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Broken Home AAR of sorts...

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Over the weekend of Broken Home several of us East Wind guys convened to work on Dewaynes M114 which was in need of a little work to really show off the amazing vehicle that it is.  We pretty much stuck with it the entire weekend other than occasionally hopping over to help out with admin issues, drive trucks, or help out Dewayne with facility problems.   

 

 He got this one as a range wreck in need of considerable parts/labor and over the years, it has made a miraculous transformation to an operational and damn cool vehicle but just needed that little bump to push it over the edge.    We were happy to provide that bump. 

 

Before:  

 

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On patrol at East Wind 6.  You can see it was fitted with a very nice built up replica of the 20MM Hispano Cannon.  Cool gun but in many ways very limiting since it does not really "do" anything and having it fitted means that we cannot traverse the turret without being a menace to the air gunner or the driver.  

 

 

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Pulled around behind the buildings this weekend.  Cannon already removed in these pics, skate rail that it replacing it is installed (off of an M901 TOW vehicle) Curfman is beginning the Mr Washy Washy of the interior.  

 

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Opposite side.  Dewayne had already spent considerable time and effort repairing hits and filling in all the pock marks on the side from the years it spent being a target.  

 

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Front.  Curfman by this point is just running water under the bilges trying to wash out the massive amounts of muck and debris.  

 

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Next up, sanding sanding and more sanding.  Here, several layers of paint down, we see a bit of the previous history of this vehicle in the painted on yellow bugle of the 3rd ACR.  "Brave Rifles" 

 

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Interior...  We had intially not planned to attack this part but since we just barely had enough of us around to do so we went after it.  By we, I mostly mean Curfman who relentlessly cleaned, pressure washed, needle scaled and rinsed this thing.   Hell, there was many hours of just picking pine straw out of it... 

 

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Rear showing what remains of one of the jump seats for the dismount scouts.  

 

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Cupola traverse mechanism.  This was just sitting on the floor with the mounting holes stripped.  Quite a bit of messing around involved with getting this guy back in and it running again with it's neato two speed gear box.  

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Getting started! 

 

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End of day Saturday we had the prep work done and had sprayed the initial batch of paint on the roof.   Curfman emerges from his prairie dog hole and is pleased.  

 

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Sunday morning, moved into the building and with a complete suit of 34079 Forest Green as a base coat.  

 

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Worth mentioning at this point that the ACAV gun shield on the air gunner position does not clear the header on the garage door.  Lucky for us, the weld was weak anyhow so it just popped off with no serious damage.  We needed to fis that anyhow.  

 

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Curfman finally getting to lay some paint on the interior working his way steadily back.  

 

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Trucker adding in the pattern.   First the Field Drab, then the sand and finally the black which he is adding here.  Generally then we spend all manner of time walking around retouching this, fixing the edge of that, working around fittings etc.  

 

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About midnight Sunday night we finally had the rest of the pattern placed as well as the interior shot.  

 

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Interior shot.  We left the deteriorated remains of the jump seats in hopes that we can later make a pattern out of them.  Commanders seat is pulled coming back to KC with us for repair.  

 

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By the end of the day Monday we had fitted in what Cupola glass we had, mounted the skate rail, refitted the ACAV sheild, added a trim plane and got the cupola moving.  

 

Still more work to do of course but it is a long way down a more positive road at this point for sure.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Lookin great! Would love to see this level of technical out at future AMS events. 

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Don't forget that we liked to sleep in until 0800 whenever possible, to keep our strength up.

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Amazing work! I skipped out on seeing it because I could still hear you spraying while I was leaving!  Great work!

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20MM was an add on that has since been unadded on.  It is just a straight M114.  The skate rail is not dead correct since it should just have a big pintle honker thingy but we did not have one of those and we did have a skate rail!  

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