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Project by recycle1943 posted 05-01-2021 10:00 PM 931 views 2 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

two years ago while at our annual Atwood Fall festival I spotted a vendor down the road that had wooden vehicles. A dozer, a trackhoe and a M58A1 replica Jeep. The jeep wasn’t exact but close enough to make me not leave without it.
So this is not my finished project but a project made by Wayne Dyer of Port Washington, Ohio. Picture 1 is what I got that day and the rest of the pictures are what I have now after I comissioned a local graphic artist to paint and decal the jeep to my specs.
The reason I had to have this is evident in picturee 2 – 3rd armoured Division & HQ – 11 on the front bumper. While in Germany I was assigned that jeep and somehow managed to drive nearly 60,000 miles in 18 months. I was given a Safety Award for 50,000 miles without an accident or DR (ticket) and continued to drive until I got separation orders in January 1963.
The only credit due me is for having somebody satisfy my ego with their patience and expertise.

here’s a few more pics – please note there’s no antenna nor sign of a radio. HQ11 was the only jeep not fitted with such for security I guess

it difficult to see but there’s actually a pintle hook for the trailer

the seats were shaded with a lighter olive drab

the tires on the trailer and jeep are walnut and I opted to leave them natural

So that’s it guys, my home away from home for nearly 18 months – ole HQ11

Please enjoy the pictures as much as I do having this memory revisited

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them





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crowie

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#1 posted 05-01-2021 10:42 PM

Wow Dick, Couldn’t imagine doing 60000 miles in one of them especially in winter times.
But the model does look good sir.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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Oldtool

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#2 posted 05-01-2021 10:53 PM

First ; Thanks for your service to our country.
Second; 60K miles in one of these things!, ouch.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Tom Regnier

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#3 posted 05-01-2021 11:33 PM

Wow…thanks for sharing the memory! 60,000 miles in Germany…I can’t even imagine! Lots of respect for your time spent serving your country.

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 05-02-2021 12:10 AM

Very nice…great detail!!!!!!!!

Cjheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 05-02-2021 01:53 AM

That looks cool ’cycle’... Just a pity you have flowers around it rather than craters…

What paint did the pro use? Looks like a green wash tint.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#6 posted 05-02-2021 02:03 AM

Cool project you orchestrated. Thank you for your service.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#7 posted 05-02-2021 02:53 AM

The builder did a good job, the painter did a good job, it looks great.

That’s what we see, you see it so different…

Cool , thanks for your service and sharing your story…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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doubleDD

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#8 posted 05-02-2021 04:27 AM

I bet you would love to take that for a ride Dick. Nice work with the details. Not quite like driving down a country road in a convertible but you can always dream again.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 05-02-2021 08:29 AM

Great story mate. Love the Jeep.

Bob

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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recycle1943

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#10 posted 05-02-2021 10:44 AM

crowie
Oldtool
Tom Regnier
Jim Jakosh

Thanks guys – sometimes it got pretty cold and you’re right, it wasn’t the most comfortable vehicle

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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recycle1943

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#11 posted 05-02-2021 10:53 AM



That looks cool cycle ... Just a pity you have flowers around it rather than craters…

What paint did the pro use? Looks like a green wash tint.

- LittleBlackDuck


sorry about the flowers, I filled all the craters and planted
The paint is actually a custom mix – she went to Sherwin Williams and had them make 3 different shades then tried them on a piece of oak I supplied. We decided on the 5008-2B

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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recycle1943

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#12 posted 05-02-2021 10:56 AM


Cool project you orchestrated. Thank you for your service.

- swirt

Thanks, when I saw that jeep there was no way I wasn’t going to own it

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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recycle1943

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#13 posted 05-02-2021 11:01 AM

The builder did a good job, the painter did a good job, it looks great. That s what we see, you see it so different… Cool , thanks for your service and sharing your story…

- mtnwild

Thank you – yes, we all see things a little differently.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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recycle1943

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#14 posted 05-02-2021 11:07 AM



I bet you would love to take that for a ride Dick. Nice work with the details. Not quite like driving down a country road in a convertible but you can always dream again.

- doubleDD


Actually Dave, sometimes it was because I saw some of the country that most GI’s would never see. Narrow cobblestone roads right up against homes and business –
except in the winter. Midway thru my second winter it was decided to install a heater but it was on the passenger side. Lotta help there -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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recycle1943

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#15 posted 05-02-2021 11:12 AM



Great story mate. Love the Jeep.

Bob

- BobWemm

Thanks Bob – when General Kerwin stepped in front of me to present the award he said “I know you” and of course he was right. Because of my job, I was in division HQ daily and had turned a corner in the hallway and literally bumped into him on 2 diferent occasions.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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