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M3 Medium series Grant as found -Photo 1
Although I took the photos I cannot lay claim to finding this vehicle. It is a twin GM 6-71 diesel powered Grant (we refer to them as 'twin GM powerpacks'). At idle this system is much quieter than the radial version, but once underway the normal cacophony of squeaks and rattles from the suspension and tracks of both versions makes the noise level about equal.
The vehicle pictured is a reasonably early build as it has a riveted hull and functioning side doors, whereas the intermediate version had a fixed door on the left and a pistol port on the right. The last model had no side doors.
Note the "nice" turret ring sitting on the scrap in the foreground of this photo.
M3 Medium series Grant as found -Photo 2
Interior view of the twin GM Grant. You can just make out the drivers position at the front. He straddles the transmission much like you would sit on a horse. The large instrument panel with the remains of all the instruments and controls for the 2 engines is visible.
The large square containers at far left and lower right are for ammunition storage.
Note that the turret ring is still ensitu.
M3 Medium series Grant as found -Photo 3
A top down view of the twin GM Grant. It is unusual to find a tank with it's engines still intact and almost never do you find one with its engine deck still ensitu. Rarer yet is to get a vehicle with all of the above AND the air grills.
Looking into the fighting compartment there appears to be a generating set (powered turret and radios) still in place (just in front of the fire wall in the left hand sponson). These are very hard to aquire as they were usually removed for other uses when the vehicles' first civilian owners took possession.
Note that the turret ring has been removed at some stage and then dropped back in place for transport.
M3 Medium series Grant as found -Photo 4
A radial engined Grant/Lee still seeing service with the Australian Army (poor thing!) as a recovery training object. The 75mm gun has been used as a (sort of) pulley for cables nearly sawing it right off.
A pity that it this vehicle is seeing out it's days half under water.
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