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8683jb

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What's this latch for??
« on: March 29, 2017, 08:38:59 PM »
I thought this latch was a field modification or something unique to my half track, but now I see one identical to it in an M3A2 on page 342 of David Doyle's Volume One. It lives on the floor ahead of the passenger-side door. Anyone know what the heck it's for? Thanks!

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prestone

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Re: What's this latch for??
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2017, 02:30:52 AM »
There was in my M2 exactly the same assembly

I will put a picture of the assembly
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8683jb

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Re: What's this latch for??
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2017, 09:20:20 PM »
Thanks Prestone. Do you know what it's for?
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col.halftrack

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Re: What's this latch for??
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2017, 08:33:13 AM »
 I have shown photos of this to several of the halftrack meets at the MVPA convention and as of now still no clues. I hope someone can solve this mystery.
 
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1942 White M4A1 was M4
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1942 Autocar M3-75
1943 White M13 rebuilt as M16
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WayOffTrack

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Re: What's this latch for??
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2017, 10:11:42 AM »
That keeps the right side of the halftrack from falling off. On a more serious note maybe a binocular box or something along those lines slides onto that clip and then the latch holds it in place?

prestone

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Re: What's this latch for??
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2017, 01:07:36 PM »
8683jb I do not know what it's used for.
The wayofftrack solution seems logical
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1943 GMC 352 B1      restored
1943 WILLYS MB        restored
1944 TRAILER MBT     restored
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8683jb

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Re: What's this latch for??
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2017, 04:57:32 PM »
Some things are so obvious we look right past the answer: It's there to keep your beer from sliding across the floor!
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steve-0

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Re: What's this latch for??
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2017, 06:29:59 PM »
thats it
you have the very rare beer hold down accessory   ;D


I have seen fire extinguishers mounted in that area

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Re: What's this latch for??
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2017, 08:34:41 PM »
Whew! Glad that got cleared up!
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8683jb

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Re: What's this latch for??
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2017, 08:41:15 PM »
Fire extinguishers are OK, but in a pinch a beer can be effectively used to put out a fire (assuming the fire is a danger to something of such value as to warrant using up a beer on it).
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Re: What's this latch for??
« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2020, 04:53:53 AM »
Decontaminator.

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Re: What's this latch for??
« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2020, 08:24:51 AM »
Anybody seen a photo of what the bracket looks like that would hold the decontaminator?
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Re: What's this latch for??
« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2020, 09:32:28 AM »
Don't think that bracket and latch have anything to do with the decontaminator mounting...but I could be wrong.

Here's an interesting writeup on how to convert a pair of General Detroit fe brackets into a decontaminator bracket:
https://www.armyjeepparts.com/p-2716-m2-decontaminator-bracket.aspx?network=g&device=c&keyword=&campaign=10021784063&adgroup=aud-848636158291:pla-295061284227&gclid=Cj0KCQjwhb36BRCfARIsAKcXh6Fr5k_DKm9bVlZEZ1bcEJlTTVsovnVNtqpDKQ9rctn0kBAVEWy6sXIaAgndEALw_wcB

You can alternatively buy a reproduction.  Not sure what bracket it is based on but it's not quite the same.  I'm sure it will do in a pinch:
https://www.armyjeepparts.com/p-2716-m2-decontaminator-bracket.aspx?network=g&device=c&keyword=&campaign=10021784063&adgroup=aud-848636158291:pla-295061284227&gclid=Cj0KCQjwhb36BRCfARIsAKcXh6Fr5k_DKm9bVlZEZ1bcEJlTTVsovnVNtqpDKQ9rctn0kBAVEWy6sXIaAgndEALw_wcB

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