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  1. Thanks to everyone that commented. I appreciate it. The Vet, not so much. No matter what I tell him, he still thinks the 1917 is worth $30k. And that all of the his other items are up there in price even though not authentic. Oh well, I gave it a shot to give him the best information I could gather with everyone's assistance here. He said he will call Jay Leno, and that surely he would see the value in his collection. I told him if Jay didn't step up, I would still help him sell what he wished to sell.
  2. Thank you, I will check it out. Thank you for the input. Appreciate the suggested values. I'm going to talk to him tomorrow and run the range of values I have received on the USMF, and other sties. I guess, it's a matter of coming up with the high end price and putting them on the market. If he can actually split up the collection and sell individually. Thanks again.
  3. Here's the link to the whole collection on the other thread related to this topic: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/322587-korean-war-vets-collection-estimate-of-value/&do=findComment&comment=2592813
  4. I know a Korean War Vet that is getting to the point where he needs to sell his collection. Two items he has are a semi-auto M1917 and semi-auto M1919. He was telling me that he thought that the M1917 was worth between $25k and $30k. Seemed high to me. On the forum where I listed the whole collection, I was told that due to the fact these are semi-autos registered in California that they would not command the high price of a full auto MG. One suggestion was that a full auto 1917 would be maybe $20k and semi-auto would be closer to $3,500. Quite a difference, so thought I would post
  5. The kids were happy, and there were high fives all around: Here's what they looked like in one piece: Here's a couple of shots of the '43 MBT trailer: It's all together now. Mostly, I am on a mission now to get the Carryall done as I am really excited to work on the Dodge VC1.
  6. Hi Kay, I have a couple irons in the fire so to speak. I took some time this last year and restored a 1943 Willys MBT trailer. I was thinking of posting a thread on that showing the start to finish. I might do that over the holidays. I have been working on a 1941 Dodge WC26 Carryall. I had thought about a thread on that as well. Here's a couple of photos. This is what it looked like when I adopted it: Here's what it looks like now: Actually, I have most of the chassis completed: I also picked up a 1942 Dodge WC57 Command Car for restoration:
  7. You know, after about five years or so years I have less than 200 miles on it. Most in the first month of completing. It has been years since I have really driven it. With work and my other projects, I find that my real enjoyment when I have a Saturday free is the restoration of these historic vehicles. Finished my Command Car a couple years ago, and I think I just broke 100 miles on it. Once again, busy working on another vehicle when I get any free time at home.
  8. Been some time since I posted a photo of the GPW. I finally completed the '43 Willys MBT trailer project, so brought it out with the GPW for a little display today. Plus, Ralphie has been bugging me for some time to get the GPW out of the garage, so I finally acquiesced and made it happen today:
  9. I think this has been posted before a few times, but still a great vintage film dedicated to the Jeep:
  10. Looks very nice! I would be interested in your serial number and date of delivery as well.
  11. Well, next time you see it you can sign it. I did give you credit for the bracket earlier in the thread. Fit like a glove!
  12. That's funny! Here are a couple of reference photos. Would hope mine turn out as nice as these: Here's a Dodge WC22: Dodge WC63
  13. Thank you Ron! Hi Mikie, Thank you! Yes, it's hard to believe that that was almost one year ago now. They just had the 2017 show in Cleveland, Oh. I would have loved to drag the CC there, but just could fit it in. It's rare and nice to have the show out here in CalifornIA. Actually, I really like the Red Cross Clubmobiles. I really think that would be a project I could sink my teeth into: Hi Kat, Thank you. The beach sounds great right about now. We finally snapped our streak of 100 plus degree days at 19. Just for a day or two as another lo
  14. Thank you! It has been a fun project. I really enjoyed the research aspect of the radio cars of the era. I don't think there is another as complete as this. And if there is, I wish it woulda popped up, so I coulda copied it!
  15. Thanks to Robin on this forum for making me the replica speaker box holder. Also, one can see the upper shock mount for the transmitter. The receiver shock mounts are tough to see:: Also installed the now painted doors for the first time. I have only seen the doors in a rendering in a manual, but I think these look pretty decent. The latches on eye bolt locks work great. I now need a rod to insert through the eye bolts to allow for the locking of the cabinet: Of Course, I had to stencil my work: Just a few more little things to do at this point:
  16. This is the rendition I settled on for the lightning bolt. Now I had to figure out how to paint it on: So, while I slept on that for a few nights, it was back to the radio cabinet install. I mounted up the lower shock mounts for the radios: Hulked the cabinet into position: Had to make up some upper tie straps for the radio cabinet on both sides. It was really shaky only being bolted to the floor: I finally figured out how to paint the lightning bolts:
  17. After I drilled all of the holes for the radio shock mounts, I was ready to prime and paint: Lots of nooks a crannies to get into to cover with primer and paint: Sanded everything to get ready for the OD: I wanted to try and duplicate a period photo with a lightning bolt on the side of the command car. Let me tell you I'm no artist and took me quite a while to make what I thought was a proper replica of the bolt. Here are some renditions: Here is the period photo I was looking at:
  18. Hi Kat. Geez, I guess I have been gold bricking, eh? Haven't done a great deal, but thought I better get you caught up! I did receive my data plates all the way from Norway. They turned out great as usual. Robert de Ruyter does a great job: Here are the other plates. I had the NOTE plates made special as none were available for the 1/2 ton radio cars. All of the plates made are for the 3/4 ton cars, so all of the replacement plates on the 1/2 ton radio cars I see use the available 3/4 ton radio command car NOTE plate. I just wanted to be original. Plus, I had some extra
  19. Looks great Robin! You really do need to take her out for a spin...
  20. He sure did. I like how he shows the reflection of the hut and tree in the water on the drawing with the pile driver on the pier. I'm with you. I have zero artistic ability. Now straight lines, with a ruler, that's right up my alley!
  21. Some of you may find these as interesting as I did. These were drawn by a fella that lived across the street from our office. His name was Luther Abner Burns, and everyone called him "Ab." He passed away at the age of 98 in 2012. Ab was a bit of an artist in his spare time. This week the next door neighbor, who knows I am a WWII buff, gave me some of Ab's drawings depicting scenes from his WWII days in the 873rd Engineer Aviation Battalion. Although I'm fairly certain these were done by Ab from memory in the 1980's, they are still really neat. There are about 30 drawings all together.
  22. Hi Kat, Yes, that poster board came in handy to make a template. A lot of little things to make holes for. The forklift attachment on the tractor is really coming in handy. It's like have an extra person to help me out! I can't wait to get the radio cabinet painted and installed. Those shock mounts are pretty neat. I have a couple of WWII airplane radios that have the shock mounts. They really knew what they were doing back then that's for sure. I bet the B-25 is really coming along. Now that is a project!
  23. Hi Johan, Thanks! On the JC, those in the photo on the command car are 1941 galvanized gas cans marked with a G stamped on the sides near the top. I just found a 1941 water can that is exactly like the 1941 gas can with the exception that it has a W stamped on the sides near the top. Both the gas and water 1941 galvanized cans have the straight eared two tab screw lids. In 1942 the water cans, as you know, began to have the cantilevered large non-screw cap lid. The gas cans then began to migrate to the four rolled over tabs. I have three 1941 galvanized gas cans and they all have
  24. Also had to make a bracket for the transmitter: I then riveted the hasp latches to the radio cabinet doors and installed the eye bolt locks. I was a little worried about the door rattling, but after adjusting the eye bolts the doors are nice and tight when closed: Still need to figure out a locking rod arrangement: Fitted the upper shock mounts as well as the lower shock mounts for the different radio components: Then I dropped it in the rear of the car today. A few fitment issues, but I think I have it where I need it now and drilled all of the mount
  25. There was a big car show in the area and with it there were about 15 other small shows leading up to the big show with over 2000 cars. I went to the one at Shasta Dam: They let us cruise across the dam: Parting shot of the three Shastas. Shasta Dam, Lake Shasta and Mount Shasta at about 14,000' elevation in the background: Even with all the hot rods there. I won a major award...if you saw a Christmas Story you know what I mean. Only about 60-70 cars there, but everyone liked the command car: Here's a little video of the ride across the dam:
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