Restoring the Duck

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Restoring the Duck

Postby Paul Lazzara » 22 Sep 2014 20:30

Hi All - Yep you read it correctly !!! The Duck or DUKW is getting ready for restoration. For those of you who are not familiar with the Duck - it is an amphibious truck built on the GMC 2/12 ton truck frame. It was used to deliver cargo and troops to shore as well as fording rivers. They were built between 1942 and 1945 used in all theaters of WW2 and again During the Korean War also. Many survive as water rescue craft as well as tour boats.
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Re: Restoring the Duck

Postby Paul Lazzara » 22 Sep 2014 20:37

Here are a few photos of the Duck as it was moved to her new home for the winter
Jeff and I tried to move it with the tug but could only get it this far - Craig brought the tractor around and towed it in front of the '41 hanger
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We were only able to move it it's own length with the tug see the left side of photo
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Re: Restoring the Duck

Postby Paul Lazzara » 22 Sep 2014 20:41

And a photo in front of the hanger
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Note Bob walking around the bow
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Re: Restoring the Duck

Postby Paul Lazzara » 22 Sep 2014 20:45

The plan is to clean out all the debris that has collected on/in the hull and dry out the hull before it goes into the hanger - there is some water that has collected in the forward engine compartment and a lot of leaves in the hull area of the cargo section

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Re: Restoring the Duck

Postby Paul Lazzara » 23 Sep 2014 18:04

Hi All - Here is some general information on the DUKW

What does DUKW stand for? D - year built 1942
U - amphibious 2 1/2 ton truck
K - front wheel drive
W - rear wheel drive

Over all size and armament : Length - 31'
Width - 8' 2"
Height - 8' 10"
Weight, net -14880lbs
Payload - 5175lbs
Gross - 22055lbs

Armament: Provision for truck mount M - 36 (single gun)


Tomorrow power plant and drive trains


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Re: Restoring the Duck

Postby Paul Lazzara » 24 Sep 2014 18:33

Hi All - looks like I found some slightly misleading information on the armament - the M-36 is the mount for the M1919 50. mg
Sorry for the confusion .

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Re: Restoring the Duck

Postby Peter Perkins - 225C » 25 Sep 2014 10:31

The M36 ring mount generally accommodated an M2 .50 cal. The M1919 machine gun is a .30 cal. I suppose a .30 cal. could have been fitted to it, but it would have been unusual.
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Re: Restoring the Duck

Postby Paul Lazzara » 25 Sep 2014 15:28

Thank you Peter for the correction - misread my notes

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Re: Restoring the Duck

Postby Paul Lazzara » 25 Sep 2014 19:15

Hi ALL - I found a cutaway picture of the DUKW showing the engine - transmission and drivelinesImage

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Re: Restoring the Duck

Postby Paul Lazzara » 28 Sep 2014 18:08

Hi All - I spent the day taking photos of the DUKW what a mess - thought not to bad - needs to air out a little more then into the hanger. I also spent time moving stuff and cleaning the hanger. Took the time to measure space for the DUKW ( marked it with chalk) it will fit with just enough room to move the bow and stern.

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