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BIG BROTHER-LITTLE BROTHER

Post by Joe Gopan » Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:47 pm

Rare peek into my CCKW and a sneak peek at my 1958 M-37B.
I forgot I took these pics. My CCKW is a work in progress.
These pics are 2008 vintage, since then the CCKW has a few more parts swapped or added to make it more correct. Have since swapped out non AC Gauges for NOS GMC, and have slowly started installing brass data plates (I like the look and it is only a matter of just unscrewing and changing back to original). :wink:
Note the NOS original seat back cushion, I set it aside back in the 60's for the day I would have a CCKW, the bottom is one of the Vinyl Covers from Weebie.
I converted the front BO Markers to the early louvered type (courtesy of Midwest Military) and installred a NOS Symmetrical Grill with the BOD Lamp bracket, drivers mirror now has the door hinge bracket, Pioneer Tools are now on Driver side, the window cranks are now OD color, and just for the heck of it, the Heater Switch is now a GM flip type and not the rotating type. Found an H-700 keyed Glove Box Lock and will soon add a NOS Locking outside door handle for the RH Door. Am always looking for that perfect set of data plates for the cab
I also have added the name CWO Joe DeROCHE below the passenger window. Joe spent 3 years island hopping in the Pacific with 43rd Division, 152nd Artillery. The truck will soon have 1941-early 1942 era 152nd Field Artillery markings on the doors.
Two things I am looking for are a matching set of data plates and one more CCKW SWB Spare Tire Lock.

That Good Driver Decal, not WWII, but it has a place in the hearts of those who drove MV's in the Army and kinda makes me feel at home when I climb into my MV's.

The M-37B1 is rarely driven and I have plans to paint it Strata Blue in 2017.I have owned the CCKW(Danish Army) since 1983 and the M-37B1 since 1989.
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Re: BIG BROTHER-LITTLE BROTHER

Post by Joe Gopan » Sun Jul 02, 2017 3:21 pm

Big Brother-Little Brother, July 4th Parade in two days, one driver, three MV's. Eeney, Meeney, Miney, Moe--- :wink:
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Re: BIG BROTHER-LITTLE BROTHER

Post by Mark Jesic » Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:45 am

A credit to you Ben, i just love those wooden steering wheels. :D

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Re: BIG BROTHER-LITTLE BROTHER

Post by Joe Gopan » Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:01 pm

Never made it to the parade back on the 4th of July, emergency surgery.
It snowed today, these pics help me forget the cold.
Little Brother is my nice M-37B1, no idea what happened to its pic.
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Re: BIG BROTHER-LITTLE BROTHER

Post by Mark Jesic » Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:28 pm

Superb Ben, these pictures warm me up. :D


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Re: BIG BROTHER-LITTLE BROTHER

Post by Joe Gopan » Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:19 am

Spring's coming, these pics sort of make it come sooner.
Voices of WWII Vet's, my old Army instructors, surplus vehicle customers from post war years thru present, and sounds of Dow Field from the past come alive with these pics. :wink:
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Post by vj » Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:35 pm

Ben, I am ready for spring, I hate winter so bring on the good times of spring.Well you sure have the best looking cckw and I enjoy your pictures, thank you. :D
I have got four running halftracks,plus 5 ton ww2 semi-truck,1943 willys jeep and other ww2 vehicles,plus a lot of parts to trade on. Wendell in Tn.

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Post by Joe Gopan » Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:13 am

My CCKW is facing the door. Did not get any miles in 2017, that will change in 2018. Times are changing, I restored my WWII Vehicles in appreciation of all the WWII Veterans along with the Officers and NCO's who trained me to work on MV's and shared WWII thru Korean War experiences with me. Those WWII Veterans appreciated being with their old war horses and are for the most part, gone now along with their war stories.
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Post by Joe Gopan » Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:04 pm

Still recovering from July surgery, got 15" of wet snow yesterday, these pics kind of make all that snow from yesterday go away. Just two weeks til Spring. :wink:
I had this CCKW shipped from Denmark, My friend Seymore , owner of Supreme Surplus picked it out for me and had it shipped to his place in Metuchen NJ during late 1983. We did business with Supreme from 1946 thru 1986. Supreme was a large dealer and one of the first to bring back WWII Surplus at the end of WWII.
Anybody spot the "Clutch Head" G-506 Screws on the dash? I installed a nice clean G-506 Dash on my 1941 GMC 1574 Cab as it was not butchered with holes from the European mods done during post war NATO use.
The 1st Series Closed Cab was a gift from Kevin Kronlund, Kevin was like that, he believed "it was better to give than receive". Bob Rubino restored and delivered the cab from his NJ Mil Spec shop in New Jersey to me in Maine. The Open Cab I removed is now with John Cliché. Am blessed with many good friends in the hobby.
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Re: BIG BROTHER-LITTLE BROTHER

Post by Joe Gopan » Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:06 pm

It's sleeping til spring. Its's a 1st Series, I made a few changes inside the cab to the dash instead of tieing upthe truck for years looking for the 1941 period parts.
It's more fun to drive these than let them set.
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Post by Dozerman51 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:22 pm

Hi Ben,
Very nice looking GMC. I am a Dodge Guy, but love anything from WWII. Did you have to replace the whole dash or just the instrument cluster to install the Military type gauges? Also, I see your truck has the Timken axles. Not to start a whole debate on the subject, but what are the strong and weak points of the Timken and GMC axles. Love that twin heater in your cab. Hell, you could go to the North or South Pole with that set up and be warm and toasty no matter what the weather is outside. :D I installed a WC Ambulance heater along with the seperate defroster motor and all the duct work in my WC-12(Salad) and love the warmth it puts on a cold winter morning. Again, very nice looking truck.

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Post by Joe Gopan » Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:21 pm

Timken Axles? The drive train as a whole can be little quieter running due to closer tolerances than in a Banjo. Banjo? Not really noisey but if you operate the CCKW enough, you can sense a bit different tune when the truck is up to speed. Preference, Banjo or Split, none really, I am just happy to have a nice CCKW, the CCKW has been on my wish list since the late 40's, I always hoped that I would have one. :wink:
The Dash? The dash in the 1574 1st Series CCKW cab has an ash tray and different location for the light switch and has no provision for the later upper Instrument light. I had a nice G506 instrument panel configured the same as 1942 CCKW and decided to install it. The 1st Series CCKW used a Civilian Instrument display and required a Speedometer Cable adaptor, two Speedometer Cables, a Transfer Case with different Cable drive ratio and electrical Sender for the Temperature Gage, etc.. I did not want to tie up the truck for as long as it took to install the correct instruments and associated features, it is more fun to Just drive it and enjoy the CCKW experience. The layout of the Cab is representative of what the majority of those who drove the CCKW Closed Cab experienced, it is no big deal to me as I am familiar with what it should have looked like.
It runs flawless and that is more than good enough for me.
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Re: BIG BROTHER-LITTLE BROTHER

Post by Joe Gopan » Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:24 pm

She don't need no lipstick. :wink:
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Post by Joe Gopan » Sun Oct 27, 2019 8:20 pm

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My SWB CCKW was converted to an open cab by the Toole Ordnance Depot before being issued to the Danish Army in 1957. I had it shipped back to the USA via Supreme Surplus in 1983. It was restored as an Open Cab but I really wanted a Closed Cab,In 2007 Kevin Kronlund offered me a decent 1574 Closed Cab free for the taking (Kevin was like that) and Bob Rubino agreed to recondition the cab. Greg Wolanen had just bought an MV from Kevin and had Kevin ship it East. Greg did not charge me for shipping the Cab. The cab was restored by Bob at Mil Spec in New Jersey and delivered by Bob. To cap it all off, Bob, Jim Gilmore, and Eric Kosalko offered to drive a thousand miles round trip just to help me install the restored cab. now, that's what I call friends. :wink:
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