We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
The Hellcat was a pretty innovative AFV. Where most other WWII Allied and Axis tanks needed a gantry crane or recovery vehicle with crane to remove the engine or transmission for maintenance, the Hellcat's engine and transmission were unitized and on rails so they were easily accessible without a crane.
Couldn't find an actual pic of the engine removed but still on the rails.
interesting. Just drop down the tailgate and slide it out.
They weren't so perfect. The Army demanded Harley build a clone of the BMW R75:
During WWII, the U.S. Army asked Harley-Davidson to design a specification of a motorcycle much like the BMWs used by German forces, with shaft drive, a boxer engine, and several other features that made the BMWs exceptionally reliable and low-maintenance machines...
^ Beautiful indeed.
Those are some really big pushrods.
Here is another photo of the flying Hellcats of 1944:
( By USN; - Originally from en.wikipedia; description page is/was here; U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation photo No. 2011.003.274.018, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3078727 )
Here is its air cooled radial engine:
( By Highflier - Self-made taken at the USAF Museum; Dayton, OH, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2550566 )
Sooo how does one acquire a tank? And do you need a tank license? How did he drive it to car shows?
http://www.mortarinvestments.eu/prod...2#currency=USD. In the UK there are a few AFV's that are street legal.
Fun fact: radial engines like this are almost always odd numbered in a given bank. As I understand it this made plug firing easy, skip every other cylinder for two rotations and you get all of them with a single throw. To add banks, change the crank to add a throw and put the guts in a new case.
Lots of these bikes got left behind by the Germans when they left Greece, and the Greeks made good use of them. They were so rugged, they basically turned them into 3-wheeled pickup trucks and used them to haul everything including construction material. When I needed a differential for my bike, I finally quit looking in Greece because they were all worn too badly - the coupling splines on all the ones I looked at were worn to a "V" shape.
I didn't know the sidecar wheel was driven, I guess I'll be on my knees peeking under that local Ural next time I see it.
Mine was actually a Neval, a British-modified Ukrainian motorcycle, if that gives some idea of the build quality and reliability
2002 Harley Fat Boy, 2004 Yukon XL Denali, 1993 F-250