Half-track Car M2.

The shorter body of the half-track car M2 compared to its personnel carrier M3 cousin can be seen in this view. The side ammunition compartment is open, showing the shelving inside. The mine rack on the M2 was necessarily shorter than that found on the personnel carrier half-tracks due to these compartments. The machine gun skate rail can be seen between the windshield and the passenger compartment, and the groups of four screws near the top of the rear compartment armor attach the skate rail to the vehicle. This vehicle has the double coil idler spring, demountable headlights, and is fitted with a roller. The armored windshield flap is raised, and an antenna mount rises from the rear compartment. (Picture from Standard Nomenclature List G-102.)

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Half-track Car M2.

All stowage bins are opened in this half-track. The seat cushions could be swung upwards, the top shelves of the ammunition stowage compartments are visible, and floor stowage was available as well. This vehicle has the smaller, later headlights and is equipped with a winch. Mine racks are also present on the sides of the passenger compartment. The right-angled corners of the fighting compartment are apparent, and the skate rails for the two machine guns can be seen inside the passenger compartment. The vehicle's fuel tanks can be seen in the rear corners of the passenger compartment. (Picture from TM 9-710 Basic Half-Track Vehicles (White, Autocar, and Diamond T).)

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Half-track Car M2.

The stowage compartments are closed in this image, showing the seating arrangement of 3 in the cab and 7 in the rear compartment. Two machine gun carriages are mounted on the skate rail at the rear of the vehicle. (Picture from Standard Nomenclature List G-102.)

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Half-track Car M2.

The front suspension consisted of semi-elliptical leaf springs, and each wheel also was connected to a shock absorber. The legend is as follows: A. Shackle. B. Rear anchor bracket. C. Shackle pins. D. Adjusting indicator. E. Shock absorber. F. Filler plug. G. Spring bumper block. H. Connecting link. I. Front shackle bracket. J. U-bolts. K. Front axle bracket. L. Tapered shim. (Picture from TM 9-710 Basic Half-Track Vehicles (White, Autocar, and Diamond T).)

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Half-track Car M2.

Details of the mounting of the single coil idler wheel spring can be seen here. (Picture from TM 9-710 Basic Half-Track Vehicles (White, Autocar, and Diamond T).)

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Half-track Car M2.

The shorter and stouter double coil idler spring assembly can be contrasted with the image above. The legend is: A. Idler spring bracket. B. Idler post bracket. C. Idler post. D. Idler spring. E. Adjusting nut. F. Jam nut. G. Idler adjusting screw. H. Anchor pin bolt. I. Idler stop screw. (Picture from TM 9-710 Basic Half-Track Vehicles (White, Autocar, and Diamond T).)

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Half-track Car M2.

The White 160AC was an L-head type engine with a 386in³ (6330cc) displacement. Cylinder bore was 4" (10cm), stroke was 5.125" (13.02cm), and compression ratio was 6.44:1. (Picture from TM 9-710 Basic Half-Track Vehicles (White, Autocar, and Diamond T).)

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Half-track Car M2A1.

The machine gun skate rail has been replaced by the .50cal ring mount on the front, and three pintle mounts in the passenger compartment could mount the .30cal MG. The armor protection for the ring mount gunner did not continue all the way around, as can be seen in this image. (Picture from TM 9-710 Basic Half-Track Vehicles (White, Autocar, and Diamond T).)

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Half-track Car M2A1 at the Virginia Museum of Military Vehicles.

"Nanny Goat" has been fitted with folding stowage racks at the rear, and the shorter half-track car body necessitated that the racks be angled outward in order to attach to the rear bumper. The rear machine gun pintle is occupied; other machine gun mounts were available on each side of the rear compartment. The solid triangular side pieces on the rear bumpers mark this vehicle as being manufactured by Autocar. Vehicles manufactured by White had open triangular pieces.

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Half-track Car M2A1.

A towing pintle hook can be seen on the vehicle's rear, and tripods for the .50cal and .30cal machine guns were usually stowed on the rear of the half-track along with bows for the passenger compartment cover. This half-track is fitted with the early, larger headlights. (Picture from TM 9-710 Basic Half-Track Vehicles (White, Autocar, and Diamond T).)

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