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We gained a new asset yesterday. Paul now has his own 2016 Jeep JK 4 door and trailer.
The convoy ran pretty good yesterday with only one break down - a 1955 jeep M170 ambulance . The vast majority of the Americans on the convoy are in a state of depression because of the death of Hugh Hefner the founder of playboy.
A 1983 M915 AM General owned by Kenny Fields and the trailer is a M337. The truck engine is a Cummings 855 developing 400HP. Kenny bought the truck for US$5400 and it only has 4800 original miles! [It will have a lot more after this trip!]
This was typed up by Jim Diamond of New Jersey and dictated by Good Peter.
Today is a rest day it is raining cats and dogs. We are parked up at Fort Reno, Oklahoma
We have decided to profile some of the convoy vehicles.
This is a Chevrolet one and a half ton truck from World War Two.
This truck is owned by Warren Duchesne he bought it a year ago for $1000. Previously owned by the Colorado School District. It was used to recover stranded snow bound school buses and to fetch snow bound children inaccessible to buses. Unbelievably, the complete tool kit still in Cosmoline preservative, the original extinguisher and the rifle rack were still in the truck.
The military designation is G506. It has a 235 cubic inch 83 HP engine. It has a 4 speed gear box and a two speed transfer case. It is the baby sister to the famous GMC (General Motors Corp).
151,053 Trucks made, most exported to Russia and UK
More info: http://vehiclesofvictory.com/chevy-g506/chevy-background/
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The B team (Jim Diamond) replaced a bad spark plug in the Jeepster. Lanny ready to hit the Indy 500 and take on all comers.
No military vehicles on the trailer, no spanner work. Grizz ripped up a fan belt, and Hospice Inc. made some more dough.
Police escorts becoming embarrassing, up to 20 cruisers at a time screaming past us shutting down intersections, makes you wonder if they are trying to run us out of town. Wet rainy day reminded us of home, 100's of people lining the streets with brollies waving US flags honouring their veterans.
Tomorrow is a rest day. We have a list of issues to be dealt with:
1. The Commanding Officer of the convoy wants his steering knuckle looked at.
2. Frank driving another wants brake light looked at and vacuum wipers fixed.
3. John G wants his starter motor swapped out.
4. The Medical Officer driving an M37 + trailer wants an oil leak attended to.
5. One of the younger ladies in the convoy has a clothing strap that needs adjusting. There has been no shortage of Deputy's offering assistance to help us with this issue.
6. Last but not least Weaner the camp Jack Russell, and veteran of four convoys has requested we give him a bath with all the extras.
Peter, Grizz and Paul.
From somewhere in Oklahoma to somewhere else in Oklahoma, maybe Miami OK to Sapulpa OK, the days are starting to blend together.
We decided to slum it in a motel with a hot shower, so we made a clean start to the day.
We are partners in a new business venture brokering spare parts to keep vehicles running. We have named it Hospice Parts Inc., and should make a few bucks if the vehicles don't expire. We have already had one Dodge heart valve fatality.
Our gifted toolset has suffered a loss; the 7/16" wrench is AWOL, or possibly MIA. Bad Peter (Peter Yates) aka (Grizz) has denied all knowledge, and on investigation, offers no credible explanation for its absence, after some repair works on the Dodge brakes.
Hospice Inc. brokered a new carb for the Jeepster, complete with brass fittings from another vendor.
All is good
Regards Peter Yates, Peter Haigh and Paul Baptist
Branson Missouri to Claremore Oklahoma about 120 miles
The day started with a dead Jeepster at the the start point which we loaded on the trailer.
We then got a radio call that a M101 trailer had come loose with a broken coupling. We loaded it on to our number two recovery trailer. We sent a request out by radio to Dolly in the forward recon unit to find a welder man and get him to the lunch break point. Dolly is a girl who can get and make the impossible happen and sure enough there is a welder man with a portable welder big enough to weld the iceberg split in the Titanic. The trailer coupling is welded up in short order.
Paul and I get the hood up on the 46 Jeepster. We get it going adjust the idle and decide it is good to go and set it loose.. Well it only ran about a mile then went dead again so we reload onto the trailer. This caused all sorts traffic drama and bent a sheriff deputy right out of shape to the extent that he stated that " this is a circus equivalent to 10 monkeys shagging a donut"
We arrived at the finish point for the day and worked on the Jeepster till midnight and replaced its carburetor. We used some no 8 wire to hook up the throttle linkage.
Regards Peter and Paul
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Today was a rest day in Branson Missouri, no tools used today the pics are me and Paul at the concrete Hilton.
Last night we ordered pizza for delivery and they refused to deliver as we were to far away so we said we would pick up . We get to the pizza joint and it turns out we ordered from the Hollister California pizza joint not the Hollister Missouri pizza shop. The issue got resolved.
We met the Mayor of Branson today. Quite an interesting character - he is a dog with no home who visits the campground daily. The campground operators have tried all sorts of methods to catch him including professional dog catchers. He is exceptionally cunning and clever. We were asked to help in the capture but declined declaring the right to freedom for all!
We are getting overwhelmed with gifts of tools, parts and beer. I think that the Yanks have worked out - if they can oversupply us with the above we are of some use.
Regards Peter and Paul - and no Mary yet!
Friday was a rest day and our first task was a install of a electronic ignition module into a Dodge M37. We were a bit sceptical if it would work or not however it fired up straight away and was driven for 30 miles and all is good.
The recovery team has been towing a M37 Dodge for 3 days. Kenny and co. pulled the head off to find No 6 ex valve seat dislodged. We got the Sarge to terminate it with his 45 cal Colt 1911. It will be replaced by a deuce an half 2 1/2 truck.
The pic at the top is a DUKW (duck ) that we did a tour in. Great ride 427 chev with 3speed Allison Auto. 70mins of fun, including old quarry with 15 MVs on display dragon wagon, gamma goat, weasel, tank, dukw with amphib trailer.
Down the boat ramp, we hit the water at 40mph, water everywhere. Did a lap of the lake, then home for a beer................
Regards Peter & Paul
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All a relatively quite day although we did cut a curb with the trailer and stuff a tyre.
We had a Dodge M37 that died and had to go on the trailer in the morning. At the lunch break we put a new condenser in the distributor and it run good so we set it loose. However 5 miles down the road it died hence back on the trailer. Below is a pic of a ford flathead v8 hot rod . The picture is corrupted by a damaged head on Paul as he got his head to close to the radiator fan.
The day was drawing to a close and the camp Nazis insisted we buy a campsite just for the trailer, BUT during the relocation event a slab of beer ripped the safety brake link locking up the whole rig in the middle of the highway, blocking all lanes...... some mothers do have em!
Epilogue... you CANT pitch a tent in the camp... go figure... we slept on the Concrete Hilton.. no tents!
No rain since we started this tour of duty, temps are getting up. 38C yesterday. The camp girls keep invading our air conditioned truck...
Things aren't all good with the Dodge Ram. The clutch hates Peters boot and is on the way out, first gears shot, and the exhaust manifold has sheared a bolt in the cylinder head. Apart from that things are great.
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Another bad day.
While pulling out of the camp site the trailer clipped the bumper of a parked pickup. The damage to the plastic bumper was a 6 inch scratch. There was untold drama with the owner who rung the cops. The cop turned up and did a full police interview and report. He then said that he was done then wanted the full story on the convoy.
He then decided to give us a full one on one police escort thru stop signs traffic lights and at one stage 50 mile per hour on the wrong side of the road to get us back to the convoy.
The next drama was a report that either oil or coolant was leaking out of someone's Ford in the convoy, as we were at the back we stopped and analysed the substance. We determined it was water so we reported it as stuff from the towed toilet trailer which was a great relief for everyone.
We fought all day to keep a M151 Jeep Mutt going. It would not idle and if it stopped it would not start and we would have to get out and push start it. This can be challenging on the side of the freeway.
The convoy finished at Fort Leonard Wood Military Base with museum tours speeches etc etc. We were granted R&R leave from repair work this night. We were given the full use of a huge town hall for the night. We set up camp on the stage.
Regards Paul and Peter
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Not a good day.
It started with a dead truck at a gas station. We pulled up to sort him out and then two cruisers (cop cars) pulled up and drew their guns on someone who had not paid for the gas. They got cuffed and arrested.
The rest of the day deteriorated into the worst military defeat in historic convoy history.
We had to deal with more broken vehicles than any other single day in the history of military convoys. We worked until midnight and were able to get all vehicles going in some shape or form. We were paid the ultimate compliment by the Trail executive officer who requested a minimum of two extra New Zealanders for the 2019 convoy.
Huge crowds with US flags turn out in every town, the entire opposite lane stops on the side of the road to video the convoy.
Peter and Paul
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