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About GoranWC51

  • Birthday 01/02/1952

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    Lidingo, Sweden
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    Photographer, restores WW2 era photographs
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  1. Thanks Adrian, I've got my build card already, thank you (see below-it's a late one), but I was thinking of the group of vehicles thhat were sent out to differet parts of the battlefield. The trucks were grouped together and the shipped off. I have it on my tounge, but Icant for the life of me remeber what they're called.++ I know that there's preciously little we can find out about where our Jeeps, WCs and GMCs went after they were built. The hope one first held of a magic place, where you could find out exactly where your vehicle went, down to the regiment and individual driver, even. We quickly learn of that these "Magic"places sinply don't exist, and the only way of finding out the history of your vehicle is finding the units markings on the bumpers, under layerts of paint. My WC51 was sandblasted at the Rootes Corp, in BBirmingham, in August 1955, before being shipped off as NATO aid to Norway. Göran
  2. If I know my Dodge Weapon Carriers frame number, etc. how can I look up, or find ut, in what build batch it was regostrered before shipped out across the world? I really want to find out more about my late Dodge WC51 (Febr 5th 1945), with frame number 817 41 448 All help much appreiated Goran N IMG.bmp IMG_001.bmp IMG.bmp
  3. Don't forget you helping the Finnish armor museum at Parola to get their Comet/Comets running too, David 😁 How may Comets does the Myanmar army have? And where did they originate from? The world has seen so many transactions with armored vehicles jhanging hands, over the years, that were not always kosher. Like the 300 odd Centurion tanks, that the Indian army decided to replace with Russian T54/T55 tanks. These tanks, all of which were bsically in running condition, were with the stroke of a pen, turned from "operative" to "scrap" condition, and then put on ships headed for South Africa, who were in dire need of miore Centurions, since the UN had embargoed all ars sales to South Africa. South Africa has upgraded, and rebuilt, their Centurions over the years, noteworthy is the "Oliphant", which is a highly eveolved version of the Centurion. The Centurion tank was in use by the South Africans since 1957 – at first, 250 Mk 2 and Mk 3 Centurions bought directly from the UK, but later, South Africa bought Mk 5 Centurions from India and Jordan. Starting in 1970, the UN imposed ever-more-restrictive arms embargoes on South Africa, due to its apartheid practices and human rights violations. The armored units benefited from a series of upgrades performed on the Centurion, the “SKOKIAAN” program in 1968 (there was an ongoing UN embargo at the time, that prevented spare parts and upgrades from getting through), with the fitting of a 372 kW (500 hp) V12, Detroit diesel, and in 1973 a Continental fuel-injection engine and a three-speed Allison semi-automatic transmission performed at Pretoria. CENTURION ~38 MK1A/1B and ~26 MK2 in regular army service ~131 in reserve squadrons/storage 2 Armoured Bridge-layers (ABL) 16 armoured recovery vehicles (ARV)
  4. Can't find it, could you post a direct link? If it is the "Scrapyard" I think you're referring to, it's the Surplus place owned and run by Tomas Terräng, in Partille, a suburb to Gothenburg (Göteborg) Tomas has been doing business with old military vehicles since the early 1970's, I believe. He used to get quite a lot of vehicles out of the American Forces, stationed in Germany, until these dried up. Then he bought tons and tons of vehicles out of Norway. n the early 80's he purchased a whole bunch of GMC 6x6's, open and closed cabbed. Enough to fill the holds and deck of a decent sized cargo ship. The trucks came out of an aucton waaaaay up north n Norway, and I think Tomas was the sole buyer at the auction. He's not much for computers and keeps his entire inventory in his head, amazing considering the amount of stuff he's got lying around. I've bought lots of spare parts from him over the years. G
  5. I am helping a friend out with his Dodge WC51, ex Norway. The frame number is 81725119, and should be a late model one, i.e. late 1944, or 1945 From the Daimler Benz Waiblingen (Jan 1949) rebuild tag, the hood number was 2283894 Help with aproximate build date would be helpful. Thankx Goran Noren
  6. There's quite a few odd characters in this hobby, apparently. I'm not surpised, to be honest
  7. John, have you tried calling them on the phone? I had big probs getting in touch with Lehar, until I picked up the telephone and called them. I believe I spoke German with them, which worked out well. I think they may respond in English,but if you know someone who speaks German I think that will make things easier for you. Lehar makes some amazing stuff for the VW community Best of luck, Göran.
  8. Hi Hoss, I may well be very interested, if they aree the right type I will be needing 2 for a Popskis Private Army Jeep build I'm planning . See first image for where they were placed on the wings of the Jeeps. The two colour photos, are they showing the boxes you're selling? Goran n
  9. Hmmm, 22.000-25.000 GB£ for a 1942 GPW? I can see that the head of the engine is postwar/CJ2/CJ3, or similar, and question is if the engine block is Ford GPW, it's doubtful. The body seems straight as an arrow, which begs the question if the body has been replaced at one time? What else is non standard, and "wrong" with it? For that price I would expect factory new condition, nothing else. Will be interesting to see what it ends up selling for, if it sells, that is (Guess the seller has a reservation price on it?) I can appreciate all the work that goes into a restoration like this, but aren't prices hitting levels above and beyond the levels of sanity? My two cents/ ören/ pennies/ centavos, worth Goran N
  10. I doubt, though, that that is the case. It doesn't look American for one, and second the article gives the trucks origins as German, even if Krupp seems unlikely. Do you have any photos of the US made COE trucks you're referring to? I am with Johann on this one, and putting it's origins as French rather than American. The Peugeot DMA, was one COE type trck used in large numbers by the Germans. They put their hands on thousands of vehicles at the start of the war. The Allies left scores of vehicles behind at Dunkerque, and the French army left all their rolling stock behind when they surrendered. It must have been a logistical nightmare to find parts and repair and service all these different vehicles, of very different origin. The Americans, on the other hand, used it to their advantage to standardise many of the items thaat could be used across the line, gauges, for example. The search continues, G
  11. A newspaper clipping from Nov 12 1944 published on the G503 forum on Facebook is showing, apart from the Jeep equipped with a rear mounted 50 cal, also a mystery ARC, American Red Cross Clubmobile vehicle, claimed to be of ex German origin and made by Krupp. It seems to be a COE, Cab Over Engine, model. Probably a former radio or command truck. I have very little knowledge on German vehicles, but a quick Google search came up with Krupp trucks and cars, with the, for me, typical snout nose, none were COE. I have tried to make the photo as clear as I could. Any help in pinpointing the model etc much appreciated
  12. Coke opener, AND a siren, what else do you need? Watching, and listening, to convoys of restored MV's has become a nightmare for me. Every single, or every two, Jeeps and Dodge WC's (especially WC54 ambulances) all have sirens and their driver doesn't let go of the "on" button for it during the whole convoy. Becomes too much for me, sorry. Extremely few MV's were equipped with sirens during WW2. Some DID have them, like most of General Patton's vehicles, Dodge Command Cars, M3 White Scout Cars, Halftracks, etc almost all had the twin truck type "Ooooaaaa" horns on one fender (sometimes on the hood), and a siren on the other. Some WC54 ambulances MAY have had sirens when operating in the rear lines, and on airfields, but in the front lines? - Never...
  13. I suppose that technique was used during WW2 as well. There are many photos showing red cross flags, and markings straight onto buildings, where the red cross was painted on. The enclosed photo, which shows Pvc Warren Capers, who was awarded the Silver Star for heroism after he had landed in Normandy after D-Day, in his Dodge WC51 ambulance. The red cross marking has clearly been painted onto the canvas of the Dodge. I am contemplating on doing the same with my present canvas cover or my WC51, which has been on that truck since I bought it in 1993 (!). I've repaired one tear, which I caused by accident, and I had to re-impregnate it a few ears ago, after the cover had started dripping slightly when there was really heavy rain. I have used two cloth red cross flags, that were used by a scout group here in Ssweden, and had eyelets in each corner.. So I tied string onto each corner and fastened it to each side of the rear canvas. The good thing was that it was easy to remove them, but the downside was that they falpped really hard in the wind when driving. Live long, and prosper, Goran N
  14. I know of several home made red cross flags with the same problem. I guess the best way to solve that is to repeatedly wash the red fabric in high temperature, like 90 degrees C, and dry it it in between, or until it stops bleeding. Cheaper quality fabric/cloth also has a tendency to bleed, especially on white, like in this case.. Best of luck, my friend, let us know how you're doing Goran N (a.k.a. Goran WC51)
  15. Hi Engima, I wouldn't say that the crosses are felt material, but rather a coarse/heavy weave red cotton fabric, and the white background, a fairly coarse cotton too. I would guess that making flags in a cotton-polyester material would be better, if you are planning to drive with the flags attached over longer periods of time. Cotton flags will tear at the ends, and fray easier than the poly blend one's will. Here are pictures of the flags, (I have exactly the same, NOS, flags that I got many years ago from a friend) and close ups so you can see how they are sewn. These flags are very simple and easy to make yourself. Flag, Ambulance and Marker, Stock No. 5-F-2150: Primarily used to distinguish Ambulances and Aid Stations protected by the Geneva Convention. The flag or marker consisted of 12-inch Red Cross centered on a White rectangular Field 18 by 27 inches. The flag (when not in use) could be covered by a Case, Flag, Duck, Automobile, Stock No. 5-C-50, the staff was officially designated Flagstaff, Wood, Marker and Marker Pennant, Stock No. 5-F-6590. Best of luck, and keep us posted. Goran N
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