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  • ozm29c
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    Restoration of M29C 40196191

    Here is the start to my story of my long and continuing restoration of an M29C floater. I will add to this thread as time permits as there is 20 years worth of information, photographs and documentation to upload. My weasel story started back in 1998 when I decided to restore an Amphibious weasel. I was going to import a weasel out of the US of A but I knew of one here in Australia that was close by. I rang the owner at the time and asked him if I could have a look at the weasel to give me an idea what I was getting into. The owner agreed and off I went to see it. After removing piles of junk off the weasel, there it was. I was hooked. This weasel (now mine) was purchased from Consolidated industries http://www.tnjmurray.com/militaryveh....cfm?shop/home back in the 50's and transported to a Sheep Station (Ranch) near Quilpie in Outback Queensland Australia. The Station owner wanted to have a no nonsense, go anywhere vehicle to inspect his sheep in wet weather. One of the unfortunate modifications he made to the weasel was to raised the hull and sponsons 100mm/4"inches above the tracks. To carry out this mod, the local mechanics used an Oxy Acetylene torch to make the cut and once the hull was raised, re welded the hull with a stick welder. The new sections were made of 100 x 6mm/4"inch x 1/4"inch steel plate. Needless to say this mod did not improve the aesthetics of the weasel. Once the weasel was modified and ready to go, the district went into a long period of drought so the weasel was put into storage and sat there until it was discovered by an MV collector in the early 70's. The weasel was subsequently transported to the coast and given a quick lick of paint. The weasel owner only drove it a few miles as he was worried about the condition of the tracks. Again the weasel was put back into storage. Anyway continuing on with my story, after inspecting the weasel I again rang the owner and said to him that I am going to purchase a weasel regardless, it would cost me about $6500 to buy a weasel in the US of A and ship it to Australia so if you want to sell it here is my offer, $6500. A day later the owner rang me back, offer accepted and I got it home on the 11th of November 1998. Remembrance day!
    Covered in Junk Finally in my shed Negotiations

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    Bogey wheel shafts have had their threads chased, shaft polished then bead blasted and primed in readiness for assembly.
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    Attached is a photo of the MacMaster Carr https://www.mcmaster.com/7910k12 fuel cock fitted to my fuel filter and is very similar to the OEM fuel cock. The stainless steel pipe/tube fittings are for the 316 stainless steel tubing that I am using in the lower hull areas to withstand the corrosion.
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    Thanks to the help (drawing and photographs) from M29C 3284, I was able to make a fuel pump heat for my engine. The attached photo is the heat shield fitted to M29C 3284's engine.
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    I have made some special tools to make life easier when I come to assemble my weasel. Attached are photos of the outer hub seal installation tool and the bogey wheel seal installation tool. The last photo shows a tool I made to prevent damage to the idler swing arm bearings during sandblasting and painting.
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    I had a set of stencils made by https://www.axholmesigns.co.uk/
    Attached is the proof copy prior to printing. The Letterkenny Ord instructions will be applied in Black paint as per the photo below and the original paint colour found on the float tanks. I also found a Letterkenny rebuild tag on the bulkhead behind the driver. I will put it back in place.
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    I could not resist the temptation. Not original but it looks good. Bright red topped NOS engine oil dipstick.
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    I made a little tool, to allow me to bead blast and prime the instrument panel gauges. I also got some help from my electronic gurus at work to test my fuel gauge and sender. I will be running an additional earth wire from the sender to the fuel gauge.
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    Cleaning the worm drive. I also drew a worm drive cover gasket up in CAD which in turn Steve cut out for me on his CNC gasket/paper cutter. The green gasket in the photo was hand cut and the white gasket shown in the last photo was CNC cut. I am happy with both.
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    Here are photos showing the hardware that I made to allow sandblasting and priming of the individual motor assemblies.
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    It was time to refurbish the windscreen wiper motors. I purchased a NOS wiper motor back in 1999 to compliment the lone wiper motor that came with my weasel. What I found was that the lubricant grease had gone hard in the tiny worm and worm wheel drive boxes which meant that both motors had to be dismantled. The original wiper motor from my weasel also had some corrosion to deal with as well. Attached are a series of photos that tell the story.
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    I had some repair work to do on the windscreen frame. In the past the top hooks for want of a better word had been removed as well as the top canvas hood retaining clips. I had a trashed/rusted out windscreen frame as a spare so I cannibalised it for the parts needed to restore my original frame. All that needs to be done now is sand blasting and painting. I have new sheets of safety glass cut and ready to fit and I purchased at great expense years ago from Patsons parts in Alaska NOS rubber extrusion to support the glass.
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    I then welded the remaining repair panels in place
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    Front Float tank continued - I left the lower area of the tank open to allow the sandblaster access and to paint it after sandblasting.
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    Starting to take shape. Fitting and aligning the surf shield
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