Surviving Slat Grills

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Surviving Slat Grills

Post by tizzard » Thu Aug 18, 2022 8:04 am

Out of (idle) interest does anyone know or estimated how many Slat Grills still survive?
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Post by 7777kx » Tue Aug 23, 2022 10:47 pm

Hello,
Not sure about Slat's in the US, but i try to attend a few shows/events in my Slat [111241] here in the UK and have only seen one other being used.
It was very tired and much original parts lost...but it was being driven and used, which was great.
Where are the UK Slats?

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Post by MAJ Tim » Thu Aug 25, 2022 12:58 pm

Mine is 101109 and I think there are about 40-50 ahead of mine still around. My guess is a couple hundred still survive. Many of these were not used in combat and sent to training bases so they had a bigger chance of surviving.

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Re: Surviving Slat Grills

Post by Mark Jesic » Fri Aug 26, 2022 11:21 am

Hi my slattie is 119696 and i know of two others here in the U;K;

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Post by pgcf » Sat Aug 27, 2022 7:48 am

Tony Sudds has a beautiful Canadian Contract Slat.

Steve Rivers, at Dallas Auto, has a complete Canadian Contract Slat frame (no body) that was turned into a training aid. It is very cool.

I know there are several Slats in the UK but they are not as prevalent as they are in the US.

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Post by BERLIN RED » Sat Aug 27, 2022 9:06 am

It seems that the small range of 25,500 slats has a higher survival rate than any other range of 25,000 wartime jeeps.

I assume that is due to their rarity that more get restored/saved as opposed to getting parted out/scrapped.

2nd due to limited amount of slat grills leaving the states.

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Post by YLG80 » Sat Aug 27, 2022 10:29 am

Mark Jesic wrote:
Fri Aug 26, 2022 11:21 am
Hi my slattie is 119696 and i know of two others here in the U;K;

Aah, I’m happy to read something from you, Mark.
I thought to you the other day.
Not many posts since many months, isn’it?
Everything OK? Hopefully yes. :wink:
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Post by YLG80 » Sat Aug 27, 2022 10:38 am

BERLIN RED wrote:
Sat Aug 27, 2022 9:06 am
It seems that the small range of 25,500 slats has a higher survival rate than any other range of 25,000 wartime jeeps.

I assume that is due to their rarity that more get restored/saved as opposed to getting parted out/scrapped.

2nd due to limited amount of slat grills leaving the states.
There are 450 Slat Grills in the G503 database of which:
283 are in the USA or Canada.
124 in Europe (24 in The Netherlands, 15 in the Scandinavian countries and Iceland, 12 in Belgium/Luxembourg, 8 in Great Britain etc ...)
25 in N-Z /Australia
6 in Asia
7 in South America

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Re: Surviving Slat Grills

Post by tizzard » Sun Aug 28, 2022 8:29 am

That is a very detailed statistical reply and fascinating! Thank you
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Post by 7777kx » Sun Aug 28, 2022 9:12 am

Nice to hear from all you Slat enthusiats....
The Slat training aid, now belonging to Dallas Autos was brought from myself....i was lucky enough to purchase it from Kevin Wheatcroft [he owns the Donnington Military Collection]
I am glad Dallas have it, they got it running and it makes a fantastic display in their showroom.
I hope to see some of those Slats out and being used in the UK.........

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Re: Surviving Slat Grills

Post by rhholder » Sun Aug 28, 2022 6:45 pm

Just thought i would weigh in. My Slat 117644 is still running and in good condition. I believe my engine MB-118787 and body 19383 are all together from the beginning.

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Re: Surviving Slat Grills

Post by Mark Jesic » Tue Aug 30, 2022 9:13 am

Hi Yves, ive been seriously ill with a stroke.Im on the mend now, but ive a long way to go.

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Post by 1000sunlight » Wed Nov 23, 2022 5:09 am

My slat 103768 is running well (on a GPA engine) and Ive done a lot of work on it over my ownership. A bit rough and well used - just like they should be !

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Post by 70th Division » Wed Nov 23, 2022 8:33 am

Mark Jesic wrote:
Tue Aug 30, 2022 9:13 am
Hi Yves, ive been seriously ill with a stroke.Im on the mend now, but ive a long way to go.
Hello Mark,

I am sorry to hear that, but will pray for your recovery.
God Bless and Heal You, and keep working toward recovery, as people do recover, and keep making daily progress.

We have missed you on the G !

I have 2 Slat Grill jeeps, one being marked as BRT, intended to go to England during the War.


Get Well Soon !!

Best Regards,
Ray
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