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    This past July I bought the Federal C2 wrecker at the Jeff Chester auction in Ohio. and it was delivered a few weeks ago. The truck is a great old survivor. It was bought by a house moving company in New Jersey after the war, and was kept inside while they had it. It was saved from a scrap yard by a man in New Jersey around 2007-2008, and was driven home. Jeff Chester bought it in 2009 with thoughts of building a World War Two museum, but those plans didn't pan out and most of Jeff's stuff was sold at auction in July. The truck is very well preserved, and the sheet metal is pretty straight with very little rust. The cab is wood frame, and although the wood is old and weathered, it is not rotten and fairly solid for now. The driver's door is the worst part of the cab, it is separating and is difficult to open and close, but is not falling off yet like many others. Unfortunately the years of being stored outside have locked the engine; water has accumulated around the spark plugs, and two have rusted off and let water into those cylinders. I'm working on getting the heads off and assessing the damage. But despite the engine woes I am pretty happy with the truck. Restoration is not going to happen for a few years, I have some other projects to do first, so for now I would like to get the truck running and operating. A crane truck would be pretty handy to have around the shop !

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    That sure is a cool old truck! I hope you are able to bring it back to its former glory!
    1965 Kaiser M35a2C w/w whistler on 395's


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    When you are ready for the matching trailer for that truck, PM me, have two C-2s.

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    I'll have to get a 5th wheel first LOL ! Do you have the 25 or 40 footers ?
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    25 footers. Ex-NASA. I have some M series fifth wheels I can throw in.

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    Nice truck Jeff! Need help getting that block un-stuck!!! (aka Sterling!!)

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    Fantastic find! Glad your thinking preservation, Too many cut up trucks these days , Best of luck !

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    Why you can never find those things in Europe, dang.
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    Nice truck. It'll be a great project.
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    Thanks, another old Vet saved......
    1943 WC63...1942 M3 Autocar...M3A1 Diamond T...57mm Anti-Tank

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