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  1. That’s ok. I’ve just realised from your spelling of tyres, you’re in the US? If so a lot of ‘European Returns’ have made their way back over the years. Your tyres may have been fitted in Europe but hard to tell, I’ve got Norwegian retread Goodyear’s on my Dodge and Swiss made Firestones on my GMC. Would be interesting to see some photos of your truck
  2. Did you want photos of my plates or of the OP’s plates?
  3. Here’s a link to a page with the address to write to for a copy of your build card. You’ll need proof of ownership and pay a fee. It’s ten years since I got mine so the procedure may have changed. https://www.command-car.com/technik/technikbuildcards.html If your truck has come from Switzerland it’ll have been painted dark grey at some time, if there’s no sign of that chances are that it’s not Swiss. Check your tyres as well, the make can sometimes help with where the truck came from. Mine came from Norway but the French Army also used them
  4. The chassis number indicates an April ‘43 build date as well, another pointer that it’s been a post war rebuild
  5. Just a guess but the plates are in German/French, there was a French Army rebuild factory in Friedrichshafen in Germany but the rebuilds I’ve seen from there have a CRAS plate on them
  6. No they didn’t, probably rebuilt post war in Germany or possibly ex Swiss Army but I’m not sure if they used Dodges. As Adrian says, photos would help
  7. I’ll get photos tomorrow and post them
  8. You should have started a new thread with this query but quick answer is a lot of US vehicles were rebuilt post war in France, Germany and the UK. My own 1944 WC51 was rebuilt in Germany in 1953 but has a US Ordnance rebuild plate on the dash and a German plate on the bed
  9. Yes, I’ve bought a lot from Jeepest, their parts are good quality and they offer a good service. As you say though French post is expensive
  10. They are still in business but they’re very slow to respond to emails. I’ve started emailing them in French and they do seem to answer a little quicker. As far as what they’re like to deal with, I’ve dealt with them for the past 9 years. It’s been a very mixed experience, some of their parts are ok but I’ve had some stuff from them which was worse than what I was replacing and I now only use them if they have parts I can’t get elsewhere. Also their shipping costs are horrendous, 27 Euros minimum charge for even the smallest part
  11. There you go, very simple but it worked. I made a dummy disc from MDF but it would be just as easy to jigsaw a hole in the board and use your disc. You say that with full adjustment of the free play you have one arm nearly touching the release bearing and two with about 5mm gap. When I adjusted my pedal free play to the factory spec (1 1/8”) I think that the travel on the release bearing was about 3/8”-1/2” before it touched the arms. You’ll need a digital calliper to set the arms and the spec including spring pressures, clearances etc is in TM9-1808A Chris
  12. I had a slightly dragging clutch on my Dodge when I bought it and on the advice of someone on the WW2 Dodge forum I adjusted the release arms and it did the trick. Just drop the clutch housing cover off underneath for access, the nuts are staked as already said but they moved easily enough and didn’t move any further despite not being staked again. Out of interest I’ve just totally rebuilt my clutch cover as part of a driveline refresh and made a jig out of 18mm ply and coach bolts with a dummy clutch plate made from mdf.......worked a treat! Chris
  13. From the photos, which parts are you missing? PM me your email address and next time I'm up at the storage I'll take the parts off and template them on a piece of A4 Chris
  14. Don’t think the parts are available but they don’t look too hard to fabricate. If you need any measurements etc let me know Chris
  15. Oh and I use RH Insurance in Essex, been with them over 20 years. We paid about £150 last year for me and my son on the policy
  16. Hi diggerdog, just seen this and as pointed out no claims doesn't come in to it. You do however, need a 'daily' to get a classic policy. Don't know where you're planning on keeping a GMC but my son has one and we saw the premium go up when he brought it home from storage just outside of Ponteland, my Dodge insurance has shot up this year as well and when I queried it I was told that there's been a re-assessment of our postcode call in sometime if you want a chat or advice, you know where I am Chris
  17. Hi, yes I've still got the Dodge but it's been off the road for the past year with engine problems. Finally found the time to finish the work on it at Easter and just waiting for a new battery to come then it'll be coming out again, hopefully for the Blyth Battery event in two weeks :cheesy:
  18. very kind of you and thanks for the photos. That's what I love about this hobby, the history and stories behind our trucks and the great people you meet through owning them. My Dodge was laid up for most of 2016 so I'm aiming to make it to some shows this year......hope to see you somewhere! chris
  19. Not a huge amount more to tell about my Dodge...... I have a great interest in US Signal Corps as my dad served in North Africa and Italy as a linesman with the Royal Signals and was attached to the US 5th Army. Ultimately I want to mark my truck up as a unit that would have been in Italy at the time my Dad was there but for my trip to Normandy in 2014 I wanted to mark the truck up in markings of a Signal Corps company that would have been there in '44. I found the photos I posted above and marked my truck up as 'PHOTO 30' as my own Dodge is the same down to the position of the Jerry can, rifle rack and pioneer rack. After coming back from Normandy I discovered that 'PHOTO 30' was built within days of my own WC51 and now, thanks to your photo above (which I've now found online) I now know that the driver was Eddie Urban and that he probably trained at Camp Crowder! Here's a couple of photos, the first taken in Normandy with a period camera and the other, a Camp Crowder cushion cover I picked up on eBay last year
  20. And from the research I did at the time I seem to remember that 166th was Patton's 3rd Army Signal Corps company........and yes, here's a Belgian site with a lot more background info http://www.combatcamera.be/combat-photography-units/166th-signal-photographic-company/
  21. Just seen this, here's a few images of Signal Corps photo Dodge WC51's and my recreation of a WC51 of the 167th Signal company for my trip to Normandy in 2014. The original photos are courtesy of Military Mashup and could maybe be taken in Germany in 1945?
  22. As above, traditional anti freeze! I use Prestone....£12 for four litres from Costco!
  23. Surprised that nobody has answered this! Universal Jeep Supplies, comes in 1 litre cans. Chris.
  24. Peter, my apologies for the previous info, the Ebay seller monty-2000 keeps only the 5 inch sealed beam unit and not the 7 inch. Chris
  25. You'll find the circuit breaker on the back of the multi function light switch. The sealed beam units are available from a seller on eBay, goes by the name of monty-2000. Chris.
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