Motor Restoration WC-53 Carry All #1 & Value, Resale, Insurance on Military Vehicles

Motor Restoration WC-53 Carry All #1 & Value, Resale, Insurance on Military Vehicles

On our Military Collectors TV segment today,
I want to kind of update you on my WC-53, what I call my first one. This one happens to have the D-34 engine that
we’ve talked about, different stamped engines that came out of these vehicles and a lot
of these flathead Dodge sixes from World War Two. This one came out of the vehicle and it’s
dated, again, it starts with a D 34, it’s dated about 1950. And so, it came out of a Dodge custom car
that’s kind of the the way the serial numbers go. So, this thing probably was replaced at some
point. Don’t know, by an individual, because again,
you’re talking about 75 years of history here. There’s no telling where this engine came
from. Could have been done by the military, okay,
could have not. But with that, this is the engine that was
put in these vehicles in 1942. Which is the T-214 and that T stands for truck. And these engines were put in these vehicles
from 1942 to 1945. And in most of them, the WC 54 the W, which
was the ambulance. It was also the engine of choice for the WC
56 and the 57 which were the Command Cars, of which I have as well. But with this one you can see, this was a
frame-off restoration here we’ve got that drivetrain out of it. Again, slow process. We’re going to begin putting this engine back
together and getting the drivetrain and putting it back in this and hopefully get it on the
road here soon. But, what I want to discuss right now is let’s
talk about restoration of a vehicle for resale okay now such as this one right here as you
see is it’s it’s just like this without the engine the value of this vehicle is probably
worth about $40,000 when you include parts, okay. It came to me, it was in great shape, it was
nice, but I wanted to make it nicer. Well what I really wanted to discuss today
was restoration costs versus resale value. One of the considerations that you have to
have, because I get asked all the time, well Bob, I’d like to get into military collecting. I’d like to restore a vehicle of my own. What would you recommend? Well, first of all you got to ask the question,
World War 2, Korean War, vintage Vietnam, Gulf War, and then after. Is that really what you want? Now a lot of guys have served at the Gulf
War, the Humvees, the Stuart Warner trucks, The Deuce and a half’s, the AM Generals, I
mean, there’s a lot of those things are still out there in the GOV Planet system that you
can get off auction sites or off eBay. But if you really want to get a piece of vintage
history, look on back to World War Two, okay. I wasn’t really a World War Two fan up until
a couple of years ago. And I got my first World War Two taste when
I got my W C57 Command Car. Great vehicle, I loved it because every time
I watch the movie Patton and old George riding up there with his goggles standing by that
50 Cal, I mean, it was just, it was impressive. And so, that’s the first one that I got. The second one that I got was a W C-54 ambulance. One that you see on the TV show MASH. But those things were, I mean, you know they
were very plentiful during World War Two. 22,000 of those things were made. Most of them were sent overseas to Europe. Most of them didn’t come back and they stayed
over there. And so to get one of those today, even though
there were a lot made, there’s just not many of those left. And so, I have a complete re- restored one
of those. I also fell in love with the WC 53 Carry All. And so, now that I have two of them. So, what do I expect to get out of them? Well, I can tell you, in order to figure out
what it is that you insure them for, Haggerty Insurance, and again Haggerty .com is the
best one that I have found that will absolutely ensure that vehicle of what you say it’s worth. Now they’re going to do some double-checking
send’em some pictures, and I’ve done that with all mine. But the big deal is, is if there’s anything
that happens that vehicle, if it’s totaled or it’s just beyond repair, if they can’t
replace it with a like vehicle, like that, you get what the insurance value is claimed
to be. And so, they’re very, very good about that. Now are you going to pay a little more for
that? That depends on what pay more is and how relative
that is to you. But, you’re always going to be guaranteed
that set value what you think that thing is worth. Now, if they think it’s really out of the
box, they may question you, but they have never questioned what I have as an investment
in that vehicle. Okay, is that what I can expect to get out
of it if I sell it? I’d like to, I would hope that I could, but
your relative market is what’s going to dictate what you’re going to be able to sell it to
somebody else for. But if it’s damaged, injured or destroyed,
Hagerty you’ll pay it no questions asked. So, with that, the only thing that I can tell
you to get into restoring and collected military vehicles, is first of all you have to be happy
with what you’ve found and you also have to be happy with whomever restores it and what
level of restoration you want. Again, sometimes we don’t always get what
we think they’re worth or what we’ve got in them and that’s a call that you’ve got to
make. I enjoy having them must use them on these
videos in military collectors TV show. I like to show them off to the to the general
public because again, it’s part of our history. What’s that worth? You have to judge for yourself. But for most of us, it’s worth a thousand,
thousand more times than we’ll ever think possible. And to coin an old phrase, I just think it’s
priceless. If you like these videos, continue to watch
them go to military collectors go to our Facebook page and also go to military
collectors TV and our youtube channel and log on there and let us know what you think
about these segments. As we progress through the restoration, we’re
going to let you know exactly what we do in step by step. We’ll see you next time.

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  1. I thought the WWII oil fill pipes were press fit. That looks like an M37 Oil fill boss on there. (two bolts as opposed to press fit.) Could be wrong though..

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