>But I had never seen one with CDP track before, clearly a re-used Grizzly
>or Sexton chassis. Madill being a Canadian firm, one would expect to see
>more of them.
I didn't look through the whole thing; were their any with 3-piece diffs
like the Grizzlies & some early Sextons had?
There are about 60 M4A2(76)HVSS on display as monuments throughout Canada.
Most of the ones I've examined don't have engines. One of the Madill
brochures states one of their models was powered by the GM twin diesel, so
maybe that was their source? Peter Ford from Saskatoon published a list in
Army Motors #47 of the 90 M5A1 Stuarts that Canada bought in 1946 for $831
each. That was an enormous help to the research as it listed the Serial &
Registration Number of each unit. I've been hoping a similar list of the
300 M4A2(76)HVSS they bought would come to light. Perhaps Madill bought a
bunch of those Shermans & has some receipts? The photo of the Mary Ann
differentials laying around an abandoned logging camp made me want to jump
into the photo & check the front of them for the tank serial number.
A friend saw some kind of oil rig contraption on an HVSS chassis while
driving through Contact, Nev. a few years back.
Sent: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 11:05 AM
Subject: Re: [G104] Shermans into ploughshares: Madill yarders
> That's what I thought, Joe.
> Having seen many pictures of yarders, at least the ones sporting HVSS all
> seem to have newly fabricated longer/wider hulls. But looking at the ones
> with the VVSS, it seems at least some (if not all) of them use the
> original cut-down hull. >
> Many years ago ('t was in the pre-internet age, IIRC...) I was sent a
> picture of a cut down Sexton in Canada. Only a lower hull in perfect
> running condition remained. I always wondered why one would cut down a
> Sexton? Later I could put two and two together.
> Indeed the abundance of lower hulls in Alaska would enable an avid
> collector enough parts to fabricate any Sherman-based AFV. But maybe the
> older logging equipment will become collectibles themselves one day?
> Op Di, 30 augustus, 2011 4:30 pm schreef Joe DeMarco:
>> Very interesting, Hanno.
>> I think it would be good if there was at least one Sherman in every State
>> of the Union. Don't know of any in Alaska, but from Contract Logger's
>> there are quite a few lower hulls...
>> From: "Hanno Spoelstra" <HL.Spoelstra@...>
>> Sent: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 3:16 AM
>> To: "Sherman Register mailing list" <G104@yahoogroups.com>
>> Subject: [G104] Shermans into ploughshares: Madill yarders
>>> Ref. http://web.inter.nl.net/users/spoelstra/g104/ploughshare.htm
>>> smit h-Founded-in-1911-in-Nanaimo-BC/page68 for pictures of Madill
>>> Yarders on
>>> Sherman chassis. There's even one on a Grizzly/Sexton chassis.