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Upper ring trouble
« on: October 15, 2023, 02:28:06 AM »
Can anyone tell me if there is a difference in sizes in the upper ring that holds all the armor together at the top? Are they all the same size, or are some models like the m2 smaller by a couple inches then the M3? I have an M3 I'm doing a complete rebuild on, and I have the front part of the upper ring that connects to the windshield.  Then connects just behind the doors, and then the rest has been torched off. So I thought I would be able to make the rest of the ring after installing the armor. Well first off I forgot that there was an angle iron piece that attached to the top of the windshield to the actual front part of the ring. So if anyone has a picture of that piece, I would love to get eyes on it again?

So all the bolts in the front and down some of the sides line up, but when I tighten them down. It pulls the armor in way too far. So it doesn't look to be square.  Plus the driverside front is only an inch in from the outside edge of the windshield.  Where the right side is 2 inches in. So it's not centering right and looks to be too small by a couple inches in total width.

I think I may have to make the whole thing. So my next question is,  would it be possible to find a diagram of this upper ring for an M3 so I can make one? Lastly where can I find the decals for the surge tank and oil filter, maybe the small carb fuel filter sticker as well? Thank you.



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Re: Upper ring trouble
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2023, 02:35:02 AM »
Sorry I posted this twice, and now I don't know how to delete one...

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Re: Upper ring trouble
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2023, 02:47:21 AM »
I screen shot this from this forum a while ago.
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Re: Upper ring trouble
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2023, 08:09:14 AM »
Mark I had 10’ sections of the perimeter rail bent by a local fab shop. If you wonder back through my restoration thread. (M3 restoration) I took some photos. I basically cut and fit in place. I had a partial perimeter rail on the front of my halftrack.

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