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Military Vehicles October 2020

Get the only magazine dedicated to the preservation, restoration, study, and use of historic military vehicles. Military Vehicles covers vintage military photos, collecting advice, market information, show listings, and extensive display and classified advertising sections offering to buy and sell hundreds of vehicles, parts, and accessories from dealers and enthusiasts all over the world. Other regular features include book and media reviews, letters to the editor, tech topics, weapons & replicas, models & toys, and internet sightings.

United States
Active Interest Media
7 Issues

in this issue

2 min
news and views

COME TO OUR VIRTUAL MILITARY VEHICLE SHOW! While it’s a big disappointment that so many shows have cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been looking for ways to show off reader’s historic military vehicles. One such effort is our “Virtual All World Military Vehicle Show” on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/654912515280897/). So far, we have more than 100 “entrants” who have posted photos of their vehicles. People can “vote” on their favorites by “liking” the photos. To enter, vote, or just enjoy looking around “the show,” log onto Facebook and type “All-World Military Vehicles Show” in the search bar. That will get you “to the show!” STOP USING THESE JACK STANDS IMMEDIATELY Many of us have purchased Harbor Freight jack stands over the years. Please take a walk to your garage and check…

7 min
the jag file

This past June, Worldwide Auctioneers offered what it describes as “General Patton’s Dodge WC-57 Command Car” at auction. To me, and I am sure, many others, that simple lot description implied that the vehicle being sold had once belonged to General Patton. Any potential bidder would have to decide just what part of the statement they accepted. You see, while the Dodge being sold did look like one of the command cars General George Patton had customized for his own use, there is a lack of clear provenance to actually prove that it was. In fact, the auction company offered very little evidence to support the assertion that the Dodge being offered was one that Patton used, other than emphasizing modification similarities to photos made during the conversion of the original…

4 min

Military Vehicles Magazine welcomes correspondence from readers. Letters and e-mail must include a name and regular mail return address. Published letters reflect the opinions of the writers. Military Vehicles Magazine reserves the right to edit all letters for clarity, brevity, and other purposes. Address all correspondence to: Editor, Military Vehicles Magazine, 5225 Joerns Drive, Suite 2, Stevens Point, WI 54481, or e-mail to: jadams-graf@aimmedia.com. WHERE IS THAT TRUCK? First, I wanted you to let you know how much I have enjoyed your articles related to the “2020 /Year of General Motors.” I am trying to locate a particular Chevrolet military truck that the owner of Timken Ball Bearings had in Lebanon, New Hampshire. It was a dump truck and had a Detroit 2-stroke diesel engine. A gentleman in Woodstock, Vermont, purchased it from…

15 min
modify historic military vehicles

Allis-Chalmers, Oliver, Farmall, John Deere? Somewhere back around the second grade, my classmates developed a passion for the tractors on their home farms. “Which is best?” led to lengthy discussions at lunch and recess with each kid praising the attributes of their family’s favorite, occasionally deteriorating to physical altercations to prove the point. By the time we were in high school, fathers were making small modifications to “improve” their tractors: different tires, upgraded electrical, and even different pistons for more horsepower. Human nature seems to guide each of us to develop individual, personal preferences . Consider how many brands, models, colors, and options are available down at the local car dealers — and they sell them all. Personal preferences are also abundant in our passion for historic military vehicles, certainly evidenced by…

5 min
why i drive dodge trucks

Back in 2001, I was working night shift on a long-term assignment for a foundry in Richland Center, Wisc., just before the cowardly attack on the World Trade Center. I had gone home to Indiana for the weekend to bring back my fully-restored 1941 Dodge, WC-7 command car (with winch) on my three-axle, open trailer. I had intended to parade it at the military vehicle show in Iola, Wisc, the following weekend. When I checked in at the local motel for the week running up to the show, I asked the manager to tell her staff that I would be sleeping from 9:00 AM until about 5:00 PM each day and did not want to be disturbed or take any phone calls (unless from my wife). I always turned my cell…

3 min
the buck family collection

The Frank Buck Military Vehicle Collection focuses on the American vehicles of WWII, with a specific emphasis on trucks. There is something unmistakably intriguing about large military trucks, such as the Diamond T 981 prime mover or the M26 Pacific tank recovery vehicle. That is not to say that we do not like tanks and armored vehicles, however! We are fans of all things “vehicular.” With about 75 vehicles in our collection, there are a couple of manufacturers that dominate the fleet. One such manufacturer is Ford and the other, General Motors. Most of our Fords are Jeeps, although the M36 tank destroyer in the collection was also made by Ford as an M10. American Locomotive Company subsequently it to the M36. The General Motors products in the collection include fifteen GMC CCKWs…