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M50/M51 Engine Deck questions.

August 24 2017 at 8:06 PM
Joel Smith  (Login F4U1D)
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When the M50 Sherman Tanks went through overhaul and were fitted with the diesel engine and HVSS suspension, did the Israelis use the same design of engine deck as used on the M51 Shermans? Thanks in advance for any and all help, Joel

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Greg Buechler
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Generally speaking, yes

August 24 2017, 9:10 PM 

It appears that most M50s did have the same forward section, usually made by cutting an M4/M4A1 deck in half (including the hinged, armored cover), swapping sides, and welding a spacer in the middle. The length of the rear section would vary, with the M4A4-based tanks having a longer panel. Some M50s did have a deck variation made of steel plate, and those decks are easily identified by the bullet splash rails and hinged armored lids. The flat-plate decks have square-cornered splash rails and armored lids. There is also a variation of this type where the shape of the splash rail mimics the original M4/M4A1 shape, but made with plates instead so the angles are sharp and not rounded.

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