Author Topic: M2A1 "Hell Hound" project  (Read 59730 times)

67tank

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Re: M2A1 "Hell Hound" project
« Reply #270 on: October 16, 2018, 11:01:07 PM »
BII Layout
Anyone who has done time in the service knows the quarterly BII (Basic Issue Items) Layout.  Tanks, Bradleys, M88's, Mechanics chests, with all the issued equipment, tools, weapons, etc, etc laid out on tarps in dress right fashion for the chain of command to walk the line asking for the crew to hold up "Item #25, wrench, 1/2 in".  Check, next item. 

I'm not a purist (NOR AM I AN EXPERT) but I am trying to get a good representation of the original tools and equipment issued to the halftrack.  Tonight, I did a layout of what I have picked up to date, and have made up a list of what I really would like to get, what I can replace with modern tools, and what would be nice to have if I find it and a reasonable price.  The 9-710 Manual has a good "representative stowage list' which I will use as a baseline

Gun tools: got most of this from Hayes Otoupalik
45 caliber: nothing yet - working on a what I want to find.
30 Caliber: extractor, ruptured cartridge and Browning M6 Combination Tool    NEED cleaning kit and associated rolls
50 Caliber: case cleaning M15, extractor, ruptured cartridge, wrench combination M2, head-space and timing gauge (not shown),US M10 Tool and parts Roll.

Vehicle Equipment:
NEED:  The 2.5 lb fire extinguisher with trigger, trouble light, front wheel bearing nut wrench, 18 in adj wrench,cross cut saw, 4 lug spindle nut wrench, track chains, front tire chains, towing chain, towing cable
Nice to have:  original 5 ton jack, grease gun, tire pump, M3 Binos with M17 case.....

Have:
rim nut wrench handle, rim nut socket wrench, adj wrench 12 in (not original), winch drive shaft shear pin (2 spares), spark plug wrench, rear axle sprocket hub bearing nut wrench, cross cut saw canvass cover, pioneer tools on vehicle, 32 oz ball peen hammer (new), snatch block, Track Spring Adjusting Wrench (since this is an early spring type halftrack I don't think I need this tool), Bogie Wheel "C" Clamp Tool, Volute Spring Compressor, track center guides (2 spares), original 24 unit medical kit complete (needs to have the cover stripped repainted and new stencil applied), fuel nozzle (aka 'Donkey Dick') with cover
Wrench double end:
Bryan Austin over at redarrowarmyparts.org sent me two double end wrench's 5/8 x 25/32 and 3/4 x 15/16 that are perfect.  I'm still looking for 3/8 x 7/16 in, 7/16 x 1/2 in, 1/2 x 19/32 in, 9/16 x 5/8 in, 9/16 x 11/16 in, 3/4 x 7/8 in and 1 1/16 x 1 5/16 in 

Now I have something to look for at Tower Park and Petaluma military events.....
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Pat
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Re: M2A1 "Hell Hound" project
« Reply #271 on: November 13, 2018, 09:53:24 PM »
Drone footage from Veteran's Day weekend.  Ran over 30 miles taking Vets and their kids for rides around the farm fields.  No more shine to the paint.  Layers of dust and dirt on everything.  Halftrack ran great.  Some minor repairs to be done and a little track maintenance. 
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Re: M2A1 "Hell Hound" project
« Reply #272 on: November 13, 2018, 09:56:21 PM »
View from the turret and the cab. 
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Re: M2A1 "Hell Hound" project
« Reply #273 on: November 13, 2018, 10:02:26 PM »
Pretty cool video Pat! Half track looks great.
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Re: M2A1 "Hell Hound" project
« Reply #274 on: November 14, 2018, 02:52:15 AM »
Pat,
Great video!!!!!! Absolutely loved it. Your track looks better than ever. ;D

Steve A.

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Re: M2A1 "Hell Hound" project
« Reply #275 on: November 14, 2018, 05:14:03 AM »
Daaaang!  Great to see that baby on the road! 
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Re: M2A1 "Hell Hound" project
« Reply #276 on: November 14, 2018, 08:26:32 AM »
Great stuff!
You are giving me motivation to get this thing rolling over here.  :-)

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Re: M2A1 "Hell Hound" project
« Reply #277 on: November 14, 2018, 12:31:50 PM »
Cool video Pat....interesting choice of music!  Not sure if you can compare your halftrack to the Firebird but.... ;D

Looks like a great day out.  Who was your passenger in the pulpit?

-Tom
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SERIAL NUMBER M-15 A 1, 1356
MODEL M-16 A 1, ORD. SERIAL NUMBER 1106

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Re: M2A1 "Hell Hound" project
« Reply #278 on: November 14, 2018, 06:28:35 PM »
Pat,

I have 2 each 1 5/16. X. 1 1/16 wrenches. Top one, closer to the paper, is larger and has “Fairmount.  USA” on it.

Send me a pm with your address so I can mail it if you are still in need of one.

Paul

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Re: M2A1 "Hell Hound" project
« Reply #279 on: November 14, 2018, 08:48:37 PM »
Cool video Pat....interesting choice of music!  Not sure if you can compare your halftrack to the Firebird but.... ;D

Looks like a great day out.  Who was your passenger in the pulpit?

-Tom

Tom.  Thanks.  Buddy made the video and chose the musical tribute to the bandit.....I laughed when I heard it too.   The man in the pulpit is my Australian ex-pat neighbor Frank.  He served in Vietnam with the Aussie military. Great dude. 
Pat
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Re: M2A1 "Hell Hound" project
« Reply #280 on: November 16, 2018, 06:47:53 AM »
Pat, Great video! The halftrack looks great loaded and running down the dirt roads.  Big question is, how many cases of Coors can it hold ;D

Gary