Armored Car T17 Deerhound1-4

T17: General
Date of first acceptance 1942 Total acceptances 250
Manufacturer Ford Motor Co. Crew
5 men:
  • Commander in turret left rear
  • Gunner in turret left front
  • Loader in turret right
  • Driver in hull left front
  • Assistant driver in hull right front
T17: Dimensions
Combat weight 32,000lbs
14,500kg
Height 91"
230cm
Length 218"
554cm
Width 102"
259cm
Tread 86"
220cm
Wheelbase Front to center axle: 96"
Front to rear axle: 146"
Front to center axle: 240cm
Front to rear axle: 371cm
Ground clearance 13.5"
34.3cm
Fire Height 78"
200cm
Turret ring diameter 54"
140cm
Ground pressure, zero penetration 70psi
4.9kg/cm²
T17: Armament
Type Mount Ammunition Traverse Max traverse rate Elevation
37mm Gun M6 M24 in turret 111 rounds 360°
(manual and hydraulic)
18°/sec +45° to -10°
(manual)
.30cal M1919A4 MG Flexible on turret AA mount 4750 rounds 360°
(manual)
-- Manual
.30cal M1919A4 MG Coaxial to 37mm gun 360°
(manual and hydraulic)
18°/sec +45° to -10°
(manual)
.30cal M1919A4 MG Ball mount in right bow Manual -- Manual
Stabilizer
Elevation only
T17: Armor
Assembly
Welding
Hull
Rolled and cast homogeneous steel
Location Thickness Angle from vertical
Upper front .75"
1.9cm
42°
Middle front .75"
1.9cm
57°
Lower front .75"
1.9cm
45°
Sides .75"
1.9cm
22°
Rear .50"
1.3cm
10°
Front top .625"
1.59cm
90°
Rear top .375"
.953cm
85°
Floor .25"
.64cm
90°
Turret
Cast homogeneous steel
Location Thickness Angle from vertical
Gun shield 1.0"
2.5cm
0° to 52°
Front 1.25"
3.18cm
45°
Sides 1.25"
3.18cm
22°
Rear 1.25"
3.18cm
12°
Top .75"
1.9cm
90°
T17: Automotive
Engine Twin Hercules JXD; 6 cylinder, 4 cycle, in-line gasoline
Horsepower Net: 220@3200rpm
(110/engine)
Torque Net: 440 ft-lb@1150rpm
(220/engine)
Fuel capacity 75gal
280L
Transmission Twin synchronized, selective sliding gear, 4 speeds forward, 1 reverse
Steering Steering wheel
Brakes Hydraulic, internal expanding
T17: Suspension
Type Road wheels Shock absorbers
Leaf spring 3/side On each wheel
T17: Performance
Max level road speed 60mph
97kph
Max trench 18"
46cm
Max grade 60% Max vertical obstacle 18"
46cm
Min turning diameter 60'
18m
Max fording depth 32"
81cm
Cruising range ~350mi, roads
~560km, roads

The T17 was a 6x6 armored car design submitted by Ford for a British proposal, but its large size and weight ultimately caused the T17E1 design by Chevrolet to be chosen for production. The British dubbed the T17 the Deerhound, but none were actually sent to them. All 250 T17s were kept in the US for use by military police after removal of the 37mm guns.

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References

  1. Hunnicutt, R.P. Armored Car: A History of American Wheeled Combat Vehicles. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 2002. Reprinted from Armored Car, R.P. Hunnicutt ©2002, available from Presidio Press, 505B San Martin Drive, Suite 160, Novato, CA 94945.
  2. TM 9-740 Armored Car T17. Washington, DC: War Department, 2 November 1942.
  3. Catalogue of Standard Ordnance Items, 2nd edition 1944, volume 1. Washington, DC: Office of the Chief of Ordnance Technical Division, 1 June 1945.
  4. Crismon, Fred W. U.S. Military Wheeled Vehicles. Minneapolis: Victory Publishing, Ltd., 2001.

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