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Title: Conservation of M29C Weasel tracks
Authors: Lanyon, John J.
Keywords: M29C Weasel
Cold regions
Arctic regions
Vehicle mobility
Tracked vehicles
Off-road vehicles
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Special report (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)) ; 42.
Description: Special Report
Summary: In the winter of 1958-59, tests were conducted to improve the usefulness of the M29C weasel track system for extensive travel in arctic regions and conserve the remaining supply of weasel tracks. A standard weasel track was cut into five equal lengths and rejoined with specially designed links to form a sectionalized track. Five different types of links were constructed and tested. A test course 2.3 miles long with three different terrains was prepared to test the track links under similar conditions. A standard M29C weasel equipped with the test track was used in the testing. The links tested were: (1) a piano hinge type which connects two pads by a long pin, (2) a cold roll steel link designed to contain the cut ends of the track belts, (3) a cold roll steel link machined to fit the contour of the inner surface of the pad, (4) an aluminum link of the same configuration as the machine steel and containing a hardened steel insert in its pinhole, and (5) a steel link designed primarily to make emergency repairs to the outer bands of an unsectionalized track in the field. Of the four links designed to rejoin sectionalized track, the aluminum link with a hardened steel insert proved to be the most satisfactory.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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