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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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    Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
    Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
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  • #2
    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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    • #3
      That thing is so cool looking .. I love it .. Would be a fun unit to have in the Canadian winters .
      Love my Lark

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      • #4
        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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        • #5
          Zip Van Weasel? LOL Rip Van Winkle....

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          • #6
            Nice looking modification job. Does not look cobbled up at all. Too bad we don't get much snow in North Carolina .
            Paul
            Winston-Salem, NC
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            • #7
              It was Tow Vehicle for a very large artillery piece. I beleive the gun was called a "Long Tom"...

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              • #8
                The "Long Tom" is a 155mm gun. Not the largest in inventory but was quite effective.
                Poet...Mystic...Soldier of Fortune. As always...self-absorbed, adversarial, cocky and in general a malcontent.

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                • #9
                  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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                  • #10
                    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.
                    Poet...Mystic...Soldier of Fortune. As always...self-absorbed, adversarial, cocky and in general a malcontent.

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                    • #11
                      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.
                      Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

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                      • #12
                        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.

                        Tom

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                        • #13
                          I think it's the Chariot from the old 1960s "Lost in Space" TV Series...
                          edp/NC
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                          • #14
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                            • #15
                              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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