|Type: Hand Cart, Utility
Government Number: XXX
Manufacturer: John Wood Mfg. Co.
Date of Delivery: 1943
Serial Number: 19602
Parts Manual: ORD 9 SNL A-42
Maintenance Manual: XXX
|M3A4 Utility Hand Cart - tow bar support, above photo.
This tow bar support was obtained to restore the broken support on the bar of this M3A4 Cart.
This casting is mounted on the bottom of the cart body between the axle support assembly. On the side of the aluminum
casting is the part number "C66291".
|M3A4 Hand Cart, Utility - above two photos.
The left photo is the M3A4 Hand Cart, Utility from the Ordnance Supply Catalog, List of Parts ORD 9 SNL A-42.
The right photo is a 1943 M3A4 Hand Cart, Utility made by John Wood Manufacturing Company, Serial Number
19602 in the QuestMasters Museum Collection. This cart was restored with the Preparation for Overseas
Movement (POM) code Green/Yellow/Green 44443, Build-Up Priority Table List A, for B Company, 507th
Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division.
The C-47A 43-15137 in the QuestMasters Museum collection dropped B/507 as Chalk 40 into Normandy for
Operation Overlord on June 6th 1944.
|M3A4 Hand Cart, Utility prior to restoration - above two photos.
|Restored 1943 M3A4 Hand Cart, Utility made by John Wood Manufacturing Company, Serial Number 19602 - above two photos.
The paint used for the restoration of this Hand Cart is made by TM9 Ordnance Products LLC, Synthetic Lusterless Enamel,
Olive Drab Shade #8.
|Restored 1943 M3A4 Hand Cart, Utility made by John Wood Manufacturing Company, Serial Number 19602 - above photo.
The cart is shown with an A-5 Aerial Delivery Container with A-1 Lamp with yellow lens and yellow parachute. The yellow color
denoted that the contents of this container contained ordnance supplies such as ammunition. Colored lamps and parachutes
were used for easy recognition of parapacks or containers during recovery.
|PRIOR TO RESTORATION:
|Restored 5/16"-24 x 1" slotted truss head bolts with lock washers and castle nuts, above left photo.
Each bolt on this hand cart was sand blasted and finished in parkerized "raven" finish and left unpainted during restoration to
simulate the original assembly in the John Wood Mfg Company.
Details of the hand cart during restoration and assembly, above right photo.
|Original M3A4 Hand Cart tires and rims after restoration, above photo.
These original tires are marked Firestone, Implement 4-Ply, Military, Gum Dipped, S-3 4.00-12