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 Post subject: Re: '43 Ford GPW, my new project
PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:18 am 
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Bowes Railway/Springwell Village 1940's Weekend - June 28~30th

I took all three of my vehicles to Bowes Railway since it was only a few miles from my house. Rather than repeat the report in each of my vehicle threads, a full report is made in my Dodge thread, which I took along on Friday 28th for the school visits day. See here - http://www.usaaf.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?p=9579#p9579

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See the report and full selection of photos on my vehicles website here - http://www.sacarr.co.uk/mymvs/events/2019/bowes.htm

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'58 Hotchkiss Jeep 'Follow Me' Jeep, '44 Dodge WC51 'Flying Control' truck
'43 Ford GPW 'Station Photo' Jeep, '53 Roset Trailer and a B-17G Fortress #42-31035


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 Post subject: Re: '43 Ford GPW, my new project
PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:00 pm 
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Croft Retro & Classic ( formerly Croft Nostalgia ) - August 3/4th

While packing for Croft on Friday morning, I had a bad feeling. Something wasn't right, but I couldn't put my finger on it. "Jessie" was on the end of the drive, with the trailer behind. "Hope" was still in the garage while both Jeeps and the trailer were loaded. Time to get "Hope" out of the garage and shut the door ready to go. The engine turned over, and over, and over and apart from a brief cough, no signs of life.

Everything looked ok, wires on, plug leads etc., but upon pulling a plug, no spark. No spark at the points either. So I found two old 12 volt coils. One had the wrong terminals for a test, but the other had screw terminals. It was wired up and I tried to start the Jeep again. It coughed and spluttered like the timing was all wrong but wouldn't run. Hmmm, perhaps the original coil was the problem, so I thought I'd have one more test and wired it back up again. Pressed the starter and the Jeep fired up as normal!!! I was confused, but while it was running, decided to set off on the 40 mile trip.

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We were set up with Maurice's Hillman staff car, plus a tractor with two bomb trailers, one of which carried a 4,000 pound "cookie". There were meant to be other vehicles which didn't show, so the Jeeps were moved around on Saturday morning from their Friday positioning.

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Generators running nearby all night meant I had virtually no sleep, leaving me exhausted on Saturday. I was too shattered to go walkabout with my camera until mid afternoon on Saturday.

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'58 Hotchkiss Jeep 'Follow Me' Jeep, '44 Dodge WC51 'Flying Control' truck
'43 Ford GPW 'Station Photo' Jeep, '53 Roset Trailer and a B-17G Fortress #42-31035


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 Post subject: Re: '43 Ford GPW, my new project
PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:04 pm 
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The beginning of the military display started with a Home Guard and French Resistance display. My Jeeps and the RAF stuff came next.

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After that, there was a mix of World War Two and modern vehicles, some of whom were camping and had tents set up while others were day visitors.

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'58 Hotchkiss Jeep 'Follow Me' Jeep, '44 Dodge WC51 'Flying Control' truck
'43 Ford GPW 'Station Photo' Jeep, '53 Roset Trailer and a B-17G Fortress #42-31035


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This mix of eras continued up to the REME display of modern vehicles including trucks, Land Rovers and large recovery vehicles.

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Beyond REME were more mixed types of vehicles with Jeeps, Dodges, Land Rovers, APC's etc. Having the vehicles mixed keeps the interest for me, rather than having a row of 50 Jeeps, followed by 30 Land Rovers, where you loose interest after the third or fourth similar looking vehicle.

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'58 Hotchkiss Jeep 'Follow Me' Jeep, '44 Dodge WC51 'Flying Control' truck
'43 Ford GPW 'Station Photo' Jeep, '53 Roset Trailer and a B-17G Fortress #42-31035


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 Post subject: Re: '43 Ford GPW, my new project
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A few more vehicles led to the military bikes section with a mix of motor bikes, a para- bike and a folding para-cycle.

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An entry closing date for military vehicles around D-Day, meant many were focused on the Normandy 75th Anniversary celebrations rather than show entries. While it was later extended, entries were down by 35 vehicles over previous years.

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My Collection
'58 Hotchkiss Jeep 'Follow Me' Jeep, '44 Dodge WC51 'Flying Control' truck
'43 Ford GPW 'Station Photo' Jeep, '53 Roset Trailer and a B-17G Fortress #42-31035


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 Post subject: Re: '43 Ford GPW, my new project
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Next up was the impressive German North Africa Corps display and field hospital with a large variety of equipment and weapons on show.

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A few more Jeeps from the Yorkshire area came next.

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'58 Hotchkiss Jeep 'Follow Me' Jeep, '44 Dodge WC51 'Flying Control' truck
'43 Ford GPW 'Station Photo' Jeep, '53 Roset Trailer and a B-17G Fortress #42-31035


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 Post subject: Re: '43 Ford GPW, my new project
PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:17 pm 
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Patrick Smart's Jeep and Hercules aircraft engine were at the end of the row.

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Throughout Sunday there were the track parades for classics and around 2:30pm, it was the military parade. While Lynne and I were both driving the Jeeps, my daughter took over the camera and snapped a few shots from our position marshalling the end of the convoy. For much of both laps, the front of the convoy was half to three quarters of a lap ahead of us.

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Lynne and "Jessie", half a circuit ahead of us on the lap.

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The new 60's/70's Retro theme and other changes brought in my the new circuit manager took much of the atmosphere away from the event. Hardly anyone was dressed up in period clothing and the best dressed competition was a bit of a joke. People who were there for the first time seemed to enjoy it, but those who had attended over the previous nine years all agreed there was something lacking this year. The bands who played across the afternoons each day were loud, and not as popular as the 1940's entertainment of past years.

I'm a very light sleeper and a butterfly breaking wind can wake me up. As a result, the generators causing a lack of sleep was the killer for me and as a result, I'm unlikely to camp there again. In previous years, we've had two or three vehicles on show, and a reasonable diorama. For the future, we are more likely to only visit on Saturday with one vehicle. It's a shame, but the various changes brought in by the new manager has ruined the feel of the event.

The "bad feeling weekend" finished with Lynne really scaring herself on the drive home. She wasn't going particularly fast, but took a roundabout with adverse camber and felt like she was about to roll the Jeep over. When turning from one direction to the other, the Jeep does roll on its suspension and combined with the adverse camber, it was enough to cause a real scare. We did however get home ok, clocking up two milestones on the way. About one third of the way home, "Hope" clocked up 1,000 miles since the restoration and with just a couple of miles to go, "Jessie" clocked up 16,000 miles in my ownership.

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'58 Hotchkiss Jeep 'Follow Me' Jeep, '44 Dodge WC51 'Flying Control' truck
'43 Ford GPW 'Station Photo' Jeep, '53 Roset Trailer and a B-17G Fortress #42-31035


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 Post subject: Re: '43 Ford GPW, my new project
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:29 pm 
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Beamish Museum "Dig for Victory" - Aug 29th to Sept 1st

Both "Jessie" and "Hope" ( and "Terry the trailer" ) were taken to the Beamish Open Air Museum's four day "Dig for Victory" 1940's event. I took so many pictures, I'm only adding two here. The rest of the show report can be found over five pages on my Jeep website.

http://www.sacarr.co.uk/mymvs/events/2019/beamish1.htm

http://www.sacarr.co.uk/mymvs/events/2019/beamish2.htm

http://www.sacarr.co.uk/mymvs/events/2019/beamish3.htm

http://www.sacarr.co.uk/mymvs/events/2019/beamish4.htm

http://www.sacarr.co.uk/mymvs/events/2019/beamish5.htm


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My Collection
'58 Hotchkiss Jeep 'Follow Me' Jeep, '44 Dodge WC51 'Flying Control' truck
'43 Ford GPW 'Station Photo' Jeep, '53 Roset Trailer and a B-17G Fortress #42-31035


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 Post subject: Re: '43 Ford GPW, my new project
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Tanfield Railway 1940's Weekend - September 21/22nd

All three of my vehicles attended the Tanfield show across the two days. I've added a couple of pictures here, but the full set and report can be found on my vehicles website -
http://www.sacarr.co.uk/mymvs/events/2019/tanfield_1940s.htm

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My Collection
'58 Hotchkiss Jeep 'Follow Me' Jeep, '44 Dodge WC51 'Flying Control' truck
'43 Ford GPW 'Station Photo' Jeep, '53 Roset Trailer and a B-17G Fortress #42-31035


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 Post subject: Re: '43 Ford GPW, my new project
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October 2nd - Fuel Tank Filter 

Since 2014, "Hope" has been driving around without the fuel tank filling filter. I had the main steel tube which was badly rusted, so it never got fitted. There was a filter on the firewall and modern fuel seems to be cleaner than I'm guessing wartime fuel was. The tank certainly looks clean after 5 years.

A few days ago, I dug the steel tube out and placed it in an electrolysis bath to remove the crud and rust. After several hours, it came out looking pretty good. It had some surface pitting, but was still solid. However, the filter mesh on the bottom was split. An Ebay search revealed some 0.2mm hole brass mesh in an A5 sheet for a few pounds. This arrived today and a circle slightly larger than the tube was cut.

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The original mesh was trapped between a lip or ring of metal in the bottom of the tube. I couldn't tell for sure as it had been badly corroded. So I cut out the old mesh and filed the bottom of the tube free of the jagged remains. The outside of the tube was cleaned with a rotary wire brush and then tinned with solder. The new mesh was placed over the hole, flux added and solder applied, melting through the mesh to the tinned tube below, fixing it in place. A little dressing of the solder with a file and the job was done.

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'58 Hotchkiss Jeep 'Follow Me' Jeep, '44 Dodge WC51 'Flying Control' truck
'43 Ford GPW 'Station Photo' Jeep, '53 Roset Trailer and a B-17G Fortress #42-31035


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