Some members of the IGWS have engaged in a project to restore a vintage Model 'T' Ford. The plan is to eventually transform the existing vehicle into an ambulance that was typically used by various British units during the Great War on the Western Front.
The vehicle, which was a boxed delivery van, was kindly provided by Mr. T.P. Brady of Arklow, Co. Wicklow, who not only runs his own car parts business, he passionately restores vintage vehicles and static engines. He delivered the vehicle on Thursday 4th August 2011.
Over the coming months (possibly years) we will report on the progress that we have made and hope to include a photographic record of our efforts.
The rear cargo/goods box was dismantled and removed from the rear of the vehicle. The flat bed decking was also removed to expose the rear part of the chassis and rear axle assembly.
A start was made on the cleaning and rust removal on the chassis and rear axle
The cab and longitudinal sub-frame timbers were removed to expose the whole chassis. The radiator was also removed.
Continued with rust removal and cleaning of chassis assembly.
A lot of hard work has been done cleaning, priming and painting the chasis and running gear. The engine has been removed for overhaul and will be fitted at a later date. In fact, it is envisaged that the truck will make a number of appearances at our displays before the engine is ready to be re-installed.
Work has begun on the cab and back-end and will continue throughout the winter.
Work steadily continued with the installation of the fenders (mud-guards to those of us on this side of the Atlantic!) and running-boards. Structural detailing and supports were also added to the flat-bed.
The bodywork and rear-end fit out is just about finished. The truck has been marked with the 16th (Irish) Division logo, a conjoined LP, which was used in honour of the 16th's first GOC Lieutenant General Sir Lawrence Parsons. As the engine has been removed for overhaul and not expected to be re-fitted in the foreseeable future, we hope to take the truck to a few shows as a static display when a trailer is available.
Whilst being transported home after the Dublin Salute on 26th August the old girl met a sorry end on the M50, just south of Dublin, as she tore herself apart. She now lies in pieces once again waiting for the day she either gets be put back together.... or is sent to the 'Ford scrap yard in the sky'! Good bye 'Old Girl', we had fun while it lasted!