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Old 16-10-06, 22:12
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it is coming along very nicely mate.

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Old 16-10-06, 23:14
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hopefully also a pic of the new bright red toy, i'm sick of these odd-ball trucks so thats why i,ve bought one of those common close cab gmc's as you can see.
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Old 16-10-06, 23:22
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hopefullythis new fly-zipper will work or be modified/improved to suit the forum by someone. pics include truck chassis/cab after nut and bolt rebuild and the body a few weeks ago prior to the start of restoration. hopefully also a pic of the new bright red toy, i'm sick of these odd-ball trucks so thats why i,ve bought one of those common close cab gmc's as you can see.
Ben, great work you've done on that FWD! Now, I don't suppose that, after you're finished with the closed cab International, you are willing to turn your able hand to something as "easy" as a Canadian Military pattern truck, would you

Keep up the good work!

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Old 16-10-06, 23:31
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after you're finished with the closed cab International, you are willing to turn your able hand to something as "easy" as a Canadian Military pattern truck, would you
Hmmm a little bit of a difference between a International and a GMC-CCKW LOL

still very nice whichever way you go though

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Old 20-10-06, 01:21
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Another HAR-1 is advertised on MilWeb, looks like an ex-snowblower :
And 5 days later, another one is re-advertised:
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Extremely Rare FWD HAR1 Cargo 1943 4x4
99% Complete, needs brakes freeing , electrics seeing too, and a lick of paint, most work completed, Runs very well. Ex RAF snow blower so mielage is very low, now fitted with GMC back body, also fitted with hard roof and doors made by the RAF during its service, very rare truck one of only 4 known in the UK. Offers around 2500 or WHY, may px for smaller vehicle. South Yorkshire/
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Old 24-10-06, 00:25
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yep another snow blower! of the less than 10,000 har-1s ever produced i wonder what propotion were cargo and which were snow blowers? anyone?

any aussies out there who know who owns the one at the corowa event pictured page 4 in wheels and tracks 49????

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Hi Ben ,
I find with Google This jap. homepage
http://www66.tok2.com/home2/tankguy/...06/fwdhar.html
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Old 05-11-06, 20:03
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I gather that the Ministry of Supply ordered a number for towing smoke generators.
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hi folks

those pictures on that japanese site are of my truck hence the chassis/cab at stoneleigh town and country festival. thanks for bringing those nice pics to my attention though.
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Default look whats turned up!

well, well being sold on by armycars a company in the states of all places. looks like the ex-budge one to me???
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Old 25-05-07, 13:01
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From MilWeb:
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FWD Breaking for spares

Parts available include, engine, gearbox, transfer box, axles, chassis, cab, wheels etc. Very rare, all parts in excellent condition.
01995 61555

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Old 16-07-07, 12:45
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It was May the last time this thread surfaced, hows the restoration going Ben. Found this shot of a Aussie FWD form the AWM
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Old 16-07-07, 13:07
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I found a photo or two of a civvy FWD snow-blower, with a Mack plough I think it was, in the archive I was sent. This would date to around 1963? Will try and dig it out. Excuse pun!
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Old 16-07-07, 13:17
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Default restoration- nearly complete!

Thanks for the pic, never seen one being used in action. the restoration is almost complete and i will post some pics here later in the week. I have spent all my monies on the truck this year and so can't afford the transportation/fuel costs of going to 'far a field'. Therefore i will only be atttending a few local events this season.

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Old 16-07-07, 13:18
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Glen Stones is the owner of the FWD seen at Corowa a few years ago. He Lived in the next town to Corowa but has since shifted to the Gippsland area.
This photo was taken at the MAFFRA SHED. A museum collection of Gippsland cars. The theme at present is Commercial and Military Vehicles. The theme changes each 3 months. Next theme is the Best of British. Sorry if its a bit out of focus.
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Old 16-07-07, 13:45
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Default wow, thanks for the pic' Rick!!!

Thats the truck i enquired about a few threads ago and has appeared in wheels and tracks magazine!
I think then that i can assume at present, discounting the ex-ian furey king truck which is a converted snow-blower that there are only 3 restored FWD HAR-1 Cargo Trucks in the world:

1. The ex-budge one which now resides in the states

2. The example just shown in oz

3. Mine here in the uk

Actually just been in contact with a guy in oz called Dick Carey who owns one, albeit sounds heavily modified by the oz army with blitz running gear and along way off being restored at present.

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Old 16-07-07, 13:47
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They are a fairly rare machine here in OZ , you see the odd one in a old saw mill, usually in a horrid state . A former VMVC member was restoring one in the late 70's early 1980's , down on the Bellarine peninsula - Don't know what became of it or him . I had a Parts list for a FWD HAR cargo truck , sold it to a chap in Tassie who has one of the trucks - Near Deloraine .

Glen's truck is a beauty - odd colour scheme though , gloss orangy yellow .

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Old 16-07-07, 14:01
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Default Thanks for that mike.

Thanks for the info', if you've any detailed pics of glenn's truck really would appreciate it if you could post them here so i can compare the accuracy of my restoration job with his truck. shame you sold that parts book, as could do with one myself.

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Old 16-07-07, 14:25
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There are a few FWD HAR-1's here in OZ. Bob Dimer in Western Australia, drove his on the "Back to the Track" trip in 1995. I have a rough one as well. Two were recently sent for scrap in South Australia.There was one in Stawell, Victoria in 1993. Very rough with a Blitz front end. I have photo's of all of them somewhere. I'll post as soon as I find them. Rick
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Old 16-07-07, 17:07
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Thanks for the pic, never seen one being used in action. the restoration is almost complete and i will post some pics here later in the week.
Ben,

Just recently I saw a film clip showing an FWD in action with a Canadian unit in NW Europe. Will see if I can make a screen shot and post it here.

Would love to see pictures, or even better, your truck in the metal sometime!

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Old 16-07-07, 21:19
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OK guys dont know where it is or when but have been told it was in the UK. who owned it and more important where is it now
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Old 16-07-07, 21:20
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You will like this one Ben, a section of FWD issued to the Polish army in Italy as a artillery supply unit
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Old 17-07-07, 10:18
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wow guys, well impressed with all your contributions, thankyou!!!

The last picture of the polish trucks lined up is very interesting and i was at one stage going to mark my truck as that which represented the 'wojtek bear' artillary group which can be clearly marked on the side of each of those trucks carrying the shell.

However that would have meant buying a 25 pounder to tow behind my truck making it even slower! and covering it in that disruptive camo' pattern which to be honest i don't have the courage to do to my my freshly retsored truck.

Anyways here (HOPEFULLY) are some pics of my truck taken yesterday with my gorgeous daughter 'Rosie' modelling next to.

i love the forum, but find posting pics such here such a ball-ache! if anyone can sort out my pics attachment thingy i'd much appreciate it, thanks in advance.

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Old 17-07-07, 10:49
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Ben when I download your attachment it seems to be bedded in a Windows Word document and not just a photo by itself. This may be your problem.

Under the type box that you type your post into is 4 little check boxes and under that is a blank area with "Browse" beside it. Click this "browse" button and a choose file box appears. Scroll through this and find the photo you wish to post (this area is in your own computer showing your picture files). Click on the photo and if it is the right size for the site it will automaticly upload and display in your post.

Max pic width for this site is 700 pixels wide
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Old 17-07-07, 11:53
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Default Jobs a gud un'!!

There we are fella's thats what a huge pile of money and effort looks like painted green, give me a few more weeks and i'll have marked it up like the first vehicle of the contract which it belongs too which came off the original data plate, can't remember the technical details, but below is the picture of the truck i'm talking of first vehicle of first contract.

opinions then please on my efforts, this resto' has not been easy !!!
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Old 17-07-07, 12:22
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looks fantastic Ben and so does your beautiful daughter
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Old 17-07-07, 22:43
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Well done Ben it looks tasty, hopefully one day i will see it in the flesh
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Old 18-07-07, 12:25
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Just recently I saw a film clip showing an FWD in action with a Canadian unit in NW Europe. Will see if I can make a screen shot and post it here.
Ben,

Here it is (source). If I understand correctly, this clip was filmed during the Canadian advance across the Dutch/German border.
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Old 18-07-07, 12:53
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Default Thanks Hanno!!

Never seen one being used in the ETO, especially with the invasion stars on, shame that unit markings would be impossible to see, doesn't look as though it has the 'L' british registration number on it though?

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Old 18-07-07, 14:35
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Never seen one being used in the ETO, especially with the invasion stars on, shame that unit markings would be impossible to see, doesn't look as though it has the 'L' british registration number on it though?
Ben,

It was a first for me too, which is why it stick in my mind and I started hunting after a video still. I'm sorry it is of mediocre quality and does not show the details a restorer like you is after.
While the film was shot by a Canadian Film and Photo unit shooting Canadians in action, the FWD is not necessarily Canadian. It could be attached to the 79th Armoured Division which operated the LVT Buffaloes used by Canadian infantry units. But it still proves an FWD was used by Commonwealth unit in NW Europe!

As an opinion on your efforts: I think you have done a sterling job! Your FWD is a rare bird, restored even more, I hope the people who get to see it in the metal will appreciate it's a rarer than a flying Spitfire. At least your daughter seems to be very enthusiastic about it, which I hope is a sign this FWD has found a place in a loving family for generations to come.

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