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Thread: Is this Weasel not a Weasel? Something different. On Craig's List in central PA.

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    Is this Weasel not a Weasel? Something different. On Craig's List in central PA.

    Looks more like a ZipVan installed on tracks.
    https://pennstate.craigslist.org/cto/6076489193.html

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    By the looks of the tracks, it is a M-29 (Weasel) - almost looks like someone was trying to create a "Zip Weasel" or something like that.

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    That thing is so cool looking .. I love it .. Would be a fun unit to have in the Canadian winters .
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    I have ran across photos of these artic Weasels before can't remember where now but it did have something to do with Alaska and some military base.
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    Zip Van Weasel? LOL Rip Van Winkle....

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    Nice looking modification job. Does not look cobbled up at all. Too bad we don't get much snow in North Carolina .
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    It was Tow Vehicle for a very large artillery piece. I beleive the gun was called a "Long Tom"...

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    The "Long Tom" is a 155mm gun. Not the largest in inventory but was quite effective.
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    I would think that a Weasel would be small for an artillery tow vehicle. There was a artillery tow vehicle at a museum our chapter visited and it was huge.

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    They're referred to as "prime movers" and they generally are pretty big. Often they're based on the chassis of a tank to cut the overall costs of the designs. Specialized trucks are used as well as prime movers. I would think a Weasel would be taxed to moved artillery larger than a 105mm field piece...especially as it wasn't designed for that use.
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    One would think a Weasel would make good tractor, but one would wrong. Pull a car? Yes, within limits. Pull a big truck? No. You can't steer, and usually one track just breaks free and spins. Tried it. I think the Weasel pictured is a home-built using a van body or parts thereof. Definitely not an Arctic cab.
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    I just can't resist commenting. Once upon a time, I was in infantryman in a little place called Khe Sahn that some of you might remember. For a couple of day my platoon was assigned the mission to provide security for a battery of 155's. I can remember standing right behind the guns as they fired and being able to actually see the rounds go down range. Very impressive.

    A week or so later I had a fight with a Chinese hand grenade (the grenade won) and my war was over.

    In in any case, this little tracked vehicle (weasel or not) would certainly not be capable of towing a 155 Long Tom.

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    I think it's the Chariot from the old 1960s "Lost in Space" TV Series...
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    Swamp Fox.jpgFound this on another Site...

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    I believe the article that 345desoto posted is part of the TNJ Murry company in Dover De. They were giving rides in weasels at The meet there a few years ago , They also upgraded Weasels during WW2 fro specific missions , Ed

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    Looks like the Swedish firm Hagglunds took Murray's Snow T'rrain idea and ran with it:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandvagn_206
    Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

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    Great work by someone. I see from one of the ad pictures, it was industrial orange color at one time. I'm thinking railroad speeder car merged onto the weasel chassis. Google it. Yes, another hobby people participate in. They get to take them out and run them on real tracks.

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    Paul, maybe not much snow but we've got plenty of mud and sand!
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