Patrick Tipton Posted November 10, 2021 Share Posted November 10, 2021 I have been spending a lot of time with tracks and the drive system of the Weasel. As tracks are probably the biggest issue in Weasel ownership, I am hoping to gather the collected wisdom on the drive system in this thread and then compile it into an article that will help the Weasel community and future owners as they wrestle with track issues. For what its worth, I love WW2 tech manuals. The manufacturers of WW2 vehicles and the War Department did an outstanding job supplying reference information to the motor pool back in WW2. Most of what we need to operate these machines today can be found in 3 or 4 manuals and a parts lists. That being said, there are areas that didn't need to be covered (ie refurb because new parts were available), tools that are no longer easily accessed (ie track tensioning gauge) and the fact that we now have to do maintenance that was never contemplated because the expected lifespan of the vehicles (measured in months in WW2), has so far exceeded design expectations. The topics I want to cover are as follows (please add if you see something missing). 1. The Weasel Track system - basic measurements, theory of operation, original track variations, track guides, 15" v 20", 55 grouser & 56 grouser, bands and cables 2. Alternate track systems - ie French, Consolidated/LAR style, other 3. Track tension 4. Steering and final drive adjustments 5. Sprockets, Drive Wheels and Hubs. 6. Track refurbishment One of the big problems with forums is that this type of information can build into a many page thread. Since the information is not "curated", the threads may have incorrect data etc. and it becomes a big chore for a new reader to parse through and figure out what is what, who knows what etc. My plan is to curate the thread and write an article - WIKI style - that the community can edit/amend over time as more information is collected. This thread will stay open, but eventually this first post will be amended to have a link to the article so someone can cut right to the information or peruse the thread to see how this all developed. This is a small exercise in collective knowledge. Let's see how we do. Thank you! 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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