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Slow-build USMC Ambulance replica down under

Post by Trackpad » Wed Dec 18, 2019 9:23 pm

Hello all,

After years of sitting back and reading, I thought it was time I made a contribution the the 'Gee'

I have the remains of several MB/ GPW Jeeps which I have been gathering together to build up a replica USMC ambulance conversion

I'm not usually a fan of replicas but this should prove to be an interesting and useful vehicle built up from recycled junk left over from other collector's projects.

I will pist up pics and info as the sliw build progresses.

Wish me luck

Phill
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Ferret Mk1
Ferret Mk2
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IHC Mk4 2.5 Ton
Land Rover S3 FFR x2
Land Rover Perentie GS SASR

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Post by tractor12 » Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:35 pm

Good luck on your build. I hopefully will be starting my original early next year
WC12 Wc 27 2 K38s NOM 12 Holden ambulance 2 M3a4s M1a1 Chemical Mortar cart T4e1 usmc cart converto VEP GPW 5235

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Post by Trackpad » Thu Dec 19, 2019 4:40 am

Hi Tractor12,

Thanks for the feedback.

Perhaps we can swap notes next year if you are interested ?

I would dearly love to have the real thing but as a consolation I will have to build my own 😳

Regards

Phill
GPW Ambulance
Ferret Mk1
Ferret Mk2
Land Rover workshop
IHC Mk3 2.5 Ton
IHC Mk4 2.5 Ton
Land Rover S3 FFR x2
Land Rover Perentie GS SASR

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Post by nick peters » Thu Dec 26, 2019 9:49 am

Phill
Good luck with your project. Just a complete longshot. I wonder if Holden still have any blueprints for their Ambulance jeeps? Don't even know if Holden had any archives. :roll: Maybe worth contacting Ian Fawbert to see if he knows of any archive material. Ian does a hell of a lot of Aussie jeep research. Nice bloke as well, I know he'll help you if he can.
regards Nick
ps Where in Australia are you located?

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Post by Trackpad » Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:42 am

Hello Nick, thanks for the feedback,

Yes I know Ian and have corresponded with him in the past. I am also Sydney based.

Regarding the project - I'm still undecidd whether to build it as a 'Holden' pattern or the later and higher roofed USMC spec.

In the end I may make the best of both types with some oersonal mods to accomodate my 6'6 height.

Not my first restoration/build by any stretch but most certainly my first foray into the dark workd of replicas

Regards

Phill
GPW Ambulance
Ferret Mk1
Ferret Mk2
Land Rover workshop
IHC Mk3 2.5 Ton
IHC Mk4 2.5 Ton
Land Rover S3 FFR x2
Land Rover Perentie GS SASR


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Post by nick peters » Fri Dec 27, 2019 3:17 am

Hello Phill
I,m sure you'll get plenty of help here on 503 from guys who have the type of ambulance you decide on to go for. Good to hear you know Ian. Just hope that neither of you are too near those bloody fires. Happy new year to you and your family and I wish you well with your project.
regards Nick.
ps I don't know if you know Andy Seymour Down in Melbourne? He'd be a good contact for any mechanical problems you have. Or Simon (cannot remember his last name) (Ian will know him) Up in Castlemaine he's excellent at making any body panels you may need.

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Post by Trackpad » Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:42 am

Hello Nick, not sure why but I only just saw your message,

Regarding mechanical, I have several very skilled fellow members of my club to fall back on if I get stumped. This is the 10th Jeep I have owned and I have restored several from the ground up so I have a fair grounding on the G503.

Not sure about Holden's pkans etc. i may have my wires crossed but thought I heard their old files were all dumped after the war ?

Regarding the configuration, I'm fairly settled on the USMC spec later high roof version and it is being built to resemble a well used Korean War survivor as opposed to anything near factory.

It will have a USMC memorial plaque on the dash or grille and I have decided to have 'The Chosin Few' signwritten across the windscreen lower steel panel

Due to an economic downturn recently the budget was cut half which means the build time has doubled but this is one of several projects and I am retired so no pressure

Cheers

Phill
GPW Ambulance
Ferret Mk1
Ferret Mk2
Land Rover workshop
IHC Mk3 2.5 Ton
IHC Mk4 2.5 Ton
Land Rover S3 FFR x2
Land Rover Perentie GS SASR

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Re: Slow-build USMC Ambulance replica down under

Post by nick peters » Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:51 am

Hey Phil
Good luck with your project it sounds great :)
regards Nick

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