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T24 ARN139999 Hull rebuild


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Back in 2009 Steve and I recovered the other Australian T24 from a rubbish dump near the snowfields. Unfortunately none of the original data plates survived and the Australian Army only catalogued it as a 'Studebaker Lorry ARN13999'. This weasel belongs to Steve so I am only going to post in this topic my involvement in it which was to rebuild the hull. There are many photos and it will take time to upload the full story. This T24 had a similar fate to the T24 I wrote about in another topic. The pictures better tell the story.  The first photo shows this T24 as found

 

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It was now time to start the repairs proper. I started with the hull bottom. I also fitted the empty final drive housing back into position to help keep what was left of the sheet metal in alignment. I also took the opportunity to fit a final drive oil drain plug.

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Steve and I imported an M29C from Duluth Mitchigan in 2007 only to find that the hull was rusted beyond repair, even for me. Having said that, what was left of the hull was a perfect donor section for this T24 repair. I set about separating the engine bulkhead and rear uppermost hull from the donor weasel.

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