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kurtruk
01-04-2012, 06:22 PM
I know the Weasel used the Champion engine, but where was the vehicle actually built/assembled? I'm reading an old publication that mentions Graham built the Weasel and used their Graham/Continental engine. I know the engine part ain't right, but it got me to wondering about where it was actually built. :confused:

Chris_Dresbach
01-04-2012, 11:32 PM
The Weasel was built right in the main South Bend plant 1&2, the same as the automotive line. I've seen a picture somewhere with a Weasel coming down the line with an M series military truck following behind it on the "other" line. During the war, the "main" automotive assembly plants were used for truck and weasel production and the Chippewa plant was for aircraft engines. After the war, the main plant was just for cars and the Chippewa plant was used for trucks.
For the record, the Weasel also used an Oliver cleatrac (crawler tractor) differential/rear end. The reason for this was mainly because Oliver was just across the street and parts were readily available.

candbstudebakers
01-04-2012, 11:51 PM
My Oliver Oc3 used a Continental 4 cyl.flat head engine.

jimmijim8
01-05-2012, 05:30 AM
You know a-lot for a yungen. thanks for your input' cheers jimmijim
The Weasel was built right in the main South Bend plant 1&2, the same as the automotive line. I've seen a picture somewhere with a Weasel coming down the line with an M series military truck following behind it on the "other" line. During the war, the "main" automotive assembly plants were used for truck and weasel production and the Chippewa plant was for aircraft engines. After the war, the main plant was just for cars and the Chippewa plant was used for trucks.
For the record, the Weasel also used an Oliver cleatrac (crawler tractor) differential/rear end. The reason for this was mainly because Oliver was just across the street and parts were readily available.

garyash
01-05-2012, 07:13 AM
I have a copy of a 4-page article in "Automotive and Aviation Industries", Dec. 1 1944, that describes the production process and has lots of great photos. Currently the pages add to about 6 MB, maybe too big to post here. I'll see if I can compress them.

The differential apparently also used Dana/Spicer gears.

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Welcome
01-05-2012, 07:40 AM
I know the Weasel used the Champion engine, but where was the vehicle actually built/assembled?<<<:confused:

At the very least the "canvas tops" for the Weasels were packed at Studebaker's Aviation Plant in South Bend during WWII.;)

Guido
01-05-2012, 10:12 AM
My Oliver Oc3 used a Continental 4 cyl.flat head engine.

Not from the factory, Oliver used the Hercules IXB-3 engines in the OC-3 line. The 77 ag tractor engine in the OC-6 line was of Continental design.

candbstudebakers
01-05-2012, 11:39 AM
Not from the factory, Oliver used the Hercules IXB-3 engines in the OC-3 line. The 77 ag tractor engine in the OC-6 line was of Continental design.

I stand corrected and do remember it was the Hercules engine as we put new rings and bearings in it once just to keep it running for a few more miles.

Warren Webb
01-05-2012, 06:36 PM
Isn't it refreshing to have such knowledge available & this forum to share it! I'm also happy to see Guido again. His experience especially with horse drawn Studes makes me itch for getting a buggy thats been in the local Craigslist for a few months now, but I'd have to borrow the neighbors horse! Keep em coming everyone!!

comatus
01-05-2012, 08:07 PM
What Graham did build was an amphibious tractor called an "Alligator." Close, you see, but no Weasel.

garyash
01-05-2012, 08:36 PM
Here is the magazine article from 1944 about the Weasel production line [1.7 MB].

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