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Old 16-07-12, 03:20
Tim Lovelock Tim Lovelock is offline
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Hi, I'm Tim and I've just bought a "Blitz". I've loved their pugnacious beauty ever since making the Tamiya kit as a kid. Well, it's taken a divorce and early retirement to realise my dream. Great things come to those that wait.
Well, what is she? This is what I know. Apparently she landed in Brisbane in 1942. After "army" service she was sold to the South Australian Country Fire Service. After that she was bought by a fellow who replaced the Chev motor with a Ford straight six and auto transmission, hence the extended front end.
I haven't located any data plates as yet or other serial numbers. But hopefully a letter or two to the fire service might aid my enquiries.
A manual is the next thing as well as getting her inside to work.
A friend of mine is going to guide me in the right direction as he is a semi retired mechanic. Another friend is allowing me the use of her generously sized shed. (might have to marry her to inherit the shed!!).
I'm living on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Aus. So I would be interested to meet with anyone who shares this passion.
Well guess that's an introduction. Kind regards Tim
ps. Haven't rubbed anything back as yet, but beneath the pealing red paint on the interior there appears to be a "sandy" or "beige" colour. Would this be undercoat or a desert colour or is it just too early or impossible to tell? My fancy is a desert theme! Perhaps it's wishful thinking.
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Old 16-07-12, 04:21
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Hi Tim

Congratulations on owning a blitz! If it is an Australian assembled Chev cab 13, the chassis number will be stamped on the left front chassis rail. The data plates are normally located on top of the dash and sometimes on the engine cover, and will have a "WO" number denoting the original body type.
As for paint colour, khaki green fades to a sandy colour, so it is unlikely it saw desert service, yet that remains to be seen!
Are you planning to restore her with the original type of motor and gearbox?

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Hi, I'm Tim and I've just bought a "Blitz". I've loved their pugnacious beauty ever since making the Tamiya kit as a kid. Well, it's taken a divorce and early retirement to realise my dream. Great things come to those that wait.
Well, what is she? This is what I know. Apparently she landed in Brisbane in 1942. After "army" service she was sold to the South Australian Country Fire Service. After that she was bought by a fellow who replaced the Chev motor with a Ford straight six and auto transmission, hence the extended front end.
I haven't located any data plates as yet or other serial numbers. But hopefully a letter or two to the fire service might aid my enquiries.
A manual is the next thing as well as getting her inside to work.
A friend of mine is going to guide me in the right direction as he is a semi retired mechanic. Another friend is allowing me the use of her generously sized shed. (might have to marry her to inherit the shed!!).
I'm living on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Aus. So I would be interested to meet with anyone who shares this passion.
Well guess that's an introduction. Kind regards Tim
ps. Haven't rubbed anything back as yet, but beneath the pealing red paint on the interior there appears to be a "sandy" or "beige" colour. Would this be undercoat or a desert colour or is it just too early or impossible to tell? My fancy is a desert theme! Perhaps it's wishful thinking.
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Old 16-07-12, 07:23
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Hi Keith,
Now thats a name I recognise from the many times I've visited oldcmp.net.

Thanks for contacting me, much appreciated.

I do plan on returning her to her former glory or near to as possible. Although I guess I have considered throwing out convention and build her to a 'wartime' example of possibly a North African campaign vehicle. Yet to be seen.

No engine cover and as yet no numbers. When you say stamped on the chassis rail, would it be obvious?

Yes it is my intention to place an original engine and gearbox.

I'm still acquanting myself with the nuances of this site, so am attempting to upload pictures.

Thanks again Keith.
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Old 16-07-12, 07:52
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Hi Keith, Here are a few images that may help with identification, thanks Tim
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File Type: jpg Blitz Switches2.jpg (108.2 KB, 39 views)
File Type: jpg Blitz Auto2.jpg (97.1 KB, 42 views)
File Type: jpg Blitz Chassis2.jpg (66.1 KB, 39 views)
File Type: jpg Blitz Engine Compartment2.jpg (106.9 KB, 42 views)
File Type: jpg Blitz Gauges2.jpg (94.0 KB, 37 views)
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Old 16-07-12, 07:58
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Hmmmm I can certainly see some things you might like to throw out!

The dash has had the later military instrumentation 'upgrade'. I think I need to see more pictures to be helpful to you.
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Old 16-07-12, 07:59
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A few more pics.
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File Type: jpg Blitz Grill2.jpg (47.8 KB, 34 views)
File Type: jpg Blitz Inside Door2.jpg (67.5 KB, 31 views)
File Type: jpg Blitz Interior Roof2.jpg (55.0 KB, 33 views)
File Type: jpg Blitz Off Side2.jpg (112.6 KB, 40 views)
File Type: jpg Blitz Near Side2.jpg (104.3 KB, 33 views)
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Old 16-07-12, 08:05
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last few pics
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File Type: jpg Blitz Number Plate2.jpg (74.8 KB, 22 views)
File Type: jpg Blitz Roof2.jpg (84.3 KB, 26 views)
File Type: jpg Blittz Underneath2.jpg (91.5 KB, 25 views)
File Type: jpg Blitz Wood Wheel2.jpg (76.4 KB, 125 views)
File Type: jpg Blitz Diff2.jpg (47.3 KB, 29 views)
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Old 16-07-12, 08:13
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Hi Keith, The bits I'm throwing out wouldn't include the Ford motor would they? I see you seem to be a Ford man!!

At a glance the thing that strikes me is the reinforced chassis rail. The patched up and cut roof above rear window.

The wooden handle lever near the passenger seat.

The switch for swapping fuel tanks.

I will call shortly for a chat.

Cheers Tim
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Old 16-07-12, 10:32
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Hi Tim you have a C15A sunshine roof Euan McDonald has a nicelly restored one. Mine was one but I replaced the cab top with a hatch one. Welcome.
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