Ordnance Truck 6x6 M16 Machine Shop
Posted 31 May 2012 - 10:54 AM
Yesterday I got a related booklet - for the M16 M16A1 Machine Shop truck:
Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:02 AM
Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:04 AM
Posted 31 May 2012 - 03:30 PM
Posted 31 May 2012 - 04:07 PM
So where did that plate go? I've seen a few on eBay over the years and they seem to be in a plastic or rubber substance.
It is, as you say, a plastic or rubbery substance. My guess is that it went on the back door: they had the Machine Shop Truck shown here, Smalls Arms Repair Truck, Instrument Repair Truck, etc, and I'd imagine that when you had several parked in the same area, the signs helped. Now I have yet to find any reference to these signs online and I suspect they are quite rare. In fact even the booklet shown here is hard-to-find: i'm sure these got trashed when these trucks were phased out.
Online there are some photos taken from books such as this one, otherwise the photos of these trucks are mostly of models or a couple of reenactment vehicles, such as this:
I found this online showing some costs for these trucks 60 or more years ago:
Posted 31 May 2012 - 08:41 PM
Forward repair capability was a major contribution to our victory in WWII.
We were still using vans and mobile shops like this when I was in the Army in the 1980's.
Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:49 PM
Most Shop Trucks were on basic -1 or -2 chassis,as were most other specialized bodies,eg compressor truck,chemical warfare etc. The truck pictured in the manual is an early -1 with Timken split axles and an early production 1608 cab. The -2 trucks had the Chevrolet banjo axles.
Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:00 AM
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Posted 03 June 2012 - 05:03 PM
As a former Army Ordnance officer (who was often in the M35 versions of this truck), I'd love to get my hands on one of these trucks someday, but it's probably for the best that I don't, because I'd spend the rest of my life looking for all the tools, parts and TMs to go with it...
Well, along with this I id get some other TM's for your starter kit:
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