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Mack NO6 - 7 1/2 ton artillery tractor
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Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 03:28 AM UTC
p.s. I did sand the tops of the Evergreen angles to give them a more correct, rounded profile.
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Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 04:05 AM UTC
is this your vehicle?







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Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 09:30 AM UTC
That's the one! Post war all the wooden load boxes were replaced with steel.
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Posted: Monday, July 15, 2013 - 02:14 AM UTC
The NO6 is just one fantastic monster. Unfortunately I just don't think the two resin kits available out there in 1/35th do it justice. Also the 1/72nd scale kit is OK but it is, after all, 1/72nd.

Sorry but my bias for the larger scale is showing. It is neither my age nor my eyesight, it is just that I enjoy a depth of detail that you can really sink you teeth into!
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Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013 - 01:20 AM UTC
Here is the prototype photo I scaled the size and shape of the front bumper off of:



I took this image and printed it at a size where the bumper in the photo came out to the proper width for my Mack. This became my pattern.
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Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013 - 01:28 AM UTC
The bumper under construction prior to drilling for the mounting bolts. I actually succeeded in gluing thin plastic strips top and bottom to the rear of the bumper so the bumper became a true "C" channel and not just a big block of solid plastic!


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Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 08:20 AM UTC
The finished bumper with all mounting bolts installed:

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Posted: Tuesday, September 03, 2013 - 01:37 AM UTC
Hey Gents, this weekend I attended a major Regional Concours Auto Show here in Lexington, KY. It happened to coinside with a B-17 fly-in the same weekend.

I am rather proud of the 25 or so photographs I have posted so far with more to come.

I would like to share so follow the link:


https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151680962803956.1073741830.733523955&type=1&l=93f27c61d7





Mercedes-Benz Indianapolis 500 Car ca.1914
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Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 02:01 AM UTC
Semi-scratch built chain hoist. Large pulley wheel is from Dragon Wagon trailer kit. U-shaped gallows beam is bent section of aluminum toilet float rod which was previously serving as my gun cleaning rod.

The chain hoist was employed to lift the heavy gun trails onto the custom Mack hitch.

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Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 01:53 AM UTC
From the Tech Manual:



Rear view showing both the Mack designed heavy duty hitch/receiver and the towing fixture for the 155mm and 8 inch guns.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 02:01 AM UTC


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Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 02:17 AM UTC
My version of the Mack custom hitch and receiver.

The standard tow pintle is shown below and just as on the real thing, may be exchanged for the custom hitch.



Hex rod seeems to work better than round for helping the hitch assembly stay in the receiver which is just a press fit on the model.

In this photo the retaining nut is missing from the custom hitch. Another piece of larger hex rod drilled and cut to form a large castle nut that press fits onto the hex rod.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 02:21 AM UTC

In this photo Sgt. Joe is holding the standard hitch pintle under his arm while the special Mack hitch is shown installed connected to the gun trails.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 02:23 AM UTC
When not in use, the standard towing pintle is stored (just as on the real truck) in a false receiver mounted under the load box just behind the cab.

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Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 02:38 AM UTC
Retainer bolt and castle nut with spot welded on spinner for Mack custom hitch. Sorry for the poor quality of the photograph. It is such a great enlargement I had to draw in the details.





This is my reference source for adding the welded on spinner to the retainer castle nut. The small photo is from the Tech Manual for the M23 Ammo trailer built by Utility Trailer Corp, which also utilized the same custom hitch and was often pulled by the Mack NO.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 05:32 PM UTC
Now that the suspension is finally at the correct height here is another photo to compare the relatively monster size of the Mack NO with that of the 1/4 ton Bantam Jeep.

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Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 07:47 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Hey Gents, this weekend I attended a major Regional Concours Auto Show here in Lexington, KY. It happened to coinside with a B-17 fly-in the same weekend.

I am rather proud of the 25 or so photographs I have posted so far with more to come.

I would like to share so follow the link:


https://www.facebook.com/media

/set/?set=a.10151680962803956.1073741830.733523955&type=1&l=93f27c61d7





Mercedes-Benz Indianapolis 500 Car ca.1914



Hi, Mike! One of our local Classic Car Museums (Norwich, NY) has a gorgeous 1935 Auburn Boat-Tail Speedster, numerous Franklins, a Cord 812, a couple of Duesenbergs and several 1930s Packards- Their collection of cars runs the gamut from 1890s-1950s cars.
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Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 01:29 AM UTC
Dennis, last year I went to the Cord-Deusenburg Museum in Auburn, IN. Fantastic!
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Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 05:40 AM UTC
Maybe I need to post a photo album from the Auburn trip. There were some truly beautiful cars and trucks there plus the original factory showroom.
Removed by original poster on 10/18/13 - 16:08:56 (GMT).
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Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013 - 04:09 AM UTC
New (as in not seen before in my research) photo of the Mack NO, found today on the Olive-Drab website:







Nice to have a reference that shows the Mack all loaded up for a change. Also note; those ten guys are gonna have to fit in the back as well, with either 3 or 4 more in the cab!

Also check out that rack enclosure loaded with 155mm ammo.
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Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 12:45 AM UTC
Mack custom drawbar assembly as shown in the Tech Manual:



( This fixture could be exchanged for a standard army hitch pintle in the received when required.)
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Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 12:48 AM UTC
Challenge: Design a front wheel drive unit that DOES NOT require universal joints or CV joints. You would probably say IMPOSSIBLE. (I know I did!)

Mack did it and did it with style. This is innovation!



F.Y.I. - The latest Kubota 4 wheel drive tractors use this very design to produce a tougher front end without employing U-joints in the design!





Amazing
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Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 03:20 AM UTC
Check out the rough countryside the Mack NO is taking on.

I think this photo shows us just how much of a truck the Mack was! Gutsey!


(Photo from the Olive-Drab website.)
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Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 07:52 AM UTC