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mreyloc

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M3 half track frame needed
« on: October 08, 2020, 09:01:34 PM »
Hi all, my M3 frame is going to need a lot of work. I was wondering if there were any decent M3 frame spares or rolling chassis etc. Thanks in advance!!

Tapper02

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Re: M3 half track frame needed
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2020, 09:32:06 PM »
Contact Steve-0 on this site...he might have an M3 frame....

http://halftrackinfo.com/index.php?topic=1781.msg10339#msg10339

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Cleprechaun

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Re: M3 half track frame needed
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2020, 10:01:28 PM »
Let’s see how bad it is. Post some pictures. I know welding on a frame is normally a no no, but if it’s just fixing a nasty spot in a non crucial area (far rear or far front), I’d weld on a new section.

brit plumber

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Re: M3 half track frame needed
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2020, 03:07:44 AM »
Is welding a frame really a no no? I planned on doing quite a bit of repair to my frame as it’s not good.

Outsider

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Re: M3 half track frame needed
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2020, 04:59:40 AM »
There have been several people I know that did weld repairs to their frame. The question becomes how much time and money will it take to fix it vs cost to get another frame?

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Re: M3 half track frame needed
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2020, 11:47:37 AM »
There have been several people I know that did weld repairs to their frame. The question becomes how much time and money will it take to fix it vs cost to get another frame?

Steve

I see, fortunately for me the decision is easy as I don’t think I’ll ever find a frame in the UK. I’m in the US in Feb so I may look for a rear section from the drive axle back (I could bring something that size back in a works ISO) as a donor.

Smadge

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Re: M3 half track frame needed
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2020, 12:38:00 PM »
Let me know if you'll be in the Gettysburg Pennsylvania area during your visit in February.
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Re: M3 half track frame needed
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2020, 04:37:21 PM »
I’m afraid it’s 3 months in California so a little distance away. I spend 2 to 3 months there each year testing ordnance on the US Navy ranges. There’s some very interesting kit out there but I’ve not seen a Halftrack yet.

There is what I think is a 155mm and a 75mm in the scrap compound. I think have been recovered and as they’ve been there for at least the last 2 years, I guess they will be sold off or put in a museum.