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Aucton Find: in NM from Sandia Army Base

Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 6:03 pm
by DDTrustee
Got a call from a friend that attends the local Govt Surplus auctions in ABQ and said a couple of military vehicles were coming up for auction. Found a pair of Chenoweth FAVs up for sale at auction and a M4? (data trailer). Allegedly they were owned by the DEPT of energy – one had a DOE sticker on the frame – other not. One with side baskets and the other not. Smoke mortar launcher on one but not the other and bubba worked on the two dashes! Restoring for movie use and driving in the desert! Only one bidder other than me.

Re: Aucton Find: in NM from Sandia Army Base

Posted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:27 pm
by diamondjim
is it on GovPlanet or government liq ?

Re: Aucton Find: in NM from Sandia Army Base

Posted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 7:18 pm
by DDTrustee
No they were on a local auction company's calendar. The base has a big tenant (Sandia National Laboratory) that sends a lot of stuff to the auction and it does not go to GOVPLANET.... The other bases in NM send all their stuff to GOVPLANET.
They have a huge electronics auction an then a miscellaneous auctions with chairs, desks, and odds and ends - which is here the vehicles often show up....

Re: Aucton Find: in NM from Sandia Army Base

Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:00 pm
by diamondjim
did you win the bid on the fav's,was looking on bentlays auctions and may have missed it,jim

Re: Aucton Find: in NM from Sandia Army Base

Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:17 pm
by DDTrustee
Yep! The internet bidder stopped at $1300 (each) and the floor bidder I was bidding against stopped at $3100....I bought both of them for $3200 plus the standard buyer fees and taxes. already assembling parts to take them back to the original configurations. Someone buggered the dashes. One had the side baskets and one did not. One had the smoke mortar attachment base and one did not. One was missing a few of the original set of ten Bilstein shocks. Both were missing the original headlights and tail lights but the brackets were there. One was missing the air log wit the K&N 'mushroom' air cleaners. Both were missing the air duct over the carb. Seats were trashed!!!!! Neither was hit or damaged by driving - not handled to rough - no dents, no bruises! Exciting to own; more exciting to think about driving them as a pair in the desert & sand dunes somewhere!!!!
I wasn't going to let them get away!!!!!....the other floor bidder knew it.

Re: Aucton Find: in NM from Sandia Army Base

Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:04 am
by dcartledge
Congrats!!

I have one coming next month. Missing baskets and shocks - if you find a source please share....

I have a local fabricator who can make baskets if someone could send me details pics and dimensions.

D

Re: Aucton Find: in NM from Sandia Army Base

Posted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:57 pm
by SGT Fish
I am insanely jealous. I built a loose replica before I got married but sold It before I rebuilt the motor and installed it. Still debating building another now that I have room. Though a modern sxs would probably be more suitable for me

Re: Aucton Find: in NM from Sandia Army Base

Posted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 1:09 pm
by DDTrustee
I have a friend here in NM that bought a Chenowth short frame direct from them without anything attached in mid 1980s he want sot sell - anyone interested???? - PM will get you a name and phone number. He doesn't want it...not interested in building it - would probably part with it reasonably priced. Think it was for a VW power train.

Will ahve two orignal Chenowth dash panel FS in a few months

Posted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 1:18 pm
by DDTrustee
I am replacing my dash panels with new ones reman’ed by a FAV expert….the old ones have the US GI three-lever light switch (box) part removed and a piece of aluminum pop-reverted in with switches and lights (not the original Chenowth light switch box part in the panel). Other than that modification the dashes are stock-original Chenowth manufacture. The light switch box could be reman’ed fairly easily from sheet metal for someone doing an FAV with a damaged dash or missing dash or one from scratch. Let me know if you are interested. The panel I am removing is original and is very nice shape except missing the three-lever switch box.
BTW – I have all the FAV manuals but the parts manual leaves much to be desired – no crossover info - all parts listed as Chenowth Mfg.…..NOT! Some good routing diagrams but that’s about it.