This 155 Long Tom Howitzer was there as an advertisement for his business.
It had been sectioned in a whole bunch of places and welded together just enought to keep it in this position. No under carriage left either.
Four of us spent two days parting out trucks. Here is my buddy, Don trying to figure out what to carry next. He was kind of our pack mule. The first day snowed on us the whole time, boy we got wet.
CONTEST: Anyone know what these are?????? I bought 8 of these. WWII dated. E-mail me with your guesses, I will send a tee shirt to the 1st five people who get it right. CONTEST RESULTS: These are artillery skis. These skis were used on the wheels of towed artillery and towed anti-aircraft trailers. They were used to transport these pieces of equipment on soft terrain such as sand or snow. The only right answer came from Peter D. in Chicago. He will receive a free tee-shirt. All eight skis have been sold and are enroute to the George C. Marshall Museum in Holland.
What’s left of a closed cab CCKW.
There were about 6 of these in about the same condition. Poor old half tracks!
Same as the contest photo above, just a varient.
Just a torchin’. Man those sparks are hot. I have so many burn marks, made me look like I had chicken pox.
Small fire there. Ryan pickin pieces. We parted out about 10 M37/M43 trucks. Not much left there, they had been picked over hard over the years.
Before you get too excited over the Cletrac, look at the frame. Someone cut the frame and lowered the front idler on both sides. Missing lots of pieces too.
More M37 carcasses. Almost every one of the cargo boxes were smashed on the top rails, rendering them useless.
Nothing left of this one. Every last interior piece was out of it. Most of the trucks were also missing the axles, as you can see.
A short break for the Stars and Stripes reporter, Gary. He had the whole outfit going, cap, coat, camera, etc.
Supervising the load out. Yes, that is a WWII dated M10 ammo trailer and it is for sale. The M37 utility body is not for sale though.
Loaded and ready for the trip home.
Gary and Don survey John’s keen eyeball find. The other 3 guys missed this on the way out, and we stopped on the way back. Yes, I bought it. Very nice truck except for the bullet holes and the missing cargo box. No rust. The rancher told us it died in a pasture 5 miles from the nearest road, years ago. They pulled it out just a couple of months ago, just in time for me to drive by and spot it. It will be on the for sale page soon.
A special thanks to Gary, Don and Ryan for all their help and the great company. You guys are the BEST!