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  1. Rick Ardell

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    Barely read military registration number
  2. Gents: I am working on the T24 and decided to replace the rear hat channel on the right side floor. On the "edge" hat channel that runs from the front to the back of the hull on the edge of the "sponson", there are numerous captive nuts. There is an elongated or oval hole directly in front of the rear hat channel. There is evidence of spot welds but nothing in the hole. It is immediately in front of the patch that I am making. Does a captive nut or something go in that hole?
  3. One of the many jobs to be done was to refurbish my Steerer and make up a pair of rudder cables. Here is the Steerer. Just needed a couple of bronze bushings made to take out the sloppiness.
  4. Is there a need for track aprons? It doesn’t seem like there are many who are building a floater. We just made two sets of aprons. We have the original factory blueprints thanks to OZM29C. They are very labor intensive as they are ridiculously complicated.
  5. I referenced a weasel hull that was 'Skinned' in another thread so here is the story of this T24's hull repairs. This weasel is owned by a friend of mine and I did an 'Econo' job on the hull repairs for him. In the end the final repairs turned out a lot better than I expected. The material I chose to use was 1.5mm Zinc annealed mild steel sheet. No spot welding, just plug welds. Here are some before shots of the hull. It was in a sad state to begin with. This weasel came from Daryl Besinger https://www.dlbensinger.com/ back in 2000 Note the early Hull number UST-24-50
  6. Hi Everyone Here are some interesting pictures of an old floater weasel in Alaska. It was stripped of engine and suspension. and drug off to a lonely patch of woods and abandoned. I am going to see if I can salvage the float tanks this summer. The bottoms are rusted through badly but still rebuildable. Anyway it was a a nice find to bad it wasn't 45 years ago. But then nobody cared!'
  7. Hey Gents. I removed the Data Plate from my weasel yesterday cleaned most of the paint off it then threw it in a shallow pan with some Evaporust. I gave it a really good cleaning today and found that my Weasel is in fact a "C" model. The ORD. and MFRS. serial numbers are the same, with the same font and in the same place one right under the other. It is 7699. At the very bottom of the plate there are two areas, one for year of mfr., (1944) and the other has letters in it that appear to read (SEETERLIN). The letters appear to have been engraved and are all the same height and font. They are ev
  8. hi Everyone Does anyone know the proper olive drab color the weasel was painted when out of factory. Is there a known paint formula or code that my local auto paint supplier could use to mix it. Any information is appreciated. I have heard is was lusterless olive drab and see it available online, but don't like the idea of buying it online if my local supplier can mix it. Dan Dan
  9. I am looking to acquire a couple hold downs for the splash shield on my floater weasel. Anyone know where I might come up with these. Thanks Dan
  10. The following photographs and comments describe how I repaired the rear float tank. I started work on this tank in June 2014 and finally finished the job in 2018. The first job was to cut out all of the rusted sections of sheet metal.
  11. Gents: I am having some front hat channels and the gas tank hat channel made up for my T-24 project. I will post pictures shortly, but they are being made from CAD drawings that we made off of several Weasels. The gas tank hat channel is T24 style (no indent) but are otherwise the same as the later M29 style. They are easy enough to modify if you weld. Not sure yet about price - guessing they are going to be around $25 plus shipping, but it depends on how many we make. If you are interested, kindly let me know and maybe we can get enough to get a little break in the price.
  12. Back in 2008 and purely by chance I found five pairs of track aprons here in Australia. They say in life that you have to have a win sometimes and in this case it was finding my track Aprons. As you know track aprons are made of unobtainium and I was not sure at that time what I was going to do to find a set for my weasel. Just digressing from the story, In 2007 my offsider and I brought into the country a dilapidated M29C floater. Anyway before we brought it down to my place, my offsider took it to put on display at a Studebaker Car meet on the Gold Coast. During that meet a fellow walked up,
  13. Invariably the four track apron braces are either rusted beyond repair or are simply missing altogether. Fortunately I had a corroded sample track apron brace and a drawing to make a new set. Hopefully the photos and information below will be of assistance. 953890 953891 - Brace track apron to hull.pdf Seamless tubing.pdf
  14. This is my first picture post and testing it out. Front tank I have and will be going on one of my weasels. Rory
  15. I'm looking to find blueprints of the flotation kit. The cost is to heavy to buy the original ones.
  16. G'day All, Here we go again. Thanks Patrick for stepping up to the plate and creating a new dedicated weasel forum that is more user friendly. I thought I would start off and post some info on a weasel that I recently recovered here in Australia. This T24 was one of only two T24 weasels imported and trialled by the Australian Military in August 1945. The weasels were deemed unsuitable for Jungle warfare (I will post a copy of the trials report later) and were quickly disposed off. The two T24's ended up on the snowfields (yes we do have a little bit of snow here in Oz:) as ski tows. When
  17. Interested in the T-24 bolt on pintle hitch
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