Hello everyone, a friend of ours has his own m38a1 restoration site (Roy's Nekaf restauratie site) (in Dutch) in imitation of this site here something about our project.
It all started with an advertise in a local paper. A army truck was for sale. There we where looking for an old army truck we decided to go and look what this was. So on an Saturday morning to 'Slek' a little village in the south of The Netherlands. On location the truck was parked under a pile of sails. As curious as we were we unwrapped the truck. Under the sails there was a GMC cckw, thats how it began two years ago. What now follows is a reportage of pictures made in the past two years.
Pile of sails
There appears a GMC
Maybe a nice anecdote: This truck has stand there for about six years. we put in a new battery and gas. A few try's and the engine runs. Try this with a modern cat...
Look how nice... on this moment we were in love. Now the only thing to do was to tell mother. (what a job to convince her that this was 'the one')
So, this was the easy part, once bought it just all started.
Ad his point the first thought was: what the hell are we started with, and can we pull this off? We had no experience what so ever with a restoration of this size. Luckily we had good advise from Paul he has done this more often. So the advise? just get started...
So you can see the truck is parked outsite. The first half year we have done all work in the outdoors, because our shed was not available yet. Luckily we have good neighbors and the weather was good (it was summer).
It was till now an easy job. The metal of the nose: the hood, fenders and footboards and side ventilation plates were in good condition. Just remove the old paint and then put on the new paint
We have chosen for sanding not grid-blasting, because we want to let stay the original ground layer of paint. There is no better base for the new paint as the original layer. And with a sanding machine is this very quick done. When sanding use always sound barriers and dust masks because in the old paint is lead used.
The first layer of paint is industrial iron paint mixed with about 10 % of Owatrol (owatrol is used in the offshore). Because of the owatrol the paint is denser and more flexible. The paint will penetrate better. All parts are set in this paint two times.
Now the parts are in the basic layer of paint it was time to look for the final color paint. Never now there were so much colors of army green. The original color of the gmc was olive drape. This was not the color we had in mind. Nato color then? no to green. We want some brown in it. Finally we came to the color of RAL 6014 (used in the Dutch army) we used again industrial brand named: Weizenol.
while ad home the paint was drying, we worked on the truck ad Paul's home. We temporarily stored the parts that were ready in the back of the gmc.