Halftrack storage lockers and driving vibration noise

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Halftrack storage lockers and driving vibration noise

Post by HDN » Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:11 pm

One of the hardest things about driving my M3 Halftrack is dealing with the vibration noise coming from the rear body. I attribute this mostly to the storage box lids where the seats would go along the rear insides of the body. I haven't gotten to a point in its restoration where there are seats or anything else on the lids, so I imagine that would help some.

In the mean time, I'd like to know a couple things:

1) Did the storage boxes come with felts or canvas lining/cushioning where the lid contacts the rest of the box?

2) Were there straps fixing the storage box lids to the boxes?

Any pictures would be helpful!
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Re: Halftrack storage lockers and driving vibration noise

Post by jesse » Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:32 pm

No straps, no felt. They weren't built for the collector with sensitive hearing. They were built simple, and durable, and with the hope of lasting just a few days in combat. A full set of seat cushions on the lids would help with the noise. Even with a full set of cushions, and full load of 13 guys, it's still loud when you get up in 4th gear.

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Re: Halftrack storage lockers and driving vibration noise

Post by HDN » Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:47 pm

That's good to know, thank you! I can put up with the noise (used to it playing in a couple marching bands). I guess I really need to get a tach for the thing, otherwise I really can't hear what the motor's doing while moving along :P
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Re: Halftrack storage lockers and driving vibration noise

Post by HMVYoungster » Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:24 pm

I have some small diameter rubber hose with a cut down one side and slip it over the edge so when the lid sits on it won't be metal to metal. Works for me.
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