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Pete Ashby

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  1. Bad news about your bug Paul, it's been a plague ridden Christmas here in the wild west too. Hope you'll soon be feeling better and back on the tools every little job is one nearer to completion keep the up dates coming. Pete
  2. It would be well worth contacting the Military Vehicle Trust via their web site https://www.mvt.org.uk/ this will enable you to get in contact with the local area MVT secretary who coordinates attendance at events in your part of the world. Pete
  3. Good for you that's the spirit !! At the end of the day these trucks are 78 years old and no matter how good the restoration is there's always a little tinkering required to keep them up to scratch and on the road it's all part of the experience you may find this site interesting if you haven't found it already https://forums.g503.com/ but be warned you'll need more than one brew to work your way through all the information there. look forward to following your progress regards Pete
  4. Very nice indeed from your photos it certainly looks like some one has made the effort. My GPW is 2nd week of April 1942, I recorded the restoration of this one here in the HMVF restoration forum
  5. That looks very tidy what's the date of delivery ? regards Pete
  6. Welcome to the forum very nice Christmas present for you. If you have any questions at all about your jeep don't be afraid to ask in the appropriate sub forums there is a huge resource of knowledge both technical and historical on HMVF and people are always willing to help or direct you to another source of information. Pete
  7. Sound advise from Simon (you don't fancy doing that joint lottery ticket with me yet then ?) Pete
  8. As my old Grandmother used to say "there's more than one way to skin a cat my boy" and so it is with restoration, the basic principal is always the same however you choose to achieve it, starting with a pile of rust and decay and ending with something that matches the owners expectations in terms of accuracy and finish is the key. I've seen a number of different approaches used by people to achieve this, some good, some not so good and some doomed to failure and disillusionment from the start. Iv'e also tried a few variations of the basic principal myself which prompted me to ask the question of you. After restoring a number of my own and other peoples vehicles over the years I've come to the conclusion that there is no definitive way to carry out the work but have developed a methodology that suits my particular skill sets and resources. As you rightly note above it's dependent on a range of factors not least availability of space, tooling, availability of spares and most importantly cash flow to fund the project. I take it this is your first large vehicle project?. For what it's worth this is my approach, the key for me is a clear vision of the end state ( and you appear to be very clear on that point) and a fixed plan of how to achieve it. I break the overall restoration down into sub tasks so that as each task is completed it can be added to the previous assemblies to work towards the completed whole My starting point after an initial assessment is to break down into component parts the vehicle all the while taking 100's of photos. Then starting with the frame it's cleaned repaired and painted then sub assemblies follow on overhauled and painted as required they are then bolted onto the frame as finished units. I tend to work along the the route of axles, hubs, brakes,drive train, gear box, engine then body work and fitting out then a last top coat of paint over everything and then wiring and markings to finish off. For me this approach maintains focus of effort and funding while producing visible progress of the project. Restoration is undeniably challenging for all of us in terms of time and cost and not forgetting the all important factor of onward motivation, sadly I have taken on several projects over the years where one or a combination of these factors have defeated the previous owners. Iv'e just reread this and it sounds like I'm a classic old fart preaching away, I do hope you don't take it as such it is not meant to be in any shape or form, as I mentioned in a previous post I admire your attention to detail and those of us who are the 'Old Farts' of the movement ( and there is a disproportionate number of us) should do everything in our power to encourage younger chaps like yourself to take on these projects so I wish you the very best keep posting the up dates and photos Regards Pete
  9. I'm impressed with your approach to this project it's meticulous to say the least and very methodical. I'm interested in your style of carrying out this project is your plan to collect everything you will need for the restoration before you start working on the truck itself?. Pete
  10. It's for a modern fire extinguisher the sort found in domestic homes and public vehicles Pete
  11. I afraid that over the last 46 years of restoring and collecting MV's that if I'd had a £ ( or in your case a $) for every jeep, Dodge or GMC barn find that was purported to have landed across the beaches I'd be a very rich man by now Pete
  12. The shade of OD on the inside face of the prop shaft flange is interesting Pete
  13. Hello Matt good to hear from you again,

    I had forgotten that you still had the block for the tanker I am right in thinking it's frost damaged ? I remember you told me that the ancillaries were swapped onto the current engine but how much of the internals are left in the block you have is the head still on ?  I'm afraid you'll have to remind me how much you were asking for it



  14. Thanks for the input chaps very interesting........ so Iv'e found my glasses and got the magnifying glass out here's what I've come with: Your right Matt on both counts, it is located where you suggest and it is the engine number according to the cab plates. I have not noticed it before as it is rather faint. It's located on the right hand rail just above the front spring rear hanger here's a photo that I've messed about with to try to bring it out more. it reads: T222 29865 C Well chaps there is nothing there on my frame that would relate to a part number which from my Jan 1943 T222 parts list is as follows, 929030 Right rail, 929031 Left rail. What is there as clear as a bell is this 2/41 up side down on both left and right rails see photos below, also just near to the numbers are what look like a pair of little shields stamped in..... are these the checkers marks you were referring to Gordon ? Right rail Left rail The number on the rear of the frame wont photograph clearly unfortunately but it is as follows, 91069764 which is the frame number stamped onto the cab plates and also the Dodge Brothers data plate on the door frame, see below. I don't think any of this has answered your original question, in fact it seems to have muddied the waters somewhat as is oft the way I'm afraid Pete
  15. Well done Gordon I guessed you'd be out there somewhere in cyber space, fully agree with you that the rear position stamping for the frame number is a British addition and I wonder if it may have been done post war when the new two number, two letter, two number system came into force. Your observation about panel vans will also apply to any other body type in the Canadian range with the exception of Tankers where the rear top face of the frame is fully exposed. I'll have a good look in the morning in the front area you suggest but I'm pretty sure there is nothing there, Pete
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