2-53. CARGO SHELL DOOR OPERATION
Never open one end of the cargo shell door without first ensuring
that the opposite end is securely closed. Not doing so may cause
both ends to open at the same time, causing damage to equipment,
mission abort, or injury to personnel.
a. General. The cargo shell door is a double-actuating door that pivots at
either end. When door forward latch is released from inside vehicle, door opens
rearward and functions as a TOW loaders door to facilitate mounting of TOW
launcher, missile loading, and missile reloading. When door rear latch is released,
door opens forward and permits access to cargo area from rear of vehicle for
stowing the TOW launcher and equipment or ground mounting TOW launcher.
For ease of operation, a grab-hold loop can be attached to the cargo
door strap at the discretion of unit commander. Notify unit
maintenance for installation of grab-hold loop.
b. Raising and Lowering Rear End of Cargo Shell Door.
(1) Turn locking device (6) to the lock position to ensure that forward end of
cargo shell door (2) is locked. Pull door handle (1) upward and release. Push
door (2) open, until door (2) will open automatically to FULL OPEN position.
(2) Pull on strap (3) to lower door (2) then slam shut. Ensure door (2) is
locked by observing alignment of door surface with cargo shell surface side and
bottom edges (4).
c. Raising and Lowering Forward End of Cargo Shell Door.
(1) Turn locking device (6) to unlock position and pull door forward latch (5)
downward and release. Push door (2) open with grab handle (7) until door (2) will
open automatically to full open position.
(2) Pull down on grab handle (7) to lower door (2), then pull shut. Ensure
door (2) is locked by observing position of striker pins (8) and latch (9) engagement
while pushing and pulling on grab handle (7).
(3) Turn locking device (6) to lock forward end of cargo shell door (2).
Section VI. TOW/ARMAMENT CARRIER OPERATION
a. This section provides operating instructions for components found on M966,
M966A1, M1036, M1045, M1045A1, M1045A2, M1046, M1046A1, and M1121
TOW carriers and on M1025, M1025A1, M1025A2, M1026, M1026A1, M1043,
M1043A1, M1043A2, M1044, and M1044A1 armament carriers.
b. Refer to para. 2-2a for stowage location of fire extinguisher on TOW and
armament carriers. Refer to para. 2-27 for operation of fire extinguisher.