How do YOU handle this?

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Re: How do YOU handle this?

Post by timsresort » Sat Sep 28, 2019 4:57 pm

I usually let them go on with their claims, but there was one time I had to argue with a guy at a gas station that was sure that my WC16 was German-made. The US never had anything like it. Like someone said, never argue with an idiot. A side effect of finally getting an enclosed car hauler, you don't have to talk at every stop, especially when the meet is over and you just want to get home.
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Re: How do YOU handle this?

Post by D.R.H. » Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:38 am

When I lived in Glendale Calif., I would, on the occasion, drive my G-506 Chevy to the Original Bob's Big Boy on a Friday night when all the hot rods would show up. Without fail some guy would say, "that's a great Power Wagon"! I would say thanks, but it is a Chevrolet. The retort would be, I know my Power Wagons and this is a Dodge!!
As I would point to the side engine cover which is embossed CHEVROLET I would say and ask, "Well that is really odd and maybe you help me understand why I have been buying Chevy parts for it all along". Who knew that Dodge and Chevy part were interchangeable.

Another time I drove my 1/2 ton Command Car there. As I was backing into a parking space, some snot nosed 15 year old punk snidely said to his friend, Look at this piece of junk I bet this is a home made conversion of some crappy truck. I was pissed off and said to him, Perhaps you should get your fat face out of your gameboy and smart phone once in a while, read a book about U.S. Military History and become educated about the vehicles that were produced during World War 2. I really wanted to do this to him; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPhMDIVapyg... :lol:
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Re: How do YOU handle this?

Post by wc56daveyboy » Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:19 am

OMG... and I thought that I dealt with idiotic comments. These last few are priceless!

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Re: How do YOU handle this?

Post by GUNNUT in Iowa » Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:37 am

I just ask them, if based on their vast military vehicle experience, if they could help me work on my 1945 Willys MB. I tell them I just got one and don't know much about it.

I patiently wait until they finally decided they don't really know much about that particular model, but they might be willing to help me out.

I then ask them to step away from my 1945 Willys MB. You know . . . that one sitting right there.
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Re: How do YOU handle this?

Post by rondo » Tue Oct 08, 2019 2:42 pm

I've heard all kinds of bizarre things from the public. One person asked if the govt. gave me that vehicle :lol
Whenever I get one of 'those people' I just nod in agreement with them and add some oohs and aaahs.
The WC argument is fun, some people swear it means weapons carrier and others swear it doesn't
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Re: How do YOU handle this?

Post by W. Winget » Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:48 am

That's good
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Weapons Carrier 58 Command Car
Weapons Carrier 57 Carryall
Weapons Carrier 54 Ambulance :shock: :? :lol:

VC would mean?
Very Capable 6 Command Car :?:

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Re: How do YOU handle this?

Post by mdainsd » Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:53 am

and what about WX?
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Re: How do YOU handle this?

Post by W. Winget » Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:17 am

Weather truck
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Re: How do YOU handle this?

Post by ng19delta » Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:15 am

Or the ever popular "Is that one of the crated jeeps I heard about?" For a Dodge WC...

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Re: How do YOU handle this?

Post by Ghostrider5211 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:30 am

I love this thread so much.

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Re: How do YOU handle this?

Post by mvpile » Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:05 pm

Several years ago I had several of my vehicles on display at a local car show. I had my M151 with a radio pack and M2 browning on display. The radio speaker was playing radio traffic from the Tet offensive. A hippie looking woman in a tie dye tee shirt and her young son come up to me and in a snide voice asked if that is Iraq she hears on the radio.
I said no. It was Vietnam.
I said as she knows radio waves propagate out at the speed of light.
I explained to her that the giant antennas allow the radio to pick up reflected radio waves from distant stars and planets and that she was hearing reflected radio transmissions from Vietnam in the past.
Essentially I had, a time machine radio....
She said that she didn’t know that we had that type of technology.
I explained that if you knew where to buy surplus radio equipment and knew how to assemble them into classified secret radios anyone could do it.
When I last saw her she was explaining to her kid how radio waves move at the speed of light and how we could hear them bouncing off of some planet.
To this day I’m sure she telling people the we have secret time machine radios.
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Re: How do YOU handle this?

Post by Ben Dover » Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:53 am

A sense of humor is a prerequisite and the rest depends on the timing.
And remember this is a hobby, it pays to be a good ambassador and be "upbeat" when representing this great hobby.
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Re: How do YOU handle this?

Post by wc56daveyboy » Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:37 pm

I agree with Ben on this:

We are “ambassadors” to this hobby, and the reason we show these trucks/jeeps/ whatever is
To show them off, and let the public see them. We educate as best we can.

However I’m reading that I’m
Not the only one dealing with ridiculous people.

Still I haven’t gone over the edge yet on some of these situations. I’m still at the point of being “kind” no matter what, but it’s getting close!!

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Re: How do YOU handle this?

Post by Ben Dover » Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:02 pm

And if you can't be nice, humor them. :wink:
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Re: How do YOU handle this?

Post by dpcd67 » Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:14 pm

I'm not an ambassador for anything; if someone is nice and willing to learn, I take time to teach them. If they are obnoxious idiots, I treat them with the disdain they deserve.
My practice is, if I can't be nice, then, I don't be.
Fortunately they are not common.
Had a guy stop yesterday as I was installing a seat in my HUMVEE; his inlaws live around the block. He was very nice, but everything out of his mouth was wrong and misinformed, much of it about WW2, and RIA, (which is 2 miles away). Turned out fine.
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