M10 Tank Destroyer Restoration Project
THE RE-BUILD IS FINISHED
ARMAMENT: 76 MM
WEIGHT 28.6 Tons
LENGTH 19ft 7in (With Gun)
HEIGHT 8ft 2in
POWER PLANT 2 GM S6-71 DIESELS
SPEED 30 MPH
RANGE 200 Miles
M10 BREAK DOWN
|Bob Bruggeman holding down the gun tube so the gun can be removed from the turret.||With the gun removed it will be a tough job to remove it from the mantelet.||Removing the mantelet from the gun tube took a lot of heat and pounding.|
|With the gun removed, now it is time to lift off the turret.||Robert lifting off the turret using a large fork lift.||The hull is ready to pull into the shop to be stripped of running gear.|
|The turret is removed and now ready for sand blasting. You can see the M10 tracks in the back ground.||Another view of the turret , the pins mount the mantelet which mounts the 3 inch gun.||
Looking down the left side with first two sets of road wheels removed.
|View of right side, engines and drive will be removed so the hull can be sand blasted.||Top view showing turret ring and gear teeth that are used to rotate the turret.||
Seats, steering levers, engine controls have been removed. The transmission and final drive need to removed.
|The twin GM S6-71 Diesels will be removed.||John Billeter and Marc Sehring removing a set of road wheels.||
The road wheels are loaded by a set of vertical volute springs that allow the road wheels movement.
|Robert Toles and John Billeter taking apart a road wheel set. Care must be exercised as the springs decompress parts can be hurled with force.||The springs removed from road wheel sets. After 60 years of being compressed they were still very strong.||Track drive sprocket removed from the final drive.|
|Removing the hubs from the final drive proved to be a tough job. After heating and pounding they finally gave in.||The final drive gear cluster now off lets us see the final drive train. About 30 gallons of oil had to be drained off.||A view of the track brake on the final drive.|
|The track brake. As the brake is applied power is transferred to the other track through the differential gear train causing the tank to turn.||Looking in the final drive cavity, notice the differential gears.||Final drive hubs and reduction gear assembly ready to be cleaned and serviced.|
|Robert connecting a chain hoist to remove the transmission.||John prying off the bow which had almost fused to the hull.||With the bow removed the transmission can now be removed.|
As the restoration progresses we will add more pictures.
|Looking at the rear of the bow with the differential exposed. Bearings will now be tested and replaced if needed.|