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colkking

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Re: My halftrack trek back from the dead...
« Reply #15 on: July 23, 2018, 04:57:20 PM »
latest progress on the frame...oil pan armor, drive axle, and boxing the front bumper..

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Re: My halftrack trek back from the dead...
« Reply #16 on: July 23, 2018, 09:10:56 PM »
It looks great. It’s nice when you get to start assembling all the fresh, clean parts after everything it took to get it to that point!
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Re: My halftrack trek back from the dead...
« Reply #17 on: July 30, 2018, 10:00:58 PM »
I bought a sand blaster and thought "It will be easy to do this my self".  Boy I'm a fool. your frame looks spectacular and I admire your determination!

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Re: My halftrack trek back from the dead...
« Reply #18 on: August 05, 2018, 04:03:26 PM »
Got some good work done this past week or so.  It is actually starting to show some distinctive features.  The winch bumper extensions are finally in place, and the bumper assembly (with a little bit of persuasion) is in place.  Winch frame rails (thanks Steve!) are also installed. 

Front leaf springs are cleaned up, and installed.  After that, I got the front axle mocked up and staged--had a small setback with the shock absorber shaft mounting plate on the front axle--it looks like the last operator hit something a little too hard and actually broke the plate in half on the drivers side!  I think the .308 hole in the upper driver's door might have something to do with that!

Finally, got the steering wheel mount and brake/clutch pedal mounts installed on the frame.  Will be working on those assemblies next as well.

So, bumper, front leaf springs, and front axle, and steering/pedal mounts installed--I am happy with the progress.

Next big piece to play with:  prepping the crate engine.  :-)

Wish me luck!

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Re: My halftrack trek back from the dead...
« Reply #19 on: August 05, 2018, 04:14:24 PM »
Got the bumper on!
« Last Edit: August 05, 2018, 05:10:59 PM by colkking »

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Re: My halftrack trek back from the dead...
« Reply #20 on: August 05, 2018, 04:17:17 PM »
and the front springs and axle...
« Last Edit: August 05, 2018, 05:11:48 PM by colkking »

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Re: My halftrack trek back from the dead...
« Reply #21 on: August 05, 2018, 04:18:23 PM »
Next big step is prepping the engine for installation.  :-)
« Last Edit: August 05, 2018, 05:13:06 PM by colkking »

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Re: My halftrack trek back from the dead...
« Reply #22 on: August 05, 2018, 06:32:18 PM »
Looks great , you got a lot of work done. 8)

Gary

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Re: My halftrack trek back from the dead...
« Reply #23 on: August 05, 2018, 07:55:35 PM »
It looks fantastic! Good job.
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Re: My halftrack trek back from the dead...
« Reply #24 on: August 05, 2018, 10:13:34 PM »
Man I love crated engines

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Re: My halftrack trek back from the dead...
« Reply #25 on: November 18, 2018, 09:57:02 PM »
Made some headway this weekend!

Got the engine installed about a months ago.
Picked up the transmission from the local Freightliner dealership (found one of their veterans and they rebuilt my transmission for me and made it a training tool for their tech school graduates as well). The first picture is me and the transmission guru
Also, got my radiator redone at one of the local radiator shops (the guy is a spry 72, and has an awesome collection of Studebakers at his shop).
What I have found out is the shops love working on the stuff as soon as they hear the story behind the project..

Soooo, got my gun pedestal mount placed on the paybed, and had my neighbors give me hand and we got the transmission married up to the engine.

While we were celebrating the achievement, we figured we would put the radiator in place as well. 

It's starting to come together...next step is to tighten everything in place, get the fan and fan shroud in place, mount the firewall, and then the real fun begins....

Thanks everyone for all the advice and guidance! 

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Re: My halftrack trek back from the dead...
« Reply #26 on: November 18, 2018, 10:04:11 PM »
Current state of affairs, 1 of 3
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Re: My halftrack trek back from the dead...
« Reply #27 on: November 18, 2018, 10:26:46 PM »
Your halftrack looks great!! Keep up the good work. ;D

Steve A.

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Re: My halftrack trek back from the dead...
« Reply #28 on: November 18, 2018, 10:30:57 PM »
from the front

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Re: My halftrack trek back from the dead...
« Reply #29 on: November 18, 2018, 10:32:02 PM »
from the side