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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".
(image courtesy of Don
||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
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 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.
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
Truck, 3-ton, 6x6, Crash Tender
|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.