USMC "Holden" Ambulance Jeep "Discovered"!

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USMC "Holden" Ambulance Jeep "Discovered"!

Post by Azjeeptracks » Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:16 pm

Fellow G members,
First, let me say thank you for all the information and camaraderie that you have shown to fellow members on their vehicles. It is a great asset to be able to post and discuss problem solving and solutions for our O.D. fever addictions.

Secondly, without such enthusiasm and knowledge sharing, I would not know that I have a USMC "Holden" jeep. When I bought the jeep, it had aluminum diamond plate on the sides and back of the jeep. After removing the plate, I saw some modifications, a small door cut into the back of the tub, some notches in the top of the tub, and the passenger side entrance was modified too. I had thought that Bubba had done these mods and was about to get the tub reskinned when I saw a post on the Facebook G503 about the Holden jeeps.

There was a pic of the back of the Holden, showing the small door. I thought that it looked familiar and similar to mine. After reading more, I posted a pic. Andy Lang was one of the members who replied to my post and asked for more pics and explained what the Holden mods were and what to look for. Sure enough, I have a USMC ambulance jeep!

Now I want to bring it back as a Holden, so I will need the help of the G members. I will need a spare tire mount for the hood, the brackets, bows, and tie downs for the stretcher and top, a plasma box. I saw where another member a few years back restored one. If anyone can help, please contact me.

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Re: USMC "Holden" Ambulance Jeep "Discovered"!

Post by Mark Jesic » Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:31 pm

Amazing find, and a rarity ? Cant help, but good luck with the restoration, and please keep us posted.

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Post by 17thAirborne » Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:24 pm

VEry nice. I look forward to seeing it restored.

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Post by tractor12 » Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:50 pm

Did you get the pictures I had emailed you of the parts?
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Re: USMC "Holden" Ambulance Jeep "Discovered"!

Post by The Fireman » Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:01 am

To all,

The name Holden is not correct for this jeep. Holden did not make the conversion for this jeep. Holden conversions(approx. 200) were loaded on transport planes and shipped to New Guinea to be used by the Army.

Recent information has surfaced that the USMC ambulance jeep was designed here in the states according to uncovered Navy documents that was shown sometime ago. Unfortunately, I cannot find the link to this on my new computer and my old computer has been recycled.


ps: more research is being done by the National Museum of the Marine Corps personnel which is where my restored USMC ambulance jeep now resides.
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Re: USMC "Holden" Ambulance Jeep "Discovered"!

Post by cor » Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:01 pm


I think you mean this article:

MB 102944, dec '41
gpw 24642 may '42
gpw 84272 dec '42
gpw 231072 oct '44 , usmc amb. jeep
MZ-2 391542 dec '44

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Re: USMC "Holden" Ambulance Jeep "Discovered"!

Post by Mark Tombleson » Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:25 pm

Cor, there was another thread some time ago where we discussed this issue?

IO seem to remember researching the topic... tracking the references... BUMED?
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