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coreyelliott

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Re: "LUCKY 13" Restoration Process
« Reply #195 on: August 10, 2020, 04:43:32 PM »

Thanks for the replies everyone.  We really appreciate it.  It helps us both make it through some of the tough times working on this thing!



Way to go...nice job on salvaging the roller.  Hope that higher math didn’t fry your brain too bad!????

-Tom

We are both still recovering from that!



Bravo! How did you collapse the springs to get the shaft in?

Don G

Well, about that.  My mind has purposefully blacked out part of this whole installation for some reason, but I remember there being an overhead chain host, some jack stands, and a floor jack.  Then we prepared the fetzer valve with some 3-in-1 oil and some gauze pads and used about 10 quarts of anti-freeze.  Prestone.... no, make that Quaker State.

Also, remember that these are not original springs.  They probably aren't as stiff nor quite as long.

Corey
1941 Autocar M2A1 (M2-13)

spec4don

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Re: "LUCKY 13" Restoration Process
« Reply #196 on: August 10, 2020, 10:27:14 PM »
Thanks! That project is on my list!

Don G.
1941 M2A1 not restored
1942 M3 Diamond T Mostly restored
1943 M3A1 Under restoration
1967 M51A2 Tractor
1945 WC 63 needs restoration
1967 M36 Long wheel base duece
1951 M135 GMC Fire truck conversion

coreyelliott

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Re: "LUCKY 13" Restoration Process
« Reply #197 on: August 22, 2020, 09:10:06 PM »
WE HAVE OUR BED!!!!!!!


Today, we spent all day driving to pick up two more halftracks that we purchased.  One with the bed we need!  I'm exhausted, so I can't post much, but I'll put up a few pictures.  There is one M2 (I believe it's a White) and an M15 (I believe it's an Autocar).  I'm just so relieved to finally have a bed.











































Corey
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Re: "LUCKY 13" Restoration Process
« Reply #198 on: August 23, 2020, 01:49:42 AM »
The condition of the projects you guys find are amazing. I think you would recoil in disgust at the amount of corrosion on my project. I’m ashamed to even post photos of the frame as I know someone will tell me it’s only fit for scrap. Unfortunately that’s not an option in the UK as there’s no spare frames.

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Re: "LUCKY 13" Restoration Process
« Reply #199 on: August 23, 2020, 05:35:47 AM »
Great finds Corey! Congratulations on having your bed! It is always nice to aquire spares!

Rob
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Re: "LUCKY 13" Restoration Process
« Reply #200 on: August 23, 2020, 07:18:14 AM »
The condition of the projects you guys find are amazing. I think you would recoil in disgust at the amount of corrosion on my project. I’m ashamed to even post photos of the frame as I know someone will tell me it’s only fit for scrap. Unfortunately that’s not an option in the UK as there’s no spare frames.

It's very impressive that you're going to all the effort to save it! Don't be ashamed of it or let anyone discourage you from it - everything is fixable and you can be all the more proud when it's done and you look back at what you started with! Have fun with it and keep at it. That's how Shon & Corey got theirs looking so good!

Jon
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coreyelliott

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Re: "LUCKY 13" Restoration Process
« Reply #201 on: August 23, 2020, 05:22:14 PM »
The condition of the projects you guys find are amazing. I think you would recoil in disgust at the amount of corrosion on my project. I’m ashamed to even post photos of the frame as I know someone will tell me it’s only fit for scrap. Unfortunately that’s not an option in the UK as there’s no spare frames.


Don't you dare be ashamed of the condition of your project!  The worse condition it is in, the prouder you should be when you are done!  You are saving history, no matter what it looks like in it's current state.

Corey
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Re: "LUCKY 13" Restoration Process
« Reply #202 on: August 23, 2020, 05:35:01 PM »
Shon and I spent all day working on our two new acquisitions.  It took half the day to get everything unloaded and moved around where we wanted it.  After that, we cleaned up the M2 and got the bed off.   Well, it's unbolted and ready to pull off anyway.  Here are a few more pictures I was able to take today.




































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« Reply #203 on: August 31, 2020, 09:33:28 PM »
That is a great find Corey! Pretty cool that it has all the aluminium diamond plates, those are kinda rare!

Rob
1943 White Halftrack M4A1

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Re: "LUCKY 13" Restoration Process
« Reply #204 on: September 04, 2020, 08:42:41 PM »
We got the bed set on tonight for a test fit.  We learned some things that are going to have to come back off in order to get it all back together.  Maybe.  We still have more investigation to do.  Also, we need to weld on some angle iron that was twisted beyond saving, or even missing.  We didn't want to weld those on without the bed in place, to make sure it was a square as we could get it.

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Re: "LUCKY 13" Restoration Process
« Reply #205 on: September 05, 2020, 05:08:44 AM »
Not a piece of rot in sight. Nice work!

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Re: "LUCKY 13" Restoration Process
« Reply #206 on: September 06, 2020, 06:46:11 AM »
Nice bed. Keep the pics rolling.

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Re: "LUCKY 13" Restoration Process
« Reply #207 on: September 19, 2020, 07:06:32 PM »
Looking good!

Don G.
1941 M2A1 not restored
1942 M3 Diamond T Mostly restored
1943 M3A1 Under restoration
1967 M51A2 Tractor
1945 WC 63 needs restoration
1967 M36 Long wheel base duece
1951 M135 GMC Fire truck conversion