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Allis Chalmers model B in US Army service?

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Matt Rimmer

08-10-2004 13:56:30

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I collect and restore WW2 US military vehicles but I am also interested in old tractors.I reciently found reference to a US Army manual printed in 1942 which is,TM9-782 Tractor,Light,Wheeled.AC Model B.

I would be interested to know what the US Military used AC model B tractors for,how many they had and if they used standard tractors or ones modified for military use and if so what kind of modifications were made.

Any input on this would be great.
Many thanks!

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08-12-2004 22:43:07

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 Re: Allis Chalmers model B in US Army service? in reply to Matt Rimmer, 08-10-2004 13:56:30  
Just a guess, there probably is no record of how many AC B's were purchased by the military. The purchasing of a tractor or tractors for a military base probably would have been done by the installation rather the Department of Defense. It wasn't until the late 70's or early 80's that property books (inventories of equipment) were computerized.

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08-12-2004 22:32:17

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 Re: Allis Chalmers model B in US Army service? in reply to Matt Rimmer, 08-10-2004 13:56:30  
The U.S. military currently uses farm tractors for grounds maintenance on some bases.

Annapolis Maryland, Naval Academy has/had a dairy farm, kept their goat (mascot) there as well as conducted farming operations. There were several tractors on the farm the times I visited. The U.S military/government has had at various times dairy operations in other countries. Panama and Korea for sure.

VA hospitals conducted farming operations.

You might ask some WWII vets, but I recall conversations about the military conducting classes in mechanics and farming activities after the war ended.

Just a guess, I don't think the tractors would have been modified for war time use. Most of the construction equipment (dozers, cranes, etc.), when I was in, was utilized as it came from the factory.

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Dick L

08-10-2004 19:01:31

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 Re: Allis Chalmers model B in US Army service? in reply to Matt Rimmer, 08-10-2004 13:56:30  
I bought a CA that had been owned and used on a military base. The fellow that I bought it from said that it had the gas tank shot full of holes. I didn't see the tank but the front had been run into by someting that smashed the grill sidways. The engine was like new when I opened it up.

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