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  1. Thanks John. I wouldn't really call jingle bells a floater yet. More like a sinker. Heh heh heh! Dave
  2. Hi, I have a rear stretcher bracket with a clamp on it. I see some with a foot pocket. What is correct? is there a rear bracket for the driver's side on a m29? Thanks, Dave
  3. Hi, I have extra stretcher brackets that I would like to trade for the foot pocket brackets. Let me know what you have! Thanks, Dave
  4. Hi, I have a picture of my canvas top hardware. Is this a complete set for 1 top? Am I missing pieces? or do I have extra parts? Thanks! Dave
  5. Hi, I'm looking for a junk canvas top so I can have one made. I need the hardware. Or I'm looking for a good top. I also need the top bows. Thanks! Dave
  6. Hi, I'm putting out feelers. I'm looking for a good snow camo/white weasel (I can paint a green one if necessary) What I really would like is a restored snow weasel, with bad tracks, bad engine, etc. I don't know if I have enough time to build one from my hull I have, this seems like a decent solution. Let me know! Dave
  7. I will do the track pads! And I could use some stretcher brackets (front and rear), ski racks, , seat bottom and backs, and other parts. I will send a text Thanks Dave
  8. I figured they were 12 volt. Hard to argue with dealer when I'm not an expert, but when they come in civilian packaging and have ring terminal ends and are marked 6volt, I could pretty much determine they weren't as advertised. Thanks and I sent you a private message to buy them. Dave
  9. Awesome! And true! Who better than patrick to make the cards! Oh Patrick! 🙂 dave
  10. Well, I received my brass compass bracket! It looks great, steve did a great job. He has several left at this time (7/22/2021) I would like to know what the correct compass nomenclature is for the weasel? Is it a pioneer 1830? or a B16? Thanks, Dave
  11. Hi, I am wondering about the weasel windshield defroster, what is the correct voltage, and how does it plug in? I know it "suction cups" to the front windshield. I was under the impression the leads from the windshield defroster plug into the engine cover power receptacles, and it uses 12 volts? I bought a defroster from a dealer, and it was a 6 volt with ring terminals on the end of the wiring. I am afraid this is not the correct unit? (it was in a civilian marked box, not military) Let me know if you can help! Dave
  12. What about originally off the assembly line? What was the color? Ty Dave
  13. Ok, more color questions. On the original white weasel, was the camo pattern in green or black? Was the canvas top solid white, white with green (or black) paint for camo, or green with white camo paint. Ty Dave
  14. Ok, I like the idea of making it a letterkenny overhaul, but what about the "skin" on the hull sides. Was your letter letterkenny skinned? I'm confident when I pull those there are large holes cut into the hull. Dave
  15. Here are some of my "old rusty" pictures. Some of my questions are: Data plate, hull tag says "m29C-2109" Were these designated M29C at that serial number? The data plate is all screwed up, looks like the letterkenny guys did it, first 2 numbers are stamped out, and 6188 follows (looks like it could have been 1188 then overstamped? Not sure what is going on with that. To the right of the data plate is the letterkenny overhaul tag, showing aug-1954 overhaul date. The outside was "skinned" about 3 " from top, with metal folded over and under the seats. some of the skin folds around the front of the hull. the tracks are nice, as per john from Australia, they are the Antarctic post war tracks, amphillary? Oil can bracket is mounted in battery compartment, next to the air cleaner. It has a steel fuel tank with an electric fuel pump. The main fuel line comes off the electric pump to the filter, and the fuel sender has a built-in pickup tube plumbed directly to the engine primer on the dash. There is a big round hole (factory) in the right hand radiator cover panel, I think this was an update to give more air circulation. The hull plugs were left in, that did not do anyone any favors. I pulled out the plugs and cleaned out the goo, much better. Are those the correct original hand lever grips or fake? Also has the newer style light switch, with a provision on the front float tank for the headlight and a blackout light, with the original hull headlight bracket still welded in place with no light on it. Also, in the rear center of the hull, there was a bracket that appeared to be factory (I think for the heater?) and it had a crappy bilge pump attached to it. I need to know if bracket is original, and I will toss the bilge. I'm wondering on overhaul if they didn't just use whatever parts were laying around, and built this from many weasels? dave
  16. Would the m29c have been in a winter camo for the us army in wwii? Or did they all come in od? I like the floater with the white and black camo. Dave
  17. I would love some replacement road pads like these. Any idea who has them and how much? Thanks Dave
  18. Omg! I didn't even see the barrel direction! Hey sarge, ah, not a big issue but johnson just got fragged...
  19. Yes, Old Rusty is a letterkenny rebuild. I saw a tag somewhere on it that mentioned the rebuild, and it has been "skinned", which I assume they did to all of the letterkenny rebuilds? or maybe just on rust buckets? Here is my picture I used for machine gun reference (note the nice front seat, the surf shield), and yes, the more guns, the more likely it makes the film! 🙂
  20. Now I'm in a jam. I have 2 weasels to restore! I need to take my original weasel back apart, and do a real restoration on it. But I have to decide if old rusty will become another floater, or turn him into a snow weasel. So I'm now on the hunt for more floater parts. The weasel disease has taken hold, and I'm feeling green (and a bit white and black depending on my mood) 🙂 Dave
  21. I'm up early the next morning (maybe 4 hours of sleep) and got to the movie set. We sat and waited for 3 hours until the director saw the weasel and loved it (he has a weasel) and it was in! The WWII film is called "Come Out Fighting" and is about the first Black tanker division. I am still on set currently, film should be wrapping up this week.
  22. Old rusty was great, as it had almost all of the parts on it for a floater, and was almost 100% original. The tracks are awesome! When I bought it from the museum, they told me their sherman tank was going in a WWII film in rockford, being shot the next day... I had an idea. Get my floater finished and "weasel" my way in the movie. I had 2 days. So, basically a non-stop work-a-thon, I transferred over the floater parts, did a quick paint job, some basic repairs, and got it ready to go on the trailer at 2am on the second night. It is done, buttoned up, I start it up and pull out of the garage. CLANK CLANK CLANK. Then, the engine sputters and dies. Not a great start. The track was banging into these spring-loaded metal pieces inside the water diverters. Not sure if it was due to loose tracks, or the design, but off they came. 3 bolts each, I broke 2. Next, on to the engine. The fuel was not getting to the filter, so I checked the tank (I was using an old boat tank). the pickup tube fell off in the tank. Re-install a new pickup tube and I'm back in action! Loaded successfully on the trailer, ready to film!
  23. For the next three weeks, I spent my nights working on the weasel (I called "operation Jingle Bells"). The wife was not pleased, but understood my new love! With the help of some really good guys here on the forum, I was able to get her back up and running. Laundry list of failures... head bolt snapped off, burned points, wrong coil, bad fuel system, no oil in final drive, etc.... This satisfied my need to have the weasel back, however, back in the 80's my Dad bought a set of float tanks to mount to our weasel. We never mounted them, and I always wanted to have a floater! The forum was right, the only way to do it was buy a floater that is mostly complete. I searched and found a great candidate only 2 hours from my house. Old rusty (someone left it outside with the drain plugs installed. Not a good idea). A member on here mentioned it, Jesse. He helped me tremendously, and even gave me a pile of free weasel parts. What a great guy!
  24. Out of the blue, about a month ago (june 2021), the owner of the weasel came into my store in rockford. He came in to see me with the specific goal of selling his weasel. The owner was a guy I knew from when I was a kid, and he said he was available pretty much anytime to see it. It probably didn't help me on the price negotiation when I asked to see it that afternoon....But he was very fair, and a very nice guy, and knew it was going to a good home. The first thing I did when I saw it was touch the taillight I remember sandblasting and restoring when I was 10 years old. The weasel looked decent, but panels were off, parts jammed in the back of it, and more rust than I remember. Also that great smelling canvas top was long gone, rotted away, only a box of hardware left to taunt me. I tried sniffing the hardware, but no luck, it did not smell like the canvas top 🙂 The tracks look a bit more tired as well, some grousers need welding, some are bent, and many road pads have since decided to detach themselves from the grousers. The previous owner included 2 spare engines, and some other great parts. After we struck a deal, I paid for it, and the following week I put it on my trailer. The weasel had not been run since 2003. And it was living 10 miles from my house all those years! This is weasel when I arrived home! My little boy now gets to experience the weasel! My dad gets to visit with his old weasel again after 30 years, I dont think he was as excited to see it as I was!
  25. We had the weasel finished for about 5 years, I was around 12 years old. I had great times restoring it, driving it, I even wanted to take it to school for show and tell. (Dad said no to that one, school was not very military friendly (10 years after vietnam)). My Dad needed to stock up his surplus store, and had very little money to do it, so he traded the weasel to a surplus store owner in Woodstock, IL that closed down for the remainder of the store's inventory. That wasn't a fun memory. So, I kept an eye on Weasel. It went through a few owners, and I heard about it from a friend around 2010. I was told the engine blew, and it had been parked. I asked many times over the years to have the owner contact me, but never heard back. In 2015 I started my own surplus store in Rockford, IL. Over the next 5 years, I transformed it into more than a surplus store, more like a museum and a store with many interesting displays and collectibles on the walls...
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