Post by fordflathead on Jan 6, 2011 21:26:55 GMT 1
Hello again! Guess most of us agree the status of the F198T has now roughly been settled. To finish off my contribution I will say the following:
If you ever consider buying a vehicle from the 40s of civilian design, and even some strictly military models, that are claimed by the seller to have seen military service during the war, and priced accordingly, be sceptic, suspicious and don´t loose your head by the sight of fancy warpaint. Lots of models continued in production after the war, and probably most of those surviving are post-war production. This goes for both US and European Ford trucks, Opel Blitzes and Opel cars, Mercedes trucks and cars, VW Beetles and other German, French, British etc vehicles. Military models that can fool you are examplified by the Jeep / Hotchkiss, T-34 tank, Dodge WC / Power Wagon, sdkfz 250 / OT 810.
If you are offered a Ford Köln / G198T / G398T / V3000S please read the discussion here and note the differenses between wartime and postwar models. ALWAYS demand to see the data plate / typenschild showing correct wartime year of manufacture, and ALWAYS demand to physically see the VIN / chassis No stamped in the frame, and check that this is identical to the number on the data plate and in the title. The year of production of any specific VIN for the Ford Köln can be found in books. I will let you know where. Also ask to see the trucks title, but this can have false information. Note the VIN, and try to check the identity at the Dept. of Transportation historical archives in the country where the vehicle was first registered after the war.
If anything is wrong or can not be shown regarding the VIN or data plate, then be suspicious. And if in addittion the vehicle are lacking the military features discussed earlier in this thread, or have some of the typical post-war features, someone are probably trying to fool you to get the maximum money from the sale of his not-so-fun-anymore-gem.
Hopefully this thread can prevent some being fooled to buy false stuff. I know both criminals and victims og this game have read this discussion.
Post by ssparatrooper on Apr 6, 2014 22:04:35 GMT 1
Hello I have an f198t that seems to have a few wartime bits on it like the battery tray with the holes in and a German engine etc I have a schoolboy question it has a large "w" pressed into the fire wall that I suppose is post war but it has the battery hole thing so does this indicate that it's just been made of what parts they had?
What do you think of material shortages ? At the front in the later waryears getting supplies was very difficult . Other vehicles where cannibalized and parts made to fit . And picures of late war vehicles are scarce , there was hardly any film to get anywhere .
don't think so , but if a window was shot or otherwise damaged the "workshop" had to put in what they had on stock , ordering a new window was out of the question . Who knows the windows in your pic aren't normal windowglass ?? instead of hardened .
Have seen pics of softskin vehicles where they had much smaller windows installed at the factory , i mean the sidewindows , flax or canvas was obtainable , the windowmaterial hardly .
Post by ssparatrooper on Apr 27, 2014 15:09:38 GMT 1
Hi maybe those pictures of wide cab fords prove the nazis perfected time travel!
I have another school boy question, my ford has G19T cast on lots of the parts? It also has FG19t on the inlet manifold is this normal? My engine number has stars stamped either side does that signify anything? It also has the letter F and W in the number any ideas?