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Xtroubador71

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WW2 6x6 Armored Car.

This is my current project, I found it parked behind an industrial park in the city I live about 7 years ago.  After extended negotiations (We are talking 3 years of Negotiations) I was able to pick it up.  It sat at a friends business for 3 more years while I filed for the title.  Once title was in hand we began the restoration.  We are 5 months in and making a lot of progress.

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I would greatly appreciate it if you have more pictures to please post them.  Outside, inside any other pictures you do not mind sharing.


I collected military trucks.  I sold the last two trucks a couple of years ago and told the wife I was done.  Then I got a call from a good friend who lives in Denver.  He made me an offer I couldn't refuse.  So while it still sits in Denver at a mutual friends garage outside, I now own a Deuce.  For the second time - I started with a Deuce about eleven years ago.

I have 'green iron disease' I guess.

Love what you've shown us show far.  I would like to see more pictures if you have them.

LOOKS GREAT for sure.

All of these types of projects always take more time and money that you think.  Trust me, I know.

Keep up the great work.

AND WELCOME TO THE FORUM.

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Thought I posted more but apparently they didn't upload.  M20 Restoration_2015-11-24 (11).jpg  M20 Restoration_2015-12-15 (28).JPG  M20 Restoration_2015-11-30 (05).JPG  M20 Restoration_2015-12-15 (47).JPG  M20 Restoration_2015-12-15 (49).JPG     M20 Restoration_2015-12-29 (17).jpg  M20 Restoration_2016-02-08 (14).JPG  M20 Restoration_2016-02-24 (10).jpg  M20 Restoration_2016-02-24 (10).jpg  M20 Restoration_2016-03-03 (9).jpg      Hope these help.  We have made quite a bit of progress in the last few months.  waiting on the motor to return from the Engine shop. 
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xt,

THAT'S VERY IMPRESSIVE.

When you have the time, let us go on this ride with you.

Love what you've done so far.   Keep us in the loop of this project

And thanks for sharing with us

jim

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xt,

Here is the email response I got back from Stacey:


Yeah, isnt' it awesome? We actually featured him on the show in the "What are You Working On?"
segment.

That thing is cool, and they are hard to find!


Do you remember when they blew one up in the movie Die Hard? It made me sick!



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That is so cool. Your morning commute should be a breeze. Hey if they don't get out of your way it's their own fault. Does that float?
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     At 5.5 Tons she has the hydrodynamic characteristics of the Titanic after she hit the iceberg. LOL.  As far as a Daily Driver I don't doubt people would get out of the way but at 5-7 mpg she won't be very cheap to drive to and from most places.  
     Good news is work is progressing.  After 13 months the JXD Hercules Flat Head 6 is coming back from the engine shop.  Cost on the Motor nearly doubled from the original estimate.  And from there it could have been much worse.  After the tear down the block checked fine.  But when they started preparing to turn the crank, ends up it had been turned several times previous (Not too surprising for a 70 year old motor).  The bad part is it was already turned under .040 on the main bearings.  Initially I was asked to locate a replacement crank for it.  I found a company in Kansas City that still dealt in JXD Parts.  They found me a New crank for $1860.00.  When I told my shop about it they suggested having the old crank re-welded to add bearing material.  We checked into that and that cost was $1650.00.  Both prices shocked my machine shop. 
    Then we had a stoke of Luck.  My restoration shop owner had a brother-in-law in Stillwater, Ok that purchased an old farm and when he took possession of the place he found several old motors just lying around the property.  After an examination of the engines we discovered that there were 2 flat head engines.  The first, more complete motor, was a QXLD-3 Hercules.  Nothing like the JXD.  The good news, the second motor was a JXC-CB Hercules.  CB stands for Counter Balanced Crank.  The Hercules JX series of engines shared the same Block and Crank Stroke.  JXC's were a smaller Bore then a JXD, which is ok since what we needed was the Crankshaft.  Our only concern was that the JXC had been left to rust away in the back of a pickup truck bed for God knows how many hears.  The oil pan had rusted and there was surface rust on the Crankshaft.  We bought the motor and took it back to the shop.      An inspection of the JXC revealed that at some point in it's industrial life it had cracked a piston and stopped running.  Apparently the owner did not want to deal with a rebuild and simply pulled the motor and left it to sit.  The Crank had never been turned past factory specs.  It was magna-fluxed and showed no cracks.  It was taken to the machine shop and turned under .020 which took care of all the pitting on the bearing surfaces.  The crank slipped into the JXD Block with new bearings and turned perfectly.  
     Next hurtle was the Water Pump.  Finding the correct rebuild kit for the water pump that came with the motor became a bit difficult.  My engine shop calls me and says they are still looking for a rebuild kit but that they found a NOS Water Pump for the M20, which was different from what mine had.  Well being this far into the rebuild and restoration I though about it for a short time and realized that get it done right now while it's easy to access would be the right move.  So $650.00 for a water pump went into the budget.
     So after $4700.00 in engine work I can now have a good amount of confidence in the motor going into my M20.  

     Sorry for the novel but I am so looking forward to getting it installed and hear it run.

Kevin
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Kevin,

Thanks for the update.  And don't leave details out.  We WANT to go on this ride with you.  I've restored a few military vehicles in the past.

It's never easy, but the over all journey and to arrive with a task completed.  Whether it's the last one and the vehicle goes and stops as it was meant, or just getting an engine finished.  BOTH are big deals and we like details.

AND PIX.

Keep up the great work.  Fill us in on the next chapter when you can.

Again, thx for the update.

jim

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What you see here is a 1945 dated 320 Cubic Inch JXD Hercules flathead 6 cylinder engine freshly rebuilt and back from the machine shop.
   We went a little over budget on the rebuild but boy does she look good.  It should be installed with in the next 2 months along with the new rebuilt clutch and pressure plate, the rebuilt T95 Borg Warner 4 speed, and rebuilt transfer case.  This represented a big hurdle on the project in that parts are finally starting to come off the storage shelves and go back on the vehicle.  Wahoo!!

Kevin

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Dude, That is such a cool project!  How about some updates when you get the time?
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Well, I have to admit progress has slowed down quite a bit over the past few months.  A couple of issues popped up.  First my restoration guy had another job that came up that he needed to work on.  I knew it was coming so not a big deal.  Second he has a WW2 Ford GPW Jeep that was in the shop before my M20 arrived.  That one is much close to completion and is more of a priority.
       Third has been the financials.  The break helped in refilling the the Restoration Funds or would have if I hadn't gone a bit of a spending spree on expensive parts.  First I found a Repro M49 Turret ring for a a heck of a discounted price.  Half of the normal $2000.00.  Well if I have the turret ring I need the Turret Ring Mounts.  These are a difficult set of items to locate.  I had been contacted on Facebook by a restorer in Fla. That he had a set about a year ago.  At the time I think that he was showing off what he had and was not intending to sell.  Fast forward to last month.  Now that I had the ring I contacted him about the mounts and asked about a possible price.  Well he knew the rarity and value of the items.  I accepted his price, which was not cheap, and now have the set.  
        Of course as luck would have it I came across the last piece of the radio set (a BC-604) that belongs in my M20.  Normally they are listed for $400.00 plus not including shipping.  Well I find one out of Lyon, France for $280.00 U.S. including shipping.  I can't turn that down now can I.  
          So my parts buying budget for the next few months is used up along with the patience of my loving wife. (She is very understanding but I think I pushed it a little too far. FB_IMG_1495618040718.jpg  IMG_2912-1.jpg  received_1879362062090732.jpeg

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Slow progress is still progress. Push on
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