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Old 04-07-20, 03:36
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https://www.thedrive.com/news/34562/...Y0iFLGqTih20oQ

Numerous DUKWs for sale in Seattle. Not likely to be allowed for passenger hire anymore.
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Old 04-07-20, 14:36
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Auction link:
https://murphyauction.com/Auction/Details/8254

Are they actual DUKW's, or replicas? There are several features that are distinctly un-DUKW-like.
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Old 04-07-20, 16:30
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Default Seattle DUKWs gone out of business

Company had an unfortunate incident last year resulting in multiple fatalities, the final straw of several problems apparently.

Courts awarded $123 Million in compensation to the victims.

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle...aurora-bridge/

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Old 04-07-20, 17:02
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It looks like they transplanted the DUKW bodies onto newer chassis.
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Old 05-07-20, 04:00
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But they don't even look like DUKW bodies.

Compare the two below:
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Old 05-07-20, 04:06
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Rear ends:
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Old 05-07-20, 12:27
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These vehicles are a good example of Theseus's paradox (a.k.a. Ship of Theseus, which is befitting these amphibious vehicles).

They may be called Ducks but they are not DUKWs anymore.
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Old 05-07-20, 14:14
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It looks like you are right Tony. This article mentions that the company was replacing it's older "stretched DUKWs" with Duck Trucks. The NTSB investigation found that the company should have registered as a vehicle manufacturer. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle...e-ducks-crash/


In this case, the front left axle sheared off resulting in the accident. It was a known problem with these vehicles.
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Old 11-07-20, 15:14
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Auction results are in:

https://www.militarytrader.com/mv-10...tent=134268549
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Old 11-07-20, 19:45
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Prices seem somewhat reasonable, although few of these could be considered military collectibles anymore. It is possible that they folded the original company, then bought back all their own equipment at auction just to start up again. Or perhaps someone else saw the value in scenic Duck Tours.



Not sure the exact failure of the front knuckle on the DUKW that had the accident, but I know in the CF we had issues with the small nuts that held the spindles to the knuckle. They were easy to over-torque if installed with an impact gun, or even a quality air ratchet. At the same token, they were also dangerous if under-torqued. We had to pull all the front wheels of the MLVWs and check the torque on those bolts. There were also problems with the torque and the studs on the kingpins of the MLVWs. Towards the end, 37 years of corrosion were causing failures of the studs at the knuckles. The whole fleet was grounded a year or two ago to have them all inspected and repairs done as necessary.



So there was a lot more than just the wheel bearings to be concerned about with these types of trucks.
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Old 12-07-20, 23:04
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From the years of the base trucks, it is clear that a 4x6 generic "army truck" was the basis for fabricating amphibious passenger vehicles. They look like WW2 DUKWs, but are far from original.

That said, a fellow wouldn't need cameras, passenger seats or a lot of length to have a versatile although compromise road/trail/lake/river vehicle. Think about that nutter who took a slightly modified Jeep Duck around the world.
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