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NEWS FLASH- Winter 2014

ani_red.gif (995 bytes) Iron Yankee has resurfaced at the D-Day Museum in Normandy - Click Here

ani_red.gif (995 bytes) I'm in a book...well I contributed & there's a picture of Iron Yankee - Click Here

ani_red.gif (995 bytes) There has been motion detected on the Command Car - Click Here

ani_red.gif (995 bytes) The Mutt is DONE...Check out the M151A1 MUTT restoration - New Pics 4-18-2014 Click Here

ani_red.gif (995 bytes) The Marine HUMVEE is done, check out the camo paint job & accessories - Click Here

ani_red.gif (995 bytes) Finally....something shaking lose with the Carry All restoration - Click Here

ani_red.gif (995 bytes) FIGHTING IRON delivers!  One mint restored WC56 Command Car to the Jackson Barracks in New Orleans - Click Here

ani_red.gif (995 bytes) LOOKING for something for him ? Birthday or Mid-Life Crisis - Vehicles - Jeeps, Dodges, Trucks, Parts & More - Click Here

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FIGHTING IRON, started as a WWII Half-track project, but is turning into much more.  It is now the people, the machines, and the shared common interest of bringing the past to life!

The original M3 Half-track project was built from the ground up, and like all projects, a work in progress!  This was my first venture into the WW II vintage vehicle restoration realm, but I am no stranger to heavy tracked fighting machines!!  My M3 originally started life in the White Motor Company factory way back when… destined for far off shores to support our Freedom by carrying the brave men and women who made that Freedom possible...

The Fighting Iron Group now comprises several WWII era vehicles and equipment along with dozens of enthusiastic volunteers that help in every way, shape, and form.  Follow the links to "steer" around my site.   These pages are always under construction, so stop by every now and then for an update on Fighting Iron and our other creative ventures. 
Thanks for stopping by.

Iron Yankee:  M5A1 Stuart Tank Restoration Pagelink Fighting Iron:  M3 Halftrack Restoration Pagelink Iron Man: M3A1 Halftrack Restoration Pagelink
Hammered Metal: Ford GPW "Jeep" Restoration Pagelink Iron Angel: WC-56 Dodge Command Car Restoration Pagelink

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Before I go any further, I must extend a humble debt of gratitude to the following for helping make this possible!!

ani_red.gif (995 bytes) Murphy's Auto Salvage, Rochester, MA--Thank You for helping with the Heavy Lifting & Providing a Smooth Landing!

ani_red.gif (995 bytes) Brian Cook Restorations, Old Farm Lane, Rochester, MA 02770--Thank You for the Fabrications, Painting, and all the Technical Support!

ani_red.gif (995 bytes) Craig Parker--Thank You for Coffee and Logistics Support-"Fighting Iron doesn't roll on an empty stomach"!

ani_red.gif (995 bytes) Paul Camarra-- You made IRON YANKEE come to life!

ani_red.gif (995 bytes) Andrew Harding--Long Plane Service, Custom Drive Shafts, Balancing & Parts: Acushnet, MA.

ani_red.gif (995 bytes) Christian Philbrook--Thank You for putting together & Running Fighting Iron's Website!

ani_red.gif (995 bytes) Lenny Dutra--Thank You for being the Engine and Wiring Wizard you are!

ani_red.gif (995 bytes) Dale Jones--Thank You for all the Technical Engineering & Fabrication!

ani_red.gif (995 bytes) Ken Hathaway--Thank You for all the Welding and Metal Fabrication!

ani_red.gif (995 bytes) Ben, Sam, and Ruth--Thank You for sticking with me!

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WAY OLD NEWS

NEWS FLASH- February 2009
- Iron Yankee gets a spotlight Click Here and scroll to bottom of page
- Dodge Carry-All for sale!  Click Here
- The M5A1 Stuart is DONE! Click Here
- Finally, A few pictures of the 2008 Rochester Fair  Click Here
- Update Fighting Iron's story Click Here
- New name for Hammered Metal - Crazy Iron! Click Here
- Another Friend of Fighting Iron - Iron Maiden- 1942 Bren Gun Carrier
Click Here
- New page-Dodge Carry All project by Brian Cook Click Here
- Gun Barrel Lock Ring for sale Click Here

- New to Friends of Fighting Iron -
Rescued From African Desert - M16A2 quad 50 Half Track Click Here
- Get your D-Day Invasion American Flag Windshield Stickers-For that authentic invasion look! Click Here

January 2008
- Happy New Year!
- The Command Car is making slow restoration progress Click Here  
  
- The M5A1 Stuart is back together, undergoing fine tuning Click Here
- Couple of new additions to the Links Page Click Here
- New to Friends of Fighting Iron -
Rescued From African Desert - M16A2 quad 50 Half Track Click Here
- Get your D-Day Invasion American Flag Windshield Stickers-For that authentic invasion look! Click Here


July 2006:

- Thunder Over Michigan - August 5-6 - 2nd Armored Yankee Division is headed West! Click Here
- Rochester Country Fair - August 19-20 - Come on out!  Click Here
- Added photos to the Candid page, Iron Yankee page, Hammered Metal, new websites on the Links page
- Another addition to Friends of Fighting Iron - WC12 Pick-up Truck!  Click Here
- Get your D-Day Invasion American Flag Windshield Stickers-For that authentic invasion look! Click Here

May 2006:
- Rochester Country Fair - August 19-20 - Come on out!  Click Here
- Another addition to Friends of Fighting Iron - WC12 Pick-up Truck!  Click Here
- Get your D-Day Invasion American Flag Windshield Stickers-For that authentic invasion look! Click Here

February 2006:
- Restoration underway:  M5A1 Stuart Tank "IRON YANKEE" New Pictures Added-02/09/06  Click Here
- Restoration started: 1942 Dodge WC-57 Command Car "IRON ANGEL"  Click Here
- Get your D-Day Invasion American Flag Windshield Stickers-For that authentic invasion look! Click Here

September 2005:
- Rochester Country Fair was a success.   Check out the fair's military tribute pictures Click Here
- NEW ADDITION: 1942 Dodge WC-57 Command Car "IRON ANGEL"  Click Here
- Restoration completed:  M3-37mm anti tank gun restoration  Click Here
- Restoration started:  M5A1 Stuart Tank "IRON YANKEE"  Click Here
- Get your D-Day Invasion American Flag Windshield Stickers-For that authentic invasion look! Click Here


June 2005:
-Come feast your peeps on the new addition to the Fighting Iron line-up, MY OWN TANK!  Click Here
-FOR SALE: WWII Theme Motor Court in Vermont, Camp Meade!  Click Here
-Get your D-Day Invasion American Flag Windshield Stickers-For that authentic invasion look! Click Here
-Added Military Re-enactors registration form to the Rochester Town Fair page: Click Here

May 2005:
-New addition to the Fighting Iron line-up, a 1952 1/4ton trailer! Click Here
-Started
FRIENDS of FIGHTINGIRON websites - M5A1 STUART TANK & M9A1 HALF-TRACK
-Get your D-Day Invasion American Flag Windshield Stickers-For that authentic invasion look! Click Here
-Added Military Re-enactors registration form to the Rochester Town Fair page: ROCHESTER TOWN FAIR 2005:  ARMED FORCES TRIBUTE

April 2005:
-New addition to the Fighting Iron line-up, a 1952 1/4ton trailer! Click Here
-The Dodge Power Wagons are gone......to pieces - "HA"
-Any one know someone that has information on a WWII vintage AMTRAK (LVT 1, 2, 3, or 4) ?
-Started
FRIENDS of FIGHTINGIRON websites - M5A1 STUART TANK & M9A1 HALF-TRACK
-Get your D-Day Invasion American Flag Windshield Stickers-For that authentic invasion look! Click Here
-Added more info to the Rochester Town Fair page: ROCHESTER TOWN FAIR 2005:  ARMED FORCES TRIBUTE

February 2005:
-Started FRIENDS of FIGHTINGIRON websites - M5A1 STUART TANK & M9A1 HALF-TRACK
-Get your D-Day Invasion American Flag Windshield Stickers-For that authentic invasion look! Click Here
-Added some info to the Town Fair page: ROCHESTER TOWN FAIR 2005:  ARMED FORCES TRIBUTE

January 2005:
-FORD GPW Project Hammered Metal is DONE.  Check it out HAMMERED METAL web page
-Get your D-Day Invasion American Flag Windshield Stickers-For that authentic invasion look! Click Here
-Still a few parts left on the two Dodge Power Wagons
-E-bay sales are going well, check out the shopping page for details. 
-Added some info to the Town Fair page: ROCHESTER TOWN FAIR 2005:  ARMED FORCES TRIBUTE

December 2004:
-Get your D-Day Invasion American Flag Windshield Stickers-For that authentic invasion look! Click Here
-Still a few parts left on the two Dodge Power Wagons
-E-bay sales are going well, check out the shopping page for details. 
-Added a couple new websites to the
links page.
-Getting a jump on next years activities: ROCHESTER TOWN FAIR 2005:  ARMED FORCES TRIBUTE

November 2004:
-E-bay sales are going well, check out the shopping page for details. 
-Added a couple new websites to the
links page.
-Getting a jump on next years activities: ROCHESTER TOWN FAIR 2005:  ARMED FORCES TRIBUTE

October 2004:  
- Posted Ford GPW "Jeep" Frame and Axles on Shopping Page.  
- Out for a weekend op...Check out what we found (CLICK HERE) An M5 or M5A1 Stuart Tank!  
- Picked up two Dodge Power Wagons, The "
RUSTED IRON BROS", and they're FOR SALE
- The
HOPKINTON TRACK "Iron Man" is done and gone, but not before we got some finishing photos!       
- Posted some new pics to the NORWOOD, MA
W.W.II Reenactment site. 
- HAMMERED METAL also has some new pics, so grab a cold beverage and wade on in! 

July 2004:    
-Traveled with the FI Group to Norwood, MA for a W.W.II invasion France re-enactment, what can I say, AWESOME! NORWOOD, MA 
-Also making headway on Hammered Metal.   It's not so hammered anymore!  Check out the refurbished body by Brian Cook!
HAMMERED METAL

June 2004:  
-The GUN MOUNTS are done.   "What" you say, well come on over to the shopping page to see my latest creation. SHOPPING

May 2004:  
-Making headway on the Hopkinton Track "IRON MAN".  Painting of the body is in the final stages, and we will soon start on cleaning & rebuilding the suspension, then the detail work.   Added several pictures to the bottom of the site. HOPKINTON TRACK

April 2004:
-Check out the all new MILITARY VEHICLE RESTORATION page. 
-Plus an added bonus to the HAMMERED METAL web page.  While sandblasting the GPW's donor body tub my son discovered that it had
U.S. Coast Guard markings.

April 2004: 
-I have taken on another project from a fellow Half Track enthusiast hailing from Hopkinton, MA!  Check out the newly created HOPKINTON TRACK page. 
-Also, I may be collaborating with another fellow track owner in England.  Stay tuned for further Intel. 

March 2004: 
-We hold regular sales on E-Bay - click the link then type in
HALFTRACKJARBS in the single seller box. 

July 2003: 
-Gather the troops its Independence Day, and we're going to make Parade History!  
Check out the newly created IN ACTION page for glimpse of Fighting Iron in the field.

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