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Old 19-11-17, 21:40
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Default 1944 Chev HUW restoration

After a long sit, I'm finally getting on with my HUW project. I spent the last few months fabricating the interior bins, wireless table, seat bases, etc. and put them in for a test fit. Not much to look at now but it feels good to see it all together for the first time. What is becoming clear is just how cramped it is in the back of one of these.

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Old 26-11-17, 02:18
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Bruce,

Great looking restoration. Looking forward to your updates.

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Old 06-12-17, 02:52
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This is what I started with many years ago.

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Old 06-12-17, 12:53
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Very nice to see projects come back to life and look forward to updates (and heaps of pics).
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Old 06-12-17, 16:50
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Bruce is this the one we helped you lift the body off in Napanee many moons ago?
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Old 06-12-17, 23:42
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Bruce is this the one we helped you lift the body off in Napanee many moons ago?
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That's the one. It would be much father along if the Fox hadn't gotten in the way. Pre-Fox I had completed the chassis and assembled most of the missing parts but then it went into hibernation.
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Old 21-10-20, 01:29
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Default HUW Progress at last!!!

I got the HUW back from the sandblaster today....couldn't be happier. Here's as recovered, stripped, and now sandblasted.

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Old 21-10-20, 04:23
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Nice looking truck there Bruce !
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Old 21-10-20, 07:42
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Good to see another C8A being restored

Do you remember your HUW was one of the first CMPs Geoff wrote a restoration log about?

See http://www.mapleleafup.net/vehicles/.../restore3.html
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Old 22-10-20, 02:36
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Default HUW Progress at last!!!

Bruce. Glad to hear that things are moving along. Still hoping to come out and have a personal look before winter is here.
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Old 22-10-20, 03:28
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Good to see another C8A being restored

Do you remember your HUW was one of the first CMPs Geoff wrote a restoration log about?

See http://www.mapleleafup.net/vehicles/.../restore3.html
This poor truck got pushed to the back of the garage more than once (for the Fox and two Victorian era house renovations). The upside is that over those years I've been able to find almost all of the missing bits and have managed to get good information to be able to rebuild the correct interior. It's been kept warm and dry waiting for this day.
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Old 27-10-20, 02:38
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It is great to see this truck finally under restoration. Here are a couple of rather poor pictures of the truck when it was recovered from a Jasper area wrecking yard in the late 1970s or early 80s. Note the I beam on the roof.

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Old 27-10-20, 23:05
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Thanks for those pics Bob. I find it odd that someone painted it Tremclad forest green over the faded khaki. What, to pretty it up for a quick sale? No matter, the green and spiffy red inner fender paint is all gone now.

Google shows this wrecking yard in Jasper, I assume this is where you got it from?
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Old 28-10-20, 01:11
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I think the name of the yard was McDougals (your photo is correct!), and they had a couple of CMPs but none as interesting as the 8cwt wireless. There was also a major surplus store on the opposite side of the town called Prices. While the glory days in surplus were over by the time I got there I remember buying 19 sets and power supplies for $10-25. They had skids of them. There was also a row of 3 ton van bodies and cargo boxes out in the side yard, and a quanset hut full of ex govt desks and furniture..
I am pleased to see the progress you have made with the truck, good luck with the restoration!
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Old 28-10-20, 03:55
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I think the name of the yard was McDougals (your photo is correct!), and they had a couple of CMPs but none as interesting as the 8cwt wireless. There was also a major surplus store on the opposite side of the town called Prices. While the glory days in surplus were over by the time I got there I remember buying 19 sets and power supplies for $10-25. They had skids of them. There was also a row of 3 ton van bodies and cargo boxes out in the side yard, and a quanset hut full of ex govt desks and furniture..
I am pleased to see the progress you have made with the truck, good luck with the restoration!
The poor thing was rode hard. The diffs had been replaced with the earlier, higher ratio ones (completely worn out) and between the I beam and the inevitable trailer hitch yanking out the lightweight rear frame crossmember there were some 'structural repairs' required. I had a donor chassis so it now has the right diffs and the rest of the chassis has been restored to what was originally intended.
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Old 11-11-20, 21:55
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Bob,

Do you mind if I use these pictures on my C8a FB page??

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Old 12-05-21, 19:14
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This week's job was to cut off the top rear roof of the HUW that was badly mangled, and prepare the donor piece. All is going well and I got a surprise. Once the old roof was removed I could see the top body rail and in a nook above the chorehorse cabinet on the upper left I found these well rusted pliers. I figure some signaler wedged them in there for handy use, forgot about them and there they stayed for 75 years until today.
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Old 12-05-21, 19:49
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Nice find, Bruce.

If you ever find Manufacturer’s markings on the pliers, can you post what company it was?

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Old 12-05-21, 22:08
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Such an interesting find.
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Old 13-05-21, 00:30
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To Pieter Bergman who's post I missed months ago,, please feel free to use the photos if you still wish to. Somewhere in my attic I have a box with hundreds of photos of junkyards, well drillers, ship wrecking yards and various other places that I visited in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. There was still lots of goodies around in those days!
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Old 13-05-21, 00:38
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To Pieter Bergman who's post I missed months ago,, please feel free to use the photos if you still wish to. Somewhere in my attic I have a box with hundreds of photos of junkyards, well drillers, ship wrecking yards and various other places that I visited in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. There was still lots of goodies around in those days!
Hey Bob, seeing you threw in a pair of pliers with the HUW, what do I owe you for them?
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Old 13-05-21, 01:57
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Hi Bruce, no charge for the pliers. I am delighted to see the progress you have made on the truck. While there is great satisfaction in restoring a vehicle and getting it back on the road, there is also satisfaction in seeing vehicles that you have owned passed along to someone who will actually fix them, not just dream about doing it! Keep up the good work!
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Old 12-06-21, 02:21
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Progress or organized chaos I'm not sure, but the HUW is getting attention post sandblasting. Here's a few pics. The generator cabinet is welded in, the 'donor' rear upper back installed, the punched in roof removed ready for new steel and the fabricated body panels positioned ready to weld up. The interior bins, wireless table and brick-brack are ready to install once the skin is on.
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Old 12-06-21, 03:05
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Looks great Bruce. Can’t wait to see it beside the Wire3 for pictures.
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Old 22-06-21, 03:22
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Got the body skin back on. I'll probably work on the roof hatches next then go back to the fenders and running boards. Or maybe the reverse...
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Old 22-06-21, 04:14
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Strewth Bruce you do not muck around.

May I ask.. is the skin new steel? If so what gauge thickness is it?

If you were able to use the original, was there much work in repairing it?

It is going to be a very nice example.
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Old 22-06-21, 04:24
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Looking good, Bruce!

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Old 22-06-21, 14:44
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All the body skin except the side body door and two upper corners that wrap around the back/rear sides are new 18 gauge which matches the original 'skin' (I took a lot of notes and photos!!). I was also able to save a portion of the roof that was reinforced for the aerial bases but the section rear of that and up to the sliding roof hatch needed replacing. The gem that saved me (because otherwise I don't know what I would have done) is finding a rear top body section with all those curves. After breaking about a million welds and spot welds it fit on great. Oh, and the floor is original which not only saves me a ton of work but has a checker plate pattern I doubt I could find anymore.
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Old 23-06-21, 11:23
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Thanks for taking the time to explain that Bruce.

Enjoying this thread and will continue to visit with interest and to pester you further with questions.
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Old 28-06-21, 03:33
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Every little bit brings you that much closer.

Here's my new-made sliding door for the generator cabinet. I took a photo of the original stenciling (I'm so happy an example still existed), rectified, scaled and positioned it, then used the results to cut a new stencil as close as possible to the original, poor spacing and all. I think the application of the original black paint was with one of those paint markers discussed a few weeks ago and not spray paint. I applied mine with a roller opting for clean edges instead of the weak application evident on the original.

Still, part of me wants the poor application of the original but it's dammed hard to replicate!!!
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