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    This weekend while looking through an antique store here in Nacogdoches I found a stack of WWII Popular Mechanics magazines, and the cover of the top magazine featured a Studebaker Weasel with the top up towing a man through the snow using "reigns" for steering. The article is pretty short but has some pictures, the cover is in pretty nice shape, and was a great surprise! If anyone expresses interest I can try borrowing a friends camera to take photos (sill using a 35mm).


    Spence Gaskin

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    Pulling skiers on snow was one of the things the Weasel was designed to do. Here's a cropped shot from an Army publicity picture.


    But, yes, one could also drive a Weasel using reins!


    These photos are from the personal scrapbook of a lieutenant in the US Army Signal Corps assigned to test and evaluate the Weasel in 1943 and 1944. His son lent the scrapbook to me a few years back. There are about 100 really neat original 8x10 pictures and newspaper clippings, which I scanned.

    [img=left]http://www.studegarage.com/images/gary_ash_m5_sm.jpg[/img=left] Gary Ash
    Dartmouth, Mass.
    '48 M5
    '65 Wagonaire Commander
    '63 Wagonaire Standard
    web site at http://www.studegarage.com
    Gary Ash
    Dartmouth, Mass.

    '32 Indy car replica (in progress)
    ’41 Commander Land Cruiser
    '48 M5
    '65 Wagonaire Commander
    '63 Wagonaire Standard
    web site at http://www.studegarage.com

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    • #3
      Pulling skiers on snow was one of the things the Weasel was designed to do. Here's a cropped shot from an Army publicity picture.


      But, yes, one could also drive a Weasel using reins!


      These photos are from the personal scrapbook of a lieutenant in the US Army Signal Corps assigned to test and evaluate the Weasel in 1943 and 1944. His son lent the scrapbook to me a few years back. There are about 100 really neat original 8x10 pictures and newspaper clippings, which I scanned.

      [img=left]http://www.studegarage.com/images/gary_ash_m5_sm.jpg[/img=left] Gary Ash
      Dartmouth, Mass.
      '48 M5
      '65 Wagonaire Commander
      '63 Wagonaire Standard
      web site at http://www.studegarage.com
      Gary Ash
      Dartmouth, Mass.

      '32 Indy car replica (in progress)
      ’41 Commander Land Cruiser
      '48 M5
      '65 Wagonaire Commander
      '63 Wagonaire Standard
      web site at http://www.studegarage.com

      Comment


      • #4
        My Grandfather owned a tavern in North Liberty, IN, about 10 miles southwest of South Bend on Indiana 23 from about 1933 to 1957. There is a large curve where 23 turns due south which then takes the road through a very marshy area. Everytime we would ride through that area, he would tell me stories of Studebaker testing Weasles in that marsh during WWII.

        Kevin Wolford
        Plymouth, IN

        55 Champion
        60 Lark VI Conv.
        63 Avanti R1

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          My Grandfather owned a tavern in North Liberty, IN, about 10 miles southwest of South Bend on Indiana 23 from about 1933 to 1957. There is a large curve where 23 turns due south which then takes the road through a very marshy area. Everytime we would ride through that area, he would tell me stories of Studebaker testing Weasles in that marsh during WWII.

          Kevin Wolford
          Plymouth, IN

          55 Champion
          60 Lark VI Conv.
          63 Avanti R1

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