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  1. Help Please !!

    Many thanks for the links - I've sent them both an e-mail - will let you know what the response is !
  2. Help Please !!

    Yes - it seemed a good idea at the time - im sure I will get there in the end - but it never hurts to ask for help and advice! - I've trawled through hundreds and hundreds of photographs and various sites and can find nothing more about this vehicle - I found out about the airfield, its name, its usage and history - and I've found out lots about the USO program - but this is a mystery !!
  3. Rectangular mirror

    I was referring to wing mirrors / outside mirrors - most GMCs have little use for interior mirrors...
  4. Help Please !!

    Yes , and I would imagine if its a mobile broadcasting unit, and with the twin aerials on the back it would need to be supressed so eliminate interference with the radios? - as I said - its needle in a haystack as I cant find anything to assist my research on the internet......so I think is should have an" S "preceding the hood serial number.......?
  5. Rectangular mirror

    Realise this is an old thread - not sure if you found them.....if not - look on e-bay for vintage tractor mirrors - they have lots - and all for around £10 each!
  6. Help Please !!

    Can anyone help me ? Im trying to replicate the vehicle below - but im stumped when it comes to markings - im guessing it was part of the USO, im also guessing it may have had ASCZ on the front and rear.....but can anyone confirm or tell me what it should have / be ? Im also thinking as a mobile broadcasting unit it will have an "S" on the hood number as well...... as you can see from the only picture I have , theres not a lot to be gained from looking at the side........ Im happy to have a little "artistic variation" as the picture refers to a truck In the pacific and im looking at the European theatre of War...... any ideas much appreciated.....
  7. Dodge WC54 applications?

    I did the same research many years ago when restoring my own WC54 and wondering which route to go down. I found photographic evidence of them used for : Signals/Wire laying / line repair trucks MP Paddy Wagons Mobile Shops Propaganda / speaker broadcasting trucks and of course Ambulances - I was also told they were used as aircraft crew taxis but could find no evidence of persons using them as such - but a few pictures of them ferry back the wounded from aircraft.... Caution however as many of the conversions were post war - many of the signal corps trucks were post-war/Norwegian based .
  8. London Duck tours to cease operating

    I had a good crawl all over one of these when on holiday in NZ - Theres very little left to call them a DUKW - all transmission and drive is Japanese - the hull is converted beyond recognition as is the driving area/dashboard etc. - The very best of luck to anyone wanting to try and convert back to its in service condition ! - that aside its a sad day if they wont be on our capitals roads anymore - I never tyre of pointing them out to the kids whenever we visit London.... I hope they can either find another slipway or maybe omit the swim part of the tour until such times they can be re-instated ....
  9. Goodwood Revival

    Not a bike - but ive been asked to display my Dodge wc52 as part of the Baker Street Boys diorama - although the forecast is for rain all week and weekend - its going to be fun as always! - Enjoy!
  10. WOW! - £33,750 FOR A JEEP !!! - And it didn't really look as though it had any provenance - imagine what the purchaser may have paid if it had!!! But is that price a true reflection of a jeeps worth or just someone with too much money / not enough common sense going mad at the auction I wonder? it would be interesting to work out exactly how much a jeep would cost to build from scratch - as the advert for the auction stated that particular jeep was a complete restoration / re-build - so how much would it cost to visit the various jeep parts suppliers and do the same ? - would it really be £33,750...? and imagine the collection of vehicles (MV) you could purchase as an alternative to the one jeep ? So has the bubble burst... It appears not.... Now - does anyone want to buy a 1943 Dodge WC52 for a bargain £30,000 ? (Well its cheaper than a jeep - you can save yourself £3750! )
  11. So apart from encouraging "drivers mates" - I don't know what else we can do as a hobby - most youngsters are now heading towards the re-enactment world as that is more easily affordable. I always do my best to blood into the hobby - but with prices what they are - what young person, starting out in life with a young family / mortgage/rent can justify spending in excess of 5k on an entry line vehicle such as a landy or small motorbike - not to mention running costs and maintenance/storage etc... My first vehicle was an Auto-Union Munga - I paid a couple of hundred quid for it, restored it as best as I could aged around 20 (Africa corp...don't ask - I was young and had no idea!) however despite having little knowledge or experience i had a great time - before embarking into 25+ years of jeeps/dodges/GMC's and Bedfords..... my only advice would be to consider alternatives - Bedford RLs ,Auto-unions,Post was American chevy blazers etc even a para bike is worth considering for those who want to gain an entry into the MV world , - most of these can be purchased for sub 5k - but for how much longer??? as I said previously - its great if your already on the Military vehicle ownership ladder - but its a hell of a climb up if your not!
  12. whever the bubble has burst or not - the recent rise in vehicle prices whilst good for those of us fortunate to already own vehicles has had a very noticeable and negative knock-on effect to the hobby - with the infamous jeep prices soaring - the price of other vehicles also went up as people looked to alternatives - the result - where are the youngsters coming into the hobby ? even the Landrover - once easily affordable and readily available has priced itself beyond the reaches of most youngsters wishing to embark into the world of green machines. Sadly I cant see this ever changing as I don't foresee prices dropping to the degree required to allow new/young membership to our hobby - as an Area Secretary for the MVT (West Sussex Area) - I cant remember the last time anyone under the age of 45/50 joined our club. I have tried to encourage drivers mates and the no need to own a vehicle to join - but long term we could end up with a large void of up and coming younger members to take over when we are all to old to clamber into and under our vehicles. I will be bequeathing mine to my sons - but that's presuming that they want to follow my tyre tracks and follow the hobby....its a wonderful hobby - but I don't see any younger members being able to afford and justify vehicle ownership - I started doing this when I was 21 - I cant see many 21yr olds doing the same now sadly......
  13. I'm with Haggerty - and following a similar experience a few years ago when my Jimmy needed recovering only to be told they couldn't take the Ben Hur trailer - with Hagerty I have separate insurance for my trailer and its contents - and for only a few pounds extra - its also covered under the recovery policy - definitely worth asking the question of your insurers before you find out the hard way !
  14. Public Liability Insurance

    With regards why is an old vehicle more of a risk than a modern one.....If I park up my 43 dodge weapons carrier and im within touching distance - then im covered under my motor vehicle insurance policy....but the moment I walk away - walk to my trailer to get some kit out / go and chat to my camping neighbour, the moment I leave that vehicle - its now an exhibit - if (as I do) I then set out a diorama that includes tents, ammo boxes and other bits n pieces as I replicate an overnight stop for a SPECO team from WW2 - I then encourage interaction with the public as I enjoy sharing my hobby and chatting with people old and young - if someone trips over a wooden ammo crate whilst looking around the diorama - surely know one can expect my vehicle insurance to cover it ? - this is where PPLI comes into play... likewise if someone slips whilst peering into the rear of my truck - again as an exhibit and with me knowhere to be seen as I had popped off to the loo - then again im covered - and for £10 - why oh why is all the fuss ? - wouldn't we want piece of mind and thank those who are arranging this for us rather than wondering as to their motives ? - its a sad world we live in - but with so many claims lawyers crawling over broken glass to grab new business - again - isn't it £10 well spent ????
  15. Public Liability Insurance

    Fully agree with Pete's words - all the piece of mind fro only £10 - no brainer - and despite what many believe - it is needed and required - don't let ignorance or lack of knowledge be the reason your facing a massive lawsuit when anything goes wrong and you then find the cover you thought you had - isn't worth the paper its written on ! Thank you to the MVT for looking after its membership - it would have been so easy for them to say " Hey guys - you need this - off you go and try and source some for yourself" - Instead they have devoted a lot of time and effort looking into this and trying to broker the best deal for the members - and in return all they have faced is a lot of negativity and personal attacks online - I too applaud them and thank them for all their efforts to date.