Death of a DUKW

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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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Re: Death of a DUKW

Post by Adam » Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:05 am

Lenox sawzall blades had advertisements of their blades cutting airplanes, cars and some other stuff in half back in the late 80's. Never saw them cut a dukw in half though. Guess torch works just as well

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Update Re: Death of a DUKW

Post by W. Winget » Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:32 am

Now the fun begins:
Good to have a friend with an excavator, a Wrecker could have handled it more cleanly, it took the trailer winch with nudging from the excavator to get the pieces on the trailer and destroyed the center wood of the trailer(old wood) could have been a better process had we used some 4x4's for skids, but time and energy always make for shortcomings.
Moving the Stern around
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BOW loaded
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Don't you just hate tailgaters!
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Stern crossing the James River Bridge at 55mph, fastest way to cross a river with a DUKW, at least it managed to cross a river as it died.
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Arriving at it's new graveyard (of course the Dodge got stuck...it's been raining every few days for two months here)
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Not without a few hangups, the axle clearance cutout area resisted leaving the trailer, but a highlift jack on the side handled that. The dead 5T wrecker (batteries) sitting ten yards away sure could have helped in this process.
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Couple of weeks from now after finishing off the yard she came from I will dismantle her for the components and pick over the bones, only the carcass will head to the great smelter in the sky.
V/R W Winget
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