Universal Carrier T16.

Since the T16 was intended for British use, the driver sat on the right side of the vehicle. The gunner sat beside him on the left, behind the armored shield, and two passengers could sit in the rear. Note the orientation of the suspension springs on this machine; the rear bogie would be reversed on a T16E2. (Picture from Catalogue of Standard Ordnance Items, 2nd edition 1944, volume 1.)

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Universal Carrier T16 at the Virginia Museum of Military Vehicles.

Like the vehicle in the catalogue image above, the orientation of the suspension springs reveal that this machine is also a T16. A siren is mounted on the right front fender in both images.

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Universal Carrier T16 at the Virginia Museum of Military Vehicles.

A stowage box is mounted above the towing hook assembly, and pioneer tools are mounted below the tow hook. The engine exhaust pipes can be seen protruding over the top of the vehicle, and a Bren gun tripod is stowed above these. Towing eyes are attached to the hull rear just above the rear fenders.

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Universal Carrier T16 at the Virginia Museum of Military Vehicles.

This picture is looking in over the edge of the vehicle's right side. Details of the engine access panels and passenger compartment layout are revealed.

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Universal Carrier T16 at the Virginia Museum of Military Vehicles.

The driver's and gunner's positions are shown here. Both seats were adjustable, and both men were provided with shuttered vision slots. A cylindrical fire extinguisher is stowed vertically in the front right corner of the gunner's area.

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Universal Carrier T16 at the Virginia Museum of Military Vehicles.

The driver's controls are highlighted in this image. British universal carriers featured a steering wheel that went along with the track bending system found on those vehicles, but the T16 used a more conventional controlled differential to steer. The black-tipped gearshift lever is closest to the camera; reverse is currently selected. Fourth and second gears are found in the forward left and right positions, respectively, and third and first gears are found in the rearward left and right positions. The steering levers are the inboard pair of vertical levers, while the outboard pair are the left and right sprocket hub brake levers. The oval pedal closest to the camera is the clutch, the brake is the oval pedal beyond the clutch, and the foot throttle is the rectangular pedal somewhat hidden by the left hand sprocket hub brake lever. The lever between the steering levers and foot pedals is the parking brake.

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Universal Carrier T16 at the Virginia Museum of Military Vehicles.

The driver's instrument panel is shown here. The large dial at the bottom of the panel is the speedometer, and beside the speedometer but mostly hidden by the padding around the driver's vision slot is the fuel gage tank selector switch. The middle row is made up of, left to right, the fuel level gage and the ammeter. The top row, left to right, is the engine oil pressure gage and the engine temperature gage. A utility socket is found above the engine temperature gage. The topmost switch on the rear of the panel is the headlamp beam selector button; below this is the light switch. The two red buttons are the circuit breaker reset buttons for the siren and lights, from left to right. Between and below these buttons is the starter button, and the large switch below the starter is the ignition switch.

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Universal Carrier T16 at the American Armoured Foundation Tank Museum.

Details of the rear Horstmann-type suspension bogie and drive sprocket can be seen here. Each bogie was topped by a return roller.

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