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    Quote Originally Posted by crank1979@optusnet.com.au View Post
    I'm not sure why the seat tube has been cut?
    stolen by a seat tube transplant smuggling ring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huffster View Post
    In reference to my earlier post and some follow-up guesses that this might be a tank. Here are 4 fresh pictures (of each side). I guess my only reason for being skeptical is the yellow paint. Who in the heck paints a tank school bus yellow? Anyway...here you go...
    It was likely bought by a tour-ride operator offering amphibious rides around the lake, and was painted yellow as a result.

    Abandoned when it stopped working and was cut up for steel scrap.

    A similar example is the GMC Duck (DUKW)

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    converted to an amphibious tour ride



    That's my guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huffster View Post
    ...your guess is as good as mine.


    That's the frame of a conveyor belt system. The rubber belt has probably rotted away and all is left is the frame, rollers etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill in Houston View Post
    stolen by a seat tube transplant smuggling ring.
    That does seem to be the most likely reason.

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    Failed early attempt at rear suspension?

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    This is an amazing thread. If I ever find myself on a trail which has abandoned vehicles I will surely add to it. Otherwise, I'll continue to enjoy what's already been posted.
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    Lost track of this during the summer over growth. Saw it on today's ride.
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    is that a mining car, or one of those hand-pumped rail cars? the small flanges on the wheels and the wood construction are throwing me off...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill in Houston View Post
    is that a mining car, or one of those hand-pumped rail cars? the small flanges on the wheels and the wood construction are throwing me off...
    Late 1800s mining car, you can tell the age by the old style "stuffer" boxes. I have seen these in Michigan's upper peninsula at the Quincy Mine....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarguy View Post
    Lost track of this during the summer over growth. Saw it on today's ride.
    That poor 68 cat!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilikebmx999 View Post
    That poor 68 cat!
    Was wondering what year it was. Thanks.
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    I've got a 64 so it pains me a bit to see it smashed up lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poikaa View Post
    Late 1800s mining car, you can tell the age by the old style "stuffer" boxes. I have seen these in Michigan's upper peninsula at the Quincy Mine....
    Nice. Thanks for the photo. I remember my dad telling me about those stuffer boxes and how they could catch fire if they got hot. Those must have been huge mines to use cars that big, which certainly fits for the UP.

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    That poor 68 cat!
    No kidding. I was wondering if that bumper would have salvage value. Such a distinctive shape, it would be cool just as wall art for a Pontiac fan.

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    I seem to be the "king of the obscure" here, but WTF is this? Came across it during a hike on New Year's Eve. I'm not sure it even qualifies as a vehicle.

    The only clues I have are that it was located in Sterling Forest in Tuxedo, NY on "Red Back" trail. The topo maps I have show no indication of a mine, however the hiking trail (currently covered in snow) was pretty level in this area like a rail bed or mining road. There was also a deep/long cut in the rock between the rail bed and this thing. That "cut" reminded me of many other area mines I've explored.

    Because of the rock cut and snow, I really couldn't get closer without risking injury at this time. When I first saw it, I thought it was a boat or piece of an aircraft. My best guess is something mining related.

    Let the speculation begin!
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    Millstone VT?..

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    Millstone VT....wondering what trail....have not run into that before....thx.
    There are two paths you can go by but in the long run........

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    Allaire State Park, New Jersey

    I actually know what the farm equipment is this time (old hay rake), but not the car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by huffster View Post
    I actually know what the farm equipment is this time (old hay rake), but not the car.
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    Dang - you're good! Shame that someone made off with that sweet AM radio with the push-button presets!

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    Just good google-fu, helped out by the fact that back in those days, auto makers changed the sheetmetal on their cars every single year, versus today where the cars go 7-10 years with only very minor body changes.

    The design on the door, and the dash clock were enough to go on - but it took a lot of Google image search to nail down a year/make/model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huffster View Post
    In reference to my earlier post and some follow-up guesses that this might be a tank. Here are 4 fresh pictures (of each side). I guess my only reason for being skeptical is the yellow paint. Who in the heck paints a tank school bus yellow? Anyway...here you go...

    After the second world war, a LOT of equipment was disposed of for cheap, nothing, or outright destroyed in order to eliminate the cost of maintenance. Over a hundred PT boats were hauled up on the beach in the phillipines, stripped of obviously useful things and just set on fire. A B-17 bomber in flyable condition went for around the same price as a new car, etc. Lots of tanks and armored personnel carriers and amphibious vehicles ended up bought to work on farms as tractors or in the mining and forestry industries. The same thing happened with tanks after the first world war.

    As to why paint it yellow... probably because it was used by someone that didn't need to hide it in a forest while operating... and when it came time to replace the original paint, they went with yellow. I've seen lots of old lumber vehicles and such painted yellow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by huffster View Post
    In reference to my earlier post and some follow-up guesses that this might be a tank. Here are 4 fresh pictures (of each side). I guess my only reason for being skeptical is the yellow paint. Who in the heck paints a tank school bus yellow? Anyway...here you go...
    kinda looks like a personal carrier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by huffster View Post
    In reference to my earlier post and some follow-up guesses that this might be a tank. Here are 4 fresh pictures (of each side). I guess my only reason for being skeptical is the yellow paint. Who in the heck paints a tank school bus yellow? Anyway...here you go...
    from this pic:


    Ladies and Gentlemen - I give you the U.S. Military LVT4 - amphibious landing vehicle:

    Landing Vehicle Tracked - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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    So much for my first guess...
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    Blah - someone had already ID'ed I just saw - I was working thru the thread backwards. I wasted 25 minutes goggling that thing, lol.

    My local trail is on a riverbank that floods each year, but nothing interesting has washed up.

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