Author Topic: "LUCKY 13" Restoration Process  (Read 41377 times)

coreyelliott

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Re: "LUCKY 13" Restoration Process
« Reply #240 on: July 26, 2021, 09:07:28 PM »
Well, we haven't updated our post in over 3 months so I'd like to post at least something to let you guys know we are still around and kicking.  It's been hot here, as summers are; however, we've been dealing with humidity this year.  We aren't used to humidity in the summers here in West Texas and it can some times really get us struggling.  Also, Shon has been on summer vacations with his family and I have been with mine.  But there really is a bigger reason or two that has led us to our lack of updates, which I'll touch on down below.

First, We got our shipping stencil printed and cut out.  We printed the stencil on stencil decal paper and hand cut them out with an exacto knife.  LOOOONGGG procedure.  We also got the invasion star painted on the hood and the regular star painted on the front.  Painters tape and an exacto knife for those.

This was all being done several months ago as we were preparing for our first public event.  There was a large car show and we had already contacted the organizers and they were ecstatic to have us attend.  The event was close enough to drive the truck to, but we've never had it over a mile at one time so we needed to go on at least a 4 mile journey to make sure things went well.  As the driver, things seemed to go really well.  It was a little weak on the top end and I could only get it to maybe 40, but other than that it went great.  That was when Shon, who was following me, pointed to head back to the shop as he passed me.

We threw the rubber on about 8 of our bogies.  We knew it would happen eventually, but we just assumed we would have a little longer.  We don't drive it much so we assumed they would last a year or two.  They didn't.

We were now going to be down for quite some time without the funds for either NOS bogies or urethane recoating.  Since we were going to be down, we decided to go ahead and replace a leaking freeze plug and investigate our leaking water pump.  Shon lined up a trip to Brent Mullins while he was going to be near there on vacation and we had come up with enough money to buy 8 NOS bogies. 

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1941 Autocar M2A1 (M2-13)

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Re: "LUCKY 13" Restoration Process
« Reply #241 on: July 27, 2021, 07:12:45 AM »
Looking good!!!
That hood stencil is fun isn't it?

Not sure how fast Bertha will go.
When we have the Shacktown Militia rolling to an event (1955 M38A1 Jeep and Half Track) we run
about 25-30mph and just grin like possums and wave to the surprised passers by.  ;D

Keith
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1952 M100 Trailer
1941 M2A1 Half Track
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coreyelliott

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Re: "LUCKY 13" Restoration Process
« Reply #242 on: July 30, 2021, 03:15:34 PM »
Looking good!!!
That hood stencil is fun isn't it?

Not sure how fast Bertha will go.
When we have the Shacktown Militia rolling to an event (1955 M38A1 Jeep and Half Track) we run
about 25-30mph and just grin like possums and wave to the surprised passers by.  ;D

Keith

Thanks Keith.  Luckily for me, Shon handled the hood stencil!

I think we will just keep it in the 30mph range for our max speed and be happy with that.

Corey
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Re: "LUCKY 13" Restoration Process
« Reply #243 on: July 31, 2021, 08:52:58 PM »
We got the new bogie wheels installed and wrapped up some of our other things off the "to-do" list and took Lucky 13 out for a drive.  Things went great.  We do have a clunking noise coming from the driver side track and I think it's because the track is too loose.  It might be hanging up on the sprocket.  See the video below!

https://youtu.be/2QgWiNoGwqE

Corey
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Re: "LUCKY 13" Restoration Process
« Reply #244 on: August 01, 2021, 04:42:06 AM »
Very nice

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Re: "LUCKY 13" Restoration Process
« Reply #245 on: August 01, 2021, 08:53:44 AM »
The halftrack looks and sounds great. Check the toe out adjustment on the rear idler. 

Gary