The Fighting Iron Group:  Providing rebuilding and restoration services for historic military vehicles.   Available for reenactments, shows, & events CCDM#2  DUKW


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1942 GMC DUKW - 353 / 6x6 Amphibious Truck,  G-501

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Fighting Iron's splinter PEC Services Group is taking on the complete restoration & return to passenger excursion service of one well used W.W.II era DUKW.

Owned and operated by Cape Cod Duckmobile Land & Sea Tours located in Hyannis, MA this vehicle has been out of service, lounging on its port side, awaiting restoration for about five years.

Follow us as we work our way through putting this unique & historic vehicle back into service

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February 2016

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FOFI_CCDM-2_28.JPG (115851 bytes) Where to Start?....

Right here looks like a good place!
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Looking down on the starboard bow (the right side). 

Note new metal on the rear float wells.
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My minions love to grind!
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Welding up plates in the propulsion tunnel

Right pic...
Prepping the port belly plate, starboard belly plate is tacked in place

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FOFI_CCDM-2_55.JPG (95595 bytes) John, hard at work...Cutting out the starboard front wheel it on the first try! FOFI_CCDM-2_64.JPG (108680 bytes)
Looking into the interior...

Note the green truck frame from the "donor" CCKW 6x6 truck GMC used to construct the DUKW around.


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Update from the Duck Nest...March 2016


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These pictures show the thru hulls for the front & rear wheel drive shafts.  In between will sit the transfer case.
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Looking into the DUKW's interior, bow bottom plate still left to cut out & replace

FOFI_CCDM-2_140.JPG (215282 bytes) Next sequence, Jake will be customizing the front fender well...

Needs the slant to accomodate the engine & exhaust pipes.

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Nice Welding Beanies

Thank You All American Hats

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DUKW in the holding pattern...

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In the above photo's Stan is cutting the hole in the new differential pan for the driveshaft to engage the front axle, exciting, no, but still essential.  It looks easy but this was a major PIA to fitted in.  Nice work Stan.

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It's a Lonely Job, hey were is everyone?

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It is Flipping Day!  Big thanks to Capeway Towing for making this go smooth!

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Click here to see how fast we can flip a DUCK

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Ready to start replacing the sides.  The hat channel along the sides caused many deterioration problems.  This is all being replaced with structural steel angle which will make maintenance & cleaning much easier. 

Big thanks to Gilbert & Associates Naval Architect Jerry Gilligan for helping calculate the modifications.
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Don't Worry Kids,  FOFI_CCDM-2_JakeChelsea2006.PNG (465676 bytes) The ride is not over yet!


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