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  1. I'm glad to help. Something else that I should have mentioned is that - as you have said - many NEKAFs are painted as US Army Jeeps (just like Hotchkiss M201s I suppose) but the differences are evident as I'm sure you know. If yours is missing any bits I have the very small protectors for the Dutch side-marker lights that came in a box of bits I bought - there may be a few other bits that I won't need either. I'll look when I go to my shed next. Like you, I think a usable green Jeep that's not too perfect is a worthwhile thing that offers scope for fun use - people have had almost stock Lightweight LRs for the same reason for years! Cheers!
  2. I'm building one out of budget bits - far from original but will do the job - and it's given me an idea of how much bits are. One big issue seems to be about the 24v components on for those so equipped (they are pricey for US made M38A1s). A 'pro' is that there are lots of parts available in Holland and the US. I have bought a lot of parts from Monty2000/Atlantic Automotive/Roy Harris on eBay and the reason that I mention this is that if you browse his sale items you'll be able to get an indication of the cost of anything you need to replace. Mine is going to needs its rusty T90 box rebuilding and I doubt that it'll be cheap but the bits are available. The other thing I have noticed is that there are some 'optimistically' priced complete vehicles that turn up on eBay - sad but true; the M38A1 in US or NEKAF form doesn't command anywhere the price of the wartime MB/GPW. Increasingly the presence of a V5 on anything imported pushes prices up. 16in solid Jeep wheels fetch more money than 15in CJ5 rims. 7.00x16 NDT bar grips aren't as plentiful as 6.00s on MBs. Increasingly people are scared of projects so good buys are possible... This is perhaps a long-winded way of saying, start cheap as you can always up your bid! JC
  3. Or maybe some people fail to see the humour in sarcasm...
  4. This is the crux of the matter - there are owners' meetings and there are big public shows. You pays your money and takes your choice. To some extent, I suppose that choice is influenced by what individuals want from their vehicles. Personally I prefer the low key events and owners' club events and just driving my old junk but, equally validly, others like attending shows and having an exhibit there. I guess, if you're going to a commercial event, you're going to their party so have to abide by their rules. Whether such rules lead to the continuation or growth of a show is another matter altogether.
  5. You're absolutely right, after all it's not like the Half-Ton was designed to fulfil a military contract, was not sold new to civilians while it was in production, was used by three services, was sold to overseas armies, was available in various specialist guises, served in Ulster, Germany and beyond, had a 24v FFR system, was the British Army's standard 4x4 for years, could be stripped for heli-lifts, could be loaded side by side in a transport plane... No, you're right it's not a 'real military vehicle' at all. Here's one of my non-military Land Rovers - it's RAF blue as supplied so it must be civvy right? Jolly Jeeper Taiwanese mountain bike Green canoe Blue Land Rover Garden shears '32 Ford pick-up Shopping trolley with wonky wheel Steel wheelbarrow Morris Minor pick-up Raleigh 'shopper' folding bike Matchbox Scammell Explorer
  6. Very nice job! Some of the original parts are dearer than Jeep stuff too now but I'm sure you know that... PS, I've been having fun in this '53 for 20 years now (not as original or nice as yours is going to be) seen here with its early Sankey trailer
  7. As someone who hasn't been without a leaf-sprung Land Rover - civvy or military - since 1989, I'll second that. The British Army has used Land Rovers from 1948 to the present. Some people see them as 'entry level' vehicles because they are the only 'readily available on a budget' military vehicles these days, others have them for ever. If people exclude entry level vehicle owners from shows, shows will be smaller, traders will be fewer due to reduced footfall, things will be more expensive because those who make the numbers up will take their money elsewhere etc etc. etc, insert the interminable discussion here. Just wondering, do all those 82AB Hotckiss M201s have a 'great historical past'? (I should add that I have had an 'Americanised' Hotchkiss and am not picking on them specifically, merely using another group of vehicles to illustrate the difficulty of supporting one group of military vehicle owners at the expense of another).
  8. It is possible to argue that - seeing the Germans didn't get here in 1940, having them at a 'living history' event in the UK isn't very accurate... I'm sure I could think of a sarcastic phrase about 'having an Englishman in a Nazi uniform is like having a...'
  9. I don't think anyone is saying this is a Traveller tbh.
  10. Like this '32 BB but with a different cab configuration
  11. The one at the front centre could possibly be an early thirties Ford, maybe a BB, the bigger version of this;
  12. This belonged to the late Godfrey Crew from South Wales. I have seen more military Travellers than anything else but can't say definitively either way
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