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Circleville, OH M32 TRV
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ShermanWasRight
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:48 pm
Post subject: Circleville, OH M32 TRV

First saw this one back in 2008, well before I even knew of the AFV register. Been wanting to visit ever since, and finally got the chance today. I checked against both SN guides and wasn't able to locate anything in the usual spots, unfortunately.

American Legion Post #137
23363 US 23, Circleville, OH
39.589935,-82.954588

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I assume the device on the right...er...sprocket thingy (i've forgotten my tank terminology at the moment) is for a crane, but why would there only be one on the right side?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 4:25 am
Post subject: Re: Circleville, OH M32 TRV

By 'sproket thingy' Do you mean the 'Sherman Comb'?

web.inter.nl.net/users...4/comb.htm

For the whole story

Edit - After re reading your posting and contemplating it for a few minutes I think you mean the plate with a whole in it mounted on the drive sproket. I believe that was used as a 'power takeoff' point to either raise the crane jib or to provide winching power in addition to the main PTO cable that feeds through the opening in theglacias above the final drive.
I could see it being used in recovery operations where a cable hooked to it would wind in or out (depending how it was fed) and spool around the extended shaft outboard of the drive sproket. It appears on every M32 I can think of

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 6:14 am
Post subject: Re: Circleville, OH M32 TRV

No He means the capstan on the sprocket that was used to raise and lower the boom.

Mike Haines
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 8:01 am
Post subject: Re: Circleville, OH M32 TRV

This one is a Ford-engined M32B3.

As the boys said, the oblong capstan on the right track sprocket was used just to move the jib boom from the rear (stowed) position to the front (lifting) position. There was a nice set of drawings in an older Mlitary Modeling magazine that showed the process. Note that the jib boom (removed from this vehicle) had a lifting quadrant on the right side. Basically a cable was run between capstan and lifting quadrant, vehicle drives forward slightly, boom is now in the raised position - crude but effective.
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