SECTION IV. Welding Expedients
Battlefield repairs requiring welding can be done by using the auxiliary generator (Little
Joe) from the M88 or generator recovery vehicle if a regular welder is not available.
q Possible degraded armor protection
q Auxiliary generator (24 vdc)
q Control unit from a welder or similar control
q Welders helmet and gloves
q Welding rod, coat hangers, or barbed wire
q Heavy gauge cable (2.0 gauge or larger)
q Vise grips or clamps
q Fuel line
q 2 soldier
q 1-2 hours
q Use uncontrolled amperage
q Weld using vehicle battery power
1. Remove auxiliary generator from M88 recovery vehicle and place close to area to be
welded. Connect heavy gauge cables to (+) and (-) output posts. Also connect control
unit to (+) and (-) output posts. Tighten terminal securely.
2. Connect negative (-) cable to tank hull with clamp close to area to be welded.
Connect welding rod to positive (+) cable with vise grips. Insulate vise grips with
gloves, rags, or several layers of dry paper.
Use welder's helmet to protect eyes and face from arc. Do not
touch exposed cable or vise grips with bare hands; metal
gets very hot. Do not perform this task in rain or on wet ground
because of electrical shock hazard.