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Gordon_M last won the day on June 18 2018

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  1. I don't know in detail, but I know a lot of new stuff was procured and fitted. For example, a quantity of Carryall rear door side latch mechanisms were made new, presumably in Norway. As I understand it all the axes, mattocks and shovels were discarded and replaced, and no, they weren't wasted, as I have a set at home. 8-)
  2. Norwegian trucks only tend to come in two varieties, those that were completely stripped down for a production line rebuild, and those that were entirely original. Your friend's truck has been rebuilt at least once, maybe twice, but some of the other Dodges like their Canadian APTs had very few miles on them, right up to disposal, and had just been given normal preventative maintenance. They were obsoleted first too, being non-standard. I talked to a couple of Norwegians that were involved in the rebuilding around Bergen, I think in the 1980's
  3. Sounds right, moves well, needs that DBG though. 🤢
  4. I've seen one very similar to that. My local scrappy had three tired Saracens he hauled off a range, I think in Ayrshire, when it was tidied up. One of them just had four wheels with the centre station on each side blanked off. He was told it was the main observation vehicle for the range and a lot more mobile than a standard one. As I remember it had standard rear doors though.
  5. I'm sure we have seen that before, maybe a year ago, and the price was similarly - interesting then. It'll be two hundred years old before they find a buyer at that price.
  6. Salt water would go everywhere - pressure washing would get rid of a lot of it. I did hear that people who have to deal with this regularly have been known to recover the vehicle from salt water, and then flood it again in fresh water, then start the drying out process. It would be essential to clean out every void, seal, and cavity. When I got my DUKW the axle hubs, pillow block and so on were packed with grease just to stop more than trace amounts of water getting in
  7. Dodges take a bit of killing. I recall one Command Car chassis I saw that was down to cardboard-thin after being used on a beach for decades, but one immersion in salt water shouldn't kill it. Really good pressure wash, hubs off, diffs out, drain and flush transmission and transfer case, wash and flush brake lines and components. You would probably pull the sump and really clean out the engine internally. Distributor, generator, and starter into a bucket of paraffin at least, if not a full strip and clean. Regulator box should clean up OK, I can really only think of instruments as probably cheaper to replace than rebuild.
  8. SIGH At some point, if not already, the owner of that truck is going to be made aware of this thread and will read through it - if they have not already done so. 😔 I would suggest kindness in the comments, please. If the owner is reading this, feel free to chip in with some comments. I'm assuming the truck was recovered with some expense and embarrassment, but nobody died - it is a Dodge after all. Gordon
  9. If that was a brand new Range Rover it would be a total loss. Being a Dodge, pull it out, pressure wash it, change the fluids, and go again. Dodges were actually waded at that depth with a waterproofing kit.
  10. I'd be happy to call them Ford 1.5 ton 4 x2 with Montpelier bodies. Note that the original image, and the high level image in the DoR, both show the ambulance-style ventilator bolted to the rear side of the body - presumably one on each side. The reason that the bodies are contractor-built is worth repeating; the major US manufacturers did not have their own COE cabs before about 1940. 1940-onwards Dodge and Ford ( presumably others too ... ) had realised how big the market for COEs was and engineered their own cabs. I have always assumed that the contractors like Montpelier and Metropolitan not only built the bodies but had to rework steering and controls to suit too, which wouldn't have been that easy. I remember the early GMC searchlight 6x6 trucks had completely different manifold and carburettor setups, for example.
  11. Great, and that means I guessed rightly that Peerless Trading had their sticky paws in this too, as they surely would not have been a British thread originally. 😁
  12. I hereby name this Tappet thread BO, British Obscure, as suggested by Doug. 😏
  13. Well I'm out of immediate ideas for this. You have looked at American threads, but you can match neither the pitch nor the diameter. You have looked at Metric threads, and can match the diameter and approximate the pitch ( binding after 3/8" ) I can only suspect the hidden hands of Peerless Trading here, like the water pump. Is it some antique British thread, like a BA variation or something for Wheeltappers & Shunters? ( gives age away )
  14. Ta. It does explain why there were so many threads used on our WW2 trucks that are non-standard today too. I can't find anything US with a .3032" thread OD though.
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