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|Find an area that has not been disturbed like behind your front lever shocks. Ususally the original paint is under there, mine was. My half-track was originally paint a color that Army Jeep Parts (www.armyjeepparts.com) sells, it is called AJP WWII Semi-gloss and it was used from 1944 thru 1957. It is a good bet that it is the same color that your M16A2 was painted. From what I have discovered M16A2 were "converted" from M16's (hence the fold down armor at the top)to include a rear door. These conversions were done in the late 1950's. I have photo of a M16A2 that shows the rear door and it has stenciling on it indicating it was re-built in 1958. Read next post.....||Ron Leatherman||01/10/06|
|Since these were converted in the late '50's there is a chance that it could have also been painted 24087 semi-gloss that was used from 1957 and up. There were only 400 or so of these made, so you have a rare bird there. Do some investigating on your machince before you strip all the paint off, for there is a story under it. And if you do careful wet sanding on your hood and bumpers were the serial and unit numbers were placed, you may even find them, for I did! Ron Leatherman www.mv-restoration.com||Ron Leatherman||01/10/06|