My recently acquired MB

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My recently acquired MB

Post by Micawber » Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:05 pm

I regretted selling my last MB the day I sold it 20 years ago and that regret continued until I decided to invest in another. To cut a long story short, after searching adverts in several continents I eventually found what I was looking for here in the UK and duly purchased this '43 MB from a nice gentleman down on the south coast. He purchased the vehicle from a source in California 6 years ago who had serviced and looked after the vehicle for the person who purchased it at a sale at a big sale at the Benicia Arsenal, June 1946. Declaring agency is stated as: Property Disposal Divison, BLDG. 47, Annex 6, Benicia, Calif. I'll try and post a photo of the form.

Ok so buy the item and not the story I know! But, this Jeep came with the original receipt / authority to remove property form dated June 25, 1946. The frame and engine numbers match the original frame tag, data plate and engine of the vehicle. The purchase price was a hefty $659.50, sold to a gentleman from Occidental, California. He / the family had the vehicle until the '90's when they sold it to the chap who serviced it etc.

The Jeep had a PTO fitted. This is still in place on the transfer box as is the lever but the governor, extra propshaft and rear pulley have gone. Before the Jeep was shipped to the UK the mileage stood at around 50k but a replacement, and very inaccurate repro speedometer has been fitted.

So that's a brief history. here is the Jeep photographed a couple of days ago on an old wartime airfield close to my property.
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Re: My recently acquired MB

Post by Boyso » Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:42 pm

Congrats :)

Can't wait to see it! :D
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Hopefully that worked!
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Re: My recently acquired MB

Post by Boyso » Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:40 am

Yup, you got it!
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Post by Mark Jesic » Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:55 am

How many members on here have sold a jeep and regretted it ? Yes i was one of them. Nice jeep you have and i bet you feel a whole lot better, i know i did. :D

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Post by nick peters » Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:26 am

Good feeling to be 'back in the saddle' eh ?
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ps Do those buildings have any ww2 artwork on the walls?

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Post by Cotterpin » Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:46 am

Congrats on finding your Jeep. It’s a great looking Jeep and I love the pics in front the old barracks.
I just purchased my first WWII Jeep. A 44 GPW with ETO history behind it.
Are there many places like that in the UK? My wife would like me to take her on a trip to Ireland and England, hopefully, next year. Being a WWll enthusiasts I would love to visit the old air bases and museums over there. Any places you recommend?
Thanks Tracy.
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Post by Micawber » Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:20 pm

nick peters wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:26 am
Good feeling to be 'back in the saddle' eh ?
regards Nick
ps Do those buildings have any ww2 artwork on the walls?
Yep feels good but I'm sure the darn things have shrunk over the past 20 years :lol:

No, none of the buildings on this site have anything on the walls.
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Post by Micawber » Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:31 pm

Cotterpin wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:46 am
Congrats on finding your Jeep. It’s a great looking Jeep and I love the pics in front the old barracks.
I just purchased my first WWII Jeep. A 44 GPW with ETO history behind it.
Are there many places like that in the UK? My wife would like me to take her on a trip to Ireland and England, hopefully, next year. Being a WWll enthusiasts I would love to visit the old air bases and museums over there. Any places you recommend?
Thanks Tracy.
Well you are going to be spoiled for choice as there are quite a few museums, some big, some small. There seems to be a steadily growing number of small museums on or near the old airfields, usually run and managed by a small team of volunteers ....I was involved with one of the first airfield museums for some years.

Just a few names off the top of my head in no particular order:
Duxford
Fowlmere
Nuthamstead
Bassingbourn [currently closed]
Framlingham / Parham
Thorpe Abbotts
Old Buckenham {Excellent museum]
Harrington
Madingley American Cemetry
RAF Hendon
RAF Cosford
RAF Tangmere
Kent Battle of Britain Museum

etc etc etc

But I could go on and on. Best Google 8th, 9th USAAF, RAF airfield museums etc.
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Post by Cotterpin » Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:43 am

I’ll google that. Thanks for the tips. Looks like I have a lot to look forward to. Best of luck with the Jeep.
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Re: My recently acquired MB

Post by nick peters » Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:05 am

Hey Tracy
Depending on where your planning to visit and at what time of year. We have many ww2 themed shows here in the UK. Which normally have a lot of vehicles and re enactors. You mentioned that your trip is including Ireland. I don't really know what events they have, but i'm sure someone here on 503 will offer input on that. Anyway You will have lots of things to see and do :)
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Post by Cotterpin » Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:30 am

Thanks Nick. The Ireland trip, even though I’d like to see it, is more my wife’s thing. I however have always wanted to Visit Great Britain and tour the old WWII airfields and museums. As a kid I grew up and hung around a lot of WWII veterans, some of whom served over there. These guys were/are my hero’s.
One of several reasons I bought the GPW.
I’m also part of a re-enactment group who helps put on Mid Atlantic Air Museums WWII Weekend in Reading PA. USA.
It’s an old AAF Base (Spatz Field) at Reading Regional Airport.
Through that I’ve met several more veterans from both the US and UK. The stories of the old Air bases always fascinated me.
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Post by nick peters » Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:11 am

Hey Tracy
Mike mentioned Duxford as a place to visit. You would really enjoy a visit to that Airbase/museum. Lots of vehicles and of course ww2 planes. In June I was down there to look at the collection of C -47's ,who had gathered from US UK and Europe. prior to them crossing over to Normandy to take part in the D day remembrance events.
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Post by Micawber » Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:27 am

As an aside I was curator of a WW2 airfield museum some years ago and am a life member of more than one veteran's association. I had the honour and privilege of meeting and developing real friendships with many veterans over the years. We owe them much. Lest We Forget.
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Post by nick peters » Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:26 am

Hey Mate
A few years back we did a lot of memorial dedications and provided jeep rides for any of the vets who were unsteady on their feet. Met a lot of vets at Kings Cliffe and Grafton Underwood bases to name just a couple. Also knew of a little museum at Quidenham school in Norfolk which was used as a Hospital for the u s bases around that area. Maybe not to far from where you live :)
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