friends here in Ottawa, the very best thing about Ottawa, is that its close to Montreal cheers Nick
  12. HI everybody. We are going through parts and found two of these. top and bottom pictures. Any ideas? many thanks Nick CWC Canada
  13. Happy to have you in, there is a pretty good Canadian bunch here, so don't be shy and ask what every you like. Where in QC are you? We are based in Ottawa, with operations in Deholm, Quebec as well. Cheers Nick CWC Canada
  14. I Agree with Terry, these don't have a solid return on investment as of yet. The trick is to purchace the best condtion unit you can find, buy that with as much of the CES as you can get, and keep it in good shape. A couple went through the Littlefield Collection Auction, and this is a good USA price baseline for armor already on this side of the Atlantic. We undertook this project as it had been stripped for restoration many years before, then got "back lined" for other projects, and so sat for many years. It was a decision that we better restore it, as it had really no value as she sat. We had much of the NOS parts here, but manged to find a Transfer Case quite easily (ours had broken gear teeth inside) So, hours into it? Its been a part time effort for basically one person ( that's me) as we have a dozen other MV's to look after, plus other vintage cars here. A guess of actual time would be in the 1500 hour range at this point, thats roughly 60 hours per month over a 24 month period. I can be very slow with one person doing tasks, depending on the job. Spent many hours for example cutting apart the outer layer of hull, shot spaying and re-welding. Its 99 percent done right now, with just the RFC shroud to be bent up and lights to be wired. They are a challenge, as any armor is, but a good one that will keep you engaged in the hobby, thats for certain. Cheers Nick CWC Canada
  15. Agreed, the shop I used to work at had two Leopard A1's in, one for scrapping, one for rebuild. after flipping over at speed after tossing track. 50 tons plus will filp like a jeep when the correct physics is applied. and speed does this very well. Having tossed a track at speed (Canadian M113 MTVL w / Rise 3 Upgrade), I can tell you its quite the experince. I was driving on a closed test course ashphalt road when the left side blew a track pin and unspooled of the rear idler, was running about 55 mph. Now, it takes alot of nerve NOT to touch anything when that happens, such as brakes or steering until you slow to a stop. in traffic, well, at that speed, bad things would have ensued. regardless of speed, know what to do if you blow a track off. This is vital. off road, sure, do what you like, its your neck, in traffic on public roads? well...as been said...you will be on the 6 pm news.... quick question. do you know, right now, if the track tension of your vehicle, along with pin and pad (if fitted) of your track is good?, idlers and final drive?
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