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    Brian, thanks very much for posting ! I have been searching for some history on the Matt's Garage truck without much luck. I did have one of the Hamiliton's contact me through Facebook and he had an old photo of the truck, but it was taken after the boom was removed. He is looking for more photos. Hopefully he will find one with the boom. Thank you for saving and preserving this truck, I really like it. I'd like to continue out conversation through email, I will send you a PM.

    Karl, thanks for the encouraging words. I have another truck to restore before this one but I plan to fully restore one of these in full military gear.

    Here are a few videos: EDIT: I guess the youtube links no longer work here ?? Search youtube for "Federal 606".







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    Just found this thread.

    APPLAUSE ! Good save, Sir!

    Carry on.

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    Over the past several months I have been doing a little work on the red Federal. A NOS carburetor and rebuilt fuel pump has it running smoothly. I swapped the generator from the other C2, installed an NOS regulator, and rewired the charging circuit, so now it is charging like it should. A new fan bearing took the "growl" out of the engine. I took the air steering cylinder apart and cleaned it up, and it seems to be working better now. Now I need to find a good exhaust manifold as both of mine are full of cracks and leaks. A tight exhaust system and muffler would really make it sound good. It is surprising how well this truck runs, drives, and stops.

    Last February my youtube video on the inertia starter had over 15000 views so it seemed that people found it interesting. So I took the red Federal to the Vintage Trucks of Florida show in Leesburg in February. It's a two hour drive so I had it hauled over on a lowboy. Folks really liked the truck. No one had seen one of the WW2 7-1/2 tonners before and they were fascinated with the inertia starter. I must have demonstrated it at least a dozen times each day of the show. A number of people told me they loved the truck and I should keep it the way it is.

    So now my plans for both the Federals have changed somewhat. I had originally bought the red Federal to be a parts truck for the restoration of orange Federal C2. I still plan to do a full restoration on the orange truck. But I am going to keep the red Federal as it is, in fact I am looking for an original Gar Wood boom for it. With a boom it will make a nice yard truck, and it will not take much to make it roadworthy for a few local shows. I have newer tires, tubes, and flaps ready to go on. I want to replace the brake diaphragms and hoses as a safety measure, and there are several leaks in the drivetrain that need new seals. And I will need to install and wire some tail lights. But that is about it. Now I need another parts truck to restore the orange C2 !

    Here's a few photos from the Leesburg show in February.

    Federal 1943 606 Deberardinis Heavy Haul JL.jpgIMG_3967.jpgIMG_3963.jpgFederal 1943 606 inertia starter Jeff Brocky.jpgIMG_3965.jpg
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    Fantastic!. What a project. 'Hats off to you' for saving that glorious vehicle.
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    New (to me) tires. I think they are worth more than the whole truck !

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    Often new tires exceed the purchase of "scrap yard saves", especially if you really buy new or 80% tires because you need 10 of them.
    I only bought reasonable tires for the front, the rear has four on each side, so they still have the old original worn down US army tires.
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    She's a lovely old girl, and with each step she looks better and better. Let me now if you get tired of her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tracer View Post
    She's a lovely old girl, and with each step she looks better and better. Let me now if you get tired of her.
    Yup! She sure is purty with those new shoes on the ground!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lakaszcyck View Post
    maewest.gif I can just see Mae West sitting on that 606 front fender.
    1972 M35A2C W/W, 1986 M105A2, 1953 M38A1, S250 Shelter. "He was old and wise, which meant tired and disappointed" T.E. Lawrence

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lakaszcyck View Post
    New (to me) tires. I think they are worth more than the whole truck !

    Federal 606 new tires 3.jpg
    "Horseless Carriage", that tag sure is a hoot!

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