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Armored Ghosts of Fort Knox
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That's them,

Although we never used them, even though the driver's hatch was big enough to fly out of if you hit something hard enough or flipped.

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Ascout-If I remember right the seatbelts in the M551 were a modification. Item #3 below mounted to the hull ceiling behind the driver.


That thar' beats all I ever see'd. Didn't have nary a one.

Looks a little like the lap/shoulder belts in a Shelby (the '60's ones).

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Some Additions:



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Looks a little like the lap/shoulder belts in a Shelby (the '60's ones).


Don't think that they all stayed in those OPFOR M551's Wink

Used M113 troop seat belts in one of my MG's too a while back. Much better than the stock ones and easier to release.

It's amazing what you find in the scrap metal bin.

Don,

That's the Sadowski Field house tank, glad to see at least some haven't moved

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 7:31 pm
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Hey Don,

#5-22, M60A1 w/ Blazer, isn't there now - that pad is empty. Was this tank sand color with USMC markings? There is one sitting now at the south end of St. John MP, near Bldg. 2955. It has "Buster" on the bore evacuator. Don't know what it's doing there - I never saw a museum or display tank parked there before.

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'Buster' has been moved for cosmetic restoration, as ordered by the USMC detatchment. I was given a really neat history on that tank, today.

It is a USMC ODS veteran. It arrived in Theater as a regular 'woodland pattern' camo paint job. It was painted sand in Saudi. It was then upgraded with reactive armor in theater. The name 'Buster' was chosen because the Unit Cmdr's nickname (and the TC) was 'Buster'.

Unfortunately, I can't remember the unit or the Officers name, but I'll try to get the whole story and pass it on.

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Looks a little like the lap/shoulder belts in a Shelby (the '60's ones).


Don't think that they all stayed in those OPFOR M551's Wink

Used M113 troop seat belts in one of my MG's too a while back. Much better than the stock ones and easier to release.

It's amazing what you find in the scrap metal bin.

Don,

That's the Sadowski Field house tank, glad to see at least some haven't moved


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If you pay the shipping, and will use them in some project car, it's yours if interested.

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I gotta '72 Capri Mk I that might could use those,

I like the vintage mod look for these old cars. Kinda like what some GI would've done in Germany. Got some old "Green" Armed Forces West Germany tags I plan on using too, But that project is a little down the road right now ('74 Midget is ahead of it). I'll PM you.

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I love it when an old dog finds a good home. Wink

You'll need some big eyebolts. The webbing is 3 inches wide...that oughta' keep your hiney in "the chair" if you put 'er through a hedge.
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I gotta '72 Capri Mk I that might could use those,

I like the vintage mod look for these old cars. Kinda like what some GI would've done in Germany. Got some old "Green" Armed Forces West Germany tags I plan on using too, But that project is a little down the road right now ('74 Midget is ahead of it). I'll PM you.


I got some old USAREUR plates I had in the 70's,.....

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put 'er through a hedge.


Oh No, never done that (as a driver), but things can happen. And yes, my butt needs to stay planted. Owe my life to good seat belts, not fun when a '74 Toyota Carina rolls a-- over nose in a very large "Binjo" ditch Shocked .

1/4" steel plate drilled and bent to 90 degrees and bolted to the pans work good too.

Hey Don,

When Buster showed up on Knox she was woodland camo during the dedication ceremony. They had her at Harmon Hall before she was placed near the old detachment near/behind Gaffey Hall. I was at Knox at the time and worked with a couple of Marine Armor Majors, Gaskill and Kuckuck, at Skidgel Hall.

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I gotta '72 Capri Mk I that might could use those,

I like the vintage mod look for these old cars. Kinda like what some GI would've done in Germany. Got some old "Green" Armed Forces West Germany tags I plan on using too, But that project is a little down the road right now ('74 Midget is ahead of it). I'll PM you.





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Yep,

That's them, down to the diamond between the letters and numbers. Think I got a set with silver letters too. Late 60's versions. Supposed to be packed away but haven't been able to locate in a while.

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BTW, I ran into retired MG Harmeyer (who is heading up the new museum effort at Benning) last week at the AUSA Winter show.... I mentioned to him that they will have a lot of work to do to build the same kind of volunteer organization at Benning that exists at Knox...

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Don,
I'm going through the Knox listings on the register.

First question of probably many - is there still an M1 Abrams (SN D1301) at what used to be 16th Cavalry HQ (I think it has since moved).

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Don,
I'm going through the Knox listings on the register.

First question of probably many - is there still an M1 Abrams (SN D1301) at what used to be 16th Cavalry HQ (I think it has since moved).

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Its at Richardson. all statics are gone from aroud that building and are in Richardson

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