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  1. I thought that I would start a bog/story on my Weasel restoration. I sold an Amphibious Jeep back in the Mid 1990's and I decided to purchase another unusual vehicle that operates in two mediums. I came across a 'Weasel' and decided there and then that this was the vehicle for me. I was going to import a project weasel from the US of A but before proceeding I had heard of a weasel that was local to where I was living at the time. I contacted the owner and asked if I could have a look at the weasel to give me some idea what I was getting myself into. After looking at this weasel I decided to offer to purchase it from the owner. I came up with the figure of $6500AUD ($2000 for the weasel and $4500 that it would have cost at the time to ship a weasel out from the USA to Australia). The offer was accepted and on the 11/11/98 I took delivery of my new project. I have been restoring this weasel off and on ever since. The colour scheme you see on this weasel was made up by the owner. This weasel was purchased from Consolidated Industries and shipped to Australia in the early 50's. It was to be used on a large Sheep Ranch as a special vehicle for the owner to inspect his sheep during wet weather, however the weasel saw little use out in the far west due to drought. If you look closely at the hull, the owner had the hull raised 100mm/4"inches above the tracks so that mud would not get caught up between the sponson and the track. The damage done by this modification cost me a lot of time and effort to repair/restore.
  2. I started the restoration of a 1943 T-24 a couple of weeks ago. I intend to document the restoration here. I bought the Weasel from a well-known Weasel collector and friend. He had stripped the hull, had it sandblasted and was starting repairs when he found a really immaculate T24. I got most everything with the purchase that I need to restore the vehicle other than tracks, including a second M29 that is ugly but fairly complete. There is a lot of rot along the floors - particularly at the edge of the floor and outer sides of the hull. The previous owner had already cut much of the right side corner of the hull off to repair it. You can see this in pictures below. He had cut the left side as well. There is a pretty good amount of rot along the floor side gusset as well as the in the lower tunnel. I spent a little while poking around to see what was reasonable to save and then decided to go deep and just cut everything remotely ugly out and start replacing metal. Next step - lots more pictures and then a lot of cutting and grinding
  3. The ones I have coming into my shop
  4. I have a bunch of holes on the left hand side standing i front of my t15 and i am wandering what they are for or do i have to fill them. I am doing a bit of body work now and trying to take ot the dents from years of abuse. Larry
  5. Some extra parts I am going to sell. PM if interested. Thanks!
  6. I have these floatation parts on eBay. I realize the price is hefty but I was more looking to get it advertised and have someone make me an offer. Anyone interested can call or text me at 224-223-7464 https://www.ebay.com/itm/362958889730
  7. Hi guys, I am looking for a Muffler Guard. Does anyone happen to have one you'd like to sell? Thanks.
  8. Rick Ardell


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  9. Rick Ardell


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  10. Rick Ardell


    Barely read military registration number
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. What follows is the pictorial story showing 3 and 1/2 years of part time work to fully repair my front float tank. This tank was fitted to the Red Weasel my friend and I imported from Duluth Michigan in 2007. The corrosion and damage to the tank was typical of most flotation tanks found nowadays.
  16. 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!'
  17. 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 evenly spaced and perfectly algined. Can anyone help me with a bit of clarity as to month of build and perhaps what Seeterlin means? Thanks in advance, Dave.
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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.
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