Trip out west – May 2011 This is the first view as we pulled up and stopped the truck. This one was #2. Ryan hooking up the strap to pull it out of the sand. Camera malfunction looking at track #1. Number 3 … ended up leaving it where it sat. Stripped good parts off it. It was used by a house mover and it was destroyed. #4 is an early M2 and it made the trip home. Nice GTB cargo box also made the trip. Can you see #5? That’s it laying out in the swamp ground … … Buried. Actually, a fitting end to this poor thing. We started pullling the parts from the building and getting the truck and trailer ready for the trip home. The GTB box was a good storage facility for all the small parts. Most of the extra armor went in the truck. The 3 runners lined up waiting for loading. Two NOS tracks on the back of this one. Original US production! We had a bit of trouble finding the right guy to do the loading, but once we did, it went smooth. We were 24 miles out in the prairie from the nearest town on one of the worst roads I have ever been on. It is amazing how far the horizon is out there. This picture was trying to show that. Didn’t do it justice. Number 4 and number 5 pulled out for loading. One down, 4 to go. Number 4 getting picked. Number 5 getting set on top, bridging the gap. Chaining down the load and the truck headed out to MN. I spotted this M38A1 on the way down to the 1/2 tracks. Stopped on the way back to inquire. Ended up buying it too. Good thing– we were too tongue heavy on the trailer and this made a nice ballast. Very nice clean, rust free western metal. Ballast in place, headed for home … but wait … we found another yard on the way. And, WHAT a yard it was! I am always impressed by what we find and the good condition of the finds out west. Do you recognize what is in front of the tractor? Perhaps looking at this seat will help. Yes, it is what was left of a Cletrac. We did not go far and found this. The missing track was also located. Another 100 yards and look what Ryan found. He was on the run when he spied this … a very early WC56. Around the corner from the WC were two M715’s. We also found lots of Army Corps of Engineer equipment. Always interesting stuff, even if you are not into it. We were not sure what this little 1/4 ton trailer was. Have never seen one that had a ridged offset lunette. There were a number of these graders in the yard. From the picked clean to almost complete. 5 ton dumper. This is yet another yard closer toward home. Lots and Lots of civilian cars and trucks like this. Nice old Pilot House Dodges. 1-1/2 Ton chevy box found. Also found the truck. Too far gone to save, but it had some nice donor parts. Spare carrier, window screen, early Chevrolet engine side panels. The first truck arrives back in MN. Finishing load one, and load two pulled in right behind. Perfect timing. My buddy Don coming to check it out. He is normally on these trips with me, but he had other commitments this week and was bummed he missed it. This early M2 got sold on the way home. Luckily, when it got back here, the mother raccoon living in the armored floor with her babies moved out before it got loaded. She was pretty torqued off that we disturbed her nest.