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Old 03-06-2021, 12:20 AM   #101
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This thread on the FTE is about a MH panel donated to the Australian Salvation Army by the US Salvation Army. Not an open cab but still interesting. IMO.
https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1...errington.html
Stu and I PM'd a bit on that vehicle. Truck tire/wheel enthusiasts will eventually come across each other.
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Old 03-06-2021, 12:53 AM   #102
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I sure like the posts from Mercman on the aussie stuff we dont see here in the states. but, now we have veered off a bit, so i will go sideways!. i was a big player in WW2 stuff for about 20 years, 80 to 2000's. the only fords were an M7 b1 gun motor carrage, same as a sherman but with a fixed 105 howitzer instead of a turret. no, it never ran, and no, i had no gun, i found one...but very expensive. 1100 ci ford V8. had 2 t16's, the flathead powered small tank, "universal carrier" similar to the Bren gun carrier of the Canadian and British army. Had about 15 dodges, 1/2 t, and 3/4t, of most styles, open cab, carryalls, weapons carriers, pretty much all types but never any ambulance. at one time, 11 halftracks. one restored ground up, one running original, the rest just parts chassis. 4 chevy 1 1/2 t's, 4 of the similar 4t autocar/federal open cab single ax trucks, 2 MB's, and even a 114 aluminum hull,amphibious, chevy v8 powered personnel carrier. All gone now, only a 1951 m38 jeep left. sorry, didnt mean to make a life history out of the "open cab" thread...i guess...i was in a typing mood !
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Old 03-06-2021, 01:11 AM   #103
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Here is a larger picture of the 1941 Ford 4 x 4 of the Salvation Army, posted by 51504bat.
Very interesting vehicle. Thanks for posting.
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Interesting vehicle, what do we see there, a water heater?
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Old 03-07-2021, 08:42 PM   #105
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While this Thread is all about 1940 and 1941 Ford Open Cab Trucks, we have also touched on the Australian 1941 Ford Utes.
As mentioned earlier, it seems that the Military desired the updated 1941 Ford models which were made from cut down 1941 Ford Fordor Sedans. We have shown pictures of these later style Utes in previous Posts.
What we have here is a survivor 1941 Ford Deluxe Coupe Utility, the type that the Public could purchase, providing that they had the necessary Paper Work that proved that they had the need for such a vehicle.
During these War Years, sales of any type of new vehicle to the public was very limited, and as such, you really had to have a good reason just to be considered.
You can tell that this Ute is a 1941 model, by the Water Fall Trim on the front of the hood.
Luckily, this example was rescued and body work commenced on it, however, it was then sold, however, I have since lost track of where it is these days?
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Old 03-08-2021, 01:14 AM   #106
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looks like it may have been army green? thanks for all this history Mercman
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Old 03-08-2021, 03:59 AM   #107
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No cas3, While this Ute has the original Paint, it is not Army Green.
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Old 03-08-2021, 04:03 AM   #108
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Here is another Australian 1941 Ford Deluxe Coupe Utility - seen years ago at a local Swap Meet. Never again seen?
Please don't think that these Utes are common, as these are the only two 1941 Ford Deluxe Coupe Utilities (this one plus the the one I added above) that I have ever seen.
You can judge by this that they are indeed rare vehicles in the Land that invented the Coupe Utilities.
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A very interesting thread. Thanks to all who have contributed.
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Old 03-09-2021, 06:13 PM   #110
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Here is a vehicle that is unusual in Australia, a rare Imported 1941 Ford Deluxe Sedan Delivery for sale at local Swap Meet.
You can see the holes in the hood where that "waterfall" trim used to be.
What is unusual is that these 1941 Ford Sedan Deliveries (USA) and the 1941 Ford Coupe Utility (Australia) both were named Ford Deluxe.
They only came in these two body styles, the Sedan Delivery in the USA and the Coupe Utility in Australia.
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Old 03-10-2021, 11:26 PM   #111
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That sedan delivery is cool. Cas, that sounds like you had your hands full for a while there. Such COOL stuff!!!!! I spent most of an afternoon with Claude and Clel Ballard in Mountain Home Idaho. They once drove a beat up half track 60 miles down the interstate to get it home. If I recall correctly, one was a HS principal and the other a teacher. I wish I went to HS in Mountain Home. I also agree that this thread is exceedingly fun to read.
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Old 03-11-2021, 12:27 AM   #112
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GB, my best hunting grounds for halftracks was the sand hills of the pan handle of Nebraska. the old ranchers there told me they would go to the surplus dealer in Omaha, and buy 3 at a time. Drive one, tow the other 2 behind, about 400 miles !!! A great video out by Wyoming PBS shows much of the great blizzard of 49. Its a fascinating story (on youtube) of the blizzard and how the army stepped in to get food out to the stranded ranches by use of halftracks and Studebaker weasels. that was the deal breaker, every rancher wanted a halftrack after that winter. search that video, its a great story of yesteryear. Mercman, sorry to drift off on your wonderful history lesson here, keep it up please!
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Old 03-11-2021, 12:44 AM   #113
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We got a bit off track by showing the unique to Australia 1941 Ford Deluxe Utes and that imported 1941 Ford Deluxe Sedan Delivery, but I am glad that a lot of folks appreciate this Thread. I try to keep it interesting.
This time around, we have a 1939 Ford Open Cab Pick-Up sitting out in the open rusting away? Just hope that it was saved, as these vehicles are becoming increasingly rare. You never see them these days.
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Old 03-11-2021, 01:12 AM   #114
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another good one! you have all these photos, how many did you drag home! yeah, hindsight is 20-20. I cant count how many old cars i looked at for years, thinking i'll stop and ask about it some day, then, one day you drive by and its gone. love the aussie open cabs!!
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Australian Army 1940 Ford V8 Open Cab Marmon-Herrington 4x4 Truck under restoration.
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Australian Army 1940 Ford V8 Open Cab Marmon-Herrington 4x4 Truck under restoration.
“Under restoration” suggests this is a comparatively recent picture, yes? If so, I am confident those are 18” wheels, having many of my own. Are these tires in the 8.25-18” or 9.00-18” sizes available still in NZ or AU? Oh would I like to find a set of them. Stu
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I think I've heard an old expression 'The shoes make the man'. With trucks, especially those with four wheel drive, one could make a similar statement statement.
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truckdog62563, I contacted a fellow who is into restoring these old Military Fords, and he said that the correct size tyre for these wheels is 9.00 x 18.
He told me that these tyres are extremely difficult to buy, as they hardly come up for sale.
When you see them, you have to jump at the opportunity to purchase them.
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Old 03-14-2021, 11:27 PM   #119
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900x18 is used on the ww2 GMC amphibious ducks too i believe, I know of a few around here but did not know those boys were having problems getting tires
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Only the 7.50-18” uni-directional STA Super Traxion tire is available in the USA. Coker lists this as a traditional mud and snow traction pattern, but STA recently told me the Coker catalog has the wrong image for their tire. I have one set and will be adding another. Stu
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