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"Old Rusty" M-29c-2109 / 6188?


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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.20210709_170409.thumb.jpg.c851e9a0f531f745af9cdbf1e826798a.jpg 20210709_170329.thumb.jpg.ffaf9a27577959510183027b05f4c24c.jpg

I'm wondering on overhaul if they didn't just use whatever parts were laying around, and built this from many weasels?

dave

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@RAS1I'm wondering on overhaul if they didn't just use whatever parts were laying around, and built this from many weasels?

Dave, after rebuilding my Letterkenny weasel, I am reasonably confident that the answer to your question above is 'Yes'. I have late production float tanks fitted to a mid production hull, late model dashboard and the accelerator mod kit fitted.

The oil can bracket is in the correct position.

Don't remove the bracket holding the Bubba bilge pump. It was used to mount a heater kit.

Tiller Handgrips are not OEM.

I will leave your production date questions to the more learned weasel scholars on this subject. BTW a real nice starting project. I hope that you keep it as a Letterkenny weasel as I did. Cheers JW

 

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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

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