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Need some help with a M551 turret!
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Roy_A_Lingle
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:11 pm
Post subject: Need some help with a M551 turret!

Hi Folks!



I have been inside this old gal twice. I have permission from the Museum Staff to turn the turret around.
The problem is I can not get it to move.
The travel lock was rusted in the locked position. I removed the four bolts that hold the assemble on the turret edge.
I tried to use the gunner's hand crank, but I still could not get the turret to move.

Short of using a large crane to lift the turret, does anyone have any suggestions that I might try to get this turret moving?

Mark the Tumble Weed! There is a Sherdian at Ft. Bliss that NEEDs your help!

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:30 am
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Maybe Don or I can put in touch with Vic Pitts, he might have some ideas (he served on the pilot project at the Board and is restoring a nice one at the Charlotte Aviation Museum).

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 4:45 am
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Ahhhh, maybe find the manual and do the checklist?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:43 pm
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Hi Maple! Hi Folks!

- Maple_Leaf_Eh

Ahhhh, maybe find the manual and do the checklist?


Thanks to Doug and Vic, I how have a complete set of TMs for the M-551A1 and M-551 NTC vehicles and an understanding of what the problem maybe.

Frozen turrets on Sheridans that have not been moved in many years seams to be a common problem. I have a plan of action to apply brut force on Tuesday to break the rust lose and get the turret started moving.

By the way this will be plan B sense plan A didn't help.

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