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i'm hoping the same :D We'll find out soon, will pickup the radiator this wednesday.

This is the last piece missing to get it running.

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recored Radiator arrived today. Hoping to get the engine running soon and put a video up on this forum.

Tomorrow we'll fix the front chassis rails which are slightly bent, something which is often seen on weapon carriers with a winch. After that it should be ready for sandblasting. Hope to get it sandblasted next week.

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Engine is almost ready to test, waiting on some small parts to arrive.

We had a look at the transfer case in the meanwhile.

 

Lots of old oil and grease but it doesn't seems to have been used much, gears look almost new.

Had a rebuild by the norwegian army in 1964.

Got some NOS oil seals for it. Need to soak them in oil before mounting.

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Got the engine running last week. After adjusting the valve clearance it sounded like a proper T214.

No Oil or water leaks which is unusual for a first start.

Here's a link to a video of the engine running.

https://goo.gl/photos/BrqhtUfQe7vvXemX7

 

Transfer case is finished, i'm looking for some speedy sleeves for the yokes.

 

Started deassembling the transmission. Gears took quite a beating.. Luckily i've found a new set to replace the old ones.

Hand brake drum and lining look almost unused.

 

Found a correct late style 6V horn to go on the engine.

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New gears and oil seals for the gearbox arrived. put it together today. Still need to put some new oil seals on the PTO and then it's done.

Chassis is getting blasted this week.

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Chassis returned from the sandblaster. Put it in primer yesterday and hope to spray it olive drab tomorrow (if the Belgian weather permits :-D).

Cleaned out the PTO and put new oil seals in it. Gearbox is now fully done.

Removed all the remaining parts from the cab, it's in good shape, just some minor dents and no rot. Cowl vent needs to be fixed, spot welds seem to have come loose.

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Frame has been painted and has dried for a few days. Now putting some parts back on. The engine and gearbox have to wait untill the Dodge is back on it's wheels.

 

Had to open up the PTO again, it was missing the reverse. The selector wasn't in the right position and so it couldn't shift into reverse gear.

 

Found a correct front axle (large one, with welded diff cover) to swap against my early bolted diff cover axle. Hope to collect it on saturday.

 

Rear springs have been cleaned and put in primer (they're both dated 1/17/44 which is nice, i estimated the DOD of the dodge as late january, early february 1944). A friend made some new bushings to put in the rear springs. Rear axle has been cleaned and put in primer. Hope to put these in khaki green soon and assemble on saturday.

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Rear axle and rear springs have been painted and installed, pleased with the result. Waiting on the joints and seals to arrive to put it back together. :D

 

Front axle has been stripped of paint and degreased, waiting for some primer to be put on.

Front springs have been reassembled, they were quite greasy, unlike the rear springs..

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I am amazed by the tidy and clean condition of your workshop. Truck is looking good.

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Chassis returned from the sandblaster. Put it in primer yesterday and hope to spray it olive drab tomorrow (if the Belgian weather permits :-D).

Cleaned out the PTO and put new oil seals in it. Gearbox is now fully done.

Removed all the remaining parts from the cab' date=' it's in good shape, just some minor dents and no rot. Cowl vent needs to be fixed, spot welds seem to have come loose.[/quote']

Hey Niek,

can you give me the adress off the sandblaster.

is this Always incluiding the 2 Jupilers:cheesy:

Real nice job again.

keep the old stuff alive

 

regards

Wil

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Some more progress on the Dodge lately.

 

Front axle and springs are back in place, started assembling the front axle, had to replace all the oil seals with new ones.

 

Tyres arrived, hope to put them on the combat rims soon. New tyre tubes too.

 

Cleaned the shock absorbers and put them on the frame.

 

Some more parts arrived for the axles including NOS brake linings, new brake cylinders and some more oil seals.

Next up will be cleaning the brake drums and putting the linings on.

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Been a while since last update, not much changed because of show season.

 

Installed the rear diff and rear drive shaft today.

 

Found a nice m24A1 machine gun mount and a .50 cradle to put on the Dodge. It had one installed at some point because it had the holes in the body for fitting one.

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Disassembled the winch yesterday. it's in good condition, just needs the oil seals replaced. The mounting bolts of the shifting fork seem to have snapped off. Found a new shifting fork a while ago.

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Very interesting post, but has not been updated in over a year,

Has the work stopped or has a blog been made on other pages?

I have a WC 52 myself which I will be restoring and it is interesting to follow how others do it.

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Thanks for your interest in this blog. We're still busy restoring Michigan, but a lack of time has caused me to somewhat forget about this blog. we're currently working on the woodwork of the rear body.

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