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M16 Halftrack restoration/build. A long long road.


Chris Hall

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On 2/11/2021 at 5:33 PM, Citroman said:

Did find another pic of the dutch overhead cable constructors in our newpaper archive. Looks like a crane on this one.

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That could have been mine!  it was converted exactly like that, but looking more closely, it seems to be an International, not a White, many were used in Holland like this, up to 20 years ago!

Cheers,

Lex

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I saw that episode on tv and in typical tv fashion, it’s not what it appears to be.

The Halftrack shown is an M3 personnel carrier that someone has made to look like a post war M16A1 by welding in a non standard floor on top of the M3 floor. You can see the home made floor flexing and the M45 moving around. It won’t be long before it breaks free!

It would be more valuable as an m3 with the Maxson and DIY floor removed. It’s also got lots of parts missing including the Maxson shield, they were either ripped off or it was all fake for tv.

Good to see the M2s firing though. Nothings better than watching a 50 cal firing except for maybe 4 of them.

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No progress for a while. I’ve got some more parts held for me by a fellow forum member and I’m buying a load whilst I’m in the US. 
 

I’ve now got most of the interior fixtures and fittings, a NOS winch radiator, some cab flooring parts, new hinges, gear stick/PTO knobs and master brake cylinder. Hopefully should have some doors and a few bits of armour coming and I’ve a lead on a Tulsa 18 winch.

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On 6/21/2021 at 2:54 PM, Chris Hall said:

I saw that episode on tv and in typical tv fashion, it’s not what it appears to be.

The Halftrack shown is an M3 personnel carrier that someone has made to look like a post war M16A1 by welding in a non standard floor on top of the M3 floor. You can see the home made floor flexing and the M45 moving around. It won’t be long before it breaks free!

It would be more valuable as an m3 with the Maxson and DIY floor removed. It’s also got lots of parts missing including the Maxson shield, they were either ripped off or it was all fake for tv.

Good to see the M2s firing though. Nothings better than watching a 50 cal firing except for maybe 4 of them.

$85k and you do not even get a working speedometer or winch cable.

think they need a new expert to assess the military vehicles they have offered to them .

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It’s been a good 6 weeks since I made an update. I’m still in the USA with another 5 weeks to go. Managed to buy lots of parts to take home.

Pair of fenders

NOS radiator

NOS regulator

NOS shielded Distributor

NOS fuel pump

NOS filter box

200 armour screws

2 x Scout car/early HT wheels

new brake master cylinder

new Quad mount battery cover & step

5 x black out lamps

some original armour plates

New Door parts (no doors available)

NOS break rheostat 

tons of small parts

M16 wall Grenade Box

Some true 1/4” steel plate to repair some armour plate

 

The only things I’ve not been able to obtain that I wanted are the winch and the hood armour (couldn’t get it delivered to the hotel). Hopefully next time I’m here I can get them delivered to a local garage/parts store for a small fee.

 

 

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That's a good long list of finds. 

I have had some parts imported from New Zealand in the past, they are much cheaper over there and even with shipping costs the price is much cheaper than buying over here in the UK.

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I read some details regarding duties levied by customs. The part that got me was worded along the lines of “ to compensate for not purchasing within the U.K.). not sure how that works if you can’t buy an item within the U.K. in the first place.

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If the part is not available in the UK it would obviously be very expensive here so HMC should levy a special extra charge to bring the imported part up to the same level. Of course, the effort that you went to to go and acquire the very rare part in an unfamiliar country and ship it home proves how keen you are to get it and should be taxed too.

This is called an integrated policy.

David

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More stuff arrived today. Battery box top and side armour, left and right door pillars and right side engine armour plate. Oddly enough the doors that were sent at the same time have yet to arrive. 
 

At the weekend I’ve got the 6” and 10” Maxson M45 riser rings to collect. Parts are coming along nicely now.

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