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Title: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: Smadge on March 26, 2017, 06:53:00 AM
Folks,

Pushed the beast into the new garage and I'm ready to start the process!

Paul
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: emptyhead on March 26, 2017, 06:54:45 AM
Nice good luck. Looks like you have a solid starting point.
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: big44maghunter on March 26, 2017, 10:01:01 AM
Looks like a good project.  Lots of work ahead but that's part of the fun!

Brad
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: Monkeypirate on March 26, 2017, 10:51:29 AM
That's about what I started with. I did not have a bed though! good luck with the build!
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: R.E.Co. on March 26, 2017, 05:16:58 PM
A beast of burden they are.  Oy, but  it's worth it! God luck sir!
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: Torque on March 26, 2017, 06:11:58 PM
Looks like a good machine, a lot better than what I started with, you will have years of fun fixing it up!
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: spec4don on March 26, 2017, 09:36:07 PM
Awesome, I believe Steve A had that track years ago! Have a good time with it!

Don G
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: Smadge on March 27, 2017, 08:40:24 AM
Don G.,

Yes, Steve A. owned this a few years ago.

Paul
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: 8683jb on March 28, 2017, 07:20:19 AM
Great project Paul. Stock up on bandages, merthiolate and WD40!
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: Smadge on March 31, 2017, 03:59:23 PM
Started to remove the added bed yesterday and today. Brought approx. 1500 lbs to the scrap dealer. Winch was sold last Fall and the add-on bumper was also scrapped. Trying to start with a clean slate. Paul
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: big44maghunter on March 31, 2017, 05:55:29 PM
Good progress,  looks like it was pretty clean under the bed.
Brad
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: spec4don on March 31, 2017, 08:31:36 PM
Let the fun begin
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: Smadge on April 16, 2017, 01:59:13 PM
Gents,

It's been a busy weekend. Removed the engine and it feels like i went two rounds with Tyson. I really wanted to get this major step out of the way and following the TM really helped. Biggest issue was the rusted bolts. Next step is to disassemble the engine and get the shop cleaned up.

Paul
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: steve1973 on April 16, 2017, 02:30:26 PM
Wow, Looks very different now from when I owned it. Keep up the good work. Let me know if I can help any.

Steve A.
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: yd328 on April 17, 2017, 05:31:32 AM
Certainly different than pulling a motor out of your pick uo ;D, nice work.

Gary
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: Smadge on April 17, 2017, 12:44:15 PM
Steve, I removed and scrapped over 1500lbs from the bed and front bumper!  She is coming along and if you don't recognize her I guess I'm making progress!

Gary,  I pulled the engine out myself and let me tell you what................that's a BIG engine!

Paul
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: steve-0 on April 17, 2017, 10:07:15 PM
cool  ;D
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: Smadge on September 22, 2018, 04:32:38 PM
Made a lot of progress this weekend.  Took about three hours to get 8 of the boggies seperated and it wore me out!  I plan on taking the other out tomorrow. Anyone have a suggestion on removing the bar out of the crab? 

Paul
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: colkking on September 22, 2018, 06:25:26 PM
The winch has a good home...disassembled, and starting to put it back together again!  :-)
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: colkking on September 22, 2018, 06:26:36 PM
Awesome job on the bogies!!!
Let me know if you need any help.
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: Outsider on September 23, 2018, 05:32:44 AM
The center piece in the crab that the pin goes through has a steel bushing on each end of it. You need to get both of those ends red hot and then use a press to get the shaft out.

Steve
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: yd328 on September 23, 2018, 07:42:03 AM
I drilled a hole in the center, between the spring perches, for a grease fitting and used that hole to put penetrating oil on the shaft.  An air hammer was used on both ends to break up the rust and help the oil soak in deeper. 

Gary
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: Smadge on September 23, 2018, 12:00:36 PM
Steve and Gary,

I think i will do a combination of both great ideas!

Ken,

Glad the winch is working out for you. 

All the boggies off now and i just need to figure out the one crab.  My other one came right out!

Thanks again,

Paul
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: Cleprechaun on September 28, 2018, 10:31:11 PM
Looks about like mine, but YOU GOT SEATS YOU LUCKY DOG !
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: Smadge on November 08, 2018, 09:19:57 AM
Shipped the bogies off to get retreaded. Working on getting the rear painted and slowly start getting the pieces put back together. Slow and steady!
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: yd328 on November 09, 2018, 06:37:34 AM
Nice work, It's great to see it going back together and making some room in the shop.

Gary
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: 67tank on November 10, 2018, 07:07:35 PM
Well done.  It's looking great. 
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: emptyhead on November 11, 2018, 07:44:01 AM
Excellent work your really cooking along
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: Smadge on November 26, 2018, 06:47:56 AM
Too cold to paint so I’m slowly getting parts for the rear put together and now I’ll start rebuilding the trans. Also, Bogies are out in MO getting retreaded. Progress!!
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: Smadge on November 26, 2018, 06:56:28 AM
A few photos. 
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: 8683jb on November 26, 2018, 08:20:00 AM
Good job Paul. It's looking great.
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: col.halftrack on November 26, 2018, 10:07:21 AM
I have most every transmission part for sale. I am running a Christmas special on bearing, seal and brake kits plus some other items.
 kplockwood@cox.net
Thanks

Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: Smadge on November 26, 2018, 08:30:27 PM
Kevin,

I'm sure i'll be giving you a call once i get her taken apart.

Thanks,

Paul
Title: Re: M2A1 "Beast of Burden"
Post by: col.halftrack on November 27, 2018, 09:58:10 AM
 Thanks Paul!
 My winter sale runs through end of April. I am offering discounts of 10, 20, and 30% on purchases of $300, $700, and $1200 respectively.