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  1. Mine runs at the same - but then I have a brand new rad and the entire engine was flushed through and so cooling is very efficient - to be honest im more than happy if it runs cooler - I've never had to worry about over-heating even when pushed hard and then stationary - the temp gauge never really moves......if your concerned - many of the Norwegian GMCs had a roller blind retro fitted to the front rad - although be careful if you do limit the airflow that you don't forget and then go the other extream and have a boil-up!
  2. Calling all GMC CCKW Workshop owners - I've just set up a Facebook page dedicated to these fantastic vehicles - (GMC CCKW Workshops) covering both wartime and post-war Swiss bodied variants . Anyone with photos, knowledge, spares or just an interest is most welcome to join and post away ! - please share any old photos or experience's you may have for this hidden gem of the GMC World ! ST6 .docx
  3. I don't recall that - but I guess its one of the joys of owning the bigger vehicles - they are a bigger pain when they go wrong ! Ha Ha
  4. Yes! - to my cost - may years ago I had to use recovery for my the GMC and trailer - although there was no quibble regarding the GMC....they would not take my trailer as they didn't have the appropriate hitch for it and it would have required an additional recovery truck as my GMC filled the one they sent - eventually a mate recovered the trailer for me but be aware if you are towing anything - many will not recover the towed item - always check with your insurers - better to ask the question now than when stranded at the roadside - as for which company to recommend - there's no definitive answer - shop around for the best deal - I use Haggerty for my insurance and a separate company for recovery as my current GMC is classed as heavy recovery - i.e. wont go easily on a beavertail !
  5. Its easy enough to identify if it was a workshop - there were two additional strengthening strips attached to the chassis rails as early testing of the Workshops with a load resulted in the chassis bending just behind the cab mounts....where is the spare wheel located? - if its on the opposite side to the fuel tank / forward position under the chassis and is in a drop down cradle then it would also point towards a workshop variant as the cab and chassis were unique and different to any of the other GMC CCKW variants. first picture shows the location and look of the workshop spare wheel carrier - the second is looking up from below at the additional strengthening brace that is fixed in parallel to the chassis rails
  6. My concerns regarding this argument are : A) - The driver if and when they fall foul of the law and the ramifications of in effect driving a vehicle without valid insurance - as rightly stated - driving a vehicle that is not registered or plated to carry loads is an offence and as such would make any insurance null and void - thus giving the authorities the power to seize and crush the vehicle if they wish - and they very often do.. B) - Anyone unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident with this vehicle - there will be no insurance for either party - and if an MVT member - PPLI will not cover you.... C) - The rest of the Military and Classic vehicle community who will then be under the spotlight once again for all the wrong reasons. Our hobby is facing enough pressure from the Government and DVLA as it is without the question of individuals flouting the law knowingly or vehicles being used inappropriately . - That aside - I love the truck, its both unusual and I think a good looking conversion and (if you lost the hiab in my personal opinion) could easily pass for a wartime modification. I always enjoy restoration pictures as does everyone im sure and thank you for sharing them. I think the modifications to the rear beavertail enhance it and make it both safer and more in keeping with the wartime look. Was the chassis previously a workshop bodied variant ? - it has the workshop fuel tank and if so, should also have the additional chassis bracing which is obvious to see if you look under the vehicle I've also seen GMC's Cargo's carrying jeeps in the rear - so unfortunately this is by no means a lone example - but given all the advice and warnings - I can only hope that the owner/driver re-think the plan to carry the weasel as a load until the vehicle is plated and registered / legally allowed to do so - whilst I appreciate the original post and its direction may have been over-taken by the comments regarding the carrying of the weasel and the legal requirements - please take them as advice and not as personal attacks or insults - the comments/warnings and solutions are offered in good faith by genuine people who know what they are talking about and are offered to help you enjoy your vehicle and the hobby whilst staying both stay safe and legal. I would ask if you are so convinced you are legally entitled to carry such loads - what you have done to achieve this so that other members with similar vehicles can then do so that they may also carry such loads, it would be very good for others using this forum who could then benefit from your wisdom and actions.

    LSV 996

    Oh well..... - If anyone has a Munga and discovered it was previously sand coloured and painted Africa Corp (don't ask....it was a long time ago and I was young and green to the hobby....) from memory the engine was brightly painted and it sat on Landrover tyres and had various "desert" bits of kit strapped to it - anyway - if anyone recognises this vehicle - please get in touch...

    LSV 996

    Does anyone now own or know the wear-a-bouts of LSV 996 ? - I have some history of the vehicle I would love to pass on including a magazine article it featured in - it was my first Military vehicle that got me into the hobby and I often wonder what became of her......
  9. Ha Ha - it certainly belts out the music when you crank it up ! - only period music though of course.....the neighbours get a little upset when its" fire starter" by the prodigy or "smack my bitch up"....they much prefer some Glenn Miller or Andrews sisters at 2 am in the morning ! Ha Ha ! Thanks for the kind comments about the truck - she turned out just as I wanted her to - mechanically and all the tinwork are all thanks to Mike and the Boys at Green Barn Services.
  10. I just want to recommend and Thank Mike Gillman and the boys at Green Barn Services for the fantastic work they have dome on my truck - those of you who have followed the progress on the CCKW Facebook page or the West Sussex Military Vehicle Conservation Group pages will be aware of how much work has gone into "Gracie-Mae" - but for those of you who haven't - about 12 months ago I presented Mike with a very sorry looking truck that I had fallen in love with......After discussing what needed to be done and agreeing a plan of action, Mike and the boys converted to a 12v system which included an Alternator, upgraded the lights and wiring, replaced the manifold/exhaust, serviced all serviceable parts ,fitted an additional leisure battery and charging system in the rear of the truck, replaced the brakes all round, and including the hydrovac, rebuilt the rear body extensively with most of the tin work and roof replaced along with the windows , the rear body required new insulation, Mike also repaired the door skins, rebuilt the windscreen surround, rebuilt the clutch,gearbox/transfer box and axles as well as many, many other bits of work needed to restore this old lady back to her former self. At all times Mike and the boys were friendly and accommodating to my requests and changes - with many missing parts designed and fabricated in house by Mike....he even gave her a coat of Olive Drab before I brought her home so she looked much more presentable ! Mikes knowledge is second to none, he's approachable and friendly , but importantly - he's a mechanical engineer rather than a fitter and is a stalwart of rebuilding rather than replacing - Mike has his own collection of Vehicles including a Ward la France and a GMC and is passionate about keeping customers vehicles on the road and exhibiting them. I cant recommend Green Barn Services enough - they are located nr Horley /West Sussex and would be my recommendation to anyone who requires assistance with a Military Vehicle
  11. Having an 8 yr old im used to watching tv programs together...as I am sure many of you are...Fireman Sam, Thomas the Tank Engine and Thunderbirds to name a few - but we know they arnt real...make believe...targeted for kids.... but his latest big watch...Combat Dealers....WOW! - Really ?...and this is for adults...with intelligence ? - tonight's episode " These SAS guys would be travelling at 65 mph in an open topped jeep at night" - really Bruce ? - on Sand...in the dark....in a jeep....65 mph ?...Wow! - and these are the vehicles that carried all that extra kit, and supplies......they were wasted in the desert - they could easily win the Paris -Dakar with that type of performance ! This program should have been a perfect platform for our hobby - a mix of both historical facts and showcasing restorations and collections and members of the Militaria world alike - instead we have scripts that are embarrassing to listen to, facts that are so wrong they are a joke - really not doing our hobby any favours at all......such a pity........ Back to Thomas for us - something a little more believable !
  12. As the West Sussex Area Secretary (MVT) I was notified by one of my members who spotted this "jeep" for sale at a local classic car dealership - after chatting to the sales team he contacted me where-upon I also spoke with the garage - unfortunately despite my reassurances that I wasn't a potential buyer or indeed wanted to get a better deal for a friend - they refused to listen to my concerns - adamant that I was trying to merely knock the price down significantly.(if you check out the West Sussex Military Vehicle Conservation Group Facebook page you will see more https://www.facebook.com/groups/wsmvcg/ ) - I also questioned the verification - Im very surprised to hear it is being advertised as a 42, last I heard it was being sold as a 45 era jeep which is what it was rightly verified as - it was verified according to the then guidelines for verification at the time which stated that if a clear date of manufacture could not be established - the last production date would be recorded as the vehicles age - this then made it a 45 ( - Incidentally since the verification on this jeep, the rules have been tightened up to now require that the vehicle is pretty much 99% complete and at MOT type stage of restoration )- however as I previously said ,when this was verified - a pile of bits or partial project was enough - I have spoken to the person who verified it at the time and they stated that the jeep they verified wasn't as it is being sold today and all of the modifications to the engine/chassis/brakes etc., etc. were completed after the verification - it must be made clear that the verification report is the same as an MOT - It is only valid at the time of inspection and doesn't then carry provenance for the remainder of the vehicles life. I genuinely question this vehicles road-worthiness - and genuinely fear for whoever drives this vehicle - especially given the new mot exemptions for 40 yr. old vehicles which means this type of bodge will slip through the net if we are not diligent and alert. - and I also fear that someone unsuspectingly is going to pay nearly £17,000 for a jeep that I estimate to be worth little more than £4000 tops.... My fear was that the verification letter would come back to haunt the MVT with regards the vehicles provenance and authenticity , or a new member would turn up at a local event having spent a lot of money on a complete bitsa - however in this case - the seller is liable for miss-selling under the sale of goods act - he has copies of e-mails on headed MVT paper from myself alerting him to my concerns that he has chosen to ignore . - This really is a case of Buyer Beware - but I fear there is no more we as a club or as enthusiasts can do in this particular case..
  13. Im looking for vehicles that would have been seen on airfields during ww2 for this years Goodwood revival - whereabouts in the country are you ? - is West Sussex to far ?
  14. Have a word with Mike Gillman (TootalllMike / Green Barn Services) - he's in Copthorne , Sussex / Surrey Border and used a company near him to re-build mine on my Jimmy...
  15. Ha Ha - Can you imagine the red ball express grinding to a halt because the lead driver had bust his hours and needed his break - different times and different needs !
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