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 Posted: Mon May 17th, 2021 05:45 pm
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I checked with a friend of mine who is a noted logging historian,
from where I grew up in the deep South.

He said that tanks weren't nearly as common to convert into logging equipment in the south,
due to traction issues in the sandy soil in the Gulf regions.


Halftrack conversions weren't too uncommon though.
 
I once lived near a scrap yard that had a lot of old military equipment,
including remains of several former halftracks that had stretched frames for logging.


I found a neat forum that has a bunch of interesting military vehicle conversions:

https://armorama.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=248852&ord=&page=2




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Widely used in New Zealand. 
Madill is one of the major manufacturers. 

As they are Canadian based,
many of their donor chassis are actually Grizzlies not Shermans.
(Grizzly is Canadian version of Sherman)


Lots of photos on Madill page of this website.

http://www.rustygrapple.com/Machinery.html


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The site Paul pointed out, has some interesting tank chassis logging photos.





Tank Chassis For 'Madill' Yarder - Washington USA 1980

Link ^ is to a nice B&W of a yarder being driven off a flatbed.

Coldwater Ridge, North Toutle River, Washington USA 1980


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Nice Guy Eddie wrote: 
Tank Chassis For 'Madill' Yarder - Washington USA 1980

Link ^ is to a nice B&W of a yarder being driven off a flatbed.

Coldwater Ridge, North Toutle River, Washington USA 1980


Note the suspension is much longer than a normal Sherman.

I always suspected they stretched out them somehow,
but always wondered how they did it.

I've only seen photos of this type as the ones I have seen in person,
are the normal length of a Sherman hull/suspension.

But I have noticed someone made their own type of bogies,
the rollers along the bottom,
as military ones didn't look like ones you often see on those yarders.

They almost look like Russian tank bogies.




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Lee B wrote:
Note the suspension is much longer than a normal Sherman.

I always suspected they stretched out them somehow,
but always wondered how they did it.

I've only seen photos of this type as the ones I have seen in person,
are the normal length of a Sherman hull/suspension.


Should be easy if there is a supply of vehicles.

Same as they do the better stretch limos....
Join two chassis. 

Have done this a lot of times with road trucks.




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Agreed definitely an additional HVSS bogie on that chassis. 

Here's another variation with a lower mounted idler.





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Hi all

You might be surprised at how long some of this "surplus" stuff survived.


As a young schoolkid in the early 1960's there was an outfit near Central Mangrove, up in the hills behind Wyong NSW Australia,
that had a tank (probably a Sherman or Matilda) and 2 Bren-gun carriers (Tamiya's "Universal Carrier") used as timber tugs.

The tank still had its barrel, but it had an oxy-cut hole in it.

I saw these several times as the place was on a "shortcut" backroad,
that dodged the holiday traffic snarls on the Pacific Highway between Sydney and Newcastle,
when it was only one lane each way. (now 3 lanes each way)


We were visiting Grandma "back home" in the Hunter Valley.
By then we'd moved from the Hunter coal mining district to the Illawarra coal mining district near Wollongong,
after Dad got a better mechanical engineer's job at an Illawarra coal mine.




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Hi Lee  :Salute:


Nice photo ^^ you snapped there !  :thumb:


I came across a Sherman tank chassis logging conversion a while back ...  :old dude:

... & was intrigued with seeing a little bit more, especially since my scale is 1:35  L:


It seems I didn't save the original photo I came across, unless it's on my 'B' computer ...

... but it was BIG, yellow, & had what looked like logging 'yarder' stuff at both ends.  :)


For my own purposes, it quickly became clear that a 1:35 Sherman is HUGE ...  :shocked:

... well, at least compared to my own 'small prototype' builds & '56 Chevy pickup !  :cool:





They never looked THAT big to me, on 'Kelly's Heroes' !  ;)

33 Tons ! ?  :shocked: 


So I thought Mmm ... Maybe I could find myself a smaller tank ? :us:

No prizes to Capt. Bishop, for guessing the name, of the 'next size down', I looked at !  :P


:java::moose::Salute:


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Si. wrote:
So I thought Mmm ... Maybe I could find myself a smaller tank ? :us:

No prizes to Capt. Bishop, for guessing the name, of the 'next size down', I looked at !  :P


Let's just say I have driven a Sherman,
as well as the smaller cousin, on different occasions.

I've known people who've owned WW2 tanks in modern times,
and it's even more expensive than you'd think.

A decent-condition Sherman,
could cost you as much as a quarter of a Million US Dollars.


Sadly, owning a WW2 tank can be dangerous,
as you can easily run something (or someone) down with one.

I knew both the guys who were killed in this accident,
and have seen (and ridden on) this tank destroyer on several occasions.
They died due to poorly-loaded live rounds they were shooting on a range for a video:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/officials-id-two-killed-oregon-wwii-era-tank-explosion-n453286

Last I heard, the family has yet to get the tank destroyer back.




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Tragic. 

Unfortunately as a former tank crewman,

I know accidents on AFVs tend to be very minor or very major,

but not much in between.


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