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    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......
  3. 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.
  4. 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

    Combat dealers is back :(

    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 !

    2 Jeeps at Brightwells

    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..

    1944 Flying Control Dodge WC51 - The Story So Far

    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 ?

    GMC CCKW Radiator Repair/replace

    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...

    GMC 353 Tipper

    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 !
  10. JEMIMA

    GMC CCKW hardcab door locks

    another option ive just thought about is one of those cheap shead alwarms - simple stick on contact switch / magnet type of elctro contact - arm remotely and hey presto - the moment the door is opend the alarm goes off - all battery operated and you can buy them for under £20 - and no drilling into the bodywork....worth a thought.... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Wireless-PIR-Motion-Sensor-Alarm-With-2-Remote-Controllers-For-Home-Shed-Caravan/301943452927?epid=1267114048&hash=item464d3b74ff:g:CGcAAOSwNmVab~vt https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Battery-operated-window-door-house-alarm-set-burglar-intruder-sensor-WIRELESS/401003642979?epid=1190276583&hash=item5d5dae0063:m:muKzPDJ-BcQe9SHLcgebslw
  11. JEMIMA

    GMC CCKW hardcab door locks

    send me the details to andy.kyte@bt.com - I will add it to our websites and do my best to promote it for you - we have our club night tomorrow night so ideal chance to publicise your show !
  12. JEMIMA

    GMC CCKW hardcab door locks

    I guess the simple answer is how well do you want to secure the vehicle - given a window smash and in is probably the way a crook would go if they really wanted in - my thoughts were just a simple "keep the public" out at shows and give some very basic security to the cab - its almost impossible to make a vehicle of these type and age really secure - often instead people opt to immobilise, but if you wish to keep personal items in the cab or just want to stop people opening the door - this is a simple and cheap way to do it....
  13. JEMIMA

    GMC CCKW hardcab door locks

    British WW2 Humber Heavy Utilities have a very similar lock - although they would be like hens teeth to locate....but surely classic car door lock / handle suppliers must have something similar ?.. ive just had a really quick look and found this on e-bay : https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Car-Door-Locking-Handle-With-Keys/253425195592?hash=item3b01519a48:g:KOAAAOSwg31agw7k
  14. JEMIMA

    GMC CCKW hardcab door locks

    This is something I myself was wondering - I have seen additional deadbolt type locks fitted that operate much like the locks you use on internal doors - you have a star shaped key that turns a dead bolt into the door frame - its completely separate from the door handle and is a stand alone hole approx. 5 mm in circumference ....still looking into alternatives myself but im sure between us and with the help of the forum we will get there!! This is what im thinking of.... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DOOR-RACK-BOLTS-Dead-Bolt-Lock-Star-Key-Wind-Out-Chubb-Type-NICKEL-BRASS-WHITE/182342752766?hash=item2a747999fe:m:mm-WKMdd8bpHx2PbSZM5b-g
  15. JEMIMA

    BBMF Lancaster & Dakota diorama/picture Complete

    With some toughened glass that would make a great coffee table....... fantastic, well done mate...