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    When the Poms pulled out of Malaya and Singapore, the only things that we brought out were what were described as strategic vehicles and materials. That meant the red painted green goddess fire engines (all with 73BR62 type numbers), Bedford and Land rover ambulances and that's about all. The rest was left for Australiaicon, NZ and Malay armies. We';d already sold the tanks to Australia and NZ. The replacement fire engines for our little runways and air strips were the old Bedford QL fire tenders based on the flat fronted GS trucks. Happy and VERY easy going days......

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    Gil,
    The price of Jeeps has rocketed over the years, seems a lot faster than other Military vehicles etc, lot of folk importing them from the states, even knackered ones as starting projects start around £5-6000, a fully restored one with bells and whistles etc go for a round the price you stated, obviously the "original " ones go for more.

    The jeeps in Airborne Guise now on the road, probably out number what was actually used........ bit like the Crimea medal for the Charge of the Light Brigade, I think there was around 700-800, issued but there is probably around 2000 in circulation....

    As Peter says, a lot folk get carried away with artistic license when it comes to giving there vehicles an ID....... When the Matchless gets finished I think it may wear something to do with REME, not being biased at all !!

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    Geoff,
    Probably the incentive for me to buy the immaculate Harley Davidson MT350E recently.
    Love it. Quick at low speeds and top speed of 50 is plenty for me these days, having done all my fast bits on Police Pan Europeans for long enough, still got cold balls and walk with bow legs, but my hands were always warm!!!
    'Tonight my men and I have been through hell and back again, but the look on your faces when we let you out of the hall - we'd do it all again tomorrow.' Major Chris Keeble's words to Goose Green villagers on 29th May 1982 - 2 PARA

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    Funny you should mention Womens reactions to Jeeps Geoff. My good lady wasn't overly thrilled when TMH207 found it's way into my hands in May last year.

    To be fair though now she's been out in it she loves it.
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    I’ve got a march 42 GPW, bog standard, no radios, no guns and not much anything else really.

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    Jeep in a Box anyone?

    Jeep in a Box anyone?


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    See I told you all the Spitfires would turn up eventually in Burma
    'Tonight my men and I have been through hell and back again, but the look on your faces when we let you out of the hall - we'd do it all again tomorrow.' Major Chris Keeble's words to Goose Green villagers on 29th May 1982 - 2 PARA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Laidlericon View Post
    On the other hand, my brother has a 1944 Bedford QL 3 tonner 77YC16. Bog standard, lived on an RAF station all its life until demobbed in 1962 so, being RAF, never saw any action, never even been out of Cornwall. Restored over several years in the 80's, now in gloss 1955 Army deep bronze green - and he loves it to bits
    My late father had a huge soft spot for the old QL, as it was the first vehicle he learnt to drive, when with the Royal Engineers in Palestine in 1946.

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    Back in the '60s when my father needed a four-wheel drive car to trailer and pull his university's research boat up ramps, he did some research in some military surplus catalogs and put in a bid on a jeep, as is, where is. He won! He WAS warned that the Jeep was non-functional. He and his grad assistants traveled to the site and found it up to the axles in mud, having been left there after getting stuck while on maneuvers. They winched it onto a trailer and brought it home.



    It turned out to be a Korean-era Navy Jeep, meaning that it was 24 volt. They/we tore it down, rebuilt the engine, transmission, and transfer box, and rewired it for 12 volts. Voile'! A fully functional Korean-era Jeep in 1970.

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