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M1A1 Question
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 5:29 am
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On the top of the hull on the M1A1 there is a small plate welded on that is roughly above the personnel heater. I always thought this may have been a heater exhaust on an earlier version. But I saw a tank yesterday that had some sort of breather there. Is that an air intake for the heater?

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 6:54 am
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Wow,
That one must have missed the MWO. M1A1's originally were equipped with the Stewart-Warner or Hupp Heaters similar to the M-113A2/A3 series which drew air in from the outside. Wasn't a good idea since it sucked in a lot of dirt and reduced the heater's life. The intakes came in two versions, one being flush to the hull and the other looking like a mushroom. To this day we are still issued two heater plugs because of that, even though that intake is welded over. I was at Riley when we got the MWO to change them along with the new Prime Power Interupt system and change from bus bar for batteries to cables (apx 1993).


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 5:14 pm
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Thanks, Joe. This M1A1 came from the Tennessee National Guard so it might have been 'out there' awhile. Didn't notice it on any of the other Tennessee tanks though.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 9:38 pm
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- Joe_D
Wow,
That one must have missed the MWO. M1A1's originally were equipped with the Stewart-Warner or Hupp Heaters similar to the M-113A2/A3 series which drew air in from the outside. Wasn't a good idea since it sucked in a lot of dirt and reduced the heater's life. The intakes came in two versions, one being flush to the hull and the other looking like a mushroom. To this day we are still issued two heater plugs because of that, even though that intake is welded over. I was at Riley when we got the MWO to change them along with the new Prime Power Interupt system and change from bus bar for batteries to cables (apx 1993).
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The 'Mushroom' breather....I forgot about that.

Remember the intake hidden by the trim for the skirt? If you mistakenly opened that skirt while at the washrack,....oppps another inop personnel heater.

I became a Heater 'SME' during those days (87-88) that extended to Korea(91-92). I'll be damned if I was gonna be cold (in the field) due to lack of preparation.... Cool

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