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  1. We had a few hours to spare this afternoon so stripped the rear bogey down, heres a couple of pics of the rear spring seat bearings. As we thought they are completely knackered. on closer inspection of the torque rods there seems to be a lot of perishing on the rubbers! can anyone advise just what we can get away with with these and what to watch out for?. We've also decided to replace the rear springs as a matter of course they're very rusty and pitted and i'm sure would not last for long once in use. We plan to split the axles tommorow hopefully there's no horror stories awaiting us
  2. Hi Folks its been a while and almost 12 months since we bought the truck and we've finally started to dismantle it!. Lot's of nuts and bolts have rusted so bad that they were half there original size but with some determination they all come undone!, amazing really considering the condition of them. Easter sunday the rear axle bogey was first off this is where the worst of the rust was but an afternoon had this all undone and off. I only had a couple of hours Monday evening but this was enough to get the front axle off. Years of leaking oil in this area meant this came off with no problems at
  3. Think we'll take a chance with the spare for now Cheers Steve
  4. Thanks for the chassis info we'll see how best to tackle it when the old chassis is stripped. Cheers for the link to the tyres I think i've seen the same ad on Ebay?, I'd better start saving! £1250 for 10 :wow: it's a bitter pill to swallow but we have to have them and I really want the original bar grip pattern. Regards Steve
  5. The chassis is from a Banjo axled truck I believe!, so with the info that you've armed me with it looks like it may not be as straight forward as first thought! We had planned just to swap the chassis over but it we'll most likeley have to use our front end and join them together just to the rear of the transfer box crossmember, or fit the crossmembers from the old chassis, we'll access it when we get both chassis side by side . How much difference is there in the rear axle mountings between the split and banjo chassis? would the longer torque rods be due to different mountings on the axle or
  6. Hi Folks it's been a while since i've posted on here. Not much has happened with the GMC since my last post as other personal things have had to take over but we're finally ready to get stuck into the restoration. We've managed to obtain a replacement Chassis, Load bed and a slightly better cab. The first weekend in Feb we'll be towing it to the workshop and stripping her down. A small band of mates will be assembled for the strip down, then the axles will be serviced and fitted to the replacement chassis and we'll work from there. It will be great to finally get it into the workshop. A co
  7. Here's what we're up against Cheers Steve
  8. Hi again folks, thanks for all the comments and helpfull advice we have some avenues to explore now for tyres so thanks for that. We have a more serious problem for now. We lifted the body off at the weekend and what we have found is not good. The whole top rail of the chassis is rotten around the rear axles and quite a bit of the bottom too, this has meant that with the weight of the lorry being on it for all these years that the area where the rear springs bolt to the chassis has gone uphill and the rest down:-(. But dont fear we're not giving up on her, we think that we've sourced a se
  9. Hi Again folks, We found the serial number this evening we have dated it to early 1942, supposedly there is a lot of paperwork to come from the solicitor for the truck so we're looking forward to trawling through this when it arrives. We're hoping to get the truck in a state that it can be moved on the road as it's currently stored a couple of miles away at a farm, We are removing the body tommorow so that we can get at the hubs etc better. The brakes are first on the agenda so any advice on what to look out for in this area on this model would be appreciated. Can anybody reccomend a compan
  10. Hello again we managed to recover the old girl today she ran without a hicup and got alot of looks as she went down the road heres yet another video more to follow thanks steve
  11. Hi, not as suprised as we were when she fired up :-) she's still got the original petrol engine fitted. We are complete novices when it comes to CCKW's so we had to work out what all the controls did, after we worked out how to start her it was just a case of cleaning the points and contacts on the rotor arm and cap to get a spark, the lift pump didnt work so we filled the float chamber through the plug on top and away she went. we took the pump home and serviced it last night and it pumped like a good un once refitted. we replaced a couple of hoses this evening and it even seems to hold water
  12. thanks we've had a play last night and tonight and have managed to get her running and moving under her own steam even the winch is working heres a rather bad video of her first start up P.S we are looking for a better cab and body ours are very rough, we're not expecting a minter but something better than we have would be nice, any help would be much appreciated thanks again Steve
  13. Hi me and my brother have just agreed to buy a GMC CCKW from a local gentleman we hope to fetch it next weekend. I have pasted a link to a video we took of it in its current resting place she needs a lot of work but we are willing to restore her to her former glory. More video of recovery to follow we are told she runs so are hoping to go down and get her going next saturday and recover her on sunday Steve.
  14. hello again there has been some further devolopments the owner sadly died in january this year my brother and i have been in contact with the next of kin. we have been told to have a look and make an offer we went down this morning and had a look. it is in very poor condition the chassis looks ok, the cab is very rotten along with the body it has been modified to spread grit salt in its later life and is now only suitable as a pattern the vechicle seems complete and still has its original winch none of the tyres are original they are all later truck style. the engine is complete and rumoured t
  15. Thanks for the warm welcome folks, I'll get a couple of pics posted up as soon as poss, just a few PC issues to iron out first. Regards Steve..
  16. Hi all my name is Steve Millward I live in a small village in mid Shropshire, I'm 20 years old and I'm currently unemployed temperarily I hope! I'm a member of the Tommy Atkins society and attend military events during the summer and I love everything WW2. In the near future me along with my brother are hoping to buy a GMC CCKW 6X6 truck to restore back to it's original 40s spec. My bro knew the location of one nearby from when he was a child, he used to play in it when at work with our Dad over 20years ago, so chances of it still being there were pretty slim. We were passing the other
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