Parts trip – February / March 2006 (Somewhere in the Southwest) Another wounded Dodge waiting its fate. A good parts truck, too much missing for a restoration. Two chassis with some nice sheetmetal. This poor thing won’t even make a good parts truck. It is so hammered from its former owner’s use. Don’t get too excited. Up close, this truck is the proverbial basket case. This truck is not for the novice restrorer. You can’t really see all the problems in the photos. This 4-ton Diamond T was the nicest piece we found. Too bad the owner wasn’t. A rather irritable fellow. When I got to the gate, I thought these were Carryalls. Too bad, these are 1940’s Chevy carryalls. Not enough there between the two to get close enough for a resto. A row of Internationals. Residue at best. Some good sheetmetal though. The best find was all the fire extinguishers and decontaminators. WWII dated water and fuel cans. Some WWII Jeep stuff. All the remains of a WC 54 interior. Would you like to have the CCKW? See the tree in the background?Well, the frame of the truck is in the middle of the tree. The tree actually grew up and encased the frame inside the trunk of the tree. At first glance, I was going to bring the whole body home. Upon closer inspection, the body was damaged too heavily to make it worthwhile. We gathered up several civilian Dodge cabs and associated parts. Dan making a haul out to the truck. My buddy, Ryan loading the 1958 Dodge D500 he bought. That is my 1.5 ton Chevy box with all the parts. We couldn’t find the rest of the Chevy. Loaded and headed back to the staging point for the long trip to MN. Parts Trip #2 – March 2006 (Still somewhere in the Southwest) The view waiting to get in the yard on Saturday morning. Entry without Ron was forbidden. We obeyed, but it was very hard to do. An International dump box on top of 2 disassembled cargo boxes. The dump is in pretty rough shape. It is a lot rustier than it appears. One M5H6 cargo box located, and being hauled to the semi. My friend Al was happy to see it in MN. Interesting stack of wheels. All 16″, we were hoping that they would work on jeeps. No such luck. There must have been 1000 wheels in the two stacks. Not all of us were hunting MV stuff. My buddy Don scored a vintage gas pump, an old Fire hydrant, and some interesting rocks for his wife’s garden. The rocks have become a tradition on my trips when Don is along. He gets lots of ribbing over them! Once he was done with his own hunting, I put him to work parting out an International cab. This is Jeff. He was not happy about sitting down inside a cab removing fuel tank straps. He got put to work after his Chevy parts were gathered up. We decided not to cut the tree down to remove the truck afterall. We just parted it out. Anyone need CCKW stuff? Ok, why is this in the photo set? Yes, it is a 52 Chevy, but it was sitting on a WC 56 chassis. Lord knows what happened to the body, all we got was the combat rims. Jeff got a lesson in Lefty lucy, righty tighty on the lug nuts. You should have seen him trying to get the left hand ones off. We let him fight it awhile before we put him on the right track. Price of being a newbie. Ryan ran the forklift like a pro. Without the forklift and Ryan, the job would have sucked. This is Travis. He was sad to see it go, and didn’t want to be in the photo. A once-in-a-lifetime barn find. 1944 Ford GPW sitting in hibernation. Not a spec of rust and only 3 minor dents. 98% complete, still has the 1944 dated lube order under the hood and the original engine crank on the rear panel. A huge thank you to Travis for allowing me to purchase and keep his Grandpa’s memory alive. You can’t see the yellow paint on the cab enclosure, but it’s there.We think it may have been a follow me jeep at an air base. Enclosure was made out of aircraft aluminum and riveted like an aircraft too. Seeing the light of day for the first time in over 8 years. I let Don steer it out of the building. He was just as excited as I was, and I had the camera. Headed for the semi. The family did not want to watch. Grandpa bought this just after the war, and it was only used for occasional hunting trips.Always stored indoors. Odometer only shows 16,200 miles. Gingerly being loaded onto the semi for the trip back to it’s new home in Minnesota. The first load getting tied down. No, the Chevy is not mine, that was purchased by Jeff.This load consisted of an M5H6 International cargo box loaded with 2 M5H6 cabs and front clips, and a ton of other loose small Dodge and Jeep parts.Jeff found a bunch of old Chevy stuff too. All tied down and just ready to depart. Jeff and Don survey the tie-down job.But wait, we aren’t finished yet … Tough to tell here, but this is a fairly rare WWII Marine Corps trailer. It was made by Graco here in Minnepolis. I have since found out that it was made in the early 1940’s and was a “Convoy Luber” trailer. It is supposed to have a compressor, and a whole host of lubrication hardware in it. Graco historian Leo, was very interested in hearing about it and is going to help with documentation and original WWII drawings and photos from their archives. Mama crow was not happy with us. She sat between 2 different trees, taking turns scolding us and cawing to her young one in the nearby nest. She was glad to see us go. The last of the haul headed back to the staging area. A quick side trip along the road revealed a bunch of civy jeeps. We bought what was worth hauling home and left the rest. Not much military, and less now. Back roads are fun to travel. We side tripped a different route home and stumbled into this WC21 residue sitting in front of a church. No one seemed to know anything about it, and there couldn’t have been 200 people in this little town. Not much to bring back anyway. Loading the last semi home. The Marine Corps trailer full of misc stuff. Ryan’s D500 and my 1.5 ton Chevy cargo box. Lots of nice trinkets in the cargo box. Closed cab Dodge cab on the rear. We got several of these, but all civilian. That’s all from the southwest. Time to head north.