World Warfare II ramped up manufacturing in the USA like nothing else had earlier than. Factories cranked out ships, planes, trains and vehicles by the thousands and thousands within the title of the Warfare Effort. Everybody was on board…there actually wasn’t a lot of a selection within the matter. The perceived risk of the Axis powers was so nice that any probability of a loss couldn’t be hazarded. GM was deep into navy service automobiles on the time and was cranking out two main-use automobiles, the GMC CCKW and the Chevrolet G506 sequence of vehicles. The Chevrolets had been 1 1/2 ton vehicles that used a 235ci straight six, non-synchro four-speed guide trans, a two-speed switch case, and dwell axles on leaf springs and aside from panel vans, COE cargo vehicles and bomb service tips all appeared as you’d count on a WWII navy truck to seem like, with a rounded cab, fender-mounted headlights, and the brushguard up entrance.
Practically 170,000 examples of the G506 had been made earlier than manufacturing ceased in 1945, and a big majority of the vehicles (at the least over 150,000) had been despatched to the Soviet Union underneath Lend-Lease, and the rest discovered their approach into surplus fields and in the end, out into the general public. You’ll be able to’t preserve workhorse down, however you possibly can enhance on it from what you had while you had been driving round France in a single! You must surprise, then, if some GI from again within the day had dreamed of turning one of many motorpool vehicles into the creation you see right here: a superbly restored and modified instance of the mannequin G-7117 (Truck, 1 1/2 Ton, four×four, with Winch) that has one of the vital superbly crafted plug-in camper shells we’ve ever seen. The camper’s physique is oak, with brass components and engraving on the door. There’s a sleeper and a kitchenette inside the camper. Beneath the hood, the straight-six has been ditched in favor of a 350ci V8, however the four-speed and four-wheel-drive remains to be current.
Little or no must be added on right here. The place would you’re taking this truck? I’m picturing a really good night someplace within the desert southwest, a small campfire close by and no person else for miles. How about you?
Mecum Auctions’ Las Vegas 2018: Lot S81 – 1942 Chevrolet G506 (G-7117 variant)
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