M151 Armored Gun Jeep

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Re: M151 Armored Gun Jeep

Postby rickf » February 21st, 2011, 11:52 am

Agreed, A MWO would be great.

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Re: M151 Armored Gun Jeep

Postby raymond » February 21st, 2011, 11:59 am

moose53 wrote:That was my point, the 1st pic Ralph posted appears to be the first up-armor kit described, the 2nd pic appears to be locally built bubba armor, the third pic appears to be the 2nd up armor kit. I have pics of other jeeps with what appears to be the second kit mounted also. I previously thought they were just produced by the same motor pool, but in the context of kits that could better explain the consistent and more professional look. I'm not confident enough in the data found at this point to make a definitive statement or add it to the wiki, but i think it bears further investigation...

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This definitely needs more investigation. In fact, I am willing to further this line of investigation with a trip to Vietnam :!: Please forward the first class airfare tickets, five star hotel reservations, chauffeured limousine reservation, and expense account details to me in a PM. :D
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Re: M151 Armored Gun Jeep

Postby GIBBO » June 8th, 2011, 8:49 am

Dear Ken, you can add the other picture I sent you, I wish I knew how to do it.
I am almost finished with the kit, also you guys may wantt o know that it was Mr.Jack Tomlin last sale before he died ,may he rest in peace
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Re: M151 Armored Gun Jeep

Postby Rheingeld » June 23rd, 2011, 4:28 pm

Attached is a photo of my replica of the 523rd Gun Jeep "Wolfman," taken at the gun truck reunion at Carlisle, PA last year. Had the 1/4-inch armor plate manufactured locally, using photos of the original Wolfman, and similar armored jeeps in the 523rd, for measurements. Have not added the bottom plate yet. The base vehicle is a 1966 Ford (similar to ones we brought from Detroit in the summer of 1966 to Fort Campbell, KY). The extra weight, with the bottom plate, will be about 1,000 pounds.

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Re: M151 Armored Gun Jeep

Postby Rheingeld » June 24th, 2011, 2:33 pm

Having trouble posting the photograph of Wolfman. Can anyone help? I'm an old guy with very little computer savvy.

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Re: M151 Armored Gun Jeep

Postby rickf » June 24th, 2011, 6:01 pm

If you want to e-mail it to me I can put it up for you. rickf1985@comcast.net. in order to post them to the page you have to upload the photos to a web site like Photobucket and then copy the link to the page.

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Re: M151 Armored Gun Jeep

Postby acudanut » June 25th, 2011, 9:34 am

One shot with a Tracer Round to that exposed gas tank and BOOM. I would not ride in that thing..Also, how does that thin sheet metal, hold that much extra weight bolted on ??
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Re: M151 Armored Gun Jeep

Postby Rheingeld » June 25th, 2011, 10:28 am

The armor kit for the M151 included material to construct a frame to which the armor plate was bolted. The two side plates were attached to the top of each rear fender using steel "L" stock. The entire setup was pretty solid. The 1/4-inch steel plate generally stopped small arms fire, with the exception of armor-piercing rounds, and B-40 rockets. However, the lid of the gas tank was still exposed (in order to be able to shut the driver side door), as was the radiator and hood area. And, of course, the tires.
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Re: M151 Armored Gun Jeep

Postby acudanut » June 25th, 2011, 3:41 pm

That makes sense !!...How does the "jeep" handle with that extra weight ?
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Re: M151 Armored Gun Jeep

Postby rickf » June 25th, 2011, 4:00 pm

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Re: M151 Armored Gun Jeep

Postby Rheingeld » June 25th, 2011, 6:53 pm

Wolfman handles well, and the extra weight in the rear should help counteract the M151's tendency to lift the inside rear tire during tight cornering over 25mph. However, my use is mainly in a convoy, or parade, on fairly straight roads, at no more than 45mph. The crew of the original Wolfman eventually replaced the military tires with civilian tires, which made handling better on asphalt highways. The main highway traveled by 523rd Transportation Company convoys was Route 19, which by the end of 1967 was paved from Qui Nhon to Pleiku, about 100 miles.

Thanks, Rick, for posting the pic. I'm working on learning how to do it myself.

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Re: M151 Armored Gun Jeep

Postby GIBBO » July 11th, 2011, 10:43 am

Hey guys try to investigate theese pictures
the kit was bought from poor Jack Tomlin , in Toola Utha , that passed away two days after we closed the transaction...may you rest in peace my friend
we were good friends since he was cruising Europe for the amphib rally with his DUKW
since early 1989, I will miss the Guy very much.
one day I whent to his yard and he told me he had original M151 armour kit built by U.S. Army for viet Nam convoy security
when he opened the train wagon I could not belive my eyes :shock: there it was ling on the floor :!:
unfortunately I could not afford it and after two three years I told my friend Paolo Marchi about it! He purchase it without even look at it!
how could I blame him :lol:
here are some pictures of the processed job
http://www.surfacezero.com/g503/data/50 ... 140197.JPG
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http://fotoalbum-eu.s3.amazonaws.com/im ... 000005.JPG
I hope you guys enjoy as I did restoring the thing
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Re: M151 Armored Gun Jeep

Postby GIBBO » July 11th, 2011, 10:48 am

oh by the way, with the armor and the posts there were other interesting features with it:
unique reiforced front shocks and inner springs inside regular ones as in the M151A1C or M718
it should indeed handles better with all that weight!
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Re: M151 Armored Gun Jeep

Postby Austringer » August 20th, 2011, 10:59 am

The pictures are thumbnails, please post the larger images. thanks
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Re: M151 Armored Gun Jeep

Postby GIBBO » December 26th, 2012, 2:16 am

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid= ... =3&theater

check out the final restoration on my facebook page.......

the kit contained all the spare and all the bolts to put it back together......

the only thing I've done apparently wrong, helped also by a vn original picture is to assemble the windshield vice versa with armored windows inside, due to poor visibility from inside....those extruding windows would prevent side view too much giving less armor protection but better angled visibility
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