Here are some pics of the Ambulance I've been working on. It will be going to the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, leaving here on Monday.
Gus Bryngelson built this body and posted pics of it here, along with another one he also built, a while back. I drove to Gus' place in Idaho a month ago and picked up the body. I brought it back to my shop and put it onto a chassis I had been building since the Spring. It's finally ready to go, and I drove it around the neighborhood for a while this evening. I intend to drive it some more the next few days to get some miles on it before delivering it to the Museum. They are having a WW-I Air Show on 3 October, and it needs to be there for that. I expect to get it there two whole days early! Here are the pics:
Mike, looks great! You're serious about not having a radiator hose leak aren't you!?!
Way to go Mike! What is your next project?
Ahead of schedule and I can't see the rip in the canvas... LOL
Tim -- I'm using the method of radiator hose clamp installation I learned from John Regan years ago here on the forum. Put the "correct" hose clamps in the center of the hose temporarily and use modern clamps to seal the hoses near the ends. The modern ones make a better seal then the older type. In a week or so, you can remove the modern ones and slip the pretty ones into place. If you don't break the seal in the process, they'll hold water. I've been doing them this way for several years now, and it works great.
While I was driving it around this evening, a gray-haired fellow who was mowing his lawn stopped mowing, stood at attention, and saluted the Ambulance as I drove by. I thought that was pretty cool.
nice job looks great!
Paul -- Next up will be (I think) a WW-I Light Patrol Car, for the same museum. Here is a pic of an Aussie one; ours will be LHD. They were used primarily in North Africa during the war.
Note that they had a machine gun mounted to the car. I asked the director of the museum where we could get a period machine gun, and he said his office is decorated in "Early Machine Gun" decor.
That should be a fun project. I hope you post progress reports.
Nice job Mike. How is it we never see the other side of the car?? The light patrol car should be a fun build.
Great job Mike! Thanks for the tip on radiator clamps.
How do I get a period machine gun for my '17 touring?
Nice ride, Mike !
That is awesome! Gus has some great historical items to go with that too.
That G sure is pretty.
That is wonderful!
It looks a lot nicer than it did the last time I saw it.
Great work! It will look great at the WWI air show.
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Mike...good hose clamp info. Thanks. I'll try it!
That was great of that guy saluting you and your ambulance.
Bob, assuming that you are serious, a machine gun may not be as hard to come by as you think - and for historical display purposes it is possible to get a permit for one. Obviously, you you would render it incapable of firing while mounted on your vehicle. Contact a military vehicle collector's organization in your area and they should be able to help. There is a guy in the next town from where I live who has a machine-gun equipped WW II tank. I asked him about the Browning and he pulled out a three-ring binder with the permits in plastic sleeves. He said that it is a bit of a hassle, but if you have a clean record, it isn't impossible. He had both state and federal permits. Living in anti-gun Massachusetts, I'm betting that the Mass. permit was the harder one to get.
Thanks for the compliments, Guys. I appreciate the warm regards.
Here is a link to the Museum's website:
Click on "Biplanes and Triplanes Air Show, Oct. 3 & 4" at the top for more info about that. If you're in the area, it would be worth attending.
I'm looking forward to visiting the museum for the first time. It looks like quite a place from the pictures. I may also stay a couple of extra days to see the air show. Looks like fun!
These guys sometimes advertise non-firing replica display weapons. I can't see why any permits would be needed for them, but I've never looked into buying one. Like my T's, I like my weapons to work like they did when new. I recently bought a Snider Enfield from these guys. Loads of fun shooting black powder cartridges. Perhaps they have a Maxim?
Gus, post the photo of your ambulance to see the similarity and contrast?
Are those 4:40x21 wheels and tires? Or are they 30x3 1/2 over size? Should not they be 3x3 on the front as in the photo of the patrol car?
Beautiful work. Just beautiful.
Looks great. Well done Mike.
Darel -- They are 30x3-1/2 all around. The Ambulances used aftermarket demountable-rim wheels all the same size so one spare would work for all.
I have not been able to post photos, and have had trouble posting text recently, here is a link to a thread that shows my ambulance and there is a photo of both side by side in the shop. Mike has made some major improvements on it.
Opps, I forgot the link