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What I found on a Weasel hunt


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After I bought my Weasel, a friend informed me of one that was sitting in an old, abandoned shed that I should go check out. It has supposably been there for over 50 years up on blocks!

I decided to take a day and go see what I would find. It turned out to be an interesting find so I will break this down int a few posts so I can comment on some of the photos I took. 

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I knew I was getting close when I came upon my first weasel parts, 2 sets of float tanks and some other hull pieces. One of the rear sections even still has both rudders.

Does anyone recognize what appears to be a heated battery box?

I didn't see any side skits, but I didn't dig around or under things. who knows what is all in this pile? I did look inside the floats and there seems to be hardly any rust or damage. 

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Shortly after I found the shed and weasel. The mag was in the box on the hood.

The tracks and hull look in great shape, it even still has the front 2 skirt support rods. the tranny, driveline, and clutch assembly are missing. It looks like some was in mid clutch repair and just quit working on it.

the only major damage to the hull was a big dent in the rear.

My camara was acting up so some picks of the drivers compartment and data plates didn't turn out.   

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@aktrapperbrad What an Amazing find especially the float gear. In particular small hard to find pieces of weasel jewellery like the track apron braces that are still in place. The heated battery box was part of an Arctic heater kit fitted post war to weasels.586043041_standbyheatersmall.thumb.jpg.1c73d0e63c6dec6f47c9f95ea161e0de.jpg

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5 minutes ago, OZM29C said:

@aktrapperbrad What an Amazing find especially the float gear. In particular small hard to find pieces of weasel jewellery like the track apron braces that are still in place. The heated battery box was part of an Arctic heater kit fitted post war to weasels.586043041_standbyheatersmall.thumb.jpg.1c73d0e63c6dec6f47c9f95ea161e0de.jpg

the box I found is not the same, as in your pic. it only has the 1 lid and has a curved portion on the outside

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The back story is that it was the location of a small, remote, summer maintenance site for the Fed. road commission that was abandoned at statehood. closed for the winter of 58, Alaska became a state in Jan. of 59 so just got left as it was.

Here are a few other pics of thigs I found. Lots of new parts still in their original shiping crates.

I think these are front axles for early 40's dodge powerwagons. 

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Well done. Plenty of good and hard to find parts.     That looking through piles is a great part of the story. Or when you find those parts you can really use. That arctic top would be helpful in harsh weather. Good luck with this find. I wish the best for you, that it all works out. 
Fred

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