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Australian Plymouth utility

Post by Mike Kelly » Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:56 am

Some of these cars were issued to the US forces serving here in Australia .

Its a 1941 Plymouth based utility .... they came in three versions :
Dodge , De Soto and Plymouth.. but it was just a case of badge engineering , they were all Plymouths with different grilles and badges .


The mechanicals and chassis were all Canadian built , the engine is the long block Canadian motor 3 -3/8" bore 4/1/16" stroke , its about 2 inches longer than the US engine . The body was built here by Richards of South Australia , which was taken over by Chrylser .

There was also a 1941 Ford and Chevy utility made for the army .





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1981

Post by Mike Kelly » Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:13 am

That is me with hat on , doing a deal with the owner of this army 41 Plymouth utility , he reminded me of James Cagney , the actor .

He had this car since 1956 and he drove it to work everyday . I drove it home in busy Melbourne traffic .. It was very tired mechanically .

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ww2 pic

Post by Mike Kelly » Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:38 am

Here's a WW2 pic of a US soldier with an Australian military Plymouth utility . The strange looking device on the LH side of the cab , is a gallows for punishing .... sorry I mean its a LAA mount for a bren gun . The mount was refered to as the gallows LAA mount . A bren light machine gun was used in the AA role by the guy in the roof hatch .... shooting at zeros possibly !

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Post by Jon » Wed Aug 29, 2007 3:37 pm

Sweet looking ute Mike. Did you find an original hatch? or is it fabricated?.

I see the AWM pic shows what looks like a water bag hanger on the front bumper. Did you find an original of one too?

Your photos look like they were taken at Canungra....probably not tho'.

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Post by lindyp38 » Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:27 pm

AWESOME PICS......MY PLYMOUTH IS COMING ALONG NICELY.......SEEMS LIKE FINDING PARTS IS A BIT HARDER THAN FINDING PARTS FOR MY 45MB........

IM CURIOUS ABOUT THE INTERIOR......WHAT COLOR, MATERIALS, SO FORTH.....

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ute

Post by Mike Kelly » Wed Aug 29, 2007 10:20 pm

hi Guys

The restored ute is owned by Ron Sutton from QLD , I should have made that clear , the pics were taken at Corowa MV rally 2004 , its the Dodge version . My ute from 1981 , is a different vehicle , the Plymouth version , I drove it around for a while , but the engine was tired and it needed a lot of work .

Lindyp38 , the interior was fairly basic , the seat squab was in two sections , the passenger could remove his squab and stand on a wooden base and hang out the roof hatch . After the war civilian owners often removed the hatch and filled in the roof panel. Also ,the windscreen frame is made from a brass extrusion , the screen folds out .

Ill find a pic of the engine bay for you . I also had a De Soto version , it had a fake De Soto grill , why they did that Ill never know , all 3 were the same except for the grilles and badges . The de Soto had some flashy trim too . We think the whole production run was around 600-700 .

Jon , the roof hatches are to a Aust. pattern , similar to those seen on Aust. built Blitz cabs .

1. Plymouth had the standard 41 Plymouth grill
2. Dodge had a fake grill, different to the Nth. American 41 Dodge's
3. De Soto had a fake grill , again different to the Nth American cars .



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1941 Ford ute

Post by Mike Kelly » Wed Aug 29, 2007 10:38 pm

Here's is a 1941 Ford 12cwt ute in Townsville QLD . These are rarer than the Plymouths , very few of them survived . A friend here has been slowly restoring one for many years .

The Ford has a squarer back to the cab , apparently they modified 41 sedan body shells and cut them down into utes .... it has the 41 Ford car type grill , you can just make out the parking lights on the top of the front guards ( fenders ).

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Post by lindyp38 » Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:19 am

WOULD U HAPPEN TO HAVE A CLOSE UP SHOT OF THE OIL FILTER....?

IM GOIN TO CHANGE OUT THE CIVVY FILTER FOR A MILITARY ONE....ITS ALREADY PAINTED UP........ID LOVE TO SEE HOW U INSTALLED URS...

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