Author Topic: "Rough Night" M3a1 Restoration  (Read 7864 times)

steve1973

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Re: "Rough Night" M3a1 Restoration
« Reply #15 on: October 14, 2016, 06:37:22 PM »
That is way cool!! Almost like an early Christmas. ;D

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Re: "Rough Night" M3a1 Restoration
« Reply #16 on: October 14, 2016, 07:09:04 PM »
That's a nice pile of parts, they should keep you busy for a while ;D

Gary

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Re: "Rough Night" M3a1 Restoration
« Reply #17 on: October 15, 2016, 05:57:41 AM »
Did those all come from the guy you bought the HT from? He had quite a stash of parts at one time.

Steve
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Lots of green "junk" as my wife likes to call it.
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« Reply #18 on: October 15, 2016, 06:42:26 AM »
Did those all come from the guy you bought the HT from? He had quite a stash of parts at one time.

Steve

Yes, they did.  I've been picking up as much as I can from him because he's so close.  Paying pretty much what it's worth but don't have to deal with shipping on a lot of heavy stuff.  He's getting pretty tapped out now, but has a few mor things.  I've been lucky to have a one stop shop so close!

Brad

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« Reply #19 on: October 16, 2016, 06:06:22 PM »
What does everyone do for break pads?  I could buy some NOS break pads, but wondering if that's a good idea.  Is there a modern replacement or material that would be better?
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Brad

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Re: "Rough Night" M3a1 Restoration
« Reply #20 on: October 16, 2016, 07:22:19 PM »
Does he have any passenger upper doors laying around?  You can check with White Post restorations to reline your shoes. I had them do my wheel cylinders, but I had a local guy reline the shoes.

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Re: "Rough Night" M3a1 Restoration
« Reply #21 on: October 16, 2016, 08:35:26 PM »
There is a shop over here that will reline your old shoes. I have done it on a couple of projects and it has worked out quite well. I would call around over there on the east side as you should be able to find someone over there to do it as well.

Steve
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« Reply #22 on: October 17, 2016, 03:40:41 AM »
Thanks guys, I'll check local first.

I think he my have an upper door but it's a reproduction.

Brad

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« Reply #23 on: February 22, 2017, 07:57:23 AM »
Didn't plan on doing much this winter as my track is outside.  Sure didn't think we would be having 60deg days mid February in Michigan!   Pulled the cover off and was able to remove the rest of the battery box, steering column/gearbox and radiator.   That radiator was difficult, had to take the fan and water pump off.  Started working on the driver side track removal but no luck yet.  I removed the top roller, pulled up the boggies with chain binder and removed all the nuts on the rear idler.  Have not been able to get the track spring nut loosened yet, so outer half of the idler won't come off.  Any tricks for the spring nut?  I still need to use heat and got some new wrenches for it.

Brad

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Re: "Rough Night" M3a1 Restoration
« Reply #24 on: February 22, 2017, 10:05:44 AM »
There are two ways to compress the track tension spring if you are unable to loosen the nut. One is to use a cum along attached to inner rear idler and the bogie support casting or (if your idler stop is  free) use your idler stop and use a large deep impact socket between the end of the stop and the bottom of the idler and slowly compress the spring. This is how I removed mine. See this post http://g503.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=217204. You can also see all the tools I used to remove the tracks. Hope this helps. Good luck! :D

Steve A.
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« Reply #25 on: February 22, 2017, 12:46:11 PM »
There are two ways to compress the track tension spring if you are unable to loosen the nut. One is to use a cum along attached to inner rear idler and the bogie support casting or (if your idler stop is  free) use your idler stop and use a large deep impact socket between the end of the stop and the bottom of the idler and slowly compress the spring. This is how I removed mine. See this post http://www.g503.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=217204. You can also see all the tools I used to remove the tracks. Hope this helps. Good luck! :D

Steve A.

Thanks for the ideas Steve.  Couldn't get the link to work though!

Brad

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« Reply #26 on: February 22, 2017, 06:34:53 PM »
Worked great, got them both off in about an hour.

steve1973

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Re: "Rough Night" M3a1 Restoration
« Reply #27 on: February 23, 2017, 06:01:50 AM »
There are two ways to compress the track tension spring if you are unable to loosen the nut. One is to use a cum along attached to inner rear idler and the bogie support casting or (if your idler stop is  free) use your idler stop and use a large deep impact socket between the end of the stop and the bottom of the idler and slowly compress the spring. This is how I removed mine. See this post http://www.g503.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=217204. You can also see all the tools I used to remove the tracks. Hope this helps. Good luck! :D

Steve A.

Thanks for the ideas Steve.  Couldn't get the link to work though!

Brad

I fixed the link on the original post. it should work now.

http://g503.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=217204

Steve A.

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« Reply #28 on: March 24, 2017, 03:03:01 PM »
Picked up this canvas top for it.  Haven't seen many of these for sale.  Also got a nice storage bag.  Bag was made for camouflage netting but works great for the top.

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Re: "Rough Night" M3a1 Restoration
« Reply #29 on: March 24, 2017, 06:10:39 PM »
Excellent find!

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1941 M2A1 not restored
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