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bharr

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M3 rear armor source
« on: April 14, 2019, 05:24:42 PM »
Is there a source in the southeast that sells armor to reduce shipping costs?  If not, can anyone recommend anyone (please include contact name and phone number)? Thanks in advance.

Prc148

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Re: M3 rear armor source
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2019, 06:40:15 AM »
I’m in the SE (Virginia) and fell into some 1/4” steel so I’m going to give some panels a try. Will post progress. Going to use Bob’s drawings.

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Re: M3 rear armor source
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2019, 08:11:30 AM »
You might also consider water-jetting. I had three panels done and they came out as if they were machined, holes and all. I had to do the counter-sinking. The place I used had a tolerance of .005". I just made up the drawings and he converted those to a usable file. I also had him cut out a track-adjusting wrench from the leftover steel.

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bharr

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Re: M3 rear armor source
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2019, 02:45:50 PM »
Any commercial leads? Called JR Parts last week and no reply but voice mail said it could take a while.  Thanks in advance for any leads.

Tapper02

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Re: M3 rear armor source
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2019, 08:59:12 PM »
Contact Paul Jacobs - "superjeep" on this forum.

Here's his list of parts:

http://halftrackinfo.com/index.php?topic=1071.msg5360#msg5360

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bharr

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Re: M3 rear armor source
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2019, 08:10:35 AM »
Thanks.

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Re: M3 rear armor source
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2019, 06:09:47 AM »
I second Paul I picked up all my rear amor from him and top notch.

Prc148

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Re: M3 rear armor source
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2019, 07:29:51 PM »
I’m in the SE (Virginia) and fell into some 1/4” steel so I’m going to give some panels a try. Will post progress. Going to use Bob’s drawings.
Do far all the panels look great. Now time to drill.

Tapper02

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Re: M3 rear armor source
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2019, 10:22:32 PM »
I’m in the SE (Virginia) and fell into some 1/4” steel so I’m going to give some panels a try. Will post progress. Going to use Bob’s drawings.
Do far all the panels look great. Now time to drill.

How did everything mate up?  Any issues with the drawings?  Wondering if I should go with a local machine shop or order what I need.

-Tom
1944 Autocar M15A1 (M16A1) Halftrack
  (Being restored to an M3A1 configuration)
  Serial Number M-15 A 1, 1356
  Model M-16 A 1, Ord Serial Number 1106
1944 Schelm Bros. M10 Ammunition Trailer
  Serial Number 16959
MVPA # 30507

Prc148

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Re: M3 rear armor source
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2020, 05:14:33 AM »
They look pretty good. I supplied the tempered steel and will see how the holes line up. It may be more cost effective to have it done locally since my fab guy doesn't drill. Magnetic drills are incredible....,as long as the holes are correct ????.