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  1. 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
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    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 !
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    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..
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    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 ?
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    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...
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    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 !
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    GMC ENGINE DECALS

    Does anybody know of anyone either producing new /replica decals to adorn a GMC engine ? - the decals that would adorn the air filter/Oil Filter regulator box etc. etc..... I've been on the internet and have found a chap who sells really nice looking sets for jeep engines - but nothing for GMC's......
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    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
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    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 !
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    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....
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    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
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    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
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    BBMF Lancaster & Dakota diorama/picture Complete

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

    I purchased a book all about the red ball express during ww2 - to find a picture of a convoy of Reos in there as well - don't you just love researchers !!!!
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    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.....
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    Help Please !!

    Many thanks for the links - I've sent them both an e-mail - will let you know what the response is !
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    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 !!
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    Rectangular mirror

    I was referring to wing mirrors / outside mirrors - most GMCs have little use for interior mirrors...
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    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.......?
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    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!
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    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 .
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    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 ....
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    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!
  24. 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! )
  25. 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!
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