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« Reply #15 on: January 20, 2011, 09:37:13 PM »

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Somewhere I have a picture of my grandfather Howard van Driest driving one of these MG-2s with guys lined up on both sides facing in. This is the one you drove from the front.

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« Reply #16 on: January 20, 2011, 09:38:27 PM »

The Army was looking for a self propelled gun so Cletrac came up with the T1 Gun Carriage with a 3 inch gun.
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« Reply #17 on: January 20, 2011, 09:40:54 PM »

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« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2011, 09:44:47 PM »

 After several changes this evolved into the M5 Gun Carriage. The Army ordered 1583 units but the order was cancelled before production proceeded.
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« Reply #20 on: January 20, 2011, 09:46:36 PM »

Only two prototypes were made and they were converted into T31 Medium Tractors. This was likely the final version. The driver sat in that little enclosure in front of the gun mechanism.
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« Reply #21 on: January 20, 2011, 09:48:51 PM »

The Cletrac FD was likely Cletrac?s designation before the Army called them the T31.
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« Reply #22 on: January 20, 2011, 09:50:39 PM »

The two M5 Gun Carriages were used to make the T31 Medium Tractors.
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« Reply #23 on: January 20, 2011, 09:53:28 PM »

Next pic. That's it for now.
Blake, you'll have to find that picture and post it on this thread.
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« Reply #24 on: January 20, 2011, 10:15:06 PM »

Next pic. That's it for now.
Blake, you'll have to find that picture and post it on this thread.

Someday I'll get it. I know where it is, but someone else in the family has the album right now.

Once Gramps drove one of the machines home for the weekend - I don't know if it was an MG-1 or MG-2 - but at the time they lived in Chardon, Ohio - about 30 miles east of Cleveland. Must have been a fun drive! Everyone else on the road had gas rationing.

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« Reply #25 on: January 21, 2011, 03:27:30 PM »

Here's some more that aren't in the MG1 family.
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« Reply #26 on: January 21, 2011, 03:30:46 PM »

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