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  1. Hi Steve, I have one, but I'm in Canterbury, so a bit closer. However mine is not an original body, it was measured from an original made. Nearer to you would be Tony Lawrence, or John Cordon. Both members on this forum, and both in the Reigate/Dorking area so probably closer. They both have various 10cwt versions and very original.
  2. Hi Andrew, Do you have a picture of what you want? May be able to send you pics and dimensions from mine. Just need to know exactly which bit you are after .
  3. Hi Rod, Yes thanks, I have just emailed Mike, so hope to have a copy in my hands at some stage soon. Should help with the restoration of my Pierce Arrow, although it will be a long time before I'm at the signage stage! Many thanks to George and Tomo too.
  4. Hi Rod, Can you send me the details so I can buy a book from Mike in the UK please? It looks fantastic. Many thanks, Tim
  5. Hi Tim, Thanks for the corrections to my assumptions. There is always some "here-say" to vehicle history. Interesting that you say the French ones had a different body. If PA did not know the end user so they fitted both language plates, were all the trucks bodied in France? There is a picture of an R5 packed for shipping to France in knocked down form which has the std US body. Does this show some were shipped bodied, or were they removed on arrival in Europe? Did the British ones use the US body or was a WD type utilised? I'm not questioning your details, I'd just like to know. You are the guru on all things WW1 trucks and merely want to be correct. If you're ever near Canterbury at any time I would be pleased to show you around my vehicles and would value your opinion . I'm conveniently located for a drop in on the way to France. When I bought my PA from Philippe I did try to also buy this one, however I just couldn't justify the cost, albeit much less than it is offered now. However as with your US one we should not regret. The joy of hindsight. Quite interesting to see that the US one you looked at had pneumatic front tyres, and they seem to be on very similar wooden spoked wheels to the std solid rubber type. I assume this was an inter-war conversion. The 3x GMC ambulances are nicely stored away for future rebuilds, and I keep on the lookout for spare parts, which turn up occasionally. So on the back burner, but not forgotten. In fact I bought a parts manual in Australia today! Currently I could really do with some correct wooden front wheels for the Pierce if you happen to hear of some. The job to get on with before/over the christmas period is to start on the PA radiator rebuild. It leaks like a sieve, so I either have to fix it or get a bigger watering can to keep up with the leaks. With best wishes, Tim.
  6. Yes the paint is not original. Most of the rest of the 'vehicle however is. The body is the correct 5 ton version, although it has been raised onto a tipping gear mainframe for the coal merchant between the wars, he would definitely have repainted it at this time. If you look carefully you can see the operating valve to the left of the non-original seat base. It was indeed used by this coal merchant who moved the tailgate to the side. However most of the fittings on the body are original and still have the US Army stamps on them. All the running gear, engine/gearbox/axles etc. are correct. It was fitted with a steel wheel/pneumatic tyre conversion, which I now posses as it has the wooden front wheels which came off mine. So please take a good look at them and if you see any let me know as I need a pair! It was definitely in French service during the war as it has the original French translated data plates on the bulkhead, Pierce Arrow supplied direct to the French govt, and the presence of these factory applied plates proves this was one if these direct supply trucks. It will be interesting to see where it ends up, and what yarn is spun about its "original" paint and condition. However this is a highly original vehicle and one which deserves a good home where it's history is preserved. Please keep us all updated with its future.
  7. Hi Richard, It's fantastic to know the last remaining presentation tank is so close to home. I've often visited it over the years. And now it's so significant that it would be amiss not to attend this Friday's remembrance service. I hope to get to he service at the tank on Friday. See you there. All the best, Tim
  8. Anybody identify these wooden wheels. I think they may be for a Liberty Truck. The spokes seem to have a square profile often seen in pictures of them, and they seem to be around the right diameter at 91cm. The bearings are listed as 90mm. I came across them whilst looking for front wheels for my Pierce Arrow R5. By the way if anyone has leads to some I would be most grateful. https://www.leboncoin.fr/equipement_auto/1163679812.htm?ca=12_s They are advertised on French site http://www.leboncoin.fr , always worth looking at but is of course in French.
  9. Hi Lee, and everyone on HMVF Many thanks for your welcome. Not sure whether I should reply to you or where. My name is Tim Hewitt form Canterbury, Kent. I've been involved in Military vehicles for probably 30 years. I was at the founding meeting of IMPS and joined then. Great time in the early days with many of the faces still around. I can remember having many great times with friends like Nigel Hay, Rex and Rod, Peter's both Skelton and Birch, Jim Baxter, etc. the names are endless of the fantastic people in our hobby, all of whom willingly help each other. I have had, and restored many vehicles over the years, but I tend to stick to WW2 vehicles. I have had several Jeeps, an ambulance half-track, White Scout Car, Morris C8, Dodge Weapons Carrier, a couple of british DR bikes. I currently have a GPW, 2x Bedford QL, Dodge 1/2 ton Weapons Carrier, and an M5 International High Speed tractor. So one or two thing to keep me busy. I spent some time as IMPS East Kent Secretary before having to give that up due to work commitments and then handing over to Malcolm Dunlop. A few years ago myself and some other enthusiasts formed MILIKENT to go to Normandy in 2004. Since than we have done tours to Arnhem, The Somme and Monte Cassino. The MILIKENT boys have been seen at all the best events, and we enjoy sharing our vehicles with veterans wherever we can. Currently we are looking forward to the IMPS 65th Anniversary Normandy tour in a couple of weeks, so I need to stop rambling and get on with finishing the vehicle we need to take. All the best for a great site and wish all members Happy Green Machining.
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