December 9, 2002
Evaluation & Recommendations
The History of This Gun Truck's Restoration:
Gun Truck Book
OUT OF STOCK
Project Truck Passenger Side
(Photo circa 9/2002)
Project Truck Driver Side
(Photo circa 9/2002)
Dave Coward assembling and testing the intercom system.
(Photo circa 11/2002)
Committee personnel consisting of Mark, Ed and Randy completed
evaluation on October 4, 2002 and noted the following. Overall the
exterior of the truck is in excellent condition with
minimal deterioration to the body and chassis. However, there is a hole
in the bed of the truck, where a square plate was removed to access the
underpart of the chassis for some type of repair and the battery box is
rotten through. The electrical system is in good condition with the
exception of the lighting system and dash panel gauges, which needs
work. There are minor mechanical problems associated with the lack of
maintenance and the fact that the vehicle has sat idle for a while. The
tires are currently sufficient although replacement would be
at a later date. Currently, there is a "NEW’ vinyl top installed over
the cab. There is no rear canvas and the seats in the cab need to be
recovered. The exterior finish has had many paint jobs over the years
resulting in a rough chipped surface. Additionally, the glass in the
driver's side door is cracked and the wiper blades are missing. The
engine was serviced by the previous owner and runs strong. The mileage
on the odometer reads 22,805.
Recommendation of the committee is as follows: The exterior of the vehicle be either sand blasted to bare metal, primed and painted or sanded by mechanical means until a smooth finish is obtained, primed and painted. The committee recommends that the vehicle be painted semi-gloss black, which would be historically correct. Prior to applying paint, the armored box will be assembled and welded to the bed and any minor metal problems will be repaired.
When painting is completed, mechanical and wiring deficiencies will be repaired so that the truck will be operational. Door and windshield armor will be addressed separately after the rear box is completed. It is the recommendation of the committee that all items needed to complete the project be acquired prior to starting the restoration. This will include any electrical and mechanical items, steel, paint and what ever else is necessary to put the truck in a safe operating condition. Certain aspects of the restoration such as sanding and painting, welding and fabrication will be assigned to the most qualified volunteers who exhibits an interest in assisting the club "Gun Truck Committee" with this project.
The chairman recommend that all costs associated with this project is raised through donations and fundraising efforts. The associated costs of licensing, registration and insurance are to be paid for by the "MTA" since the club is the owner of the vehicle.
Outfitting this "Club" vehicle is in itself a project. Cost factors dictate that it is impractical at this time to expect to be able to purchase all the items necessary to completely outfit this truck in the manner to be historically correct. Therefore, the "Gun Truck Committee" will be posting a list of items we are trying to acquire through donations to achieve this goal. The committee recommends that the stake pockets for the bed be left functional so that the bows and canvas can still be installed to cover the bed when the truck is not in use. It is my understanding that Colonel Dwyer has granted permission for the vehicle to be stored at Dover Armory when not in use. Although the vehicle will be locked in a secure location the canvas is still necessary to prevent deterioration of the finish and installed equipment. Lastly, the committee request and recommend that a page is posted on the club "web site" so that all members can be kept informed of the progress that the committee is making.
As This Is A Club Project, Any And All Help Will Be Appreciated!
The committee recommends, as previously stated, that the "MTA" be responsible for licensing, registration and insurance. Currently, we have processed an application for the club to have a corporate code for the purposes of licensing club vehicles and trailers. Once we obtain this code, we will proceed with the registration and titling process. The committee recommends that the vehicle be insured as an antique since it will only be used for "Educational Displays and Parades".
recommends that financing for the rest of the project be raised through
donations and fundraising efforts. Currently, the committee is
investigating having "Gun Truck" pins and patches made for fundraising
purposes. Additionally, the committee will be seeking permission from
the club membership to conduct separate 50/50s at club meetings and at
the "MTA" winter show in March.
The committee recommends that the restoration be completed in the
following four stages. Logistics for this component will be completed
when all the supplies for the project are on hand. Volunteers will be
sought for each stage of the restoration as needed.
1. Body Restoration and Repair
2. Installation of Armor Components
Rear Box Parts
Initially, suggestions were made to make the rear armored box out of 3/16-in. steel plate. (For show purposes only) This would keep the added weight to a minimum. However, upon investigation, it was determined by the committee that 3/16-in. was insufficient. Not only was it too thin, but so much additional bracing would have to be added to prevent the shell from "Flexing" when the vehicle was in motion. Additionally, we didn't want to create a "Tin Box" look. After the committee took a trip to a steel supplier it was determined that 1/4-in. was the minimal and 3/8-in. was the maximum thickness steel that we would need for this project. Additionally, Ed stated that the more weight on the truck, the better it rode. Consultation with Bill Parker, owner of the "UNTOUCHABLE" and other "Gun Truck" owners established the fact that most of the gun trucks were armored with plate which was equal to or exceeded 1/2-in. thickness. With this in mind, the committee looked toward the application of heavier gauge steel for this project.
1/4-in. to 3/8-in. Steel Plate (For Box Construction, Door and Windshield Armor)
Bed size = 8 ft. wide x 14 ft. long = (6) 4x8 sheets with (2) 2x4 sections left over
(6) Sheets 4x8 needed for rear box construction
3/8 4x8 = 490 lb. per sheet x 6 = 2940 lb. (Total Weight Added)
1/4-in. 4x8 = 327 lb. per sheet x 6 = 1962 lb. (Total Weight Added)
3. Mechanical and Electrical Repair
4. Canvas Restoration and Accessory Installation
Mike Lainer (Chief)
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