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    Re: Look what followed me home from Opotiki!

    20 years ago when I worked as an ASE auto mechanic we had many WW2 vets as customers. One guy in particular related a story about his return trip from Europe at the end of the war. They were on an aircraft carrier and they were ordered to push every jeep, motorcycle, tank, and any other vehicle overboard into the Atlantic ocean. When they question their superiors they were told "No wants old military vehicles! Everyone has suffered during the war and we need to jump start the economy with new vehicles."

    Dave

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    Re: Look what followed me home from Opotiki!

    Quote Originally Posted by indian301 View Post
    20 years ago when I worked as an ASE auto mechanic we had many WW2 vets as customers. One guy in particular related a story about his return trip from Europe at the end of the war. They were on an aircraft carrier and they were ordered to push every jeep, motorcycle, tank, and any other vehicle overboard into the Atlantic ocean. When they question their superiors they were told "No wants old military vehicles! Everyone has suffered during the war and we need to jump start the economy with new vehicles."

    Dave
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    When I was in the Marines in the early 70's I was stationed at NAS New Orleans which was the headquarters for all USMC Air Wing Reserves. All surplus equipment was sent to us and we were told to dispose of it in such a way that no business or people were harmed by the sale of it which usually meant scrapping it.

    Jerry


    Quote Originally Posted by indian301 View Post
    20 years ago when I worked as an ASE auto mechanic we had many WW2 vets as customers. One guy in particular related a story about his return trip from Europe at the end of the war. They were on an aircraft carrier and they were ordered to push every jeep, motorcycle, tank, and any other vehicle overboard into the Atlantic ocean. When they question their superiors they were told "No wants old military vehicles! Everyone has suffered during the war and we need to jump start the economy with new vehicles."

    Dave

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    Re: Look what followed me home from Opotiki!

    I was hunting E-bay for a WLA tool roll and this caught my eye.....

    Sometimes its the little things that make the day....M

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Vin...0AAOSwAEhdof5l

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    Re: Look what followed me home from Opotiki!

    Quote Originally Posted by Murray View Post
    I was hunting E-bay for a WLA tool roll and this caught my eye.....

    Sometimes its the little things that make the day....M

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Vin...0AAOSwAEhdof5l
    Not Quite Sure How That Fits Into The WLA Tool Kit, But I Guess It Could, LOL...

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    Re: Look what followed me home from Opotiki!

    Couple of tool questions for the forum ......

    I am chasing down the tools for my WLA tool roll.

    Can someone tell me the correct size of the shifting crescent. My research shows its a 7" but I can only find 6" or 8" in online records of the Crescent Corp shifters?

    What are the dimensions of the tyre levers? And are they stamped in any way?

    The blog on the S&S forum by Paps and the Liberator site are very helpful but I'm not sure about the above.

    I already have a few spanners from local swap meets, US stamped but no brands. They'll do.

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: Look what followed me home from Opotiki!

    I notice on the Liberator site, the Crescent is near twice the length of the pocket it fits into...
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    Re: Look what followed me home from Opotiki!

    Hi Excalibur
    Yes, thanks for that, When I didn't get any advice from the forum I went back to the Lib site and used that pic to work the scale out. I have found the correct spanner and its on its way to me now. Tyre levers next....maybe.

    M

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    Re: Look what followed me home from Opotiki!

    The tire levers are on the right in this photo. I can measure them for you if needed.

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    Re: Look what followed me home from Opotiki!

    Thanks Rubone, I was hoping you would offer. I would appreciate knowing the lenth and if there are any markings stamped on them. Getting this stuff out of the US is expensive so it will help me identify correct tools at a distance or help consider alternatives.

    Cheers
    M

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