Death of a DUKW

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W. Winget
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Death of a DUKW

Post by W. Winget » Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:42 am

Had to move her after 15 years, she came out of Vermont for $3K, it had the axles removed but with it, best I could figure is they ran into a log while swimming (no shear pin I suppose) and the PTO caused the drivetrain to lock up tearing the gear casing and transmission up which killed the engine and froze the drive train as well, they then dragged her out into some woods, snapping the transfer case input shaft off in her housing :roll: , stripped the axles off (I have no idea why) and used the 18" rims on? CCKW perhaps. I bought her with intention of resto, but standing on the ground when inside her and seeing the whole drive train was ruined, it was a little over my desire on my project list...as the springs were removed and the rear "U" bar for the CCKW/DUKW suspension, I would have had to locate an entire rear to reassemble it just to roll it around. 3K (plus shipping) already wasted.

I bought a second DUKW later that at least moves under it's own power and will use parts (if needed) from this one or get them to those that can use them.
Bottom line, the place has to be cleaned out, and it was cheaper to cut it in half and load two tandem trailers than fund an extra large rollback $$$ to haul it twenty miles to it's new resting place, plus a lot easier to access parts now when you look at the last two photos.
V/R W Winget
She was up on blocks:
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Cut Starboard:
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Now run out of Acetylene, switch to Propane!
Cut Port:
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Run out of Oxygen with 8" left...oh well, next day use excavator to pull her apart.
(Would have been a good Factory photo here :D )
Bow...
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Stern I think I have a leak...note the dirt under where metal should be, and not seen is the driveshaft tunnel only has rusted out sides.
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Looking for 1918 Standard B 'Liberty' truck parts

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Re: Death of a DUKW

Post by wadefreedomvehicles » Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:13 pm

WOW!

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