1945 Ford CMP F15A (Blitz) Restoration

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NathanOMalley6264
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Re: 1945 Ford CMP F15A (Blitz) Restoration

Unread post by NathanOMalley6264 » July 3rd, 2018, 1:37 pm

Indeed an absolutely monumental effort bit over 6 years and they built 800,000 of the buggers. :eek:

cbd
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Re: 1945 Ford CMP F15A (Blitz) Restoration

Unread post by cbd » September 20th, 2018, 9:16 pm

Gday Nathan
I was thinking about your restore the other day.
Found this
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=L_AY8bH3vxY
Showed my cus she was blown away by the end bit the sound of a flat head V8
In full song!
Definitely sounds like her old mans blitz she recons!
She thinks it's still on the main property, I'd be willing to take a trip and try to find out.
Even If it's not there, it would be nice to visit my uncles old property.
Thanks

BigDutchy
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Re: 1945 Ford CMP F15A (Blitz) Restoration

Unread post by BigDutchy » October 1st, 2018, 11:01 am

I missed this thread. I like it. Looks great. You wont be bored anytime soon mate

NathanOMalley6264
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Re: 1945 Ford CMP F15A (Blitz) Restoration

Unread post by NathanOMalley6264 » October 14th, 2018, 1:58 pm

Righto, Fair bit been happening since I last posted, I picked up a new job and have been quite busy however it also gives me a fair bit of time off and I've been able to do quite a bit of work on the blitz.

Still in the process of pulling it down but very very close to starting to send major parts away to be sandblasted and primed. Its new paint is on the way and the Blitz will be its original dead flat "Army Khaki No.3" I've also managed to collect a few more components being a new steering wheel, the windscreen levers and most importantly an original brass Ford badge for the old girl!
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The master cylinder and linkage for the brakes, this is the only thing stopping near 4 tons of truck too, no booster in this old girl.

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Wagner Lockheed master cylinder, Wagner still produces brakes where as Lockheed went in to Aircraft

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Next component to come off was the side steps and fuel tank.
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And here I found the answer as to why the passenger side side step was bent and the fuel tank on home made brackets, a rogue stump maybe? hit hard enough to tear the fuel tank bolts straight out of the chassis!
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engine cover arrived so naturally I had to mount it to have a look, you can see very clearly why these were so often thrown out of the trucks by their previous owners, they take up a very large portion of what is already a cramped cab.
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NathanOMalley6264
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Re: 1945 Ford CMP F15A (Blitz) Restoration

Unread post by NathanOMalley6264 » October 14th, 2018, 2:10 pm

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Diffs dropped and pretty much nothing left of the old girl it was time to start working on the rims
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and what a horror that became :boggle:
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after 3 hours of hammering, prying, pressing etc I got as far as one side off of one of the rims!
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jacks on both sides pressed down and still the bead wouldn't let go!
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eventually it was decided that they need to go to the tyre shop, it took a machine designed to remove tractor tyres but we got there in the end!
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Re: 1945 Ford CMP F15A (Blitz) Restoration

Unread post by NathanOMalley6264 » October 14th, 2018, 2:32 pm

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Found a neat little drawing to compare the size of a Blitz to more modern 4wds
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