La Tortuga, GPA 5556

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e.jostad
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La Tortuga, GPA 5556

Post by e.jostad » Fri Jan 12, 2007 2:40 pm

Got "the Turtle" home, and found The Chassisnumber was 5556, Engine number: GPA 5556, and date of delivery: 3-10-42

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Erik
"La Tortuga"

Mithril
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Post by Mithril » Fri Jan 12, 2007 5:06 pm

DOD must be wrong Erik, please check it again ... :wink:

My idea : jan 8 1943 :idea:
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e.jostad
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DOD

Post by e.jostad » Fri Jan 12, 2007 9:56 pm

Thats what it says on the Data-plate. Had to double-check, but it did!
"La Tortuga"

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Post by Mithril » Fri Jan 12, 2007 9:58 pm

Do not forget some pictures of all these informations, I will triple check :P
Mithril
1943 Ford GPA #7177 (SOLD)
1945 Ford GPW #267061
1944 Bantam T-3 #48593
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Post by e.jostad » Fri Jan 12, 2007 10:03 pm

I will tomorrow, too bad light in the garage now. The plate looks good to me, but I admit there are something weird here. :roll:
"La Tortuga"

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Post by Mithril » Fri Jan 12, 2007 10:04 pm

Yes it is very strange to me too ... 8)
Mithril
1943 Ford GPA #7177 (SOLD)
1945 Ford GPW #267061
1944 Bantam T-3 #48593
http://www.surfacezero.com/g503/showgal ... me=mithril
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Re: La Tortuga, GPA 5556

Post by e.jostad » Sun Mar 04, 2012 1:11 pm

Took some years to reply, but here it is! ;)

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"La Tortuga"

Mithril
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Re: La Tortuga, GPA 5556

Post by Mithril » Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:55 pm

It is never too late. Thanks a lot for sharing. Seems to be an original mistake to me ... By the way too bad you decide to sold such an historical vehicle.
Mithril
1943 Ford GPA #7177 (SOLD)
1945 Ford GPW #267061
1944 Bantam T-3 #48593
http://www.surfacezero.com/g503/showgal ... me=mithril
http://homeusers.brutele.be/mithril

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Re: La Tortuga, GPA 5556

Post by e.jostad » Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:36 am

Its not sold yet, and I'll probably keep it. Most people that has been interested wants to restore it back to military, and i only wants to sell it to someone that will preserve it as "LaTortuga"

Erik
"La Tortuga"

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Re: La Tortuga, GPA 5556

Post by bobassel » Mon Mar 05, 2012 3:27 pm

Hi Eric & others
I 'm shure there must be something wrong with that date of delivery on this instruction plate !!
If you read this: 10--3--'42 in American way it is: 10th of March 1942! rolley
First prototype was there at februari 1942.
Real production started in october 1942.
The plan was, and the contract was to have 5000 pcs at the end of December 1942 !
That is correct because mine have serial nbr: GPA 4928 and has d.o.d. DECEMBER 28 1942 !
So production nbr GPA 5556 couldn't have this date of 10--3--1942 !
Probably there was a mistake made with changing the original data plates because this GPA should have
the early set ( used untill +/- GPA 8000)
Bob
Ford GPA 12350, april 4th 1943
Author of GPA book,
Willys MD M38A1, A13817 1952

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Re: La Tortuga, GPA 5556

Post by Mithril » Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:03 pm

Yes Bob, I still noticed this particular stamping mistake ... it was the first time I saw such an error on a GPA data plate but I already saw early GPA data plate stamped with GPW numbers and originally riveted on GPW glovebox door ...

Erik, I understand your desire to keep your GPA preserved as it ... I think I found an unknow original picture of La Tortuga, I will soon scan it to post here ...
Mithril
1943 Ford GPA #7177 (SOLD)
1945 Ford GPW #267061
1944 Bantam T-3 #48593
http://www.surfacezero.com/g503/showgal ... me=mithril
http://homeusers.brutele.be/mithril

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