A Working Visit to the Tank Farm

October 16, 2010 - 7 Comments

by Jim Barnes

This one is a little late, but it has been a busy summer and fall (so far). On July 12-13, Bill Donegan and I drove to the Virginia Military Vehicles Museum to work as volunteers. The ‘Tank Farm,’ as it is also known, is located near Manassas, Virginia and contains an amazing collection of 20th Century military vehicles. These are mostly from WWII up, but they they are in the process of restoring a WWI tank. Nearly all of the vehicles are in running condition. All in all, it is an amazing place.

However, like most museum collections, they just don’t have enough money to do everything that they need done. This is where volunteers come in. We went with the objective of working on whatever project the staff needed us to do at that particular time. That turned out to be paint prep on the mine plow for an East German T-72 tank. This was demanding to say the least and did remind me why I had never taken up auto body work as a vocation. We had the use of power tools such as electric sanders and wire brush, but much of the job required good old-fashioned elbow grease.

As the pictures show, The Tank Farm has a heck of a collection of military vehicles and it was a privilege to get to work on one of them, demanding as it was. I hope to get back down there again in the coming months to help with this amazing collection of historical equipment.

Comments (7)


October 17th, 2010 at 5:41 pm    

Wonderful you guys! It’s a great museum. Really enjoyed seeing all those fine pieces down there at Tank Farm this year.
Your work really showed.

Let’s not forget how important the volunteers are as there is still much work needed to be done. Wish I lived closer.

Jim Barnes

October 18th, 2010 at 8:20 am    

Thanks Mike,

I hope to make it down there more than once next year.

Bill Donegan

October 18th, 2010 at 9:22 am    

Hi Jim,

Thanks for posting my pretty face again, this time in Russian uniform. Hope no body thinks I’m a Communist when I run for congress. Te He.

Just sent your contact info to a man named Fritz who is interested in VS.

Thanks Tovaritsch,


Bill Donegan

October 18th, 2010 at 9:26 am    

I just noted that you had posted more photos of me than I thought. Do any of those uniforms make me look fat?

I’m going back on weight watchers.


Jim Barnes

October 18th, 2010 at 10:03 am    

I was hoping you could be our centerfold! 🙂


October 18th, 2010 at 1:24 pm    

Yeah, like that’ll get him elected!

Jim Barnes

October 23rd, 2010 at 5:32 pm    

You haven’t seen his legs! :0

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