That is precisely why my organization, the US army brotherhood of tankers is stepping in...Men who have worked on tanks and have that knowledge so we can repair to standard.<quoted text>
You must have your tanks confused. That tank has not and I repeat has not run in over 50 years. Kinda hard considering it has no working engine or transmission in it. The way people here take care of these things is a shame. Rumor has it unless the group starts to do a better job on the BUFF its going to be taken back also. Don't think they won't either. That's what they said about the Memphis Belle, and the Air Force took it back because they were letting it rot. Even after the city built its own island and covered building for it was not good enough. So they keeping screwing around and there won't be a tank to worry about. Just ask the guys in Verona about the crap they go through with theirs, or the AL in New Hartford. Now those guys show some pride in their charges they take care of them.
As for the price its going to be a full restore, Its going to cost quite a bit, There are a lot of damaged or missing parts. The tube needs a good punch, and cleaning, The interior is rotted. Parts of the exterior need to be fabricated, welded, cleaned, and painted. And the logistics are going to cost, I cant sand blast in the open. I need an enclosed location. I have received donations of many tools and paints, that took a large chunk out of the cost. I'm now looking at anywhere between 10k and 20k, That price included the replacement parts, moving the vehicle, And a few other surprises we are working on.
If you don't want to help out on this project that is fine. but do not ridicule me for doing it, Like i said in an earlier post, "If not Me, who. if not now, when".