||LVT-3 "Bushmaster" (1943)|
The Bushmaster was powered by two engines, one in each sponson, that
connected trough a hydraumatic transmission to a final drive in the
front of the tractor.
The hydraumatic has four forward and one reverse speed. In DR mode the hydraumatic shifted automaticly to the several forward speeds. In low the automatic shifting was limited to first and second gear.
The hull was divided into a driving compartment and the cargo compartment. The gunners had a step at the front of the cargo compartment just behind the drivers seat.
Driver seat in LVT 3, the driver sits in the middle with the co driver on his right.
3 safety glass windows where provided in the front of the cab. There were also two side windows.
tracks on the LVT 3 are rubber bushed where the other models had a dry
pin type. There where 103 track plates 12 in wide per side the others
have 73 and those are 14 in wide.
But the LVT 3 functioned as well or better in spite of the narrow tracks.
|The LVT-3 had a fluid drive so that the driver did not need to shift gears much.
Engines: 2 x 110 hp Cadillac V8 one on each side
Gearboxes: 2 x 4 speed Hydramatics one on each side
Speed land: 28 water: 10 km/h
Length: 8075 width 3860 heigth: 3000 mm
Weigth: 13900 load: 3365 kg
|Interesting detail is that it had a hand operated ramp in the back not at the front as the landing crafts and many other amphibians have.|
In 1949 the bushmaster was modernized by an armoured cover over the cargo bay.
and then it became the LVT-3C.
| The LVT-3 was a new design of an amphibious vehicle.
It's saw it first use at Okinawa in 1945.
The LVT-3 was developed by the Borg-Warner Company.
2962 where built between 1943 and 1945 by Ingersoll and Graham-Paige.
All the photos and information on this page where send in by George Ashbaugh.