2001 - Volume #25, Issue #3, Page #34[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Pickup Mounted On Army Tank Tracks
The tank itself was originally owned by a farmer near Pana, Ill., who actually used it in the field. He sold it to another guy who replaced the tank turret with a Chevrolet pickup body. The tank truck was operational when it was sold to Robert Smith of Cowden, who owns it now.
The original tank was actually a 21,000-lb. armored personnel carrier known as an M 45 APC. The original tank engine was bad so it was replaced with a 440 Chrysler motor. The tracks and transmission are in good shape and it's rigged up to steer with two levers.
At this time the tank truck is not running since the engine needs work. Smith has it standing on the road as a conversation piece. He plans to get it running again soon.
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