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Truck, ½-ton, 4x2, Machine Gun (Ford 19C, modified)


V8 cyl., 100 bhp, 3F1R, wb 112 in.
Conversion by Marmon-Herrington of 1940/41 Ford 19C Commercial (½-ton) chassis for use in Surinam by the Netherlands Government. Fitted with stabilizing jacks.

Col. Herrington's personal notes mention manufacture/delivery of "MGT 4x2 units for N.P.C." in September 1940. MGT possibly refers to "Machine Gun Truck".


Ford/Marmon-Herrington LLDMG5-4
(image courtesy of Don Chew)
The model LLDMG5-4 was a Light Anti-Aircraft Machine Gun Truck. A 4x4 version of the truck shown above, its intended us was to "protect emergency landings, temporary landing fields, fuel and ammunition dumps, etc."
According to Don Chew, they were built in late 1940 and 1941. Indeed, Col. Herrington's personal notes mention manufacture/delivery of "LLDMG5-4 Units for N.P.C." in 1941.

Ford/Marmon-Herrington LD6-4 ½-ton 4x4 truck
The LD6-4 was based on a 1942 Ford 21C Commercial (½-ton) chassis: V8 cyl., 100 bhp, wb 114 in. 
This is a picture of Bob Schutt's Ford/Marmon-Herrington 1942 LD6-4 (½-ton 4x4). Bob says is was built for the Dutch in late 1941 or early 1942 and destined for the Netherlands East Indies.
It is likely this truck's intended use was as a Light Anti-Aircraft Machine Gun Truck (see above). It probably ended up in Australia as some shipments in transit were diverted after the Japanese invasion of the NEI. 
In 1983 Bob found the truck at Mungallala, Queensland, and thinks it spent time in the Roma area possibly with the Main Roads department during the post war period. In 1995, when the photo was taken, the truck was not completely finished and a ½-ton Dodge pick-up bed was fitted temporarily (Bob is looking for a transfer case in particular).

The LD6-4 uses a single speed transfer case connected to the gearbox by a double universal joint. Front axles are fully floating and axle shafts are integral. Differentials are standard passenger or commercial type of 4.55:1 ratio. Tyres are 7.50x16in, rims are Goodyear LTS (similar to early Toyota Land Cruiser) mounted on late 1930s Ford passenger centres with the wide diameter stud pattern.

(Thanks to Mike Kelly for supplying the scan and info; also see Wheels & Tracks magazine issue No. 58, p.50)


Truck, 2½-ton, 6x6, Searchlight and Sound Ranging (Ford 198T/Marmon-Herrington)


V8 cyl., 95 bhp, 4F1Rx2
A large number of these trucks was ordered for the Netherlands East Indies but diverted before delivery to US contracting agencies when this country was overrun by the Japanese. 1941. 

Truck, 3-ton, 6x6, Crash Tender (Ford/Marmon-Herrington MM5-6)
he Royal Netherlands East Indies Army indicated a need for 15 Fire-fighting trucks for fighting crash fires on landing fields. Therefore the Netherlands Purchasing Commission in New York placed orders with Marmon-Herrington for "Fire-Fighting trucks, as delivered to Canadian and United States air forces, if possible with either Walter Kiddie or American La France firefighting equipment". Equipment consisted of a water tank and pump, foam developing equipment (mechanical and chemical) and with carbon dioxide cylinders.
As of August 1941 five of the fifteen needed were on hand, with 10 still on order. Five trucks were expected in September/ October, the delivery date of other five was uncertain. 
An order for five Fire-fighting trucks was approved on September 4, 1941. 
Bart Vanderveen notes the trucks were based on 1941 model Ford chassis.
V8 cyl., 95 bhp., 4F1Rx2, wb 158 in., tyres 9.00x18
See the Canadian 3-ton 6x6 Crash Tender page for pictures of surviving 1940 and 1942 Ford chassis, converted to 6x6 with Timken, Welles-Thornton and Marmon-Herrington conversion kits for RCAF domestic use.

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